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Wraith600
02-06-2013, 07:39 PM
1st question:

I have a line on a very good deal on a set of Motegi MR125 18's with the proper bolt pattern and a 45 offset.

http://www.tirerack.com/images/wheels/motegi_race/swap/motegir_mr1255_b_ci3_l.jpg

Anyone have any clearance issues at stock? I haven't really dug into what rubber to put on it. Figuring a 225/40/18


2nd question:

I have the red shocks and from what I understand these are the "OEM sport shocks", correct? Are these good enough for the H&R Sport Spring? I am just looking to get a bit more of a lowered look. I read a pile of posts and some say yes and some say do coil overs. I would much rather save the money since it's more a daily commuter car than a track day car.

http://www.ecstuning.com/Audi-B5_A4-Quattro-1.8T/Suspension/Springs/ES657/

3rd question:

If you all agree with the springs, should I be concerned if I toss the Motegi 18's on? I run the 16" OEM winter tires during, well, the winter time.

Thanks everyone!

howardfootball
02-06-2013, 08:18 PM
How wide are the 18's? That will dictate if you are gonna have clearance issues with an ET45 offset and need spacers or not. There is a chance you can rub the spindle if you have too wide of a tire and the wheel isn't spaced out enough. And you should be okay to run H&R sport springs with your factory sport struts. If it were my decision, I'd upgrade to Bilstein struts as well or just save up and get coilovers. Coilovers are nice because if you ever want to raise or lower the car, you can do it easily and at no extra cost.

Wraith600
02-06-2013, 08:30 PM
I believe they are 18x8's. I will have to confirm that though.

You think that upgrading to the Bilstein's will make that much of a difference? I would just go with the coilovers at that point, as you have suggested. I was hoping for a "cheaper" alternative. :P

down_n_dapper
02-06-2013, 10:09 PM
go for 18x8.5's, you should have no trouble with an ET35 wheel, and as for suspension, just get coilovers, spend a decent amount once, and never look back, just my 2c

Avant Nate
02-07-2013, 06:06 PM
You can find people selling H&R sports used for a about $150. You could probably just sell them for what you paid if you decide to go to coilovers. I have a set, its one of the many things I need to install.

nynoah
02-07-2013, 06:19 PM
I personally am questioning whether these will work or not. Reason.... 45 offset. That will make the really recessed and might actually hit the uprights. A 45 offset is for the modern VWs.

crazexr7
02-07-2013, 06:57 PM
I personally am questioning whether these will work or not. Reason.... 45 offset. That will make the really recessed and might actually hit the uprights. A 45 offset is for the modern VWs.

You'll need at least a 10mm spacer. 20-25mm will make it sit flush

melomandn
02-07-2013, 06:59 PM
I personally am questioning whether these will work or not. Reason.... 45 offset. That will make the really recessed and might actually hit the uprights. A 45 offset is for the modern VWs.

A 45 offset with a 18x8.5 225/40/18 fits fine

Wraith600
02-08-2013, 05:15 AM
Great info guys, thanks and appreciate the feedback!

TConklin821
02-08-2013, 07:43 AM
Lowering springs on struts not made for it can seriously shorten the life of the strut. Bilstein sport struts and springs are a nice alternative as well.

viceprp
02-08-2013, 08:15 AM
You can put lowering springs on sport struts. It isn't recommended to do with non sport but I believe there are a few members doing so in the B6. Dan FN is one if I remember correctly and he loves the ride.

I run Bilstein on H&R sport and love them. You won't have any troubles with the wheels listed and rubbing. It's roughly 2 fingers clearance.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v401/viceprp/A4-1-1.jpg