255 front 235 rear?

Justin Whitehouse

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I wanted to ask what people thought of the staggered setup against the 235 front and rear. I currently have the 235 all round but considering going to the 255 front or 245 all round. What are the benefits to the staggered setup?
 

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I wanted to ask what people thought of the staggered setup against the 235 front and rear. I currently have the 235 all round but considering going to the 255 front or 245 all round. What are the benefits to the staggered setup?

On the road I struggle to believe the majority of it will tell any difference, I've driven both even if 3 months apart and there is nothing striking.

The biggest advantage to the 255 front's is the way they look, really cool if running Pirelli's. But also Audi want £295 a tyre, I got 2 online for £345 delivered.

If you want it for the driving experience, I'd give it a miss unless you are a manic track expert haha.

I think the majority will back me up... It has to make a difference, but one you'd tell even remotely adhering to the law.. nope.
 

Jonny B

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On the road I struggle to believe the majority of it will tell any difference, I've driven both even if 3 months apart and there is nothing striking.

The biggest advantage to the 255 front's is the way they look, really cool if running Pirelli's. But also Audi want £295 a tyre, I got 2 online for £345 delivered.

If you want it for the driving experience, I'd give it a miss unless you are a manic track expert haha.

I think the majority will back me up... It has to make a difference, but one you'd tell even remotely adhering to the law.. nope.

+1 driven both although only in the dry . Couldn’t tell them apart . This was on a variety of roads . Track maybe but then u would prob be running different rubber altogether.


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AshRS3sportback

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A recent trip to have new tyres fitted ended up in the fitter being completely perplexed as to why the tyres were wider up front!

So much so he argued the toss that they should be on the back. Had to show him my Audi spec sheet just to prove I wasn’t mad lol
 

replicant71

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So, if you do have the staggered set up, should the bigger tyres be at the front or the rear? Mine came from the dealer with the 255's at the rear and 235's at the front. However, according to the spec on the MyAudi app, my car has the 255's at the front and the 235's at the rear??

Putting my reg into Black Circles, they suggest that my car may have the bigger tyres at the rear, which is how it is.

So, is the spec sheet for my car incorrect, or should it indeed have the 255's at the front?
 

Jonny B

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So, if you do have the staggered set up, should the bigger tyres be at the front or the rear? Mine came from the dealer with the 255's at the rear and 235's at the front. However, according to the spec on the MyAudi app, my car has the 255's at the front and the 235's at the rear??

Putting my reg into Black Circles, they suggest that my car may have the bigger tyres at the rear, which is how it is.

So, is the spec sheet for my car incorrect, or should it indeed have the 255's at the front?

No! The bigger tyres should be on the front as standard with staggered set up .


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D0C

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So, if you do have the staggered set up, should the bigger tyres be at the front or the rear? Mine came from the dealer with the 255's at the rear and 235's at the front. However, according to the spec on the MyAudi app, my car has the 255's at the front and the 235's at the rear??

Putting my reg into Black Circles, they suggest that my car may have the bigger tyres at the rear, which is how it is.

So, is the spec sheet for my car incorrect, or should it indeed have the 255's at the front?
I can scarcely believe Black Circles are saying that the 255's should be on the rear? Such misinformation if so from them. That would be terrible for the handling balance.
 

replicant71

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Cheers guys, I guess I should have a word with the dealer and get them to swap them round.

Here's the screenshot from Black Circles.
 

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Jonny B

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Cheers guys, I guess I should have a word with the dealer and get them to swap them round.

Was this a used purchase from an Audi dealer ? I just can fathom how they ever got swapped round .


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Jonny B

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It was a pre-registered car from an Audi dealer.

Then you need to be having serious words . I can’t believe that they were incorrectly fitted at the factory . So that only leaves them being swapped by the dealer. Car maybe originally supplied from factory with standard wheels and dealer swapped out to staggered set up incorrectly? This seems very odd . Do get them swapped out , not sure how many miles you have on them , maybe check for uneven wear when off the vehicle.


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replicant71

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Yes, does seem odd. I think it would have had the staggered set up from factory as the spec details on MyAudi does quote the correct upgraded wheels and not the standard wheels.

It's done about 2600 miles.
 

replicant71

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It's still strange that if I enter my reg number on the big tyre dealer websites (Kwikfit, Protyre, National etc) they all state that the rear has the larger size, not the front?

If any of you guys with the staggered set up enter your reg on the tyre websites, what does it state for yours? Be interesting to hear.
 
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Jonny B

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It's still strange that if I enter my reg number on the big tyre dealer websites (Kwikfit, Protyre, National etc) they all state that the rear has the larger size, not the front?

Yes . I just ordered some 235’s from KF and saw the same . I assume that when the manufacturer lists two sizes their website incorrectly assumes that the larger is a rear fitment .


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Jonny B

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It's still strange that if I enter my reg number on the big tyre dealer websites (Kwikfit, Protyre, National etc) they all state that the rear has the larger size, not the front?

If any of you guys with the staggered set up enter your reg on the tyre websites, what does it state for yours? Be interesting to hear.

Also as in one of my other posts you can’t trust tyre dealers web sites . I put in my reg , select Pirelli , select size .
235 35 19 . Gives no other option says Audi approved . I order . Get sent a model R01 Pirelli . Car came supplied with R02 . It’s same size tyre , same tread , but different shape sidewall .
My point being with a more specialised tyre or in our case staggered set up with larger fronts then the sites do not cater for us . As I found out !! Trust me the larger size goes on the front .
 

teslaboy

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Anyone who owns the RS3 FL and indeed the PFL should know the fronts should be larger than the rear on the staggered set up.
This is common knowledge.
For a dealer or so called tyre specialist to fit them back to front is quite frankly incompetentence !!
 

Slowracer

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Normal practice in staggered set ups is for wider tyres at rear. It’s only Audi that’s flipped this to overcome understeer tendency on the earlier model RS3s.

As a general rule for safety, the higher grip tyre should always be on the rear to avoid spin out with sudden change of direction, particularly in the wet.
 

Jonny B

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Guys, please ignore me, I’m an idiot. Just checked my car and the 255’s are indeed at the front. Doh!!

Ha ha . That’s that mystery solved !!


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Jonny B

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Normal practice in staggered set ups is for wider tyres at rear. It’s only Audi that’s flipped this to overcome understeer tendency on the earlier model RS3s.

As a general rule for safety, the higher grip tyre should always be on the rear to avoid spin out with sudden change of direction, particularly in the wet.

Useless fact. Pontiac Grand Prix was another 255-45-18 on the fronts .
225 on the rears .


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Keithd32

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It's still strange that if I enter my reg number on the big tyre dealer websites (Kwikfit, Protyre, National etc) they all state that the rear has the larger size, not the front?

If any of you guys with the staggered set up enter your reg on the tyre websites, what does it state for yours? Be interesting to hear.

I probably won't be ordering their recommended tyres for mine:

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steve111b

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I wanted to ask what people thought of the staggered setup against the 235 front and rear. I currently have the 235 all round but considering going to the 255 front or 245 all round. What are the benefits to the staggered setup?
Recently switched to 255 (from 235) on the front and I am very happy. There is a significant improvement when pushing the car around corners in the dry. I stayed with the 35 profile which meant switching to 18" wheels. The OEM staggered setup goes to a 30 profile tyre.

It is a mystery to me why a driver cannot notice a change when driving the staggered setup instead of the square. Perhaps drivers are getting caught up in the change of profile between OEM staggered and square and missing the benefit (better performance in corners) of the staggered setup.
 

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Recently switched to 255 (from 235) on the front and I am very happy. There is a significant improvement when pushing the car around corners in the dry. I stayed with the 35 profile which meant switching to 18" wheels. The OEM staggered setup goes to a 30 profile tyre.

It is a mystery to me why a driver cannot notice a change when driving the staggered setup instead of the square. Perhaps drivers are getting caught up in the change of profile between OEM staggered and square and missing the benefit (better performance in corners) of the staggered setup.

18” wheels? They fit over the calliper??
 

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Yes. Unfortunately it took me a long time to confirm this because I have the carbon ceramic brakes. The balance weights even sit between the caliper and the barrel.

Neuspeed RSE10 18x8.5 et45 cb57.1 and 18x8 on the rear. There are no Audi spec P zeros, so I went with Mercedes R01 on the front and Mercedes on the rear.

Interesting, always assumed 18” wheels would never fit the RS3.
 

Phone Tech

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Hello
Resurrecting thread :p
@T-800 jesus dat's super close calipers.. u really need 19''
Guys what would you say 255 / 35 / R18'' all round ?
Can I fit them on 7.5J ? Currently running 235 / 40 /R18'' all round
I have A3 tdi quattro 184
 
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T-800

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Hello
Resurrecting thread :p
@T-800 jesus dat's super close calipers.. u really need 19''
Guys what would you say 255 / 35 / R18'' all round ?
Can I fit them on 7.5J ? Currently running 235 / 40 /R18'' all round
I have A3 tdi quattro 184

Not my car, just a picture to show another member that 18" do fit.......

I'd never put 18" on my car..........
 

D0C

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Winter tyres .........plenty of 19” options / tyres available.

Ride comfort........ you’ve bought the the wrong car.
You don’t need to convince me! If anything, I think the RS3 should come with the option of 20” wheels?
 

Phone Tech

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You don’t need to convince me! If anything, I think the RS3 should come with the option of 20” wheels?
Haha exactly I wanted to say this.. So he has rs3 and he fitted 19s???
Those are for a3 or s3.. Rs3 should take 20" exactly
 
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