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Hello all, I'm interested in a set of wheels that only come with a 35mm offset for MB. Some are telling they will fit with no problem others are telling me I might need a spacer doe any one out there know for sure.
 

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hi bro, if the wheel is 18" then there might not be a problem fitting but will look quite funny.
if the off set is 35 mm. the wheel will be further inside the arches by 15 to 20mm appro. and will look as if the car's on stilt from the rear.
 

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The correct offset for your front is 25mm and your rear is 23mm, Joe.
 

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For sport models (97-98) which came with AMG monoblock II, the offset is 35/31mm front/rear, respectively. For sport models (99-02) which came with 5-spoke AMG, the offset is as Bob said, 25/23mm front/rear.

I have no idea why it was like that. I've had both sets on my cars and they both working fine. At first, I'd thought the 25/23mm offset was a bit "sticking out" but when I had 285/35ZR18 tires on my rear wheels, I had to use 3mm spacers.

If the (23mm + 5mm) 28mm offset needs spacers, why wouldn't the 31mm? [V][?]

Do different kind of rims require different offset numbers?
 

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Just purchased a set of 17inch wheels off of a 1999 500SL to replace the 16inch wheels on my 1996 500SL. Will I need spacers? Or more importantly how does one determine the need and then the correct spacer?

Homer in NH
 

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About the 17inch wheels on 500SL that had 16inch wheels- should I assume the tire pressure for the 245/45 17 tires is the same as stated on the fuel filler door for the 225/55 16 tires that came with the car. Also should the recommended torque for the mounting bolts be modified for the 17inch whells.

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This is good info, but now I am a little confused about what is correct for my car.

1997 SL500 base model/non sport

What is the correct offset with 18" wheels?
 
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