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    18" wheel upgrade - advice appreciated

    Ok so I didnt win that poker tournament - and just missed the qualification for the 3rd satellite in a row AGAIN coming 2nd both times so I havent the budget I wanted for some wheels

    currently still have standard avus 17 on 2002 s3

    so looking at ebay and found these

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MEWA:IT&ih=001

    ok so they must be replicas but would appreciate anyones advice here on replicas / genuine wheels and whether or not this is a sensible purchase - I could always wait a few months and spend more later in the year

    Would also appreciate your comments about spacing the wheels - do I have to - whats involved - do these wheels simply bolt on etc

    Any help much appreciated guys as I am sure many of you have made the upgrade to 18
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    They look quite similar to OEM, never to sure with replicas though.

    If you wait around long enough a set of OEM's should pop up at a decent price. I got my TTV6's off ebay with new PS2's fitted for 200 quid.
    A3 1.8TQS: Supersport Springs and Shocks, Xenons, BMC Filter, 18" OEM TTV6's, Bailey DV, N75J and Phase 1 Custom Code.

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    they might look good and they might actually be a bargain but some cheap imported alloys are weaker and buckle easy so you could end up paying twice

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    So OEM the way forward ?

    Replicas a bad idea ?

    Anyone else have any comments ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by voorhees
    they might look good and they might actually be a bargain but some cheap imported alloys are weaker and buckle easy so you could end up paying twice
    2nd, seen some reps buckled quite seriously from not alot at all. I belive the Italian made ones to be higher quality than the Asian stuff but depends on the materials at hand.

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    had reps and won`t have them again ok on a runabout but not for the S3 imo
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    What about these - probably get them for £275
    http://www.tt-forum.co.uk/ttforumbbs...c.php?t=105552

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    Not sure about his "As you can see in excellent condition..." comment, at least two have bubbling down the spokes. You'd spend another £120 refurbing them, then you still need to shoe them.
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    If your guna be using the car for track days and for serious wear and tear then fair enough you will need a stronger wheel. But for general use reps would be fine IMO. Ive got them on mine and ive had no trouble at all with them.

    Try somewhere like:
    http://www.wheelbasedirect.co.uk/pro...rod=18Rs4Style

    or i quite like the rs6 style

    http://www.wheelbasedirect.co.uk/pro...rod=18Rs6Style

    Daz - Audi A3 - 18" rs4 alloys - Weitec ultra gt 30mm kit - pipercross panel filter - tints all round - facelight rear lights - clear side repeaters - german style plates - flip out dvd touchscreen hu

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    thanks aky but terrier has a point

    another 80-100 for refurb + tyres seems like a lot to me for second hand ones

    but thanks anyhow

    just going to check those other ones daz
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    thanks the wheelbase ones look interesting
    are these replicas though

    http://www.wheelbasedirect.co.uk/pro...rod=18Rs4Style
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    Might be worth a bid, caps are easy to come by

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/AUDI-TT-A4-ETC...QQcmdZViewItem
    A3 1.8TQS: Supersport Springs and Shocks, Xenons, BMC Filter, 18" OEM TTV6's, Bailey DV, N75J and Phase 1 Custom Code.

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    yes they look pretty good - ill pm the guy thanks
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    is there any noticeable weight difference between oem and replicas?

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    apart from the caps not really

    Daz - Audi A3 - 18" rs4 alloys - Weitec ultra gt 30mm kit - pipercross panel filter - tints all round - facelight rear lights - clear side repeaters - german style plates - flip out dvd touchscreen hu

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    I've had a set of replica RS4/RSTT crack on me. Would never buy again! I wouldn't trust them (and these were quality reps fabricated in Italy)
    Here you go - found some slightly cheaper genuine wheels
    http://uk-mkivs.net/forums/thread/1129927.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tastyterrier
    Might be worth a bid, caps are easy to come by

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/AUDI-TT-A4-ETC...QQcmdZViewItem
    Something doesnt add up with these, genuine TT wheels are offset of 33 and I thought they were 8" wide, not ET20 and 8.5" respectively, again the edging detail is not right for an RSTT wheel.
    I would guess hes got the PCD wrong and its an RS4 type from an A4.

    I had a set of Italian reps but over time started to have problems with balancing and one of the wheels getting a slight dent from a pothole, I replaced them with some genuine wheels and they seemed a lot sturdier.
    I paid about 300 for mine with 4 almost new bridgestone RE050 tyres but I had to add around 225 to that for a good wheel refurb. Most of the good condition wheels when I was looking ranged between 450 and 700 with good tyres, less than that was refurb or new tyre territory.

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    how easy is it to fit a set of genuine caps to replica wheels such as these..
    http://www.wheelbasedirect.co.uk/pro...rod=18Rs4Style

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    Aky thanks for the link

    Kiteboy - yeah always thought that but fancy a change its my third S3
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    Quote Originally Posted by gibo
    how easy is it to fit a set of genuine caps to replica wheels such as these..
    http://www.wheelbasedirect.co.uk/pro...rod=18Rs4Style
    you can eiher buy direct from the stealer or finda cheaper set on ebay. They may take a lil bit of minor trimming on the clips but thats it as far as im aware... havnt bothered myself yet.

    Daz - Audi A3 - 18" rs4 alloys - Weitec ultra gt 30mm kit - pipercross panel filter - tints all round - facelight rear lights - clear side repeaters - german style plates - flip out dvd touchscreen hu

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    18" RS$ Fitted

    Ok so I finally bought the RS4 genuine 18's and had them fitted yesterday

    Took it to Protyre and they found some interesting readings on the alignment - looks like I might need tie bars after all ( even though the Eibach and fsd setup apparently didnt need them)

    Protyre suggested I had lowered the vehicle - which I havent

    The tracking on the rear cannot be corrected - It looks like its at least 1 degree outside tollerance on the rear offside

    I will get some pictures done and get the readings - hopefully you guys can comment - ( AKY - you still watching this thread )

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    I got a full set of R32 reps from Wheelbase for my 3.2 A3 (including Audi logos) for 465. They're great and the -so called- budget tyres (Kenda Kaiser) are much quieter than the originals. BTW I wouldn't recommend BK Racing - I bought a set from them for a Primera Egt (545) and the tyres kept coming off. I ended up having to buy a new set of tyres but not before all the rims had been damaged! I did send the wheels back to BK racing but all they did was inflate them and leave them in a corner as a test. The problem only occurred when I was driving on them. They sent the wheels back and said they had found no problem. They had also removed the special valves (5 a piece) and replaced them with ordinary cheapo valves which made maintaining tyre pressure very awkward and also resulted in slow deflation. BK Racing - never again!!

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    Lol did u see the date of the original post? Talk about resurection from the graveyard!! :P
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    LOL....been and goneeeeee by now I would think.

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    18"x8" ET 32 alloys will clear the standard S3 calipers without spacers wont they?
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