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Old 03-28-2019, 08:51 PM
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How much of a lift do you have? This look truly looks super saucey
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I have the H&R 31mm and they have been on my 02 G500 for about a year and love how it changed the look of my G. So far I have no issues with them. I got them after I got the new BfGoodridge K02 tires over a year ago and I've put about 15k miles on them.

One thing I've noticed after installing the spacers is the improvement in handling thru corners. Before if I go thru corners too quick, it felt like the G was gonna lift up and tip over.

Here's a couple pics of my G with the 31mm spacers


Here with his older brother, 1971 BMW.




My next plan is a lift, maybe 2" and bigger 35" tires.
That looks amazing too! Very clean G truck!

I needed to hear that feedback, that the spacers DID improve the overall handling and stability of the G, thank you
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Old 03-28-2019, 11:10 PM
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How much of a lift do you have? This look truly looks super saucey
Ha ha... went with about a 3 inch lift. Tires are 305/65R18s, or around 34 inches. Could have gone a little bigger even, but then you start pushing the limitations on the rear door carrier...
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Ha ha... went with about a 3 inch lift. Tires are 305/65R18s, or around 34 inches. Could have gone a little bigger even, but then you start pushing the limitations on the rear door carrier...
I love it, it's definitely winning
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Just to support my decision on very wide wheel spacers, you can compare the old G against what Mercedes has done with the new model. You can see how much wider the stance is on the 2019 G (wheels compared to the vehicle body width) than the old one. Even my G's stance still looks narrower.



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Originally Posted by Limey Hooligan View Post
Just to support my decision on very wide wheel spacers, you can compare the old G against what Mercedes has done with the new model. You can see how much wider the stance is on the 2019 G (wheels compared to the vehicle body width) than the old one. Even my G's stance still looks narrower.


What color is that?
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They arrived earlier today!

Will be installing them now🤓
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I needed a little bit of "poke-out" in my G life lol

Took about 30min or so to install, with my pops and I.

Man, what a difference. If your ever considering getting spacers for your G truck. DO IT.

Heres some pics for now:

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oh my lawd, 31mm spacers made a huge difference on how the stance and drive of the truck! My goodness, just making a U turn feels planted l, no more of that top heavy wobble feel.

I'll take some more pics and post them up later, time for the gym. I put off my fasted training for these damn spacers...WORTH IT THO!🙃😜
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I have the H&R 31mm....
Did you feel like you need an alignment after installation of the spacers?
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WOW!!! That looks great. Amazing what a few mm can do. I am impressed at your comments about a change in the "feel" of the truck. That was one of my biggest complaints with my MY '16 G550. Such a simple solution. Happy motoring.
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They look great, BUT, I noticed my steering wheel isnt exactly at 12 o'clock position, like it was prior to spacers installation. It tends to favor a bit to the right now. I didn't think an alignment would be necessary?

Aside from that, the stance is significantly more aggressive and handling / corners has definitely improved. Drive is still smooth and no steering wheel wobbles/shaking
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I would check the front end alignment just to be sure. If it turns out OK there is an adjustment that can be made to center the steering wheel.
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I would check the front end alignment just to be sure. If it turns out OK there is an adjustment that can be made to center the steering wheel.
Thank you! I feel like the steering wheel being centered varies..so im thinking that widening the stance made it a bit more sensitive to crowns on the road? Depending on surface, im either favoring to the right or left, maybe im just being too over observant! haha

I didn't know there is a way to center the steering wheel without an alignment?
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There is a procedure for centering the steering wheel in the front end mechanism. I haven't done it on any of my Benzes but had it done multiple times on my Porsches because we were always fiddling with camber and caster as well as alignment for track driving. I believe it had something to do with loosening and adjusting tie rod ends or something of that nature.

A good check would be to center the steering wheel while the truck is on a flat surface (parking lot) and drive slowly forward to see if it tracks in a straight line. Trying to do this on a road with the archaic suspension on the older G's is virtually impossible. Good luck. Let us know how you make out.
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There is a procedure for centering the steering wheel in the front end mechanism. I haven't done it on any of my Benzes but had it done multiple times on my Porsches because we were always fiddling with camber and caster as well as alignment for track driving. I believe it had something to do with loosening and adjusting tie rod ends or something of that nature.

