[Es2] NuS6 Avus wheels on a coupe
Bluemaxww1 at aol.com
Bluemaxww1 at aol.com
Sun Jul 24 16:40:23 EDT 2005
Just thought I would share this with you in case others were thinking of
running either of these wheels. For a while I have been looking for some S6
Avus 17X8 ET35 wheels for my coupe. Basically, I wanted these vs the S4 Avus
17X7.5 ET45 wheels, so I would have a wider wheel and not have to run spacers.
I already have a set of Avantgarde 17X8 ET35s, so I knew the S6 wheels would
I finally found a nice set and locally. :tup: The wheels came with
255/40X17 tires aready mounted. About 1/3 tread left on them. I had some real
concerns about whether or not these would fit on a coupe. Would they clear the
front tie rod arms. Both my Avantgardes and S4 wheels had 225/45X17 tires on
Now I am running Ground Control Coilovers, so the front spring perch would
not be a problem.
I mounted up the wheels and tires. The 255 tire comes real close to the tie
rod end. The arm itself sits slighly higher than the tire. So arm was not
a problem, but I couldn't see any daylight between the tie rod end and the
I spun the wheel a few times, pulled the wheel and checked for rubbing on
the tire. NONE. :D
I went for a drive on the streets near my house. Pulled the front wheels
and checked the tires for rubbing. NONE.
I went for a sprited freeway drive, pushing it on the on ramps and favorite
S-curve off ramp. Pull the wheels and checked for rubbing. NONE
No rubbing on the fender, inner or outer. I do not run an aggressive
lowered stance, so this could be a factor if you are. I like a little give.
It was 90 degrees during the road test, so expansion would have taken place.
Now some comparisons.
The S4 wheel with 225/45X17 Michlein Sports weighed 48.5 pounds.
The S6 wheel with 255/40X17 Continental Sport Contacts weighed 47.5 pounds.
Wider wheel with wider tire and it weighs less. Well that was an unexpected
The steering feel is better. Not as light as with the 225s. That is a plus
as I always felt the steering lacked a enough road feel. Another plus.
Continental tires are not impressive. Squealed, but held pretty decent.
This tire may be narrower than some other brands of tires, so I may have a
rubbing problem with another brand. I will probably run some Pirelli Zeros.
I ran these on the track for a couple of days, as they came with my
Avantgarde wheels, and figure I would use them up. The held pretty good, and wore
Going from a 205/60X15 stock to a 255/40X17 tire, things just keep getting
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