Mechanics

WHEEL SIZE

1998 Mercedes Benz SLK230

Tires and Wheels problem
1998 Mercedes Benz SLK230 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 100000 miles

Why is the spec size of the front tyres larger than the back tyres, what happens if I make them the same?
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Bradshaw
February 26, 2010.



Original Equipment Sizes for 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK230

Original Equipment Front Size 1: 205/55-16
Original Equipment Rear Size 1: 225/50-16
width / side wall height - rim size

Front Optional 17" 225/45-17
Rear Optional 17" 245/40-17

Front Optional 18" 225/40-18
Rear Optional 18" 255/35-18

The rear tires are wider(225) but have a shorter(50) side wall. I recommend staying with the original size that it came with. Look at the sidewall to see the exact match for yours.

2CarPros Mike
Mar 1, 2010.