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Old 05-15-2019, 05:39 AM
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What a joke! I would avoid MB wheels!

Have my car in for service- a trio of minor things, and I thought an unbalanced tire.

They are telling me ALL 4 rims are bent. Either BS, or MB just sucks at wheels. I didnít like these 19 inches with RFT to begin with and quickly swapped them off for a winter wheel set, only putting these 19ís back on about 3weeks ago.

5 weeks. 4 bent rims?

So disappointed in MB right now.

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Old 05-15-2019, 10:53 AM
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I had an Audi a while back and bent all the rims. I had other issues with the car and didnít want to put another dollar into it. I was filling up the tires once a month to keep pressure.

What are you driving over to bend them? I had hit a few things, my bends were definitely my fault. I drove the car rough and didnít baby it one bit. Probably wouldnít have had all the problems if I was more careful lol
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:24 AM
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I have to wonder if RFTs have anything to do with all the reports of bent rims. It's conceivable that the very stiff sidewalks of such tires might transmit more shock to the rims, perhaps enough to distort them.
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Old 05-15-2019, 12:43 PM
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Well, a typical 245 wide MB tire on a 19" rim with 35 aspect ratio is VERY thin. Sometime I wonder why would OEM choose such a fragile combination for global market.
If all roads are like autobahn, we then be smiling. I don't know what wheel brand is on yours, but I am on a Ronal-AMG standard from MB and it is light, supposedly no more than 10kg.
https://www.ronalgroup.com/en/techno...ght-reduction/
Light weight is good, but off road type wheel strength we all wish for, would need a thicker aluminum alloy and that is weight penalty.
Our car own fat 1,800kg-ish weight is not helping either, the heavier the car, the more the impact the wheel experience on the same pot hole compared to a 1,350kg car at the same speed.
RTF effect, I have no idea. I got this used car with Bridgestone RE050 which I think it was RTF. Only use it like 100KM and replaced it with Michelin PS4 due to the tire was 4 years old, albeit 10,000KM only. So I can't say RTF was more harsh or not, besides this is an 18", so more forgiving I suppose.

245/40/18 tire wall height 9.9cm , total tire height 65.3 cm

I am lucky to be still in this 18" wheel size, being a 2014 car. But my rear 265/35 size, wall height only 9.4cm
245/35/19 tire wall height 8.6cm, total tire height 65.5 cm
1.3 cm worth of extra wall height "bent-wheel-buffer" on 18" wheel vs 19".
https://tiresize.com/calculator/

Here is a very interesting test, but on a Golf GTi size/weight 17,18,19 inch wheels, 225 wide tire. In case handling is your concern when and if going for 18"

225/45 17" 10.2cm wall height. Total tire height 63.5 cm
225/40 18" 8.9cm wall height. Total tire height 63.8 cm
225/35 19" 7.9cm wall height. Total tire height 64.0 cm

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Old 05-15-2019, 12:53 PM
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Yep, my car still has a couple bent rims on the rear. I think the fronts are ok. I had them balanced at town fair tire and that seemed to help out a little bit, but just took a trip yesterday to CT and still have that nagging rear end vibration on the highway, very frustrating. I guess I'll be at Viti soon too. I'd deal with wheel guy direct, a company called ARG but I tried that before and he only seems to want to deal direct with the dealers. I'm very familiar with these mercedes wheels starting back with my 2012 AMG, had the wheels on that fixed about 4 times. These new england roads are tough on the wheels but they should be stronger than they are.
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mercedes wheels have always sucked, my 2007, 2011, 2014 and now my 2017 E-class have always had wheel issues. the E300 is the worst one out of all of them. Im on 18inch wheels and had two rims get bent slightly with a very slow leak. I do normal city and high way city driving and know where all the problem spots are in my city majority of the time so its not that im beating on the car.
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Yep I just ordered the Mandrus wheels today. Got 500 off. 1700 for 4. Canít take the stock wheels anymore.
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I was wondering the same thing about the RFT's helping bend the rim. Stiff enough to run flat has to mean more transfer to the rim too.

i got a set of 18" Rials from Tire Rack with XIce snows on them that were great all winter. Might do similar with some Pilot 4s for summer. All in 1700 ish. The Mandrus look nice too. Definitely want to size down to 18 inch.
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What's also strange is that I put the wheels back on myself, taking care to give them a nice clean and wax. The rims looked perfect, but i still felt an imbalance. I was really wondering if these RFT's had an issue in them. The Conti's have a 1 year road hazard (i.e. pothole) warranty even- I was hoping it was just a tire swap to smoothness.
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Originally Posted by Mbracer26 View Post
mercedes wheels have always sucked, my 2007, 2011, 2014 and now my 2017 E-class have always had wheel issues. the E300 is the worst one out of all of them. Im on 18inch wheels and had two rims get bent slightly with a very slow leak. I do normal city and high way city driving and know where all the problem spots are in my city majority of the time so its not that im beating on the car.
So why keep buying Mercedes?
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Originally Posted by jl199986 View Post
So why keep buying Mercedes?
The wheels suck, not the car...
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