Introducing the New Cost-Effective BBS SR!

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

BBS is considered one of the leaders in wheel manufacturing and engineering technology. They are dedicated to pursuing the highest level of technology possible and then applying this experience to the street.

With the release of their new SR, BBS is creating quite a buzz with this new wheel. Featuring an anthracite painted finish, the wheel looks great and is a welcomed addition to the BBS line. Also, with a price point that is lower than other BBS options, a set of SR wheels is a great way to improve the look of your vehicle at a good price. For example, an 18x8" SR wheel for a 2011 BMW 3 Series costs $265*, that's less than half the cost of BBS' popular CH-R.

The BBS SR is offered in 16", 17" and 18" rim diameters and covers many of the popular bolt patterns on the market. It also has the following features:

  • Five Y-shaped spokes
  • One-piece, cast
  • Snap-in, exposed lugs
  • Center cap at no additional charge

Shop by vehicle to see if the new BBS SR is available for your application.

* Prices subject to change

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Wednesday, November 7, 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.

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Arcadia, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
October 31, 2012

Although a complete set of PS2(235/35-19 & 295/30-19) costs some $300350 more than the other brands, it's totally worth it! The PS2 and Porsche are meant for each other. Whether it's dry/hot or wet/cold, these tires perform consistently and give you absolute control of your car. I bought an extra set because I wanted BBS rims on my car. There's simply no substitute for the PS2(unless Michelin comes out with a PS3)!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2

Wednesday, August 1, 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 g-Force T/A KDW 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2005 Dodge Neon SRT4
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Lincolnton, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2012

The tires hug the road like glue while wet weather traction is fair for hydrplaning. This was original equipment on SRT-4 ACR with BBS rims. The tread design provides for some serious off ramp tractions and speed if desired. Take off traction is above average when the clutch is cut loose with a swift take-off.

Tire Rack by far has the best pricing on this tire as has availability where other places do not carry and cannot get. Shipping has always been prompt as I have ordered 2 of these same tires from Tire Rack before.

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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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

Enkei Racing PF01 Wheels. Thanks to MAT!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by Gavin Carpenter
Last April, I discussed putting new wheels on my vehicle. After making my decision and driving the new setup for some time, I'm quite pleased with my selection. 

I went with the Enkei Racing PF01 for several reasons. First, is the brand's reputation. Several F1 teams, including the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team use them. For many SCCA and NASA members, as well as road-going folks, Enkei is synonymous with a low-cost, quality wheel. 

Second, is the strength of the wheel. Many of Enkei's wheels, including the PF01 and the RPF1 are gravity cast wheels and use Most Advanced Technology (MAT) in forming the rim of the wheel. I didn't come up with the name MAT, but "shaving the wheel weight while adding strength to the rim" turned out to be a messy acronym. Here in the Midwest, I encounter a variety of driving surfaces and have hit my fair share of potholes and they've proven to stay true, so far. Thanks MAT!

Finally, is the wheel's weight. There is a noticeable difference in weight from the factory 17" Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on my stock 17" VW Denver wheels and that of the 18" Enkeis with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The 18" PF01 comes in at about a pound for every inch of diameter and the tires at 22 lbs. each, or roughly 40 lbs. per corner. My stock wheels weighed approximately 50 lbs. with tires. This gives me a huge loss in unsprung weight, giving me an advantage in handling and braking. The ride quality of the 18" setup is rougher than the stock 17", but then again, I put them on my GTI and not a Golf.

Developed for many fitments including certain Honda, Mazda and BMW models, the PF01 is available in the following finishes: 
Interested to see what the wheels look like on your vehicle, visit our Upgrade Garage.

Enkei Racing PF01 (Black w/ Mach Lip)
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Enkei Racing (White w/ Mach Lip)

I also toyed with the idea of purchasing a nice set of BBS rims, the CH in particular, but the cost dissuaded me a little bit from going that route. So, what do you think about the Enkei rims? Please note this is a photo from our Upgrade Garage, as my car was in desperate need of a wash at the release of this post.

 2010 gti enkei pf01

Celebrate 40 Years of BBS Wheels!

Friday, June 18, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
In 1970, BBS rolled out their first aftermarket wheels that promised high quality and excellent performance. Today, 40 years later, BBS continues to make those same promises—and drivers everywhere continue to support the brand, making it a true leader in the aftermarket wheel industry. And on the track.

BBS has won more races (and in a wider range of categories) than any other wheel manufacturer. From F1 to Rally and Hillclimb vehicles, even GP
Motorcycles—BBS knows what it takes to cross the finish line. And they've always applied that knowledge to every aftermarket wheel they create. This is certainly a quality standard Tire Rack can appreciate, which is why we've always stocked a great selection of BBS rims.

Capture the essence of motosports—shop by vehicle to find your perfect set of BBS aftermarket wheels.

Ever wonder why aftermarket wheels are so great?

Thursday, June 17, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Visually speaking, the answer to that question is fairly obvious. But there's more to an aftermarket wheel than simply the good looks. Aftermarket alloy wheels produce a number of performance benefits for your vehicle, starting with reduced unsprung weight compared to steel wheels. What is unsprung weight? Any portion of your vehicle not supported by the suspension system. Without that support, those components get hit with road shock and cornering forces. To combat that, wheels make steering precise and improve "turning in" characteristics.

