I plan to get some aftermarket wheels in the near future, but the 5 spoke “Rotor” wheel is actually one of my favorite OEM wheels so I wanted to find a way to make them a little more exciting to hold me over. The issue with the stock Audi TTRS wheels is that they’re 19×9 ET52, an offset has them sunk in way too much to look aggressive. I’ve ran spacers in the past on my track-focused S4, so I tested out a number of sizes on my TTRS to figure out what the ideal amount of spacer was to balance looks and functionality. For those looking to do something similar, you’ll need the following:
- 5×112 spacers made for 57.1mm centerbore (hubcentric)
- Extended 14×1.5 lug bolts – 35mm for 5mm-8mm spacers, 40mm for 10mm spacers
- A dremel to trim the rear tab (pics of tab to trim here)
Before: No Spacers
As you can see, total lame sauce at factory offsets of ET52 all around. The wheels hide inside of the fenders, and there is a ton of room for them to be pushed out. A wider track can help with handling, but also it just looks a ton better. How wide can we go?
5MM Spacers All Around
I started pretty conservative with 5mm spacers all around – no rubbing issues at all, but maybe still a little to be desired. This is a pretty good option for someone that wants a little more aggressive offset, but doesn’t want to push it. I don’t like to leave good enough alone, so I kept going.
Now we’re getting somewhere! The front is pretty aggressive at this point, but still no rubbing. The rear has slight rubbing over bumps, but very minor. I was able to trim the rear tab to eliminate 95% of rubbing, so 8mm is probably the maximum you want to go in the rear…but the front still has a little room, so let’s give this one last shot…
10mm front, 8mm rear
Here is where I settled, going for a little wider in the front, which should help a little with understeer too. Some slight rubbing here or there, but not bad in the grand scheme of things. Final offset of ET42 front, ET44 rear. The car looks great, a little leaner and a little meaner than stock combined with some lowering springs (more on that in a future post). I have no desire to try anything more (or less) aggressive, I think 10mm/8mm is probably the best option for those who can deal with a little rubbing here or there, or 8mm/5mm F&R for those who can’t. I think it came out pretty damn good!
Any questions? Leave me a comment.