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    Question What wheel width setup?

    Sorry for my first post but searched and couldn't find anything, looking at 18" rims for an 8P2, lowering 30ishmm in the future. Which is the better option 8" front & rear or 8" front/9" rear? ET42 on both. I dont want to worry about rubbing or rolling the arches.

    Would consider spacers in the future but which is the best setup to start off with.

    Love 19" wheels but just not doable with the daily commute on country roads

    Also since I've started a thread, whats the opinion on fitting an aftermarket grille? such as:

    Awesome - FK Blackout Mesh Grille with Logo Holder - A3 8P 05->

    or is it better to just black vinyl the chrome? Love the black edition front grille and just want to remove the chrome frame.

    cheers in advance,

    Scott

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    HI Scott, welcome to the forum!

    firstly the grill looks good, though I personally don't like that bar that goes across the grill to the rings. I myself have an FK grill on the car and love the way it looks

    As for the wheels most are advised to stay away from the 9j as they are too wide for the a3 and cause lots of rubbing issues, yes you can start to play with the camber but most prefer not to.
    On 8j and et 42 your alloys will sit almost flush at the front, the rear won't be too noticible but you may want to chuck in a 5mm spacer on there but I would say try it without and see what you think first.

    The other question is what width tyres you going to fit? 215 or 225? On 18s with a 30mm drop 225 should be fine, but if you choose the 9j then you would probably have to stretch the 215 on the alloys.

    There are a couple guys on here that have the 9j alloys on their a3 so maybe they can come and give you some better info on those...
    and our resident wheel whore N8 should be along shortly
    A3 Sportback 2.0TDI
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    RS3 Grill, 19" RS6, TTRS FBMFSW, A5 S-Line Heated Seats, Bi-Xenons, Auto Lights & Wipers, Eibach Sportlines, Auto Folding & Dimming Dumbo Mirrors, S3 brakes, US Centre Console, Cruise, Pioneer HU, Reverse Camera, OEM Parking Sensors, LED Tail Lights, S3 Pedals, Tints, Carbon Trims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash187 View Post
    HI Scott, welcome to the forum!

    firstly the grill looks good, though I personally don't like that bar that goes across the grill to the rings. I myself have an FK grill on the car and love the way it looks

    As for the wheels most are advised to stay away from the 9j as they are too wide for the a3 and cause lots of rubbing issues, yes you can start to play with the camber but most prefer not to.
    On 8j and et 42 your alloys will sit almost flush at the front, the rear won't be too noticible but you may want to chuck in a 5mm spacer on there but I would say try it without and see what you think first.

    The other question is what width tyres you going to fit? 215 or 225? On 18s with a 30mm drop 225 should be fine, but if you choose the 9j then you would probably have to stretch the 215 on the alloys.

    There are a couple guys on here that have the 9j alloys on their a3 so maybe they can come and give you some better info on those...
    and our resident wheel whore N8 should be along shortly
    Cheers for the info ash,
    t'll be 225 tires that id be running, cant run any lower a profile with the roads up my way. As for the fk grille is it still possible to fit the sline badge to them? I looked at the s3 style n wasnt as big a fan of them.

    Sorry for the huge list of questions, but the sline is 15mm down on standard? So lowering ideally would be a 35mm drop? I spent hours searching tge site and just want to clarify before i start spending monies.

    Cheers
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    Yes the Sline badge does fit it, though you may need to modify the badge slightly. i ended up taking the back part of the badge off (the prongs) and glued the badge to the holder.

    this is what mine looked like when it was new:



    and with the Sline badge in place:



    What springs are you looking at fitting? the Eibach pro kit will drop the car very slightly but you will gain comfort and ride quality on the car. then the eibach sportlines will give you a lower drop but still handle well...

    here is Ads' car which is running 18" Fat fives with the eibach sportline springs:

    A3 Sportback 2.0TDI
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    RS3 Grill, 19" RS6, TTRS FBMFSW, A5 S-Line Heated Seats, Bi-Xenons, Auto Lights & Wipers, Eibach Sportlines, Auto Folding & Dimming Dumbo Mirrors, S3 brakes, US Centre Console, Cruise, Pioneer HU, Reverse Camera, OEM Parking Sensors, LED Tail Lights, S3 Pedals, Tints, Carbon Trims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash187 View Post
    Yes the Sline badge does fit it, though you may need to modify the badge slightly. i ended up taking the back part of the badge off (the prongs) and glued the badge to the holder.

    this is what mine looked like when it was new:



    and with the Sline badge in place:



    What springs are you looking at fitting? the Eibach pro kit will drop the car very slightly but you will gain comfort and ride quality on the car. then the eibach sportlines will give you a lower drop but still handle well...

    here is Ads' car which is running 18" Fat fives with the eibach sportline springs:

    Cheers again, im not sure on the s3 grille probably be the one from the link i posted. Long as tge sline bsdge goes on. It was tge eibach kit that i was thinking, wheres the best place for getting tge sportlines? Ive a 06 quattro 2.0tdo

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    for the springs ask GNJ motorspot here on the forum. he can sort out a good price! remind him of the £6 pricematch that i found from another site

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    Cheers again ash, il get on to him next month. Whats the general consensus on hids on the forum? I was considering it but with mot failure after the law change do most just upgrade bulbs? If so what do they go for? I think thats the last of my questions haha

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    Wheels ordered for pick up on the weekend, cheers for the input ash :-)

    Anyone able to offer info on headlight bulb upgrades i mentioned in the above post?

    Cheers
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    consensus on HID kits on the Audi A3:
    Hid, Wiper motor problem?

    For better bulbs just read through the massive list of threads on bulbs here:

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=si...ient=firefox-a

    or

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=si...ient=firefox-a
    A3 Sportback 2.0TDI
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    S3 facelift,
    RS3 Grill, 19" RS6, TTRS FBMFSW, A5 S-Line Heated Seats, Bi-Xenons, Auto Lights & Wipers, Eibach Sportlines, Auto Folding & Dimming Dumbo Mirrors, S3 brakes, US Centre Console, Cruise, Pioneer HU, Reverse Camera, OEM Parking Sensors, LED Tail Lights, S3 Pedals, Tints, Carbon Trims.

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    Cheers ash, feel a bit of an idiot not spotting those threads now!

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    no probs mate, just use this thread for future reference:
    HOW TO SEARCH FOR YOUR OWN ANSWERS
    A3 Sportback 2.0TDI
    Dark Headlining, Bose, Alcantara Leather, Interior Lights Pack

    MODS:
    S3 facelift,
    RS3 Grill, 19" RS6, TTRS FBMFSW, A5 S-Line Heated Seats, Bi-Xenons, Auto Lights & Wipers, Eibach Sportlines, Auto Folding & Dimming Dumbo Mirrors, S3 brakes, US Centre Console, Cruise, Pioneer HU, Reverse Camera, OEM Parking Sensors, LED Tail Lights, S3 Pedals, Tints, Carbon Trims.

 

 

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