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  1. Bad drivers axle

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Yes. Driver side inner boot ripped sometime before 205k miles, but it is an Raxel reman, installed at 137k miles. The outer boot was replaced at 185k miles. I had both boots replaced when the inner repair was done. The only indication of failure was grease in the wheel's barrel.
  2. PassatWorld Tire Review

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    Re: Conti DWs Retiring 225.50.17s that I originally installed as summer rubber May 2016. Four summers, 43500 miles. Still plenty of dry grip. Will buy again. Grandpa Bill
  3. What 17 inch VW wheels will fit on my 2018 Passat R Line?

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    Any 17x7.5, 5x112, et 42-45 will work. VW oem wheels are expensive, 400 to 500 each. I would not recommend buying used wheels from someone you don't know or trust. If you are going to spend that much be sure they are powder coated. You might want to select your tire first and work backward to...
  4. What did you do to your Passat today?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Had the left bank valve cover gasket replaced. It was making spots on the garage floor. Last replaced 91k miles, 7 years ago.
  5. A4 wheels on a Passat?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I don't imagine there are any Audi wheels with an offset of 30. A wheel with an offset of 30 and 225 tires might rub in the front where space is tighter than the rear. If you have a collection of spacers, you can experiment with offset by adding combinations of spacers to the front (e.g. 37, the...
  6. Upsized wheels and tires

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    Found this article on Car & Driver from 2010, https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a15130598/upsized-wheels-tires/
  7. Reaching the end of the road

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My younger brother recently traded his BMW 3 series convertible with a quarter of a million mile (his words) for a Honda Fit. He could not see spending 3k dollars on it to make it road worthy. What is the world coming to...?
  8. Will a b6 S4 front sway bar fit a b5.5 Passat? And is there any benifit?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    PZ, I don't grasp the dynamics here, can you explain why this is...? My experience suggest the opposite. Low speed driving with cooler tires and more continuous contact with the road serface causes more understeer. Higher speeds with increased throttle response, warm tires and more air beneath...
  9. Sudden drastic drop of MPG

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi Emry, Hole in the gas tank? Have you independently verified the mpg figures. Without adding more cylinders I don't see how an otherwise healthy engine could use 50-60 percent more gas.
  10. 17x8 et30 Fitment

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    Hello Derk, Good luck with your new tires. I presently use 225.50.17 for summer and my speedo is still a bit optimistic. Now in my 4th season with Conti DWs, not quite 40k miles.
  11. What did you do to your Passat today?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Replaced rear Koni yellows last week. They were badly rusted after 90k miles (new bump stops etc). Lots of maintenance stuff this month. New water pump and belts, etc (last done 100k miles ago, 5/12). New brake pads (last done 150k miles). New boots on ds axle, inner boot torn.
  12. 17x8 et30 Fitment

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    Hello Derk, Here's a useful site: Custom rims, wheel tire packages I think 40s are too short for a daily driver. Factories match tires to wheels for balance and can manage low profile tires. That is more difficult to do with aftermarket tires, especially below 50s. I don't think you will have...
  13. Rims fitment question

    Wheel and Tire Forum
    Hi 03passatT, Go here and play with the numbers. It's a very informative site. Custom rims, wheel tire packages
  14. Torn CV boot – replace boot or whole axle?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    There may not be a "best" solution to this problem, but I would suggest that you never surrender your original axles. I had a childhood friend named Axel, he was in fact a German refugee. If you can't hold on to your friends, at least hold on to your axles.
  15. Vibration at high speeds. Go away under 50mph

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I discovered axle grease in the barrel of the right front wheel when I changed to summer tires last month. The right cv boot had been replaced 27k miles ago with oem parts. The boot is well protected in the barrel of the wheel. The car is garage kept and seldom sits in below freezing temps. I've...
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