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Facelift Changing from 18” to 19”

Matty_ May 17, 2019

  1. Matty_

    Matty_ Ara Blue S3 Team Ara Blue Sportback Audi S3 S tronic

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    Hi all,

    Who’s gone from standard 18” wheels on there s3 to 19” and doesn’t have mag ride.?Could you tell me what major difference there is in ride comfort etc etc. Don’t want to get 19’s for it to be unbearable ride because of not having mag ride.

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  3. OCDaveS3

    OCDaveS3 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter Team Navarra Audi S3

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    Well I've got a '66 S3 Saloon with 19" and the ride comfort is fine whether in "Comfort", "Dynamic" or whatever - in fact I would say it was a lot less bumpy and thumpy than my (standard) WRX300. If anything its a bit soft for my liking !! I'm not sure whether it has more body roll too, or whether I'm just going round corners quicker lol !

    Not sure how the Mag-ride works though (which being a saloon I believe it does have.....)
     
  4. Matty_

    Matty_ Ara Blue S3 Team Ara Blue Sportback Audi S3 S tronic

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    Yeah I do believe the saloons come with mag ride as standard. Interesting though, I imagine without mag ride it wouldn’t be drastically different. Haha id probably say it’s the latter :tearsofjoy:
     
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  5. dp_motley

    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line Team Nano Grey Sportback TFSI Owners Group S tronic S-line owners group

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    I'm going to change my 18" to 19" soon. In order to test a possible change in a ride comfort, I inflated my tyres from 2.4/2.2 bar to 2.7/2.4 (front/rear). This made the car feel firmer and, I hope, closer to what I would get with the 19" wheels. I can't say it made the car much less comfortable. I feel the road imperfections more, but the ride isn't crashy at all.

    About my current setup:
    2019 A3 35TFSI S-tronic
    Non mag ride
    Eibach Pro Kit
    Middle aged and sensitive driver and passenger
     
  6. Matty_

    Matty_ Ara Blue S3 Team Ara Blue Sportback Audi S3 S tronic

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    Didn’t think about altering tyre pressures to try and replicate it. Good idea! That’s good to know though, I expect an increased feel like you said, but at least it doesn’t seem rough
     
  7. oli356

    oli356 Well-Known Member Sportback Team Sepang Audi S3 Black Edition S tronic

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    I'm in the same process at the minute.. S3 sportback now with Eibach pro kit, on 18s but thinking of 19s. Had a passenger in the back of my car today briefly and he could feel the difference since I got the prokit fitted, not much and not uncomfortable but it was noticeable. I agree with that, its noticeable but its still fine, just don't want to get 19s (with a new set of alloys) and after spending a grand I'm regretting it! .. i worry alot lol

    Someone must have done this change though without magride :D !

    @Lehn will tell me to man up ;)
     
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  8. Ian R

    Ian R New Member

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    19's fitted to 35 TFSI S Tronic with non mag ride standard S Line sports suspension. 235/35 ZR19 Michelin Sport 4S No issues. Tyre pressures set at upper end of range 39 psi front 37 psi rear despite normally lightly loaded. The wheels are AEZ to exact OEM offset ET49 8 inch width.
     
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  9. Matty_

    Matty_ Ara Blue S3 Team Ara Blue Sportback Audi S3 S tronic

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    That’s good to know, PS4s was what I was looking at wrapping any potential new 19’s in aswell.

    Have you noticed any drastic increase in tyre noise?
     
  10. Matty_

    Matty_ Ara Blue S3 Team Ara Blue Sportback Audi S3 S tronic

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    Did think about going down the road of aftermarket springs but thought like you that the two combined would be rather negative.

    Would you say fitting the eibachs has improved the handling?
     
  11. oli356

    oli356 Well-Known Member Sportback Team Sepang Audi S3 Black Edition S tronic

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    I've not driven much, only on my commute but I can't say its made much of a difference to anything. Body roll feels the same also, but I suppose as it was only as 10mm drop, I didn't expect much...
     
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  13. Ian R

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    None compared to the Dunlop Maxx RT that the car came on.
     
  14. dp_motley

    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line Team Nano Grey Sportback TFSI Owners Group S tronic S-line owners group

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    Wait! Did you notice that the Dunlop Maxx RT noisy too? They should have tyre noise of 67dB which is much lower than the PS4s have. My car came with the RTs too and I noticed that it was much noisier than my 8PA TDI on Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 and even the Contis as winter tyres. I guess this EU marking is a BS.
     
  15. Mark_86

    Mark_86 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi S3 Black Edition quattro DSG

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    Jesus... I wouldn't want a non mag-ride A3/S3 on 19" rims. It's bad enough with mag-ride... firm is an understatement.
     
  16. Ron240

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    Seriously.....you think it's an overly firm ride?
    Is the S3 your first sporty car?
     
  17. Mark_86

    Mark_86 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi S3 Black Edition quattro DSG

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    Yeah, its damn firm - even in comfort mode. Literally, UK roads are awful and every drain cover, pot hole etc just makes the whole car shake. It's quite difficult to make rapid progress without feeling sorry for the rims and suspension in my S3.

    And nope, far from my first sporty car - I've had a fair few in my time. Had a CTR with uprated dampers and springs - used to look like a nodding dog driving that around, S3 isn't a million miles off that.
     
  18. Ron240

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    I wasn't having a go :innocent: It's just that any car with sporting aspirations needs to have a certain degree of stiffness to the suspension, but it doesn't need to be uncomfortable.
    Comparing my current S3 Saloon with previous FK8 Type R with 20" wheels and Focus ST Mk.3 with 19" wheels, I would say it is not noticeably better or worse than either. :)
     
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  19. Flying Scotsman

    Flying Scotsman Well-Known Member Team Ara Blue Audi S3 saloon

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    Interesting replies, I have a 2017 S3 saloon and use the auto setting for the suspension in Individual mode...comfort is too soft and bouncy and dynamic is too harsh for city driving. I test dove a used 2015 saloon without mag ride on 18" and then a test drive on demo 2016 with mag ride on 19" both test drives were for a day each and I would not like especially a hatchback S3, no mag ride, on 19" wheels.
     
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  20. Matty_

    Matty_ Ara Blue S3 Team Ara Blue Sportback Audi S3 S tronic

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    I think 18’s will be what I’ll stick to from the consensus on here. Considering it’s a daily car I don’t want something that’s overtop uncomfortable.
     
  21. Matt Titanium

    Matt Titanium Well-Known Member Team Navarra Audi S3 Manual

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    You should try an S1.
    Feels like the hubs are bolted straight onto the bodyshell.
     
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  22. craigpanthercrystal

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    Fitted 19s with p zero 235 35 19. No mag ride. Hardly notice a difference to my 18s on continentals. More responsive and a little more tyre noice marginally but not firmer. Man up guys. We are talking about “5” on the tire profile not a big difference at all. Going to fit eibach pro kit soon too.
     
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  23. Boydie

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    19" OEM alloys from a 2016 S3 cabriolet lowered 20/25mm on H&R springs

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    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line Team Nano Grey Sportback TFSI Owners Group S tronic S-line owners group

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    Do you use the same tyre pressure for the 19s as for the 18s?
     
  25. Ron240

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    19's should always be slightly higher than 18's due to the lower profile, although in this case (facelift model) only by 1psi.
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  26. Boydie

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    My pressures are 40psi all round for 19”
     
  27. JimmyMcGee

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    Oh how I wish these were still an option in the configurator for 19". Had to settle for the 18" versions.
     
  28. craigpanthercrystal

    craigpanthercrystal Active Member

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    I go for 38/39 front rear with 19s
     
  29. Ron240

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    Is there a reason why you run the rear tyres higher than the front?
     
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  30. oli356

    oli356 Well-Known Member Sportback Team Sepang Audi S3 Black Edition S tronic

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    How did you find the change in ride from the 18s then
     
  31. Ron240

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    See post #20 :innocent:
     
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  32. craigpanthercrystal

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    Sorry. The other way round. (Higher slim up front)
     
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  34. dp_motley

    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line Team Nano Grey Sportback TFSI Owners Group S tronic S-line owners group

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    My A3 35TFSI Sportback is lighter and the tyre pressures on the placard is lower. The 18" wheels should have a pressure of 2.4/2.2 bar (35/32 psi). I don't have any mentions of the 19" wheels there, but based on the tyre pressure recommended for your S3, I can pump the tyres by 1 bar/psi more only and get 2.5/2.3 bar (36/33 psi). Maybe I'll do the front wheels a little firmer, 2.6 (38 psi) and keep the rears 2.3 bar (33 psi).

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  35. SPIKE_S3

    SPIKE_S3 Well-Known Member Team Ara Blue Team Daytona Gold Supporter

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    Recently changed to 19” on our S3 without mag ride, and genuinely it feels no worse than the stock 18” with the OE spec Pirelli tyres. The 19” have Michelin MPS4s which I think could be a softer rubber making up the difference....if you know what I mean!
     
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    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line Team Nano Grey Sportback TFSI Owners Group S tronic S-line owners group

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    If not mag ride, what suspension do you have? Your car looks lowered and nice.

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