Wheels

Once the brakes were fitted we wanted to test the clearance of the wheels. With the larger TT RS calipers, we were unsure if the 19" Turbo Twist wheels from the Audi Genuine Accessories catalog would clear them since they weren't designed for this application.

As it happens, the wheels wouldn't turn and were hitting the calipers so we had two options. Some H&R Trak+ wheels spacers and longer bolts would definitely resolve the problem - they provide a number of different thicknesses but we ordered the thinnest 3mm spacers that would easily do the job. The longer bolts ensure the wheels are fastened correctly. This is by far the cheapest option.

A second option was to fit different wheels. Obviously this is the more expensive option but if you're looking to upgrade to 19" wheels anyway, this might be the perfect time.

With our TT RS brakes, the logical conclusion was that the same car's wheels would clear its own calipers. However, the TT RS uses the same 19x9" ET52 wheel dimensions as the ones we already had. Undeterred, we borrowed two different TT RS wheel options from our local dealer to test fit and found that both fitted. The slightly different design of the wheel spokes provided the minimal clearance we required and so we decided to order a set of the genuine TT RS "5-arm-rotor" wheels from the dealer.

We have to admit we love the new wheels. The textured, matte, gunmetal finish on the spokes and rim is contrasted by the machined highlights. The effect is stunning and the quality is impeccable, as you'd expect.

The silver split-spoke wheels we tried were also a great looking option. In the end we felt the bright silver finish didn't suit our car as nicely. Yet it's a matter of personal taste since both options cleared the new brakes.

It's worth noting that you need to order center caps separately for some reason but that a matching gunmetal cap is available and the part number is listed below. You'll need to order four.

When it came to tires, we didn't want to fit the wide 255/35 tires from the RS model, so we stuck with the 235/35 R19 Continental ExtremeContact DW tires we'd previously used, to avoid rubbing issues and additional cost. Since we had no issues to date we knew this would be a simple solution.

1. Sadly, our 19" Turbo Twist wheels fouled the new calipers

2. We selected two 19" wheel options from the Audi Genuine Accessories catalog to try

3. A cheap and simple solution would be 3mm H&R Trak+ spacers

4. The split-spoke wheels look good and cleared the new calipers

5. We opted for the genuine 19x9" TT RS 5-arm-rotor wheels finished in gunmetal, with a set of matching center caps

Part
Part #
Number Required
Price (each)
Caliper
8J0-615-107
1
$1340.91
Caliper
8J0-615-108
1
$1340.91
Rotor
8J0-615-301-E
2
$245.00
Pads
8J0-698-151-H
1
$530.00
Hose
8J0-611-701-F
2
$165.65
Shield
8J0-615-311-E
1
$99.00
Shield
8J0-615-312-E
1
$99.00
Bracket
8J0-611-841-D
1
$88.05
Bracket
8J0-611-842-D
1
$88.05
Caliper bolts
N-908-768-02
2
$7.34
Pad Sensor
8J0-615-437
1
$76.34
Total
$4080.26

Additional Parts Used

Part Supplier Part # Price (each)
3mm Trak+wheel spacers (pair) H&R Suspension 0655571 $68.95
Longer wheel bolt H&R Suspension 1453503 $4.45
19x9" TT RS wheel Audi 8J0-601-025-DB $864.00
Gunmetal center cap Audi 8T0-601-170-A $42.66
235/35 R19 Conti DW tires Continental POA

SOURCE
H&R Suspension
888-827-8881
www.hrsprings.com
Audi Genuine Accessories
www.audiusa.com
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