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Tire sizes for 16" wheel on the A3 GTI VR6

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Re: [gti-vr6] Re: Tire sizes on 16"s josh Wyte <Josh_Wyte@yahoo> Tue, 6 Feb 2001 10:03:04 -0800 (PST)
[gti-vr6] Re: Tire sizes on 16"s shunter@lclark Tue, 06 Feb 2001 09:50:11 -0800



From sentto-1455644-903-981482586-aqn=panix@returns.onelist Tue Feb 6 13:03:32 2001
From: josh Wyte <Josh_Wyte@yahoo>
To: Julian Vrieslander <julianv@mindspring>,
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] Re: Tire sizes on 16"s
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 10:03:04 -0800 (PST)
 
The below applies to A2 and A3 cars, not the new A4
cars.

The stock wheels on the A4's are really too narrow to
truly fit a 225-50-16 tire on them.  They'll fit, but
you won't get anywhere near the handling improvement
since the factory wheels are only 6.5" wide.  The
225-50-16 SP8000 tires I had even had a warning on the
sidewalls saying not to mount them on any rim smaller
than 7.5" wide.

The hit ticket on the A4's is a 225-45-17 or a
235-45-17 tire...

-josh


--- Julian Vrieslander &lt;&#106;ulianv&#64;mindspring<img src=/i/dc.gif border=0 width=35 height=15>&gt; wrote:
&gt; josh Wyte &lt;&#74;osh_Wyte&#64;yahoo<img src=/i/dc.gif border=0 width=35 height=15>&gt;, wrote:
> 
> >You should be able to fit a 205-45-16 or a
> 205-40-16
> >or maybe even a 225-40-16.  Depends on how low you
> >decide to set your car.  I successfully ran a set
> of
> >225-40-16 tires on 16x7.5" wheels with a 35mm
> offset
> >on my corrado vr6 with SRS suspension.  The problem
> >with the factory wheels is (I think) the offset is
> >42mm or so.  You're going to have to run a spacer
> of
> >8mm or so to fit anything larger than a 205mm width
> >tire in there...
> 
> Is that limit only applicable to A3 cars?  I have
> read quite a few 
> reports from people who are running 225/50-16 on the
> A4 Golf/GTI with 
> Montreal rims.  I don't recall any of them
> mentioning a need for a spacer.
> 
> --
&gt; Julian Vrieslander &lt;mailto:&#106;ulianv&#64;mindspring<img src=/i/dc.gif border=0 width=35 height=15>&gt;
> 
> 

=====
Josh Wyte 
Momentum Motorsports
508-833-3024 After 5 pm EST

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From sentto-1455644-904-981485260-aqn=panix@returns.onelist Tue Feb 6 13:47:44 2001
From: shunter@lclark
To: gti-vr6b@yahoogroups
Subject: [gti-vr6] Re: Tire sizes on 16"s
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2001 09:50:11 -0800
 
This will depend a lot on the specs of the wheel.  Mine are 16x7 with a 
38mm offset and I have 205/45/16.  I have neuspeed race springs and 
plenty of room on both sides of the tire to avoid rubbing.  I'd say 
that with similar wheel specs you should have no problem running a 
215/40/16, a 225/40/16 might be pushing it though.  The good thing 
about the 205/45 tires is that you have a few choices whereas in the 
wider sizes it gets pretty limited.  The yokohama A520 is made in all 
three I believe.
Good Luck

Steven Hunter

>>>>>>>>>>>
Message: 4
   Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2001 22:52:22 -0500
   From: "Patrick" &lt;&#112;atrickvr6&#64;mindspring<img src=/i/dc.gif border=0 width=35 height=15>&gt;
Subject: Tire sizes on 16"s

I got my new Montreal 16" wheels today off a 2000 GTI and mounted them 
on my
car (96 A3).  Right now they have stock Goodyear Eagle GSA 205-55-16 
rubber
on them.  To say they fill up the wheel well is an understatement, I 
had to
jack my coilovers way up to get them to fit and I'm still going to have 
to
be careful over bumps.  Here is my question what size tire should I get 
when
I toss the Eagles?  I was looking at 205-45-16 but really wanted to get
something wider like a 215-40-16.  What do you guys think?  Will the 
215's
rub on the springs of the coilovers? (H&R with 5mm spacers)  Thanks for 
any
opinions.
Patrick
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