Date registered: Jun 2004
Vehicle: 06 C230 Sport-6spd, 03 S500V4, 02 E320W4, 91 300CE, 89 300E, 95 C220
Location: suburban Philadelphia
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
W124 / C124 - wheel & tire assistance
I am seeking assistance with tire rub on my 1991 300CE.
I also own a 1989 300E, and 2002 E320W4.
Years ago, I upgraded the 15" wheels on my 1989 300E to 16" MB wheels from a W210 E-Class. The tires were 205/55/R16, which I believe were likely correct size for an early SLK. My 1989 300E was stolen, and I recently upgraded the wheels on my 1991 300CE. I took 16" MB wheels from my W210 E-Class, which had correct 215/55/R16 tires for a W210 E-Class. I mounted the wheels and tires onto the 300CE ... all looked fine. However, after driving it around the block a few times, it looks as though the FRONT tires are rubbing against the inner wheel well area on the upper portion of the OEM lower body cladding (see red highlights), but only when the wheels/tires are turned. I had no issues with the 1989 300E (though it did not have any body cladding).
If I am correct, I believe the 215/55/R16 tires (on the 300CE) are about 0.40" wider than 205/55/R16 (on the 300E). That additional width, combined with the introduction of the body cladding in the wheel opening seems to be causing the rub. HERE'S MY QUESTION ... does anyone else have past experience using OEM 16" MB wheels on a W124 / C124? If so, would the narrower 205/55/R16 tires rub the lower body cladding on a W124 with body cladding?
Thank you for your time and assistance.
Steven Long, MBCA Delaware Valley Section
Last edited by SDLong329; 04-11-2016 at 10:03 AM.