Lightweight, Strong and Good Looking: Enkei Racing Series PF01

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Selecting wheels for a vehicle is subjective based upon one's taste and ultimately up to each individual customer. Here at Tire Rack, we offer many different brands to suit the various tastes of our customers.

While I'm frequently asked, "What wheel would look best on my car?", I must admit it's a very difficult question to answer. Even though I've been customizing cars for years and certainly have my thoughts as to how things should be done, my feelings don't always match that of the consumer. 

When I do weigh in, I try to recommend wheels that aren't overstated, of good quality and are as purposeful as possible. For customers looking for a wheel that is durable, good looking and extremely lightweight, one of my favorite choices is Enkei's PF01

Part of the Enkei Racing Series family, this product weighs as little as 10 lbs. in certain sizes and maintains a much lower price point than other high-end wheel manufacturers. The broad range of bolt patterns and sizing of this wheel allows it to be used on a wide variety of vehicles.

The 4x100 bolt pattern is a popular choice for Honda and Mazda Miata owners, while the 5x114 option has proven to be very popular on countless other makes and models. Besides the physical allure of this wheel, it's proven quite handy when trying to clear Big Brake Kits due to its large amount of spoke clearance.

When considering aftermarket wheels or aftermarket rims as they are commonly called, take a look at many of the various wheels from Enkei. With many wheels to chose from, your tastes doesn't have to exactly mirror my own.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 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.

Kumho Ecsta LX PlatinumReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88

2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Brandon, SD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 23, 2012

I work at a tire store and did alot of reaseach on the different tires for my car. I found these and gave them a try. So far a Great tire for the price point. I would have expected to pay twice as much for the quality of this tire. The ride is great and is so queit. Cornering is incredible. Took my car and made it feel like a sports car. I am alittle agresive around corners and feel very confedent that these tires will hug the corner. The rim protector on the tire has come in handy several times and save my rim from curbs. Snow traction has yet to be tested. Over all very pleased with this tire and recomend it to any of my customers wanting a luxury touring tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, October 26, 2012 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 DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75

2009 Toyota Camry
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Miles driven on tires: 3,200
Location: Hedgesville, WV
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,200 Miles on Tires
October 04, 2012

I've had 5 different sets of tires on this car and these Conti's are, so far, the best. I drive through all weather conditions through/over mountains to&from work 125 miles daily. Although these are relatively new tires, they have outperformed all of the previous brands. Smooth ride, stable feel, security in driving rain storms and controlled handling. My Camry has been lowered and I am running 18" custom rims which would usually provide me with a stiffer ride, but I don't feel it with these tires. I have run these tires with the windows up and down and don't hear them at all. I will buy these tires again without a second thought if they prove out this year!

Tire Rack Locations and Recommended Installers

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by Gary Stanley

As you may know, Tire Rack is a mail order company, so we don't have traditional local retail locations where you can shop for our products. However, we do have a handful of distribution centers across the country where we ship our products from, and you can also pick up your order in person.

Orders can be picked up at the following distribution centers:

Note: With the exception of our South Bend, Indiana facility, our distribution centers do not offer installation. Local sales taxes do apply to any purchase that is picked up. Also, the credit card holder must be present at time of pick up along with a photo ID. 

Do you live in an area that's not near one of our distribution centers? No problem. We have a list of nationwide Recommended Installers that can provide professional and affordable installation of the tires, wheels and other products you purchase from Tire Rack. All of our Installers are carefully screened to ensure they have the right equipment and experience to satisfactorily serve our customers. In fact, to become a Recommended Installer a company must meet our uncompromising criteria:

  1. Use proper mounting and balancing equipment including touchless or rim clamp, European-style tire changers and high-speed computer spin balancers.
  2. Employ properly trained technicians capable of safely performing damage-free installations.
  3. Be an automotive business that can offer additional services to customers (alignments, complete repairs, auto detailing, etc.)
  4. Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack's customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.

