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Facelift S3 alloys to RS6 style alloys

Flying Scotsman Jun 20, 2019

  1. Flying Scotsman

    Flying Scotsman Registered User

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    Here are some pics of my S3 with often threatened change of alloys.....Finally took the plunge with a fitted cost of about 1,50 quid. I really like them and they are way easier to clean than my originals.

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  3. Flying Scotsman

    Flying Scotsman Registered User

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    That should read 1,500 quid
     
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  4. markn1689

    markn1689 Registered User

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    Looks good! They look very similar to the 19 inch exclusive forged s3 wheels that come used to come on the non black optics Magride equipped s3's.
    The wheels that I am talking about are these:
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    They only weigh 21 lbs.
    And there are a bunch of these floating around the market as most s3 owners 'upgrade' to something 'cooler'
     
  5. wab172uk

    wab172uk Now in an X3 M40i

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    Cooler? I think the original S3 alloys are some of the best Audi have designed.
     
  6. Goner

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    Looks really good and so does the weather..
     
  7. markn1689

    markn1689 Registered User

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    I happen to agree with you. The only other option I would consider is a 19 inch AVUS wheel (b5 or b6 style). Wish someone made a replica version.
     
  8. Flying Scotsman

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    Those are the alloys I replaced...they are a pita to clean (the cavity behind the arms is especially difficult. Average time to clean/wash 4 was 45-60 minutes. I can do the new ones in 15-20 minutes. Plus they make the wheel look larger in diameter. Weight for each one is 25 lbs

    Original 19" wheels

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  9. OCDaveS4

    OCDaveS4 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter

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    Your car looks amazing !!! Just love Ara blue - very similar to “World Rally Blue” on my Scooby but Ara seems to have more sparkle!
     
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  10. dp_motley

    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line

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    Your car looks great with both sets of wheels! I considered black/polished RS6 reps from LDPrestige (Hartmanns seemed too expensive given I had to pay customs, and they weren't black), but the black ones were sold out right before I was ready to take a plunge and re-stock was scheduled on September, so I decided to buy a set of the S3 replicas (the design that you replaced) because I wanted them all the time before I even started thinking of the RS6 reps.

    I thought that both designs were tough to clean. Perhaps it's a question of the right equipement/chemicals?
     
  11. Flying Scotsman

    Flying Scotsman Registered User

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    no chemicals for me, designated wash/wheel mitt and soapy water....the OEM are a pita due to the fact that the interior rim channel is open all the way around and therefore I had to use a small sponge on edge to clean in between/behind the 5 twin spokes and that takes patience and time, especially beside the calipers. No issue with RS6 and personally I prefer the grey/diamond finish to black
     
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  13. springer

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    How about an adequately sized paint brush to wash the intricate areas? I find it very handy
     
  14. dp_motley

    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line

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    I use this type of brush when I have to clean difficult areas. Google "wheel brush" for more options.

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    P.S. Did I say that I LOVE Ara Blue color?
     
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  15. Flying Scotsman

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    Wheel brushes are too abrasive for me, paint brushes are OK. Take a a gander at the 19' OEM S3 wheel in question, neither will work at the area I describe.
     
  16. dp_motley

    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line

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    Perhaps a soft brush will do. Anyway, I have no other choice than to try and find out how to clean them as I already bought them :)
     
  17. jassyo06

    jassyo06 T-Cut King !

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    A wheel Mitt is what you need mate, l never use a wheel brush on delicate alloys or even the normal type of alloys ...there all a bit aggressive
     
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  18. dp_motley

    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line

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    Good idea! Can you recommend which one to buy?
     
  19. jassyo06

    jassyo06 T-Cut King !

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    Microfiber Madness incredimitt mate they make 2 types small and large
     
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  20. dp_motley

    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line

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    Did you mean this place behind the spokes? I didn't know there was such a place, to be honest. I saw it first after receiving the rim today.

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  21. Bristle Hound

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    @Flying Scotsman - S3 looking fab with the new alloys buddy :thumbs up:

    PS Changed the title of the thread to read a little better. Thought you'd changed the S3 for a RS6 lol
     
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  23. Flying Scotsman

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    That is the area, a real pita to clean.

    Thanks Bristle Hound...an RS6 is beyond my financial means....a cousin of mine has a 2018 RS6 Avant quite the machine and goes like stink.
     
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  24. JohnM100

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    As a fastidious alloy cleaner myself - man that’s harsh


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  25. dp_motley

    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line

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    Should I send the rims back to China? Lol
     
  26. stevefj

    stevefj Occasional user of my better half's S3

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    In that case the answer is a set of these beauties, which I wouldn't be without. Kind to your wheels and pretty much stop skinned knuckles https://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/braun-automotive-wheel-woolie-set Oh, and there's an angled one too https://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/braun-automotive-spoke-back-woolie

    Hope this helps!

    Steve
     
  27. mve7

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    Got them in gloss black. really love the looks but they are so difficult to clean in black. They are like vacuum cleaners haha :D
     

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  28. Flying Scotsman

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    I am not a fan of all glossy black wheels but to each their own. I much prefer the machined face and matte grey finish and that matte clearcoat finish is very subtle as it reflects light evenly and are a breeze to clean. Glossy black cars look great when all buffed up but that only lasts a day at best and wheels in that colour would be even worse with brake dust etc.
     
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  29. Rolly12

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    I always get the fear with replica alloys so I’ve never used them. Can just picture driving along the motorway at *70* and !BANG! An alloy goes kaboom


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  30. Flying Scotsman

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    Rolly....those replica S6 wheels I bought are not cheap they are manufactured to OEM standards in Germany (not China) and use Audi radius lug bolts and probably were manufactured in the same plant that Audi purchases from. Audi and other car manufacturers do not make alloy wheels they use BBS etc.
     
  31. keenu

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    Yep, that area takes an age to clean, in fact you can spend more time cleaning the wheels then cleaning the whole body of the car. Most of the brushes mentioned here won't fit that area. I use the a small one that came with Autoglym custom wheel cleaner. Aside from that you can use you fingers as nothing else will fit in that area!
     

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