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    Going to put some 18" rims on my A3 hatch, how wide should I go?

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    I will be adding some 18" rims to my 2013 A3 hatchback. What's the widest size rim that still looks good? pics appreciated.

    Would 18"x9" be the best fit?

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    Tested these oem rims in 9x18 ET52 but they were too wide. Touching the strut inwards and sticking out a bit too much for my daily driven taste:

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    Then found these oems in 18x8 ET43 and they fit nicely with 225/40 rubber. ~10mm rim clearence from the strut and flush to the fender in the front. In the rear it could need som 5mm spacer though.

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    You might be able to squeeze 8.5in up front without it being too obnoxious. Id go with a slightly narrower wheel with a wider tire, mine are 18x8 with 245/45. Fills the wheel well good and only rubs in very extreme circumstances. Could use a spacer in the back though like the other guy said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KKOG View Post
    Tested these oem rims in 9x18 ET52 but they were too wide. Touching the strut inwards and sticking out a bit too much for my daily driven taste:

    IMG_6543.jpg
    IMG_6542.jpg
    IMG_6544.jpg


    Then found these oems in 18x8 ET43 and they fit nicely with 225/40 rubber. ~10mm rim clearence from the strut and flush to the fender in the front. In the rear it could need som 5mm spacer though.

    IMG_0047.jpg
    So even 18x8.5's would be too wide?

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    I am running 18x8.5 ET45 and I think it's the perfect width. I've seen some with 9's but IMO it's too wide
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    Quote Originally Posted by abiley84 View Post
    I am running 18x8.5 ET45 and I think it's the perfect width. I've seen some with 9's but IMO it's too wide
    Got any pictures? I run 18x8 ET50 with 8 mm spacers, so the real offset is 42. It looks nice, however with these particular rims and ride height (350 mm from wheel centre to the fender) I'd rather get ET40 to the rear and ET45 to the front axle.

    225/40 18x8 ET42

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