Aftermarket rims are also lighter than steel rims, which helps reduce the overall weight of your car. Clearly a lighter car handles much easier than one with significant weight to it. In addition, alloy wheels are quite strong. And strong wheels support your tires in the corner.

Finally, alloy wheels are made with metals that conduct heat most excellently. Heat is moved away from the brakes, which reduces brake fade. And often, alloy wheels are designed in a way that allows air to flow away from the brakes a little easier.

Still wonder why aftermarket wheels are so great? Let's go back to that visual note. Play around in the Upgrade Garage to see what some of Tire Rack's best aftermarket wheels look like on your vehicle. You just might find yourself sold on a particular set from one of our manufacturers. A list that includes BBS, moda, MSW and more.

C6 Corvette Tires and Wheels (Part 2: Wheels)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
Wheels are just another name for Rims. Technically the Rim is just the outside edge section of the wheel that "touches" the tire. Among our most popular "rims" are American Racing Rims, Borbet Rims, OZ, and BBS. For the C6 Corvette, I like the lightest weight forged wheel that we sell in the stock, or Original Equipment 18 and 19 inch sizes. Those are the coveted BBS-GT, the Holy Grail of wheels. These are lightweight (21 lbs. front anf 23.5 lbs. rear) strong and beautiful looking wheels, especially in the Diamond Black Finish (also available in silver).

Check them out and let me know what you think!

Corvette Wheels

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Ed Singleton
 Looking for a new set of rims for your C6 Corvette?  Well then check out our selection of high quality wheels from BBS and OZ! Both of these manufacturers produce wheels that can be used on the street as well as the race track. These two wheel manufacturers have won multiple championships in several levels of motorsports.  
                                    OZ Superleggera III                  BBS RS-GT 

We can also mount and balance a set of tires on your new wheels.  An excellent tire choice would be the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11.  

Check out some of the other wheels we have by entering your vehicle make, model and year in the Upgrade Garage
                       Sport Edition Z06               Sport Edition C6           Sport Edition C6  

What is "Plus Sizing" and what are the benefits?

Thursday, April 29, 2010 by Mason Rush
Plus sizing is an option allowing drivers to customize the appearance and performance of their vehicle by mounting lower profile tires on larger diameter wheels. One-inch greater wheel diameter is referred to as plus-one, two inches is plus-two... and so on. Using a lower profile tire with a greater diameter rim allows the overall diameter to remain about the same, giving your vehicle a unique look with a new wheel and tire package.  You can find a complete lists all the wheels available for your vehicle at: Wheel Brands. Enter your vehicles make, model, and year in the field on the left and we will show you all the wheels our engineers have found to fit your vehicle. We will also give you the option to find tires in the correct size for your car or truck.  Here you will find new releases from OZ, BBS, Breyton, ASA and others. Find something your like ..... call me at 800-428-8355 x:692. Mason

Complete your look with Jetta tires and wheels.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
What's an outfit without the shoes? Same goes for cars, in a way.

A stylish Jetta should roll on an equally-stylish set of Jetta tires and wheels. Despite the fact that there are plenty of options, a short "drive" into our Upgrade Garage will help you narrow it down. Give Tire Rack your vehicle specs, and we'll compose a list of options you'll want to choose from. It's that easy. (We'll even recommend suspension upgrades, just in case you're interested.)

Like our Sportwagon at left? We think it's eye-catching. The black BBS rims are an impressive contrast to the white-bodied Jetta. Details? BBS CH wheels, Pirelli PZero Nero tires.

Maybe they'll fit your Jetta, too.

Performance Wheels

Friday, January 29, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Some people choose alloy wheels based on looks, others choose based on their desired performance level. Many racers choose to change both wheels and tires on race day. And so, we'd like to recommend these performance wheels. (As it turns out, they also look good!)

Enkei Racing PF01
O.Z. Alleggerita HLT
TRMotorsports C3

Get the complete package—enter the Upgrade Garage to find performance rims and tires for your vehicle.

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:

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.)

BBS Wheels

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 by Tire Rack Team

When it comes to motorsports, BBS is extremely successful. So it's only natural that they lead the way in wheel manufacturing and engineering technology. BBS rims are, after all, quite often the wheels of champions. It's about being light on weight, but heavy on safety—a combination that almost always improves the driving experience. Check out these top-selling BBS wheels:

CH-R                      CK                     LM-R

BBS Limited Edition LM for Nissan GT-R

Thursday, July 9, 2009 by Jason Rutherford
The Tire Rack currently has available a limited edition BBS LM made specifically for the new Nissan GT-R.  

The LM wheels were forged in Japan for a limited run production.  Until now, they were only available in the Japanese Domestic Market, but we were able to have some imported for the US market.  The specifications are as follows:

Front:    20x9.5   ET40   26.2lbs.
Rear:     20x10.5 ET20   26.4lbs.

Wheels have "EH" safety humps for run-flat tire safety.
Anti-slip coating on bead seat area to reduce tire slip.

Extra machining on back of rim to reduce weight.

Compatible with factory TPMS sensors.

Compatible with original equipment tires.

Available in Bright Silver, Diamond Black and Gold finishes.

Click the link above or here to be forwarded to Tire Rack wheel selection page to see all the wheels available for the 2008+ Nissan GT-R.  Once there, you can see the wheels on the GT-R by selecting the How to View on Vehicle link and follow the instructions. 

Availability is very limited!!!