[Biturbos4] Winter Tire Help - why two sets of wheels? - Convinced

Single Malt s_malt at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 17 18:33:07 EST 2003

OK ... I'm convinced that 16" wheels for the winter offer a number of
advantages even considering the life of my tires.  I have already had one wheel
replaced due to cosmetic damage from a local tire changer (they had no problem
replacing the wheel with a refurbished one after they dropped one of my wheels
on the shop floor ... still it *was* a hassle).

With that said, I *am* considering Stoptech brakes within the next months (the
332mm flavor).  I see that the 355mm rotors require 18" wheels ... I also read
that the StopTech A4 332mm's require 17" wheels ... so I'm guessing that the S4
332mm's require the same ... this revelation shoots down the 16" winter wheel
concept I think.

<idlely calculating wishlist> Les-see now ... that's StopTech brakes, Miltek
super-dual cat-back, APR direct port programming, Miltek downpipes and cats,
maybe a hyperboost diverter replacement, some flavor of short shifter ... I
guess if I tap the boy's education fund and my retirement fund I should be OK,
that is unless there really *is* a Santa!

--- Quincy Chiang <quincy.chiang at globalte.com> wrote:
> Same here.  The taller side wall of 16" tires makes more sense for driving on
> packed snow/ice, not to mention significant cost saving over 17" tires.  This
> is assuming you don't plan on upgrading the brakes of course.  If you go
> through a set of winters every year, the saving by going to 16" will pay for
> the 16" rims in a few short years.
> Quincy
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Kavanagh [mailto:dak at rochester.rr.com]
> Sent: Monday, December 15, 2003 9:54 PM
> To: Single Malt
> Cc: Bi-Turbo Audi S4 Audi Fan Group; ama-list at mltp.com
> Subject: Re: [Biturbos4] Winter Tire Help - why two sets of wheels?
> I've used a second set of wheels because I can do the changeover myself. 
> My snows last for many seasons, so I save quite a bit of $$ that way, 
> plus the hassle of taking the car someplace. On a car like the S4, it 
> makes good sense to get some 16" rims for the snow tires. the taller 
> sidewall has advantages in un-even surfaces of snow and ice. I'm looking 
> for some S4 rims to use on my A6 2.7T so I can use my stock 16" rims for 
> winter tires.
> David
> Single Malt wrote:
> >Due to my mileage, I have the unfortunate privilege of using a set of snows
> per

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