[s-cars] wider wheels - opinion

Theodore Chen tedebearp at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 14 16:43:35 EST 2003

--- Linus Toy <linust at mindspring.com> wrote:
> At 09:57 AM 1/14/2003 , Ken Ng wrote:
> snip
> >For the money the best wheels for the UrS4/6 are the 5
> >spoke forged alloy ronal rims that were an option on
> >the early S4 and standard on the 95S6. They weigh
> agree, note, though, that these wheels were standard in '92, and became
> optional on the later cars.  there were also no-cost optional 15" wheels
> for all-weather rubber that some may consider "standard"

they became optional after '92?  that's news to me.  what came standard
on the '93 and '94 S4?  the S6 came with 17" avus rims, right?

> >Personally, i would consider such large wide tires
> >cosmetic modifications and do not add to driving
> >pleasure or performance. The same money could be put
> on this, I (and I'm sure many others) disagree.  larger wheels/tires can
> add significantly to driving performance, pleasure being a very subjective
> quality.  and what's wrong with a nice looking set of wheels?

i think the car could definitely use wider rubber.  not larger diameter,
but larger width.  a 255/40/16 would be nice, if that existed.  255/50/16
is as close as i can find, and it won't fit the car.  it's about an
inch larger in overall diameter than the stock 225/50/16.

the rim width isn't as much of an issue if the tire is designed for the
8" rim.  mustangs and camaros in SCCA american sedan (which are limited
to 16x8 rims by the rules) run tires as large as 275/45/16.  only hoosier
race tires come in that size, and they won't fit under the audi's
fenders anyway.

so if i'm sticking with the 16" rims, the widest i can go is probably
245, as i can get a 245/45/16 to fit.


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