Is the Firestone Winterforce a Good Winter Tire?

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

As one of the most economically priced winter tires available on the market, many drivers question if the Firestone Winterforce is a good fit for their vehicle. Does the tire have what it takes to compete with many of the newer generation front-runners?

While the tire isn't as soft as many Studless Ice & Snow tires, and therefore not as well suited for ice, the Winterforce features an aggressive pattern that can move its way through deep snow as well as any other winter tire. While other tires, such as the Bridgestone Blizzak line, offers a more complete package on both snow and ice traction, the Firestone Winterforce is a bargain in most sizes and will blow any all-season out of the water. Along with its slightly harder compound, comes longer treadwear, making the Winterforce a popular choice amongst consumers looking for multiple seasons worth of use.

While not the newest tire available, the Firestone Winterforce still has its place in the market and should be a tire to consider. While class-leading all-stars like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3. are two of the best tires you can purchase to handle winter conditions, the Firestone Winterforce is a great option and provides a good bang-for-your buck option.

Best Tires for Subaru Outback

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by AJ Vest

When driving on today's roads, it's only a matter of time before you see a Subaru Outback. The Outback is definitely becoming one of the more popular vehicles available.

With winter coming soon, or already here for most of the country, the right winter tires will let you take your Outback almost anywhere you want to go. When you search for tires by year, make and model in our winter section, we'll show you all options that are guaranteed to fit.

Along with given the option to choose winter tires, you can also create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package and select our Preferred Package or build your own in the 16" or 17" size. We encourage drivers to downsize because it will provide better winter traction, give the ability to absorb more of those pesky potholes and generally cost less. When downsizing, you're maintaining the factory tire's outer diameter and the speedometer and traction control systems are not thrown out of balance.

When it comes to winter tires for your Outback, Bridgestone's Blizzak DM-V1 provides industry setting winter traction in the harshest of environments. Another great option to consider is the General AltiMAX Arctic. It's very popular among Subaru owners and can be used with or without studs. 

Once you select a tire, the next step is to find a wheel. In the 16" option, both steel and alloy wheels are available. When it comes to wheels, it comes to what best suits your taste in appearance and budget. All wheels also come with the proper center cap and needed lug hardware. To help you in your decision process of choosing the best wheel, read "Alloy vs. Steel Wheels in Winter Tire & Wheel Packages." 

With winter arriving early for most the country, be prepared and find your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package now!

Winter Tires and Wheels for Your New Honda Accord

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by Ben Rooney

The 2014 Honda Accord is one of the top-selling cars in America. In most cases, it comes equipped with Michelin or Goodyear all-season tires, which are suitable for mild winters. If you reside in an area that experiences severe winters, with substantial snowfall and icy conditions, a set of winter / snow tires will be a big improvement over your Original Equipment.

Our Preferred Package for this vehicle uses the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 for outstanding ice and snow traction. We mount them on value-priced black steel wheels.

One reason to purchase them installed on wheels is convenience. With the tires already mounted and balanced, you can change them yourself with just a jack and a lug wrench. Try getting an appointment at the local tire store when the first snow of the winter is about to hit and you'll quickly appreciate the flexibility of a do-it-yourself installation. To read about my personal experience of installing my own Tire & Wheel Package, check out "Why I Love Having My Winter Tires on Wheels."

Another great reason is preservation of your summer wheels. Winter roads are coated in slush, salt and other melting agents. These conditions can quickly leave your wheels looking sad and dingy. Let your winter wheels take the abuse, then put your nice, shiny wheels back on in the spring.

Also, the cost of mounting and balancing makes getting winter wheels a no-brainer. With an average mount and balance cost of $15 or more per tire, each time, that's a cost of $30 per tire, per year. With a wheel that costs approximately $60, it pays for itself in two years.

Start shopping and find a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your vehicle.

How to Break In Your Winter Tires

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Just like all-season and summer performance tires, dedicated winter / snow tires contain a release compound and lubricant in the top layer of the rubber compound. The purpose of this thin, slippery layer is to aid the tires in coming out of their molds during the tire production process. Without this release compound, the still-hot rubber can stick to the inside of the mold as the tires cure.   

To wear off this layer while maintaining safe traction, it's best to spend the first few hundred miles of driving on your new tires taking it a bit easier than usual. Use more gentle acceleration and braking, and avoid taking corners and turns at high speeds. For more information on properly driving on your tires when they're new, read "Breaking In New Winter Tires."

During the break-in period of driving with your new winter tires, it can take some time to get used to their different handling characteristics. As you will notice, most winter tires have a slower steering response and less dry grip than most all-season and performance tires. While this may be a bit unsettling at first, you will naturally adjust to the different feel as you put more miles on the tires.  

The extra tread depth, special compounding and more aggressive tread patterns associated with snow tires may be a step down in handling in the dry compared to non-winter tires. However, they offer much better traction in snow, slush and on ice than other types of tires. When winter driving conditions are at their worst, there's no substitute for a set of winter tires.

Visit our Winter / Snow Tire Decision Guide for assistance in finding the right winter tire for your vehicle.

Don't Let the Fun Stop: Winter/Snow Tires for 2015 BMW M3 and BMW M4

Friday, November 14, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

My brother Tom was pretty happy with his E92 M3 until I went to South Carolina to drive the 2015 M3 and 2015 M4.

Once he heard me rave about the F82 M4, he jumped on BMW's website to build his new 2015 M4. He'll soon need snow tires for his new vehicle.

Winter / Snow Tire Category

As discussed in our snow tire overview, you need to find the optimal snow tire type and size for your specific winter climate. Here in South Bend, Indiana, our winter runs for several months with deep-snow blizzards, persistently icy secondary roads, slush and cold dry pavement. Is your winter weather mix similar? Fine tune your choice to match your typical conditions.

Performance Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

Given the M4's amazing combination of steering response, power and overall handling balance, most M4 drivers are best served by performance winter tires. BMW really dialed in the M4's handling, so you can stay with the Original Equipment size 255/35R19 front and 275/35R19 rear Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II. For wheels, take a look at the matte graphite silver Axis Model Two in 19x8.5 ET 30 front and 19x9.5 ET 30 rear. The front specs are a close match to the Original Equipment 19x9 ET 29 fronts, while rear specs are similar to the 19x9 ET 29 Original Equipment rears.

Studless Ice & Snow Tire & Wheel Package

If an M4 is your sole vehicle for Snowbelt use, go with Studless Ice & Snow tires. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 offers a good balance between ice grip and dry road handling. You can go with 225/45R18 on 18x8 ET 30 Rial P10 wheels front and back.

Studless Ice & Snow 225/45-18 Michelin X-ICE Xi3 $189**
225/45R18 Michelin X-Ice Xi3

18x8 ET30 Bright Silver Rial P10 $189**
Rial P10 Bright Silver

Now that my brother Tom can get any of these Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages for his vehicle, it's time you find one to match your application.

Looking for Winter Tires? 2014 Ice Rink Test is Posted.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Our annual test on a local indoor hockey rink gives us an early look at how this year's winter tires will perform on one of the most challenging driving surfaces there is: a sheet of ice. This year, as we commonly do, we focused on the Studless Ice & Snow performance category. This class of tires includes the most innovative winter compound technology and is very competitive. Tires in this class also are designed to maximize snow and ice traction.

Studless Ice & Snow tires meet the challenging winter driving conditions by delivering studded-like snow and ice traction without employing noisy, road-damaging studs. These tires feature pliable tread compounds molded into purposeful tread designs that trade some handling in dry and wet conditions to deliver outstanding snow and ice traction. Tires from this performance category typically are for drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and crossovers.

It's quite impressive to experience the level of grip that these tires can generate even on a smooth sheet of ice. While the traction control and ABS certainly help, they can only work within the limits of grip supplied by the tires.

During our test, we compared the new Bridgestone Blizzak WS80, Dunlop Winter Maxx, Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c. All four tires performed well. The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3 provided the best traction overall. The other two tires were slightly behind the Bridgestone and Michelin tires. 

For a complete recap of our test, take a look at "Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires: Finding Which is Best When Winter Weather is at its Worst."

The Most Popular Run-Flat Tire for BMW 3 Series

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Earlier this year, Bridgestone introduced the DriveGuard that's designed to reshape the run-flat tire market. The tire was developed to be softer riding, longer lasting and more cost-effective than other run-flat tires currently available. DriveGuard tires are offered in many sizes and are available for many of today's popular vehicles.

One of the primary goals of the DriveGuard is to introduce run-flat tires to owners whose vehicles did not come with them originally, such as a newer model Honda Accord. While this has yet to be seen in large numbers, the Bridgestone DriveGuard has become the most popular tire sold in many run-flat sizes for the BMW 3 Series. E90/E92 chassis BMW 3 Series using 16", 17" or 18" staggered fitments all have coverage from this popular new tire. Feedback thus far has been very positive as it has been well liked by consumers. It comes with a 50,000-mile treadlife warranty and offers promising all-season traction. 

If you're in need of replacement tires and have considered ditching run-flats due to cost or the harsh ride they are typically associated with, the DriveGuard may change your mind! Shop by vehicle to see if the Bridgestone DriveGuard is available for your application.

When to Put on Winter Tires

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by AJ Vest

Winter is coming! You already purchased your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, put your Accutire Excursion Road Kit in your vehicle and had your vehicle maintenance reviewed by a recommended installer. However, you still want to know when's the perfect time to install your winter tires.

Ideally, the best time to put your winter wheels and tires on is when the temperatures during your commute are regularly below 45 degrees. For the majority of the country, that time happens around mid-November. The time to take them off happens once the temperatures during your commute are steadily above 45 degrees. For most, this happens around mid-April. It's important to note that if your winter tires are new this year, you're going to need time to break them in.

If you are mounting your wheels and tires yourself, be sure to check tire pressures and set to factory specifications. Also, check your wheels and tires to ensure they're torqued properly using a torque wrench.

Do not wait to purchase your winter wheels and tires. Inventory is limited throughout the year, and once a tire is gone for the winter season, you'll have to choose a different option.

To store your summer wheels and tires, consider one of our storage solutions. Tire Rack Tire Totes make a great way to transport and store wheels and tires. Another option to consider is a Tire Garage to cover your wheels and tires as they sit in your basement or garage as the winter months pass. 

To help you get prepared for winter, check out "Winter: Get Ready and Be Prepared."

Is a Staggered or Square Set-Up Best for Winter?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Gary Stanley

"My BMW is equipped from the factory with wider rear tires. Should I stick with this staggered set-up or switch to a square set-up and use the same size on all four wheel positions?"

A staggered set-up simply means that your rear tires are larger than your front tires. A square set-up simply means a vehicle has the same tire size on all four wheels.

Advantages to a square set-up:

  • Better winter traction from a narrower rear tire
  • Ability to rotate the tires for longer wear
  • Simplicity of installation with all four tires being the same
  • Generally a lower price in a more common front tire size

Advantages to a staggered set-up:

  • Better straight-line dry traction from a wider rear tire
  • Improved cosmetic appearance
  • More protection to the wheel from curb damage

For example, if you drive a 2007-2011 BMW 3 Series with the staggered 18" wheels, you can use 225/40R18 on both the front 8" wheels and rear 8.5" Original Equipment wheels. This is actually very common, especially when installing a set of winter / snow tires. Eliminating the stagger in this way results in better winter traction by changing the rear 255/35R18 to a narrower 225/40R18.

To learn more about the advantages of using winter tires, read "My Story on Winter Tires."

Winter Tires and Wheels for 2015 Ford Mustang GT with Performance Package

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

When sport cars were considered a dying breed, Ford stayed the course. They stuck to their guns and kept making the Mustang better and better. All their hard work has paid off with the launch the 2015 Ford Mustang GT with Performance Package.

Are you a snowbelt driver that just picked up your 2015 Ford Mustang GT with Performance Package? If you want to keep driving the car you love, you've got to be ready for winter.

Winter / Snow Tire Category

As covered in our snow tire overview, you'll need tires that can handle the worst conditions. If your Mustang is your everyday driver in Milwaukee and you can give up some dry road performance, then Studless Ice & Snow tires are the way to go. On the other hand, if you reside in Louisville, an option from the Performance Winter / Snow category may make more sense.

Studless Ice & Snow Tire & Wheel Package

Since there isn't a Studless Ice & Snow tire offered in the Original Equipment 255/40R19 front tire, you can go with the 245/45R19 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 on the front and rear axles. 245/45R19 is about 1/2" narrower, 1/3" smaller in overall diameter and will fit the 9" wide wheels. Speaking of wheels, check out the 19x9 ET 45 black painted Mustang GT Track Package. They match the Original Equipment's offset and preserve the factory suspension geometry.

