Consider ASA rims when outfitting your 2010 Audi S4.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
The Audi S4 is pretty easy on the eyes, but if you upgrade to aftermarket wheels, it can be even more impressive—and who doesn't like to turn a few heads driving down the road?! We chose a set of ASA wheels for the 2010 above. ASA GT1 wheels, to be specific. At Tire Rack, we work with a lot of wheel manufacturers and ASA always comes through with high quality wheels. They're exotic, elegant and exciting. Much like the Audi itself.

Use our Upgrade Garage to see a visual representation of these wheels on your vehicle. You can also choose from other ASA wheels, too. And if you're really feeling the aftermarket itch, you can check out Audi tires from some of our reputable tire manufacturers, too.




Bremmer Kraft wheels look especially great on German vehicles.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 by Tire Rack Team

If you're looking for BMW rims, maybe Mercedes rims, or if you drive a Volkswagen or Audi, you might want to look at Bremmer Kraft wheels as an aftermarket upgrade.

Bremmer Kraft wheels are manufactured with strict quality control standards to produce a very reliable wheel. And as your online wheels and tires store, we feel completely comfortable suggesting them as an attractive option for your vehicle.

We recently added the following to our collection:

The BR05 wheel comes in black with a machined lip (left) or bright silver paint (right) finishes. A quick search according to vehicle will help you determine if these would work for you, or you can check out our entire collection of Bremmer Kraft wheels. You'll find size and pricing information for every option we've got.

Looking for strength and style? Try MSW rims.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Cutting edge design meets precise manufacturing in a set of MSW rims. No matter what you drive, installing a set of MSW wheels instantly upgrades the style of your vehicle. 

Check out the MINI Cooper at left. The addition of 17" MSW Type 16 rims makes for an eye-catching, unique twist on an already impressive vehicle. Let it be known, however, that the benefits aren't purely aesthetic.

Aftermarket wheels make it really easy for you to switch out tires between seasons.

Keep your summer tires installed on your MSW wheels, then swap out the whole set for your winter / snow Tire & Wheel Package when the weather turns—doing so protects your MSW wheels from harmful salt and ice, and it also saves you time and money by cutting down the installation process.

Check out Tire Rack's complete collection of MSW wheels, or select your vehicle for a customized list. (Looking for MINI Cooper tires as well? Start here to complete a Tire & Wheel Package.)

Wheel Clearance = Affordable Wheels

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
We understand that a wheel purchase isn't always an inexpensive purchase. Though aftermarket wheel benefits are worth every penny, sticker shock still exists. So at Tire Rack, we do our best to help you out whenever possible. And right now, you can find a number of our wheels on the clearance rack.

Find wheels for snow tires. Search reputable brands like MSW Wheels and Sport Edition Wheels, Borbet rims and more. Push the savings even further by searching tire and wheel sets. With a discounted wheel, these packages are even more affordable in the long run.

Start your search by vehicle today. See how much you can save...



Looking for SUV rims? Go Platinum.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 by Tire Rack Team

We recently added Platinum Wheels to our list of premium aftermarket wheel brands. Produced by Ultra Wheel Company, these car and SUVrims will enhance the style and improve the performance of your vehicle.

Three styles—Apex, Saber and Widow—come in a variety of different finishes. Choose from hyper black with a machined lip, chrome plated or black with a machined lip and more. Take a look:

Apex Hyper Black with Machined Lip

Saber Chrome Plated
Widow Flat Black Painted

See all Platinum Wheels.



Aftermarket car rims on the clearance rack? You bet.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Update your vehicle with a set of aftermarket car rims from our clearance rack. Act quick, though—this offer is only good while supplies last.

Search by vehicle and look for wheels with Closeout (blue) and/or Special (yellow) prices. And while you're at it, you may want to check out tires. Wheel prices this low make Tire & Wheel Packages even more affordable!

Check out these Corvette rims.

Monday, January 25, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
To drive a Corvette is to believe in the beauty of a high performance vehicle. And at Tire Rack, we tend to think that means you'll also appreciate a beautiful set of aftermarket Corvette rims.

Like, for example, the O.Z. Racing Botticelli III wheels featured on the Z06 at right. A polished lip and bright silver finish create a winning look that complements the Corvette's existing high style. Same goes for these Corvette wheels, too:

BBS RS-GT
O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT
O.Z. Racing Raffaelo III

And the most beautiful aspect of aftermarket Corvette rims—they increase the performance levels of your vehicle as much as they enhance aesthetics. (Read more.)

