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    Thread: My downgrade feels more like an upgrade - review and build thread

    1. Member cheapa55TDI's Avatar
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      12-15-2011 12:34 AM #76
      I actually didn't get a warning or anything with the new wheels installed. Weird. Maybe mine doesn't work.

      FYI, I got the hubcentric rings. I'll try to install them in the next few days and I'll report back on the vibration issue.

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      12-16-2011 12:05 AM #77
      Update: I installed the hub rings and they work perfectly. NO vibrations at all. I'm very happy with the new wheels.

    3. 12-16-2011 01:05 AM #78
      Dont they sell q7 rims with 57.1 center bore?
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      12-16-2011 01:38 AM #79
      Quote Originally Posted by DONPSSST View Post
      Dont they sell q7 rims with 57.1 center bore?
      not that exact style. There is only one replica made and it's 20x9 et40 66.6 no other sizes that I know of.

    5. 12-16-2011 04:57 AM #80
      Ok for now im leaning towards vmr 718 19x8.5 et35 the guy at vmr told me the right tire will be 245 35 19. Do you think i can use 255 35 19 on this with no problem.
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      12-16-2011 01:47 PM #81
      Quote Originally Posted by DONPSSST View Post
      Ok for now im leaning towards vmr 718 19x8.5 et35 the guy at vmr told me the right tire will be 245 35 19. Do you think i can use 255 35 19 on this with no problem.
      I'd go with VMR recommendations. They sell so many of these wheels they know what will fit and look good. If you look at my BMW, it's the VMR 710 and I was very happy with the tire size they chose for me. But it's your call. I'm pretty sure it will fit.

    7. 12-23-2011 03:49 PM #82
      Cheapa... any update? Still no rubbing? more pics?

      Also, what did the wheel/tire combo do to your mileage?

    8. 12-23-2011 04:50 PM #83
      Ey cheapa, i already pull the trigger on q7's with 245 35 20, coz the vmr 718 were not available in gunmetal color plus these are comin from california so thats a long wait in shipping. I just hope they fit with just hr springs.
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      12-23-2011 04:56 PM #84
      Quote Originally Posted by TCM GLX View Post
      Cheapa... any update? Still no rubbing? more pics?

      Also, what did the wheel/tire combo do to your mileage?
      No issues at all. I plan to take some pics this weekend if I get some time with my new camera.

      I am averaging maybe 2mpg less. But I haven't adjusted the results to account for the change in size. I think it's only off by about 1.5% though, so pretty close to the same size/circumference as oem.

      Quote Originally Posted by DONPSSST View Post
      Ey cheapa, i already pull the trigger on q7's with 245 35 20, coz the vmr 718 were not available in gunmetal color plus these are comin from california so thats a long wait in shipping. I just hope they fit with just hr springs.
      Nice, congrats! I can't wait to see how the tires look. Again, I wish I got the 245/35 instead. It should look great and I'm sure it will fit just fine with the springs.

    10. 12-23-2011 05:32 PM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by cheapa55TDI View Post
      No issues at all. I plan to take some pics this weekend if I get some time with my new camera.

      I am averaging maybe 2mpg less. But I haven't adjusted the results to account for the change in size. I think it's only off by about 1.5% though, so pretty close to the same size/circumference as oem.



      Nice, congrats! I can't wait to see how the tires look. Again, I wish I got the 245/35 instead. It should look great and I'm sure it will fit just fine with the springs.

      Right on.. your overall diameter is actually smaller than stock, but I am assuming the weight is what is causing the loss for MPG. I use 1010tirecalculator.com to measure this stuff out, it shows your new tires are 2% smaller than the original setup.....

      I am getting impatient, want my drop on now!! Damn Eibach!!

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      12-23-2011 05:55 PM #86
      Quote Originally Posted by TCM GLX View Post
      Right on.. your overall diameter is actually smaller than stock, but I am assuming the weight is what is causing the loss for MPG. I use 1010tirecalculator.com to measure this stuff out, it shows your new tires are 2% smaller than the original setup.....

      I am getting impatient, want my drop on now!! Damn Eibach!!
      Yeah, tell them to hurry it up!!! LOL! Tell them the competition already has theirs out. btw, did you already order your new wheels?

      so with my new tires, I'm supposed to get better mileage or worse? my brain isn't working today.

    12. 12-23-2011 06:14 PM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by cheapa55TDI View Post
      Yeah, tell them to hurry it up!!! LOL! Tell them the competition already has theirs out. btw, did you already order your new wheels?

      so with my new tires, I'm supposed to get better mileage or worse? my brain isn't working today.

      New wheels didnt pan out... I had a lead on a set of 20" Audi wheels, that were literally new, 980 miles and then pulled off, but someone beat me to them.

      Eibach said sometime first week or two of January, so hoping that is true.

      As for gas mileage... if your running a slightly smaller diameter, should get a little better, but you are likely offseting that with a heavier setup... probably a wash! lol

    13. 12-24-2011 03:41 AM #88
      did u buy VW center caps for ur q7? what size,website.
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      12-25-2011 03:51 AM #89
      Quote Originally Posted by DONPSSST View Post
      did u buy VW center caps for ur q7? what size,website.
      I asked someone about it and did some research. I don't see anyone with one that fits. I ordered one from eBay but haven't had a chance to install it bc I have to remove the wheels to install the caps.

