Are Your Chrysler PT Cruiser Chrome Wheels Looking Bad and Struggling to Hold Air?

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Chrome wheels were a very popular option on the PT Cruiser and they made a nice addition to the retro looking car. However, most owners are now finding out that chrome is not a maintenance-free wheel and is never recommended for use in winter conditions.

Chrome wheels have no protective coating and if used in wintry conditions, or if not frequently washed, they can start to look oxidized or hazy and the chrome finish will begin to peel. This isn't only an esthetics problem, but many find the peeling causes problems with the tire sealing properly to the wheel which can cause a slow leak. Having the tire removed from the wheel and cleaning the bead area of the wheel can help in some cases, but the problem most often always returns.

We offer many low-cost options for replacement that provide a more durable finish. When replacing wheels on the PT Cruiser I recommend to use a painted or clearcoat finish in order to achieve a more durable finish which is more suitable for all-season use.

MSW Type 14

Sport Edition SE-17


Some of the more popular replacement wheels include the MSW Type 14, Sport Edition SE-17 and RIAL Como. Each option is offered with a silver painted finish with a five-spoke design similar to a wheel that would have come on the car new.

If your chrome wheels aren't looking good or are having trouble holding air, shop by vehicle to find a new durable option for your PT Cruiser.

MOTO METAL Wheels Now Available at Tire Rack

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

At the request of many drivers, we now offer the MOTO METAL line of wheels for popular late-model trucks and SUVs. Launching the line at Tire Rack with seven styles, MOTO METAL wheels feature a variety of finishes that include black painted, chrome and black with milled accents.

Drawing inspiration from Southern California's motocross community, MOTO METAL takes street looks and adapts them to their wheel designs. Using top performance metrics, MOTO METAL utilizes unique styling characteristics. Some designs feature flat, deep lips, milled accents and removable inserts allowing drivers to further customize their wheels. Take a look at some of the wheels now available from MOTO METAL:

Search by vehicle to find MOTO METAL wheels for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, November 8, 2013 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.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1

2008 Chrysler 300 DUB Edition
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Miles driven on tires: 4,500
Location: Pickerington, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2013

I purchased my Continental Extreme Contact DWS in October from Tire Rack and I can honestly say the purchase through Tire Rack and the tires themselves has been the best experience. I have a 2008 Chrysler 300 limited DUB Edition which I honestly love. As mch as I love my car , which will be classic someday , it is rear wheel drive with all chrome wheels that only will allow performance tires . By the way I live in snowy Columbus, Ohio. Last winter was "dangerous " riding on my Goodyear RSA's. Like many of you reading this review with the winter coming and remembering my fear last winter everytime it snowed , I started looking for an all season tire that was best in the snow in August. After reading many reviews on many sites, though they were the most expensive, I narrowed my purchase down to the Michelen Primacy MXV4 and the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. I made my decision in October. The experience at Tire Rack was so painless that I ordered the tires on a Friday and had them installed on a Saturday at a Tire Dealer less than a mile from my house. Here is the best part, the 1st snow in Columbus hit the 1st week of December , 6 inches the 1st day and 5 the next day. If this had been a year ago , I would stayed home and never left the garage. However, this year, I was absoultely amazed at how good the ttraction is for a rear wheel drive car in the snow. The difference is day and night . The fear of "snow is gone, thanks to these tires. The ride is smooth and amazingly quiet and the braking and driving on wet payment is firm and compliant. These tires were expensive and my only negative thing to say about them is that when it is cold they seem like they weigh alot and steering is sluggish until they warm up. If you have a rear wheel drive car and live in a snowy climate, and want a quiet ride, and good traction without compromising performance these are the tires for you. I am more than pleased and will definitely buy these again from Tire Rack again.


KMC XD Series Rockstar Wheels for Your Truck or SUV

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

One of our most popular wheel lines for trucks and SUVs is the XD Series line-up from KMC. Featuring 16 different styles in varying finishes, KMC offers a little something for everyone. The series also has fitment options for 5, 6, and 8 bolt patterns for a large number of make/model fitments.

Of all the wheels we offer in the KMC XD Series line-up, the hottest seller has been the Rockstar. Featuring a traditional 5-spoke pattern but styled with aggressive accents, this wheel looks good and is a winning recipe for a wide variety of trucks. It's available in different diameters and widths and features offset measurements suitable for both stock ride height and lifted applications. Buyers can select between black painted, chrome plated and machined with black accent finishes to match the color theme they are looking for.

Search by vehicle to find a KMC XD Series wheel for your truck or SUV.

