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W108 wheel interchangeability

Hello, new to the MB world with a recently purchased 1972 280SEL 4.5 I am interested in the alloy wheels of the style most commonly seen on W 116 cars (though on the 300 6.3 as well). Many are for sale on ebay, but will they fit on my car? and/or is there a place to find info and charts that list things like bolt circle diameter, offset, lug size etc. by year? thanks
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Offset is the same on all models all through the seventies and early eighties.... Don't sweat it.

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Wheels on a W126 will fit your car. I have the Bunts, the type you want, fit my W111 220S from 1965. It's only when you start getting into the later models, like W140's and up, maybe including W124's, W102;s and later, is the offset more like FWD cars.

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what about tires on those factory steel wheels. I would like the tires just a little wider, just don't know how wide is available
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Wheel site for 108's

Here is a wheel site dedicated to 108-109 wheels.

15-17 Inch Wheels for Mercedes 108-109's

I installed 16X8 chrome R129 flat face alloys on my 3.5 coupe and they look awsome. I don't think you could go any wider though. It was definitly not a bolt on operation although some wheels might be. I am selling a set of chrome long extended head wheel bolts for the flat face alloys if you are interested. I bought them before I realized I needed studs.
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I am running 17*8.5 35ET from a '03 SL on my W108. The fronts have 15mm spacers to clear the shocks and the rear are using 10mm spacers to clear the inner body lip. I am using studs instead of lug bolts.
Maximum tire size that will fit is 235/45R17 with this set up.
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thanks very much for the help guys! and are the lugs and nuts the same too?
I've posted a new thread asking about shocks - any help there would be appriciated too - thanks again
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Your car will have lug bolts but I would reccomend installing studs-even more so if you have to use spacers. The studs come in several different lengths and that way you will know you have enough threads in the hole. Nothing would ruin your day like loosing a wheel fron using too short wheel bolts.
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Minimum thread depth = diameter of bolt

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Your car will have lug bolts but I would reccomend installing studs-even more so if you have to use spacers. The studs come in several different lengths and that way you will know you have enough threads in the hole. Nothing would ruin your day like loosing a wheel fron using too short wheel bolts.
Also if the bolts are too long, they may interfere with the Parking brake inside the rear hub.
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