My New Wheels !

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by Mark300SL, Sep 14, 2002.

  1. Mark300SL

    Mark300SL 1962-2010. Gone, but not forgotten.

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    I picked up my newly refurbished wheels from Lepsoms today, - very impressed with the result, So now I effectively have brand new Mille Miglia rims, with as new 245/45/17 P-zero tyres, and brand new stealership wheel bolts and locking bolts all for just over £600!

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    Needless to say - I am a very happy bunny <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'>

    Mark
     
  2. GrahamC230K

    GrahamC230K MB Club Veteran

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    Vey nice. The wheels look great on the car.

    Nice pics in the Gallery.

    BTW What is your driver's side headlamp wiper up to?
     
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    Mark300SL

    Mark300SL 1962-2010. Gone, but not forgotten.

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    <!--QuoteBegin--GrahamC230K+Sep. 14 2002,22<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':0'></span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (GrahamC230K @ Sep. 14 2002,22<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':0'>4)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">BTW What is your driver's side headlamp wiper up to?</td></tr></table><span id='postcolor'>
    I only spotted it tonight !

    It has been sorted - and new pics (or maybe just some photoshopping of the originals <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':)'> ) are now required

    Mark
     
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    The car and rims look really good, and what a great price!
     
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    Smart, very smart.
    They make the car look even better
     
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    Aletank Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I was just looking at Your SL Web Site and the difference of the car from when you first got it, is unbeleavable and too think that a set of nice wheels and the clear indicator lenses has all thats been changed(well maybe alot of TLC too)LOL .
    Your car looks superb, you must be really proud of it &nbsp; <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'>
    Nice new sig too
    <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':p'>
     
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    Very smart Mark, Bl**dy big garden you've got though <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':p'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':p'>
     
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    Mark300SL

    Mark300SL 1962-2010. Gone, but not forgotten.

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    Cheers Guys

    - looks like I'm not the only one who likes them <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':)'>
    It would have been nice to have 18's on it - but I really do like these particular rims and the cheaper 17&quot; tyres are just a bonus !

    I've got to add - the car has had nothing but the wheels and indicators - the new pics were taken at a much better location with more light, the yard outside the firm - If anything it was cleaner in the first (original) pics

    I'm checking out the centre caps - but they might be a bit too much with the chrome as my wheels have a bright but painted finish

    Mark
     
  10. Malc

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    Looks great. I agree that the wheels go really well with the lines of the car.
     
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    Mark300SL

    Mark300SL 1962-2010. Gone, but not forgotten.

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    After just 1 working day with the car with the new wheels on - She doesnt like the reduced ride quality induced by the lower profile tyres <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'>

    I have been informed by she who must be obeyed that the new wheels are &quot;not up to standard&quot; and have completely destroyed the &quot;magic carpet&quot; ride that she was used to.

    I'm going to check the tyre pressures tomorrow, - maybe a slightly lower pressure will allow me to keep the wheels on the car. Unfortunately she has to drive it to work every day and I just couldnt take the grief if I cant improve it.

    I think it handles much better than before!, looks better than before -  and although there isnt much difference in ride quality - you can actually feel the difference !

    Mark

    Depressed <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':('>
    Considering selling the SL and making the bitch drive my Rover with the T/A Koni's set to full &quot;hard&quot; - now THATS uncomfortable!
     
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    Might be cheaper to sell the wife &nbsp;and keep the alloys on &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':p'>
     
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    Mark300SL

    Mark300SL 1962-2010. Gone, but not forgotten.

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    <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':('> - She will claim the SL as her property, registered and insured in her name - her plate on it,

    THEN - She'll want 1/2 the house too !

    Mind you - with my share of the proceeds of the house I could then have a supercharged 500 with those wheels on it ! <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'>

    Mark
     
  14. Malc

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    I'd get a TE. You could live in the back.
     
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    I refer back to my earlier comment about getting my wife into an electric chair <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':p'> .

    I'm sure you could get the seat recovered to hide the wife's scorch marks &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'>
     
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    Mark300SL

    Mark300SL 1962-2010. Gone, but not forgotten.

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    Paul

    Wife said something like &quot;cough&quot; - at least thats what I thought she said <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':)'>

    Mark
     
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    Mark,

    She wouldn't buy the excuse of &quot;it's a safety feature&quot; as there'd be less chance of her falling asleep at the wheel <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':p'>

    S.
     
  18. GrahamC230K

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    You cannot go back!

    I can imagine the ride quality difference - Koolvin also commented the difference when he went back to his 15's whilst the 17's where being refurbed.

    Maybe in time your wife will like the new road holding characteristics and will not notice the ride so much. Does she not agree it looks sooooooooo much better?
     
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    I must admit , i like my magic carpet ride too . :-d

    There is just somthing nice about not feeling bumps in the road ....
     
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    Tweak the suspension a bit, i have driven SL's with 18's on after driving oneswith 16's on, and to be honest the ride didnt deteriorate THAT much.

    A c-class is a different matter, when changes wheels the difference is drastic!!

    When we went from the standard 18's on my dads car upto 20's we only noticed a very small difference, then we set the hydro's to have more unsprung mass and it bought it back to almost factory...

    More tyre is always gonna mean a smoother ride, but with that you loose handling advantages, most of the time traction and also those important looks.

    This is exactly why not everyone upgrades their wheels, some people dont need the extra grip or traction, and dont want to stand out with new wheels.

    Oh well, you have to take the rough with the smooth (bad pun&#33<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'>

    Ultimately, she is gonna decide as the women always does in my experience... <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'>
     
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