Wheel Construction: Not All are Created Equal

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
The Custom Assembly of O.Z. 3-Piece Wheels Are you in the market for custom wheels? Other than wheel size, style and price, you may want to research how your new wheels are made. Buying new wheels can be a significant investment and you want to be sure to get your money's worth before spending your hard earned cash.

Consider Use: Vehicle demands, road conditions and driving style are all important considerations. If you are driving a sports car such as a Porsche, Corvette or BMW and enjoy track days from time-to-time, you may need a lighter/stronger wheel.

Construction Methods: The reality is that not all aluminum wheels are created equally. Strength and weight of a wheel are partly determined by how a wheel is made, not only the material it is made of. The three primary methods of O.E. and aftermarket wheel construction are gravity cast, pressure cast and forged.

Gravity Cast: Gravity casting is the most common and least expensive wheel manufacturing process. This is the process of pouring molten aluminum into a mold using only gravity to assist. This results in the heaviest and weakest of the manufacturing methods. 

Pressure Cast:
Pressure casting is the process of introducing positive pressure to assist in the flow of molten aluminum through the mold. This creates a lighter/stronger product due to higher density than gravity cast at a minimum cost increase. Tech Article on Wheel Construction

Forged:
 Forging is the process of forcing a semi-solid piece of aluminum between the forging dies under extreme pressure. This produces the lightest and strongest product of the three primary methods. Most of the 2- and 3-piece custom wheels and race wheels in the market are forged. The downside is that due to the extensive tooling required to create a finished wheel, forged wheels are considerably more expensive than either pressure or gravity cast. 
 
Bottom Line: I have spoken to many customers who wish they would have invested in a higher quality product after bad experiences with lower quality ones. The key to making an informed choice is to understand the advantages of each. To ensure you are getting the best product for your needs, consult a sales specialists to find out how the wheel you are interested in is constructed. 

American Racing Authentic Hot Rod MC5

Friday, March 11, 2011 by Chad Hocker
American Racing Authentic Hot Rod MC5 wheels are exclusively available for many Corvette and Camaro models.
American Racing Authentic Hot Rod MC5

American Racing Authentic Hot Rod MC5
Available Sizes: 17", 18", 19" and 20"
Finish: Chrome Plated

See if the MC5 or any other American Racing Authentic Hot Rod wheel fits your vehicle.

Corvette C6 and Cadillac XLR Tire Pressure Reset Tool

Friday, March 4, 2011 by Chad Hocker
ATEQ VT5ATEQ has designed a tire pressure reset tool to save time and money.

The VT5 allows the driver to avoid returning to the dealership to reset the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) after switching tire and wheel sets. The ATEQ TPMS Sensor Trigger tool enables the vehicle to recognize a newly installed sensor and is great for C6 Corvette and Cadillac XLR owners who have two sets of tires and wheels and need to register their TPMS sensors when changing from one package to the other.

The VT5 is a one-time cost item complementing your Tire & Wheel Package

ATEQ TPMS Sensor Trigger Instructions:
Download step-by-step triggering instructions (download PDF)

HRE Wheels Available at Tire Rack

Saturday, February 19, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
HRE WheelsTire Rack is excited to announce the introduction of a new wheel line.

HRE
wheels are high performance custom wheels with uncompromising engineering and manufacturing quality.  

They are offered in 12 different styles with sizes ranging between 18"-22". Some popular applications include: BMW M3, CorvettePorsche, Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Ferrari.

Shop by vehicle or contact one of our sales specialists for fitment options and pricing.

Self-Adjusting Suspension: the Best of Both Worlds

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 by Logan Woodworth

Koni FSD Damper Set Want a sportier ride from your car's suspension system without giving up ride comfort?

Or better handling to go along with your new custom wheels and tires?

KONI offers a unique and affordable solution. The KONI FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) is available for many Euorpean, domestic, and Asian vehicles such as Volkswagen, BMW, Mini, Audi, Mazda, Corvette, and Mustang among others.

The concept of the KONI FSD Damper Set is that it self-adjusts based on the vehicle's body and suspension movement.