Only after these criteria are met is a company approved to become one of our Recommended Installers.

You can see exact quotes for installation by choosing a Price Pledge Installer while in search results. Price Pledge Plus Recommended Installers not only participate in our Price Pledge program but they are also Installers who consistently achieve a 4.5-star or above overall ranking in our survey results. Installers who participate in the Price Pledge program agree to display exact quotes for installation services based on tire aspect ratio. Additional or optional related installation fees are also displayed.

For more information on tire aspect ratios and installation, check out one of my previous posts, "Installation is Even Easier!"

The Truth About Warranties

Thursday, July 26, 2012 by Gavin Carpenter

Resolving warranty issues on tires is tricky business. 

Anyone would like to utilize a manufacturer's defect or treadlife warranty if they could. However, is it an issue with the tire or improper maintenance of the vehicle and/or tire?

When was the last time you checked the inflation pressure of your tires to make sure they were inflated properly? Did you check the inflation placard? Has your car's alignment and suspension been properly inspected? 

An easy self-assessment is to look at the tire and make sure that all four tires are worn to the same tread depth across the tread pattern. If this is the case, get in touch with Tire Rack's customer service department by calling 800-428-8355 ext. 360. 

Another way to determine whether or not a tire may be covered is to look at the below disqualifying conditions:

  • Puncture
  • Injuries to the sidewall or tread that do not penetrate the carcass
  • Running a tire underinflated or flat
  • Impact damage
  • Shoulder wear that's commonly caused by underinflation, hard cornering or alignment issues
  • Uneven wear due to mechanical issues, which can include: feathered tread rim edges, cupping, diagonal wear, misalignment, worn or loose bearings
  • Failed or improper tire repair
  • Ozone cracking
  • Bead damage or improper mounting

The above list includes a few of the general specific items that could cause issues. Some manufacturers have a road hazard warranty on some of their tires, including Kumho and Continental.  For some additional information on warranties, read "Treadlife/Mileage Warranties."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 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.

Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2010 Nissan Maxima 3.5
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Memphis, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
July 11, 2012

I purchased these tires after I noticed some wear issues in my last set of (remain nameless) tires. I am an EXTREMELY "SPIRITED" driver and I use the manual shifting on my Maxima as often as possible and I must say, since I purchased these tires, I have been EXTREMELY impressed with the responsiveness and stability of these tires considering I have custom 22" rims on my car. I get better handling, less road noise and nice cornering at high speeds. They feel slightly slushy on some sharp corners but that can be expected considering they are low profile on BIG rims. I am shocked at the rating they received from tirerack and almost didn't purchase them but the tire shop was out of the Continental DWS tires in my size and for the price Hankook was a good choice. After another 8,000 miles, I will give my review again but so far, considering the name brand I moved from, I am impressed.

Light and Strong: Enkei Racing Series Offers Excellent Wheels for the Track and Autocross

Monday, June 25, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis

Enkei Racing Series custom wheels feature the latest designs, composite alloy technology and casting and forging processes. Enkei's quality testing surpasses stringent JGTC standards. This dedication to perfection helps them deliver the best in modern alloy wheels.

Creating the unique styles for today's market, Enkei Racing Series wheels are manufactured using the MAT (Most Advanced Technology) process. This combines one-piece cast wheel technology with a process of spinning the rim. Using this technology, casting and rim forming by MAT will drastically improve the strength of the wheels. Rim-rolling technology shapes the rim to improve material elongation without sacrificing the wheels' hardness.

The following two options are not only a few of my favorites, but also two of the lightest we offer. The RPF1 is a classic Japanese tuner style look and is available in a 14", 15", 16", 17" and 18" rim diameter. Featuring a much more modern look, the PF01 showcases a 10-spoke design with snap-in, exposed lugs. Both wheels look great without center caps, as this is appealing to drivers of autocross and where there are track regulations.