Search for these wheels in our Upgrade Garage, and we'll show you what they look like on your Corvette. We'll also show you a selection of Corvette tires suited to your vehicle. (In case you're wondering, the Corvette above features Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires.)

BMW Wheels and More

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Pretty cars need pretty wheels. Or, to take it from another perspective—high performance vehicles benefit from aftermarket wheels to enhance tire performance and handling. But still, they do make a car look really good. The 2009 135i Coupe below features 18" O.Z. Racing Allegerita HLT wheels in an anthracite finish. The following BMW wheels will look just as good:

ASA GT1 (Bright Silver Paint)
Breyton Race GTS-R (Black with Red Stripe)
moda MD7 (Machined with Anthracite Accent)

Now, search by vehicle in our Upgrade Garage to get a visual representation of what different BMW rims might look like on your vehicle. You'll also get the opportunity to see matching BMW tires.

And you might not want to stop there. The Upgrade Garage helps you search our entire inventory of suitable products, like BMW brake pads and BMW suspension upgrades. Are your BMW shock absorbers absorbing enough bounce? Feeling every bump in the road? New BMW shocks might be just what the doctor...or, mechanic...ordered.





You've got the Mustang, now get the Mustang rims.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Ford Mustangs have been rolling down our streets since 1964, impressing us all with their power and their style. Though Ford has made a few improvements over the years, it's as classic a car as ever. Why change a good thing, right? We only disagree with that statement when it comes to the Mustang wheels.

It's not that we dislike the Original Equipment, we only aim to exhibit how the installation of aftermarket Mustang wheels provides performance and aesthetic benefits. And there are a number of excellent aftermarket Mustang wheels.

The 2010 Ford Mustang GT Coupe above features 20" Sport Muscle Tach wheels that are machined with an anthracite accent. Other Mustang wheels that would look just as good include:

Enkei Performance Series LS-5 (Black Painted)
Sport Edition KV5 (Silver)
TRMotorsports MT1 (Matte Grey)

Use our Upgrade Garage to see what these and other Mustang wheels would look like on your vehicle. You'll also get access to Mustang tires, Mustang brake pads and Mustang suspension products, including Mustang shocks.


 

Best-Selling Truck Wheels

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
There are a number of performance and aesthetic benefits to installing aftermarket wheels on passenger vehicles—and those same benefits extend to trucks, too. Even SUVs. Aftermarket truck wheels reduce weight, improve acceleration and braking, add rigidity and increase the brake cooling process.

And they look darn cool, too. Check out these best-selling truck rims:

Ultra Rogue Machined w/ Black Accents

Granite Alloy LK1 Bright Silver

Mamba M2 Machined w/ Black Accents

To see more truck and SUVrims, and to see them on your vehicle, enter the Upgrade Garage.

Aftermarket Rims vs. Aftermarket Wheels: Is There a Difference?

Monday, January 11, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Many people use these two terms—"aftermarket rims" and "aftermarket wheels"—interchangeably. Same goes for "car rims" and "car wheels." But technically speaking, "aftermarket wheels" and "car wheels" stand correct.

A rim is actually one of three parts to a wheel, including the hub and spokes. Sometimes these parts will be one piece, and other times two or three pieces. The hub is obviously the center, and it keeps the wheel attached to the car via the suspension system. The spokes come out of the hub, attaching to the wheel's rim. 

It is the rim that keeps the tire attached to the wheel, which is why many people refer to wheels as "rims."

Read more about wheel construction.



Are you driving on high-quality rims?

Monday, January 11, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
How do we ensure that you're getting the high-quality rims you expect from Tire Rack?

We start by taking a look at the manufacturing process, as it makes or breaks a wheel's structural integrity. There are a number of quality standards (production, quality, dimensions, finish) that aftermarket wheel manufacturers must follow. (Read "Wheel Construction" for more information.) Proper fit is also important and makes all the difference between good wheels and the best wheels. Dimensions, load factor and lug hardware play key roles in this quality department.

One again, finish is important. Type and quality will determine how protected your wheels are, and consequently how like-new they'll look years from now. Most finishes should be backed by a warranty of some sort.

The final step: Tire Rack constantly reviews wheel data from new vehicles to learn Original Equipment sizes and packages offered. Often, we supply technical data to some of the manufacturers outside the U.S. that may not have access to certain vehicles in our market. For many w heels that we import or represent, we specify the dimensions required to ensure wheel fit and maintain our high quality standards.

Bottom line, reputation is everything as quality tends to build a good reputation. And at Tire Rack, our reputation and that of the wheel manufacturers we work with is never one to question. We're committed to quality.

See all wheel brands.

ASA Wheels

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by Tire Rack Team

  
For the past 15 years, ASA Wheels have continually proven themselves to be aftermarket wheels of choice. Produced in Asia using the latest manufacturing processes, the ASA name stands for Artisan Spirited Alloy. And that's obviously a reflection of their exotic, elegant and exciting wheel designs. Tire Rack is fortunate to have a long-standing relationship with ASA, and it accumulates within the products ASA has created for us.

Here are a few best-sellers:

 GT1 AR6 AR9

See all ASA rims.
 

Engineering: How it Applies to Shopping for Aftermarket Car Rims

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
You can pick a certain look for your vehicle and hope for a perfect fit when you buy aftermarket car rims (more accurately referred to as wheels) or you can use the "Shop by Vehicle" tool on our site. Here's why:

Though wheel size, offset and/or bolt pattern are all important, they alone cannot ensure an exact fit. To avoid vibration, wheel/tire interference and unbalanced handling, you'll need to measure a few other critical wheel components. At Tire Rack, we do this with sophisticated electronic tools so that our fitment engineers can get extremely accurate measurements. Vehicles are measured as well, enabling us to compare the two sets of numbers in order to determine precise fitments. (Read more.)

All you need to really know is that it helps us help you find the perfect wheels—just search by vehicle, and we'll show you.

 


You say rim, I say wheel; you say tomato...

Monday, August 31, 2009 by David Horvath
One of my pet peeves is the modern usage of the term "rim"  to describe aftermarket alloy wheels.  Perhaps this is one of those long standing debates that will never be resolved but it's important to use the correct terminology when discussing parts. 

The rim is the outer barrel portion of the wheel where the tire is mounted. 

The term wheel applies to the entire assembly so anyone who says they are going to purchase some rims for their car is not using the correct terminology.

If they intend to purchase an entire assembly, they should say they are purchasing wheels, not rims.

It's a small point but it still bugs me when I hear it used incorrectly.


Perhaps looking at the origin of the word rim would help clear things up.

I believe a lot of the confusion goes back to the very early days of automotive history when it was common for cars to use something called detachable rims.  These early vehicles had wooden wheel centers much like what you would have seen on a horse drawn wagon.

yellow wheel

Mounted to the outside of the wooden center was a removable assembly made up of the steel rim, a rubber tire and a rubber inner tube.

This design was intended to make it easy to dismount the rim and tire as a complete unit.  The rim itself was secured to the wooden wheel center using retainer bolts threaded into the wood. as seen in this close-up.
rim bolt

When you got a flat tire, it was a 'simple' matter of pulling over and switching out the rim and tire assembly. Here's a nice series of vintage photos showing the process:

Here's the damaged flat tire on the steel rim. You can make out the dark rim retainers along the edge of the wooden wheel rim. These would be un-bolted with a wrench.

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Here's a nice close-up of the rim retainers. The nut 'floated' in the seat of the retainer so they could spin freely. When tightened, they clamped the edge of the steel rim down against the wooden wheel center:

retainers

Once they were removed, the entire rim and tire assembly could be lifted off of the wooden center. 
rim removed

Then it was time to slip the new tire and rim assembly back on the wooden center. It was so easy you could wear your Sunday best coat and gloves!

repair

Many multi-piece alloy wheels are still constructed from separate rim sections and center discs like this O.Z. Racing three-piece wheel:




The centers drop into the rim sections and are bolted in place from the front of the wheel.

glove

So in reality, you purchase wheels, not rims

I want to send out a special thanks to Mr. John M. Daly for allowing me to use some  detailed photos from his website, the  E-M-F 30 Homepage.


For more info about detachable wheels and to learn about the history of the E-M-F 30, check out his organization's website:


emfauto.org/index.php


It's a wealth of information about this fascinating vehicle and its history.