Weds Sport Wheels at Tire Rack

Thursday, February 16, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis
Weds Sport designs race inspired, super light alloy wheels. With a rich motorsport history that has proven to be highly successful in the JGTC (Japanese Grand Touring Car Championship) series, these ultra-light street wheels contribute a race look while improving the performance of your sport import car. All the rims are engineered, developed and manufactured with space-age technology for Acura, Audi, BMW, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan and VW cars. Here are a few Weds Sport styles we offer:
Weds Sport was founded in Osaka, Japan in 1965 as an automotive supplier to Nissan. In 1977, the company's Racing Forge was introduced as Japan's first 3-piece forged wheel. They opened their North American headquarters in 2008.
Take a look at all Weds Sport wheels we carry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 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.

Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

1998 Pontiac Firebird
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Bloomington, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2009

I don't drive the Firebird much in the winter .... maybe 1000 miles maximum .... so I usually just leave the summer tires on year 'round. This year, however, has been HORRIBLE from a weather perspective, making the roads a real bear with the summer tires still installed. I finally broke down after failing three times straight to make it up the hill to the cul-de-sac and decided to purchase some dedicated winter rubber. It seemed from the reviews that these Dunlops worked well on RWD cars (mainly BMW reviews), so I decided to purchase the Dunlop Winter Sport 3D package w/rims. Although I've only put about 150 miles on this package, I've got to say the difference in how the Firebird responds to the road conditions is like day and night (or Jekyll and Hyde....). The tires enable me to climb the ice and snow covered roads like it's almost dry pavement. I've noticed that coming down the hills the ABS almost never activates, and starts from a dead stop (uphill, sitting on ice spots) are absolutely no problem with minimal if any wheelspin. In fact, with this tire package, my RWD play-toy handles the bad stuff almost as well as the 4WD Rainier my wife drives. To say I am pleased with the improved performance of this car in winter conditions is an understatement. It’s not like driving in the summer on the SZ50’s, but for the lousy road conditions we’ve had this winter, they get the job done.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Thursday, December 15, 2011 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.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88

2007 BMW 328i Sedan Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
November 24, 2010

Winter started early in Minnesota and I'm glad I went with the more aggressive snow tire vs a performance run flat. The noise level is the same or better than the factory Turanza run flats, which surprised me, but the rubber is significantly softer. The steering responsiveness and highway tracking isn't as tight as the factory run flats, but the ride is much better going over bumps, the run flats are horrible with pot holes. I've also owned the previous version of this tire, the WS60, but that was on a 97 Honda Civic. The WS70 has the same awesome grip, I'm not really sure what the difference is between the 60 and 70. Having a rear-wheel drive sport sedan in Minnesota, these are almost required, as I got stuck trying to get out of the drive-way during the first snow storm before these snow-tires arrived (due to the Rial 5 spoke rims being on backorder). Cornering is still fun, I haven't noticed any significant sloppiness in the sidewall, of course the 3 series chassis is what makes the car fun. These are rated for 118mph if i remember right, however I can say these felt stable and trackable at triple digits and normal cruising highway speeds. I'm currently not carrying any spare, but if I was going on any road trips I would probably throw a summer wheel in the trunk to be safe since these are not run flats, and the 3 series doesn't come with a wheel wrench, so carry a 17mm wrench to get the lugnuts off.

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

Load Rating and My Tire & Wheel Package

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Many quesTire & Wheel Packagetions arise in regards to the two or three digit number located just beyond the tire size on the sidewall. This is the load rating. For passenger cars, it typically falls in the 80 to low 100 range. The number is followed by a letter which indicates the speed rating. The number/letter combination is referred to as the service description.

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.  

See how easy it really is by creating a Tire & Wheel Package for your vehicle!

Best Run-Flat Winter / Snow Tires in 225/45R17

Friday, October 21, 2011 by Gary Stanley
If you have a 2006-2011 BMW 3 Series, odds are you're considering run-flat winter / snow tires in 225/45R17. For the upcoming winter season, there are only two options left in stock: the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT and Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT
Pirelli 210 Sottozero Serie II 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.

Coil-Over Kits for 2007-2010 BMW M3 Coupe

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Suspension Products for 2008 BMW M3 CoupeThe late model BMW M3 comes equipped with a sport suspension system optimized for aggressive street driving. For drivers looking for improved track performance and the flexibility to adjust for reasonable street manners, upgrading to a fully adjustable coil-over kit is a great solution. 