A good check would be to center the steering wheel while the truck is on a flat surface (parking lot) and drive slowly forward to see if it tracks in a straight line. Trying to do this on a road with the archaic suspension on the older G's is virtually impossible. Good luck. Let us know how you make out.
Thank you so much for your feedback but yeah very good point.

I've driven it these last few days post installation of spacers and the steering overall I feel may be fine. I think not varies overall with the crown of the road because sometimes it favors right and sometimes left. Its weird, I assume widening the stance made the axles that much more sensitive?
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Alright, so I've elected to drive the G vs C32/SL63 the past few days post spacers installation and heres my feedback:

Mostly combined city/motorway driving, overall very smooth, just like before the spacers installation. No wobble feeling on the steering wheel and suspension. Though I feel that widening the stance has made the axles more "sensitive" to uneven surfaces and road crowns, because even though the truck drives straight, every once in a while, the steering wheel favors going to the right or left, i dont know if I'll need an alignment eventually, but I've asked, and the feedback I've gotten is alignment is unecessary.

Handing has improved for sure. The body roll is significantly less whenever taking bends/turns as it was prior to having the spacers on. Overall handling is has definitely improved, truck feels more planted and a lot less feeling of being top heavy.

Despite it only being 31mm, it made a huge change on the trucks overall stance / appearance. It looks more burlier / brawny and more demanding, as it should've came from factory! The widened wheel stance and that slight bit of wheel/tire poke out from the fenders, just looks so damn right.

Overall, pretty happy with the spacers decision. It made my G truck look complete.


thank you guys for putting in your inputs and feedbacks! It truly helped me with the decision of getting the spacers. I hope this thread will help provide guidance for those still contemplating whether or not to get 31mm spacers on their G truck.

I say do it!


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I saw that h & h have 35mm, do you think the wheels will go out too much?
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Someone asked for pics of mine. But spacers on stock wheels look great as well. As you can see Im not rocking stocks anymore.




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Will be installing them now🤓


Looks awesome!!! Is the correct spacer for the 2019's the same as the earlier Gen G wagon? Want to make sure I order correct part for 2019 G63. Thanks.
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I saw that h & h have 35mm, do you think the wheels will go out too much?
I think the wheels will stick out beyond the flares and body work. Personally I don't care for that look as it over accentuates the wheels and tires in relation to the body. Just my opinion.
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Is alignment necessary post spacers installation update:

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Its me again haha

So I contacted my service advisor at my dealership inquiring about whether or not an alignment is necessary post spacers installation.

This is what my advisor said:

"Wheel spacers and wider tires can cause drift or pull sensations to be exaggerated compared to OE, however, the G class is prone to pulls, drifts and slightly off center steering wheels eve under best of circumstances; given the natures of its heavy duty suspension and differentials."

no wheel alingment is necessary
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Its me again haha

So I contacted my service advisor at my dealership inquiring about whether or not an alignment is necessary post spacers installation.

This is what my advisor said:

"Wheel spacers and wider tires can cause drift or pull sensations to be exaggerated compared to OE, however, the G class is prone to pulls, drifts and slightly off center steering wheels eve under best of circumstances; given the natures of its heavy duty suspension and differentials."

no wheel alingment is necessary
If it keeps bothering you, you may want to consider installing a thicker front track bar or panhard rod. That's what I did, and even with a 3 inch lift, 50 mm wheel spacers, and 34 inch tires I've never felt the G drifting or wandering on the road.
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If it keeps bothering you, you may want to consider installing a thicker front track bar or panhard rod. That's what I did, and even with a 3 inch lift, 50 mm wheel spacers, and 34 inch tires I've never felt the G drifting or wandering on the road.
Thank you for that! that is something i will look into.

I think this is also me just being very OCD and being a perfectionist haha! i notice every little detail, but overall the trunk drives smooth and the "wandering" is very miniscule if that.

Though, its almost been a week since i installed the spacers, should i remove the wheels and re torque the spacers down? i torqued the spacers down to wheels spec from the vehicle manual, which is 96ft lbs recommended (i torqued the wheel bolts to this as well)
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Just re torque the lug nuts and you should be fine.
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Spacers should be 1 of the first mods for all G owners in my opinion. I hate myself for waiting so long!


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