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19 inch RS4's on 8P3 S Line TDi Question

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by joegornall, May 8, 2011.

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    Hi there chaps,

    I'm new to the forum and and new to being an audi owner so this is my 1st post. I've spent a lot of time searching around the forum to find answers which (I think) I have so I'd just like to clarify a couple of things and hopefully get some feedback on my plans?

    Current model is 8P3 S Line 2.0 TDi 140 in Black picked it up last Friday. All I plan on doing for now is getting some new wheels. I have chosen the RS4 style and would like them in 19". From what I gather these would be the correct specs for size/tyres in order to guarantee no rubbing: 225/35/19 ET45 8". Is this correct?

    Just a couple of questions:

    I do a lot of motorway miles (18k a year) so do you think 19's would be a silly idea? Currently it has the standard 18's (225/40) and the ride is comfortable. I dont mind compromising a little but Im not sure how big a difference 19s would make. Surely not massive difference to the current 18's?

    I imagine if I do get them and stick them on it might look a little high so I would consider lowering it just a little possibly with the HR 35mm springs (which I think would lower by an inch maybe). Does this make a difference to the possibility of rubbing/clearance? And what about to the ride itself? Do you think these springs would make it too stiff a ride for the motorway?

    These are the potential wheels:
    Audi A3 03> 0808 Style Silver, Size 19". Alloy Wheels Only, add tyres if required. Sort Price Low. Alloy Wheels - Specialist supplier of alloy wheels and tyres packages, Fast Delivery, Buy Online. Version 157232.

    Would you get these or save up for OEMs?


    Here is my car at the mo:

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    Any thoughts much appreciated...

    Cheers!

    Joe


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    215s and OEMS!
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    As above .I prefer the wheels on it now to reps
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    moag she's no d-turbo

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    Have a look through those photos man

    My A3 - a set on Flickr

    Thats mine running 19x8.5 ET45 RS4s. 235/35/19 on the front and 225/35/19 on the rears. I had 235s on the rear but had a bit of rubbing with a full car, switched them for 225s

    IMO if you go for 19s you need to think about lowering the car, otherwise you'll be rocking tractor stance. I have H&R 45-50mms in mine, very happy with them but i want to go lower now. Bear in mind that those photos were taken a day or two after the springs went in so they have settled quite a bit since then, especially the rears.

    Can you get the OEM 19" rs4s to fit A3s n8? I know they do the 18" and then the 19" ET35 or something...
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    Yes the new TT & A6 do 19x8.5 ET48
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    Thanks

    After looking a bit more I've semi decided on getting VMR 708's as I don't want to specnd any more than that (cant find any prices for oem's??). But these are 8.5". Also ET is a choice of 45 or 48 which is better? With it lowered like moag's (45-50) wouldn't 215's be a bit stretched? Or would you still go for this?
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    nowt wrong with a bit of stretch bud less chance of them catching anywhere then
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    moag she's no d-turbo

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    708s are a nice wheel. Tyre wise, id got for 225/35 unless your planning on dropping the car loadsss, just gives a little more protection.

    I'd go for ET48, which will have the front looking nice, then maybe a 8-10mm spacer on the rear? (I think n8 has a supply of spacers!) It's all a matter of opinion really, whether you want the wheels tucked, flush or maybe some poke!
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    Car looks very nice bud, if you fancy selling your original wheels PM me
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    215s all day long
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    I don't quite understand, wouldn't having spacers be effectively changing the offset so could cause rubbing? Sorry, I'm new to all this! I'm gonna go for 215's as I saw those closeup pics of n8's on another thread and like that look. Vmr 215/35/19 8.5" et48 with 45-50mm hr springs. Anyone forsee any issues with that before I do the deed? I'd just want it to sit nice on the 19's without looking too low/high with no rubbing.

    Thanks for all your help,

    Joe
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    Ive got 19" 9J TTS alloys (3mm spacers allround) with 235 rubber and dont get any rubbing....gonna drop it a bit 10-15mm soon but dont think it will rub then either.

    19's are not that much different with regards to comfort - i do a LOT of m way miles and actuall prefer the 19's as it feels even more solid.:yes:

    Go for it! looks muchhhhhhh better! the stance and look from the back is worth it alone!:s3addict:
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    Well said Denty, people have such a phobia on here when it comes to wheels and suspension
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    235's and no rubbing ? That sounds like music to my ears .Can you show us a picture of this setup mate please?
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    Will do, just give me a day or two... just to clarifiy tho - if two people are in the back and i go too fast over a STEEP speed bump it still touches slightly on rears....that isnt a prob tho as its usually only just me n the doris in the car anyways..:sm4:
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    Your slammed bro, he's high in the sky
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