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WOOHOO!! My new TSW wheels are here and will be mounted tomorrow! Can't wait to post some pics. Just wish those darn Audi center caps I ordered had gotten here in time. Grrrr. >:D
 

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YAY! Make sure to post some pictures!
 

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Also give us some specs (size, offset, tire size, brand etc.)

I was going to go for the Audi "Rotor" wheels but then decided to go with the standard 19". The Pila style Audi wheels look nice too in the accessories catalog. Just so darned expensive though.

Can't wait to see what your's look like.

-Andy
 

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Also give us some specs (size, offset, tire size, brand etc.)

I was going to go for the Audi "Rotor" wheels but then decided to go with the standard 19". The Pila style Audi wheels look nice too in the accessories catalog. Just so darned expensive though.

Can't wait to see what your's look like.

-Andy
Hi Andy! The 19s that came with my Prestige are...well, I hate them. I find them to be rather masculine, which I guess is why most of the guys here like them. I just think they ruin the look of the car. Soooo...I went with the TSW Mallory, 19x8, +32 offset, 5x112 bolt pattern. A beautifully made wheel.

Would love to show you pics, but alas, the CUSTOM Audi center caps that I ordered on ebay do not fit. Unreal. I got the exact measurement of the wheel cap, ordered that size, and they don't fit. So now I'm styling kind of a ghetto look - new wheels with no center cap! Ugh. I ordered some of those aluminum "stickers" with the Audi logo - they are basically the exact same thing as the TSW center cap "sticker" so I'm really hoping they do the trick. But until we know for sure if they are a good fit, I have no center cap!

Nothing like ordering from Hong Kong and waiting till you're old & gray for the package to arrive...:(
 

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Wow, I should have got your wheels. My car had the stock 18's on them but I told the dealer they can get a car from another dealer with 19's or swap them for another car. Cost me about $1000 more to swap them but was still cheaper than a dealer trade since they would not give me the same discount. Maybe I could have made a deal with you if I had known. Oh well, too late now.

I actually like the "Rotor" and "Pila" style Audi wheels better than the stock 19's but they still look better than the 18's. They do ride a little rougher though but I like the handling better.

So basically you are keeping the tires and sensors and just trading the rims out? I'd hang on to the original 19's for resale since people get bent out of shape with after market rims.

Can't wait to see photos. Not a lot of customizing going on with Q3's so your going to be special!

-Andy
 

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Wow, I should have got your wheels. My car had the stock 18's on them but I told the dealer they can get a car from another dealer with 19's or swap them for another car. Cost me about $1000 more to swap them but was still cheaper than a dealer trade since they would not give me the same discount. Maybe I could have made a deal with you if I had known. Oh well, too late now.

I actually like the "Rotor" and "Pila" style Audi wheels better than the stock 19's but they still look better than the 18's. They do ride a little rougher though but I like the handling better.

So basically you are keeping the tires and sensors and just trading the rims out? I'd hang on to the original 19's for resale since people get bent out of shape with after market rims.

Can't wait to see photos. Not a lot of customizing going on with Q3's so your going to be special!

-Andy
Haha, thanks Andy!
I'm definitely a wheel girl - the wheel makes all the difference to me. Those factory 19s were annoying me big time. So yes, they are all nicely packed up in the TSW boxes in my garage. Today's project is to pop out the OEM center caps and see if I can tape them to make them fit the TSWs. I've seen videos where people wrap duct tape around the inside of the center cap to make it fit in the larger opening. Not sure if it will work, but it's worth a shot. Then there are the fakes that I bought on ebay that are .5 mm too small. If the OEMs don't work, I'll see if I can mod them to fit. Or...if all else fails, I'll pop the plain caps that came with the TSWs and use Audi stickers (if I can fine them!).
Would love to show you the finished product today...we'll see!
(I also have to go used car shopping with my 18-year-old. Dear God! :eek: )

Have you posted a pic of your Q so far? I'd love to see it.
 

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Would love to show you the finished product today...we'll see!
(I also have to go used car shopping with my 18-year-old. Dear God! :eek: )

Have you posted a pic of your Q so far? I'd love to see it.
I have not done any pics of the new Q yet. As soon as we get some sunshine here in the mid-west I'll take her out for a photo shoot. Just got my license plate issue fixed so I think it's time.

Hey, did you get the center hub to fit?

-Andy
 

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Have you posted a pic of your Q so far? I'd love to see it.

Ok, since you asked I created a garage and put a few pics of my Q up. Not much to see, about the same as everyone else's Q. I'm wishing I had gone with the Rotor style wheels just to be different.

-Andy
 

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Ok, since you asked I created a garage and put a few pics of my Q up. Not much to see, about the same as everyone else's Q. I'm wishing I had gone with the Rotor style wheels just to be different.

-Andy
Nice! So how are you liking those wheels? Here's an interesting little fact - did you know that Audi charges FIFTY DOLLARS for one single center cap?! Holy crap! I guess I'm glad I couldn't find an authentic Audi cap to fit my wheels - $200 just for center caps is pretty absurd.
 

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Okay, so...the wheels are on. The center cap has been a complex issue. For now, I've got a self-made Audi version on. I'm thinking it's not going to hold up though. I took the TSW part that came with the wheels and used Gorilla glue to attach the Audi logo piece to it. Since it's a domed piece, I only had the edges of the circle to glue to the center cap.
In anticipation of these not holding up (or the Audi piece flying off while driving), I ordered another set of the TSW center caps and metal stickers with Audi logo. That combo will probably ultimately be a better design that will last.
But for now....here they are (pardon the center pole in my garage - unsightly)!

Tomorrow.....I pick up the newly painted front vents. Then I think all my mods will be complete!
 

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Nice! So how are you liking those wheels?
I like the stock wheels (just a tad flashy for me), but would have liked the "rotors" better. Not enough to spend the extra cash though.

Okay, so...the wheels are on. The center cap has been a complex issue. For now, I've got a self-made Audi version on. I'm thinking it's not going to hold up though. I took the TSW part that came with the wheels and used Gorilla glue to attach the Audi logo piece to it. Since it's a domed piece, I only had the edges of the circle to glue to the center cap.
In anticipation of these not holding up (or the Audi piece flying off while driving), I ordered another set of the TSW center caps and metal stickers with Audi logo. That combo will probably ultimately be a better design that will last.

Glad you got them mounted. They look great! It's amazing how wheels can change the whole look of a car. It is definitely a softer look and not so "hey, look at me" so to speak. I hope the center cap situation works out for you. Those can be a real pain on aftermarket rims.

-Andy
 

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Fantastic!!!
 

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Nice. If the center caps don't stay on, automotive silicone adhesive should do the trick. They will fill the void due to the domed nature of your cap and increase the contact area. Did the same to my ALFA 5 years ago and they haven't budged.
 
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