Notices
M-Class (W163) 1998-2005: ML 230, ML 320, ML 350, ML 400 CDI, ML 430, ML 500, ML 270 CDI

1998 ML320 Project

 
Old 01-19-2012, 08:40 AM
  #1  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 12
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
1998 ML320
1998 ML320 Project

This is my 1998 ML320

So far I have removed the running boards and the rear tire carrier and I've bought some 17' AMG Replica wheels for winter. This spring I am hoping to find a decent set of 2008 ML63 AMG 20' wheels for the summer.

This is what it looked like when I first purchased the truck:





Removed tire carrier:



Painted and filled holes left from tire carrier:




This is what it looks like right now in winter mode:







Future plans are:

ML55 hood
20' ML63 AMG wheels
Lowered with H&R springs and torsion bar



Enjoy
84blaze is offline  
Old 01-19-2012, 09:26 AM
  #2  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 6
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
1999 ML320
Kinda liked it with that spare tire..never seen that before
DrewHa is offline  
Old 01-21-2012, 12:52 AM
  #3  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 6
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
1999 ML320
Are you sure ML63 wheels will fit on W163? I was lookin at the 07-08 rims but can't find anyone to confirm compatibility.
DrewHa is offline  
Old 01-23-2012, 09:17 AM
  #4  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 12
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
1998 ML320
Originally Posted by DrewHa View Post
Are you sure ML63 wheels will fit on W163? I was lookin at the 07-08 rims but can't find anyone to confirm compatibility.
I am not entirely sure, however the offset looks like it will work with the measurements I have made. When I try a set on I will reply back to let you know whether or not they work.
84blaze is offline  
Old 03-03-2013, 06:51 PM
  #5  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 12
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
1998 ML320
I have had the hardest time finding a pair of 08 ML63 AMG wheels for the truck so I opted for something else. In my search I came across a cheap set of 22's which I just purchased yesterday.

The plan for the wheels is to plasti-dip the centers gloss black or gunmetal grey leaving the lip chrome. One of the wheels has some clear coat peeling around the center cap which is why I want to plasti-dip them. They aren't really my style of rim but the price was right and I need summer tires.

What colour should I go with?

They are 22x8.5 with a +25 offset and 305/40/22 tires.

Here are some pictures:











84blaze is offline  
Old 03-26-2013, 08:02 AM
  #6  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Mercedes E280 W210
Nice truck you have...
jamalbuyong is offline  
Old 03-26-2013, 04:03 PM
  #7  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: West Michigan
Posts: 33
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2005 W163 ML350, 2008 E350 4matic, 2001 BMW Z3 roadster
Is your rear spare carrier for sale?
psnevets is offline  
Old 03-26-2013, 09:58 PM
  #8  
Junior Member
 
Pistonring8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Harrisburg Pa
Posts: 18
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2001 ML320
Very nice! Thank you for posting the pics. I also love the spare carrier cage and nerf bars, but your truck looks great without them too. My '01 had big wheels on it when I bought it. I have since opted for OEM stock wheels. Keep us posted, looks fantastic!
Pistonring8 is offline  
Old 03-27-2013, 09:27 AM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: New England
Posts: 260
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
1990 190E 2.6, ... 1998 ML320, 2005 ML500SE
Originally Posted by psnevets View Post
Is your rear spare carrier for sale?
Just a note------
The ML's that came with the spare tire carrier also came with heavier rear springs to compensate for the extra weight hanging off the back.

84balze, did you notice a difference in ride height and handling after you removed the tire carrier?
Your 98 ML looks very nice, without the 22's. I'm not a fan of super big rims.
Mike

Last edited by Mike's ML; 03-27-2013 at 09:29 AM.
Mike's ML is offline  
Old 04-07-2013, 08:52 PM
  #10  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 12
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
1998 ML320
I didnt notice a difference in handling when I removed the rear tire carrier..

On another note, I plasti dipped the wheels last week and finally got some photos of them mounted. I think they look much better than they did.

I bought the gloss wheels kit from dipyourcar.com and the prep kit.

I used Brake Dust Pro to clean the wheels. They wheels came out like new after using this stuff. I highly recommend it.



You just spray the BDP on and let it sit for about 2 minutes and rinse it off:

Like new:


First coat and all masked off:


My ghetto paint set up:

It was a super windy day so it had lots of air circulation.





I washed the truck today and as soon as I finished it started raining... Worst timing.















Enjoy.
84blaze is offline  
Old 04-08-2013, 09:14 PM
  #11  
Junior Member
 
Pistonring8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Harrisburg Pa
Posts: 18
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2001 ML320
Love the Plasti Dip. Very nicely done. Did my Saab wheels and trim with it... Held up forever.
Pistonring8 is offline  
 

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:
You have already rated this thread Rating: Thread Rating: 0 votes,  average.

Quick Reply: 1998 ML320 Project


Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: