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    18's v. 19's

    Hmmm....I need help making a decision.

    What would you choose between 18" wheels, and 19's ?...and what difference would 19's make to my car, ie. ride height, comfort, etc ?

    Thanks in advance

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    It's all about that extra inch!
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    Is your car lowered??? Are you planning on lowering??

    IMO, A3s on 19 without a decent amount of lowering look like moonbuggies.

    But then you've got the potential issues with rubbing, which someone will come along and give you all the indepth avoidance details about shortly, because I haven't got a clue. Something about removing a nut from the wheel arch but that's about as far as my limited knowledge stretches.

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    The car's not lowered YET!..hehe It's an S-Line sportback; so running on stock S-Line suspension at the moment; but I would be planning on lowering it in the future (only a touch though - about an extra 10mm'ish) - I'm just a little concerned that 19's may end up making the car look more like a roller-skate

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    it will only look bad if you dont lower it, have a quick look at the last page of the rims sticky, there is a black SB on 19's and it looks fantastic! just expect a tiny bit more bump and thump due to the decreased side wall height
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    Quote Originally Posted by aythree View Post
    Is your car lowered??? Are you planning on lowering??

    IMO, A3s on 19 without a decent amount of lowering look like moonbuggies.

    But then you've got the potential issues with rubbing, which someone will come along and give you all the indepth avoidance details about shortly, because I haven't got a clue. Something about removing a nut from the wheel arch but that's about as far as my limited knowledge stretches.
    I have also heard of removing this nut and think i will have to remove this when i get my 19's on. Has anyone got any picture of this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jungleman View Post
    it will only look bad if you dont lower it, have a quick look at the last page of the rims sticky, there is a black SB on 19's and it looks fantastic! just expect a tiny bit more bump and thump due to the decreased side wall height
    Bugger - that does look amazing. I say bugger as I was hoping to save money by buying 18's...lol

    Any idea what the difference would be in the 'top of the tyre to wheel arch gap' on standard S-Line springs (compared to what I'm running now - 18's) ?

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    with the bentleys as they are massive youll have to lol
    if you look at the inside of your rear wheel arch, where the rear 3/4 panel meets the bumper, just on the inside you can see and feel a screw, thats the one you have to whip out, a 30 second job when your changing your wheels
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    If you look under your rear arch, you will see the screw, its easy to find
    Lowering your car...So its easier for the year 9s to get in

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    19"s all day long, 215s, slam, job done.

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    Sorry to hijack the thread but how 'Uncomfortable' are the 19's? I love the way they look but I don't want to 'Break my back' just for good looks... (probably explains the trouble I have with high maintenance ladies )
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    Quote Originally Posted by jungleman View Post
    with the bentleys as they are massive youll have to lol
    if you look at the inside of your rear wheel arch, where the rear 3/4 panel meets the bumper, just on the inside you can see and feel a screw, thats the one you have to whip out, a 30 second job when your changing your wheels
    Quote Originally Posted by timmythechef View Post
    If you look under your rear arch, you will see the screw, its easy to find
    Cheers fellas

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmythechef View Post
    It's all about that extra inch!
    thats what she said

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    19"s aren't UNCOMFORTABLE at all..
    Last edited by N8; 3rd May 2011 at 21:31.

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    its all down to the size of the tyre not the wheel size lol
    off the road boohoo anyone got a gearbox for me lol!!


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    Take this cab for example.



    19x9 all round running a 215/35/19, which is pretty mega stretch, its set on full hardness on V-Maxx coilovers, and yet its one of the most comfortable cars I've ever driven

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    mmmm speedlines
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    19s will ruin the following:

    ride comfort (massive reduction in tyre side wall size will have a big affect)
    handling (bigger, heavier wheels stuck on the end of the suspension have a massive affect, and minor changes in contact patch centre line affects scrub radius, having a big affect on how well the spring/damper pushes the wheel into the road)
    wallet (tyres are fooking expensive at the best of times, let alone 19" rubber bands)
    your appearance to everyone else in the world (lets face it, big wheels has been done, and its surely not cool any more.)

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    having just read everyone else's replies, I think I might be on the wrong forum, you all seem to be woefully uninformed on how a car actually works, so I'll sign off thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bn9af View Post
    19s will ruin the following:

    ride comfort (massive reduction in tyre side wall size will have a big affect)
    handling (bigger, heavier wheels stuck on the end of the suspension have a massive affect, and minor changes in contact patch centre line affects scrub radius, having a big affect on how well the spring/damper pushes the wheel into the road)
    wallet (tyres are fooking expensive at the best of times, let alone 19" rubber bands)
    your appearance to everyone else in the world (lets face it, big wheels has been done, and its surely not cool any more.)



    Ive always had 18's, got some 19's on now - hardly any difference in feel, just looks better and can go round corners quicker!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bn9af View Post
    19s will ruin the following:

    ride comfort (massive reduction in tyre side wall size will have a big affect)
    handling (bigger, heavier wheels stuck on the end of the suspension have a massive affect, and minor changes in contact patch centre line affects scrub radius, having a big affect on how well the spring/damper pushes the wheel into the road)
    wallet (tyres are fooking expensive at the best of times, let alone 19" rubber bands)
    your appearance to everyone else in the world (lets face it, big wheels has been done, and its surely not cool any more.)
    But yet the look outweighs all of that

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    18"
    Pros:
    .

    Cons:
    It's not 19"

    19"
    Pros:
    It's 19"!!!!

    Cons:
    .
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    Quote Originally Posted by N8 View Post
    But yet the look outweighs all of that
    haha!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christer View Post
    18"
    Pros:
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    Cons:
    It's not 19"

    19"
    Pros:
    It's 19"!!!!

    Cons:
    .
    LOL
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    Its like life everything has pros and cons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christer View Post
    18"
    Pros:
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    Cons:
    It's not 19"

    19"
    Pros:
    It's 19"!!!!

    Cons:
    .
    enough said really 19's FTW
    off the road boohoo anyone got a gearbox for me lol!!


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    My 9j 19s feel ace.Although the stretch is kind of freaky to start with lol

    Scraped a rim already ;(

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    Quote Originally Posted by bn9af View Post
    19s will ruin the following:

    ride comfort (massive reduction in tyre side wall size will have a big affect)
    handling (bigger, heavier wheels stuck on the end of the suspension have a massive affect, and minor changes in contact patch centre line affects scrub radius, having a big affect on how well the spring/damper pushes the wheel into the road)
    wallet (tyres are fooking expensive at the best of times, let alone 19" rubber bands)
    your appearance to everyone else in the world (lets face it, big wheels has been done, and its surely not cool any more.)
    Is this from experience mate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve L View Post
    Is this from experience mate?
    sounds like someone has something against 19's doesnt it mate lol obvoiusly a bad experience
    off the road boohoo anyone got a gearbox for me lol!!


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    Its sure does Fran ...

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    I prefer 18.5s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aythree View Post
    I prefer 18.5s.
    hahaha trust you
    off the road boohoo anyone got a gearbox for me lol!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by FranA3 View Post
    hahaha trust you

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    Quote Originally Posted by aythree View Post
    i was waiting for a tipical aythree post lmao
    off the road boohoo anyone got a gearbox for me lol!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by aythree View Post
    I prefer 18.5s.

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    I do like 19's, but I actually prefer having 18's and getting the car sitting sightly lower to the floor for looks purposes if that makes sense!

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    Of course having air kinda ruins my theory

 

 
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