Choosing the Right Wheel for Your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

If you're looking at a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, below are some tips to remember when selecting new wheels. We offer aluminum options for most every vehicle listed in our database, as well as steel options for select vehicles.

Steel wheels are the most economical option for most, but is not as visually appealing as a styled aluminum wheel. Sizes range from 14" to 17" depending on the application. We do offer a selection of wheel covers that fit our steel wheels to dress up their appearance. These wheels do not require alternate hardware such as centering rings, but may need new lug hardware (which is included at no cost).

Aluminum offers a wider range of selection, has a more durable finish and is stronger than a steel wheel. However, aluminum can be a bit more finicky when it comes to fitment and finish. Some finishes and sizes are not appropriate for winter use. Certain polished wheels, chrome wheels and wheels with machined faces/lips aren't going to hold up well against road salt, chemicals and sand used to melt snow and ice. A fully painted wheel with multiple layers of protection is the most durable against the elements. Also, lower offset wheels that stick more outboard tend to toss debris down the side of the vehicle. Our winter tire and wheel selection will tend to be more conservative in fitment and finish to help protect your investment.

For additional help in choosing the right wheel this winter, read "Alloy vs. Steel Wheels in Winter Tire & Wheel Packages."

Which Wheels are Best for Winter Use?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Many drivers seek plain black steel wheels (also called steel rims) for winter use due to their low cost and durability. In many cases, steel wheels aren't available for a vehicle due to brake caliper clearance or another reason, and therefore an aluminum alloy wheel must be used instead. For a comparison between the two options, read "Steel Rims vs. Alloy Wheels for Winter Use."

While many aftermarket wheels work quite well for winter use, not all wheel finishes and sizes are appropriate or ideal for driving on snow-covered roads. Here are some examples of finishes and/or fitments that you should try to avoid if possible: 

  • Lower offset wheels that will stick out. Wheel and tire combinations that stick out will throw more snow, ice, sand and other debris up against the side of the vehicle. Some aftermarket rims can stick out too far and cause this problem. When possible, try to be more conservative by selecting wheels with higher offsets to keep the wheel and tire set-up within the vehicle's fender wells.
  • Polished and chrome wheels. These types of wheel (including those with chromed lips) finishes either have no protective clearcoat or a very light clearcoat and aren't going to hold up well for winter use. The salt, ice melt chemicals and sand used on winter roads will quickly destroy the finish on these wheels.
  • Some wheels with machined faces and lips with thin, sprayed, clearcoats. Just like fully polished and chrome wheels, these types are vulnerable to salt, ice melt chemicals and sand. It's best to keep them away from these to maintain a good looking wheel finish. Remember, not all clearcoat finishes are the same.

Are you not sure which wheel to choose? Don't worry, we work closely with wheel manufactures to assure the finish of the wheels we have listed with our Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages can hold up in harsh winter environments. When you shop for wheels on our site, the wheels and sizes listed are pre-filtered to avoid possible finish problems, as well as fitment issues. You can rest assured that the wheels you purchase will be great for winter use and will go well with your winter / snow tires!

Find the Most Popular Wheels for the Ford F-150

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in America for more than 30 years. Attractive styling, dependability and vast model selections have appealed to all sorts of buyers. You can purchase a standard work truck with little comforts, all the way up to the top of the line Limited model with two-tone leather heated and cooled seats, navigation and power-deployable running boards. There's an F-150 for everyone, no matter your needs. However, with that many trucks on the road, quite a few F-150 owners are looking to customize their vehicle to stand out from the crowd.

F-150 trucks have many possibilities when it comes to aftermarket wheel options. We offer over 160 different choices for the current 2013 model. The task of picking a wheel can be quite daunting, but we have a few tools to make it easier, such as our "View on Vehicle" function which lets you see what the wheel will look like on your F-150. You can also sort the wheel choices by finish like chrome, black or machined face.

 KMC XD Series Monster - Black Painted
KMC XD Series Monster - Black Painted
 Ultra Crusher - Machined w/ Black Accents
Ultra Crusher - Machined with Black Accents
 KMC XD Crank - Chrome
KMC XD Series
Crank - Chrome

There are a few wheels that have been very popular with the F-150, including:

If you're buying a black wheel, don't forget to add the proper TPMS sensor and valve parts to complete the custom look! Shop by vehicle to see wheels offered to customize your truck today!

Want a Unique Look?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Recently, Kazera has been adding some very unique finishes to their line-up. Traditional finishes like silver, black and chrome will always have their place in the market, but sometimes you need a wheel that stands out from the crowd. Whether the reason is to draw some extra attention, to horrify traditionalists or just because you want to, it can be a lot of fun to do something unusual with your wheels. So, be adventurous and try something a little bit off the beaten path. A wheel change is not permanent, so if you get tired of them after a few years, you can always put the stock wheels back on or try something else.

