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Old 10-10-2013, 02:13 PM
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Default SQ5 winter wheel package

Since it appears the other SQ5 winter wheel thread vanished, here's another.
Audi SQ5 winter wheel package with 19"x7" version of the stock 20" wheel style with 235/55-19 Continental CrossContact Winter tires.
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8R0 601 025 AL


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How much space is there between these 19's and the front brake callipers?

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Thank you.

I think this was discussed in the other threads, but I am still confused about the advantage of the narrower 7" wheels. I realize narrower is better for snow traction, but this wheel package comes with the same 235/55-19 tire profile that we see on the wider 19x8" stock wheels. If the tread width remains the same (235mm), then what is the advantage of a narrower wheel (7" vs 8")?
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Good question. Lower weight is the only thing I can think of... or the ability to go with a narrower tire in the future.

I had the opposite concern when I ordered my winter wheel/tire package from Tire Rack. I stuck with 18" x 8" wheels but went slightly narrower with the tire, from 235 to 225. I was afraid the wheels could be easily damaged against a curb or such but the 225 tires still bulge out further than the outer edge of the wheel.
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Originally Posted by centurion70 View Post
Thank you.

I think this was discussed in the other threads, but I am still confused about the advantage of the narrower 7" wheels. I realize narrower is better for snow traction, but this wheel package comes with the same 235/55-19 tire profile that we see on the wider 19x8" stock wheels. If the tread width remains the same (235mm), then what is the advantage of a narrower wheel (7" vs 8")?
Not sure there is any advantage of a 7" wide wheel. Maybe a little more rim protection?
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Originally Posted by JaXeN View Post
How much space is there between these 19's and the front brake callipers?

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Not sure yet...haven't mounted them yet. The old thread had those pics from someone else.
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Originally Posted by centurion70 View Post
Thank you.

I think this was discussed in the other threads, but I am still confused about the advantage of the narrower 7" wheels. I realize narrower is better for snow traction, but this wheel package comes with the same 235/55-19 tire profile that we see on the wider 19x8" stock wheels. If the tread width remains the same (235mm), then what is the advantage of a narrower wheel (7" vs 8")?
The wheel width does have an affect on the tread width. Narrow wheels will pull the tires in to some degree. You'll notice that when a manufacturer publishes tire specs, they typically specify the width of the wheel on which the cross section and other measurements are based.
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Default A guess:

Just over 1/2" vertically.

My D3 A8 has 385mm rotors (vs. SQ5 at 380mm) and similarly designed calipers and just barely clears with 18's. So, as a ballpark guess should be about 1/2" (half the diameter change down to 18's), plus a few more mm of clearance. Since the SQ spares are 18", that's another pointer that the clearance should be slightly over 1/2" here too.
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Default Little difference as a practical matter

235/55-19's typically spec anything from a 6 1/2" wheel to an 8 1/2" wheel, so either a Audi winter specific 7" or a generic OE Q5 8" are both in the range. Of course the Q5 19 x 8's are pretty easy to find around as take off or used sets.

The 7" will have marginally more "bulge" to the sidewall, which protects the rim a bit more from curbing, but can look a bit "cop carish" if taken to the (lower) limit. What the 7's would do is allow one to push down to much much narrower tire widths like a 195 or a 205. But those won't be the Q5 type fitments up at a 29" diameter; more likely something that might be fit to an A5 where the wheel itself could still cross over.
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Default Usable on Q5 as well, or a bad idea?

I'm looking for winter wheels/tires for my 2013 Q5 3.0 right now. The Audi-blessed winter wheels are 17x7 ET37s with 235/65 tires.... but I think they're kinda ugly. The SQ5 wheels are nicer, but are the same 19" diameter as what came with my Q5. Can they be used as winter wheels for a Q5, or is that a bad idea?
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