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.

Tire Advice for My Cousin's Dream 2011-2013 Ford Mustang V6 Manual

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

My cousin is in the market for a new car. What should he get? He's looking for a muscle car big enough to fit his 6'3" frame and at a price around $17,000. Unfortunately, the 2015 Ford Mustang (pictured below) won't make the cut.

Since he needed to move on from this dream car, he started looking at the 2014 model. He checked out a lot of cars at the show, but kept going back to the Mustang. It just felt right!

With many pre-owned Mustangs in the market place, we needed to narrow it down further. In 2011, Ford switched from the old 4.0L V6 and 5-speed to the 3.7L V6 coupled with a 6-speed. Power went up to 305 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs of torque, so he needs to be looking for 2011-2013 V6 Mustangs. I know he'll end up finding the right one.

However, if he stays in Chicago, his middleweight, powerful rear-wheel drive Mustang is going need help in the winter. If he goes with a 2012 Mustang, I would advise purchasing the 225/60R17 Studless Ice & Snow Michelin X-Ice Xi3 on black or silver 17x8 45ET MSW Type 19 wheels.

225/60-17 Studless Ice & Snow Michelin X-ICE Xi3 $135*
225/60R17 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
17x8 45ET Black Painted MSW Type 19 $104*
MSW Type 19 Black Painted
17x8 45ET Silver Painted MSW Type 19 $118*
MSW Type 19 Silver Painted

I like the X-Ice Xi3's blend of ice, packed snow and dry road grip and the MSW Type 19 matches the Original Equipment width and offset. Its solid 5-spoke angular design is a good match for the car's temperament. With a little winter driving advice and the right tire, he'll do fine handling Chicago's rough winters.

Create a Tire & Wheel Package for your dream vehicle today!

Wheel Options for Your 2013 Ford Focus ST

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

We know the Focus ST has enough power to be fast, but can it use a style infusion?

My colleague Joe recently picked up a tangerine scream Ford Focus ST. It's a great color for the car, but Joe wasn't equally thrilled with the Original Equipment wheels from day one. After scanning his options in our Upgrade Garage, he narrowed down is choices to the following 18x8 5-108 45ET options:

They're all good options, however Joe decided on the Sparco Assetto Gara with a matte graphite silver finish. The wheel provides the perfect contrast to the car's bright tangerine scream finish while matching up with the vehicle's black trim. Joe now has the combination of speed and style he was truly looking for.

2013 Ford Focus ST FAQ:

1. What's the width and offset of my Original Equipment Focus ST wheels? The wheels are 18x8 with a 55mm offset (ET).

2. How do I add a new set of tires to my wheel purchase? Create a Tire & Wheel Package. First, pick the wheels you would like for your Focus ST. Next, you will be given tires that are a match for your vehicle. It's that simple! Also, mounting, balancing and any required hardware are included at no additional cost. 

3. Will my Focus ST automatically recognize my new TPMS sensors? We offer O.E. TPMS sensors, however you'll need to initialize them since each sensor has a unique serial number. You can either have your dealer do this (labor charges may apply), or use the FORDTRIGGER tool.

Wheels for Winter: MSW Type 14

Monday, November 19, 2012 by Ben Rooney

When putting together a Tire & Wheel Package for winter, the MSW Type 14 is often one of the most affordably priced alloy wheel options. Current pricing ranges from $78-$133*, with common 16" applications priced at $89* per wheel. The wheel is available in a wide variety of bolt patterns and offsets to fit popular vehicles.

Alloy wheels tend to cost a little more than steel wheels, but are more resistant to rust, lighter weight and more attractive. For some vehicles, steel wheels may not be available, so in many cases the Type 14 may be the best priced option. When compared to steel wheels, alloy wheels offer the following benefits:

  • Enhances the look of your vehicle
  • Are manufactured to precise standards to meet exact fitment and performance needs
  • Weigh less than steel wheels and have superior strength
  • May be the preferred option for your vehicle based on fitment requirements
  • Will allow for better brake clearance (depending on wheel style and brake components installed)

With a simple five-spoke design they are easy to clean and resist the tendency to accumulate packed snow. Proper maintenance is required as finish damage may result in the harshest winter climates where salty and sand are routinely used. Which means your winter wheels will need to be cleaned.

*Prices subject to change

Don't Let Ol' Man Winter Slow That New Accord Down: Winter / Snow Tires For 2013 Honda Accord

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Have you been waiting for a new Accord? Well it's time to visit your Honda dealer because the new 2013 Honda Accord is in town. 

Honda's done a great job with both the Accord Coupe and Sedan. I love how they've tweaked the styling on the Coupe, but still maintained its aggressive sporty look. If you've recently picked up a new Accord, your next step is to make sure your new Honda is ready for winter.

