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    1. Member projectracerabbit's Avatar
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      11-02-2010 08:46 AM #1
      Figured I would just start a new thread...

      I need some help deciding what to do with my car. I have a 10 golf tdi,
      I decided on the 18x8.5 snowflakes for my wheel of choice. Now I have to decide what tires to go with and what springs to put on the stock shocks to tighten up and smooth out the curves and autobahn on-ramps.

      I figure, the stock shocks will last long enough to save up for some decent coils.

      So as I really dont care for the stretched look, I prefer nice square shouldered tires.

      So I need to know what size tire to look for to fit the 18x8.5 wheel.
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      What springs can I run in conjunction with the wheel and tire combo that will not rub in corners, but will give a little bit of low to my dub.

      post pics of your snowflakes, or any other 18x8.5 et 42 wheel on there mk6 golf and please provide spec of your set up.

      Thanks folks.
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    3. 11-02-2010 11:04 AM #2
      snowflake is tiger yey

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      11-02-2010 11:14 AM #3
      go to the technical forum- there is a wheel/tire and suspension topics in there. Better luck getting a fast answer there.

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      11-03-2010 08:42 AM #4
      bump as I was hoping for MK6 specific information.
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      11-03-2010 11:49 AM #5
      This is a new GTI on snowflakes with ebiach sportline springs. 225/40/18 is the tire you want. You will rub with a 235/40 tire if you plan to lower it.

      https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...conut-Creek-FL

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      11-03-2010 02:12 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Tucci View Post
      This is a new GTI on snowflakes with ebiach sportline springs. 225/40/18 is the tire you want. You will rub with a 235/40 tire if you plan to lower it.

      https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...conut-Creek-FL
      The information above is your best bet. I have a 2010 TDI on 18x8.5 et45 Showflakes, but I have a 215/40-18 slightly stretched tires on coilovers. So my info doesn't really cater to your specs.

      But just in case you wanted to see what they looked like on a 2010 TDI, here ya go.



      Good Luck! The Snowflakes are a good choice.

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      11-04-2010 02:00 PM #7
      first two snowflakes showed up in the mail today, hopefully the other two will be here soon.
      They look awesome, cant wait to get them mounted, it is too bad that it is almost winter, but they will be ready for summer. and hopefully by then I will have made my mind up on the tires and suspension.

      really want to stick with the 235/40/18 tire, wish I could see a difference between 225 and 235 side by side.

      Also for suspension
      Stock GTI springs
      drivers gear springs
      H&R springs
      Eibach pro springs
      rokkor coilovers
      FK streetline coilovers
      weitec/st coilovers

      what to do what to do...

      at least if I were in the states I could hook up with some folks that are running similar gear and feel a difference.

      I would like a nice stiff suspension that improves the handeling of the car and sits nicely on my new wheels. I dont really have to be that low... Right?
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      11-08-2010 04:11 AM #8

      Got two of them in the mail, waiting on the other two, test fit with stock suspension,
      GTI Springs on the way for temporary improvement.
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      11-08-2010 05:05 AM #9
      Edit: sorry for being such a debbie downer and offering useless criticism They actually look pretty good on the MKVI I was just in a sour mood.
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      11-08-2010 08:01 AM #10
      Horaay for mail!
      The other two showed up today.
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      11-08-2010 11:44 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by wh4l3salad View Post
      It's an old style of wheel. IMHO it's a sweet style for a MK1 or MK2 but an MK6?
      Your opinion is just as valid as anyone's, but why offer it up in a thread that clearly didn't ask for it? Not trying to be an ass, but I guess I just don't get why you'd go out of your way to be negative in this particular thread...

      Quote Originally Posted by projectracerabbit View Post
      Horaay for mail!
      The other two showed up today.


      FTR, your set is from the second production run and therefore they are ET45 (not ET42).

      Those extra 3mm of clearance should prove helpful

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      11-08-2010 12:01 PM #12
      cool,

      if anyone has pics of tires mounted to 8.5x18 rims, please post up,

      I am trying to decide what size to go with.

      front mounted...
      did not expect that much poke.


      rear mounted
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      11-08-2010 12:38 PM #13
      Damn, I was hoping the poke would not be that much so I could get a set. Oh well.