245/45-19 Michelin Studless Ice & Snow X-ICE Xi3 $265*
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
19x9 ET 45 Black Painted Mustang GT $234*
Ford Racing Mustang GT Track Package


Performance Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

For a Performance Winter / Snow option, look at the 255/40R19 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 on the same wheels as mentioned above. This tire really impressed us with its balance of snow traction, cold wet grip and dry road performance.

255/40-19 Performance Winter Michelin Alpin PA4 $318*
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
19x9 ET 45 Black Painted Mustang GT $234*
Ford Racing Mustang GT Track Package


With winter right around the corner, now is a great time to create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your vehicle.

Stationed Overseas and Need Tires?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by AJ Vest

#thinkingabouttires, but stationed overseas? We can help!

Having been stationed overseas myself, USMC, Okinawa, Japan (2005-2008), I understand the challenges when trying to purchase items from the United States. Here at Tire Rack, we can ship tires, wheels, brakes, suspension and other accessories to our service members and Department of Defense contractors who are stationed overseas with an FPO/APO address.

Because our database is based on vehicles sold in the United States, it is critical to understand what you need when searching our website. For tires, you can search by size to find the products you're looking for. Before making your purchase, take a look at "Sidewall Markings" to gain a better understanding of what tire suits your vehicle. When searching for wheels, you may need to research the similar vehicle in the States. For example, in Japan, a Mazda Miata is referred to as a Mazda Roadster. This vehicle is identical in all regards for chassis and most products directly translate. 

Service members in the Pacific will receive product from our McCarran, Nevada distribution center. Those in Europe will receive product from our New Castle, Delaware distribution facility. Shipping times vary as priority mail is between 10-14 business days transit time, while ground shipping can take up to 60 days.

We truly appreciate your service and sacrifice!

What are the Quietest Tires?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by Turk Turkleton

If you're looking to improve the ride quality and quietness of your vehicle, the first thing to look at is a set of tires. Many people don't realize how much of an effect their tires have on ride quality, but it's significant.

In general, the smoothest, quietest and most comfortable tires are found in the Grand Touring All-Season, Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season and Highway All-Season performance categories.

Keep in mind, when looking at our survey results, they compare tires within their category. If you see an 8.7 noise comfort rating on one, and a 9.0 on the other, the numbers don't directly correlate if the tires are in different categories.

A few options worth considering are:


Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus


Michelin Primacy
MXV4


Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

To see what tires fit your vehicle, visit our Upgrade Garage.

How Tough is the New BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2?

Monday, November 3, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Tough enough to drop from an airplane! To demonstrate the enhanced toughness of their new All-Terrain T/A KO2, BFGoodrich mounted them on wheels and dropped them from the sky.

With the majority of all-terrain tires' punctures happening in the sidewall area, BFGoodrich paid special attention to reinforcing the sidewalls with technology from their off-road racing Baja T/A KR2. Some sizes of the All-Terrain T/A KO2 are already in stock. More sizes will begin to arrive in the coming weeks and months. The goal is to make the tire available in all popular sizes in the all-terrain market.

This second-generation KO tire is developed to meet the needs of jeep, pickup truck and sport utility drivers who want confidence and control on- and off-road. It's designed to deliver go-anywhere traction along with outstanding durability, great wear and year-round traction, even in snow.

Of the 12 tires that BFGoodrich dropped in the course of making this video, only one of them deflated. The reason: the wheel itself cracked. The tire was not harmed!

Who Makes the Quietest Winter Tires?

Monday, November 3, 2014 by Gary Stanley

While most drivers expect a winter / snow tire to be louder due to their more aggressive tread patterns, there are some winter tires that are quieter than others. You may not have to give up the smooth and quiet ride that you've come to appreciate with your non-winter tires if you choose wisely.

When it comes to comparing winter / snow tires, most drivers look at options in the Studless Ice & Snow and Performance Winter / Snow categories. Tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category focus on maximum snow and ice traction, while Performance Winter / Snow tires sacrifice some traction in slippery conditions for better dry road handling and a quicker steering response. 

 Michelin Xice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3


Michelin is known in the tire industry for producing quiet all-season tires, and we've found that the same is true for their winter tires. Among the more aggressive Studless Ice & Snow tires, the quietest tire as rated by customer feedback is the Michelin X-Ice Xi3. The tire is fantastic on ice and in snow, and also meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance and confirms the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 gases.

