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TomT2411
02-04-2014, 08:55 AM
I have a 01 a4 and it's sitting on the stock 16s and on st coilovers. I'm getting new rims within the next week and what size rims should I put on my car. I want to get XXR 521 I don't know to get 17in or 18in or just stay 16in. I'm looking more for stance and my car right now has like an inch of clearance to the ground. So should I say with 16s or get 17 or 18s.

A4 Quattro
02-04-2014, 09:04 AM
18s for sure. My stockers are 17s, and I have a set of 18s and 19s for my B6. Can't go wrong with 18s on a B5.

nynoah
02-04-2014, 10:09 AM
I run 17s and I have bent enough 17s to know that 18s would be even worse. If you DD your care don't get 18s.

viceprp
02-04-2014, 10:16 AM
If you're going to run 18's for summer months only then just be warned they will bend easier then smaller wheels. Quality pending. I personally run 17's on my B5 and love the ride. I probably won't go larger than 17's since price of rubber jumps up.

If you go 18 then I would go OEM.

coolgraymemo
02-04-2014, 10:24 AM
I run 17s and I have bent enough 17s to know that 18s would be even worse. If you DD your care don't get 18s.

I [heart] 17's.

nynoah
02-04-2014, 10:26 AM
Also there is a reason why the 034 time attack car was on 17s... because SIDEWALL matters. This 18,19,20,21 stuff is about look. I am always function over form first.

Scientist
02-04-2014, 11:00 AM
For my DD I'll stay with 17s. Besides for the reasons stated above, I like the look of 17 with my Avant. I bolted some 18s from a friend for the hell of it and definitely convinced me to stick with the 17s. The 18s looked great on the B7 where they came from.

kraylon
02-04-2014, 10:17 PM
I have 18 inch wheels on my 01, I have no complaints until.............its time to get new tires dam 18 inch tires are expensive, but my Audi is my spring/summer car so its many years before I need new tires, but that is my only complaint.

NeedingAnAudi
02-05-2014, 08:32 PM
I've run 18s for years, never bent one. Everyone above is a pansy

coolgraymemo
02-05-2014, 08:36 PM
Or they're function>form people.

Nateness
02-05-2014, 08:39 PM
I've stuck with 17's. Tires are cheaper and you keep the moment of inertia of the wheels down. Assuming a uniform mass density and equal tire weight, a 20lb wheel that is 18" in diameter will require more energy than a 17" diameter 20lb wheel to rotate at any given speed.

nynoah
02-05-2014, 08:45 PM
Nate gets it.

DeltaAlpha9
02-06-2014, 03:55 AM
I love my 18's. They just kind of look at home in the wheel wells. Also with a 225/40 tire there is still a bit of sidewall and I wouldn't say the ride is harsh by any means.

clutchpack
02-06-2014, 07:34 AM
Go look at some A4's with different wheel sizes and decide what look you want. Just because 034 runs 17" doesn't mean that's the word of god. In racing there are rules to follow and you use what works best. There are A4 touring cars running 19". I run 18" on my B5.5 with a eibach sport cup kit and it rides great. Bumps are felt but I tend to watch where I am driving so bending them isn't an issue. Rotating mass isn't much of an issue unless you are strictly track or you are a tech junky.
Its your car get the wheels you want.

.Mad Hatter.
02-09-2014, 06:46 PM
Also there is a reason why the 034 time attack car was on 17s... because SIDEWALL matters. This 18,19,20,21 stuff is about look. I am always function over form first.

The BTCC B5 ran 19s...so...ya.