Date registered: Nov 2010
Vehicle: 1986 560sl Black Pearl
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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I have a question for Franco380, and anyone else with experience with 16” rims on a r107.
When I bought my car it came with replica 600sl rims in the size 7,5”x17” ET35 with 225/45-17 tires. It also came with the original 15’ rims with just about brand new 15 year old tires. I replaced the 17” tires ont the replica rims, because I thought they looked really good and different and put the originals in my shed. So I drove it like this from May til September and I was reasonably happy with the ride. A little bit harsh sometimes over expansion joints but after all they do have quite a low sidewall. And they looked good. Then in September for no good reason I decided to clean up and mount my original set. Man, what a difference!! A much better ride experience, much, much smoother, no longer tracking and finding every uneven piece of asphalt, pothole, etc. I will not go back to the 17”.
With the 225/45-17 I would kind of subconsciously tighten my body going over a railroad track or any larger pothole, or steer around uneven surfaces.
And this is with the “new” 15 year old Dunlop sp4000. Not one crack or or sign of age on them.
Any way, Franco380, (or anyone else on 16’s) how do you find the ride quality with your r129 evo1 8” x 16 “ wheels. Did you drive your car with the original 15’s? Comparison?
Thanks, in advance!