This story starts back in February, as I came across a local Craigslist ad for a spiderweb and plasti-dip covered set of forged Volk TE37's (specifically LE37). In the past, I had been on the hunt for a set of Volks, or any Rays Eng wheels, in a 5x112 but they seemed few and far between. I watched the owner of this ad slowly drop his price from $2500 down to $500 over several months as they didn't sell. I figured this was due to the "+84 offset" the seller listed in the ad - which made ZERO sense for ANY vehicle. Still scratching my head at the listed offset, I decided to pull the trigger and buy them. As I couldn't use the tires, I sold them separately, and ended up with the wheels for $150.
Screenshot of original ad:
Unsure of whether these wheels would ever fit on the C32, I left them in my shed through the winter - not exactly pumped at the idea of running 50mm of spacer in the rear to accommodate the claimed "+84 offset". Finally, with a bit of good weather, decided to soak each wheel in WD40 and pressure wash off all that nasty plasti-dip. Somewhat satisfied, I even re-listed the set on Craigslist for $600 in hopes of a quick sale. After a couple conversations with prospective buyers, who were in equal disbelief at the prospect of a +84 offset wheel, I decided to go measure the backspacing myself. Upon closer inspection.....my pressure washing efforts revealed the TRUTH!!!!!!
That same ugly plasti-dip had been hiding a sweet sweet +34 offset! Needless to say, I pulled the ad and plotted next steps for getting these fitted to the w203. A quick test fit indicated the need for a 3mm spacer in the fronts to clear the struts - rear fitment was perfect. For tires, ended up with Falken FK453 in 225/35/29 front and 255/30/19 rear. Although effective, each wheel still needed about 5 hours of detailing post-WD40 bath to bring them back full life (not bad for wheels with a 2003 build date).
Now to my main question - as during this entire process I scoured the internets for info and pictures about Volk fitment to w203 (or any MB for that matter) - and found virtually nothing. On one blog, where the owner was selling a non-staggered setup similar to this set, he mentions as few as 12 sets entering the US in a 5x112 bolt pattern. Could this be true?
Everywhere I read, only this limited run of LE37's (essentially a TE37 with a polished "lip") were the only Volk wheels offered in 5x112. However, I've seen a couple E55's with TE37's along with the only other w203 with them - the blk/blk C32 with yellow calipers. Perhaps they are still attainable through custom order ($$$) or are they really that rare?
Either way, doubt I'll find a replacement if I'm ever unfortunate enough to damage one.