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S3 Black Edition - 18” wheels powder coated black

scott_johnson Dec 23, 2017

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Black wheels

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  1. scott_johnson

    scott_johnson Member

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    Chaps,

    I have an order in for an Ibis white S3 Sportback Black Edition hopefully being delivered next month..

    My question is, has anyone had the ugly standard 18” 5 arm turbine wheels powder coated all black (not just the spokes)?

    I feel having a ‘black edition’ Audi should have a black option for the wheels?

    Any pictures would be hugely appreciated!

    Or if anyone can photoshop these:

    SJ


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  3. JDHOWELLS

    JDHOWELLS Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    I had the spokes only coated in gloss black, and rim polished.. in my opinion looks great, and totally changes the car/wheels..

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  4. scott_johnson

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    Wow! It really does make all the difference! Looks very RS3! Can I ask who did them and how much?
     
  5. JDHOWELLS

    JDHOWELLS Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    I got the dealership to sort it for me and got them to include it in my deal before I agreed to buy..

    Was unsure how’d they’d turn out as I’d never seen it before and had it done before car collection.

    I’m very happy with the result. Took car to a detailer and he said that whoever had done it had done a very good job. Just make sure they do inside the wheel to as they did on mine..


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  6. happytalk73

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    That blue is stunning. Shame I can't spec my A4 Avant BE in that colour.
     
  7. JDHOWELLS

    JDHOWELLS Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    Cheers - love how it changes in different lights..


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  8. happytalk73

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    Have you spec'd red brake calipers too. If so then they'd look really prominent with black wheels. (IMO)
     
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  9. happytalk73

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    Mind you, I guess the reason they restrict colour choice for lesser models so cars such as yours gets a certain degree of exclusivity.
     
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  10. JDHOWELLS

    JDHOWELLS Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    I believe Ara blue is only available on certain models.. in the A3 range it’s only available on S3/Rs3 so example..


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  11. Audi Bairn

    Audi Bairn Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Navarra Audi S3 saloon quattro S tronic DSG

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    I've never been a fan of these wheels (each to their own) but if you do what @JDHOWELLS has done it totally changes them for the better in my view. Would look good on the white car too I reckon. I wouldn't have them all black though.
     
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  13. oli356

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

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    I'm with you on this one...
    I thought they looked kind of toyish and cheap, but much nicer with the black!
     
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  14. JDHOWELLS

    JDHOWELLS Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    I believe Ara blue is only available on certain models.. in the A3 range it’s only available on S3/Rs3 so example..


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  15. davemk

    davemk Active Member Team Daytona TFSI Owners Group Audi A3

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    Personally, I really like the S3BE wheels as they are.
     
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  16. deanshaw24

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    I also painted the inserts, got rid of the horrible off gold colour. I got my guy to match the black edition trim colour. Which is a weird dark grey. Haven’t got a pic of them on th car yet though
     

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  17. Timi8888

    Timi8888 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi S3 S tronic

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    The black middles with the silver outers turns the ugly wheels into something of a looker!
     
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  18. scott_johnson

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    Very tempted by the black centres now! Unless someone can show me all black?
     
  19. scott_johnson

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    Deanshaw, were they just painted / clear coat? I’m guessing the silver lips were just masked off with tape?
     
  20. scott_johnson

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    JDHOWELLS, was this a main dealer that did that for you?
     
  21. JDHOWELLS

    JDHOWELLS Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    Yeh - well they took it somewhere to be done, no idea where though..


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  22. deanshaw24

    deanshaw24 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Yes the diamond cut edges were masked off with precision tape, then painted new colour, then the whole wheel was lacquered to make sure it’s sealed properly
     
  23. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Never been a fan of gloss black paint on alloy wheels.... Shows up every bit of dirt big time, at best a metallic Anthracite coloured paint would look more oem and nicer, also l like the oem colour on these wheels.... Audi do this alloy design on the S5 and the new A8 and they look well classy
     
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  24. deanshaw24

    deanshaw24 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    I’ll clean mine today and get a pic up
     
  25. Vertigo1

    Vertigo1 Well-Known Member Team Navarra Audi S3

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    It's funny how we're all different. Personally I can't stand the BE wheels and think they look like they belong on a basic Sport model.

    Unfortunately it seems there's no alternative 18" option - the only choice is to go for one of the 19" options which then requires Mag Ride.
     
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  26. The Challinor

    The Challinor Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    UGLY!

    I think they are some of the best looking rims ever
     
  27. Abzz

    Abzz New Member

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    Hmm Like the dark centres, so I think that will be my first mod :icon thumright:
     
  28. ASBOST

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    Always loved those rotors. I think they look better on Daytona grey tho. I have the black edtion spokes 9n my 1.5 tfsi.. Still trying to fall in love with them
     
  29. Han4mi

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    I would say that plasti dipping is a good option if you want to give your wheels a new look. You can get rid of it quite easily if you don't like it or get bored. I'll be doing mine for winter (additional protection as well).
     

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