Are Your Chrome Wheels Leaking? Replace Them with Affordable Custom Wheels

Friday, April 19, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Buy your vehicle and hold onto it for as long as possible. That's typically the best way to get the most out of your car and budget. Obviously, you'll need to maintain and take care of it as best you can.

If your vehicle originally came with chrome wheels and you live in snow country, one challenge you'll probably face is peeling chrome. Eventually this peeling chrome will prevent your wheels from properly sealing against the tire beads. One way of fixing this is by having an installer clean the wheel and use a bead sealant to reduce or eliminate the air loss.

If leaks persist to the point you're still adding air to your tires every morning, then it's time to replace your wheels. A great option to consider is a set of Sport Edition F7 wheels. This five-spoke wheel is available in both a 16" and 17" rim diameter. Sport Edition wheels combine quality, style and price to offer an exceptional value. Using the latest production standards, Sport Edition wheels complement the appearance of many popular vehicles.

Not only could new wheels fix your leaking problem, but your vehicle will look better, too!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73

2007 Ford Escape 4wd
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2013

For the price you really can't get a better set of tires. Two full winters on these and I am impressed to say the least. We get a fair bit of snow here in Calgary, nothing like the east coast, but enough that I can comfortably say these are great snow tires. When the city is socked it with snow, I have no problem getting to work. They work great on ice too, I use to slide down a hill near my house when it would ice and I had all season's on, now I have traction and feel much more comfortable behind the wheel.

I also find them great of the highway. I rip up to Banff and Golden for skiing all the time and I am always impressed at the handling on the highway and on the steep snowy roads climbing the mountains. They do produce a fair bit of road noise so I have to crank the stereo some more.

I am surprised at some of the negative reviews. Perhaps these people are either bad drivers or have crappy cars?

I am a 'spirited' late 20s driver, cautious but also aggressive when I need to be. These tires fit the bill for safety in the winter. There are better tires out there, but if you are looking for something affordable, I highly recommend the General Altimax Arctic.

Complete Your Corolla with the Right Set of Winter / Snow Tires

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Although Prius and Camry sales continue to climb, Toyota may still be best known for its reliable, economical and affordable Corolla. Not only did the Corolla put Toyota on the map, it still reigns as one the world's best-selling cars.

Have you joined the many with a new Corolla in your garage? Your Corolla has been engineered for durability and dependability, however snowy and icy conditions will challenge your all-season tires. No worries, a set of dedicated winter / snow tires is all you need to keep your Corolla steadfast and dependable in winter's harshest conditions.

Winter / Snow Tire Size

The Corolla is shod with 195/65R15 (L Trim Level) or 205/55R16 (LE and S Trim) tires as Original Equipment sizes. As covered in "Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?", the relatively lightweight Corolla will benefit from a skinnier size.

When should you run a narrower size and how narrow should you go? Going to a narrower tire is especially helpful if you drive in deep snow. For example, Green Bay, Wisconsin averages 53.9" snow per year; if you're a Corolla driver in this area, narrower 185/65R15 tires are better at cutting through moderate and deep snow. At 24.5" in overall diameter, the 185/65R15 is about 1/2" smaller. This negligible difference in ground clearance and speedometer error (2% error) is trumped by the ability of the narrower tires to cut through snow.

For areas at a higher risk of ice storms and less of seeing deep snow, 195/65R15 is best. 195/65R15 is 25" in overall diameter, which is the same as the Original Equipment. This size offers a better balance for a winter weather mix of ice, wet roads and an occasional snowstorm. If you're a Corolla owner who resides somewhere like Cincinnati, Ohio (average snowfall of 22.1"), stay with 195/65R15.

"Green Bay" Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

With the Corolla XRS phased out, all Corolla trim levels are tuned for a balance of ride comfort and safe handling. The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70's packed-snow and glare-ice grip provide the ultimate safety in the worst conditions. Therefore, the optimum winter package including this tire is the 185/65R15 option on black painted steel wheels at $576* (excludes TPMS sensors) plus shipping.

185/65-15 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 $88*
185/65R15 Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel Wheel $56*
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel
Wheel


"Cincinnati" Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

The ideal "Cincinnati" Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package is the 195/65R15 Blizzak WS70 on black painted steel wheels at $600* (excludes TPMS sensors) plus shipping.

