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Old 2nd October 2005, 11:56   #1
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Hey Guys,

Need some advice for upsizing my rims and tyres of my above car.

Current tyres are 205/70/14 on OE Alloy rims. I wish to fit either 215/55/16 or 225/55/15. I also intend to increase the ride height marginally.

Giving below a pic of the car and rim design currently fitted. Also will any of the Aura, NEO or other imported rims fit this car.



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Old 2nd October 2005, 12:23   #2
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this is a little (im sorry) but that is one amazing car.Had it in dubai,wasnt it the one with the sunroof,electric seats..etc..etc!!

i love that car!!!
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Old 2nd October 2005, 12:38   #3
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Yes Binz,

Its the same car.

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hey viper, since when did u have this Merc. One of my fav series. I feel u should keep the original rims. Or better than going for Aura or Neo wheels, get an original Merc wheel which would suit this car. Here's a pic of a 500 SEL with i guess a 15-in wheel.

BTW, can we have some pics of your car.

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Old 2nd October 2005, 13:13   #5
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Hey V12,

I have this car since the past 2 years. Had a 260SE W126 manual car which I exchanged. I am putting original 16" Merc wheels which are of the new E class. Dont know if they will fit though, so was just looking at my options.

Will put up pics soon maybe tomorrow.

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Oh boy, thats the kind of a tyre choice I want to make i.e. for a W126. Viper my congratulations on an absolutely mind blowing automobile - a car that was over engineered to perfection. A real Mercedes Benz. Drive it with pride because it is undoubtedly one of the best Mercedes' ever on the roads.

For the tyres/rim upgrade, DO NOT opt for an aura/neo/imported silly look. You must use traditional Mercedes alloys wheels, or atleast those that are within the W126 character.

From what I have read in W126 forums, 225/55/16 appears to be the most popular choice in size.

Heres one :

Wheel close up


Entire car


Or something meaty?


How about more information on your W126? Would a two year ownership experience and driving review be too much to ask for?

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Heres an interesting read on the W126

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[quote=GTO]Oh boy, thats the kind of a tyre choice I want to make i.e. for a W126. Viper my congratulations on an absolutely mind blowing automobile - a car that was over engineered to perfection. A real Mercedes Benz. Drive it with pride because it is undoubtedly one of the best Mercedes' ever on the roads.

For the tyres/rim upgrade, DO NOT opt for an aura/neo/imported silly look. You must use traditional Mercedes alloys wheels, or atleast those that are within the W126 character.

From what I have read in W126 forums, 225/55/16 appears to be the most popular choice in size.

Heres one :

Wheel close up


Have the exact same rim with 225/45 R17 Goodyear Eagle tyres in stock. Set of 4 for 55k. Original AMG. Slightly used.
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Oh boy, thats the kind of a tyre choice I want to make i.e. for a W126. Viper my congratulations on an absolutely mind blowing automobile - a car that was over engineered to perfection. A real Mercedes Benz. Drive it with pride because it is undoubtedly one of the best Mercedes' ever on the roads.

For the tyres/rim upgrade, DO NOT opt for an aura/neo/imported silly look. You must use traditional Mercedes alloys wheels, or atleast those that are within the W126 character.

From what I have read in W126 forums, 225/55/16 appears to be the most popular choice in size.

How about more information on your W126? Would a two year ownership experience and driving review be too much to ask for?

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Thanks a ton GTO,

I was only inquiring about the other rims since I have tried 3 different original 15"Benz rims which all had the problem of the front wheel grease cap coming out , which caused a problem in fitting the rims caps which house the logo. Am now checking out the 16"E Class rims. If they have the same problem I will have only 2 options retain the original size rim and just change the tyres or go for the Indian/Taiwan rims.


@S600Benz - I do not want to go so low on the profile as this is a dialy use car which goes to Lonavala 2 times a month and the ride quality will suffer a lot.

@GTO - As far as the 2 years ownership report goes give me a day to come up with it though I'm not too good at reports.


Pics will come up tomorrow as today is raining heavily.

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Viper,

It was a coincidence seeing your Benz parked outside my office this morning. She looks to be in fantastic shape. I got so excited on seeing your Merc that I jumped in the passenger seat and scared the hell out of your mother who was sitting at the back! Do apologise to her on my behalf

Waiting for a spin...and a 2 year review with pics.

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Hi,

I am proposing to put this design of alloys on my merc with 225/55/16tyres.


[img=http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/2360/16inchalloy9ub.jpg]



I need some help in choosing the tyre as regards availbility and prices. I am looking for in order of priority the following brands in the size mentioned above.

1> Pirelli - P5000 or P7000
2> Yokohoma - AVS DBS2 or AVS Sport


[img=http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/7311/yokohomaavsdbs2ci2l7iu.th.jpg]

3> Michelin - Pilot Primacy




Help with prices and availability or other suggestions of other brands welcome. Goodyear is a NO.

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Hi Guys,

Have finally narrowed down the rims and alloys to the design given below. 225/45/17 Yokohoma tyres. Onyl problem like all other rims tried out is that in the front wheels the grease cap causes a problem and juts out which means I cannot fit the cap of the alloys. Any solutions or suggestions welcome.

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[img=http://img457.imageshack.us/img457/8320/dsc006397wg.th.jpg]



[img=http://img457.imageshack.us/img457/5237/dsc006410lx.th.jpg]



[img=http://img457.imageshack.us/img457/3986/dsc006420nx.th.jpg]



[img=http://img457.imageshack.us/img457/7307/dsc006433zd.th.jpg]



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Viper, don't get me wrong but this design above you like...is going to change the car's classy look.

Don't do it. Listen to the old man. It helps.
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Viper, don't get me wrong but this design above you like...is going to change the car's classy look.

Don't do it. Listen to the old man. It helps.
Hey Rudra but problem is I am not getting choices, and the condition of my existing tyres do not permit me to delay the change. Have untill this week max to get new rubber & rims as then the car is going to lonavala, poona and mahabaleshwar for 2 weeks with a full load.

Also it is finally my dads call and not mine.

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Also it is finally my dads call and not mine.
Remember you telling me that he likes to keep it in original designs
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