The Kazera KZ-Y is the wheel that inspired this post. A black wheel with a green face is definitely something you don't see every day. But on the right car, it could be a great addition. It could also be a good option for the track. Besides the black with green face, Kazera's KZ-Y is available in the following finishes:

If you're looking for something with a similar design, but fewer spokes, take a look at the KZ-P with a bright PVD with blue stripe finish. Bright PVD gives much of the same shine as chrome, but with greater durability. The two-tone finish also adds a unique touch.

Regardless of the look you desire, shop by vehicle to find all options that are a match for your car.

WORX Wheels Now Available at Tire Rack

Friday, May 3, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

WORX wheels are the newest addition to the Ultra line. Ultra also manufacturers Ultra Muscle, Ultra Motorsports Xtreme and Ultra Motorsports wheels. The WORX line of wheels are designed and manufactured as "Serious Truck Wheels" because all WORX wheels are covered by a lifetime structural warranty.

Located in Fullerton, California, WORX takes pride in its workmanship and offers unique styling with a healthy dose of attitude and attention to detail. Available to fit a broad range of light trucks and SUVs, the wheels are developed to accommodate most tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). WORX wheels are offered in different styles and finishes, such as chrome plated, black painted, black painted with spot milling and bright PVD.

 WORX 801 Triad
WORX 801 Triad
 WORX 802 Havoc
WORX 802 Havoc


 WORX 803 Beast
WORX 803 Beast
 WORX 805 Tyrant
WORX 805 Tyrant 8-Lug

The WORX 801 Triad has an aggressive look and unique three-spoke design. It's offered in 8-lug configurations for both single rear wheel and dually trucks. WORX 802 Havoc and 805 Tyrant wheels have a rugged off-road appearance with a simulated bead-lock look. The WORX 803 Beast has a more classic and clean looking design with six-split spokes.

To see which WORX wheels are available for your vehicle, shop by vehicle and upgrade the look of your truck or SUV today!

Are Your Chrome Wheels Leaking? Replace Them with Affordable Custom Wheels

Friday, April 19, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Buy your vehicle and hold onto it for as long as possible. That's typically the best way to get the most out of your car and budget. Obviously, you'll need to maintain and take care of it as best you can.

If your vehicle originally came with chrome wheels and you live in snow country, one challenge you'll probably face is peeling chrome. Eventually this peeling chrome will prevent your wheels from properly sealing against the tire beads. One way of fixing this is by having an installer clean the wheel and use a bead sealant to reduce or eliminate the air loss.

If leaks persist to the point you're still adding air to your tires every morning, then it's time to replace your wheels. A great option to consider is a set of Sport Edition F7 wheels. This five-spoke wheel is available in both a 16" and 17" rim diameter. Sport Edition wheels combine quality, style and price to offer an exceptional value. Using the latest production standards, Sport Edition wheels complement the appearance of many popular vehicles.

Not only could new wheels fix your leaking problem, but your vehicle will look better, too!

Give Your Truck Some Attitude with WORX Wheels

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by Ben Rooney

WORX TyrantHavoc. Tyrant. Beast. The names evoke boldness and aggression. New to our lineup for the first quarter of 2013, WORX wheels back up their attention-grabbing names with extroverted styling. 

Headquartered in Fullerton, California, WORX takes pride in its workmanship and offers unique styling with a healthy dose of attitude and attention to detail. Available to fit a broad range of light trucks and SUVs, they are offered in chrome and black finishes.

While the broad strokes will catch your eye first, they also feature subtler touches like surface details on the spokes and milled or machined accents on black-finished wheels. All WORX wheels are covered by a lifetime structural warranty.

A set of WORX wheels with an aggressive tire like the Dick Cepek Crusher would make a Tire & Wheel Package that sets your truck apart from the pack. 

View all available WORX styles and enter your vehicle information to see which one is a match for your truck. 

Bling on a Budget: 19x9.5 Chrome Sport Edition ST5 Marked Down to $79 for Your S6

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

One vehicle that really stood out to me at the Detroit Auto Show was an ibis white Audi with traditional chrome wheels.

It's hard to find the right finish for a white car. Silver tends to blend too much with the body color. While a grey or black finish might contrast too much. I tend to believe chrome stands out on a larger white luxury car without being over the top. Wheels are a personal taste and you should go with the look you want.