Enkei RPF1
Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Enkei PF01
Enkei Racing Series PF01


Colored Wheels: Sparco Assetto Gara

Thursday, May 31, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Have you ever wondered what your car might look like with a set of wheels that would stand out from the rest of the crowd in a big way? New this spring, the Sparco Assetto Gara wheels are available in a variety of colors. With sizes available in 15", 16", 17" and 18" rim diameters, you have many options for giving your car that unique look.

The following colors are available:

These 10-spoke, race-inspired wheels aren't just for show either. The Assetto Gara wheels are made by Sparco, which means they are high-quality, well-built wheels that'll continue to perform and look great for many years.

Concerned how a certain color may look on your vehicle? Fear not. Visit our Upgrade Garage to see what each Assetto Gara wheel looks like on your vehicle before you buy.

Customers really love the look of the wheel as evident by their positive feedback:

"I like the design of these wheels, they really do help keep my big brakes cool because I know I push the limits. The weight is really good. I'm very satisfied with my purchase as California roads are rough and the wheels have been holding up overall." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review (Sparco Assetto Gara Black Painted)

"Very nice looking wheel. Looks even better in person! It's very solid and seems to be a very quality wheel."  -- Tire Rack Consumer Review (Sparco Assetto Gara Matte Graphite Silver)

How Do I Get My Tires Installed and How Much Does it Cost?

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

You have spent your time researching our site and found the perfect tire for your car. Now how do you get them installed? Tire Rack has over 8,000 recommended installers across the United States that are eager to help you with this service.

All of the installers must meet stringent criteria before being added to the program. They're required to employ trained technicians operating proper high-speed balancers and touchless or rim clamp mounters. We also require the business to demonstrate a positive overall customer service attitude that's eager to help you with the install and other ancillary services you may need or want.

Since many areas have more than one installer in the program, the next step is picking the one that's right for you. You'll find pricing for each installer for mounting and balancing, valve stems, TPMS rebuild, run-flat installs, disposal fee and more. Quite a few of the installers will be price pledged, where an exact fee is displayed and will be honored. One step better is "Price Pledge Plus" where they have also received consistently high ratings from Tire Rack customers that have used them in the past.

With a national network of thousands of independent Recommended Installers ready to handle your installation needs, finding one near your home or office is easy.

How to Get Your New Tires Installed

Friday, March 2, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis

We offer many options when it comes to shipping destinations. Many customers prefer to receive their order at home so they can take their tires to an installation facility. We are able to ship to your place of work, home or alternate address. There's also the option of shipping directly to your local garage.

If you don't have a garage in mind, be sure to find one of our independent Recommended Installers near you. We've carefully screened each facility to ensure they have the right equipment and experience to satisfactorily serve our customers. In fact, to become a Recommended Installer a company must:

  • Use proper mounting and balancing equipment including touchless or rim clamp, European-style tire changers and high-speed computer spin balancers.
  • Employ properly trained technicians capable of safely performing damage-free installations.
  • Be an automotive business that can offer additional services to customers (alignments, complete repairs, auto detailing, etc.)
  • Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack's customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.

Only after these criteria are met is a company approved to be a Recommended Installer for Tire Rack. So go ahead and find one near you.

Shopping for Tires on Our Website

Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

Tire Rack supplies many tools that help you find the tire you need. When you shop by vehicle, we'll get you pointed in the right direction. This feature will account for load and speed rating requirements in the original sizes.

Once you have confirmed the tire size and are looking at all options, our results can be fine tuned. You can sort by a number of criteria including: price, brand and performance category. This allows you to quickly view the products that best match the tires you're considering. You can also do side-by-side comparisons of multiple tires. We will show you the pricing, survey data, warranty and more in an easy-to-view format.

When viewing a specific tire, you can see detailed information on the various tabs. These include a description, prices and sizing, complete specs (revs. per mile, weight, rim width, range) and warranty details. You can also look at detailed customer reviews, survey data and test results that'll help you determine if that tire is right for your vehicle. 

