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    19" or 18" alloys...

    Hi Guys,

    I know this has been talked about before... problem is I can no longer find it

    If i move up to 19inch wheels will my performane go down? Ride?
    Worth it not worth it?

    I am in the process of getting kw's on sat so the next step is really new wheels...

    was going to go for the VMR 708 to keep it a little OEM... but if they dont appear soon maybe BBS CH problem is i had those before...

    Car is a 170 Sline Sportback.

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    Nath.....someone wants to talk to you !! :-)

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    I had my A3 TDI for 2.5 years and my S3 now for 6months and had 19" wheels on them the whole time and have never noticed any performance differences or handling differences!

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    Ditto to Boydie's comments.

    Have an S3 and performance has not been impacted, the diameter of the alloy/tyre has remained the same as the std one's on the 18" because of the lower profile tyre, so no reason to have changed either.

    Handling seems the same to.

    Ride, yes you'll notice it for the first few trips, but even on std suspension it's fine. It wasn't like the ride was that good in the first place.

    I went for BBS Ck's which means you stick with 225 wide tyres.

    Go for the 19's!

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    19's look much much better from what i've seen

    18's might give you a slightly better accleration because of the reduced weight of the wheels, but i doubt you'll notice it

    Go for the 19's bud
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    The funny thing is, I find the ride of the car much better on 19"s than 18"s, plus looks a million times better :


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    With the pot holes in the roads getting worse by the day in surrey i wouldn't want to go to 19s to be honest. even on 18s the road smacks into the rim because of the low profile around here !
    The only advantage i can see is looks but thats a big price to pay for less squigyness in the tyre..

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    N8.....you can get just that effect with a couple of paving slabs in the boot ( insert smilie here if there were any)

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    Pot holes and bumps in the roads here in N'Ireland are a disgrace, but no issues what so ever with 19s on the car!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge_don View Post
    19's look much much better from what i've seen

    18's might give you a slightly better accleration because of the reduced weight of the wheels, but i doubt you'll notice it

    Go for the 19's bud
    I would agree with that.

    I decided to stick with 18s though, mainly because I sold my Cooper S (which was lowered), in part, due to its harsh ride.
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    Get 19's! No contest. You'll always look at 18's and wish they were 19's.
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    My S-Line's on 18's and the ride isn't great, so doubt 19's would make much of a difference. I'd go for 19's if I was changing my rims as they fill the arches so much better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    With the pot holes in the roads getting worse by the day in surrey i wouldn't want to go to 19s to be honest. even on 18s the road smacks into the rim because of the low profile around here !
    The only advantage i can see is looks but thats a big price to pay for less squigyness in the tyre..
    To be fair paddy the roads ALL OVER britian are bad, I wish I lived in Germany

    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    N8.....you can get just that effect with a couple of paving slabs in the boot ( insert smilie here if there were any)
    Then what about the MASSIVE front arch gap?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lima View Post
    I decided to stick with 18s though, mainly because I sold my Cooper S (which was lowered), in part, due to its harsh ride.
    My car is SLAMMED on KW V2s, running 19"s with STRETCH, and my car is more comfortable than my brothers STANDARD Corsa VXR on 18"s with STANDARD suspension

    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    Get 19's! No contest.
    I do love your brain Pete

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    Well as N8 already knows
    I'm getting my KW coilovers version 3 from AMD this sat... so next stage is rims...
    Reason for the coils was for trying to solve the harsh ride issue... which I spoke to N8 about.

    Hope this was the right choice as using my S3 body kit money hehe

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    19 s look better , stick to 225 tyres if you dont want rubbing problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by drnutta View Post
    Well as N8 already knows
    I'm getting my KW coilovers version 3 from AMD this sat... so next stage is rims...
    Reason for the coils was for trying to solve the harsh ride issue... which I spoke to N8 about.

