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everettpa411

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Factory Rims 6.9
« on: 10 March 2021, 08:02 PM »
Did any 6.9 US models come with 15” rims?  I’m looking at 1979 wearing 15” rubber on Bundts.  Seller claims a factory option.  Data card says code 640 but every 6.9 I have ever seen has  14” rims.  Can somebody clear this up?  Thanks!

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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #1 on: 10 March 2021, 10:08 PM »
Sure, 15” Fuchs were an OEM option for every model in the W116 series, all.
Be careful however. There were about 4/5 replicas from other brands.

That turn out to be a BIG advantage considering today’s world tires market because the choices on 15” are many times more the options on 14”.  Reasons why many opt for the 15”. Personally I like the look A LOT better with 15” too...



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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #2 on: 11 March 2021, 04:39 AM »
Thanks!  Any way to tell exactly which size came with the car?  Option code 640 is on the data card but I see a lot of VINs with 640 and 14” rims. 

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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #3 on: 11 March 2021, 04:53 AM »
Aren't 15 inch fuchs a dealer option rather than a factory-fitted option? Even the W126 came with 14 inch bundts.
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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #4 on: 11 March 2021, 01:22 PM »
I don't believe there was a 15 inch factory option. All aftermarket.

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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #5 on: 11 March 2021, 05:02 PM »
Sure, 15” Fuchs were an OEM option for every model in the W116 series

The W116 was only ever offered from factory with 14" rims.
There's no 15" rim option in any of the prices lists.

From late 1979 the W126 was offered with 15" Fuchs rims as an option from factory, and at that time it was possible to have them dealer fitted to the W116 too.
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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #6 on: 11 March 2021, 05:07 PM »
Sure, 15” Fuchs were an OEM option for every model in the W116 series, all.
Be careful however. There were about 4/5 replicas from other brands.

That turn out to be a BIG advantage considering today’s world tires market because the choices on 15” are many times more the options on 14”.  Reasons why many opt for the 15”. Personally I like the look A LOT better with 15” too...

ARC and ATS 15" replicas are fine.

I'm one of those who moved to 15" on my W116, and I'd never go back to 14" even if I were offered a brand new set with factory fresh XWXs on them.
Tire availability aside, the car looks and (IMO) feels better.
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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #7 on: 12 March 2021, 06:40 AM »
Sure, 15” Fuchs were an OEM option for every model in the W116 series, all.
Be careful however. There were about 4/5 replicas from other brands.

That turn out to be a BIG advantage considering today’s world tires market because the choices on 15” are many times more the options on 14”.  Reasons why many opt for the 15”. Personally I like the look A LOT better with 15” too...

ARC and ATS 15" replicas are fine.

I'm one of those who moved to 15" on my W116, and I'd never go back to 14" even if I were offered a brand new set with factory fresh XWXs on them.
Tire availability aside, the car looks and (IMO) feels better.

^^^This.  Completely agree.  The improvement is not small. 
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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #8 on: 12 March 2021, 01:11 PM »
I moved to 16 inch wheels with 225 on the front and 255 at the back. The ride difference and road holding are much better. One major difference has been braking performance. The front wheels used to lock up too easily but with wider modern rubber I can really feel the difference.

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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #9 on: 12 March 2021, 05:35 PM »
AdamB,

Do you have any pictures of how your tires look?  I went with 15" Michelin Defenders 205/65 with chrome 15-hole rims (there's chrome on the fenders so it matches), and was wondering what a bigger tire would look/feel like.  I sometimes think the ride can be a little swishy with some roll, but holds excellently overall.

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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #10 on: 13 March 2021, 07:42 AM »
Top and bottom pix are 235/60-15's.  Middle is 14", 205/70 if I recall.  All same car, different lighting.
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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #11 on: 13 March 2021, 01:51 PM »
AdamB,

Do you have any pictures of how your tires look?  I went with 15" Michelin Defenders 205/65 with chrome 15-hole rims (there's chrome on the fenders so it matches), and was wondering what a bigger tire would look/feel like.  I sometimes think the ride can be a little swishy with some roll, but holds excellently overall.

Peter

I must admit that to my eye the 14 inch wheels look the best but the ride difference of bigger wheels and fatter tyres is a strong reason to have something else for day-to-day usage.

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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #12 on: 15 March 2021, 09:29 PM »
Those look great!  How does it ride and handle?
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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #13 on: 16 March 2021, 02:54 PM »
Those look great!  How does it ride and handle?
If this is directed at me, the answer is excellent and excellent

Oops, not directed at me! :o
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Re: Factory Rims 6.9
« Reply #14 on: 16 March 2021, 04:07 PM »
Those look great!  How does it ride and handle?
If this is directed at me, the answer is excellent and excellent

Oops, not directed at me! :o

LOL! I think you answered the question. The look is not for everyone but I like it.