Winter / Snow Tire Sizes

Depending on trim level, your Accord Sedan's Original Equipment size will consist of one of the following sizes (model in parenthesis):

The standard Coupe is equipped with 215/55R17 tires.

When it comes time to purchase your winter / snow tires, what size should you get? Every driver's situation and preferences will vary, but a 215 width tire is narrow enough to cut through moderate and deep snow, yet wide enough to handle hard-packed snow, ice and dry roads.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Honda has changed over to the indirect ABS-based TPMS sensor so you don' t have to worry about adding and initializing direct TPMS sensors when you change wheels.

Studless Ice & Snow Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

I feel that the optimum Studless Ice & Snow combination for most drivers is a set of 215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3s on 16x6.5 50mm offset black painted steel wheels with wheel covers at $813* plus shipping. The X-Ice Xi3 offers a good combination of ice grip with dry road handling. Also, most sizes of the tire meet Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance. This confirms the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 gases.

215/60-16 Michelin X-ICE Xi3 $136*
215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice
Xi3 $133*
16x6.5 50mm offset Black Painted steel wheel $58*
16x6.5 50mm Offset Black Painted Steel Wheel $58*

Performance Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

For a great tire and wheel combination using a Performance Winter / Snow tire, consider the 215/55R17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D on 17x7.5 45mm offset silver or black painted MSW Type 22 wheels at $1100* plus shipping. The Winter Sport 3D's tread design handles the deep snow, but the larger outside shoulder tread blocks allow a spirited driver to enjoy his/her Accord on better days.

215/55-17 Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D $170*
215/55R17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport
3D $167*
17x7.5 45mm offset Silver Painted MSW Type 22 $108*
17x7.5 45mm Offset Silver Painted MSW Type 22 $108*

2013  Honda Accord FAQ:

  1. I see two black painted steel wheels available, which one should I purchase? Select the 50mm offset version that's closer to your Original Equipment wheel's offset. The other option is 6.5" wide with 42mm offset. For reference, the Original Equipment 17" wheel is 7.5" wide with a 55mm offset.
  2. The description of the 215/55R17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D says "AO Audi", what does this mean? It means this tire is Audi's generic winter / snow tire suggestion. Audi feels the Winter Sport 3D's dry road ability matches up well with the handling capabilities of an Audi. However, this tire works well on a wide variety of sporty vehicles.
  3. I live out in the country and need a skinnier tire size for more emphasis on deep snow traction, what size should I run? I would suggest 205/65R16.

*Prices subject to change

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
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

Touch of Grey for Your Chevy Impala

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Are you looking to dress up your Chevy Impala but want something more unique than your standard chrome or silver painted wheel? Then consider the light grey painted 18" MSW Type 23 that's been marked down from $144 to $89.

The Impala provides a great combination of performance, low road noise, ride comfort, passenger room and versatility. Kumho's 235/50-18 Grand Touring All-Season Ecsta LX Platinum does a great job of accentuating these qualities while maintaining a good balance between value and overall capability. Moreover, the price of this Tire & Wheel Package comes in at only $1144***. 

18x8 5-115 42 mm offset Light Grey Painted MSW Type 23
MSW Type 23
235/50-18 Grand Touring All-Season Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Impala and MSW Type 23 FAQ:

  1. My vehicle has 5 lugs but the wheel pictured above has 4 lug openings, how will I know I'm ordering the proper wheel? If a wheel happens to be made in both a 4-lug and 5-lug version, we'll normally use one picture on our website to represent both. In this case, we used the 4-lug version. As long as you enter your vehicle's information properly into the Upgrade Garage, you'll get the correct, compatible version of the wheel.

    Typically, the 5-lug version of a 5-spoke wheel is more appealing to the eye because of better symmetry. With five lugs and four spokes you can either have a spoke aligned with a lug opening or the lug openings between each spoke. You can't achieve this same symmetry with five spokes and four lugs.  
  2. Tire Rack's Upgrade Garage suggests a tire size of 245/45-18, however you're suggesting 235/50-18, why? Both sizes are compatible, but I like 235/50-18 slightly better since that's the O.E. size used on the Impala LTZ and Impala SS. It's also minutely taller, so that helps a little in reducing the amount of fender gap between the top of the tire and the bottom of the fender.
  3. What's the difference between the following O.E. sizes and the above 18" sizes? The O.E. LS and LT size is 225/60-16 (26.7" overall diameter) and 235/50-18 (27.3" overall diameter) which are about a half-inch wider, while the 245/45-18 (26.7" overall diameter) is approximately another half-inch wider compared to the 235/50-18. For more on tire sizing, read "Calculating Approximate Tire Dimensions."
  4. 18s are nice but I want to run 20s on my Impala, will they fit? Yes, as long as you pick a compatible wheel and run 245/35-20 as a tire size.

