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Author:  Thomasm [ Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:00 am ]
Post subject:  eGolf wheel & tire recommendations

I'm thinking about using the factory wheels as my winter set and buying a summer kit. Does anyone have experience running larger wheels and wider tires and the effect on range? I know the factory set are optimal for LRR and drag but I don't mind losing 10% range in return for a nicer look.

Author:  2016golfse [ Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: eGolf wheel & tire recommendations

What size rim are you looking for? If you're willing to accept only a 10% range reduction and (I'm assuming) at least a 18" rim, then you're looking at extremely lightweight forged rims or easy-to-bend cast wheels with LRR all-season tires.

Author:  supramann94 [ Wed May 09, 2018 12:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: eGolf wheel & tire recommendations

Resurging an old thread here. Ive been researching lightweihht 17x7 wheels. I foind a set of reasonably priced wheels for near 600 and they weigh close to 17 pounds. Does anyone know how much the stock wheels weigh (aluminum alloy 16”)?

Author:  miimura [ Wed May 09, 2018 3:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: eGolf wheel & tire recommendations

I like the VW Marseille 18x8" wheels that are standard on the Golf GTE. However, they were never included on any model in North America. So, you can find a lot of take-offs in Europe, but not here. I would put Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 225/40ZR18 92Y XL tires on them.

Author:  Deschodt [ Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: eGolf wheel & tire recommendations

Can't comment on wider tires but I tried grippier tires, Max performance summer.... Range down by about 10 miles overall, nothing I cannot live with.. Stopped most of the the tire squealing on painted surfaces when braking... but not all...
It feels much better when driving harder or braking hard...

Author:  P63 [ Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: eGolf wheel & tire recommendations

Thomasm wrote:
I'm thinking about using the factory wheels as my winter set and buying a summer kit. Does anyone have experience running larger wheels and wider tires and the effect on range? I know the factory set are optimal for LRR and drag but I don't mind losing 10% range in return for a nicer look.


1. Wider tires don't look cool when they slow your car down... which is pretty much always. Race cars have wide tires because they push the rubber to the point of melting and therefore the tire must be more massive to distribute the heat over more rubber. A commuter car on a public street just launching across an intersection or onto a freeway is not going to heat up the tire enough to traumatize the tire.

2. A softer rubber will give better grip, a harder rubber gives better mpgs. If our car can't pass the century mark then an S speed rating should be good enough (but I'm just a guy on the internet, consult a professional).

3. Have you been tracking your range with stock tires? To properly answer your question a lot of data is needed.

4. Does anybody know the backspace on our wheels?

Author:  dcruse [ Sat May 11, 2019 8:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: eGolf wheel & tire recommendations

New to the board and to the e-golf ( purchased about 3 weeks ago) ... ANYYYyyways.

I ended up removing the stock wheels and tires with 12,500 miles on them and going to Enki RFP1s ( 15.2 lbs per wheel) and Hankook ventus v2 205/50/17 directional tires (19.5 per tire) which are the same size of the stock 205/55/16. Stock wheel and tire weighed in at 40.2 lbs. Aftermarket combo weighed in at 35.5; so almost a 5 lbs saving per wheel. ( rotating mass savings !!)

The new wheels are known to be a good light weight wheel for track days. I mostly wanted it because I cant keep well enough alone, and my wife was not a big fan of the stock wheels; was hoping to stay the same or a slight improvement in range.

It may still be a bit too soon to tell, but I am getting a better average increase then I was expected. 3.7m/kw vs a 4.4m/kw; which seems insane to me. Ill report back in a couple of weeks to see if it holds true. both tire pressures I ran at 43 to 45 PSI after driving around a bit.

It doesn't seem like the community is a big on any modifications at the moment , but wanted to share for those that are poking around for things to do with EVs.

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPQRCj8LK3LephWPQb5PmR4q0Kx0gsB48x3KE_UuJbVkGIaV_RLhycEjAM5I4BtEA?key=M3hrdmg1OVJxVWxLei1vVnBYWThLSmNJMlk2VDF3

Author:  msvphoto [ Mon May 13, 2019 8:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: eGolf wheel & tire recommendations

dcruse wrote:
New to the board and to the e-golf ( purchased about 3 weeks ago) ... ANYYYyyways.

I ended up removing the stock wheels and tires with 12,500 miles on them and going to Enki RFP1s ( 15.2 lbs per wheel) and Hankook ventus v2 205/50/17 directional tires (19.5 per tire) which are the same size of the stock 205/55/16. Stock wheel and tire weighed in at 40.2 lbs. Aftermarket combo weighed in at 35.5; so almost a 5 lbs saving per wheel. ( rotating mass savings !!)

The new wheels are known to be a good light weight wheel for track days. I mostly wanted it because I cant keep well enough alone, and my wife was not a big fan of the stock wheels; was hoping to stay the same or a slight improvement in range.

It may still be a bit too soon to tell, but I am getting a better average increase then I was expected. 3.7m/kw vs a 4.4m/kw; which seems insane to me. Ill report back in a couple of weeks to see if it holds true. both tire pressures I ran at 43 to 45 PSI after driving around a bit.

It doesn't seem like the community is a big on any modifications at the moment , but wanted to share for those that are poking around for things to do with EVs.

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPQRCj8LK3LephWPQb5PmR4q0Kx0gsB48x3KE_UuJbVkGIaV_RLhycEjAM5I4BtEA?key=M3hrdmg1OVJxVWxLei1vVnBYWThLSmNJMlk2VDF3


Looks great! Curious how the range is affected long term. Assuming all things being equal in the range increase you observed (driving conditions, speed, ambient temperature, etc.) that is a very impressive increase. You're onto something with the rotating mass saving. I would think with city driving rotating weight could make more of a difference than tire rolling resistance and the aero effect of the OEM wheels probably doesn't come into play below highway speeds. As any cyclist knows, the place to shave grams is the wheels (rotating mass) first.

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