Should I be staggered?

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by DSM10000, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. DSM10000

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    My W203 C320 saloon has 205/55/16 tyres fitted all round. Everytime I look at a tyre website and put the registration in the websites suggest that the rears should be wider than the fronts.

    Was this just an option or should the rear be running on wider tyres?
     
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    I think the 16s were the same all round. Certainly were on our 203. 17s and above were wider on the rear.
     
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    AFAIK:

    C320 Classic 16" Steel wheels with 205/55
    C320 Classic SE 16" alloys with 205/55
    C320 Elegance 17" alloys with 225/45
    C320 Avantgarde 17" alloys staggered 225/45 and 245/40

    If you pm me your e-mail I can e-mail you the 2005 C Class saloon price list which has all details :thumb:
     
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    Thank you both. I should have said, it is a 2003 Avantgare model with 16" alloys. I often find tyre websites are incorrect.:wallbash:

    Or possibly it has had the wheels changed?
     
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    are the wheels genuine MB?
     
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    May be right. Some cars had 205/55x16 on the front and 225/50x16 on the back. It varied from model to model and also depends on what wheels are fitted.
     
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    Yes they are MB
     
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    To be certain take off all the wheels and check the number on the back. It might be someone didn't realise they were staggered and fitted the wrong tyres.
     
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    Frankly it's up to you. Same-width tyres all-round is more economical because you can rotate the tyres front/rear, get better deals buying four of the same, slimmer tyres are often a few quid cheaper and due to a mild reduction in drag/friction will probably improve fuel economy.

    I'm struggling to think of a benefit to staggered tyres. Mildly better grip in extreme circumstances perhaps?
     
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    My new W204 has same width tyres all around - I specfied the 205/55 R 16 rather than the 17 inches as this dropped the vehicle a tax band and gives better mpg. The wheel designs are just the same so you can not tell the difference.

    On our 2007 SLK it is staggered 205/55 16 on front wider ones on back.
     
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    For most people, just the appearance I would guess.
     
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