195/65-15 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 $94
195/65R15 Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel Wheel $56*
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel
Wheel


*Prices subject to change

Get a Great Tire and Save Money with Closeout Fuzion Tires

Friday, January 18, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, everyone wants to save money without compromising safety. That's why we test tires and currently provide over 2.8 billion miles of customer feedback to help you select the right tire. With many different options to choose from, you're likely to find an option that works for you and your budget.

In addition to these services, we're also fortunate to have strong relationships with the manufacturers so we can offer you some great tires with closeout savings. At this time, take advantage of the the Ultra High Performance Summer Fuzion ZRi and On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Fuzion XTi at amazing pricing.

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Fuzion ZRi
Closeout On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Fuzion XTI*
Fuzion XTi


Take a look at the popular 225/45R17 ZRi that's been marked down to $61*. This tire is a good choice for drivers in rainy climates, such as Florida, because of its wet grip capabilities. Developed to meet the needs of sport compact and sports car driving enthusiasts and tuners, the tire provides crisp and responsive handling in both wet and dry conditions. Fuzion ZRi tires also feature Rim Guard rubber ridges on its lower sidewalls to function as bumpers to help protect wheels from curb damage.

Other closeout ZRi sizes include:

Are you looking for some moderate off-road capability and a more rugged look for your Jeep, 1/2-ton truck or SUV? The Fuzion XTi will do the job without bombarding you with mud tire drone. Blending overall performance with aggressive styling, this tire meets enthusiasts needs without compromising comfort or affordability. Even better, you can purchase this tire at a great price! For example, the 225/70R16 option is priced at only $79*.

Other closeout XTi sizes include:

Whether you're ready for cruising the strip or about to hit some trails, take a look at what some customers are saying about their experiences with the tires:

"These tires have proved exceptional. Dry weather cornering is outstanding and very predictable. The main revelation is in the wet where the Fuzion has completely cured the unstable understeer exhibited with my previous tires. The A6 2.7T Quattro is quick, but heavy. It had an unpredictable push on the previous tires, but now it is a joy in both the wet and dry." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Audi A6 2.7T (Fuzion ZRi)

"I really liked the look of this tire for the price. This is the best tire I have ever bought. As an outdoorsman, this tire has been off road for many hunting trips. This tire has outperformed any tire in any condition I have subjected it to. I am on your website today to purchase a new set!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4x4 Regular Cab Long Box (Fuzion XTi)

*Limited stock, prices subject to change

 

How Can I Tell if a Smaller Wheel Will Fit My Car?

Friday, December 21, 2012 by Doc Horvath

For Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages, it's often beneficial to use a smaller diameter wheel (combined with a taller profile tire) compared to your stock wheels. In many cases, an expensive, low profile tire size and wheel combination can be substituted with a more cost-effective tire and wheel set that'll also afford added sidewall height to minimize pothole damage. With more and more vehicles coming standard with 19" and 20" wheels and tires, "minus sizing" has become very popular. 

How do we know which wheels will fit your vehicle? By measuring your vehicle's critical components with sophisticated electronic tools that allows our fitment engineers to create accurate drawings of these parts. This also helps us check for any interferences. Items we measure or verify during the process include:

  • Bolt Pattern
  • Centerbore
  • Hub Interference
  • Load Capacity
  • Lug Hardware
  • Suspension Components

Once a wheel is guaranteed, we can develop the corresponding tire size that will both maintain proper load capacity and overall diameter for accuracy of the vehicle's electronic instrumentation and safety systems. Proper fitment engineering allows us to offer Tire & Wheel Packages that are specifically designed for your vehicle. Our attention to detail prevents vibration, wheel/tire interference and unbalanced handling that can result from improperly designed packages.

For further information on how we verify what wheels are a match for your vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

General AltiMAX Arctic: A Cost-Effective and Capable Winter / Snow Tire

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Having a lower price point than many winter / snow tires, some customers question the effectiveness of the General AltiMAX Arctic. This tire is perhaps not as soft as certain Studless Ice & Snow tires like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 or Michelin X-Ice Xi3, and it may give up a small amount of ice traction. However, this Studdable Winter / Snow tire has proven quite effective for multiple seasons and continues to get strong reviews by consumers.