    Hope this was the right choice as using my S3 body kit money hehe
    And I told you adjustable dampenin, won't be harsh

    Quote Originally Posted by gingers3 View Post
    19 s look better , stick to 225 tyres if you dont want rubbing problems
    Or 215s for no rubbing WHATSOEVER

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8 View Post
    Or 215s for no rubbing WHATSOEVER
    With the right fitment wheel (i.e. BBS) a 225/35/19 is perfect. Not an exciting wheel choice, but a good width, offset and weight.
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    Was trying to keep it a little OEM hence the VMR 708's... which are 8.5 19" ET 48... although they also come in ET 45... i was going to stick with 225/35/19 as well but i dont think the ET45 would fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    With the right fitment wheel (i.e. BBS) a 225/35/19 is perfect. Not an exciting wheel choice, but a good width, offset and weight.
    True depends how low you wanna go I guess and if you carry peeps in the back

    Quote Originally Posted by drnutta View Post
    Was trying to keep it a little OEM hence the VMR 708's... which are 8.5 19" ET 48... although they also come in ET 45... i was going to stick with 225/35/19 as well but i dont think the ET45 would fit.
    Mine are 19" x 8.5 ET45 with 215/35/19

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8 View Post
    True depends how low you wanna go I guess and if you carry peeps in the back



    Mine are 19" x 8.5 ET45 with 215/35/19
    As are mine
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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge_don View Post
    As are mine
    Can't wait to see them

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    Smudge,

    Any rubbing on the rear then?

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    He hasn't even picked up his VMR's from customs yet

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    Oh bugger!

    ho hum.... N8 would it be ok to help me out with modding things like rear heated seats when you get yours sorted?
    Or have you already got a plan

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    My setup: H&R coilovers with Version 2 spring, VMR 708 19X8.5 ET 48 with 225/35/19 tires. Wheels fit BBK without issue. Minimal rubbing at first but after 250 miles only rarely. Remove screw at 11 oclock position. V710 in ET 45 are really nice, too. They will also fit a BBK. VMR delivers new shipment in February. The delay was secondary to production of their new wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drnutta View Post
    N8 would it be ok to help me out with modding things like rear heated seats when you get yours sorted?
    Or have you already got a plan
    My plan is : NHN. I'll do a thread when its done

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    So how much are the VMR wheels ?
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    Jordan paid 900 including shipping + taxes though. To give you an idea, my tax was 150 for the Helios
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    Lookin at 19" ers, myself......can you guys tell me if these are going to be any good for (07) A3 s line 3dr? Cheers dears.

    BBS produced Audi OEM wheels 5x112 ET43 8.5x19.

    Sorry to butt in Drnutta!!! lol

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    Yes perfect with a 225 or 215 tyre, what wheel is it my I ask Jax?

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    What do you guys think? Any good?
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    Not feeling them at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8 View Post
    Not feeling them at all
    Agreed, not one of the best OE designs at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    Agreed, not one of the best OE designs at all.
    Your a man of taste Peter

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    Come on then, fellas...help me...some suggestions...and where should i be looking for some good wheels at good prices?

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    I have some 19" Bentley GTC's for sale with black centres like these ones :







    Can sort you out with some tyres as well..

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    Black Bentley or Audi centres? How much? And how much with tyres, dear. And what tyres?

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    Are they not just a bit toooo black? Hmm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jax View Post
    Are they not just a bit toooo black? Hmm?
    Nope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin140 View Post
    So how much are the VMR wheels ?
    Quote Originally Posted by N8 View Post
    Jordan paid 900 including shipping + taxes though. To give you an idea, my tax was 150 for the Helios
    N8 has become my PA by the looks of it!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jax View Post
    Lookin at 19" ers, myself......can you guys tell me if these are going to be any good for (07) A3 s line 3dr? Cheers dears.

    BBS produced Audi OEM wheels 5x112 ET43 8.5x19.

    Sorry to butt in Drnutta!!! lol
    Should be perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by N8 View Post
    Yes perfect with a 225 or 215 tyre, what wheel is it my I ask Jax?
    215 for a little bit of stretch

    Quote Originally Posted by Jax View Post
    What do you guys think? Any good?
    Euuugh

    Quote Originally Posted by N8 View Post
    I have some 19" Bentley GTC's for sale with black centres like these ones :







    Can sort you out with some tyres as well..
    I just creamed
    Currently driving a 55 plate Ford Mondeo ST. But as Arnie once said...


    I'll be back!!!

 

 
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