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      11-08-2010 01:49 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by iThread View Post
      Damn, I was hoping the poke would not be that much so I could get a set. Oh well.
      Our 18x8.5 ET45 wheels are no different than the countless other brands that are being used by other Mk5/6 owners with stock height or mildly lowered cars. We have VW dealers using our wheels and 225/40 tires with Eibach springs (mild lowering) and there is no issue with rubbing.

      Is the issue here with "poke" a cosmetic thing? If so, and you prefer a wheel that tucks more iinside the fender, then I understand

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      11-08-2010 02:00 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
      Our 18x8.5 ET45 wheels are no different than the countless other brands that are being used by other Mk5/6 owners with stock height or mildly lowered cars. We have VW dealers using our wheels and 225/40 tires with Eibach springs (mild lowering) and there is no issue with rubbing.

      Is the issue here with "poke" a cosmetic thing? If so, and you prefer a wheel that tucks more iinside the fender, then I understand
      Sorry about that, didn't mean to come off admonishing functionality or fitment issues or anything like that.

      For me, it's purely a cosmetic thing. I'd be hard pressed not to buy a set if they sat like stock or close to it. I'm just not a fan of the rim protruding from the fender. I've seen others pull it off very nicely but, it's not for me. I love the design of these wheels, just not the poke.

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      11-08-2010 02:07 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by iThread View Post
      Sorry about that, didn't mean to come off admonishing functionality or fitment issues or anything like that.

      For me, it's purely a cosmetic thing. I'd be hard pressed not to buy a set if they sat like stock or close to it. I'm just not a fan of the rim protruding from the fender. I've seen others pull it off very nicely but, it's not for me. I love the design of these wheels, just not the poke.
      I agree with this as well, I don't care for too much poke or stretch. The 8" with ET45 I have now are on the outer edge of what I can deal with. I know that the 8.5" with ET45 is not all that different, but it's probably over the line for me.
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      11-08-2010 03:23 PM #17
      yeah, I was hoping for more flush, but either way I cant wait to get rolling on these.
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    19. 11-08-2010 04:05 PM #18
      what's a set of these cost...?

      that poke is a little disturbing... but if i could run them without rubbing and having to do body modifications with a HR Touring Cup Kit, i'd be inclined to do so...

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      11-08-2010 07:53 PM #19
      I love the snowflakes. I'm going to wait for them to make some 17's though. I figure 17 wont slow down my golf as much and tires will be cheaper.

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      11-08-2010 09:24 PM #20
      I'm not going to make judgments on the apparent "poke" from those pictures, since I haven't seen a similar picture with the stock wheels. All I know is, the pictures of GTIs wearing those wheels makes me REALLY want a set, and I dislike the poke/stretch look. If only I could convince the wife to let me spend our wedding gift money on them...

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      11-08-2010 10:05 PM #21
      Since the 18" are already in production as 8.5" wide, maybe 1552 could broaden their market some by making 17" in 8.0 instead? That way people who want some poke and stretch could buy 18", and those of us who don't want stretch and poke would have the 17" choice available. Just a thought...
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    23. 11-09-2010 12:49 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Arne-240Z View Post
      Since the 18" are already in production as 8.5" wide, maybe 1552 could broaden their market some by making 17" in 8.0 instead? That way people who want some poke and stretch could buy 18", and those of us who don't want stretch and poke would have the 17" choice available. Just a thought...


      I'm even more conservative. I'd want 17x7.5, et50.

      Love the look of the snowflakes, just not the size currently available.

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      11-09-2010 06:27 AM #23
      Brian this should help he has 235/40's
      http://www.golfmk6.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9328

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      11-09-2010 07:05 AM #24
      yeah, saw that one, from the pics, it looks like it would be fine. but I had posted in that thread to find out how much and under what circumstances that he rubbed, However I did not get an answer.
      I also posted a thread looking for pics of wheel and tire combos in the wheel and tire forum on here and have yet to get a reply.

      I will throw the GTI springs on and see how much room I have with the stockers aka my winter set up.

      then maybe I will have a better idea of how big I can get away with. I suppose I could just take out the fender liner or modify it if it does rub.

      I am really considering 235-40-18 especially since the curbs and sidewalks here are so dang sneaky.
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      11-09-2010 12:30 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by mowyang View Post


      I'm even more conservative. I'd want 17x7.5, et50.

      Love the look of the snowflakes, just not the size currently available.
      That would be even better for me as well, but I could accept the 8" if that is more marketable.
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