18+ OEM or GTFO
Hey everyone, just purchased a black 2012 tdi last week. Not really liking the small 16 inch alloys that came with the car. I ám leaning towards 17 inch wheels for summer. .Going to run the 16's in winter. I have been liking the 17 inch joda and goals (anthracite). Having a hard time trying to decide as there are many oem and aftermarket wheels out there. If anyone has pics or opinions, it would greatly apprecaited.
Im in same boat as you, I actually just put my stock 16's back on about 2 hours ago. I had 18 inch Black VW Karthoums on there. Our stock mambo wheels weigh 22 pounds alone each. The Karthoums weigh 28 pounds each! And that's without tires. The way I see it, lighter wheels = better mpg. I'm looking into 17 inch TSW Nurburgrings. They are 17x8 inches are 17.95 pounds each. and the 18x8 are 18.6 pounds. Oh and they are rotary forged so they are very strong. I see a win win!
It is worth noting that rotational inertia is what matters here. A 18" rim that weighs 20lbs will do worse than a 16" rim that weighs 18lbs. A 19" rim will give you worse mpg pretty much regardless of weight because of how far from center that weight is.
Now go get the nice rims and quit telling yourself you care about mpg.
Here's my car on anthracite Goals and H&R springs.
past affairs - '05 s4 6mt, '03 20th gti (x2), '04 tt 3.2l dsg, '07 wrx, '05 sti, '07 & '08 gsx-r600s
Bathurst is probably the same as the Charlestons so about 28-29
What did I shoot down? Seriously, if you want that light of wheels, purely for MPGs on an already fuel sipping car, you should've gotten a Hybrid. I want light wheels too, but for different reasons. The amount that you will spend on a strong but light wheel will not even come close to the few MPGs you'd lose over 4 or 5 years.
Welcome to reality.