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Old 07-19-2009, 05:39 PM
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2009 C350--16'' wheels

Hey all, quick question---I've got 18'' AMG's on my C350, and I was wondering would 16'' wheels fit? I'm thinking about downgrading solely for ride quality. I know 17's would fit...my last 2005 C230 had 16's.

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Old 07-19-2009, 07:14 PM
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Hey all, quick question---I've got 18'' AMG's on my C350, and I was wondering would 16'' wheels fit? I'm thinking about downgrading solely for ride quality. I know 17's would fit...my last 2005 C230 had 16's.

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Yes, it will fit, i got a set of 16" 7 spoke for sale on ebay not long ago.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:08 PM
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Awesome--I know most people will think I have a hole in the head..lol, but for me the ride comfort is important. I definitely think the 18'' wheels look much better though. I wonder if Brabus sells anything in 16''?
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yes, in some area, 16" wheels were standard for the w204 c-class..
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I personally think that 16" is too small... if you want a smoother ride 17" with good tires should do. It is going to be a big jump from 18" to 17" because
1) you will have higher profile tires which will result in a smoother ride
2) you can get comfort tires rather than sport tires you have right now
3) the car is formatted for a 17" or 18" setup, the car may not respond as well to a 16" setup because it will be too small for the size of the car and the weight of the car.
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As long as the OD and offset are similar, and they clear the brakes, they will work. I agree with mat2hu, the car would probably react better to 17" wheels. I don't agree that 16" will be too small because the car's size and weight.
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has anyone actually seen 16" wheels on a w204 C350 Sport? MBUSA lists the US version as having 12.7" rotors and that might be a real tight fit under 16" wheels. C300 has smaller rotors.

Unless you had aftermarket wheels, all 2005 C230's came with 17" wheels standard.
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BTW Stallion, let me know if you want to sell one of your rear 18"s.
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Hey guys---Just drove my parents' new Lexus, and that's the kind of ride I'd love to get out my C350...I know, I'm an idiot for expecting that ride out of a performance sedan!!

That being said, the closest I can get to that kind of ride on my C350 is going from my 18'' AMG wheels (which I will be selling on here in 1-2 months) to a set of 16'' wheels with all season tires. Is that a true statement?

I talked to the parts guy at my Mercedes dealership---He said that 16'' wheels could fit on my car, though for aesthetic reasons he said he wouldn't go below a set of 17'' staggered wheels.

He gave me the following Wheel parameters for the 2009 C350:

16'' wheels: 7.5 x 16 H2ET53
17'' staggered wheels: 7.5 x 17 H2ET47 Front, 8.5 x 17 H2ET58 REAR

I have no idea what that means---When I go and purchase a set of wheels are these the specs I need to give the vendor?

Thanks a lot!
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Originally Posted by stallion150 View Post
Hey guys---Just drove my parents' new Lexus, and that's the kind of ride I'd love to get out my C350...I know, I'm an idiot for expecting that ride out of a performance sedan!!

That being said, the closest I can get to that kind of ride on my C350 is going from my 18'' AMG wheels (which I will be selling on here in 1-2 months) to a set of 16'' wheels with all season tires. Is that a true statement?

I talked to the parts guy at my Mercedes dealership---He said that 16'' wheels could fit on my car, though for aesthetic reasons he said he wouldn't go below a set of 17'' staggered wheels.

He gave me the following Wheel parameters for the 2009 C350:

16'' wheels: 7.5 x 16 H2ET53
17'' staggered wheels: 7.5 x 17 H2ET47 Front, 8.5 x 17 H2ET58 REAR

I have no idea what that means---When I go and purchase a set of wheels are these the specs I need to give the vendor?

Thanks a lot!
Seriously??? Probably should bought a Lexus.

With that being said, yes, going to 16" wheels will help. I'm not sure I'd believe your parts guy at the MB dealership. I still think they won't fit or will be SUPER close.

Yes those specs are what you need, as long as they match those specs, they will fit on your car. Don't forget the bolt pattern and centerbore size.
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Seriously??? Probably should bought a Lexus.

With that being said, yes, going to 16" wheels will help. I'm not sure I'd believe your parts guy at the MB dealership. I still think they won't fit or will be SUPER close.

Yes those specs are what you need, as long as they match those specs, they will fit on your car. Don't forget the bolt pattern and centerbore size.
I agree with e1000...you wound up in the wrong showroom if pure ride is that important to you. How happy are you with the Lexus when you turn a corner?

16" wheels with same O.D. tire will improve the ride, although will not match the spring rate and shock valving Lexus provides....but your car will start to look like a roller skate.
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Thanks for the info guys---maybe a set of 17's would be the right compromise?
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Put 17" on... that is what the car is designed for. you have a potential chance of damaging your shocks, alignment, and suspension if you go too small.
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Look into the non-AMG 17" wheels. Put some soft all-season (do not get summer only tires) staggered tires on it. Should be an improvement but nowhere near what a Lexus will feel like.
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If you're interested...I took off my 17" staggered Conti Pro Contacts with less than 1000 miles and stored them since November when I bought my C300. Send me a PM if you're interested. Just have to figure out how to ship....
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Any body have experience with the C300 luxury? I think the best thing to have done is to have bought that car, and just swapped out the grilles--so combination of the looks I want plus the ride.
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The moment I saw the OP I thought to myself how he should have got a Lexus . .
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