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Old 12-18-2012, 04:05 PM   #15
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My ride improved when I went with 19s! I also upgraded to better softer tires. Night and Day improvement!
I had this same experience as well. The 19's actually seemed to be a smoother ride when I put them on. Almost as if the slightly larger diameter rolls over bumps easier than 18's. Kind of analogous to mountain bikes with larger wheels like 29'ers.

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19x8.5 OEM S4's w/225 kuhmos and the ride is not bad to me...but then again I dont mind a stiff ride
Same wheels here. I have the 19x8.5 B8 S4 wheels on my car right now with 225/35 Goodyear Eagle F1's. The tires are amazing, and I'm sure they play a big factor in the ride comfort, but I think the wheels are actually lighter than the 18" wheels I had on before them, which felt pretty heavy.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:15 PM   #16
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I had this same experience as well. The 19's actually seemed to be a smoother ride when I put them on. Almost as if the slightly larger diameter rolls over bumps easier than 18's. Kind of analogous to mountain bikes with larger wheels like 29'ers.
That doesn't stack up as the rolling diameter of the 18's with tires at 225/40/18 is larger than the rolling diameter of 19's with 225/35/19 tires.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:20 AM   #17
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That doesn't stack up as the rolling diameter of the 18's with tires at 225/40/18 is larger than the rolling diameter of 19's with 225/35/19 tires.
Not true.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:36 AM   #18
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Not true.

Oops, sorry, read it the wrong way around.

There is a massive 9.4mm difference on the rolling circumference or 0.12" / 3.05mm on the overall diameter.

If you can feel that you ought to be a professional test driver!
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:14 AM   #19
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Either way, I'm just saying the 19's feel smoother and more comfortable to me than the 18's I had on just before them. Whatever the reason, 19's get a bad wrap as being less comfortable but in my experience that's not the case.

What I do know is that my car has more clearance now. I used to scrape my nose on driveways but now I rarely ever scrape. Ftg is higher.
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Either way, I'm just saying the 19's feel smoother and more comfortable to me than the 18's I had on just before them. Whatever the reason, 19's get a bad wrap as being less comfortable but in my experience that's not the case.

What I do know is that my car has more clearance now. I used to scrape my nose on driveways but now I rarely ever scrape. Ftg is higher.
No worries Jason.

I went from 19" Talladega's at 14kg each (alloy only) to aftermarket 18's at 9kg each (alloy only) and the difference in ride and handling was vast. Mainly due to unsprung rotating mass reduction than diameter, but I'm sure the slightly deeper sidewall gave an extra help with ride quality.
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19's are nice look better, and can ride fine if you have the right tires too
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:11 PM   #22
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19's??
Wham! Bam!
Broken control arms MAN!

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Old 12-28-2012, 06:27 AM   #23
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19's would be fine. At least here in Australia R's can come with 19" Talledega's as a factory option and no one ever complains.
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I've tried both 18" and 19".
19" is too hard. Feels like my spine is going to brake! 18" is perfect for me.
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Hey guys any help?? Trying to buy 3sdms in 19 8.5 , but having difficulties about offset, i want the most aggressive i can get on stock setup, would 19 8.5 et 32 fit without problem??
And as far as tires the more meat the better New Orleans
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I had 19's and honestly couldn't feel any difference in ride quality compared to 18's.
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Hi guys,
I run the 19 and don't find them too painful. In saying that I have never run the 18. My car handles incredibly and the ride is fine. Not lowered and stock shocks.
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Naturally ride is dependent on several factors:

Suspension, tires, wheels, size etc.

My gti with stock detroits, 18 inch, 38 psi, gti suspension, rides a bit rough.

So when we got the turbo beetle with 19's i thought the ride would be worse. but the 19's fill pressure is 32, i run 34, but with the beetle suspension it rides almost 100 percent more comfortably than the gti, ie 38 psi , and suspension.

My wife's beetle with 17 inch heritage wheels, should be 29 psi, they look flat, i run 35 psi, it rides very similar to my turbo beetle with the 19's.

Combination of factors.
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