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will 245 40 18s fit the car, and on OEM audi alloys

Adamantium Feb 15, 2012

  1. Adamantium

    Adamantium Member

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    Hi all,

    Please see title really.

    I have the OEM split 7 spokes as my winter wheels, and I'm looking at buying the flat 5 spoke S3 wheels for my summer tyres, but I really want michelin pilot supersports.

    Only trouble is they don't come in 225 40 18s.

    They do come in 245 40 18s and possibly 225 45 18s.

    The car is a quattro, which is sitting on H&R 35mm lowering springs.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Ash187

    Ash187 Audi-Retrofits.co.uk Site Sponsor VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A5

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    245 will not fit on the a3
     
  3. TimG

    TimG Active Member

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    Ask yourself are you really going to notice buying different brand of tyres? There gotta be a rival that's almost as good that fits!?
     
  4. box500

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    According to Michelin's website the pilot sports do come in 225 40 18's ???
     
  5. Adamantium

    Adamantium Member

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    They are pilot super sports, not pilot sports, and yes I think I would notice.

    Thanks for the info though!
     
  6. dunk

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    245/40/18 will fit on oem wheels, i had them on my et46 wheels and they rubbed at the back a tiny bit, but the oem offset of et52/54 will be fine.
     
  7. FranA3

    FranA3 events moderator Regional Rep Gold Supporter Audi A3 Team Brill Red

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    you have to ask yourself do you really need tyres that wide lol
     
  8. Ash187

    Ash187 Audi-Retrofits.co.uk Site Sponsor VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A5

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    im sure the 245s are too wide and rub on the inner part of the arch and the hub area? someone clarify please!
     
  9. FranA3

    FranA3 events moderator Regional Rep Gold Supporter Audi A3 Team Brill Red

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    i would have thought so ash esp with the oem wheels as they sit far into the arches
     
  10. c_w

    c_w Well-Known Member

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    The OEM wheels are not really wide enough for a 245 tyre, you'll get some overhang which will negate the performance advantage you're after. I was surprised the OE 18" alloy is just 7.5J, seems quite narrow for an 18! (S3 is still 7.5J?).

    A 245 is "officially" too wide for a 7.5J rim too (normally permissable rim widths are from 8 to 9.5J). A 225 will sit much nicer and squarer.

    If you're really set on those tyres the best fit is the 225/45/18 but it will look tall. I bet they'll be the best part of £1000 for 4 though.

    Perhaps look at Toyo R1R/Federal RSR/Hankook RS2 etc if you want a sticky road tyre? probably a huge amount cheaper too!
     

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