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Just got my first A3 and have a wee problem

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by jameo84, Sep 16, 2009.

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    [Sep 16, 2009]
    hey guys iv got 19" wheels with 35mm tyres, the back wheels are hitting the wells,:blackrs4: when iv got the family in the back. whats the best way to sort this. put smaller wheels on or something with the springs.
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    Howdy m8, welcome to the site, are the wheels the correct offset for the car, it needs to be 45mm to 55mm offset to work ok without rubbing etc, im sure someone will be along to confirm for you. i also think theres a bolt that needs to be removed from inside the weelarch .

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    thanks the ET is 45 so i think thats okay.id like to know more about this bolt that needs removing
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    [Sep 16, 2009]
    i think you should get your family to take the bus, keep the audi lookin nice and low lol, all your problems sorted ;)
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    [Sep 16, 2009]
    its her family there all giants, i made them get the train home cos the sound of my my new 19s hitting the roof made my wanna cry.:crying:
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    Ahahaha we've got a good lad here. I like it! +1 man point for you!
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    [Sep 16, 2009]
    Remove the bolt/screw in the rear portion of the arch to bumper areas in each wheel arch. Also trim the square plastic bracket that you remove the bolt/screw from.

    What width are your tyres because a 225/19 rather than a 235/19 is desireable...

    Hope this helps. :icon_thumright:
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    [Sep 16, 2009]
    thanks for that paul c ill take out the bolts.its 235s iv got on would 225 fit on the same rim.
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    [Sep 17, 2009]
    215/35/19s are your solution.
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    [Sep 17, 2009]
    225/35 will fit fine. As Nate has suggested 215 will fit but personally i think this look is too stretched.
    Before buying the 225/35-19 tyres i'd go with the bolt/screw and trim the bracket back... i used a dremel type tool.

    I've attached a pic i've used before showing the bolt/screw (red) to remove and the plastic bracket (green) to trim back.

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    thanks everyone for your help iv ordered some 225's and will soon be hacking away at the bolt and bracket.
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    Haha priceless :)
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    [Oct 5, 2009]
    just an update all seams well with the screw removed and the bracket rubbed down. I got some 225/35/19 bridgestone runflats from the bay and imagine my surprise when two 255/35/19 tyres turned up. no use at all, they took up the width of my hall lol.
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    Nice. If some are using 235/35/19 tires and with trimming the problem goes away then with 18X8 ET42 wheel (speedline turini) fitted on 225/40/18 tires I won't really have to do that?
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    Yeah pretty sure you will be fine
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    Wouldnt the removal of the bolt and cause a gap to be in between the fenders and bumper? It happened to my old bimmer :( And also, my local specialist told me that the bracket that holds the bolt couldnt be trimmed. It'll most probably leave a mighty gap in between. What tools are required to trim it back and how is it done properly? Im desperate! Running on stock suspension but i probably wasnt thinking straight as i went for 235/35/19 tires :(
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    [Jun 9, 2010]
    the bolt only secures the archliner i belive
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    [Jun 9, 2010]
    That means, i can remove the bolt and trim the bracket in without any worries of a gap appearing in between the fender and bumper?
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    Anybody? My tires are getting cut real bad. Will the removal of the screw and trimming of the bracket cause a gap to appear?
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    [Jun 10, 2010]
    well trimming it wont leave a gap, why dont you remove screw and see what happens???
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    [Jun 10, 2010]
    What I found is that while 45 offset is fine the wheels will still rub quite a bit on 225 tires if the wheels are 8.5"... 8" wheels should be fine.
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    I've got the same size wheels and tyres and had 3 up in the back the other night and had a fair bit of rubbing (cue me turning the car round and heading back to get my mates car) i'm glad I found this thread... will be trying the bolt removal tip.

    Has anyone done this and lowered the car (springs/coilovers), any rubbing issues?
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