***Includes TPMS sensors, excluding shipping, limited stock, prices subject to change

Classic Styling and the MSW Type 14

Thursday, February 2, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

MSW Type 14While wheel selection is more often than not determined by one's own individual taste, I have always been a fan of simple wheel styles. As such, one wheel that I recommend to customers time and time again is the classic 5-spoke MSW Type 14. Featuring a silver painted finish and thin pronounced spokes, this wheel has an Original Equipment look and is easy to keep clean using simple washing techniques.

The MSW Type 14 is available in sizes ranging between 14" to 18" in a wide variety of widths and bolt patterns. As one of the more cost-effective aftermarket wheels available, these wheels have been a hit with customers looking for a subtle aftermarket fitment.

Moreover, these wheels are also one of the many popular styles included in our 2012 Wheel Clearance Event

MSW Your Winter!

Saturday, January 29, 2011 by Grant Edwards
MSW Type 14Are you looking for a stylish wheel for your passenger vehicle or sport sedan? If so, take a look at the Type 14 from MSW.

The durability and low price of these silver painted wheels provide an exceptional solution for your Winter/ Snow Tire & Wheel Package. With five sizes to choose from, let MSW add some curb appeal to your vehicle and make your winter driving experience more exciting.

MSW Rims

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by Chad Hocker

MSW Rims are engineered and designed by O.Z. Racing to the top standards of modern production. Their wheels meet official regulations for the U.S. DOT and also the more stringent rules set by Germany's T.U.V (Technical Inspection Association).

MSW has added a new wheel to their line this year. The Type 23 is truly a unique design that puts a new spin on the line of wheels from MSW.

Take a look at the Type 23 and other options from MSW.



MSW Wheels
MSW Type 23 Machined w/Anthracite Accent MSW Type 16 Black w/Red Stripe MSW Type 12 Machined w/Black Accent MSW Type 15 Silver Painted
Type 23 Type 16 Type 12 Type 15

MSW Type 16 Showing  VW Sportwagen

See if the Type 23 or any other MSW wheel fits your vehicle.



New Wheels

Friday, January 21, 2011 by Gavin Carpenter

Enkei Classic Enkei92 (Gold w/Machined Lip)Winter is half over. Tax returns will be on their way, and some will have a little bonus in the mail from Uncle Sam. What to do with that little extra green? How about a new set of wheels from Tire Rack?

Springtime is the right time to put new wheels on your vehicle and give your car a fresh new look. 

Take a look at our new wheels from American RacingEnkei Performance Series, Enkei Racing SeriesEnkei Tuning Series, O.Z. Racing, MSW and Focal.  Don't miss or newest lines from Helo and the ultra-retro Enkei Classic wheels.  

Visit our Upgrade Garage to find a wheel that fits your vehicle.

Easy Winter Wheel Options

Friday, October 29, 2010 by Tucker Glenn
When selecting winter wheels and tires, whether it's for a BMW or an Accord, the same principles hold true regarding wheel finish. Painted finished are the most durable and any machined surfaces need to be covered in a clear coat for winter driving. Chrome and polished wheels are not recommended.

Sport Edition, MSW and Elbrus wheels are all great brands and most of their wheels are going to be perfect for winter use.

Sport Edition F7The Sport Edition F7 is a basic, 5-spoke design that's not flashy, but is easy to clean snow out of! And the silver painted finish is able to stand up to snow and road salt.

MSW Type 12The MSW Type 12 features a split, 5-spoke design in a silver painted finish. The split spokes can be a little more difficult to clean snow out of, but if you're not trudging through the deep stuff too often, it looks pretty cool!

Elbrus I03The Elbrus I03 features a multi-spoke design that has machined areas with an ICE coating. The ICE coating is what protects the machined areas during the rough winter months.

And there's plenty more to choose from! See what fits your vehicle and make your winter driving a little easier!

MSW Wheels for Your Winter / Snow Tire and Wheel Package

Thursday, October 28, 2010 by Clint Crabtree
Many customers ask for an economical wheel choice for their Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel package. The MSW wheel line fits the bill. MSW makes a simple alloy wheel that is inexpensive and looks good on your vehicle. Available in a wide variety of sizes that fit many of today's automobiles, you can get the look you want at an attractive price.

Here are two excellent choices. You can see all of the MSW wheels here.
MSW Type 22                  MSW Type 14       
MSW Type 22                                  MSW Type 14

Winter Tire and Wheel Packages

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Steve Huffman
Snow is right around the corner and many of us will soon be looking to change over to winter tires. For many drivers it makes good sense to opt for a Winter Tire & Wheel Package. There are many benefits to a winter package. They save time and money by not having to sit around a mechanic's shop every spring and fall for a few hours and paying those labor fees. But by going with a winter tire and wheel package, many customers are able to switch the tires themselves as soon as it starts snowing. Many times a package also allows you to modify or downsize to a more efficient tire size for winter use. 

