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Hi, I am having a terrible time finding good pictures of a 300sd with 17 or 18 inch wheels.
I am in the market to upgrade the wheels/tires on my 81 300sd but can't decide between 17 and 18 and what look. The car is currently white but will be painting it to silver/gray. If anyone has any good links or pictures to websites please let me know. Also any opinion are appreciated, Thanks.
 

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Hi, I am having a terrible time finding good pictures of a 300sd with 17 or 18 inch wheels.
I am in the market to upgrade the wheels/tires on my 81 300sd but can't decide between 17 and 18 and what look. The car is currently white but will be painting it to silver/gray. If anyone has any good links or pictures to websites please let me know. Also any opinion are appreciated, Thanks.
Go with 17" wheels.

These cars were originally designed in the '70s with 14" wheels, later upgraded to 15".

The suspension is simply not designed to deal with large, heavy wheels.
 

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Anyone have pictures of their 126 with OEM or after market 17, 18 inch wheels?
 

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I suggest that you go for either Lorinser or AMG wheels. I'm planning to have my '17 inch Lorinser D93's installed on my w126. Will try to post some pics once I get this done as I still have to get some spacers for my wheels because it will come from my w124.
 

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Hi, I am having a terrible time finding good pictures of a 300sd with 17 or 18 inch wheels.
I am in the market to upgrade the wheels/tires on my 81 300sd but can't decide between 17 and 18 and what look. The car is currently white but will be painting it to silver/gray. If anyone has any good links or pictures to websites please let me know. Also any opinion are appreciated, Thanks.
Did you check the picture gallery, or the wheel and tire forum on top?

Try a forum search (3 words). If not sure how, please re visit the 'Welcome to the Forum' tutorial sticky.
Cheers
 

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18 inch Monoblocks on the SEC, 16 inch BBS's on the SEL:
 

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Anyone have pictures of their 126 with OEM or after market 17, 18 inch wheels?
I have this. Painted Wheels from Tire Rack and the center caps off ebay.
I get a lot of compliments on this setup. I like the look of it very much and it is easy to keep clean.

IMG_1107[1] on Flickr - Photo Sharing!


I Went for 16" wheels; as Axel says, this is the maximum you should go for on the W126 cars; the steering geometry wasn't designed to handle 17" or 18" wheels, and the 16" fills up the wheel wells just right when the car is lowered as mine is.
 

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I have Just Upgraded my 126s wheels with amg series 1 monoblocks off the Hammer! 17inch, et of 11 perfect for the big girl, looking to lower the front and use sls to sort out the rear.......Still dont know if i should remove spring spacers, alter spacers ie: diff thickness ( I heard they come in many sizes), modify the springs ie: cold cut or order some H & Rs any suggestions would be appreciated!
Anyhow heres a link of the new rims on my youtube page will post images later today on BW for everyone
YouTube - Paddos new rims
 

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I have to agree, if I were doing it again, I'd go 16. I have the 17 discounttiredirect wheels. They do look good, though.

 

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modify the springs ie: cold cut or order some H & Rs any suggestions would be appreciated!
Hey, I just watched your video. I would go with the H&R's, they lowered my car quite a bit. I used 1 nib shims for the front, and 2 nib for the rear. I don't think removing the spacers (shims) is a very good idea in my opinion. If you go with smaller shims your will get a very aggressive look without causing any harm. i know its a matter of taste as well, but I would also do away with those chrome wheel well arches...
 

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cheers for the reply mate!, so do you think that a removal of the shims would damage the spring mount or just decrease ride quality?
 
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