If you drive an Audi S6 and you like the look of a chrome wheel, then you're going to love the savings on the Sport Edition ST5 marked down from $248 to a closeout price of just $79*.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Sport Edition ST5
Sport Edition ST5

Of course a great deal on wheels isn't complete without the right tire. The 265/35R19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport offers exceptional grip with decent wear for the Max Performance Summer category. Developed for the driver who cares about how tire technology can enhance their vehicle's performance and safety, the Pilot Super Sport delivers durability, handling and traction while increasing treadlife. For just $1516* plus shipping your Tire & Wheel Package will be mounted, balanced and shipped ready to install.

*Prices subject to change

Designed for Your Light-Duty or Heavy-Duty Truck, WORX Wheels Impress!

Friday, January 25, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Whether you own a standard Ford F-150 for running errands or a Chevy 3500 Dually for heavy hauling, the new line of wheels from WORX has something to offer. With choices available in finishes such as black with spot milling, chrome plated and bright PVD, WORX provides different options for light trucks and SUVs. Guaranteed fitments ranging between 18" and 20" diameters with some models available in 16" and 17" diameters offers drivers multiple sizing options. 

A few models, such as the Havoc, feature an innovative spot milling manufacturing technique that allows the wheel to show small windows or accent areas that are machined to reveal the bright aluminum hidden under the black paint. After the process, the wheel gets a layer of clearcoat paint for protection. 

The most impressive wheel to me in the lineup is the Triad. It's available to fit many popular applications on the road today. There's even a model that's perfectly designed for dually trucks. A unique three-spoke design provides the same load capacity as a conventional wheel, therefore strength will never be a concern. All WORX wheels are covered by a lifetime structural warranty.

It's a safe bet that you won't see wheels similar to these any time soon! Check out the full line of WORX wheels to see which one is the right fit for your vehicle.

New Wheel for Spring 2013: Verde Parallax

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by Ben Rooney

The Verde Parallax has been added to our lineup of aftermarket wheels for 2013. This wheel has an attractive, clean five-spoke design, with each spoke divided into two parallel spokes. All Verde Parallax wheels feature a machined face with black accents. The machined spokes are highlighted against the black background, making them the visual focus of the design. 

Verde, established in 1981, has committed itself to excellence throughout the production process, from research and design through final production. This dedication has resulted in both ISO/TS16949 certification and recognition internationally via certification by the International Standards Organization. Their factory was built in 2002 as a fully integrated production line with R & D, tooling, casting, CNC machining, polishing, chrome plating, painting, packaging and warehouse logistics capabilities.

While this wheel is listed as new for the spring of 2013, there are already a few in stock. Pricing for the Parallax currently ranges between the $170 to $200*. The wheel is available in rim diameters of 19" and 20". You can shop by vehicle to view the offerings available for your car.

* Prices subject to change

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler ST

Thursday, January 17, 2013 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.

Goodyear Wrangler STReviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2011 Chevrolet Avalanche
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: St. Paul, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2013

Got these 265/70-17 tires and wheels to replace my chrome 20" wheels and tires for Minnesota winter use on my 2011 Avalanche.
So far the ice and snow traction has been very good, I don't often need to go into 4 wheel drive with these tires.
Maybe it is the truck, but I find these to be very good!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Monday, October 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6

1965 Ford Mustang 5-Lug
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Newton, NC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
September 30, 2012

I installed these tires on my 1965 289 Mustang along with a new set of American Racing Torq Thrust chrome wheels. I have 225 45 ZR 17s on the front on 17x7 wheels and 235 45 ZR 17s on the rear on 17x8 wheels. What a huge difference over the 15x7 wheels and off-brand tires on the car before! The biggest difference I see is in the turn-in rate. These tires really turn quickly. The car also stops more quickly. And the ride is fantastic for a 17" tire. They are not harsh at all over bumps and on a recent 100-mile round trip where we drove on a 4-lane US highway, they rode so smoothly.
In addition to all of that, the price on these tires is very appealing. They also have a great sidewall appearance and tread appearance. And this may or may not matter to some of you but these tires take Armor All (and other such products) very well. They are as shiny as any tires I have ever seen. That is of great importance to me.
I have had BF Goodrich tires for many years and believe their quality is unbeatable for the price. They are especially well known for their high-performance image and that is a big reason I chose this tire for my Mustang. I like Michelin tires a lot and have them on my Cadillac and my wife's Kia but Michelin does not seem to fit the high-performance mold I desire in a tire for the Mustang.
So I would highly recommend these tires. I have a 2004 Corvette which still has its original tires but when and if I do have to replace them, I will DEFINITELY install the BF Goodrich g-Force Sport Comp 2 tires. You can't beat them on a high-performance car.
Thank you for reading this review.

