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Old 01-21-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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What size winter tires do I need?

I have a 2012 GL350 Bluetec Avantgarde model that came with AMG wheels and Continental tires (295/40 R21). What size winter tires/wheels should I buy?

I want tires that will be great in the snow/slush and on ice...not so much worried about the look/feel of the tires for winter.

Can I go to 18", or stick with 19" (or even 20")?

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Old 01-21-2013, 08:59 PM   #2
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I got 19s. 265/55/19 scorpion ice and snow. I got the oem 19 MB wheels form ebay. They were pretty much brand new (still had the sticker on the inside) and got the tires locally.

You can also do 275/55/19, 275/50/20, 265/60/18 for general sizes.

Like mine, the wheel arches will make the winter wheels "look" inset. Some people add a 30mm spacer to bring out the wheels to where the 21s are.

The Pirelli is a winter tire for "high performing SUVs" and recommended by MB.
Next time I may look for a more pure winter tire due to where I live, having said that, the pirelli are still a good winter tire and 100 times better than the 295/21. Those were like tabogins.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:01 PM   #3
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I bought 18' oem rims from ebay. Mounted new 255/65/18 snow tires. So far I like it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:44 PM   #4
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I am SOOOO happy...I bought some Bridgestone Blizzaks DM-V1s for my GL350 along with some Elbrus 105 wheels and a day later they have performed EXCEPTIONALLY well in our biggest snow storm in years! Thanks to Northern Performance, in Burlington, ON for an excellent price!! I basically paid only $19 more than if I ordered through Tire Rack!!
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:48 PM   #5
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By the way, I bought 265/60 R18s to replace my 295/40 R21s (Continental CrossContact tires) for the winter.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:45 PM   #6
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Good to hear. I had the blizzaks on my Infiniti. Great tire.

How did u find the winter wheel look (with the fender flares) over the 21s?
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:53 PM   #7
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Being completely honest, I am surprised that they look fine...I too was worried that they would look like they were sunk too far into the vehicle. However, they look very good and I am happy that I got the 265s...they easily slice through the snow!
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Even my wife thinks they look great...and she's pretty picky about looks.
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