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Hi,
Wondering if you guys think I should change my wheels to this:



I currently have 18" wheels and want to change to these 17" ones with slightly less truckish tires - my wife wants a more compliant ride...
 

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drmc_coy - 2/26/2005 5:37 PM

nice one, go for it
ok if there are no objections I am going to get it through the dealer on Tue. I will post pics
 

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Aye!

I'd say go for it! Though only 17", the nice thick 5 spoke design makes the wheel look like 18's, simply bad-a$$ if you ask me [:D]

<img src="http://www.mbusa.com/imageserver/ImageServerServlet?model=ML500SE&scale_factor=100&base=base_b.png&color=744_b.png">

<img src="http://www.mbusa.com/imageserver/ImageServerServlet?model=ML500SE&scale_factor=100&base=base_f.png&color=744_f.png">[:D]
 

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Your other option is to get a 275/55/18 tire. Both X-Terrain and Toyo Proxes S/T are available in this size.

A 275/55/18 has the same sidewall size as the OEM 17 inch wheel. It also has the benefit of being about an 1 inch taller to better fill the fender but it is still less than 3% larger than OEM so there should be no affect on brake performance.

Keep your 18s, get 275/55/18 tires, and spend the money you would have spent on rims to replace your shocks with the updated version that have a better ride quality.
 

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RickT - 2/27/2005 2:53 PM

Your other option is to get a 275/55/18 tire. Both X-Terrain and Toyo Proxes S/T are available in this size.

A 275/55/18 has the same sidewall size as the OEM 17 inch wheel. It also has the benefit of being about an 1 inch taller to better fill the fender but it is still less than 3% larger than OEM so there should be no affect on brake performance.

Keep your 18s, get 275/55/18 tires, and spend the money you would have spent on rims to replace your shocks with the updated version that have a better ride quality.
[:(] I had the shocks updated to the 2002 version last year when they replaced it on a goodwill repair...but my wife's still unhappy. She claims (and I would have to agree with her) that the ride got real progressively choppy since we went from the factory 16" to the 17" that I had for a year and then went to 18".

I was talking to my SA and he says the 18" rims are about 15% heavier than the 17" rims...and that with the extra unsprung weight...

Arrggh. i've tried everything. I even went to 255 55 18, even dropped PSI's down to 30psi, but I swear driving my sister's ML with the factory 17" , her ML feels much smoother on these winter pock marked streets of Boston
 
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