Originally Posted by Dan Wang
too bad they are not staggered
i guess it depends on what you believe the benefits of a staggered setup are....
the 18x8's, 17x8's, 18x8.5's retail for 370 to 420 a piece on tirerack.com, im not so sure i would ride a staggered set if they were priced identically.
a staggered wheel and tire setup is not setup from the factory to be an cosmetic upgrade- its designed to allow more rubber in the rear than the fronts dialing in understeer. some may like the additional rear dish spacing in the rim that the staggered allows(maybe considered a better look o some??), but i'd prefer the deeper dish at all fours aswell as having all four wheels fill out the fenders giving a more aggresive look.
typically you can buy rear amg wheels cheaper because they are less likely to be replaced from potholes, front impacts, ect- hence why after time they become "over stock" and or "clearance"
staggered setups are a prefered option on vipers and vettes were the additional rubber is needed for traction vs stability, and a necisity on 911's and other mid engine or rear engine rear drive cars. on a clks, M3's, s2000's and a few other milder sports cars the staggered setup is not always retained when going with aftermarket wheels/tires simply becuase "stability" in terms of the manufactures guidelines does not equate to sporty or "nuetral" handling.
so personally, and primarily for the sake of nuetral handling, i prefer equal width rims on and front engine rear wheel drive vehicle, ESPECIALLY M3's and any of the compact AMG models, its just a better driving experience, unless ofcaorse you like hearing your front tires squeel while driving aggresively becuase they are being worked past their potential in comparison with the wider wheels......the other side of this, is that if you drive like a moron, a staggered setup will keep your rear wheels behind you front wheels where they belong, or worse-in a ditch(see s2000 and e36 m3 factory rim/tire changes later in producion to staggered for insurance/liability reasons).
so yes, non staggered 18" monoblocks would be a great set of wheels for your performance oriented MB, and i wouldnt falt them for any other use on any other MB application except for the tire width size limitations where 235's and wider are reccomended for fitment on a 9" wide rim making them incomatible for some of the older MB's that ran 205's upfront.
just thought id throw this information out there incase anyone wanted to know, i know i have scarred alot of potential buyers, and naturally so, its typical to think that if tires are meant for "rear fitment" why the F&%) would you put them upfront???? hope this clears up any misconceptions on staggered vs non staggered wheels.