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I have a 1985 280SL and am looking for some alternative wheels. I want Mercedes wheels that look more classic but am open to some that may or may not be the actual original bundt wheels for this car. Meaning if it was a slightly newer wheel but still fits the car and looks good I would be ok with it.

Mine has some 16" wheels with great new tires but I would prefer a different style even if I have to go down to 14". I have done some searching and cannot find a good guide on what fits and what doesn't.

I found a set of older 14" bundt wheels locally but I am not sure if the width and offset is correct. The ones I found are stamped 1084000902 and also stamped 6JX14H2. Are those correct for this car or should I be looking for something else?
 

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Stock whheels for your car were light alloy (Bundt) or steel with hub caps. Both were 6.5J 14H2 ET 30. Stock for the '86-'89 7J 15H2 ET 25. AMG 5 spoke road wheels (Pentas) 8J 16H2 ET11. AMG was not part of Mercedes then. Other wheels and off sets (ET) can be made to work I am just not a fan. Some like the 8 hole wheels. I don't. Some like chrome. Not me.
 

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Thanks. So the ones I found won't work? They appear. to be 6J as opposed to 6.5J
 

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A couple of blasts from the past that might help.

 

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Your searching must be better than mine John. I couldn't find better than 6% error and our cops are ravenous. In the end I decided my tires were still good and it was too pricey to switch wheels and also have to buy new tires. Low profile tires here are a stupid price. The tires on my S class are less than half the price of those on my Honda Accord.
 

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Your searching must be better than mine John. I couldn't find better than 6% error and our cops are ravenous.
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Size, Ø and % difference from original (#1)
  1. 205/70-14 (643mm) 0%
  2. 205/65-15 (648mm) +0.8% <-- ~1980-1989 cars
  3. 215/55-16 (643mm) 0%
  4. 225/50-16 (631mm) -1.7% <-- [AMG choice]
  5. 235/45-17 (643mm) 0%
All these tyres are failry common in Aus (apart from AMG choice) thus relatively inexpensive.

For you Aussiemerc, see this link for Tempetyres
They deliver free to local fitter (less than 15km for nearest to you)

for good inexpensive tyres in 16" I particularly recommend Kumho KU31 for AU$99
or for all 15" in V speed see this link
perhaps Continental CPC5 for AU$99 or or Michelin XM2 for AU$120:
You can find tyres for even less money. IMO, the cars without ABS and other fancy 3 letter stability and traction acronyms, traction from tyre is the next best thing and cannot compromise on that.

I run Kumho PS91 and KU22 on my daily drivers and my C107, and I doubt there's more real good tyre per $ spent.
 

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Size, Ø and % difference from original (#1)
  1. 205/70-14 (643mm) 0%
  2. 205/65-15 (648mm) +0.8% <-- ~1980-1989 cars
  3. 215/55-16 (643mm) 0%
  4. 225/50-16 (631mm) -1.7% <-- [AMG choice]
  5. 235/45-17 (643mm) 0%
All these tyres are failry common in Aus (apart from AMG choice) thus relatively inexpensive.

For you Aussiemerc, see this link for Tempetyres
They deliver free to local fitter (less than 15km for nearest to you)

for good inexpensive tyres in 16" I particularly recommend Kumho KU31 for AU$99
or for all 15" in V speed see this link
perhaps Continental CPC5 for AU$99 or or Michelin XM2 for AU$120:
You can find tyres for even less money. IMO, the cars without ABS and other fancy 3 letter stability and traction acronyms, traction from tyre is the next best thing and cannot compromise on that.

I run Kumho PS91 and KU22 on my daily drivers and my C107, and I doubt there's more real good tyre per $ spent.
Thanks very much mate (y)
 

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Is that why my speedometer reads 5 mph high? I put 4 new tires on before I replaced to speedo gears so I have nothing to compare it to, but I counted the teeth on the old speedo gears several times so I'm sure I ordered the correct speedo gear set. Those speed displays on the road always say I'm going 5 mph slower that what my speedometer says. Maybe I'll save on speeding tickets. :)
 
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