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Hi,

We are having a 6 month old Q5 being delivered next Friday.

The spec. is a basic 2.0 TDI, 170ps, last of the MK1 models, SE, manual, Ibis White, with 18 inch alloys. It has a leather interior. Suspension is standard.

The strategy is to go for a basic car and then add some modifications gradulally to improve it down the line. One of the first mods will be to add 22 inch wheels, with 265/35R22 tyres. The overall rolling radius will be almost identical to the current OEM 235/60R18 wheels and tyres currently the car.

Currently I'm leaning towards the Zito 935 style, which seems very good value.

Do any other forum members have any advice regarding handling and ride-comfort when adding 22 inch wheels. The other half worries about comfort for children in the back. I of course worry about having stylish wheels, and am convinced that the children will not notice much difference.

Many thanks!
 

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How old are your kids? I would suggest young kids will not notice ride quality that adults may find uncomfortable.
 

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The Children are 3 and 6 - I don't suppose they will even notice. It's more the Mrs.

Anyway, here's some before/after shots (photoshopped to see if my desired 22 inch wheels will look good:

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These wheels are Zito 935 style. The total cost including Pirelli Tyres is around 1350 GBP including delivery..
 

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They suit quite nicely.

Not my cup of tea, I like the look of the 960 personally
 

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The 960 is a beatiful wheel, but only available in 17 inches it would appear!

The car is being delivered Friday (with the 18 inch OEM wheels). Now I must save my pennies for the wheel/tyre upgrades!
 

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I think they look a little too much TBH. Have you consider the 20" as a compromise. Keep us updated on the mods though!
 

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Mine is same car but with 20 inches- have a look at my photos to see. I think they look great, any bigger I think looks a bit much. But I love mine, and they have generated some compliments.
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Beaware of the offset and tyre size as the suspension arms are very close to the tyres when fitted with the 20's.
 

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Given the crappy state of the roads and potholes everywhere - 22" rims have almost no tyre sidewall to speak off, a knackered wheel is a virtual certainty. As other's have suggested 20" would be a better bet...tyres are cheaper too.
 
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As an aside - to my eyes Q5s look so much nicer when they don't have privacy glass - the glass-line gives the body a lovely balanced look.
 

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Beaware of the offset and tyre size as the suspension arms are very close to the tyres when fitted with the 20's.
I just bought a 2013 q5 2.0 with 18" wheel but y does the upper control arm stick beyond the tire line? like 2 " above the tires..... never seen it like this on any cars...... so does this mean we have to use spacers to pull the wheels out? or this just means we can't really go with any diameter over our current size?? thank you
 

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I just bought a 2013 q5 2.0 with 18" wheel but y does the upper control arm stick beyond the tire line? like 2 " above the tires..... never seen it like this on any cars...... so does this mean we have to use spacers to pull the wheels out? or this just means we can't really go with any diameter over our current size?? thank you
Angry - you need to maintain the same rolling radius as you have now. (so as you increase the rim diameter you need to reduce the tyre section to a lower profile) Northing that's above the current tyre actually matters as the radius needs to remain unchanged. If you plan to increase the rolling radius that's a whole different ballgame and you need to seek specialised advice and find out how to have your speedo recalibrated and possibly have your final drive ratio's changed to compensate. What is critical if you change wheels is to maintain the correct offset to match the offset of the OEM wheel and to maintain the same pitch circle diameter and centre spigot size. Of course if you plan to increased the width of your rim then the calculation for offset becomes a little more complicated and again you'll need specialist help.
 

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The standard rim width for the 18 inch rim is 8 inches. Audi push this up to 8.5 inches for some of the 20 inch and the 21 inch wheels. Anybody planning to go wider than 8.5 inches on the rim needs to know the rim offset. Bear in mind that you can change the offset but if you do you are in danger of either fouling the suspension components if you inset the wheel relative to standard or the wheel arches if you outset the wheel relative to standard. As has been said on UK roads at least 21 x 8.5J is probably as far as you'd want to go. ABT have sets of 22 x 10J wheels offered on their web site for the Q5 and this might give some useful info but I don't know what other body mods they recommend to make these wheels fit.
 

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I personally love the 22"s,they give your car individuality,yes the ride would be harder,but as you have an se model it won't b that bad,I've put 22"s on all my jeeps,and never buckled any,the price you payed seems reasonable,I've had tyres cost more than that,the best wearing tyres I've had we're toyo on a range sport,I got 25000 miles out of them ????
 
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