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OK so the topic has been discussed several times but in really struggling with wheel and tyre choices for the mk5 R

From what I gather there's little or no choice other than BBS ch026 for a 19" wheel which is 8" wide (that looks good!!) and i think the tyre would be 235 35 19 (feel free to correct?)

Anything else ive seen that I like is 8.5 wide namely BBS sppedlines, and some r36 reps but that's it.... From what I gather I'd need to run 225 35 19 to prevent rubbing on the fronts.....

Also I'd be looking at getting it lowered while in at it, so therefore springs or coilovers.....

But basically my questions are follows:

I don't want to mess around with the handling too much as I currently like it but what's the real world implications of running 19s?

How much does it scrape? Full lock, fatties in the back etc
How awkward does going for 8.5s make things? (Given the cost of BBS ch's) compared to 19" reps it's sort of hard to justify the cost of the BBS
And finally what's the general consensus on the coilover vs springs debate? What's the ride like on both? Do you notice where the extra money went with coilovers?

As it stands I don't need to do anything to the car I'm more than happy but the current wheels could do with a refurb and as it's my daily driver I need another set before I can touch up the current set so as not to be without a car but as finger in the air guide orig BBS with tyres new is gonna be circa 2.5k and the maybe 300 to 1k+ for coilovers

Or

R36 reps with tyres Say 1200 tops and then same price for sprigs /coilovers

What would be the best way forward?

Any help from anyone who's either been through the above or id's about to would be good

Cheers

Torben
 

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I have genuine Bbs ch 026 8j 19" with 225 35 19 tyres.
No rubbing issues at all, and that's lowered 35mm.
 

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I have genuine Bbs ch 026 8j 19" with 225 35 19 tyres.
No rubbing issues at all, and that's lowered 35mm.
Thanks for clearing that up.... Thing is they would be my last choice just because there everyone's choice

I really want some r36 reps but wonder how much trouble I'll have with the extra width?
 

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Decent coilovers will be fine if you want to get the height spot on, otherwise springs and dampers for me as I don't need to play with heights and am just happy with a slight drop.
 

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I'm also looking to get some 19's but running 225's means your only going to get an 88 load index. What are the issues with this insurance/legal?
 

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Decent coilovers will be fine if you want to get the height spot on, otherwise springs and dampers for me as I don't need to play with heights and am just happy with a slight drop.
I would have been happy with just a slight drop, didn't need to be adjustable but was more concerned about the negative impact (if Any) but after umming and arrghing for months now I'm gonna stick with 18s.... I've just booked in to get a second set of wheels (r32 reps) on sat so I can get my orig set refurbed then I'll run 2 sets of wheels for winter and summer
 

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I've gone / going from 19"s to stock 18" on my mk4 and from lowtec (gash) coilovers to koni shocks and h+r 20mm drop springs.
 

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I've gone / going from 19"s to stock 18" on my mk4 and from lowtec (gash) coilovers to koni shocks and h+r 20mm drop springs.
Def think 19s look the part but can't be @rsed with any kind of scraping so I'll save my 3k and spend it on something else instead..... which gives me an idea!
 
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