We offer many affordable wheels that, in the long run, will pay for themselves. For some vehicles we offers steel wheels, but for most we offer affordable aluminum alloy wheels from brands like Sport Edition, Elbrus, MSW and more.

If your vehicle requires a tire pressure monitoring sensor, packages can be shipped with new sensors pre-installed.

Shop by vehicle to find the winter package that's right for you.

Ever wonder why aftermarket wheels are so great?

Thursday, June 17, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Visually speaking, the answer to that question is fairly obvious. But there's more to an aftermarket wheel than simply the good looks. Aftermarket alloy wheels produce a number of performance benefits for your vehicle, starting with reduced unsprung weight compared to steel wheels. What is unsprung weight? Any portion of your vehicle not supported by the suspension system. Without that support, those components get hit with road shock and cornering forces. To combat that, wheels make steering precise and improve "turning in" characteristics.

Aftermarket rims are also lighter than steel rims, which helps reduce the overall weight of your car. Clearly a lighter car handles much easier than one with significant weight to it. In addition, alloy wheels are quite strong. And strong wheels support your tires in the corner.

Finally, alloy wheels are made with metals that conduct heat most excellently. Heat is moved away from the brakes, which reduces brake fade. And often, alloy wheels are designed in a way that allows air to flow away from the brakes a little easier.

Still wonder why aftermarket wheels are so great? Let's go back to that visual note. Play around in the Upgrade Garage to see what some of Tire Rack's best aftermarket wheels look like on your vehicle. You just might find yourself sold on a particular set from one of our manufacturers. A list that includes BBS, moda, MSW and more.

Are your Mercedes tires and wheels impressive?

Thursday, March 18, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
You can't go wrong with aftermarket Mercedes tires and wheels—it's hard to make a Mercedes look anything less than impressive. Plus, the performance benefits are off the charts.

This Mercedes-Benz C300 is a perfect example. Outfitted with Dunlop Sport tires and MSW wheels, this luxury sedan quickly becomes a force to be reckoned with.

Dunlop SP Sport Maxx (Max Performance Summer) tires are designed to be exhilarating on dry roads and reassuring on wet roads, and they continually impress our consumers:

"Wow! After years of all-seasons and bad summer tires, I am finally in love. The dry traction, noise, and ride quality were on par with other good summer tires. The wet traction was phenomenal. So good that I actually had trouble braking them loose in the wet." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Infiniti G35, NY

To complete the Tire & Wheel Package, we chose MSW Type 12 wheels. The brand has always been known for their cutting edge design and precise manufacturing, which translates to quality that every Mercedes driver can appreciate.

Find your own Mercedes Benz tires and wheels
in our Upgrade Garage.

Looking for strength and style? Try MSW rims.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Cutting edge design meets precise manufacturing in a set of MSW rims. No matter what you drive, installing a set of MSW wheels instantly upgrades the style of your vehicle. 

Check out the MINI Cooper at left. The addition of 17" MSW Type 16 rims makes for an eye-catching, unique twist on an already impressive vehicle. Let it be known, however, that the benefits aren't purely aesthetic.

Aftermarket wheels make it really easy for you to switch out tires between seasons.

Keep your summer tires installed on your MSW wheels, then swap out the whole set for your winter / snow Tire & Wheel Package when the weather turns—doing so protects your MSW wheels from harmful salt and ice, and it also saves you time and money by cutting down the installation process.

Check out Tire Rack's complete collection of MSW wheels, or select your vehicle for a customized list. (Looking for MINI Cooper tires as well? Start here to complete a Tire & Wheel Package.)

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...

Tire Rack: Your one-stop online wheel shop!

Friday, November 6, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Like clothes and computers, you can buy wheels online. And at Tire Rack, we do our best to be your top choice for an online wheel shop. Our shopping tools are designed to enhance your buying process, giving you expert fitment and performance advice at every opportunity. And that's all available to you because we've spent years training on and testing the various products we sell—from brake pads and wheels, to winter tires and shock absorbers.

Our extensive collection of wheels features a number of high-quality brands that are available exclusively at Tire Rack:

O.Z. Racing
Sport Edition
Sport Muscle
Sport Tuning

See our complete collection including American Racing, Breyton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Enkei Performance Series and more.

Search by vehicle and enter our Upgrade Garage, which will show you all of the products—including wheels (right on your vehicle, on the screen)—that we have for your vehicle.

Affordable Wheels

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
In today's economy, people tend to look for exceptional deals on just about anything they intend to spend money on. That includes wheels, which is why Tire Rack makes a conscious effort to stock affordable wheels. Try the following brands. You'll see lower prices without lowered quality.