Find out more and see if it's availalbe for your vehicle!

New Wheels for Your C5 Chevy Corvette

Saturday, January 8, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Is it time to freshen the look of your 1997-2004 Chevrolet Corvette? How about some new rims or wheels or maybe even a wheel and tire package to make that personal statement? Tire Rack carries a number of great options for your vehicle.

Here are a few examples:
Sport Muscle Z06

Sport Muscle Z06

Sport Muscle Z06
Finish: Chrome Plated

17- and 18-inch
Sport Muscle ZR

Sport Muscle ZR

Sport Muscle ZR
Finishes: Bright Satin, Silver Paint, Chrome

17- and 18-inch

Both of these options are also very economical with prices currently starting at $159 each.

BBS Wheels for Chevy Corvette

Friday, October 8, 2010 by Cooper
BBS RS-GTBBS wheels need no introduction. They are synonymous with motorsports and have been the go-to wheels for drivers looking for style, strength, and durability. With years of success in motorsports, BBS is considered the leader in wheel manufacturing and is dedicated to pursuing the highest level of engineering technology and then applying this experience to the street.

Right now, we have a special on the BBS RS-GT wheels for the newer Corvettes running 18" wheels and tires on the front and 19" wheels and tires on the rear. A great complement for those wheels would be the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP (run-flat) tires. A package for wheels and tires will run you approximately $2,000 off for a limited time.*

Place your order today!

*All pricing subject to change.

Them's Da Brakes

Saturday, July 17, 2010 by Logan Woodworth
With many track and street enthusiasts focused on getting more horsepower to the wheels, braking systems often get forgotten.

On the track, upgrading your car's brakes can shave valuable seconds from lap times and increase braking consistency.

On the street, a Brembo brake kit will improve the appearance of your vehicle while also improving performance and safety.

Brembo GT caliper/rotor kits are available for many vehicles and in several colors. Common vehicle fitments include Corvette, Mustang, Porsche, BMW, Audi, Escalade, 350Z and Mercedes-Benz.

O.Z. Racing Alleggerita Wheels for your BMW or Audi!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 by Doc Horvath
Check out O.Z. Racing's lightweight Alleggerita HLT wheels, available only at Tire Rack!

The Alleggerita HLT is stocked in 16," 17" and 18" sizes. Wider options are available in 18" for staggered fitments on BMW M Series and Corvettes. We stock Anthracite, Black and Matte Silver finishes, and have special order capabilities for White, Blue, Red, Orange and Gold (delivery in approximately 60 days).
Alleggrita in AnthraciteAlleggrita HLT in black



 (stock colors)

Alleggrita HLT in blueAlleggrita HLT in red




(special order colors)Alleggrita HLT in orangeAlleggrita HLT in gold (special order colors)
bmw
O.Z. Racing never compromises on quality and complies with all official regulations of their client countries, including the stringent rules of T.U.V., the German control office. O.Z. Racing constantly submits their wheels to multiple comprehensive tests to measure road stress. To detect minute flaws, their wheels are put under pressure in a specially designed water tank and scanned for hidden flaws by X-ray; further examination is done by computer and electron microscopes. An anti-corrosion treatment is also applied, followed by a protective lacquer coating and final cleaning.

See if this wheel fits your car. Like the way they look? We can make it a Tire & Wheel Package that includes mounting and balancing at no extra charge prior to shipping. Pick out your tires and wheels at Tire Rack today!

New Exclusive Corvette Wheels Available at Tire Rack

Friday, May 21, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Sport Muscle WheelsCheck out the newly arrived Sport Muscle GS wheels available exclusively for Corvette. The GS is available in sizes from 19- to 20-inch in widths of 8.5 and 9 inches or on the 20-inch wheels 11 and 12 inches wide. They are available in two finishes: silver and machined with black accent. Use our view on vehicle tool to see how the Corvette Wheels look on your Vette. Like the way they look? 
Sport Muscle GS Black with Machined AccentSport Muscle GS Silver

We also have Corvette tires available to mount on your new wheels if you like. We will offer to mount and balance your package including all the lug hardware at no charge along with the Hunter Road Force Balancing at no charge. We will also install the tire pressure monitoring sensors for you at no charge but do have to charge for the price of the sensors.