You won't find any one with more information. If you want a more direct approach, we also offer the Tire Decision Guide. By answering a few simple questions, this feature will determine the performance categories from which you should choose your new tires.

And finally, our greatest secret weapon...our sales specialists. With many questions better handled over the phone, the best trained staff in the industry will help guide you to the best product(s) and place your order for you.


Wheel Spotlight: KMC XD Series Rockstar

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 by Ben Rooney
KMC XD Series RockstarThe Rockstar has been one of the most popular wheels in the KMC XD Series lineup. Its classic five-spoke design combines with a deeply concave face and unique 'floating' center cap for a look that is both distinctive and aggressive. Having seen these wheels on trucks in our parking lot, I can definitely say they stand out. 

Available to fit a wide variety of trucks and SUVs, the wheel's wide widths and negative offsets are available to accommodate many lifted applications with oversized tires. It is available in diameters up to 24" and widths as wide as 12". Not all widths and diameters will be available for every vehicle application, but there are a broad range of fitments from which to choose. 

The wheel also comes in a version for dually pickups. Read a prior blog post of mine for details on custom wheels for dually trucks, as well as a photo of the Rockstar in the dually version. That version has a somewhat different appearance due to unique fitment requirements. 

Besides the black painted version shown above, the Rockstar is also available in a chrome and machined with black accent finish. As with any of our wheels, you can shop by vehicle to see which truck rims are available to fit your application. 

Shipping to a Recommended Installer

Monday, January 23, 2012 by Ben Rooney
 For your convenience, Tire Rack keeps a database of Recommended Installers that are searchable by ZIP Code. As part of our network of installers, these shops have agreed to accept your shipment while being ready to handle your installation needs. 

This is often convenient if you do not want to receive the shipment yourself and load the tires into your car. This is especially helpful if you have a vehicle with limited trunk space and/or only two seats.

The cost to deliver tires depends only on the ZIP Code of the delivery, so there is no extra cost to have tires sent directly to the shop. Since the installers are independent businesses, one would pay the labor charges for the installation directly to the shop that does the work.

We collect price quotes and review data from all of the installers in our national network. Those that provide specific pricing based on tire sizes are highlighted as Price Pledge installers. Price Pledge installers that consistently receive excellent customer survey ratings are further highlighted as Price Pledge Plus installers. In fact, all Recommended Installers must meet Tire Rack's uncompromising criteria and must posses the following equipment and experience to become one of our Recommended Installers:
  1. Use proper mounting and balancing equipment including touchless or rim clamp, European-style tire changers and high-speed computer spin balancers.
  2. Employ properly trained technicians capable of safely performing damage-free installations.
  3. Be an automotive business that can offer additional services to customers (alignments, complete repairs, auto detailing, etc.)
  4. Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack's customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.
Find a Recommended Installer near your home or office and get your Tire Rack purchase installed with confidence! 

Lowering Your Ford Mustang

Thursday, January 5, 2012 by Logan Woodworth
The late model Ford Mustang is fast becoming an extremely popular vehicle for both customizers and enthusiasts. This is partly due to the volume of aftermarket parts available and the demand from consumers to set their Mustang apart from the crowd and show off their personal style.

In addition to custom paint jobs and aftermarket wheels (rims), many Mustang owners are opting to lower their cars for more aggressive handling and appearance. Due to the flexibility of the late model Mustang chassis, there are several ride height and stiffness options available.

Depending on the version of Mustang, there are several options for lowering from standard non-adjustable springs to fully adjustable coil-over kits. Coil-over kits offer the height and dampening adjustability that is not possible with a spring-only application.
Eibach Multi-Pro Coil-Over R2 Kit for 2011 Mustang GT
It's important to note that when changing a vehicle's ride height, alignment adjustments will be needed for your vehicle. For lowering, this typically includes reduction in camber to counter the camber increase caused by shorter springs. For the newer Mustang, a set of camber bolts will do the trick for the front and an adjustable panhard bar or trailing arm for the rear.

