Making S class alloys fit a w203

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Im looking around at alloy wheels etc for my W202.

I know the offset on it is ET37 .

I quite like some S class alloys ive seen. Does anyone know anything about using spacers or similar to make them fit my car or anything bad or good about spacers.

Any advise is welcome. Even what you think of the wheel.

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I used them on my 123, i had to have 10mm spacer on the front and 16mm on the rear. This was years ago and i wouldnt do it again! I had to use extended bolts etc, after a couple months i decided it was a bit too dangerous, sold my wheels to a guy with a 190, and I bought the correct offset wheels from mitcham wheels & tyres.

Spacers are ok if used sensibly, i.e a few mm is ok, but dont go crazy as you will end up with problems..
Also, dont know if it would affect your warranty?

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Those are the optional 18" wheels on the S and CL. I had those on my CL before swapping to the AMG 19".

They are a nice wheel and would look good on your car!!
Not sure what spacers you would need, and any hub work that would need to be done.
 

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People here don't always agree with me, but the wheels are a safety critical part of your car, don't mess about with spacers and longer bolts. I wouldn't take the risk.

My first car, a MkII Escort had spacers on the rear when I bought it and it was frightening until I took them off. And more frightening when I did take them off and saw how little thread was holding the wheels on!!
 

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wheel offset will change if the wheels are a different width, so bear that in mind.

As for wheel bolt length, you can get bolts that are designed to work with spacers. Most manufacturers recommend 6 complete turns of the bolt to secure the wheel, any less then the bolts are too short.

As long as the bolts are specifically designed for use with spacers and the spacers are not too large I can honestly see no reason why they shouldn't be perfectly safe (as long as they are torqued up properly and this is checked regularly) after you are just using them to correct the offset not to set the wheels wider than they were designed for (as was often the case with minis/escorts etc)

At the end of the day it's probably worth getting one of the rims and seeing if it fits your car.
 

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