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!



C6 Corvette Tires and Wheels (Part 1: Tires)

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
I was talking to one of my Corvette customers the other day and he told me that in his Corvette club most members buy their Corvette Rims and New Automobile Tires from Tire Rack. By far the most popular tires I sell for this car personally are the Firestone Auto Tires, we are also one of the largest Goodyear Tire Dealers and I often sell the Original Equipment Goodyears for this car as well. But for people who don't want the O.E. Corvette Goodyear tires the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Run Flat tires are the most popular. People tend to like them because they are very high performance tires comparable to the Goodyears and usually less expensive.

FH Wide Oval Run Flat

Check back next week for my post on Corvette Rims to go with these tires!


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  



American Racing Rims

Monday, April 5, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Gran Torinos and Firebirds will always be classic muscle cars. Today, new versions of old favorites like Chargers, Corvettes and Mustangs carry on the muscle car tradition. And just like any vehicle out there, you can never deny a good muscle car a great set of wheels.

That's where American Racing wheels come into play. In fact, they've been around for years.

All American Racing rims are manufactured to be aggressive performance wheels, which is perfect for the aggressive muscle car. With staggered fitments, modern finishes, larger diameters and design elements taken from racing wheels—there's a reason American Racing rims are so often considered to be standard equipment.

This spring, Tire Rack has two new American Racing wheels:
Shop by vehicle to see if they'll fit yours.

See all American Racing wheels.

Increase your Corvette's performance with a few aftermarket products.

Monday, March 29, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
The Corvette is a powerful vehicle, made even more so with a few aftermarket upgrades. And at Tire Rack, we're in the game of knowing exactly what those upgrades should be—starting with Corvette suspension products.

The Eibach Multi-Pro R2 Coil-Over Kit shown at right facilitates precise tuning for optimum handling balance. You can also adjust dampening for more comfort or the ultimate in grip. The choice is yours, which you'll base on your driving style.

And speaking of style, you're probably well aware of our selection of Corvette tires and Corvette wheels. To see these, and also the Eibach kit above, you'll want to take advantage of our Upgrade Garage—entering your Corvette's specifications will make you privy to a whole slew of aftermarket products that suit it, including Corvette shocks and Corvette brake pads.

In no time at all, you'll be driving that "brand-new" 'vette of your dreams.



Try some Chevy tires on that Corvette!

Monday, March 8, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
The Corvette is a beautiful, powerful car unless you're driving on the wrong set of Chevy tires. At Tire Rack, we do a lot of tire testing and the one thing we repeatedly find is that tires can make or break a vehicle's performance and safety levels.

Find the set you need in our Upgrade Garage—we found Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Max Performance Summer tires and combined them with O.Z. Raffaello III wheels to enhance the blue beauty above.

In addition to tires and wheels, you'll have the opportunity to shop an assortment of aftermarket products from a list tailored to your specific vehicle.

Enter the Upgrade Garage to find your Chevy wheels today.





Mac at the Rack!

Thursday, February 25, 2010 by Mac McNabb
I love to drive! Fast, off-road, track.....back roads, you name it. Soon after getting my license I realized that gasoline flowed through my veins and driving would always be a priority in my life. 

I have owned Camaros, Mustangs, 04 Mazda RX-8, 1969 Ford Galaxie Convertible, Hondas of all varieties, lifted 1985 Toyota off road truck; you name it. All of which I enjoyed driving for one reason or another.

Now that I have a family, it has been harder for me to have the sports cars but the Honda Odyssey is great....kinda..... and the Galaxy still is cool.

We have used car shows for family time in the summer and really miss all the opportunities to see car shows from the earlier family days in the suburbs of Chicago. My boys could recognize at 2-3 yrs old every generation of Corvette, Mustang and Camaro from the tail lights alone in the dark....that makes Dad feel pretty special.

