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I just got a 1999 Silver/Gray MB S-420. I love everythng about it except the tires & wheels. <br> <br> You'll probably laugh but I like a fuller solid dish kinda like what you get with Centerlines, but I know that would look stupid on a Benz. I hate the 5 star configs but you can't really get away from it without going crazy. I really like the classic AMG since the dish is fuller (less cut outs) than all other AMGs. The classic AMGs also only go up to 17'. Not much of a change from the 16' stock chrome dudes I have now. A 20' chrome AMG Classic or Aero II would make me wet my pants. Good thing they don't exist.<br> <br> After much research, I'm leaning towards Chrome 18x8.5 AMG Aero II Monoblocks. Stop me when I'm wrong. As far as I can tell the 18' comes in chrome. The 19' does not. There is no 20' at all. If I went with the 18x8.5 chrome and 235/50/18 as Tire Rack recommends I should have no rubbing, accurate readings and nothing to worry about, right? Where does fitment fit into all this? There always a catch, so what is it? I can't afford a mistake with this much money on the line. Could I really just have these delivered to my home, jack up the car, pop em on and go cruising that day? Is 18' the right choice? Not too extreme but still styling? 20' seem extreme,but sooo funkay. Is 19' the best of both worlds? There should be no need to lower my car via spring or autoleveling adjustment if I'm happy with the current spacing, right? The new wheels/tires will maintain the same height as the original, right? That's the whole idea bedhind Plus Sizing', right?<br> <br> Why don't the 19' AMG Aero II's come in chrome. Why isn't there a 20' AMG Aero? Why isn't there a 20' AMG Aero II in Chrome. What's fitment and should I be worried about it?<br> <br> Any advice is appreciated. Thanxxx in advance. I'm glad I found this forum.
 

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If TireRack says it will fit, then yes just pop it in when you get it..

If you want the Aero IIs in chrome, you can get them elsewhere. It is available. I'm sure TireRack can do it for you as well. Contact Luke. His number is on top.<br> <br> 20s are too much for daily driving. 19s would be good. There are only two AMG wheels that come in this configuration :<br> <br> <img src='http://www.autoclass.net/catalog/wheels/amg_cl_2pc_wheel_2.jpg'><br> <br> and<br> <br> <img src='http://www.autoclass.net/catalog/wheels/amg_cl_1pc.jpg'><br> <br> On ride height, if the overall diameter is the same as stock then yes your car will remain the same height.
 

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Re: If TireRack says it will fit, then yes just pop it in when you get it..

You could go with 19's and a 40 or 45 series tire -- whatever tire and wheel combination which brings you to the same overall diameter (height). The ride with that 40 or 45 shouldn't be too harsh. If you go with something bigger than the 18, there's not much out there to choose from, the wheels will cost you a heckuva bunch more, and replacement due to damage or whatever may become difficult and/or expensive, too. I went with 18's as they seemed the best overall compromise that still gave me what I wanted: a better look and tires with a stiffer sidewall and an extra inch of rubber-width on the pavement. If you actually like the look of the 18's that TireRack has, buy 'em.
 

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More advice, please

Thanxxx Guys. After tossing and turning all night I've decided to go with the Chrome 18x8.5 AMG Aero II. Just a few more questions.<br> <br> For tires, Tire Rack recommends 235/50/18. Discount Tire recommends 245/45/18 or 255/45/18. That gives me 3 choices, therefore confusing me. I know this is a Tire Rack supported forum but which one would you recommend? I want the most accurate speedometer reading possible. Mileage and longevity are more important to me than performance too. I baby my cars pretty much. I have no way to compare the overall height/diameter before hand so I have to trust you experienced people. If I understand tire sizes correctly the larger the first number 235,245,255 the more rubber I'll have hanging out past the wheel. This is kinda a good thing so that if you scrape a curb, that little bit of extra rubber can save you wheel from getting damaged. Is that right? There's probably a negative trade off for that too. Performance? Gas mileage? <br> <br> I've been reading all the reviews and I'm leaning towards the Pirelli P-Zero Asymmetric.
 

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P-Zeros are very good tires..

The overall diameter of <br> 235/50/18 is 27.3'<br> 245/45/18 is 26.7'<br> 255/45/18 is 27'<br> <br> The differences are .3 of an inch.<br> <br> The most accurate would be TireRack's recommendation. 235 covers the wheel enough to help prevent curb rashes and being a 50 series tire, it would be the most comfortable as well.
 

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The facts ....

Since you mentioned that the Tire Rack recommends .... here is the actual info<br> <br> OE on the S420 ...<br> 235/60-16 = 27.1'<br> <br> Plus sizes<br> 235/50-18 = 27.3'<br> 245/45-18 = 26.7'<br> 255/45-18 = 27.0'<br> 285/40-18 = 27.0'<br> <br> Luke<br> 877-522-8473 ext. 362<br> <br> And while some companies do have 19's available in chrome, AMG has changed manufacturer's for their wheels and the new company being used produces a very porous casting which can not be chromed very well. <br> Some will still offer the chromed versions but, from a quality stand point we will not.<br> We are more quality orientated than some and wouldn't offer a product we do not feel comfortable with.
 

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It is done.

My order has been placed. Now for the hard part. Waiting.<br> <br> Just a few more questions. I ordered mounted tires, wheels, locks, torque wrench plus some other stuff but it never said if the lug nuts and the socket for the lug nuts are included in all that. Are they? I sure hope so.<br> <br> Just for the record one other very wierd thing happened. When I view this thread on my computer at home, there is one additional reply that does not appear when I view this thread from my computer at work. It is the one from a guy named 'Carl?', I think. He quotes prices for 19 inch chrome at $499 & $529. Very wierd it shows up on one but not the other.
 

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The post that you are referring to was...

somebody advertising in conflict of the forum regulations and rules so the post was deleted.
 
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