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Old 10-27-2016, 06:37 PM
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Winter tires for GTS?

Hello everyone,

My GL63 has me enthralled with AMG products and so now I'm going to jump into a 2016 GTS.

I would like to get winter tires to I can drive it year round. Obviously, I wouldn't drive it in deep snow, but love the improved handling of snow tires in cold weather.

The sales dept has told me there are no winter tires available for the rear. Has anyone found anything that works?

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Old 10-27-2016, 08:11 PM
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Not sure why they lied to you. Up here in the great white north Mercedes sells winter wheels and tires. I personally purchased 2 days ago a set of Pirelli Winter Sottozero Series2 winter 270's in the factory 19/20 sizes. Michelin also makes a rear in stock sizes in the Alpin Pa4 with a slightly narrower 255 width front tire as well. The Pirelli's are actually branded as Mercedes recommended
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I had posted this earlier this year:
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    eclapton24 , 02-24-2016 01:51 PM
    I have a square setup with 19" Pirelli Sottozero255/40/19 tires. I was originally going to keep the original wheels but tire options are quite limited. Pirellihad run out of snow tires when I bought them in the OEM size. Additionally, the aftermarket wheels makes the transition super easy and the package was not too expensive. The wheels are fairly inexpensive - DragRacing - that are able to clear the massive GTS brakes and look decent. They are easy to clean in regards to salt and brake dust. Traction was incredible. This is my only car and my daily driver. I drove it through the Chicago winter without a problem. Obviously I was not driving super aggressively in poor conditions.

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With the front offset at 61 and rear at 68 the best I could find in a rep was 45 and it worked for the rear but stuck out too much in the front. I got a deal of a lifetime on a factory set of 19/20 wheels so I went that way.
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Not sure why they lied to you. Up here in the great white north Mercedes sells winter wheels and tires. I personally purchased 2 days ago a set of Pirelli Winter Sottozero Series2 winter 270's in the factory 19/20 sizes. Michelin also makes a rear in stock sizes in the Alpin Pa4 with a slightly narrower 255 width front tire as well. The Pirelli's are actually branded as Mercedes recommended
so you just mount them on your existing wheels?
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Nope.

Bought another set of AMG wheels my dealer sold me which is the original stock 19/20 wheel and I'm using those.
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Originally Posted by eclapton24 View Post
I had posted this earlier this year:
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    eclapton24 , 02-24-2016 01:51 PM
    I have a square setup with 19" Pirelli Sottozero255/40/19 tires. I was originally going to keep the original wheels but tire options are quite limited. Pirellihad run out of snow tires when I bought them in the OEM size. Additionally, the aftermarket wheels makes the transition super easy and the package was not too expensive. The wheels are fairly inexpensive - DragRacing - that are able to clear the massive GTS brakes and look decent. They are easy to clean in regards to salt and brake dust. Traction was incredible. This is my only car and my daily driver. I drove it through the Chicago winter without a problem. Obviously I was not driving super aggressively in poor conditions.
Eclapton, would you be able to share the exact wheels you used? I just bought an AMG GTS, and it's late in the snow season. I'm also investigating the MB wheels option, but that might be $$$, and as you noticed, it's hard to find those weird winter tires late in the season.

I'd appreciate any help. I couldn't find "Dragracing" wheels. To many things come up on google. L(

Totally stoked with the car otherwise. I'm in Rhode Island, and we've had some days over freezing, so I've been able to cruise around in the batmobile. Soooo much cooler than the 911 I traded away for the GTS.

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Congrats on the car! Sorry for the late reply. I was out of town. The wheel is called dragracing DR 48 with 19 inch wheels. If you don't have a discount tire near you, they can be ordered online from discount tire direct according to my rep. They're not the fanciest wheels in the world, but they certainly do the job and are easy to keep clean.
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Thanks! It's snowing now and I timed out. I ended up getting Pirelli Sottozero Serie II tires in sizes matching the stock wheels. I spent 2 1/2 hours this morning watching tire guys at Firestone point at my tires, point at the machine, point at my tires, etc. They finally did it.

