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W108 14" Wheel/Tire Conversion

I had a flat tire and quickly found out that the tires were no longer serviceable because of their age. I also went into shock after hearing their replacement cost. It seems 14" tires are rare and costly these days.

What I need to know is if there is a 15" steel wheel that I can use to replace the original wheel/tire/hub-cap combination on a 1967 W108 vehicle? Not looking to go original (chrome/painted center cap with chrome trim ring) but something inline with the 1969 and later look with the painted one piece hub-cap.

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I just had 2 14" tires installed on my '61 190c. They were cheepies at $50 each from Expert Tire. I think the brand name is Doral. They are out, just keep lookin'
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What I need to know is if there is a 15" steel wheel that I can use to replace the original wheel/tire/hub-cap combination on a 1967 W108 vehicle?
Not particularly. You can get W114/W123 15" steel rims used on non-US chassis vehicles (ambulances, etc) but the hubcaps are expensive. There really is _no_ problem finding 14" tires in any price range. I think I put 195/70/14 Michellins on my 1967 250S but they might be 205/70/14...

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14 inch tires are no more pricey then others , just got 2 for a 220 d , at pep boys .
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Yeah, I paid something like $80 per when I bought Coopers
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Also check Discount Tire on line. Great prices and lots of choices
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IT depends on what you need your tyres to do. The 14" is a rare item if you need performance, as these are no longer sold at your corner wheel shop. Vredstein and Coker make a V rated or VR tyre. These are in the $250-500 range. You can get inexpensive chinese rubber for $50-100, but the best those will be is S rated and not meant to hold up a Benz in corners. The sidewalls are just too weak for our larger cars at speed. And it is the sidewalls that are the issue, not the speed we drive at. Weak sidewalls allow the tyre to flex and wiggle, so you get a sloppy ride. If you tried a proper tyre against the chinese, you would not want to drive the cheapo stuff.

I am saving my pennies for the best rubber my piggy bank can afford. Right now, that is Michelin.
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Perhaps something like the Michelin Defender, at about $99 each...? I think there is a $75 rebate when you buy a set right now. If not, it will occur again...

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Perhaps something like the Michelin Defender, at about $99 each...? I think there is a $75 rebate when you buy a set right now. If not, it will occur again...
We bought Michelin Defenders for our Rally Car project and they are amazing. I don't think you need to hassle getting a set of 15 inchers for good performance tires
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