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 PCS Damper Adjustable Coil-Over
H&R Damper Adjustable Coil-Over
H&R Street Performance Coil-Over
H&R Street Performance Coil-Over

KW Clubsport Kit Coil-Over
KW Clubsport Kit Coil-Over
KW Variant 3 Coil-Over
KW Variant 3 Coil-Over
Search suspension components by vehicle to see which suspension products work best for your vehicle.

PVD For Spring!

Saturday, April 9, 2011 by Grant Edwards
Bremmer Kraft BR05 Bright PVDWhile helping a customer decide on a Tire & Wheel Package for his navy blue 2009 Volkswagen GTI, we decided a great wheel option was the new Bremmer Kraft BR05 Bright PVD.

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
Available Rim Diameters: 18", 19" and 20"

Shop by vehicle to see which wheels work best for your vehicle.

Aftermarket Wheels and O.E. Center Caps

Friday, January 28, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Aftermarket wheels designed to use the Original Equipment center cap are available at Tire Rack. Let the wheels from Bremmer Kraft, Breyton, ASA, Elbrus and O.Z. Racing give your vehicle that custom look while maintaining the factory edge. Take a look at a few options that will set your car apart from the rest:

Bremmer Kraft BR05 Black PaintedBreyton Race GTS-R Matte Grey w/Red StripeASA Type 8 Chrome Plated
Bremmer Kraft BR05Breyton Race GTS-RASA Type 8

O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT Blue PaintedElbrus I02 Silver PaintedO.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT Bright Silver Paint
O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLTElbrus I02O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT
PorscheBMW and Mercedes-BenzPorsche

Use our website to view exact fitment and availability as some wheels may not be compatible with certain makes and models.

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.
BMW Center CapPorsche Center CapMercedes Center Cap

Color Coordinate your BMW!

Friday, December 31, 2010 by Tucker Glenn
BMW M3The ASA AR9 rim comes with colored spoke and carbon fiber inserts. Shown here is a 2009 BMW M3 with the carbon fiber inserts.

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!

What is the story with wheel weights?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 by Mac McNabb
What is the most weight you can have (in ounces) on a wheel and still be acceptable?
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.)

Wheel WeightsWhy 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!

Fuzion ZRi

Friday, November 5, 2010 by Neal O'Neal
Fuzion ZRiThe Fuzion ZRi continues to be one of the top Ultra High Performance Summer tires on the market. It is designed for serious sports car and sports coupe enthusiasts looking for race tire-like traction on the street or for use in aggressive street driving and track events. This tire is a favorite amongst the drivers of cars like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Honda Civic and various other applications. Read more about this great tire!

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.

Get yours today!

Dunlop Direzza DZ101

Friday, October 22, 2010 by Neal O'Neal
Dunlop Direzza DZ101The Dunlop Direzza DZ101 continues to be one of the top Ultra High Performance Summer tires on the market. It is designed for serious sports car and sports coupe enthusiasts looking for race tire-like traction on the street or for use in aggressive street driving and track events. This tire is a favorite amongst the drivers of cars like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Honda Civic and various other applications. Read more about this great tire!

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.

Get yours today!

BMW Snow Tires and Rims Available at Tire Rack

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Tire Rack has snow tires and rims to fit your BMW. Winter / snow tires from Michelin, Bridgestone, Pirelli, and others can be mounted on a variety of wheels including moda, RIAL and Sport Edition. All of these rims accept O.E. BMW center caps.

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.
BMW with ASA AR1 Rims
Let's look at some of the other BMW Rims from Tire Rack that will accept O.E. caps.
Rial SalernoSport Edition A7Moda EB1

Check to see which BMW Rims and BMW Snow Tires will look best on your vehicle.

Top Winter Performance Tires
Studless Ice and Snow Tires
Studdable Winter Tires

BMW Rims to Accept O.E. Center Caps

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Searching for the perfect look that still maintains the factory appearance? We have ASA Rims, Bremmer Kraft Rims, Rial Rims, and Sport Edition Rims that can be used and accept the O.E. center cap from your BMW.  Use our website tool for fitment and availability of each rim as some will not work depending on the year make and model BMW you have. Click the "Products" tab on the wheel summary page to see if the wheel will accept the OE center cap.

Here is an option for your 06 BMW 325i from ASA.
BMW with ASA AR1 Rims

Let's look at some of the other BMW Rims from Tire Rack that will accept the O.E. caps. 
Bremmer Kraft BR05Rial SalernoSport Edition A7ASA AR1
Check to see which BMW Rims will look the best on your vehicle.
We can even mount and balance a set of BMW Tires on them if you would like.

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.

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.

Borbet Rims

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by Tire Rack Team

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: