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Oooo, a triple black looking totally boss! Need to get those running boards and door handles blacked out too for that proper stealth look. Only two more sleeps until the big day. Get some pics up in the Black Paint thread when you get a chance. Sh!t just got real :cool:
 

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Already on it Toobad,gonna see how the skirts come to bits and get them anodised black all being well.Then want the calipers doing red to match the trimmings,going to get them done professionally.Read on a post on the amg lounge some guy in usa had the handles black chrome so i'll be looking into doing that as well,I'll post some pics up over the weekend when I get it home.
 

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Milldu, looks good with silver running boards, breaks the lines of car up - my opinion.

Will be interested if they have fitted all weather tyres - congratulations.
 

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No all weathers available in 21's, I hoping for a set of 20's with all seasons for the colder months coming - save the 21's for summer use.
 

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Shouldn't have any problem with getting the 20's according to the bulletin they sent out but not clear as to whether you can keep the 21's, I will certainly be getting all weathers in November even though at the moment I have no sign of crabbing.
 

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Another factor to consider for cars with staggered wheels - possibly larger and wider rears - is that MB appear to only be offering a single size wheel and tyre for all four corners. They believe this also helps reduce the crabbing. I'm not sure fitting narrower rear wheels and tyres will look right under the wider / sportier wheel arches on a C43 AMG. But it might help reduce the problem, so an acceptable fix for MB? :(


We have never had to store a set of tyres ( if staggered wheels then need to store wheels and tyres ), not mention transport them to and from the garage twice a year. I cannot believe we are accepting as normal having to take our GLC into MB for 2 tyre changes per year - this is not normal for the majority of owners!


Am I being overly negative after MB UK are so kindly offering to supply additional tyres to mask this FAULT :(


What a price to pay for owning a GLC


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I see where your coming from Tony but for me swapping isn't a big deal as I manage a tyre centre anyway.

Phil - I can't see them having any claim on my existing wheels as I've paid the extra to buy them in the first place,the way `i read it is that if 21" all seasons aren't going to be made then the only option is a wheel/tyre package be it 19" or 20" with all season/winters for the below 7 deg months for the 43 models.

We shall wait and see.
 

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I see where your coming from Tony but for me swapping isn't a big deal as I manage a tyre centre anyway.

Being in the tyre business would you agree or disagree with the comment that my tyre specialist made "Shocking to hear MB are asking customers to fit winter / all season tyres to mask this problem - disgraceful advice for a luxury car manufacturer"?


As you know what you are talking about, it will be interesting to see what the tyre wear is like on your car.


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I see where your coming from Tony but for me swapping isn't a big deal as I manage a tyre centre anyway.

Phil - I can't see them having any claim on my existing wheels as I've paid the extra to buy them in the first place,the way `i read it is that if 21" all seasons aren't going to be made then the only option is a wheel/tyre package be it 19" or 20" with all season/winters for the below 7 deg months for the 43 models.

We shall wait and see.
Millduu, would guess that you are correct but just worth checking.
 

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Another factor to consider for cars with staggered wheels - possibly larger and wider rears - is that MB appear to only be offering a single size wheel and tyre for all four corners. They believe this also helps reduce the crabbing. I'm not sure fitting narrower rear wheels and tyres will look right under the wider / sportier wheel arches on a C43 AMG. But it might help reduce the problem, so an acceptable fix for MB? :(


Not heard this Tony, 43 has different width tyres front and back and as far as I am aware the only size they are having trouble sourcing all weathers for are the 21 inch, no mention of swapping wheels on other sizes.
 

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I've been talking with an owner whose C43 AMG with wider rear wheels ( you are right about the width and dia ) has recently been transported to MK to test AS tyres, and the car has been fitted with the same width tyres on all four wheels - they are not happy with this :(

And it still crabs!

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It's a hard one really,for the last 7 or 8 years what ever car i've had I've always run winter tyres from when the temps start to drop and remove them march/april temp depending.Winter driving on winter/all season tyres is a no brainer once you've use them,you just don't have to worry about the conditions.
Whether this is masking a fault it's hard to say,everything has a tolerence and it seems if the all seasons work it's bringing the car within the tollerence - we have yet to see if this is the case.
Land rover use all seasons on most of their models,this could be a reason to prevent skipping - as we get a lot of range rovers through on aftermarket 22" alloys and they skip on full lock if held there.
Only yesterday we had an 18 month old Volvo V70 through with the same problem on 17" wheels on 2/3 worn Michelin tyres,owner had a full lock turn out of his drive and he said the car was jumping across the road - alignment/pressures spot on car had only done 8000 miles,wanted a second opinion as the dealer said everything was ok.
I don't see it as a compromise on the car, I would be going to buy a winter set of wheels anyway but hopefully Merecedes will be coughing up for them this way.
 

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I guess being in North Yorkshire your winters will be harsher than ours, with ambient temperatures lower for a longer period of the year, so winter tyres make sense. The problem other owners running 21" wheels have is sourcing winters of this size an acceptable price, I fact I don't believe you they are available for the wider rear wheels. Winters for my 20" wheels were running at £1,500+

To me it feels wrong to spec a car on 21" wheels to get the sporty look, that your car definetley has, to then fit and drive on 18" wheels for around half of the year.

None of my friends or family down here in the Mediterranean-Midlands have ever purchased or considered getting a separate set of winter wheels - official stats seem to imply less than 3% of UK drivers fit winter tyres, guess most are 'up-north' - MB don't even offer this option when purchasing a new car.

See yours is on 21" wheels, will be interesting to hear what tyres its on and how it drives - every owner on these wheels that I have talked to has the fault, but I'm probably only bumping into the unhappy ones :(

Great looking car :)

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I see your point on the looks,but I would only want to drop to 20's for winter anyway.
At the moment there's only Continental who do the tyres for the 21's anyway,I've zoomed in on the pictures and that's what mine has fitted.
I'll see how she fairs tomorrow night when I collect her.
Going for a road trip over the weekend hopefully to get some running in miles on it,so I'll keep you posted.

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Just a note on the winter tyre thing,you'd be amazed how many people run them over the winter months.
I would say we change over easily 200-300 sets come October - quite a few have just started to come in over the last few days to get them swapped back to summers,a bit too soon really as we normally have snow for easter !!
 

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I've been in Dorset 7 years Millduu and haven't seen any snow but will still be up for all seasons in November as didn't have any issues with them on the Discovery sport.
 

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Want the calipers doing red to match the trimmings, going to get them done professionally.
If you haven't already found a source to get your calipers painted, these guys know what they are doing. Since Sport trim doesn't come with logo'd calipers, it was easy enough to paint my own using their paint.

Brake Caliper Painting Service

I posted photos of the finished result on here in this other thread: Red Ken's hand painted calipers.
 

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I see your point on the looks,but I would only want to drop to 20's for winter anyway.
At the moment there's only Continental who do the tyres for the 21's anyway,I've zoomed in on the pictures and that's what mine has fitted.
I'll see how she fairs tomorrow night when I collect her.
Going for a road trip over the weekend hopefully to get some running in miles on it,so I'll keep you posted.

Jonny
Have a great weekend with the new car :)

Tony

PS - The Crabbing season appears to run from around Sept / Oct through to March / April. So at least 6 months and not just the winter months. Having said that, the All Season tyres may reduce the season of jumping & clonking - will have to wait and see.
 

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Toobad how smooth's that paint come out,looks almost sprayed on.
May have to go this way on the rears and send the fronts in,sent that BCS a message for a price,cheers.
 
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