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Date registered: Nov 2002
Vehicle: 2003 G500, 2000 SL500, 1995 E320 Cabriolet, 1980 TR8
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An end to bent rims and blown tires?
I too have had enormous trouble with bent rims and blown tires on my 2011 E350 wagon. The rims are as soft as butter and the Conti tires pop if they even just pass a pothole. Tire and wheel costs have been by far the largest maintenance expense I have incurred with this car. So I want to do a Mercedes based -1" change out using the 17" wheels that came on some E350s. I think that part number is 207 401 06 02. Width and offset are the same as the 18s and they seem to be readily available refurbished. I will match them with a set of 245/45-17 tires (Michelin Primacy) which I think will go a long way toward alleviating my pothole problems.
However, I have the AMG sport package on my wagon. Does anyone know if the 17" wheels will have a problem clearing the brakes? Can anyone see any other problems with my plan?
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