As a studdable tire, the AltiMAX Arctic can be sold with studs to further increase traction in the most severe winter conditions. While studded tires are certainly not for everyone and have some negative features, such as reduced dry road handling and increased road noise, the ability to add studs is optional and available for those who desire. It's also important to check with local law enforcement officials to see if studded tires are allowed in your area. To learn more about how studded tires may or may not be right for you this winter, read "Studded Tires for Winter Driving."

As mentioned earlier, customers have been giving the General AltiMAX Arctic great reviews. Take a look at what some of them are saying about their experience with this tire:

"This tire is the best I've ever used in 45 years of driving in Vermont winters!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2013 Volkswagen Jetta S

"Awesome snow tire. Not only was it one of the cheaper tires in my size, but one of the best reviewed - and I can see why. My rear-wheel drive BMW got around our 6", one-day snow accumulation as good as any of the 4WD trucks I've had in the past. It is a beast of a tire in the snow, and still very quiet on the highway. If this tire can get a BMW through a North Dakota winter, I'd be confident using it anywhere!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 BMW 330CI Performance Package

"Fantastic winter tire at a great value price. Ride and noise are good to very good. Ride and cornering are amazing being better than the factory standard tire on this vehicle. Snow traction is good in all conditions and really snow plows through deeper conditions. Ice performance is very good. I have purchased this tire for two vehicles to date and recommend it to my friends as an affordable option for a great winter tire." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2012 Nissan Altima Sedan

To see if the General AltiMAX Arctic tire is right for your application this winter, shop by vehicle.

Wheels for Winter: MSW Type 14

Monday, November 19, 2012 by Ben Rooney

When putting together a Tire & Wheel Package for winter, the MSW Type 14 is often one of the most affordably priced alloy wheel options. Current pricing ranges from $78-$133*, with common 16" applications priced at $89* per wheel. The wheel is available in a wide variety of bolt patterns and offsets to fit popular vehicles.

Alloy wheels tend to cost a little more than steel wheels, but are more resistant to rust, lighter weight and more attractive. For some vehicles, steel wheels may not be available, so in many cases the Type 14 may be the best priced option. When compared to steel wheels, alloy wheels offer the following benefits:

  • Enhances the look of your vehicle
  • Are manufactured to precise standards to meet exact fitment and performance needs
  • Weigh less than steel wheels and have superior strength
  • May be the preferred option for your vehicle based on fitment requirements
  • Will allow for better brake clearance (depending on wheel style and brake components installed)

With a simple five-spoke design they are easy to clean and resist the tendency to accumulate packed snow. Proper maintenance is required as finish damage may result in the harshest winter climates where salty and sand are routinely used. Which means your winter wheels will need to be cleaned.

*Prices subject to change

Tire Rack Locations and Recommended Installers

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by Gary Stanley

As you may know, Tire Rack is a mail order company, so we don't have traditional local retail locations where you can shop for our products. However, we do have a handful of distribution centers across the country where we ship our products from, and you can also pick up your order in person.

Orders can be picked up at the following distribution centers:

Note: With the exception of our South Bend, Indiana facility, our distribution centers do not offer installation. Local sales taxes do apply to any purchase that is picked up. Also, the credit card holder must be present at time of pick up along with a photo ID. 

Do you live in an area that's not near one of our distribution centers? No problem. We have a list of nationwide Recommended Installers that can provide professional and affordable installation of the tires, wheels and other products you purchase from Tire Rack. All of our Installers are carefully screened to ensure they have the right equipment and experience to satisfactorily serve our customers. In fact, to become a Recommended Installer a company must meet our uncompromising criteria:

  1. Use proper mounting and balancing equipment including touchless or rim clamp, European-style tire changers and high-speed computer spin balancers.
  2. Employ properly trained technicians capable of safely performing damage-free installations.
  3. Be an automotive business that can offer additional services to customers (alignments, complete repairs, auto detailing, etc.)
  4. Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack's customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.

Only after these criteria are met is a company approved to become one of our Recommended Installers.

