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Sport wheels for a e320 CDI?

I would like to mount the below sport wheels (18") on my 2006 e320 CDI - or another wheel that would upgrade the handling and look of my car.

What would I need to do to fit these wheels on my stock suspension? I suspect the car will sit too high since it is not configured with the sport suspension found on the W211 e350 models, etc.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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You need to make sure the overall diameter/width of tires, ET and bolt/hole size is correct for your car. Do you have the part number for the wheel?

Stock suspension is not an issue.
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I know the wheels will fit, however I am more concerned about a fender gap as these wheels came stock on the W211 sport models (e350, etc.).

Can anyone recommend a good spring / strut option if the car needs to be lowered slightly to improve appearance and improve handling, etc.?
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As 260e_cruiser points out, sure, they'll fit, as long as the ET and bolt pattern are correct for the car. You will need lower-profile tires, though, to maintain the proper outer diameter.

As for lowering it, I also have a 2005 E320 CDI. Great car; I drove it to work today. It's a good overall height, and you may find that the car with those 18" wheels looks just fine without lowering it. My car has the 16" factory wheels, and I think it looks great with 'em.

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Thanks. I would think these wheels would fit a CDI as they were used on other W211 cars ( e350 and e550 ) from the the factory. I believe the e350 and e550 had a sport suspension, which had a lower stance than the w211 CDI / e320 cars? This is the only concern I have - will the car need to lowered in order to look "right" with the 18" sport wheels.
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You will be fine with the look.

The overall height is not that much different than the CDI's current wheels. The 18s have much lower profile tires making for a similar fender gap.
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If you want to lower to the "sport height", Bilstein makes a couple versions of a B12 spring and shock kits to do just this on the W211. Costs about $1,000 which seems reasonable. Lowers by about 1.2-1.4 inches, which is about how much lower the sport suspension is on OE. It also gives you stiffer shocks to further improve the handling.

I'm not trying to talk you out of it, but know the downsides of lower profile tires. In the past, I've been "torn" on the very same decision. Low profile tires don't wear as long... period. They have a harsher ride. They hit your shocks "harder", wearing them out a bit faster. If you are on the original shocks or shocks nearing end of life, you are going to feel the "jiggle" after hitting a bump a lot more on low profile tires as the shocks settle out.

Why didn't I lower or go to low profiles? Because I drive my E320 CDI in my job travelling 3-4 hours at a time 3-4 days a week, putting 40K miles on my car a year. I'd wear out a set of tires in 1 year if they were low profile. I have to put tires on every 2 years as it is. The stiffer ride is also more fatiguing over time. So for me, tire life and a softer ride are more preferable to sport handling. If I didn't drive like a I do, I'd probably do it. The look is great and better handling would be great. I've got to settle for the "touring car" ride for now.
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The other issue that many members have personally experienced with low profile tires on 18" wheels is bent rims.

With 17s or 16s the sidewall of the tire protects the rim and does deliver a smoother ride. The trade off is loss in handling
that is more responsive and crisp.
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Does anyone have a recommendation as to where I can find a set of these sport rims used on the e350? Used or new?

Thanks again for everyone's input.
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Does anyone have a recommendation as to where I can find a set of these sport rims used on the e350? Used or new?

Thanks again for everyone's input.
Yep. Wheelership.com has that wheel for $160 each brand new. I just bought some reproduction wheels from them and they are perfect.

I'd also suggest buying a new set of Febi lug bolts.
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