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Audi A6, Sedan
Sep 15, 2005 (3:22 pm)
Here is a suggestion: Falken Azenis ST115 245 x 40 x 18" -- a true UHP tire, summer only -- probably OK year round for you. I have had this tire/model three times, once 17" and twice 18".
These are quieter than the AVS db tires -- plus they are truly sticky. Avg price point $165/tire. Wear rating 360. They will go to 20,000 miles and perform virtually as new. Beyond 25,000 miles they begin to be less sticky and have a little noise. They are still excellent. If you want better you will spend 50% more.
You can get Audi replica wheels 18" for about 50% of the price for the Audi wheels -- I bought RS6 18" replicas (Hartmann) for my 2003 Audi allroad. They included the Audi dust caps, the wheels were dead on the RS6.
These wheels, today, are the SLine wheels on the current A6.
I know you have your reasons for 17" wheels, I cannot tell the difference in comfort or noise -- there is a benefit to the handling with the Azenis ST115's 245 x 40 x 18" and the look of the RS6 wheel replicas is fantastic.
At least consider this. I believe the wheels are about $250 per. I bought 4, not 5.
#5829 of 6921 Re: Tire wheel response. . . [markcincinnati]
Sep 15, 2005 (6:28 pm)
"You can get Audi replica wheels 18" for about 50% of the price for the Audi wheels -- I bought RS6 18" replicas (Hartmann) for my 2003 Audi allroad. They included the Audi dust caps, the wheels were dead on the RS6."
I knew you would come through in pinch! Thank you for the timely reply. WHERE do I buy these replicas? Are they the same weight as the OEM version? I have been cautioned to make sure that the weight and size are proper, less there be undue wear on steering, suspension or other parts.
Do they come only in 18" or do they make a 17" as well? Given your purchases, I assume that you strongly prefer the 18.
Any material decrease in gas mileage in the larger tire?
Thanks again Mark.
#5830 of 6921 Re: Tire wheel response. . . [legendman]
Sep 16, 2005 (5:55 am)
Try ebay for wheels. There are tons of wheels on there from dealers that will ship to your door. You can buy (4) Italian replica 18 inch wheels for under $1000.
My favorite wheel for the new 05/06 A6 is the 18 inch 5 spoke wheel that's on the current S Line package. It looks incredible
Tire rack is the best place for tires. 18 inch stock conti's are about $150-160 each.
You should be able to pimp out your car for about $1500. It would cost you more like $3,000 from the Audi parts department. And you can sell your old 16 inch tires and wheels to help offset the cost
#5831 of 6921 Re: Tire wheel response. . . [rjlaero]
Sep 16, 2005 (8:18 am)
That IS the RS6 "replica" I was talking about. It is a great looking wheel.
Indeed, many of the companies will send you the wheel with the tire of your choice already mounted and balanced and this saves additional $ since they sell the tire+wheel+shipping combo for less combined.
E-mail me for the particulars, I will give you the company I bought mine from, somehow I think if I post the company's URL, I'll get my post knocked off.
Funny, I think they are having a sale through September on Audi wheels, too.
I had no issues with the wheels I bought aftermarket -- when you see the company I dealt with, perhaps it will become clear, they are Audi fanatics!
#5834 of 6921 Re: Tire wheel response. . . [markcincinnati]
Sep 16, 2005 (12:42 pm)
As long as the URL is not to an automobile dealer and you don't have a personal stake in the business, you can post the URL. Any questions you have about these policies can usually be answered by reading the Rules of the Road or the Membership Agreement - both are linked on the left. And of course you can always drop me an email.