Hi Shunter,Hi, has anyone swapped to winter tyres yet?
If so did you have any problems changing the wheels?
Any comments as to cleaning and storing the summer wheels/tyres over winter.
With the price of rubber reaching a 15 year high I dont think its petrol we should be worrying about solely. Boy am I glad I took out a maintenance contract incuding tyres.Has anyone bought winter tyres to suit 18" alloys? ive got a set off wheels for when the Q comes but the price off tyres seems to be scarey? any recomendations?
I'm fairly sure you can get them for 20".....but it won't be cheap.DNW
I do not think you can get "winter rubber" for 20" wheels because the tread depth and sidewalls all need to be deeper and it would muck up the rolling radius on 20's. Also 18's allow for a bit of height above most kerbs and I would not trust tyre fitters to change my tyres twice a year on those expensive 20's
Shunter,I opted for a spare set of 17" rims as Josh said small is better and a much cheaper. You can buy good rims and tyres for the cost of some 20" tyres that I have seen. I also believe winter tyres will need to be changed earlier than you would summer tyres as they loose their benefit once the tread is down to 3mm. So again costly tyres are bad news
I will be monitoring with interest how my winter tyres ware compared to the summer ones. Anyone had any direct experience?
NO - I tried but was given silly prices (for 17" rims) - I ended up buying Borbet alloys via a UK online supplier that sourced the wheels from Germany. The main issue was choosing the offset. They have TUV certificates for the Q5 and checked out OK when I tested them briefly last March. Just put them on so keeping my eyes on them. You may have notice how warm the weather has just become.Shunter,
Did you get Audi alloys and tyres? I ordered mine last March and I'm still waiting!
From what I can gather the main benefit of winter tyres is in reducing braking distances on ice/snow and not traction. So if just fitting winter tyres to two wheels it may be worth fitting them on the front.Bought 1 set (for 2 weels) and will put them on the rear-wheels in case we ever need them.