You can see exact quotes for installation by choosing a Price Pledge Installer while in search results. Price Pledge Plus Recommended Installers not only participate in our Price Pledge program but they are also Installers who consistently achieve a 4.5-star or above overall ranking in our survey results. Installers who participate in the Price Pledge program agree to display exact quotes for installation services based on tire aspect ratio. Additional or optional related installation fees are also displayed.

For more information on tire aspect ratios and installation, check out one of my previous posts, "Installation is Even Easier!"

Best Tires for Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

Monday, October 8, 2012 by Steve Huffman

The new Scion FR-S and its twin the Subaru BRZ have made a big splash in the rear-wheel drive coupe market. These vehicles offer fun at an affordable price to go along with modern styling. Both of these vehicles come equipped with the Grand Touring Summer Michelin Primacy HP. While this tire does great during the warm summer months, it's not designed to handle near-freezing temperatures, icy conditions and snow-covered roads. Coupled with the fact that it's on a rear-wheel drive car, these vehicles aren't going anywhere in winter conditions without a little help.

Fortunately, they come with a very common and popular tire size, the sporty 215/45R17. My favorite Ultra High Performance All-Season tire in this size is the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. This tire offers great handling, a comfortable ride, all-season traction and a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty. Another tire I like in this performance category is Kumho's Ecsta 4X. This tire provides good handling, traction and a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty all at a valued price.

Since these vehicles come equipped with a dedicated summer tire, it's worth considering a dedicated winter tire to get the best of both worlds. If you experience bad weather during the winter months, take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. In fact, this is the same tire I use on my own RWD sedan. The tire provides traction on winter's slushy, snow-covered and icy roads, all while delivering wintertime traction and control that inspires driver confidence.

Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS
Pole Position
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta
4X
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70


Combining the Blizzak WS70 with one of our affordable wheel options, including steel wheels, creates a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package that'll let you conquer winter's harshest conditions. It'll also allow you to conveniently change the tires yourself, eliminating having to go to a local shop every spring and fall to have them changed out. To ensure your new tires and wheels are installed properly, read "How to Install Your Tire & Wheel Package."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, October 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

2012 BMW 135i Coupe M Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
September 27, 2012

After reading a lot of reviews I picked these tires for a couple of reasons, but being honest, one of the biggest was price. Here's a description of my driving: while I'm a fairly aggressive driver, the reality is that I live in San Francisco so going flat out just isn't possible. As a result, I wanted a tire that was grippy and could put the power down, resolved the woeful run-flat ride and got good wear.

I can't report on the treadwear since it's just too soon to tell. But what I can say is that on the first two fronts, the tires are a big success. They do have plenty and plenty of grip. It makes the car a lot more fun to drive since with the old stock tires, I never felt confident of what the rear was doing. Now, I know what the tires are doing and can predictably drive more aggressively.

They're also a lot more comfortable. Amazingly more comfortable. The car's suspension was really good at managed most road surfaces but anything that was too jarring (which is common around here) would really unsettle the ride. Driving around now, all the old expansion joints and pot holes I would have dove three lanes over to avoid don't break my spine. The car glides over them. As a bonus, these tires are amazingly quiet. So much so that driving on most freeways, you legitimately can't hear any road noise. Wind noise, yes, but not road and tire noise.

So would I prefer a tire with more response? Yes. They do have soft sidewalls and you can feel it if you start sawing at the wheel. The reality though is that I'm never really driving much any more for this to be a problem. I still get good initial steering response and good steering feel which to me is one of the most important aspects of a tire.

What this tire is a great, affordable GT tire. Not something to take to the track and, truthfully, calling it a "max performance tire" is pretty dishonest. It's just not what it's for. It's for sporty, comfortable driving. For the price, it's hard to beat.

BMW M3 Replica Wheels vs. Elbrus I08

Friday, August 31, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Are you shopping for replica BMW M3 wheels to fit your BMW 3 Series? Before buying an option that is subpar and poor quality in an attempt to save a little extra money, check out Elbrus wheels instead. Elbrus wheels are named after Mount Elbrus in Europe and are designed to reach new heights in quality, durability and affordability. 

