Aren't the original 14" but steel right?
Where can one find aluminum?
Yes original are steel, the alloys came on the MB diesel cars, you can find them on ebay or sites like this.
Thanks for the clarity. I really like the look of the car with the hubcaps. I wasn't aware of alloys that would work with the hubcaps so i really appreciate the information.
Yes they will work with the original hubcaps, the hubcaps fit better with the clips made for the alloy wheels.
It had been recommend to me by those in the know of all things to do with Classic Mercedes that I should really try a set of OEM 14" Alloy wheels as they are only 11lbs. These are from Mercedes cars like 240D, 300D, .... and are getting harder to find. So when I came across a set I decided to try them out.
The 11lbs Alloy wheels really make a difference, that and a bit of lowering transform the car into one that's now really fun to drive.
So far I have had .....
- Stock OEM 25lbs 14" steel wheels, 10 year old crap tires and stock springs - This set up = The feel of a Slow tug boat
- Light weight 14lbs CLK 16" wheels, new wider tires, #1 pads and modded springs = Improved performance and handling, I will try this set up more after I refinish the wheels and add the hub caps
- Now on the Car - Really Light weight 11lbs OEM 14" wheels, new tires, #1 pads and modded springs - Best performance by far, handling dropped a notch but the ride is very Mercedes like.
Not sure if I like the looks of the 14" better than 16" but it is more classic and more fun to drive. As far as the Alloys VS the stock heavy steel wheels, now I pass other cars on the freeway, zip in and out of traffic, around corners and don't have to worry about steep hills.