[Biturbos4] advice needed: rims, mags, winter tires
audis4 at patch.suid.com
Mon Nov 8 00:12:58 EST 2004
I finally decided to go with my already scratched stock Audi mags ... I'll probably buy new wheels when the warm weather will be back.
First comment regarding the studded Pirelli Winter Carving: they are very noisy! Their sidewalls are also quite soft compared to the summer tires I had .. so they are less responsive. It might help during severe winter conditions ..
I had the chance to drive them in very little snow this morning (about 2 inches) and they handled pretty well. I'm looking for a real snow storm to see their real performance. I'm used to studded Nokian Hakka 2 ... so let's hope those Pirelli won't dissapoint me.
I'll keep you posted !
On Thu, 4 Nov 2004, John M. Harrison wrote:
> I purchased an economical set of wheels along with winter tires from
> TireRack a couple years ago for under $1300 total (Mille Miglia Spider
> wheels and Dunlop Winter Sport Tires in the original factory standard
> size). I switch them myself seasonally. I don't like the idea of
> re-mounting tires on one set of wheels seasonally.
> Two complete sets of tires/wheels has proven to be a very convenient
> solution. I have damage and scratches to two or three of my wheels, but
> nothing that affects performance or safety. I'm not sure there is any
> way around that especially under winter conditions. For this reason I'm
> reluctant to go for really expensive wheels.
> Please let the list know how you like your studded Pirellis. You should
> have an ice-racing rally machine there with that studded winter rubber.
> John M. Harrison Laramie, Wyoming 2001.4 S4 Avant silver loaded stock
> nearing 35,000 miles
> I love this car. Its still new to me and a definite keeper.
> Jean-Francois Patenaude wrote:
> >Hi guys, I would need some advices ...
> >I just bought some winter tires (studded Pirelli Winter Carving 225/45/17) and I'm now hesitating whether I should have those mounted on my original mags, if I should buy new rims (or mags) and mount them onto it ... or, even, should I use my original mags as winter wheels and buy new ones at summer
> >Things to consider:
> >- my original mags are already scratched (one is even deeply scratched) ... so it's probably not worth buying some winter mags from Audi (about 350$ CDN each) ...
> >- should I have the tires switched back and forth on the original mags ... any reason why I must not do that (for instance, structural damage on the tires, ...) ??
> >- is it still possible to find "good old" steel rims for this cars ... I would greatly prefer such wheels but I don't think they exist in 17 inches (btw I live in Montreal/Canada)
> >Any 2 cents are welcome :)
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