Here at Tire Rack I get to share my love for driving and cars/trucks with each person I speak with. I know that positive attitude and excitement help communicate just how important tires are to your driving experience. Feel free to call me with your brake, suspension, wheel and tire needs for sure! I am here to help!

Mac @ 800-428-8355
Extension 739
Mac@tirerack.com


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:

BBS RS-GT
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.)

Chevrolet Corvette - OE Replica Wheels

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 by BJ Joines
If you're looking for a new set of wheels for your Corvette, look no further than the Sport Edition brand for some great options. Sport Edition builds several Corvette replica wheels that look just like the factory wheels but cost just a fraction of the price. They come in a variety of sizes, finishes and designs so you're sure to find something to enhance your Vette!

Here are some of the most popular designs:

Sport Edition C6 - Black, Chrome & Light Grey
Fits: C4 (1992-1996), C5 (1997-2004), C5 Z06 (2001-2004), C6 (2005-present) 
SE C6 - Black 


Sport Edition Z06 - Chrome and Light Grey. 
Fits: C4 (2992-1996), C5 (1997-2004), C5 Z06 (2001-2004), C6 (2005-present), C6 Z06 (2006-Present)


Sport Edition ZR - Bright Satin Silver
Fits: C5 (1997-2004), C5 Z06 (2001-2004), C6 (2005-present) 


Tire Rack will also mount and balance new tires on the wheels before we ship them out to you. So if you need new tires as well, be sure to take advantage of this deal! We carry all the major brands of run flat tires for the Corvettes!


What's the "Best" mod for my car?

Friday, July 10, 2009 by Luke Pavlick

    A question I hear quite often is exactly that "What is the 'best' mod for my car?".

    It is asked with full expectation to hear something like "get some new tires and wheels they'll look great and really handle the corners" or "an AEM cold air intake will up the performance of your car and that would be really cool". While both of those statements are accurate they may not be the best answer.

    I find that many times the people who are asking that question are younger drivers who are excited to get their life behind the wheel jump started. They over look the fact that their driving skills are still under-development and they still need improvement as well as experience before they can truly appreciate what any upgrade or a mod to the car can offer.

    Every year more than 5,000 American youths ages 16 - 20 die behind the wheel. Nationwide, a teen dies in a traffic crash an average of once an hour on weekends and nearly once every two hours during the week. That means every week more than 100 families will lose a child.


    The Tire Rack has joined with the non-profit BMW CCA Foundation and the SCCA to bring Tire Rack Street Survival teen driving program to the nation. Through the efforts of members of the BMW Car Club of America, the Sports Car Club of America, the Mercedes Benz Club of America and the Porsche Club of America as well as other automotive enthusiasts who volunteer their time to serve as coaches with each teen, over 80 schools will be held in locations across the U.S. and benefit over 1,600 student drivers this year.

    The point I am making is quite simple, the best 'mod' for a young inexperienced driver is more often than not  "fix the loose nut behind the wheel"

    Even older, more experienced drivers can improve their skill set behind the wheel by enrolling in a high performance drivers education course or a full on race school with professional racers as instructors. These are typically held at major race tracks around the country. 

    Many local car clubs with national affiliates run these schools and are very friendly, helpful and fun to hang around with. To find a club near you search your favorite marque like Audi, BMW, Porsche or Mustang. The SCCA as well as NASA are also involved in schools and welcome new members at all events. For you Mid-West guys and gals you might want to look into the Audi Car Club Chicagoland Chapter, The North Shore Corvette Club and the Salt Creek Sports car Club as all of them organize great events.

   
And befor you go there, Yes, I remember the old adage "practice what you preach"

    I recently attended the Ford Racing school at Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah and came away with better understanding of vehicular dynamics and car control skills. The lead instructor at the school was Professional racer Cyndi Lux. She and her team of instructors were fantastic as their instruction was helpful and easy to understand. 


   

In addition to the great driving instruction I was also able to learn about a couple of BF Goodrich tire models and how they perform and react under extreme conditions.

    Let me tell you I had an absolute blast pushing them to the absolute limit. Actually, a little beyond their limit, at times, according to one of the the instructors 

My name is Luke Pavlick ... I'm a car guy