Wednesday, June 13, 2018

CLK430 Trials & Tribulations: Introduction

Okay, so I finally pulled the plug and bought a low mileage, 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK430. I'd been shopping for a fun convertible for a while with the romanticized image of top-down, wind-blowing summer fun.  I'd build a set of basic requirements to narrow the scope of my search - those criteria were:

  • Four seats
    (there's three of us, and getting something that could only seat two seemed like asking for trouble from whoever would get left out)
  • 2000 or newer, but I was really hoping for something newer than 2005
  • Reliability
  • An active and established user base (forums, etc.)
I won't bore you with all of the details, but the CLK430 met all of those, plus it only had 40k miles. So, my adventure begins...



CLK430: Tires and Wheels

Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class 2002 CLK 430

Basic Info

  • Generation: 208 [1997 .. 2002]
  • Power: 275 hp | 205 kW | 279 PS
  • Engine: V8, Petrol
  • Center Bore: 66.6 mm
  • Wheel Fasteners: Lug bolts
  • Thread Size: M12 x 1.5
  • Trim Production: [1998 .. 2002]

TireRimRimPressure
225/45ZR17 88W7.5Jx17 ET375x1122.3/2.5
245/40ZR17 91W8.5Jx17 ET305x1122.3/2.5
Vehicle's recommended cold tire inflation pressure. It is measured in bars or PSI (pounds per square inch)
from: https://www.wheel-size.com/size/mercedes/clk-class/2002/


Wheels

(from http://www.wheelcollision.com/store/MERCEDES-CLK-CLASS208-209CHASSIS.htm)


65257
17x7.5 AMG Thin 5 Spk 1704011302
Compatible with 02-03 MERCEDES CLK430
Part # H 65257
Finish/Direction: 208 CHASSIS - FRONT


65258
17x8.5 AMG Thin 5 Spk 1704011402
Compatible with 02-03 MERCEDES CLK430
Part # H 65258
Finish/Direction: 208 CHASSIS - REAR