When you're looking for Mustang shocks, springs, coil-over kits or other suspension parts for your ride, be sure to shop by vehicle to find the parts that are a great fit.

New Wheel from Hurst

Thursday, December 29, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Tire RHurst Stunner (Machined w/Anthracite Accent)ack is excited to offer Hurst wheels for the new Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang.

The Stunner is a new custom wheel (rim) that is exclusively engineered for the late model Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The wheel is available in a 20" diameter for either staggered or non-staggered applications.

Designed with a durable, machined/clear-coat finish to protect the wheel from corrosive elements, this new wheel is the perfect complement to your Mustang or Camaro tires.

Shop by vehicle to see if the the new Stunner is a fit for your vehicle.

Late Model Corvette Tires

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Upgrade GarageAs many Corvette owners know all too well, purchasing C5 and C6 tires can get a bit confusing and even frustrating. This is primarily due to the unusual staggering of the wheels. Unlike most vehicles with staggered (different front and rear sizes) tires, Chevrolet has been equipping Corvette wheels, since 1997, in the rear that aren't only wider, but also an inch larger in diameter than the front wheels.

Traction Control

This staggering makes it more difficult to find matching front and rear tires for the Vette. AdditiPirelli Winter 240 Sottozeroonally, using sizes that don't match the O.E. front and rear diameters will render the vehicle's traction control (Acceleration Slip Regulation) non-operational. This is because the car was engineered to have a tire that is one inch taller in the rear.

Winter / Snow Tires

To make matters worse, we have many customers looking for winter / snow tires for their Corvette and they're surprised to find that their options are extremely limited. The summer tires that are Original Equipment on the vehicle are nothing short of dangerous when driving on ice and in the snow. The lone winter option for the Corvette is the Pirelli Winter 240 Sottozero, which is only available in a non-run-flat front/rear match. The good news is that this is a good winter tire, however they can be hard to find in stock.

If you've decided that you want to make the move and install a set of winter / snow tires on your Corvette rims, then take a look at the Pirelli tire prices for the Winter 240 Sottozero and make this year's winter driving as safe as possible.

Take it to the Max with General Tire

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 by Steve Huffman
EarlGeneral G-MAX AS-03ier this year, General introduced their new Ultra High Performance All-Season tire, the General G-MAX AS-03. Designed for the drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance sedans, this newer radial combines performance handling with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, even in light snow.

During testing, we were impressed with the tire's traction, especially on the wet track. Its directional tread design not only looks cool but functions very well as it channels away water. It had relatively good handling and responsiveness and the noise level was acceptable for an ultra high performance tire.

The tire is attractively priced for those drivers looking for good value to go along with performance. Available in many sizes ranging from 15" rim diameter up to 20", this tire also comes with a 40,000 mile treadlife warranty and 45-day customer satisfaction trial. The G-MAX AS-03 is a great choice for owners who drive a Subaru WRX, Honda Civic, Ford Mustang or Chevy Malibu. 

What Truck Tires Are Best in Snow?

Thursday, December 1, 2011 by Alex Mouroulis
Many SUV and truck owners need excellent snow and ice traction. In some cases, it's not practical to have a dedicated set of winter / snow tires, therefore I'd like to showcase a few tires that perform well during all seasons while maintaining great snow traction. Each snow tire, as well as the following all weather options from BFGoodrich, General and Goodyear are marked with a mountain/snowflake symbol. To learn more about the mountain/snowflake symbol, read "How to Confirm a Winter Performer."

