Date registered: Sep 2013
Vehicle: 1963 230SL & 1972 280C (sold sadly) & 1973 280C
Location: Portland, OR
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Fonzi, yes, i believe the model is RS90 not 80.
KarlC, you bet i love those pics! Actually the last one you posted there (the slate blue grey metallic slammed on AMG Aero OZ 3 piece wheels --- the one on mercedes-fans.de) is the very same one that inspired me to re-buy a W114 after 10 years of missing my last one. I always thought it had a muscle car dual nature even though i always ran my stock rims/caps on my last 280C. Well, after seeing that last one there (and by the way the warm gray 280CE is just as HOT on similar looking rims) I knew that's all it took to bring that look out. It looks ... MEAN. In a good way. Not too slammed.
I even looked high and low for those same AMG rims and could NOT find them, well not in any size 16" nor could i verify that 17"s in the photo would ride well (outside of a photoshoot). Then I stumbled on the Lorinser (as you know they are also a german tuner like amg and brabus, though one we rarely see state-side). And I thought that is very close and still german/ and mercedes specific and era-appropriate as opposed to a yahoo-look cooked up by a teenager today. I feel its still on-brand if you know what i mean.
I just wish i got that slightly deeper dish look of the rims in your pics above. BUT HOW? is that just a function of being ET22 as opposed to ET11 which i assume those ones in the pics are? Fonzi your SL looks sick on those rims too! are they deeper dished than mine (is that a design difference, or literally just a smaller offset (11?))
I also have black/chrome center caps on the way (to me they look like a miniaturized standard hub cap - in the form of a center cap, but maybe that's a stretch). I also am keen on dropping the front end only, and only then by like 5/8" or so. even though that center chrome body band is parallel to the ground, the wells are so exaggerated in front vs rear, it almost looks like it's higher in the front than the back. i think lowering front a fraction of an inch could very well look more level. how will that make it drive? i don't know. but i'll let you know as soon as i do.
the car came with spring clamps in one of its spare parts boxes. but only 2, and marked 'rear springs' in grease pencil. do they work on fronts? i don't know. i'll probably try them. i don't see why not.
thanks for starting this thread fonzi.
Last edited by tombot; 10-02-2014 at 03:28 PM.