View Full Version : Suggestions needed: Overwhelmed by choices!
09-25-2001, 03:55 PM
I've worn out the outer edge of my 99.5 A4 Avant/manual/sport Dunlop 8000E's, and am going to start a new job on Monday so I'm looking to replace them.
After browsing through miles of postings on the Wheels & Tires forum, I'm no closer to making a choice than when I started! So tell you what, I'll mention what I need, and if you feel like making suggestions, I'd be glad to entertain them!
I like the shape of the 16" sport-package wheels, but would definitely consider upgrading to 18" wheels for looks and other benefits.
I live in the NorCal Bay Area, so that means my driving is 90% dry, good roads, 9% wet and 1% at Lake Tahoe. I'm satisfied with the Dunlop's ride and handling, though I'd love less road-noise.
If I get new wheels, that'd be fun, but they do need to be conservative-looking (no boy racer wheels for me) because 1] it's an Avant, and 2] I occasionally use the car to impress management. Finally, durability is very important to me, I hate dealing with bent/cracked rims.
What do you think?
09-25-2001, 04:17 PM
Kahn RSS 17X7.5 rims, either Dunlop SP9000 or Pirelli Pzero Rosso or new Michelin all season highperformance (can't remember name) in 225/45/17
09-25-2001, 04:38 PM
As far as wheels go you could get anything you like money is the only limitation. Some of the Mille wheels are nice looking and fairly cheap, could buy used S4 wheels if you like those looks or 18" Volks if you have $450 a wheel to spend. The Yokohama AVS db is a great all around tire, very quite and performs well in both wet and dry.
09-25-2001, 06:53 PM
<center><img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/20479/dsc00427.jpg"></center><p>I was told they are very strong as well...these are 17's on Ron C's old car
09-25-2001, 06:55 PM
09-25-2001, 06:56 PM
if he wants to be unique in the SF Bay Area. ;p
09-25-2001, 07:01 PM
yet agressive at the same time...at 17" they are only 21 lbs, and like 210 a piece...thats good value...:)
09-25-2001, 07:13 PM
i agree with you...it enhances yet retains an almost stock look.
09-26-2001, 05:21 AM
and lowered to coilover height too... if you do 18's... you will need to lower the vechile to get the look and ride you are seeking.
09-26-2001, 07:58 AM
09-26-2001, 07:59 AM
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09-26-2001, 09:52 AM
<i>lowered to coilover height too... if you do 18's... you will need to lower the vechile to get the look and ride you are seeking.</i>
Er, I do? I haven't heard about this before... what all is involved? (Is it just an "adjustment"?) Thanks for the warning.
BTW, I thought it was totally cool that you modified the picture I posted, thanks!
09-26-2001, 10:20 AM
H&R Coilover kits go for about $1250, and install/alignment is typically $250-$300.
18" wheels with your stock sport suspension will look real tall... not to mention the 18s increased grip will out-muscle the stock setup.
09-26-2001, 02:35 PM
09-26-2001, 03:55 PM
They're expensive, but they look real simple and really make the car. Plus they are extremely strong. I live in the Bay Area too and I know the road around here and I have not bent any of the rims even after hitting some nasty stuff (knock on wood!).
09-27-2001, 10:00 AM
let me know if you are interested in getting a set...
09-28-2001, 12:06 AM
<center><img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/16563/rear34.jpg"></center><p>A bad pic, but still a pic right? ;)
09-28-2001, 06:10 PM
i specifically stayed away from 18"s when i was working in soma. back then they were doing crazy road work. almost 2inch deep slabs cut out from the road.
if you do get 18"s and hit the city pretty often .. i'd say get a strong 1 piece design. they're not as light as the 2 or 3piece wheels but a lot less prone to cracks and bends.