1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

S3 with 19" wheels ???

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Charlie23, May 28, 2014.

  1. Charlie23
    Offline

    Charlie23 Active Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2014
    Messages:
    384
    Likes Received:
    71
    [May 28, 2014]
    Hi guys, just bought my S3 and want to do a few bits to it to increase the bhp but I'm also looking at putting 19" wheels on there.

    Will this effect the performance off the car and should I stick to 18" wheels??

    i don't mind about the ride being bumpy etc but I don't want to waste my time on engine mods to then put 19"s on it and it be a waste of time.
    #1
  2. Ads

    Ads

    [Dec 27, 2014]

  3. LiamS3
    Offline

    LiamS3 Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2014
    Messages:
    75
    Likes Received:
    26
    [May 28, 2014]
    Smaller wheels generally mean much better performance. By sticking with wheels close to the size of your stock wheels, you’ll get the best ride out of your vehicle. Smaller wheels also allow you to accelerate and stop faster. The bigger the wheel, the more force required to get it moving and to stop again once it has gained momentum. Even the cornering benefits of wide wheels with low-profile tires can be negated by the extra weight of larger wheels. Driving with small wheels that are much lighter, allows drivers to experience greater overall performance and handling than with large wheels. :)
    #2
    S3Alex likes this.
  4. Muzza80
    Offline

    Muzza80 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2013
    Messages:
    664
    Likes Received:
    292
    [May 28, 2014]
    I fitted 19" RS3 Rotors to my 2010 S3 Sportback


    [​IMG]



    I can assure you there's no drop in performance and the extra width actually improved handling for me.
    #3
    Kelza, 45bvtc, THQuattro and 3 others like this.
  5. mechanic69
    Offline

    mechanic69 Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2007
    Messages:
    777
    Likes Received:
    248
    [May 28, 2014]
    I'd disagree with this mate, the 19s although larger should have a lower profile tyre to compensate so you get the same rolling diameter. Would have thought the weight difference was marginal too.
    #4
  6. LiamS3
    Offline

    LiamS3 Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2014
    Messages:
    75
    Likes Received:
    26
    [May 28, 2014]
    you won't see much difference at all changing to 19" that was just a general summary of physics and wheels haha, you would notice a difference if say you went 3" more or 3" less
    #5
  7. mechanic69
    Offline

    mechanic69 Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2007
    Messages:
    777
    Likes Received:
    248
    [May 28, 2014]
    Yeah like monster truck or mini 12", lol
    #6
    LiamS3 likes this.
  8. LiamS3
    Offline

    LiamS3 Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2014
    Messages:
    75
    Likes Received:
    26
    [May 28, 2014]
    lol :lmfao:
    #7
    mechanic69 likes this.
  9. S3Alex
    Offline

    S3Alex Rarely neutral

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2008
    Messages:
    6,405
    Likes Received:
    1,549
    [May 28, 2014]
    The general view from my guys,who run a BTCC race team,is 18's for handling and 19's for show.

    I went from the stock 18" x8 rims to 18"x9 lightweight rims to allow wider tyres,but without changing anything else.

    Everyone and his dog has a view on this topic,but mine was to stick with the good advice I'd been given,and it does handle well.

    If you're going to modify the engine,you'd need to uprate the braking and handling,and it would be a shame to go forwards in one area and back in another.

    [​IMG]
    #8
    45bvtc, wuta3, gogz s3 and 2 others like this.
  10. Charlie23
    Offline

    Charlie23 Active Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2014
    Messages:
    384
    Likes Received:
    71
    [May 28, 2014]
    Cheers for the info guys
    #9
  11. Sayam
    Offline

    Sayam Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Messages:
    466
    Likes Received:
    61
    [May 28, 2014]
    Mines not a S3 but I must say having had both 18 and 19 inch wheels the 18s are much comfier. Personally I'd go as far as saying the A3 doesn't take 19s well at all, but they look awesome so it's swings and roundabouts. Also the S3 suspension is different to mine that may be able to handle 19s better...
    #10
    S3Alex likes this.
  12. shortfletch11
    Offline

    shortfletch11 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2013
    Messages:
    98
    Likes Received:
    11
    [May 30, 2014]
    I had 18" on mine as standard and 19" were my first mod. defo no difference in performance and looks miles better IMO.

    See below, before and after pics.

    View attachment 34340

    View attachment 34341

    I also had some AP Coilovers fitted to adjust the arch gap and also minimise the amount rubbing.
    #11
  13. wuta3
    Offline

    wuta3 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2012
    Messages:
    1,108
    Likes Received:
    343
    [May 30, 2014]
    Come on, you can't argue with those wheels. Perfectly matched to the car/proportions. Stance looks epic. Perfection.
    #12
    mechanic69 and S3Alex like this.
  14. S3Alex
    Offline

    S3Alex Rarely neutral

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2008
    Messages:
    6,405
    Likes Received:
    1,549
    [May 30, 2014]
    I think it depends on what you're after from the car and the mods.

    If you want the best handling you can drag out of it,then 18s make good sense,especially if you use lightweight rims,but if that doesn't float your boat then go for whatever suits.
    #13
  15. shortfletch11
    Offline

    shortfletch11 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2013
    Messages:
    98
    Likes Received:
    11
    [May 30, 2014]
    #14
    Muzza80 likes this.
  16. shortfletch11
    Offline

    shortfletch11 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2013
    Messages:
    98
    Likes Received:
    11
    [May 30, 2014]
    Apologies for the duplications of my message all!

    Agreed mate, each to their own.
    #15
    S3Alex likes this.
  17. S3Alex
    Offline

    S3Alex Rarely neutral

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2008
    Messages:
    6,405
    Likes Received:
    1,549
    [May 30, 2014]
    Thank you!

    All compliments gratefully received.

    Get those things nice and hot,switch off the TC and it really does grip.
    #16

Share This Page