The Elbrus I08 may not be a true replica of the E46 M3 wheel, but it does look similar. To illustrate, below is a photo from our Upgrade Garage of a 2002 BMW E46 M3 Coupe with its Original Equipment wheels and the Elbrus options underneath the vehicle:

Elbrus I08 Anthracite Mach w/Ice Coating
Elbrus I08 Anthracite Mach w/Ice Coating
Elbrus I08 anthracite painted
Elbrus I08 Anthracite
Painted
Elbrus I08 Bronze Painted
Elbrus I08 Bronze
Painted


Unlike many replica wheels, the Elbrus I08 is available in 17"-19" diameters. Add the ability to put a BMW center cap on the wheel and you have a great combination of quality, appearance and price!  

Don't forget to add a set of performance tires to make a complete Tire & Wheel Package!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour

Thursday, August 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A TourReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27

2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4wd
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 51,000
Location: Winchester, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 51,000 Miles on Tires
August 19, 2012

I have just over 51,000 miles on the BFG Long Trail Tour tires at this point. I can certainly get another 10-15k miles out of them before they hit the wear bars, but will replace them before winter as the tread depth is getting to low for snow. Compared to the OEM Continental ContiTrac SUV they are amazing, but the BFG's are a touch louder. The Conti's were just barely adequate and were out of round from day 1, but did last 81k miles before the wet traction became unsafe. The BFG's, as expected, reduced fuel economy by 1-1.5 mpg, but the handling improved exponentially. Dry traction is very good, wet traction is amazing and surprisingly snow/ice traction is pretty dang good. I drove through 20"+ of snow with them and decided to go to 2WD just to have some fun on the un-plowed back roads in WV. I could not believe they handled the snow almost as well BFG All-Terrains. In hard packed snow I could use near full throttle to accelerate from a stand still before spinning all 4 tires. I go to work regardless of the weather so they were well tested and I was truly surprised.

I push these tires in turns very hard and they have never disappointed me no matter the road conditions.

I'll be getting another set later this year since nothing else available seems to be as good to me. If I could afford to though I would absolutely mount up some BFG AT's, but they are almost double the price for 17" wheels.

I run the tires at 41psi front and 39 rear. The ride a bit stiffer this way, but with air suspension it's negligible, but the handling improvement is amazing. I monitor tire pressure and tire wear very closely and have never worn a set of tires out in the center due to exceeding the vehicle manufacturers recommended air pressure, but before I ran higher pressure I did wear out the shoulders of the tire tread. I also only tend to rotate tires only 1 time during their life span, these were rotated at around 40k miles and that's it.

235/55R19 on a Dodge Journey

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Do you own a Dodge Journey R/T or Crew with the factory 19" wheels and 225/55R19 tires? If you have had to replace tires on this vehicle you know the choices in the Original Equipment size are pretty slim. The 225/55R19 is used on a very limited amount of vehicles, which means many manufacturers do not make a tire in this size. Therefore, due to the economies of scale, there isn't enough of these tires made to bring the price down to a more affordable level.

Many customers have chosen to go with the optional tire size of 235/55R19. This size provides a much wider array of choices and a more competitive price range. Customers have found this switch enabled them to pick a better overall rated tire with a lower price.

In the alternative tire size of 235/55R19, our highest rated tires are the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season and Yokohama Parada Spec-X. Both tires provide a quiet, smooth, comfortable ride with all-season capabilities.   
 

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All-Season
Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
Yokohama Parada Spec-X
Yokohama Parada Spec-X


Shop by size 235/55R19 and find an alternative option for your Dodge Journey.

Breyton and Porsche: An Exciting Partnership with Race GTSR-PF

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis

Breyton has been a high-end BMW parts tuner for nearly twenty years. During this time, they've focused on making some of the most attractive and sought after wheels for BMW vehicles; and in more recent years have been developing some great options for MINI. Looking to broaden their market, the BE brand brought the classic look to many other applications beyond the 5-120 bolt circle.

