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:
Enkei Racing PF01 (Black w/ Mach Lip)
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.
When purchasing a new tire, you're going to need a load rating very close to what was on the car from the factory. There may be plenty of sizes of tires that fit your car, but the number one priority of your tires is to support the weight of your vehicle. If you want to run 17" Honda Civic tires and wheels and the car had 14" wheels and tires from the factory, no problem. Your new setup will be closely matched to the original on volume of air between the wheel and tire, which means the tires will most likely be wider. The load rating number on a 185/65R14 is 85, while on a 205/40R17 it's 84 (85 translates to 1,135 lbs. per tire, where as 84 is 1,102 lbs.).
The same principle will apply for your 2008 BMW 3 Series, going from the stock setup of 16" BMW rims and tires to an 18" or 19" setup. You can usually verify the load requirements by finding the GAWR on the door placard of your vehicle. After locating the number, divide it by two to find your absolute minimum load rating. When you search by vehicle, we factor all of this in. Search results will only show tires that will be the correct load rating for your vehicle - very helpful when plus sizing.
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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT
Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT
How Do They Compare?
The Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT would be a noticeable step down in terms of snow and ice traction but would provide better dry grip and steering response compared to the Blizzak LM-25 RFT. In other words, a set of Blizzak LM-25 RFTs would offer your vehicle better winter traction than a set of these Pirelli car tires, but not quite as much dry grip and handling.
While both options are quality tires, if you live in a light snow area and prefer a tire with better dry grip and faster steering response, but are willing to give up some snow and ice traction to get it, then you should purchase the Sottozero Serie II RFT. However, if you see more mixed conditions, or simply want a safer tire for better traction on ice and snow-covered roads, then I'd suggest the Blizzak LM-25 RFT.
Decision is Made, What's Next?
Buy tires online through Tire Rack, of course. Or, as always, contact one of our sales specialists for pricing and availability. Need an installer? Learn more about our Recommended Installer program by checking out my blog titled, "How Does Our Recommended Installer Program Work."
Better yet, select a combination of winter / snow tires and rims (wheels) to create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package so you can do the installation yourself.
A coil-over suspension kit incorporates precisely matched coil springs and dampers in a compact solution to provide maximum performance. In addition to improved handling, these coil-over suspension solutions reduce the unsprung weight of a vehicle. These improvements translate to faster lap times and improved daily driving comfort.
Coil-overs can also be a great solution for lowering your car with upsized custom wheels (rims) and tires. The ability to fine tune the car's ride height can be a great way to overcome many challenging wheel fitments.
There are several options including kits from KW and H&R that can adjust both the ride height and dampening:
H&R Damper Adjustable Coil-Over
H&R Street Performance Coil-Over
KW Clubsport Kit Coil-Over
KW Variant 3 Coil-Over
Search suspension components by vehicle to see which suspension products work best for your vehicle.
This wheel provides a highly durable metallic finish that would look outstanding on an Audi, BMW or Volkswagen. Lose a center cap for your BMW? The BMW original center cap is also available for this new wheel from Bremmer Kraft.
Features of the BR05 include:
- Mesh spoke design
- One-piece, cast
- Snap-in, exposed lug
Shop by vehicle to see which wheels work best for your vehicle.
|Bremmer Kraft BR05||Breyton Race GTS-R||ASA Type 8|
|O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT||Elbrus I02||O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT|
|Porsche||BMW and Mercedes-Benz||Porsche|
Use our website to view exact fitment and availability as some wheels may not be compatible with certain makes and models.
Note: Click the "Product Description" tab on the rim summary page to see if the wheel will accept the O.E. center cap. If available for the wheel selected, the O.E. center cap can be purchased from the "Optional Hardware" tab.
These wheels also come with red and chrome inserts, so you can change the look of your car with ease!
Now is a great time to think about upgrading your ride for 2011 with some new rims from Tire Rack!
Good question! Remember that the lead weights we were used to seeing were heavier and more dense than steel, so more weight was accomplished with less metal. 1% of the total package weight can be used to balance. Don't forget that there are 16 ounces to a pound. So if your total wheel/tire combo is 50 pounds, up to 8 ounces in wheel weights is acceptable. For a 75 pound combo, up to 12 ounces are acceptable. Since a typical weight weighs 1/4 ounce, a 75 pound package could have up to 48 weights! (But you don't see 48 weights on a wheel very often.)
Why change from lead?
Lead was a very efficient means to balance a wheel, but with the environmental risks it "outweighed" the benefits. Think of the last time you bought a house and how thick the lead paint disclosure was. It has some negative side effects on the environment and our bodies. So the shift to steel was important!
Why move away from rim weights to stick-on?
The stick-on weight can be more precisely located and give a 3-dimensional balance a bit more precision. With more advanced road force balancers, placement can be more precise as well. Rim clamp weights risk damaging the bead and can cause leaks. Not to mention they damage your standard alloy wheel by scratching the epoxy/paint, resulting in the possibilty of road salt leaking into the scratches and damaging the wheel. The stick-on weights, when applied properly, are not going anywhere and are more aesthetically pleasing since they are hidden. All positives!
So when you are sporting around in your 2008 BMW and notice your Michelin tires are starting to vibrate and it's time for new, you'll understand the limits and guidelines for the wheel weights and will feel better about the how they're used during installation of your new tires!
The Fuzion ZRi has a long link carbon and silica compound molded into an aggressive directional tread design. This helps enhance dry traction and also helps to evacuate water from between the tire’s contact patch and the road to reduce the possibility of hydroplaning. Internally its casing and twin steel belts deliver responsive handling and cornering stability. The Fuzion ZRi features a rim protector to function as bumpers that help protect wheels from curb damage.
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The Direzza DZ101 features Dunlop's silicarbon matrix tread compound to enhance grip. The compound is molded into a directional tread design featuring rigid shoulder blocks and two wide channels to combine responsive handling and stable cornering. The tire's internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced by a jointless band spirally wound nylon cord cap ply to stabilize the tread area. A flange shields acts as a cub protector helping resist rim damage due to accidental curbing.
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Visit the Upgrade Garage for fitment and availability as some may not fit your BMW’s year and model. Click the "Product Description" tab on the wheel summary page to see if the selected wheel will accept your O.E. center cap.
Here is an option for a 2006 BMW 325i from ASA.
Check to see which BMW Rims and BMW Snow Tires will look best on your vehicle.
Top Winter Performance Tires
Here is an option for your 06 BMW 325i from ASA.
Let's look at some of the other BMW Rims from Tire Rack that will accept the O.E. caps.
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.
• 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.
A brand from Germany, Borbet wheels can be seen as Original Equipment on a number of Europe's most prestigious vehicles from the likes of BMW and Volkswagen to Mercedes-Benz and more. Borbet wheels are also available as upgrades to Original Equipment, which means that you, too, can drive on a set of premium light alloy wheels customizing the look of your vehicle. And Borbet has fully earned the reputation of being a premium alloy wheel brand. Every Borbet wheel undergoes extreme tests in quality assurance to cement that high-quality status.
Here are a few Borbet favorites: