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Word up Dubbers,
Ive just bought myself a 1.8T 2 door and Im looking at fitting some new rims. I dont know what to choose either the 18's or the 19's! Are there any disavantages of going to the 19's over the 18's? ie: handling, ride height, comfort, noise, tyre choice? Plus which ones shall I choose theres so many out there. Seen some good deals on eBay for the RS4 and RS6 they look good but there's so many VW rocking those rims. I want to be the one that stands out. Plus any one know where I can get good deals on tyres? Cheers. Lee.
 

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Hi Lee,

Welcome to the forum, I had the similar dilema as yourself when I had to choose my wheels. I'm sure most guys on here would agree that 18's are the optimum wheel size for the MK4. 18's in most people's experience have better handling & ride qualities. 19's on the other hand just look amazing on a Mk4 but they are expensive to run. If you were travelling a lot, long motorway journeys etc, IMHO 18's would the way forward. But if your doing low mileage & don't mind the cost and the small handling difference, then 19's it is.

Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks for the reply,

Im still not sure what to go for but I think the 18s are swinging the bet at the moment because of the price of the 19" tyres. Im looking at the 150+vat for each boot!! Ouch!!! If there anybody that knows a good tyre at a good price and where to get them from this would be a much needed bit of info.

Thanks.

Lee.
 

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As far as tyres go, have you tried www.camskill.co.uk? They're the best
i've found looking around, and hopefully the tyres i ordered of them
will be arriving tomorrow!

Peter
 

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Thanks for the info for the tyres! Its not bady priced really. But I have just found out from a mate that he may be able to source some from a mate of a mate of a mate for a really cracking price. But this could be a load of rubbish so I'll keep searching.

Thanks again.

Lee.
 

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Ah its this question again

I was not 100% sure when deciding what size wheels i was wanting to go
for. I own a Volkswagen Bora and was not sure if i should have chose
18" or 19". I decided that i would be wanting to go for 19s for the
simple fact, an extra inch makes all the difference in looks!

The disadvantages of 19" wheels is that it reduces the quality of
handling along with alittle speed depending on the weight of the alloys
that you choose to go for. With the right suspension upgrades it isnt
going to make that much difference to your handling when upgrading your
size of wheels.

Its true what people say though.. to replace tyres on 19" wheels cost
quite a bit. Thankfully i found a number of sites that have great deals
on 19" tyres which helped make my final decision.

Im saving the cash as we speak for some BBS LMs along with KW Version1
Coilovers and a Neuspeed 25mm rear ARB which should really make my car
look the business!

I would recommend 19" Audi A8 wheels on a Golf cause they definately look hot as hell.

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See what i mean? [:D]
 

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Hey,

Thanks for the info. Have you the web address for the tyre places? Or are you based in the U.S? I like the look of this guys car with the wheels I want. Big open 5 spokes!!

Cheers.

Lee.
 

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Nice Dub!

Any problems with the wheels fouling the inner arches? What are you paying for the tyres and where? Ive been quoted 175+vat for a Bridgestone...........OUCH!!! thats going hit the wallet hard.

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Yeah, must admit, they do hit the inner plastic arches if i hit a bump hard. I've been told it gets less and less as the tyres eventually wear away the bit of plastic arch that it hits, which i noticed after a week is true. I can take the arches out all together then line them but havent got round to it.

I went to R-Tec and got 2 x 19" Falkens for ?229 fitted....
 

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I've been quoted locally for goodyear f1's

?100 of 17's

?115 for 18's

?130 for 19's

so there isnt that much difference between them really

that price includes valves, balancing etc aswell
 

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Good price. You dont live anywhere near Dorset do you? Whats the name of the garage you got em from because they might mail order them to me.

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Your car looks pretty hot with the 19s mate.

Would you be able to tell me if you can get people in your back seats without effecting your wheels rubbing against your arches?

A few of my mates have slammed there cars and cant get anyone in the
back. If im going for 19" wheels and a good drop over 40mm+ im
questioning whether or not im going to be able to get people in the
back seats of my Bora

What do you think?

Cheers!

Richard
 

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Yeah I have carried 2 people in the back with no difference. I work in the property game so i also have to sometimes use my car like a van and load it up.... never had a problem!! (bet a get a problem now... i've jinx'd myself!!)
 

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That may be the case but the handling would be improved on 18's, I
guess it depends what the persons is setting out to achieve, whether it
be looks or optimum performance, if person enjoyed regular enthusiastic
drives around tight, twisty country roads then 18's do provide better
handling on the Mk4 platform as they provide better road holding,
bigger is not always better, hence one of the reasons the Mk4 never
came with 19's from the factory. If bling is the person's aim then by all means go for the 19's.
 
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