Are planning on using the 20" to do the Rally in? I highly discourage you in doing this since the sidewalls will not be very high. You are looking wheel as well as tire damage. I would use the 18" with some decent AT tires and just pick up another one for your full size spare. I hope I read your post wrong, but thinking not.IntProst said:For my OE wheels I had the dealer install 255/55R18 Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow tires when it was delivered to me. I'll need "3-season" tires in about March. I had thought about buying 20" wheels and getting some Nitto Terra Grappler tires in size 265/50R20 - though I'm open to suggestions. Off road driving will be a very minor part of my use for this vehicle. I'll likely spend 99 percent of my time on pavement.
As for picking-up a full sized spare and the other essentials, I don't see that as a big deal. I recall seeing somewhere in this thread a list of what's required. I can go back and look for it.
No problem. We had a demo vehical one year from VW that had 19" with low profile tires. Needless to say we lost one of those tires later in the week. Just better to use 17" or 18" to get taller side wall tires. Plus you have more size choices for tires in those rim sizes. I have 17" with 245/70/17 and I run those all the time. I get slight rubbing on the intercooler vents on slow speed parking lot turns, but nothing serious. That is a 30.5" diameter tire. I am not sure if the intercooler vents are any different on the T3's from the previous gen ones or not. The other reason to go with a taller side wall is a slight bit more ground clearance since you don't have air suspension. I will be real curious how you do there if you intend to go on every trail ride that week. They get progressively harder as the week goes on. Just not sure how it will be since you don't have low range on that. Who knows, maybe I will be there next year if I can work things out with the new job. I hated missing this year.Yeti;
I think you read my post correctly... and I guess that it goes to show you how inexperienced I am when it comes to off road driving.
So I'm seeing wheels available in the classifieds ranging from 17 through to 22 inches. I'll focus my purchase at the 17 or 18 inch size range and ignore the larger sizes.
Nooby, if his first time is at the Rally, he will be fine as long as he gets the required equipment before going. Guys will work with him on how to get through stuff. We have never left anyone stranded.If you are serious about your off-roading, then you might also consider going oversize on the tyres to give a deeper tyre wall and slightly better ground clearance too.
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I'd also order up three more tow lugs to complement the one that should already be in your trunk and fit them before starting out together with a decent shackle on each so it's quick and easy to hook you up either to tow someone else or be towed.
I'd also strongly recommend getting some expert off road tuition so you know how to use your very capable, but very expensive car properly before turning a wheel in the dirt.
That's a very fair comment as 4x4 owners are usually pretty generous with time and advice especially in the tricky stuff, but I still think it would help a new owner's confidence in understanding and taking that advice if they have some idea of what they can do with their car before they pitch up at an event.Nooby, if his first time is at the Rally, he will be fine as long as he gets the required equipment before going. Guys will work with him on how to get through stuff. We have never left anyone stranded.
As a potential Treg owner (2012 Sport TDI) I have read this thread with interest, but also concern. The rally looks like a blast, but it's clear to me that the 2011's and 2012's are nowhere near the off-road vehicles that the older 'eggs are....Bottom line is if you come out and have no previous offroad experience at all, let everyone know that up front...
I got a ROVER MENTION ! lol ! Thanks Karl! Anyway, the RvDUB Clan does not have any plans to make it to Ouray this year even if there is a rally. I have not heard of any plans for an event this year. I Think our little man want's to go to Lego Land instead! We have be rallying there 5 times so kinda earned our stripesAlso, I am not sure it will ever be an exclusive Touareg Rally in the future - a few of the regulars now have Rovers and Jeeps - and I may join that camp in a few years.
I also wasn't planning a trip to the Rally this year, but was hoping to return in 2013. [-o<As to 2012 Rally, we'll see what happens. It is getting really late to reserve some of the usual rental properties. My own availability is lost later in that usual last July week due to family events. But if not 2012, I think 2013 would be highly likely - we did miss 2009 and came back strong.