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Hey all,
anybody have or try a set of 205 75 14 tires on their 300d? We're scrapping out the sister in laws buick (frame/unibody rot) and it has those tires on it, and I could use them.
Anybody try these? I'm currently running 195 65 14 's (came with the car) but I've rotated them down and its time for a new set. Clearance issues? speedometer issues? opinions/experience appreciated.
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'86 W123 200, OM617 non-turbo, bastard 5-speed; '95 W202 C250 Diesel, OM605 non-turbo, 5-spd man
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I'm running 205/65R15. There are no clearance or other issues. My car originally had 185SR14, same rolling diameter as my current wheels. A quick calc shows that you should be safe, although your odo will be a little more conservative (indicating a smaller distance travelled than before). Hope this helps.
 

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Should be alright, if there is no clearance problems. The 195/65R14's are too small, won't hold up to the weight of these beasts. The bigger size should give tou better traction and ride, longer life, too.
 

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i have 205/75/r14s on my parts car sans problem. she was a hiway runner, before she blew...
 

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here is a good, simple tire size calculator. It'll tell you if a particular size will work with other size wheels, if your speedo is too fast or slow, overall tire circumference, etc... just type in the oem specs (195/70r14 for my CE), and the tires you want to use and voila!

Tire size calculator
 

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Should be alright, if there is no clearance problems. The 195/65R14's are too small, won't hold up to the weight of these beasts. The bigger size should give tou better traction and ride, longer life, too.
Not so, these wheels are commercial-size wheels and should be fine. In South Africa, early W123s came out with 175SR14, looked like lowriders...

The only reason to go for wider tyres is cornering stability on dry roads. The increased width can actually promote aquaplaning, and increases the drag, and hence the fuel consumption. The ONLY reason I'm running 205s is because they're slightly cheaper than 195/70R15s.
 
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