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Alloy Fitment - ET

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Boydie, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. Boydie
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    [Jan 15, 2007]
    hey guys

    what was the best ET for the 8P? especially when lowered?

    i am hoping to get my hands on a set of alloys with these details:

    19 BY 8.5
    5 x 112 pdc
    et 35
    235/35 19 tyres

    the guy that im buying from had them on his B7 a4 lowered on KW or FK coilovers - looked awesome and as far as i am aware he had no problems with rubbing

    anyone care to enlighten me?

    thanks :D
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  3. mjepson
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    All depends on how much you lower it...

    I would guess there will be some rubbing with say a 50mm drop with more than one passenger.
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    [Jan 15, 2007]
    doubt i would have it lowered that much to be honest

    but that can be sorted anyway

    thanks :D
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    I believe you need an ET of atleast 45 for the 8P. The 18" S-Line rims are around ET50.

    I think with a 19" wheel and 235 tyres you will definately see some rubbing on an A3 8P.
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    [Jan 15, 2007]
    whats the standard et on the 8P?

    i have 5 spoke 17" alloys on at the minute
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    [Jan 15, 2007]
    et50 standard
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    [Jan 15, 2007]
    thanks

    whats the standard et on a B7 a4?
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    [Jan 15, 2007]
    your standard et on the s-line 18" alloys on an 8p is 54mm.
    You've really got no chance of fitting the wheels with a 35mm offset,even a 45offset will need mods to make them fit.10mm doesn't sound a lot,but in wheel terms it is.
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    [Jan 15, 2007]
    Doa search on eoffset and my username. This has come up a few times in the past.

    I'm running 8x18's with a 45mm offset lowered and they do rub. I thought I ad cured the rear rubbing (rear arches) but I got apuncture wednesday before christmas and had to replace both rear tyres, they where both low on tread, and put on F1's and they now rub...

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    [Jan 16, 2007]
    Why not put on 215/40-18 or 225/35-18 tyres and get rid of the rubbing ?
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    [Jan 16, 2007]
    I didn't realise the the F1's would vasue an issue with rubbing, I had cured the problem on the rear arches with the rosso's that came fitted as standard.

    Mines lowered so dropping to a 35 profile tyre will mean that the bad ride will just become even worse so thats out of the question. And with a 215/40/18 tyre the choice of makes available is limited.

    I'm going to remove the eibachs in the next few weeks so it wont be an issue as I am planning on changing my car in the next few months - need to decide what I want...

    J.
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    [Jan 16, 2007]
    ok thanks guys - that puts that wheel choice out the window and what a bargain they were :(
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    Don't be disgouraged by marriedblonde ;) He has his car lowered 50mm. I dont think there will be any problems on your standard springs or even 30mm springs.
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    I know your changing but the tyre selection is quite good. Continental sport contact or Toyo's are both good.

    http://www.rochfordtyres.co.uk/tyres.asp?width=215&profile=40&size=18
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    [Jan 16, 2007]
    35mm offset isn't even close to the 54mm offset on factory fit 18"s...

    Also cupramax (memeber on here) had rubbing issues with his RS4 reps on standard s-line suspension.

    J.
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    [Jan 16, 2007]
    Well the choice is quite limited as I don't rate falkens which only leaves conti's or Toyo's. I've tried the toyo's in the past on 2 seperate cars (mkIV Golf Gti T and my MCS) and they where awful. Great when brand new but as soon as they had a few miles on them they where terrible.

    The solution would be to get my whells machined by a few mm to up the offset but I chose the offset for the squat, filled arches look. Like I said it wasn't an issue with the rosso's.

    I'll have a look at the weekend to see if there is any more "meat" on the bold holding the arch liner in place to see if I can get the clearance required.

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    [Jan 16, 2007]
    Better to be safe than sorry anyway

    i had a madly modded clio before and dont want to go down the same lines of the car rubbing and scuffing
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    It should'nt be hard to roll out the arches 10-20mm without damaging the paint. Just have to find a shop or someone who has a archroller.

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    [Jan 16, 2007]
    i know where to get it done round where i live - but ill keep looking into it and see what happens

    did you get your arches rolled?
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    No, because i just got my A3 ;) Waiting until I get new wheels to see what has to be done.
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    wheels are a pain in the arse lol

    so many out there to chose from and most are too expensive :keule:
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    [Jan 16, 2007]
    This guy rolled his back arches 3cm to fit the 11x18 ET25 wheels with 255/35 tyres. He also has a 90mm drop in suspension ;) Shows what can be done.

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    [Jan 16, 2007]
    looks a bit mad lol doubt id be willing to go that far - looks good though!
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    [Jan 16, 2007]
    Surely you'd be better off just getting your new wheels machined to the correct offset?
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    nah mate - 20mm is too big to machine from a wheel unfortunately
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    far too big for my liking and the ride quality would be terrible - they must be 25mm profile tyres!!
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    Bwe very careful when getting your arches rolled. It's very very easy to crease the arches, when your contemplating this factor in the cost to get the arches corrected at a body shop.

    The problem is the metal is very thin and has the fixing for the arch liner attech, this is what causes the creases.

    Probably better off going to a body shop first to see if they can panel beat the arches flat.

    J.
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    [Jan 17, 2007]
    i purchased some new RS4 reps for my S3, these are ET45 and in 18's.

    After putting them on I decided that I actually prefer the standard S3 rims :shrug:

    They were purchased from Rochford Tyres, so if anyone wants them cheap just pm me, just want them to go to a good home now
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    [Jan 17, 2007]
    im not going to roll the arches so dont worry

    the guy is going to let me try the et35 19" alloys and ill see from there what happens
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    As said earlier by MB ET35's will stick out way too far. Mine were ET42 and the fronts rubbed on the edges of the arch liner so add a further 7mm of tyre on that and you got quite bad rubbing issues.
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    [Jan 17, 2007]
    thanks cupramax

    thats more or less helped me with my decision

    dont know what rims now :(
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    [Jan 17, 2007]
    Was your car standard height?
    Were yours 8x19? What size tyre?

    I guessing Boydie has standard suspension and that is 25mm higher than s-line.
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    So would you say an ET 35 on a 17" rim with 225/45tyres would cause any probs if the ride hight was completley standard?
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    What width is the rim? 8" wide yes, 7.5" probably.

    J.
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    His was standard ride height, an sline 2.0T sportback I think.
    He had 18" reps on it, got them fitted to his a4 cab now :)

    J.
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    [Jan 17, 2007]
    The width is 7.5"
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    Personally I think they will catch.

    J.
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