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Say what?
The width is independent of the wheel size, no?
225mm=225mm
The tread width is. The higher the profile the more they balloon out.
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Hey guys, the only time I have issues with the 225 50 16's is when I put the car in reverse and turn the wheel to maneuver or reverse park. I get slight rubbing on the front spoiler, series two @380 and early 500SL spoiler.


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That seams to be quite common on the earlier 107's. Haven't seen anyone report it on a 560SL. Possibly because Mercedes increased the turning radius on the later chassis. And they may have done because wheels got bigger on the later SL's.
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Thanks for everybodies advice. Sorry I havenít responded earlier but I was visiting my parents over the last few days. No internet at their house. Had to go to my sisters house up the road to get on line.
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Try it out and let us know. Since the 55 are probably already on there, what do you have to lose? I bet it hits your 560sl air dam. So be careful when turning the wheel.


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There are no tires on the rims at this time.
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A 17 or 18" wheel will fit with a large ET because the wheel diameter will clear the steering arm.
This is interesting. I have a few days off this week and hopefully will have some time to check this out.
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This is interesting. I have a few days off this week and hopefully will have some time to check this out.
They will fit but they will hit the inside fender on the right bump and steering angle.
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Nobody can say I am hurrying into things-LOL.
Finally decided to get tires for my R129 rims. I was going back and forth between 225/50-16 and 215/55-16 until I noticed that almost nobody makes a 225/50-16 tires with a 94 or higher load rating. Iím not convinced that a 94 load rating is really necessary, maybe somebody can shed some light on this.
On the positive side the circumference of a 215/55-16 tire matches the original 205/65-15 almost perfectly.

The pic below shows the space between the steering nuckle and the rim with a 20mm spacer on a MY86 or later R107.
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Nobody can say I am hurrying into things-LOL.
Finally decided to get tires for my R129 rims. I was going back and forth between 225/50-16 and 215/55-16 until I noticed that almost nobody makes a 225/50-16 tires with a 94 or higher load rating. Iím not convinced that a 94 load rating is really necessary, maybe somebody can shed some light on this.
On the positive side the circumference of a 215/55-16 tire matches the original 205/65-15 almost perfectly.

The pic below shows the space between the steering nuckle and the rim with a 20mm spacer on a MY86 or later R107.
215/55-16 is indeed perfect circumference match and I thin k it was not as common in 80'
I had/sold a set of LO lorinser with these tyres. I recommend Kumho KU36 as a softer tyre wuth a bit more dry grip and fairly flat sidewalls. Some tyres just balloon more for the same profile

8" wide rim on effective ET14 will be 3mm inwards in comparison to original setup 8" ET11so you should have less issues than any stock ET11
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Bought tires today and replaced the old R107 wheels with old R129 wheels. Next to the Jaguar XJS (third brake light) the R129 ( steering wheel and wheels) has been my favorite donor vehicle.
Now the car needs to be lowered a bit. It just doesn’t stop -LOL.
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What do you think? I have been using a C280 wheel and 205 55 16 tires. The car has a better feel on the road and handles good. The tires are smaller and the 225 might be closer. There are no spacers on the wheels. They clear fine and never heard a rub. I had another set of Benz wheels but what an ordeal of spacers and long lugs I gave up.
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