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
BFGoodrich All-Terrain
General Grabber AT 2
General Grabber
AT 2
Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor
Goodyear Wrangler

Take a look at what customers are saying about their experience with these On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires:

"I have put 80,000+ on this set of BFGs and they are still going strong. I had a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee before and I put 93,000 on those. I live in Michigan and I hardly use my four-wheel drive in the winter. I tow a 16 foot enclosed trailer, my friends 21 foot boat sometimes. Deep snow, slush, mud and sand are not a problem. These tires respond very well to the load and handle them with ease. The rim protector is great for protecting your rims from curbs. The trick to getting the mileage out of theses tires is to rotate them every 5,000-6,000 miles. I do plan on buying another set here once mine wear out. As the saying goes 'Why mess with something that works?' These tires have been proven through the years on-road and off-road.
" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Dodge Durango 4WD (BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO)
How to Confirm a Winter Performer
"I originally bought these when I had a selectable 4WD Explorer and never had to use 4WD during the winter and always had excellent traction. Now I have them on an AWD Explorer and they make the AWD traction, in any weather, insanely good. There is some tire noise which is expected and personally doesn't bother me at all. Advice on these tires, have them rotated and balanced every 5,000 miles to keep the treadwear even and these tires will last a long time. The tires also made my SUV look more aggressive compared to the previous tires that were on it, and have had a few people comment on them." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2000 Ford Explorer (General Grabber AT 2)

"I had a set of these on my 2004 2500 Silverado. They were the best tires I've ever had. I literally got 65,000 miles out of them and NEVER had a flat. Mine are 10 plys but I drive in absolutely miserable conditions. Frequently on scrap steel sites which destroyed other tires. Frequently towing heavy loads. Frequently overloaded. Driving on mountain roads. These are more expensive than other 10 plys out there in the same size range but I will stick with the Wrangler SA. They are worth it." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Chevrolet Silverado C2500HD Crew (Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor)

If you decide to buy BF Goodrich tires, Goodyears or Generals this winter, be sure to look for that mountain/snowflake symbol!

How to Choose a Suspension Upgrade

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Logan Woodworth

Coil-Over Kits The most popular upgrade for cars and trucks is new custom wheels and tires. After that, suspension upgrades are very common on both late model and older vehicles. Typically, drivers will want to simply raise or lower their car or truck for aesthetic reasons, but there are often performance reasons for suspension upgrades, as well.

Raising, often referred to as lifting, is most common on trucks and jeeps. In addition to creating a taller ride height, this is regularly done for performance reasons such as allowing for larger wheels and tires than what the factory (O.E.) suspension will allow.

There are two primary ways for lowering a vehicle: lowering springs or an adjustable coil-over suspension kit. Both of these options will give the car a lower center of gravity and stiffen the car's chassis, which will allow for less body roll in corners and improved handling and cornering. Coil-overs give the added advantage of ride-height adjustability and with certain models, dampening adjustability for fine tuning the balance of ride quality and handling.
Coil-Over Kits
Whether you're looking for performance shocks, gas shocks or other products to upgrade your suspension, it's important to consult with an expert. Changing a car's suspension will require alignment adjustments and may create fitment challenges with your custom rims (wheels) and tires.

2011+ Ford Focus Tires and Wheels for Winter

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
Due to the Ford Focus Steel Wheelrecent sales success of the popular and newly redesigned Ford Focus, many customers have been calling in exploring their options for dedicated winter / snow tires.

This hot new hatch and sedan, dependent on trim level, came with 15"-17" wheel fitments and several different Original Equipment tire selections. Regardless of model and trim levels, the modern Ford Focus shares the same brakes and wheel hubs. This allows us to recommend and supply a large number of wheel fitments including steel wheels (car rims).

This season, Tire Rack's recommendation for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package mirrors my own personal choice: the low-cost option of a 15" steel wheel paired with the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 tire is a hard to beat combination of performance and affordability. Of course, alloy wheels are available for those looking for a more aesthetically pleasing setup.

And if you could use some extra help on whether to choose an alloy or steel wheel, read "Alloy vs. Steel Wheels in Winter Tire & Wheel Packages."