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16" wheels?

Started by raueda1, 08 June 2024, 03:45 PM

raueda1

6 years ago (?) I upgraded to 15" wheels because of the well know lack of suitable 14" tires.  My Pirelli P600's are now bald and I find myself back in the same situation again.  The choice seems to be largely BFG muscle car tires, US$500+ Michelins or unknown Korean/Chinese stuff I never heard of. 

This raises the question of going up to 16" wheels.  It seems like there are decent bundt lookalikes out there.  Has anybody done this?  The trouble here, I guess, is that this is pushing tire sizes we're moving out of the sedan/comfort realm into low profile sportier stuff.  Any thoughts or experiences?  Thanks,
-Dave
Now:  1976 6.9 Euro, 2015 GL550
Before that:  1966 230S, 1964 220SE coupe, 1977 Carrera 3.0

rumb

My w126 I found the newer profile, directional tires did not react well to the suspension. Reg tires drove much better.

'68 250S
'77 6.9 Euro
'91 300SE,
'98 SL500
'14 CLS550,
'16 AMG GTS
'21 E450 Cabrio

raueda1

Quote from: rumb on 08 June 2024, 05:24 PMMy w126 I found the newer profile, directional tires did not react well to the suspension. Reg tires drove much better.
Thanks Robert, exactly the kind of info I was looking for.  So the 15" search continues.  BTW, got my car back from the paint place.  It looks terrific!  Cheers,
-Dave
Now:  1976 6.9 Euro, 2015 GL550
Before that:  1966 230S, 1964 220SE coupe, 1977 Carrera 3.0

raueda1

And to finally close this issue I decided on 215/60-15 Vredestein Sprints.  They're 94W rated, reasonably priced (??) and almost exactly the same diameter as the OE 205/70-14's. I'll report on how they feel in due coarse.....    Cheers,
-Dave
Now:  1976 6.9 Euro, 2015 GL550
Before that:  1966 230S, 1964 220SE coupe, 1977 Carrera 3.0

BMA

just a quick add: upgraded to 16" Bundt wheels from Maxilite for my 6.9. Front 7J with 205/55/16 and rear 8J 225/50/16. Tyres: Michelin Primacy. Drives very good, no issues.
happy having finally a 6.9 # 7271 in my garage, ...so nice to cruise!