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First post! =]

Ok.. so I have an 04' SLK230 Special Edition

I need new brakes and rotors.. and tires now.. LOL and the dealership is askin almost 2k for them so i figured i might as well go after market

I dont know the numbers I need to know to buy these parts and what not but that can be found with a little bit of searching.


So what brakes, rotors, and tires are pretty reliable?
 

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Can you do mech work yourself??

If so procedures are on here on how to do it.

Brake parts are available from any aftermarket MB spares places, even MB prices on rotors are not that bad. Its there labour costs mainly. (you do get a cup of tea and a biscuit ;))
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Seeing as you didnt say where in the world you are I have put in links for, USA, England, New Zealand, Siberia, Antatica.......
Tyres are like well, every one has something diff. are you happy with what was on there? Shop around for the best deal on the same??
 

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Easy work

:rolleyes:Tires should be straight forward, just pick the one you & your pocket like the best :D

Brakes (rotor, etc) are straight forward job. Order rotors or everything you need online. I got my rotor & pads for less than 100 bucks (front set). Rear is also the same. :thumbsup: The front took me about 2 hrs to do (not really pushing it). Make sure you got the right tools for it.

BTW, they do have Brembo OEM rotor. I'm not sure if there's any difference w/ other brand. :rolleyes:
 

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If you have tools, a good jack and jack stands-changing the brakes on an slk is pretty easy. Just do a search for the instructions. Autohausaz has good prices on brake parts. Personally I like Kumho's for the tires. What I do is print the price from tirerack's website, take it into discount tire. They usually beat tirerack by 10%.
 

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Welcome to the site!
Lots of good folks here that can give plenty of help.
If you add your location to you avatar someone nearby may be able to help you with the install of your brakes and discs.

As has been said before tires can be difficult to choose unless you give a very good idea of your driving style and habits, spirited, slow around town, or just plain fast ............ :D
 

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..... BTW, they do have Brembo OEM rotor. I'm not sure if there's any difference w/ other brand. :rolleyes:
I can tell you that there certainly is!

I just got around to replacing brakes on the on the wife's SLK. I bought the OEM Brembos and Akebono pads. The rotors were nicely manufactured and machined. There were machining marks were you could see that they were also balanced. I put a set of Centric rotors on my Honda last year. Similar quality. A nice ground finish rather than turned on those. I really wanted to install Power Stop cryo treated, slotted rotors with Porterfield pads but wifey said no way are we going to spend $850.00 for brakes.

Now compare to other brands. I work at a heavy truck dealership. We sell two grades of replacement parts for Ford. Motorcraft OEM and Motorcraft service replacement. The service replacement parts are made in China. Of course they sell better because they are cheaper. If you look at the surface under a strong magnifying glass it looks like the surface of the moon! Pitted and pockmarked.

I do not doubt that is the case on cheaper substitutes for Mercedes also. So, which brakes do you want on your car? The ones that are 100% steel or 98% steel, 1% air and 1% who knows what.

It puzzles me why anyone would settle for second best to save maybe $50.00. It's a Mercedes!
 

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Ok sorry guys ive been really busy with work and such.

But ive been doing some research and im gonna get some brembo rotors off ebay, and porterfield low dust brake pads..


As for tires.. im pretty spirited.. the car is so small and its just SOOO easy to manuver around other cars.. i know its bad to drive so wrecklessly.. but when the tops down.. i gotta go! LOL

And suggestions for tires? Stealership is askin 950 for the set.. soo... I personally think thats a ripp off..
 

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If you have tools, a good jack and jack stands-changing the brakes on an slk is pretty easy. Just do a search for the instructions. Autohausaz has good prices on brake parts. Personally I like Kumho's for the tires. What I do is print the price from tirerack's website, take it into discount tire. They usually beat tirerack by 10%.
Ok.. so i went to tirerack printed up the prices and im going to go to discount tire tomorrow. =]

Thank you! Saved probably like 300 bux.
 

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When you look for tires get a speed rating of "W" or "V" if you plan on driving it hard.
The Kumho's i looked at had a 'Y' rating.. up to 186MPH or whatever ionno.. I live in georgia so theres no snow.. but would summer tires be ok for the winter time?

Or is there a reason why there are all season tires?
 

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'Y' rating is over kill and they won't last as long, you might get 25k out of them. Summer tires in the snow!! its like trying to drive a hocky puck. I look for a good tread patteren for wet/dry conditions, my car gets parked in the winter.
 

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'Y' rating is over kill and they won't last as long, you might get 25k out of them. Summer tires in the snow!! its like trying to drive a hocky puck. I look for a good tread patteren for wet/dry conditions, my car gets parked in the winter.
but it doesnt snow here... Ok so definately go with the 'W' rating right?
 

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but it doesnt snow here... Ok so definately go with the 'W' rating right?
With no snow, a Summer tire is fine although you will get a slight loss of traction if the weather gets REAL cold. The rubber stiffens up, and doesn't "bite" as well.

Look for tires with at least a 'V' rating (149 mph) it's not likely that you will be driving faster than that for any long periods of time... :D

Check this out, lots of data, but you can pick and choose what you want to read:

Tire Tech Information - How to Read Speed Rating, Load Index & Service Descriptions
 

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You are in GA forget All Season Tires.

If you want a tire with grip go for a Maximum Performance Summer Tire.

Also there is only one place to get tires in the Atlanta Area - Gran Turismo. I would not take my car anyplace else. Give Kiran a call and ask him what he recommends.

I am on my second set of Yokohama Advan AD07's. They are fantastic tires but there are a lot of good options out there.
 

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You are in GA forget All Season Tires.

If you want a tire with grip go for a Maximum Performance Summer Tire.

Also there is only one place to get tires in the Atlanta Area - Gran Turismo. I would not take my car anyplace else. Give Kiran a call and ask him what he recommends.

I am on my second set of Yokohama Advan AD07's. They are fantastic tires but there are a lot of good options out there.
Im not looking for anything extreme.. just something i can drive on. Nothing performance specified. But thatnks.! Good to see that you're in the ATL area.
 

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I have driven in our once a year snow in Atlanta on Snow Tires and it is not a big deal.

The advantage of going with a summer tire over an all season tire is that that summer tire will offer better grip in the wet and dry. The downside is you give up grip in the snow and you lose some grip when the weather gets in the low 30's.

That being said no matter what tire you want I still suggest going to Gran Turismo. Just give them an idea of what you are looking for tire wise and they will make a recommendation. When they balance the tire they do it on car with a "high speed" machine. This makes for a significantly better balance than you will get at someplace like Discount Tire, Good Year, etc.

You will be amazed at how smooth the car feels.
 
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