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B6 S4 wheels over B5 S4 brakes - won't go?

Geeman Aug 31, 2011

  1. Geeman

    Geeman Low Life

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    My latest acquisition, a '99 S4, has a problem. I can't fit wheels over the front brake calipers without fitting spacers.

    I would have thought that a set of 18" B6 S4 rims would have bolted straight over the 'standard' B5 S4 brakes. But, they sit on the face of the caliper without a spacer fitted, so I've had to space the fronts out... which I find strange.

    Here's a couple of pics I took, I apologise for the poor quality, but can anyone identify these brakes as standard or non-standard at all?

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    And they're mounted on to this...

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  2. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    Basically, B5 S4 calipers are ****.

    They stick out about 7 feet from the disk, hence the problem.

    I'd fit some B6 S4 brakes, which is a nice upgrade and will fix it.

    Alternatively, some B7 A4's and C5 A6's/Allroads have a caliper thats the same as the B6 S4 ones in design, but mounts up with the standard B5 S4 disks, potentially cheaper that way.
     
  3. aidank1981

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    this happened to me! fitted b6 alloys no problem till i put new pads on then the same issue! 5mm spacers fix it till my rs4 b5's go on
     
  4. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    If your using spacers make sure you fit longer bolts.

    The stock bolts are only just long enough, and with a 5mm spacer the bolt only engages half way thru the hub.
     
  5. Jason.s

    Jason.s Active Member

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    Dont i know it! 3mm probably just about get away with it but 5mm use longer bolts or else you`ll be replacing a hub and having your wheel collapse inside your arch like i had!
     
  6. Geeman

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    Don't worry. I've got longer bolts. :salute:
     

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