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Old 05-16-2015, 12:02 PM
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I recently purchased a 2007 RS4 and it has pristine stock 19" wheels that I want to keep that way.

I also want to spend some track time at High Plains and am wondering what type of track setup I should look at. Should I drop down to 18" rims and track tires or stay at the 19" size with track tires?

Any advice/suggestions and or actual experience would be greatly appreciated.

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Since no one has replied, I'll give you my $.02.

Stick with the 19" wheels. The tires you'd put on the 18" wheels will have a higher profile sidewall, which could roll over more in hard cornering. Track wheels will probably be pricey, but are a good place to find some weight savings. I sold bridgestone and michelin tires for a while, and the local autox guys seemed to love the Potenza re-11 tires. Not too expensive and super sticky. I put a set of RE760 tires on my buddy's corvette, and he's been super happy with them for the occasional track day. I've heard great feedback about the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and thats what I'll probably go with next time around.

From experience, keep your brakes in mind too. The stock pads on the RS4 are more for comfort than performance.
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Originally Posted by Warhorse99 View Post
I recently purchased a 2007 RS4 and it has pristine stock 19" wheels that I want to keep that way.

I also want to spend some track time at High Plains and am wondering what type of track setup I should look at. Should I drop down to 18" rims and track tires or stay at the 19" size with track tires?

Any advice/suggestions and or actual experience would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Michael
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I use TDR 1.2 18x9 for track use. There fairly inexpensive.





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Thanks Coupon and fluevog,

I have decided to stick with the 19's and am getting ready to order wheels and track tires now. And I am replacing the brakes with StopTech slotted and either Hawk Ceramic or EBC Red or Yellow Stuff. pads.

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I dunno but if you give any credence to "forum wisdom", I seem to remember some of the serious track junkies prefer 18's due to price & availability, and the wider choices of both rubber and alloy.

For the street, I prefer 18's for several reasons. I know that's an aberration of opinion, but big-wheel looks are near the bottom of my priorities. Besides, Audi quattro GmbH designed the car w/ 18's and they don't take performance issues lightly
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For the street, I prefer 18's for several reasons.
So, are you riding on 18's or the 19's with A/S tires per your sig?
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So, are you riding on 18's or the 19's with A/S tires per your sig?
Hi IWC - I run the factory 19s but if i had the choice i would rather have the euro 18s. I run 18s in the winter tho. Would do 17s in the winter if the brakes would fit, but no!
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Hi IWC - I run the factory 19s but if i had the choice i would rather have the euro 18s. I run 18s in the winter tho. Would do 17s in the winter if the brakes would fit, but no!
Got it! I would probably do the same had I been motivated enough to make changes...

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Got it! I would probably do the same had I been motivated enough to make changes...

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