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Old 07-06-2019, 04:31 AM
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Low profile tire blow-outs & wheel damage

Anyone have tire blow outs & wheel damage with low profile 18” or 19” tires?
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I've been running 19s with 35 sidewall. Never blew out a tire but I've bent my rims like 6 times in the last 3 years. 2 of which were bad enough the tires leaked air. Gotta pay to play :B


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In 50+ years of driving, I've never had a blow-out with any tire.

Wife once had two blow-outs at the same time. But that was because she apparently thought the curb was part of the road. She got behind on her steering.
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My dad managed to blow out a 55 sidewall tire ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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all the time : nails , bent wheels , more nails and more bent wheels. hate it so much
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Never had blow out...
had flats though with any tire... heck my lawn mower has one...

I am more careful when driving the MB with low profile ties...
Looking for potholes, curbs, bumps, junk on road...

Not a big fan but not in mood to buy smaller wheels which I am not sure would fit over brakes.
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When my community was in its building/expansion stage 20 years ago, my cars picked up construction nails regularly. No blow-outs but slow leaks only, usually discovered when going to the garaged car in the morning (overnight leak-downs).

I became pretty adept at plugging my own flat tires before going to work. I still have the kit, but haven't needed to use it in years.

Don't have any bent rims, yet (that I know of). But like others, I watch the road ahead like a hawk.

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I have 18” and suffered rim damage on both front and back on one side but no blowouts. Didn’t even know about it until I started noticing poor ride quality and vibrations in car on highway (thought the car was getting old). It was a pain to get the wheels back in shape.
Now I've had slow leaks due to nails in other cars (not low profile- which has nothing to do with it).
I’m kind of wary of low profile tires now even though they look nice and sharp.
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Only one blowout last year in Indiana that put a golf ball on the sidewall but was able to get to the dealership on the tire for a replacement (didn’t blowout but was very very close). In all honesty the hit probably should’ve fractured the rim, it was that bad. Only bent it.

Lots of bent rims (18 AMG wheels). Or just not able to fix them properly, I can’t tell anymore.

Look at any used W212 and review the carfax history. Wheel repair is like the #1 entry for this series. Chasing vibrations and wheel repair, go hand in hand.
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I feel your pain bud. I have a 2013 E550 that had 18” AMG OEM rims on it. After 2 blow outs and having the rims welded 5 times, I recycled them and bought aftermarket replicas. Not sure if they’re just bad rims or maybe the suspension components were worn out. This is my first car with aromatic suspension so maybe that’s the cause. It’s not absorbing the shock very well. I e had many cars with 18” and 19” wheels and have never had any issues until my AMG wheels.
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I've been running 19s with 35 sidewall. Never blew out a tire but I've bent my rims like 6 times in the last 3 years. 2 of which were bad enough the tires leaked air. Gotta pay to play :B

Solid looking ride! Where did you get that trunk spoiler? I believe my rear diffuser is the same as yours and I will be attacking that this evening with a buddy by using your advice and taking the bumper off!
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I feel your pain bud. I have a 2013 E550 that had 18” AMG OEM rims on it. After 2 blow outs and having the rims welded 5 times, I recycled them and bought aftermarket replicas. Not sure if they’re just bad rims or maybe the suspension components were worn out. This is my first car with aromatic suspension so maybe that’s the cause. It’s not absorbing the shock very well. I e had many cars with 18” and 19” wheels and have never had any issues until my AMG wheels.
I bought my 2014 E250 with AMG wheels made in Czech Republic. 1 was already welded, when 2 other had big cracks (strange since no bend visible), so I sold the good one on ebay and make garden hose hangers from other.
I suspect the Czech made weak alloy.
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Constantly. Went through 9 wheels in 2 years. It's getting to be a budgeted monthly expense. Back in about December I bought a full set of aftermarket cheapo "reproduction" wheels and while I did crack one on an especially egregious pothole, they seem to hold up a little better.
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Nope, just had wheels refurbished after 6 years on the car (18's) and as straight as a dye and no punctures or blow outs in the 3 years I have had it. Roads in the UK are not the best for potholes either.

What was the reason behind the question? Had an issue yourself, or thinking of running on 18's or 19's

There does seem to be some noise around some of the wheels on the AMG models (proper AMG not the Sport models) suffering from cracking.
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Solid looking ride! Where did you get that trunk spoiler? I believe my rear diffuser is the same as yours and I will be attacking that this evening with a buddy by using your advice and taking the bumper off!
I got it off ebay pre-painted for like $99. I dunno how long the paint will last at that price but it was so cheap I'll just buy a new one when the time comes. The color isn't a perfect match but it's hard to tell.

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I got it off ebay pre-painted for like $99. I dunno how long the paint will last at that price but it was so cheap I'll just buy a new one when the time comes. The color isn't a perfect match but it's hard to tell.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Painted-For...AAAOSwCkZZSLm6
Awesome, I was looking at the painted jbspeed one for a while but I like the styling of this one much better, next mod after the exhaust for sure!
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With 18s, we had two blowouts (right side both!) in the rain at night ...the water obscured the potholes, and it was a nasty hole due to dang Caltrans road construction! Cost me tires (did all 4 as I was prob within a year of replacing), and it put a few scars in the rim, though glad neither were bend or cracked! Stinks! Keep tires inflated on the high side (I use 36f/40r) to help mitigate damage, but low sidewalls just is what it is!

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I've had three failures with the aftermarket winter set-up and midwest pot holes. All fronts with 245/40 18's.

My Mrs just experienced her first 'blowout'. Her situation was a bit more drastic than most, hit a curb swerving to avoid a late night accident on a fairly fast moving street. Both tie-rods, driver side steering knuckle bent, wheel bearing, caliper bracket bent and a cracked rotor up front. The rear suffered just the rim...warning, not for the faint below:


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Yikes, glad she's ok, that was frightful!
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