I had to get N=Porsche tires in front because that's what was left. That meant two separate orders from tirerack. They wouldn't send N tires and normal tires in the same order. I think there is 1 Sottozero Winter Serie II 265/35/19 left in the USA, and Pirelli isn't sending more. One person is allowed to get a flat.
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SottoZeros!

My MB dealer installed them and got them from TireRack. Porsche spec rear 295/30. Work great.
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Would you mind sending a pic of these on? I am about to mimic your approach with the Drag 48's squared. Thanks so much.
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Originally Posted by Gedalneil View Post
Would you mind sending a pic of these on? I am about to mimic your approach with the Drag 48's squared. Thanks so much.


Here you go!
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Would you mind sending a pic of these on? I am about to mimic your approach with the Drag 48's squared. Thanks so much.
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I have a friend...

who has a factory set of wheels and tires for sale. Everything is located in Toronto. I can find out
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Went with same set up with Drag wheels and bought 255/40/19 SottoZeros used. One important point here is the tire size. With these wheels, if we went with the 265/35/19, the front wheels may rub. Side note, they stopped making these wheels to get ready for SEMA. Thanks again.
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Does size matter?

I live in the Chicago area and have a 2018 AMG GT on order. It should arrive in February. For the winter, I found Pirelli tires and Zito wheels that should work. I went with the factory sizes for the 19/20 tires and wheels 19x9/20x11. Are there any issues going with the factory sizes for the winter? I spoke to a supercar wholesaler and he suggested that at a minimum, I should have gone with more narrow tires for the winter. Thoughts? I thought that I should be fine by matching.
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Originally Posted by jstewperry View Post
I live in the Chicago area and have a 2018 AMG GT on order. It should arrive in February. For the winter, I found Pirelli tires and Zito wheels that should work. I went with the factory sizes for the 19/20 tires and wheels 19x9/20x11. Are there any issues going with the factory sizes for the winter? I spoke to a supercar wholesaler and he suggested that at a minimum, I should have gone with more narrow tires for the winter. Thoughts? I thought that I should be fine by matching.
in winter, you need grip. Staggered look will look better for sure. .19 inch square with larger profile will grip better and help with winter pot holes. Plus lightly used Sottozeros and inexpensive wheels with new tps will be $1,300 instead of a $5k plus set up.
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I checked again with my dealership and they agreed that while you can go with a different setup, going with OEM sizes for winter should be fine. One of the other challenges I had was finding wheels that fit. Evidently the calipers are pretty big on the GT and not all wheels can clear them. I originally ordered Savini BM12s that were listed as ok for the GT. Once I placed my order, I got a fitment call from them stating that the 19 fronts would not work. They said that I would need to do a 20/20 setup. I did not want to do this, plus I had already received the 19/20 Pirelli Sottozeros. So that order was cancelled. Fortunately, I saw Zito Wheels on this forum. Not only do they state that the ZF03s fit, but I saw several photos of the actual wheel on the GT, and I spoke directly to the distributor as well. The price was reasonable.
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Congrats on the car! Sorry for the late reply. I was out of town. The wheel is called dragracing DR 48 with 19 inch wheels. If you don't have a discount tire near you, they can be ordered online from discount tire direct according to my rep. They're not the fanciest wheels in the world, but they certainly do the job and are easy to keep clean.
Did you get all 4 of the DR 48 in 19x9.5?
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Did anybody drive on the SottoZeros 3 and can comment on the difference from Series2?
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Did you get all 4 of the DR 48 in 19x9.5?
Yes, all 4 are the same size.
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Yes, all 4 are the same size.
Thank you. I just picked up the last set of these from DT. Did you get the run flats? Also, what TPMs?
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Thank you. I just picked up the last set of these from DT. Did you get the run flats? Also, what TPMs?
They are not run flats. Also, Discount Tire installed a set of TPMS sensors in the winter set so the swap outs each season are extra easy.
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Thanks for all the replies.

Did you have to use any spacers in the back? 9.5 for DRs instead of 11 for the factory would make the DRs look pushed in?
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Yes, all 4 are the same size.
The ones DT sold me has a 20 offset. Was your the same? The originals have a different offset, like 58-62.
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