New Bremmer Kraft BR09 Replaces the BR05

Monday, August 20, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Are you looking for the popular Bremmer BR05 wheel? You wouldn't be the first as this is a great wheel and I covered its key features in my blog post "BMW Owners are Loving the Bremmer Kraft BR05 Wheel." Production for this wheel has moved to a new facility, however the same design with changes in color options are available as the BR09

Bremmer Kraft BR09 Hyper Silver
Bremmer Kraft BR09 Hyper Silver
Bremmer Kraft BR05 Black
Bremmer Kraft BR05 Black

As you can see from the photos above, the actual style of the wheel remains the same. The BR09 wheels are available in the same diameters, bolt patterns and offsets. They are also still available in the popular black and silver finishes, but the BR09 is not produced in the chrome-like bright PVD finish. 

One particularly popular Tire & Wheel Package for the 2006-2012 BMW 3 Series is using the following set-up :

  • 18x8" in the front with 225/40R18 or 235/40R18 sized tires
  • 18x9" in the rear with 255/35R18 or 265/35R18 sized tires

The wider 18X9" size compared to the BMW Original Equipment wheel size of 18x8.5" allows for use of the popular and wider 265/35R18 tire size in the rear, which makes this set-up even more appealing. 

Upgrade your vehicle's appearance with a Tire & Wheel Package today!


Looking for the Best Lightweight Track Wheels at a Value Price?

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Switching out your vehicle's heavy, factory steel or alloy wheels is one of the easiest bolt-on performance upgrades for your track vehicle. Just by switching to a lighter weight wheel, your car will instantly feel quicker and respond better compared to your stock wheels. The rotational force to get a lighter weight wheel to move and stop is less, therefore the engine and braking system of the car can now respond quicker. Reducing the unsprung weight by switching to a wheel with less weight will also reap benefits when cornering - as the shocks and springs will have less weight to dampen during rebound and compression - keeping the car more stable on the track.

Typically, the answer to a lighter wheel is purchasing a fully forged alloy wheel, however, this option can be expensive. There are many highly engineered cast alloy options that are more affordable and provide a great bang for your buck.

Kosei K1 Racing
Kosei K1 Racing
Kosei K1 TS
Kosei K1 TS
Enkei RPF1
Enkei RPF1


Enkei PF01
Enkei PF01
TR Motor Sports MT1
TRMotorsports MT1
TR Motor Sports C1
TRMotorsports C1

These wheels are designed to achieve the strongest wheel possible using the least amount of material. Many cast wheels are created the opposite way from a track wheel: form over function. The wheel looks good, so people want to put it on their car and dress up their ride. A track wheel is designed to provide the function of being lightweight over the appearance of the chrome clad bling you can add to your car.

Many autocross and road race customers have had excellent results with Kosei K1 Racing, Kosei K1 TS, Enkei RPF1, Enkei PF01, TRMotorsports MT1 and TRMotorsports C1. And some of these wheels start at an astonishing 13.5 lbs. in 15x7!

Bright Satin Silver Painted Wheels for Your Silver Car, Truck or SUV

Friday, March 9, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

If you've got a silver vehicle that's in need of a little style you should look beyond the standard finishes. Silver wheels are normally too close in hue to your car's silver body color to stand out. 

So unless you prefer this look, consider some of these other finishes, such as: chrome, black, grey or dark grey. It would also be worth your time to take a look at a bright satin silver painted finish. A bright satin silver painted finish is created by painting a base grey coat, followed by a brighter silver overcoat, finished with a clearcoat. The net result is a shiny grey finish that offers a perfect contrast with silver.

For a real-life example, view my co-worker Owen's wheel choice on his first-generation (2000) Honda CR-V. After careful consideration, he decided to go with the bright satin silver painted Rial Como.

Rial Como wheels strike a great balance between distinctive looks and continuity. Owen's running the 16" option on his CR-V, but the Rial Como is also available in a 17" diameter.

Are the 225/65-17 tires on your third-generation (2007-2011) Honda CR-V ready to be replaced? If you're considering new wheels, then this is the time to do it. We can mount, balance and deliver them ready to install. Take a look at a set of 17" bright satin silver painted Rial Como wheels on 225/65-17 Michelin Latitude Tour tires at only $1436.*


17x7.5 47mm offset Bright Satin Silver Rial Como $149*
17x7.5 47mm offset Rial Como $149**
225/65-17 Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Michelin Latitude Touring $161*
225/65-17 Michelin Latitude Tour $161**

*Prices subject to change, including TPMS sensors, excluding shipping

**Prices subject to change.