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In my search for a 19"rim/tire combo, this one vendor tells me not to do it, never!! he goes on to say MBs are very temperamental and that I should stay with OEM and here's the juice: that 19" tires are rarely manufactured and the ones that are made are made to wear out very fast!!!!!! Ouch, what a load of BS. I agree that the more common setups are 18 and 20. But 19" tires are no different from other tires. can one our tire gurus comment please?
 

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Darkmann said:
In my search for a 19"rim/tire combo, this one vendor tells me not to do it, never!! he goes on to say MBs are very temperamental and that I should stay with OEM and here's the juice: that 19" tires are rarely manufactured and the ones that are made are made to wear out very fast!!!!!! Ouch, what a load of BS. I agree that the more common setups are 18 and 20. But 19" tires are no different from other tires. can one our tire gurus comment please?

Yup that is absolutely nuts!
 

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yeah... pirelli and yokohama secretly have a plot to make shitty 19's. they like to save the quality stuff for the 20's.

in case no one can tell.. i am joking. Darkmann.. go for it. the guy who told you that is lost.
 

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Darkmann said:
In my search for a 19"rim/tire combo, this one vendor tells me not to do it, never!! he goes on to say MBs are very temperamental and that I should stay with OEM and here's the juice: that 19" tires are rarely manufactured and the ones that are made are made to wear out very fast!!!!!! Ouch, what a load of BS. I agree that the more common setups are 18 and 20. But 19" tires are no different from other tires. can one our tire gurus comment please?
The only thing that I ever heard, was that if you changed the overall diameter, you may upset the ESP.

I am not so sure about the one post that said it was o.k. to change as much as 6%?

1010tires, seems to recomend not more than 3%. I am thinking that they would not have much of a reason to "be wrong".
 

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I'm new around here but when it comes to rims and tires I can tell you i'm a specialist (it's my job)...I currently have a 00 ML320 riding on 20's...In regards to the tires wearing out fast, it all depends on the treadwear...anything under 280 will probably wear out fast...this is because these tires are made out of a softer compound in order to grip to the road better...therefore they wear out faster. Try getting a tire with at least 320 treadwear. In regards to the MB's being temperamental...tha't's a load of BS. You can even go up to 22's on these trucks and I've heard rumors of people even putting 24's since there's a new tire from Nitto 295/35R24 that could probably fit. Hope my comment helped...
 

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I have 22" tires on our ML55, 24" on bicycle, 16" on ML320, 22.5" on my motorhome, 19" on my pickup, 18" on my wagon, 13" on my trail bike, 10" on my utility trailer, 15" on my boat trailer, 8" on my wheelbarrow and 4" on the garden hauler.
It takes some knowledge about the tires to figure out what they are doing.
The 22.5" on motorhome serve totally different purpose, than 22" on ML. Not to mention, that first one is 4 times bigger and heavier, than the other.
 
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