When it comes to Performance Winter / Snow tires, take a look at Michelin's Pilot Alpin PA3. The tire also meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance, while featuring an asymmetric tread design with Variable Thickness Sipes technology where wide sipes on the inboard side provide traction in the snow and narrower sipes on the outboard enhance dry road handling.

Take a look at all the winter tires available from Michelin and see if one is right for your application.

How Tough Are Your Tires? Introducing the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2

Friday, October 31, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Although we're always #thinkingabouttires, we've never thought about throwing them out of an airplane. Then again, we may never have had a tire as tough as the new BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2. BFGoodrich has taken a great tire and made it better.

During the design process, BFGoodrich focused on three key areas: toughness, treadlife and traction.

  • Toughness: BFGoodrich's CoreGuard technology uses the race-proven Baja T/A KR2's tougher, split-and-bruise resistant sidewall rubber, thicker extended shoulder rubber and advanced deflection design for a 15-20% improvement in sidewall durability.
  • Treadlife: A specially formulated tread compound coupled with an advanced tire footprint results in twice as much life on gravel and 15% better wear on asphalt.
  • Traction: The KO2's tread design has 62% more sipes, more open shoulders and a serrated shoulder design providing 10% more mud traction and a 19% improvement in snow traction. Since the KO2 meets the industry's severe snow requirements, the tire bears the Rubber Manufacturer Association’s mountain/snowflake symbol in all sizes.

BFGoodrich will eventually make the KO2 in 61 different sizes, so chances are it will be available for your truck or SUV.  The initial launch focuses on a few key sizes such as LT245/75R16, LT265/75R16, LT285/75R16, LT275/65R18 and LT275/55R20.

Introducing the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2

Friday, October 31, 2014 by Turk Turkleton

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2BFGoodrich has been a leader in all-terrain technology for many years. When they introduced the All-Terrain T/A KO back in 1997, they upturned the all-terrain category with a tire that provided awesome traction, a clean look, a nice ride and iron-like wear. Sounds tough to beat, right? It was, until BFGoodrich had an ace up their sleeves with the recent announcement of the All-Terrain T/A KO2.

This tire has a similar middle tread pattern to its predecessor, but the rest of the tire has been redesigned. The tread now extends onto the sidewall, helping with traction in off-road conditions while protecting the sidewalls from punctures. They have also beefed up the tread compound to be even more cut- and chip-resistant than before and doubled the sidewall rubber thickness. To top it all off, you'll notice that the sidewall says "Baja Champion" on it, just like its predecessor. They didn't just keep those words on the sidewall from the last generation, they actually took these out and won the Baja race with them before production began so that the tires would be worthy of keeping the "Baja Champion" branding on the sidewall.

This tire is great for any driver who wants a reasonable tire on-road that can handle snow and ice in the winter, as well as being able to tackle whatever you throw at it off-road. Drivers of lifted trucks and lifted Jeeps will be happy with the selection of sizes that are on the way. With 35" tall offerings on the way in 16", 17", 18" and 20" wheel diameters, there is sure to be a fit for your truck.

I'm specifically excited about the impending release of their 37x12.50R17 size as the bigger they are, the better they look!

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus vs. Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Late last year, Michelin discontinued its popular Pilot Sport A/S Plus after a successful run of several years. While the tire remained a popular seller, increasing competition in the marketplace from tires such as the Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 led to the creation of the new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3. A quick glance of the tire shows the drastic revision that took place. Gone is the directional tread pattern that makes way for a far more conservative asymmetric design. Such a move allows for full rotational ability and seemingly a quieter tire.

Our internal testing showed the new Pilot Sport A/S 3 sets a benchmark when it comes to dry and wet traction in its category. The grip was excellent, and our group also praised its on-center feel and responsiveness. Like the Pilot Sport A/S Plus before it, the A/S 3 seems to struggle a bit in regards to snow traction.

If snow traction is of importance, there are better choices that reflect more balanced all-season traction. However, if you live in a fair climate where dry traction, wet traction and acceptable treadlife are your main priorities, there is none finer in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category than the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3.

 

Gift Shopping at Tire Rack

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by AJ Vest

Do you plan to partake in gift giving this holiday season? Is that someone #alwaysthinkingabouttires like we are at Tire Rack? Take a look at these gift ideas for the car enthusiast in your life.

