Date registered: Nov 2008
Vehicle: 72 350SL, 72 350 Euro, '83 500SL
Location: Belmont, CA
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16" Wheels - Ideal Width and Offset
We've been making our 16" Bundt 3-Piece 'Replicas' for a number of months now. Our fist versions were 16x7 with an ET of 23. These were for the pre 560 cars with the more recessed brake calipers. We've since done some staggered sets of 16x7 and and 16x8 with ET20.
We've almost finalized the design of the wheel centers for the 560 (1986+) brake setup. Since we have flexibility on widths and offsets, I wanted to see what we should do our first demo set in.
I've read through all the wheel threads and know the 16x8 ET11 is most common and considered ideal for the rear. But I can't seem to figure out what is the ideal SL setup for the fronts.
Do most people want to run 8s in the front and rear or go staggered with 7 in the front and 8 in the rear? (We've not made a 9" at this point) The 560 version of the 7" ins't quite as cool looking since we have to use a 1.5" lip vs a 2" lip on the 8". But we can do both.
For offset, should the fronts be a little more 'tucked in' than the rears? So go with a higher offset? Say 18 or 20? It looks like anything from an 11 to 20 will work.
We have plenty of flexibility, I'm just wanting to do the next set in what people consider the best setup. To try to avoid any "why'd you do it that way" questions!
I PM'd Fonzi to get his opinion but wanted to see what others had to say. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!