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Recent searches for tires made me wonder how seriously we should take the load and speed rating originally specified by MB for the R107. After all 30 years past since the last R107 rolled off the assembly line and tire technology certainly improved since then.
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Here are the search results from Tirerack

205/65-15 = 4
205/70-14 = 1

Here are a few possibilities when using a 16Ē rim
215/55-16 = 10
225/50-16 = 1
225/55-16 = 26


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Recent searches for tires made me wonder how seriously we should take the load and speed rating originally specified by MB for the R107. After all 30 years past since the last R107 rolled off the assembly line and tire technology certainly improved since then.
Any thoughts?

Here are the search results from Tirerack

205/65-15 = 4
205/70-14 = 1

Here are a few possibilities when using a 16Ē rim
215/55-16 = 10
225/50-16 = 1
225/55-16 = 26


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Yes the pickings are getting slim.

For Delilah, my stock 560SL I am considering the Riken Raptor at about 1/2 the price of all the other tires. They are not V rated for speed but I don't expect to drive over 130 MPH with the car. They don't last as long as the others but I'm tired of replacing tires with 3/8th inch of tread on them just because they are old. They don't handle too good on ice and snow but I don't expect to drive on that any more.

What they are is one of the quietest and smoothest tires out there with great dry performance at about 1/2 the price.

I haven't pulled the trigger but I am seriously considering these tires.
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Yes the pickings are getting slim.

For Delilah, my stock 560SL I am considering the Riken Raptor at about 1/2 the price of all the other tires. They are not V rated for speed but I don't expect to drive over 130 MPH with the car. They don't last as long as the others but I'm tired of replacing tires with 3/8th inch of tread on them just because they are old. They don't handle too good on ice and snow but I don't expect to drive on that any more.

What they are is one of the quietest and smoothest tires out there with great dry performance at about 1/2 the price.

I haven't pulled the trigger but I am seriously considering these tires.
I bought a set of wheels for my S2000 a while back, the tires that came with it were Riken Raptor ZRís. I did some research at the time and if memory serves me correctly Riken is a Michelin brand. I have no complaints the way they handled; took them on several mountain drives with a group of S2000 enthusiasts who considered speed limits a mere suggestion without any issues. They didnít last too long but that doesnít mean much. The S2000 is known to eat rear tires.
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Kumho KU36, KU39 and PS91 (not legal for snow)

treadwear ~200

215/55-16

Since I got Kumho on my daily driver I rarely looked elsewhere. All my tyres are now Kumho. I do not consider a tyre if it has readwear greater than 250. I never save on pads/tyres. If it ain't going it will stay there. If it ain't stopping...

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Kumho KU36, KU39 and PS91 (not legal for snow)

treadwear ~200

215/55-16

Since I got Kumho on my daily driver I rarely looked elsewhere. All my tyres are now Kumho. I do not consider a tyre if it has readwear greater than 250. I never save on pads/tyres. If it ain't going it will stay there. If it ain't stopping...
What is the load and speed rating on these tires for the size you need for your SLC. It looks like the Kumho tires you listed are not common in the US.
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Kumho KU36, KU39 and PS91 (not legal for snow)

treadwear ~200

215/55-16

Since I got Kumho on my daily driver I rarely looked elsewhere. All my tyres are now Kumho. I do not consider a tyre if it has readwear greater than 250. I never save on pads/tyres. If it ain't going it will stay there. If it ain't stopping...
Try finding it in a 15"
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What is the load and speed rating on these tires for the size you need for your SLC. It looks like the Kumho tires you listed are not common in the US.
load 94 speed W

Typo. Not KU36 but KU31 (Ecsta SPT)

KU31 Ecsta SPT for US load 94 speed W

KU39 Ecsta LE Sport for US market


KU36 is slick tyre but available in 225/50-16



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Try finding it in a 15"
Can't.

But can Conti CPC-2 and AU$90 is not too much for a decent /65 tyre here in Aus where all the prices are overblown.

https://www.tempetyres.com.au/tyrepr...emiumcontact-2

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Bottom line is that some decent affordable tyres are still available in 16 and even 15in size but I do agree that it is harder with every day.
Less known brands can be also good and premium can be c.r.a.p.
I had good experience with Vredestein, Kumho, average with Hankook and terrible with Falken (ziex) and disaterous with Pirelli P6. 100 folks 100 different strokes

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