[Biturbos4] Wheels - advice and experience
gfl1 at optonline.net
Mon Mar 14 07:55:46 EST 2005
Thanks for the advice. BTW, I am familiar with the wheels you suggest
- they're just hard to come by (except at Audi's extortionist pricing
My roads? My commute. New Jersey 287 north right now has *ruts*
between the lanes for miles. And several of my back-roads to work have
pretty bad potholes, some which come up "around the bend". I think I'm
pretty careful, but it seems you can't be careful enough! Its darned
Maybe I should sell my S5s and winter tires (once all straightened) to
someone who has better luck than me ....any takers?)
On Mar 13, 2005, at 10:52 PM, Quincy Chiang wrote:
> I've never heard of anyone bending the stock Avus wheels, given they
> are approx. 28+ lb each, and are known to be damn strong! Then you
> went on and bent a few 16" wheels with even squishier tires? I know
> many people have 16" AT Italia S5 wheels as winters and have had no
> problems with them. Man you must drive on some really really bad
> For OE wheel options, you can go with any 16" wheels offered on the A6
> with 2.7t because that car has the same front brakes as ours. There
> should be 2 types, a 5-spoke design and a 6 split-spoke design, both
> are 16x7. Do a search on Audiworld to see what they look like if you
> don't know.
> There's also another OE wheel that clears our front brakes. It's not
> offered as a standard wheel but it's sold by dealers as a specific
> winter rim for cars with the HP2 brakes. These are 16x6.5, extra
> narrow for mounting 205 or even 195 section width winter tires for
> good winter traction. I have them and here's what they look like on
> my car:
> I know they're not they prettiest things, but they are quite heavey
> duty and I seriously doubt they can be bent given the extra squishy
> sidewall due to the narrow wheel width. The previous owner got these
> as part of his deal when he bought the car instead of getting a
> discount, so I'm not sure what they cost.
> HTH and good luck with whatever new rims you get!
> PS: Wilson, interesting info. Although I thought only the RS4 in
> Britain had problems with bent rims, didn't know the regular S4's had
> problems too, at least I've never heard of it until now.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: northrup <northrup at crazybug.com>
> Date: Sunday, March 13, 2005 7:35 am
> Subject: Re: [Biturbos4] Wheels - advice and experience
>> I recall reading something about the S4's with aluminum uprights
>> regard to wheels. Note that i do not recall the source of the
>> information, so it should be taken only as a possibility, and not
>> In any event, IIRC, it went something like this:
>> Audi used aluminum uprights on the S4, but then there were some
>> suspension issues. To resolve this, softer (lighter?) wheels were
>> in conjunction with the aluminum uprights. This resulted in
>> many bent
>> wheels. After this Audi essentially threw in the towel.
>> uprights were discontinued in favor of a stronger (heavier) setup.
>> Stronger (heavier?) wheels were added. The result: more unsprung
>> but less damage.
>> So, all that means if you are shopping for another set of wheels,
>> you may
>> wish to consider the 2001+ variety. Then again, if your car has
>> upgrights, you may wish to continue with softer wheels!
>> Nothing is ever simple in the performance arena. :)
>> On Sat, 12 Mar 2005, Grant wrote:
>>> I'm looking for the group's collective experience with wheels.
>>> I bought 4 snows and 16" (16 x 7 x 35 ET) AT Italia S5 wheels
>> from the
>>> tire rack, and have bent several of them - while bending only 1
>>> original avus wheel. These things seem to be very weak/soft.
>>> about to throw in the towell and replace them, if I can figure
>> out what
>>> is better in the long run.
>>> I'm curious what experience people have had with other
>> aftermarket or
>>> 16" OE (used, presumably) wheels, especially RONALs (which made
>>> of the OE wheels).
>>> Thanks, much.
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