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Alloy Rims help please

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by A3DOL, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. A3DOL
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    [Feb 11, 2008]
    Hi All,

    I Want to upgrade the standard alloys on the Wife's A3 tdi to some RS6 alloys. I know they are common but they look great.

    My question is can I safely fit 18's without lowering (will it ride too high?) or will it sit better with 17's. I lowered our old Golf 35mm and she wasn't keen on the bouncyness of the ride! To be honest I don't want to touch the A3 ride height. It already handels well enough!

    I have searches the threads but have no conclusive answer so help appreciated please.

    Also if anyone has a picture of thier A3 with some 17 or 18" RS6 alloys on I would love to see it!

    A3 tdi SE 3 door 2004

    Thanks,

    Gav
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    [Feb 11, 2008]
    what type of a3 is your wifes? is it SE, Sport or S-line?

    if its the sport but definately S-line, it will be (i think) 15mm lower than an SE

    Eibach or H&R springs are top quality and are not "bouncy" and would lower the car nicely on 18s

    In my opinion, the a3 standard on 18s looks too high but i have coilover suspension so of course im going to think its high
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    hey i think the rs 6 alloys look great on a3 u can get them from wheelbase.com imitation but ull be saving plany of money and i would not worry about them bieng 18 inch audi supply a3 with 18 inch rims also as an option i have the rs 4 18 factory fitted and s line and they look fab
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    remember u will have to lower the profile of the new tyres so it wont look high
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    Its the tdi (105) SE. I thought the sports and s-line looked lower.

    I really dont want it to look silly high or mess with the springs so are we thinking 17's?

    Any pics.........
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    If you don't want to lower it then 17" will look better.

    Eibach cost about £120 and will be as good as standard ride quality wise just a little firmer due to tyre profile but 30mm lower which will be just about right, personally I'd go for 18" and Eibachs.
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    My A3 is a 2006 SE lowered 35mm on Eibach springs. The RS6's I've got on the car are from an A4 and the ET is 43. I have had no problem whatsoever with rubbing issues.
    To tell you the truth my girlfriend hates lowered cars and I did lower it without her knowing, she has never complained about any bouncyness as the springs are simply as good as the standard SE springs!! They do not bounce one bit!!

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    sat1983 that looks mint.

    Thanks, you have made my decision for me. That is just how I want mine to look!

    Does anyone know the best place to get the eibach's from and has anyone fitted themselves? I know the tracking may need re-alingnment but I fitted the ones on my golf and they were ok to do.

    Did you self fit the navigation unit?
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    Eibachs anyone? I live in the midlands and unsure where to get them from and how much to pay?

    Thanks,
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    I got the Eibach's supplied+ fitted+ tracking from JBS Chesterfield. As i didn't have the know-how I payed top wack, no doubt about it but at least I was sure the job had been done properly. I payed roughly £300.
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    Mine is sat on 19s 40mm lowering all round.
    and i dont have any porblem just need to ge arches pulled a little as rubbing on liner if i have more then myself and 1 passenger in the car and go over rough terrain or even to fast roudn a corner.

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    Dont know where you could get the Eibachs from but I have a set of genuine 18" S-line wheels for sale - check the classifieds section. They are ET54 so perfect for the A3 and no change of any rubbing issues!
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