Wheels and Tires for the Scion iQ

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

If you visit Europe or Asia, you'll notice a wide assortment of very small microcars you never see in the United States. Conventional wisdom says that since we don't buy these types of vehicles often, many major manufacturers won't sell microcars in the U.S. So why has Toyota, builder of the steady and reliable Camry, Corolla and Sienna launched the 10-foot-long Scion iQ?

Do Toyota's executives know something we don't? Is it now hip to be small? We'll see, but I wouldn't bet against Toyota. After all, this is the same company that took Lexus from the 1989 ES250 to the $400,000 2012 LFA "halo" car and also created one the world's toughest vehicles, the indomitable Hilux. The vehicle is so tough that even Top Gear can't kill it.

Regardless if you drive one of these aforementioned vehicles, the wheels still make the car. If your iQ came equipped with a set of the steel wheels, we can improve its look. Ideally we want wheels that maintain spoke symmetry on a 4-lug wheel, flow with the car's styling and work with your iQ's body color. To view the wheel options for your iQ and see what they look like on your vehicle, visit our Upgrade Garage.
 

I like the bright silver Borbet BS4 especially on the black currant, black sand and pacific blue iQs. For the blizzard white, classic silver metallic and magnetic gray vehicles, I'd consider the machined with anthracite accent MSW Type 21. I'm also a fan of the new Rial Murago. The anthracite painted finish would be ideal for the hot lava, pacific blue, classic silver metallic and black sand options.

16X7 4-100 ET45 Bright Silver Borbet BS4 $152*
Bright Silver Borbet BS4
$152*
16X7  4-100 ET42  Machined With Anthracite Accent MSW Type 21 $99*
Machined with Anthracite Accent MSW Type 21 $99*
16X6.5 4-100 ET48  Anthracite Painted Rial Murago $149*
Anthracite Painted Rial Murago $149*


After selecting the wheel, what tire should you consider? The 195/55-16 Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 is a great choice for overall performance and tire efficiency. Ecopia EP422 tires combine year-round traction, handling and comfort with reduced environmental impact. The tire is designed to enhance vehicle fuel economy by reducing tire rolling resistance along with the vehicle's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while delivering year-round, all-season traction. It's important to note that if you're using your Original Equipment 175/60-16 tires, they are too narrow for the options listed earlier, and can only accommodate a maximum rim width of six inches. The sole compatible option if you're sticking with O.E. tires is the 16x6 Rial Flair.
 

*Prices subject to change

Paint Your Calipers

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 by Porter Pryde
Here's an easy project that increases the bling appeal of your brakes and makes your calipers easier to keep clean.

G2 Brake Caliper PaintSystem SetG-2 Manufacturing Brake Caliper PaintSystem Set shows off a vehicle’s brake components through open-spoke style alloy wheels like Borbet rims. It can be used to give a vehicle’s stock brake calipers or rear brake drums the look of expensive, painted, high performance calipers. It applies easily and is engineered for universal application on all automotive brake calipers and drums.
 
Application is fairly simple -- just three simple steps: preparation, application and cure.

Available in nine high-gloss, wear-resistant colors, select a color to complement or contrast a vehicle's primary and/or accent colors.
 
Red Yellow Blue Silver Gold Black Purple Green White Pink Orange

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!



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...



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: