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    18's on my sportback rub!!

    Hi guys newbee here!

    Bought a lovely 1.9TDI Sport Sportback last week and having previously owned a 2.0FSI 3dr A3 I still had a set of 18" RS6 235/40/18 replicas sitting in the garage

    Anyway, I thought i'd stick them on, then last night with a couple of people in the back and driving along a not so smooth road the dredded rubbing noise occurred!!

    I looked inside the alloy and can see ET 35 printed on them, and i must admit the wheels do look like the stick out a little!

    Cut a long story short, did I get supplied the wrong wheels - ET 35 and if so what are my options to stop the rubbing?

    Im tempted to buy new wheels but what offset and size do i need?

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    Did you have them fitted to your old A3? as unfortunately the set that you've got are the wrong fitment. The genuine A3 ones are ET54, but the replicas for the A3 all seem to be ET45. I think the ones you have could be for the A4
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    Yeah they used to rub on the 04 3dr A3 too! *******s at South Coast wheels have done me over, I purposely told them what car they were for! They obviously only had them in stock and wanted my money!

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    Yes mate they are A4 spec, even down to the tyres which are also too big. A3's should have 225/40/18's, not 235's which incidentally...is standard on A4's!!

    replicas for the A3 should be 225/40/18 ET45
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugnugdo View Post
    Yeah they used to rub on the 04 3dr A3 too! *******s at South Coast wheels have done me over, I purposely told them what car they were for! They obviously only had them in stock and wanted my money!
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    Hey I had the same problem with 235/35/19 with et45. ill link you to my post that had the answers i got to sort it.
    Just got my first A3 and have a wee problem

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    ET35? Miles out....
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    thanks for advice guys, Im right in thinking i require 225/40/18 ET45?

    I want to buy another set of RS6 wheels the same as i have, where is best to get them from? I dont want to spend big money and would be more than happy with replicas again! not overly sure about buying off ebay!

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    There is a member on here selling a genuine set refurbed with good tyres for 500 you would be miles better off doing that

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    Oh the member was mattandrew he may have sold them as there was a lot of interest but it wouldnt harm to PM him just incase there still available

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    seen loads of sets of replicas on ebay which is what ill prob go for,

    ET42 / ET45

    whats going to be best? think i even saw some ET50

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    i got 19 et45 and they are spot on (even et40-42 should just fine) . tyres 215/35/19. but i reckon you should be fine with 225/35/19. question is if you wanna lower your car or not.
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    only going with 18s so 225/40/18 et45

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    Quote Originally Posted by FUNKYCLIFF View Post
    Oh the member was mattandrew he may have sold them as there was a lot of interest but it wouldnt harm to PM him just incase there still available
    Yeah Matt still has these for sale

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    ET42 is what I have & they are absolutely perfect, no rubbing & the fronts sit perfect & look wide but no rubbing, no need for spacers for wider stance on front & rears would only rub if spacers used, nice overall stance.

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    I had ET45 8.5x19" with 235/35/19 and got constant rubbing when lowered with coilovers.

    Changed to ET52 8x19" with the same tyres and still got too much rubbing. Changed to 225/35/19 Conti's and the rubbing has disappeared.

    But if you want to avoid any rubbing, keep as close to OE as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    I had ET45 8.5x19" with 235/35/19 and got constant rubbing when lowered with coilovers.
    Same for me when I had RS4 19" reps on standard and H&R'd suspension, went back to oem eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NHN View Post
    ET42 is what I have & they are absolutely perfect, no rubbing & the fronts sit perfect & look wide but no rubbing, no need for spacers for wider stance on front & rears would only rub if spacers used, nice overall stance.
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    New wheels just arrived, went with a set of RS6 Replicas 225/40/18

    I ordered et45 but i just had a look in the back of them and they state et42

    will that be suffient? i mean the whole point i have bought these is because the et35 were rubbing with people in the back, though they did have 235s on!

    Should i fit them or not? will et42 be fine?
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    Post 17 mate.

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    even fully laden on bumpy roads?
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    Well difference beng mines a 3dr, but the clearance would be the same on both IMHO, but as an example, my car was fully loaded when I drove to italy & I mean fully loaded with suspension dropped due to weight, whole boot & back seats were full to the brim, not once did they rub, havnt rubbed once so far in just under 2 years, but of course thats only my experience, but seem to be ok for me

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    turns out when i put the new ones on today, the old ones where infact 225/40/18 with et35

    the new ones are 225/40/18 et42 (i ordered 45 but they sent 42, when i phoned they said 42 would be fine)

    so all i have gained by changing technically is the wheels are now 7mm further inset in towards the car?

    Is that really going to be enough to stop the rubbing? do you think i should demand they come and get these and send me the et45s?

    Only reason i did all this was to cure the rubbing! if the 7mm is enough then fine but i dont want to risk using the wheels if they need to go back?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugnugdo View Post
    turns out when i put the new ones on today, the old ones where infact 225/40/18 with et35

    the new ones are 225/40/18 et42 (i ordered 45 but they sent 42, when i phoned they said 42 would be fine)

    so all i have gained by changing technically is the wheels are now 7mm further inset in towards the car?

    Is that really going to be enough to stop the rubbing? do you think i should demand they come and get these and send me the et45s?

    Only reason i did all this was to cure the rubbing! if the 7mm is enough then fine but i dont want to risk using the wheels if they need to go back?
    7mm is better and might sort it but its a ****ing joke that they can't supply you with the right wheels. ET42 isn't ideal for an A3, and there are higher offset wheels on the market. So many wheel places are lazy and supply whatever they can buy in cheap, or have left on the shelf.
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    what should i do then? fit them and use them? and its cost me 500 for 7mm or demand the et45?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugnugdo View Post
    what should i do then? fit them and use them? and its cost me 500 for 7mm or demand the et45?
    I wouldn't fit ET42 myself when I know much better fitments are available on the market.
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    I'm going to call them in the morning and get them to come and get them, it was wheel-base. quite a big company i thought, hopefully they wont give me any ****!

    should i ask for 45s or get my moneyback? can you get et50 anywhere?
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    All done, pain in the arse! Stuck with the et42...... wheel-base were not overly helpful or easy to deal with!

    Fingers crossed they dont rub!






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    as I said I have 42 & havnt caused issue once, still think rs6's are best wheel for 8P's by a mile, look good mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8KOW View Post
    Earth orbiting remember so of course you wouldn't get rubbing, sorry I keep confusing you with Nasa's chief earth orbiting engineer matt lmfao
    you make me laugh mate

    Quote Originally Posted by NHN View Post
    as I said I have 42 & havnt caused issue once, still think rs6's are best wheel for 8P's by a mile, look good mate
    as NHN says I had same fitment you wount have any issues i never had any
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