The Accutire ABS Coated Air Gauge makes a great stocking stuffer. This air gauge's light makes it easy to read pressure numbers even in the dark and operates on a lifetime lithium battery. Measuring in half-pound increments makes this a very accurate gauge.  

If a gauge with a tread depth indicator tool is more to their liking, consider Accutire's Tread Depth/Air Gauge. The tread depth gauge reads in 1/32" increments and has indicators to tell you when it's time to consider new tires. 

If you know someone tired of going to the dealership to trigger their Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, our selection of TPMS trigger tools allows them to do the work themselves. We offer the FORDTRIGGER tool for Ford owners, CUB TPMS Trigger Tool for GM owners and the ATEQ VT15, which will trigger many other vehicles, along with GM vehicles.

For that new or even seasoned driver, the Accutire Excursion Road Kit might be a great addition to their vehicle. The kit includes many great emergency items including jumper cables, first aid items, small tools and a handy air compressor. 


Small items like these will qualify for free shipping when your order is over $50. 

If you're having trouble deciding what items to purchase for your friends and family, a Tire Rack Gift Certificate allows you to give a gift in any amount between $25-$5000. 

Are Sport Edition Wheels Good?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Yes! They may not equal the high style and lightweight of the more expensive wheel lines like BBS, O.Z. Racing and Enkei Racing Series, but for many drivers, the Sport Edition wheels are a great lower cost option. Sport Edition offers aluminum alloy wheels that have durable painted with clearcoat finishes offered in a variety of colors and styles.  

One popular use for a Sport Edition wheel is to make it a part of your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. Why submit an expensive Original Equipment wheel or high-end aftermarket wheel to the harsh conditions of winter driving and salt-covered roads when you can use a quality wheel at a good price? The stylish Sport Edition A7 and A8, available in black painted and silver painted finishes, have been very popular with BMW drivers for years. The same applies to Porsche drivers using the Sport Edition Cup 4 for their winter set-ups. Both of these styles accept the vehicle's Original Equipment center caps for a clean appearance.  

 A7 Black Painted
Sport Edition A7
 A8 Titanium Gunmetal
Sport Edition A8
 Cup 4 Silver Painted
Sport Edition Cup 4


We also offer basic steel wheels as well for many vehicles. Are you unsure of which is best for your car? Take a look at "Steel Rims vs. Alloy Wheels for Winter Use" to see the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

Tire Rack and Bridgestone Invaded the Pepsi Center to Showcase the Blizzak WS80

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Tire Rack and Bridgestone teamed up to introduce the Blizzak WS80 to a group of drivers who have never experienced driving on winter tires, as well as a team of car enthusiasts who wanted to view the new tire first-hand. We invited the teams to Denver and set-up the event at the Pepsi Center, home of the N.B.A.’s Denver Nuggets and N.H.L.’s Colorado Avalanche.

While you can read about how great a tire is, there’s nothing like getting behind the wheel and testing tires yourself. And on the ice of the Pepsi Center, that’s exactly what we invited this group to do. They were able to experience how differently our BMWs accelerated, braked and cornered around the ice when one was equipped with a set of winter tires and the other with a set of all-seasons. As one driver who had never experienced winter tires said, “I could barely get the all-seasons going, and my stopping distance was much longer. I was convinced. The Blizzak proved its worth on the ice.”

Twitter was buzzing with #TalkTires and #TRWinterDrive testimonials.

Additionally, attendees were treated to a visit to the Denver Zoo for a biomimicry demonstration. Team members from Bridgestone explained how engineers study the movement of polar bears and how their paws gain traction on ice and use their findings in their design process of Blizzak tires.

Yes, the presentation was exciting; and testing the tires on the ice was beneficial to the drivers, but the tricycles equipped with Blizzak WS80 and all-season tires stole the show. These trikes were so much fun we could barely get the local media off them in time for them to do their segments! Not only are they a blast to ride, they demonstrate the traction comparison between the two sets of tires very well. As you’re trying to pedal, the tricycle with the winter tires allows you to pedal faster, turn quicker and stop sooner than the bike with all-season tires.

The Pepsi Center and Denver Zoo were a great host for our event. Thank you to all the staff members who took time out of their day to make sure everything was handled properly and professionally. Everyone who participated enjoyed their time in the Mile High city, learned how great winter / snow tires are and got a chance to ride a tricycle for the first time in years!