Breyton has traditionally manufactured their styles in the cast construction method, which allowed them to offer this look for an affordable price. Creating painted and machine finished wheels for years, the newer Breyton models have taken a new direction. Now available in a PF version, the Race GTSR-PF wheels feature a beautiful and highly durable anodized finish. Featuring a cold, one-piece forged construction, this wheel follows Porsche's premium sports car market position by providing the vehicle with a premium and durable wheel offering.

GTSR-PF Black
Race GTSR-PF Black
GTSR-PF Silver
Race GTSR-PF Silver


To get a mix of style and performance for your vehicle, view all Breyton wheels.

Looking for the Best Lightweight Track Wheels at a Value Price?

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Switching out your vehicle's heavy, factory steel or alloy wheels is one of the easiest bolt-on performance upgrades for your track vehicle. Just by switching to a lighter weight wheel, your car will instantly feel quicker and respond better compared to your stock wheels. The rotational force to get a lighter weight wheel to move and stop is less, therefore the engine and braking system of the car can now respond quicker. Reducing the unsprung weight by switching to a wheel with less weight will also reap benefits when cornering - as the shocks and springs will have less weight to dampen during rebound and compression - keeping the car more stable on the track.

Typically, the answer to a lighter wheel is purchasing a fully forged alloy wheel, however, this option can be expensive. There are many highly engineered cast alloy options that are more affordable and provide a great bang for your buck.

Kosei K1 Racing
Kosei K1 Racing
Kosei K1 TS
Kosei K1 TS
Enkei RPF1
Enkei RPF1

 

Enkei PF01
Enkei PF01
TR Motor Sports MT1
TRMotorsports MT1
TR Motor Sports C1
TRMotorsports C1


These wheels are designed to achieve the strongest wheel possible using the least amount of material. Many cast wheels are created the opposite way from a track wheel: form over function. The wheel looks good, so people want to put it on their car and dress up their ride. A track wheel is designed to provide the function of being lightweight over the appearance of the chrome clad bling you can add to your car.

Many autocross and road race customers have had excellent results with Kosei K1 Racing, Kosei K1 TS, Enkei RPF1, Enkei PF01, TRMotorsports MT1 and TRMotorsports C1. And some of these wheels start at an astonishing 13.5 lbs. in 15x7!

Where is the Best Place to Get Tires Installed?

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Tire Rack is truly your one-stop shop for your vehicle's tires and wheels. With a wide selection to choose from, our website is tailored to help you make the best choice to fit your specific needs, however the service doesn't stop there. At Tire Rack, we know that a reasonably priced, quality installation is needed to make your tire buying experience complete. Buying tires and getting them installed is as easy as a few key strokes. 

  1. Use our extensive website to research the tire which most suits your needs at a price you can afford. We have a large amount of customer reviews, survey results and test results to help make your decision easier.
     
  2. Once you have chosen the perfect tire, you can elect to have the tires shipped directly to one of our 8,000+ Recommended Installers. If you'd like to see the list of installers before checkout you can click on the installation tab at the top or bottom of our home page. Once you have entered your zip code, a complete list of your nearest installers, as well as their pricing will be displayed. And, as always, you have the option to ship to your own mechanic or even to your home.
     
  3. Next, contact the installer and set up an installation time that's convenient for you.

Get started finding the right tire for your car or truck by shopping by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta AST

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Kumho Ecsta ASTReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.18

1995 Mazda Miata M
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Chester, WV
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2012

These tires were on my car and slightly used when I purchased it a year ago. About 12,000+ miles I've added. Dry traction is very good. My 95M Miata handles extremely well with these. Dry traction is very good. These tires loosen up quite a bit when wet. Actually just loose enough to make wet road driving alot of fun at about the speed limit on spirited scenic drives. If your up for that. They reject hydroplaning rather well. Was forced to drive all winter with these in nothern WV. They performed better than expected in the snow on a rear wheel drive vehicle, but you better be a good driver to avoid getting stuck. However, even my spouse could handle snow under 1 inch and plowed roads. We did burn up our rear tires in >3 mild months of winter, we contend with many hills to climb. And we did climb them in the snow with these tires all winter. I'd reconsider using these if being used on a true performance vehicle with muscle. My stock 95M Miata can spin them at will and powerslide with mildly spirited driving if just a little wet. Fun for me, but dangerous at higher speeds/horsepower. These are one of the very few all-season tires available for the stock 95M Miata BBS rims. 195/50 15. Upon an inspection today I did find an outward bulge the one of my sidwalls about 2" in diameter. QC may be an issue? Overall for the price, I'm quite pleased with the performance of these tires. Can't completely say how much of it is the car and how much is the tire. But these tires are giving me exactly what I expect from my Miata and I can afford to burn them up having a little having fun. Also, they look good enough. I'm buying 2 more rear tires. Zoom-Zoom

Note: these are directional tires

Dry Traction = very good+
Wet traction = ok, safe at moderate speeds, good highway, easily pushed to fun limit
Snow traction = just good enough
Hydroplaning rejection = very good
Braking = good

Kosei K1 Racing Wheels for Mazda Miata

Friday, April 20, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Since the warm weather has come upon most of the country earlier than normal this year, I've recently been receiving many inquiries for new performance tires and alloy wheels. While much of your wheel choice comes down to your own cosmetic taste and price, wheel weight and quality are also important factors to consider. 

 

Lighter wheels can make a noticeable difference in the handling of low torque, lightweight vehicles, like my 1994 MAZDA Miata. Looking for a light, high quality and attractive performance alloy wheel for my vehicle, I took a look at the options available from Kosei. While many of their styles look great, I chose the K1 Racing. Below is a photo of my vehicle with the wheels.

Many racers, autocrossers and drivers in the SCCA STR use this wheel due to its great combination of durability, weight and affordable pricing.

 

When it came time to choose the right tire, I went with the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 due to its impressive ratings in our Tire Survey Results. I'm going on my seventh year with these wheels, and the silver paint with clearcoat finish still looks like new. I haven't had any issues with bent wheels and to me, the style still looks fresh. 
 

The warm weather is here, so enhance your vehicle's look with a Tire & Wheel Package today!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H&V)

Friday, April 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H&V)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.5

2010 Scion xD
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Miles driven on tires: 24,000
Location: SoCal, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 24,000 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2012

Vehicle: Scion xD, lower springs (about 1.5 in), after market shocks and struts, heavy duty rear torsion bar, under drive pulley, cat back TRD exhaust, 17" aftermarket wheels with 225/45 shoes.

These tires started out great. The noise wasn't bad, but the grip both wet and dry was excellent. I felt really good about these tires for about the first 12,000 miles. But things have tapered off significantly. Dry traction is falling off significantly as the tires wear; wet traction is still OK, but now I have to think about how I drive when it is wet where as I didn't used to give it a second thought.

My major gripes with these tires are road noise and ride comfort. The road noise just continues to grow as the tires wear and it wasn't great to begin with. Living in CA, we have pretty bad roads (not because of weather but because the roads are never fixed) and you both hear and feel everything with these tires.

I can't comment on the snow performance of these tires. I keep all season tires on all my cars as I do on occasion drive in snow, but my travels and weather have not brought this car into the snow just yet.

I know I drive hard and ask a lot from my tires, but I was really hoping to get a little more out of these. I'm at two years and here I am back at Tire Rack looking for some new tires. For the price, if you need a short term tire you will enjoy, these are fine. If you're going to have the car for a while and you can afford it, I would recommend spending a bit more on a higher rated tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2006 Scion tC
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Arlington Heights, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
March 20, 2012

I originally bought a used set of slightly undersized Star Specs for my tC because they were convenient. I was a Bridgestone RE-11 fan. Going from 15" wheels on my old car to 17's on the tC was a shocker-RE-11's were around $50 more a tire!
With a minimal modifications, the car was competitive. When the car was replated with another tC, I bought a new set.
The only downside I had was extreme heat - a regional autocross event in 90+ degree heat. We were spraying the tires with wather between the runs. On the other hand, they excel in the cooler temps when other tires may fall off.
I have Dunlop to thank for my Regional Class Champ jacket last year. Thanks to Dunlop, I beat a Subaru 2.5 RS in the rain. Twice.
From March to October, I also daily drive this car. Good road manners. Reasonable road noise. When I store the tires over the winter, they have to be out of the house, as they smell terrible. Small price to pay for top quality tires at an affordable price!