[A4] Wheels?

Brian J White brian at bjwhite.net
Fri Apr 21 11:24:22 EDT 2006

Rocky's blanket statement below depends on many factors.   He's 
assuming that the larger wheel/smaller tire combo will be heavier 
than the 16".  Which in a lot of cases is true, but what exactly does 
"faster driving" mean.  Yes, heavier wheels can affect handling and 
acceleration, but we're talking Audi A4s here, not club racing 
Alfas.   You would hardly feel the difference in a couple-three 
pounds per wheel in a heavy car like the A4.   That being said, 35 
pound wheels are never a good idea.

To me, I like the stiffness of the smaller sidewalls on a 17" wheel 
on the A4.   Slightly wider tread pattern does turn in a bit crisper 
but also looks darn good compared with 16x7 wheels.

And let's face it.  The A4 isn't a track whore...it's a daily driver.

At 08:08 2006-04-21, Single Malt wrote:
>--- Rocky Mullin <caliban at sharon.net> wrote:
> >
> >       though larger wheels & tires does not yeild faster
> > driving.
> >
>As I've heard you state before ... however, I will say
>that the butt-dyno gives me a different opinion.  With
>wider tires I find a crisper turn-in and a far more
>confident feel in high-g corners.  Placebo-like
>effect? Perhaps, but I prefer it.

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