of rims to keep my summer tires mounted to. The new OEM are so expensive and used ones invariably are not in perfect shape. My question is, what am I looking for in an aftermarket rim that should concern me? Aside from size, are there any manufacturing techniques, brand, fitment issues I should be aware of? Will they support the weight of the Audi?
Saw a set on e-bay which were replicas, 18", 5 lug 112mm lug circle diameter and 30mm offset for a decent price relative to OEM, but didn't know if this was the right size or not and I guess I know nothing about the manufacturer.
Sorry for all the questions but the last thing I want to do is cut corners on such a beautiful car if it's going to cause problems down the road.
01-26-2005, 11:50 AM
the descently priced to<ul><li><a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=43958&item=7950088 072&rd=1">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=43958&item=7950088 072&rd=1</a</li></ul>
01-26-2005, 11:58 AM
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01-26-2005, 12:26 PM
plus I got 4 xtra of them
01-26-2005, 12:41 PM
I asked a similar question a couple of days ago, so I would be curious to know if you actually find replicas in the exact OE size (18x8.5, ET 30, 5x112).
01-26-2005, 02:41 PM
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01-26-2005, 06:44 PM
How about these? They are five-spoke, but the exact OE size.<ul><li><a href="http://www.1010tires.com/wheel.asp?wheelbrand=OE+Replica&wheelmodel=Audi+RS 6">http://www.1010tires.com/wheel.asp?wheelbrand=OE+Replica&wheelmodel=Audi+RS 6</a</li></ul>
01-26-2005, 09:35 PM
I am flying out on Friday with Peter's VAG interface so it might be the only chance we get to hook up.
01-27-2005, 04:12 AM
all windows closing and door lock ?
Or single door open and no window operation ?
I had a bud do it on my S4 and can't remember the code
01-27-2005, 05:12 AM
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01-27-2005, 09:27 AM
has to be re-finished, but that's no big deal. I wonder how well they match the finish though. I'll bet pretty good.
I just don't swap out rims on a daily basis like some do on this board so I'm not that familiar with them.
01-27-2005, 12:13 PM
They fit perfectly. Paid about 1/3 of what AoA charges, and they look great. They may weigh a few pounds more, but there's no discernable difference in the ride.
01-27-2005, 09:13 PM
Hailing from the 17" 5 spoke 4.2 world, what is the real sense of price for a fresh set of 9 spoke 18" factory RS6 wheels with OEM Dunlop rubber in near new/take off condition? >$2K, $2K, <$2K? The rubber price is obvious per TireRack, etc, plus shipping and quality mounting. Sounds like kind of unobtainium in general though. I thought the market was hovering around $2K or a bit more last year though only a few sets flashed through e bay I saw. That feels kind of veiled in various of the posts, but I get the sense supply has dried up with virtually all the new cars now sold. Witness this string of posts on the buy side.
01-28-2005, 02:40 AM
$505 a rim, plus $244/tire for Pirelli (heavy load rating)(Tire Rack), plus taxes, mounting and balance for around $830/tire X 4 sets you back around $3,320.
Now, that's new, through Audi for the rims, no deals, no specials, no replicas, not used and that's assuming those rims will even fit an RS6 and are even original RS6 rims in the first place. Like I said, it's the closest I could find on Audi's website considering their is no RS6 on there anymore.
Anyone else want to weigh in on the cost of the OEM RS6/RS4 rim assuming I'm way off?
01-28-2005, 08:31 AM
If you want the offset to be correct for the RS 6 at ET30.
I guestimated about $ 3165 using Clair's $455 number, guessing trim cap cap prices and various shipping costs. But Clair's part number does not exactly match the OEM # found under the trim cap of a stock car.
Not sure this thread is worth continuing here a screen down since (like the A6 boards) I notice posts about a screen off the current get ignored, but my question is still on the table--what's a legit. genuine set of 9 spoke RS6 take off wheels worth?
Behind the scenes what I notice on the RS6 board (more than the other A6/Cx related ones) is on both the cars and the wheels (and probably other stuff too if I read it enough), lots of folks circling and interested on the buy side, but not pricing guidance/real sales information that comes out of it since the market seems so thin.
For example on cars, it looks like there is a lot of interest at low by about low to mid $60's but a bunch of opportunist dealers testing the market in the mid to high $70's. Nothing much is closing that gives good pricing guidance to interested parties.
OEM Wheel market is way thinner yet, but they are around under the rocks (though probably not a take off set that would set the theoretical top reference price) is my guess if the pricing gets clearer. I can't even figure out the price now for the gently used types that are clean and straight, since what I don't see are any transactions go by, but I see the lookers around the boards. I have a pretty good sense of it for various A6 (C5 and 6), S4, S6 and A8 wheels, and it seems pretty clearly to fluctuate as Audi moves its new cars to bigger average wheels (increasing new take off supply), as used car enthusiasts get into the cars and want bigger rubber (more demand), what the interchanges are (cross demand), and which are perceived as good looking (more demand) and what aren't (more supply). While Audi is shipping 18's now on volume cars, the RS 6 wheels make them both unique and (for now) a dying breed--new body A8's and A6's are back to the old 40-45 type offsets that wouldn't work (ignoring spacer kludges) on the flared C5 based models at these rim widths, but the RS wheels are the top of the heap on the upgrade path for the (small) volume 4.2s, which from the C5 board I would say have turned over a lot more toward the younger enthusiast community as they came off lease, etc.
01-28-2005, 08:36 AM
Yup, per my other post that looks like the real part #, which varies from the Clair type part # people point to in some posts.
01-28-2005, 09:25 AM
The true OEM RS4 wheel (off of the actual RS4 auto) has an offset of ET20 and is a 8.5 wide wheel. Price is over that of the RS 6 wheel even! (and a popular find for the allroad crew as the ET20 fills their plastic fender flairs).
The RS 6 uses ET30 and was $750/ea (when last listed on Audi USA's collection catalogue). Now that the RS 6 and C5 A6 are not on the web site any longer, they have removed this wheel as an available option, but it can still be ordered from your Audi dealer.
The C5 A6 S-Line and B6 A4 Ultrasport are ET43 in both 17x7.5 & 18x8 fittments IIRC. 17's are $420/ea (I owned them on my old 98 A6 2.8) the 18's in this wheel are $520/ea as currently listed on the Audi collection web site.
You wont find many RS 6 ET30 wheels because they were not really an available aftermarket option for the A6/S6 etc.
When I purchased mine last year (11/03) from a LA based Audi dealeership that had a RS 6 owner take deliver and upgrade to an aftermarket 19", I paid $2000 which included FedEx Ground COD to Chicago and were 50 miles used with the mounted stock Dunlop SP 9000's balanced and new.
I have used them for 7,500 miles and can still fetch $1900-$2100 for them, and one has a 2" rash along the edge (from a valet). I received a killer deal on them at the time (mainly because I convinced the dealership that since they will not fit on any A4/S4 or regular body V6 C5 A6, that they should take my money while they had an opportunity). However, because of the rare ET30 offset, the market price for them still remains high.