[BiturboS4] 16' wheels?

S Stiles stiles_s at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 15 14:27:02 EST 2002

Another option, for those of you who drive in enough snow to warrant a
narrow tread width, is 205/50-17. It's a bit of a stretch for our stock
rims, but should be fine.

FWIW, we ran Dunlop Wintersport M2s on our S4 in 225/45-17 last winter &
loved them.


>From: "Nicholas Mistry" <nick at mistry.com>
>To: <BiturboS4 at audifans.com>
>Subject: Re: [BiturboS4] 16' wheels?
>Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 15:58:41 -0500 (EST)
>I highly recommend gonig with 16's in the wintertime.  Depending on
>where you live, road conditions can drastically diminish when wintertime
>hits.  I know this from expeience.   In boston the roads turn to swiss
>cheeze after the first snowfall!  Having that extra ..5" of rubber all
>the way around will save you from trashing your tire when you hit an
>unseen pothole.
>As for rim selection, i went with the 16x7" AT Italia S5 rims.  And i
>picked a tire size that kept the OD as close to the stock diameter as
>possible.  (i dont remember off the top of my head what size, but i can
>look it up.  I liked this tire / wheel size for several reasons.
>1. It looks close to the Stock S4 rims, but cheaper.
>2. 7" vs 7.5", I feel that narrower tread width gives better performance
>when driving in 2" -> 1 foot of snow.  I can forgo the performance
>goodness for a few months of the year to be sure that i get to/from home
>3. as mentioned above.. i feel the 1/2" of extra rubber makes all the
>difference when driving on the swiss cheese streets of boston.
>4.  Cheaper Cheaper  Cheaper..  Its winter, not planning on setting any
>land speed records during these months.  Also, I plan on burning the $$
>when springtime olls around.  A set of new 18x7.5 or 18x8's RS4 or S8
>rims, and better performance tires ( any advice anyone? )
>5.  If i do manage to dent these rims a bit due to a pothole, or
>accidentially sliding into a curb, i dont really care.  They are not my
>spiffy summer rims.  Besides i only use them for 4 months out of the
>6.  Having the rims + tires, I can swap out the summer set for the
>winter set myself w/o lugging them to NTB or another tire shop every
>Also, on a side note, what do people think of the stopping performance
>of the Pilot Alpins when driving on Slippery or Icey roads?   Anyone
>have an opinion about the Arctic Alpin's vs. the Pilot Alpins, breaking
>or otherwise, but related to winter driving and not speed / handling?
>The only thing that i find dissapointing about the S4 is its breaking
>performance when on slippery / icey roads.  The first winter, I drove a
>while on the stock 17's and would go sliding down the hill in front of
>my house..  Even w/ two feet pushing firmly on the pedal.  And never had
>a problem w/ it in my '86 5000-CSt.  Once I switched to the winter tires
>i had better overall traction and better braking but not as good as i
>expected.  The hill is @ a 20-30% grade.  I am wondering if i should
>have gone w/ the artic alpin's instead.   HMmmm...
> > Thinking about winter tires, will 16 inch wheels fit a 2000 S4?
> >  My current set of summer tires (Nankang?) has a slow leak
> > in the left front that Discount Tire claims is too worn to fix -
> > although it wasn't too worn to balance 6 weeks earlier...
> >
> > Anyway, I'm deciding whether to get 17" winter tires on the
> > existing wheels or try and find some other wheels and put the
> > winter tires on those - and for winter tires it seems smaller
> > wheels and higher sidewalls would be an advantage.  That's
> > what I did with my 2001 A4 Avant with the sport package -
> > I bought a set of 15" A4 replicas and put the winter tires on
> > those.  Sure makes it much easier to switch back and forth.
> >
> > Bill
> > 00 S4 Sedan 6sp
> > 01 A4 Avant 5sp
> > 87 Porsche 928 S4 5sp (the "other" S4)
> >
> >
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