    15. 12-25-2011 06:02 AM #90
      Quote Originally Posted by cheapa55TDI View Post
      I asked someone about it and did some research. I don't see anyone with one that fits. I ordered one from eBay but haven't had a chance to install it bc I have to remove the wheels to install the caps.
      i just wish they fit. is it 3 inches?
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      12-25-2011 06:38 PM #91
      Quote Originally Posted by DONPSSST View Post
      i just wish they fit. is it 3 inches?
      Exterior is 2 5/8", the tabs are about 2" wide.

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      12-26-2011 11:29 AM #92
      Since this thread was about talking about our downgrades, here's my story;
      I inherited my brother's 2004 Phaeton in April of 2010 after he passed away and had been driving it since. Amazing car to drive but ooooh the gas. Also, the extended warranty was running out and the repairs were astronomical. Since I am on the road alot and decided I needed to save a little on gas.

      I decided on the TDI Passat. I went from 560km on 85 litres of gas (that's 350 miles on 22 gallons of gas or an average of 16 mpg) to 950km on 60 litres of gas (about 37 mpg). I'm sure some of you are doing even better but I do have a pretty heavy foot.

      Although the 2 cars are totally different, I truly enjoy driving the Passat. The TDI has great torque and once up to speed it's just as enjoyable. I do miss the luxury and the exclusivity of the Pheaton but you should see the smile on my face at the pumps.

    18. 12-26-2011 07:57 PM #93
      Cheapa and Mr Euro.....

      Check this out, this guy went with a 245/40/19, on a 19x8.5 et35 and has no rubbing lowered!!!

      http://www.myturbodiesel.com/forum/f...tmas-me-11881/

      To many options and decisions!!! LOL

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      12-27-2011 01:43 AM #94
      Quote Originally Posted by PH8TON View Post
      Since this thread was about talking about our downgrades, here's my story;
      I inherited my brother's 2004 Phaeton in April of 2010 after he passed away and had been driving it since. Amazing car to drive but ooooh the gas. Also, the extended warranty was running out and the repairs were astronomical. Since I am on the road alot and decided I needed to save a little on gas.

      I decided on the TDI Passat. I went from 560km on 85 litres of gas (that's 350 miles on 22 gallons of gas or an average of 16 mpg) to 950km on 60 litres of gas (about 37 mpg). I'm sure some of you are doing even better but I do have a pretty heavy foot.

      Although the 2 cars are totally different, I truly enjoy driving the Passat. The TDI has great torque and once up to speed it's just as enjoyable. I do miss the luxury and the exclusivity of the Pheaton but you should see the smile on my face at the pumps.
      Congrats on your new TDI. The more I drive it, the more I like it. I'm sure most of us feel the same way.

      Quote Originally Posted by TCM GLX View Post
      Cheapa and Mr Euro.....

      Check this out, this guy went with a 245/40/19, on a 19x8.5 et35 and has no rubbing lowered!!!

      http://www.myturbodiesel.com/forum/f...tmas-me-11881/

      To many options and decisions!!! LOL
      Nice, that's a similar wheel I was thinking about. I really like that look. Seems like this car can fit almost anything we throw at it. What are you thinking about now? Just do it!!!

    20. 12-27-2011 10:09 AM #95
      Quote Originally Posted by cheapa55TDI View Post
      Congrats on your new TDI. The more I drive it, the more I like it. I'm sure most of us feel the same way.



      Nice, that's a similar wheel I was thinking about. I really like that look. Seems like this car can fit almost anything we throw at it. What are you thinking about now? Just do it!!!

      I'm still really stuck on the AMG 5 spoke. Replicas are 20x8.5 with a 35mm offset and eom are 43mm offset.

      Not going to pull the trigger until its dropped though.

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      12-27-2011 02:06 PM #96
      Quote Originally Posted by TCM GLX View Post
      I'm still really stuck on the AMG 5 spoke. Replicas are 20x8.5 with a 35mm offset and eom are 43mm offset.

      Not going to pull the trigger until its dropped though.
      Good idea. LOL! That's why I dropped mine first.

    22. 01-05-2012 03:01 AM #97
      ey cheap can u post some pics of ur car. butt shot. just wanna see some camber and toe appearance.
      thanks.
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      01-05-2012 01:20 PM #98
      Quote Originally Posted by DONPSSST View Post
      ey cheap can u post some pics of ur car. butt shot. just wanna see some camber and toe appearance.
      thanks.
      i'll try. I'm both too lazy and embarrassed when taking pics of my car. Maybe I can find an empty lot somewhere and take pics. I'll post them as soon as I get them.

    24. 01-05-2012 05:45 PM #99
      Quote Originally Posted by cheapa55TDI View Post
      i'll try. I'm both too lazy and embarrassed when taking pics of my car. Maybe I can find an empty lot somewhere and take pics. I'll post them as soon as I get them.
      ok, thanks
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      01-05-2012 10:33 PM #100
      Quote Originally Posted by DONPSSST View Post
      i feel ur pain look at mine.

      FROM...

      http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...29141245_n.jpg

      TO THIS


      wtf happened?

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