Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Tuesday, August 21, 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.


Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64

2008 Mazda CX-7
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: East Dundee, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
July 21, 2012

I sm about to order another set of tires for my CX-7. I added O-Z wheels last time and so I moved up from the OEM 18" size to 19". These tires performed SO much better than the original Goodyear RSAs. I could go to 40K miles with them, but I am figuring to play it safe and switch them all out at 36K miles (some tread is left but I do not want to go into winter with them).

I would highly recommend them to people who need to drive in all four seasons. Other tires that I would go to for snow are the Bridgestone Blizzaks (I have those on another car). These Paradas are great all-around tires though and you can run them all year. I have 61K on the car and thinking about changing out the struts at the same time (KYB performance struts). If you are going to change out all the tires and are at about time to switch out the struts, why not do it all in one shipment from the TireRack? DO NOT go cheap on your tires. I see too many people driving around on bald tires and that is totally unsafe.

E46 M3 Track Tires and Wheels

Monday, August 6, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

The E46 M3 is great for high-speed cruising and awesome for the track. If you're doing lapping days once a year just make sure your tires and brakes are in good shape. If you're heading to the track every weekend then fix the car's understeer by upgrading your wheels and tires and getting a "track" alignment.  

Wheels:

Running wider wheels and tires of the same size in the front and back in a square set-up will remove some of the car's inherent understeer. We offer a few 18x9.5 35mm offset wheels designed to work with 265/35R18 and 275/35R18 tires. 18x9.5 ET 35mm on either size will require a combination of fender and wheelwell modification, along with changes in negative camber to fit. Even with the changes, this is a proven E46 M3 set-up.

For this wheel size, take a look at the matte grey TR Motorsports MT1 and the O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT in anthracite painted finish. You can also special order the black, blue, gold, matte graphite silver, orange, red and white.

18x9.5 5-120 ET35 Matte Grey Painted TR Motorsports MT-1 $329**
18x9.5 5-120 ET35 Matte Grey TR Motorsports MT1
18x9.5 5-120 ET35 Anthracite Painted OZ Alleggerita $419**
18x9.5 5-120 ET35 Anthracite Painted O.Z. Racing Alleggerita


Non-Streetable Track Tires:

Are you installing a second set of wheels at the track? Then the ultimate grip from non-streetable track tires such as the BFGoodrich g-Force R1 available in both 265/35ZR18 and 275/35ZR18, 275/35ZR18 Hoosier R6 and 275/35ZR18 Hankook Ventus Z214 are great options to consider.

BF Goodrich G-Force R1 265/35-18 $289** & 275/35-18 $299**
BFGoodrich g-Force R1
275/35-18 Hoosier R6 $334**
Hoosier R6
275/35-18 Hankook Ventus Z214 (C51 Compound) $235**
Hankook Ventus Z214


Streetable Track Tires:

Will you be using the same set of tires at the track that you drove to the event on? The non-streetable tires mentioned earlier are easily damaged by road debris. A piece of wire the size of a paper clip can get picked up by the tire, work its way into the shallow tread, through the tire's lightweight plies and puncture the inner liner.

So if your track tires will be driven to the track, consider streetable race tires like the Toyo Proxes RA888 available in both 265/35ZR18 and 275/35ZR18. The 265/35ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup or the 265/35ZR18 Toyo Proxes RA1 are also great options worth taking a look at.

Toyo Proxes R888 265/35-18 $300** & 275/35-18 $270**
Toyo Proxes R888
265/35-18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup $351**
 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup
265/35-18 Toyo Proxes RA1 $268**
Toyo Proxes RA1


Drivers will differ in their preference in predictability versus overall grip, but the Toyo Proxes RA888 provides slightly better grip than the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup and a little bit of a better value. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup's main advantage is more consistent grip from lap to lap, therefore it may be the better choice for a longer event. Toyo Proxes RA1s are less sensitive to small flaws in the vehicle set-up, so if you're still tuning with respect to damper settings, ride height and camber, then the Proxes RA1 would be a good choice.

Alignment:

Optimum alignment settings will vary with tire, damper and spring choices. Most drivers will find that running 3.5-3.8 degrees of negative camber and zero toe for the front to be optimum. You'll need to get adjustable camber plates for the front so you can run that much negative camber.

For the rear, 2.4-2.6 negative camber and the high side of the factory toe-in is normally ideal. You should be able to adjust to these specs without a camber kit. Camber is adjusted at the lower eccentric bolt attaching the lower control arm to the hub assembly (under the axle).

E46 M3 Track Wheels and Tires FAQ:

  1. I've heard of other drivers running 285/30R18 or wider tires on 18x10 wheels, will that fit? When we assess the risk of rubbing we're very conservative. We consider the above wheels and 265/35R18, 275/35R18 and 285/30R18 sized tires all to be custom sizes requiring varying degrees of fender modification and wheelwell modification. High negative camber helps with front tire clearance, too. If you've changed to coil-overs or aftermarket struts, you may have less inside clearance with any of the above sizes.
     
  2. I still drive a fair amount of street miles on my M3, can I adjust camber at the track so I can preserve some tire wear? For the front you can mark your camber plates so you can adjust between track and street settings. In the rear, the washer at the bolt head has notch marks on it that can be highlighted with paint.
     
  3. What about brake pads for my vehicle? For better bite and fade resistance switch to dedicated track pads like the Hawk DTC70 in the front and DTC60 in the rear. Once you get back from the track be sure to switch back to your normal brakes, as the race pads will be noisy, dusty and ineffective in cool weather.
     
  4. Do I need to shave and/or heat cycle my track tires? All the above tires will benefit from heat cycling which acts like a second curing for the tire and helps them maintain consistent grip from lap to lap. The Hoosier R6, BFGoodrich g-Force R1 are molded at 4/32" of tread depth so they don't need to be shaved. Shaving will improve dry performance for the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup, Toyo Proxes RA1 and Toyo Proxes R888.

Eibach Pro-Kit Springs for the 2013 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Now In Stock

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Have you been waiting for Eibach to release Pro-Kit Springs for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ? Well, they are now in stock and one of my co-workers has already installed them on his BRZ. 

 

 

 

Eibach makes the same Pro-Kit Springs for both the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. The average lowering is about an inch for both the front and rear. In addition to looking great, the Eibach Pro-Kit provides a great balance between ride and overall handling. Compared to his BRZ on stock springs, my co-worker has noticed the following:

  1. The car feels like it is stuck to the road, especially when the road is smooth.
  2. There is much less body roll with the Eibach Springs and the car corners better. You can dive into a corner and feel very safe and comfortable with the car.
  3. The feel is very tight when going in and out of corners.

Eibach Pro-Kit FAQ:

  1. What are the Pro-Kit's spring rates? The Eibach Pro-Kit Springs are progressive rate springs. Their rate varies with the amount of spring compression. The more compression, the stiffer the spring. Therefore, minor road imperfections cause less spring compression and will result in the springs working at a lower rate for a better ride compliance.

    During fast cornering, hard braking and rapid acceleration you'll get dynamic weight transfer from front to back, and side to side. Greater weight compresses the springs more so they act at higher rates for better vehicle control.

    The actual spring rate range is 48-200 lbs./in for the front and 103-274 lbs./in for rear.
     
  2. What wheels and tires are on your co-worker's vehicle? He's running 245/35ZR18 Michelin Pilot Super Sports with 18x8 ET48 5-100 gold O.Z. Racing Alleggerita wheels.

O.Z. Racing Challenge Now Available for Porsche and BMW

Friday, June 29, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

Originally an exclusive aftermarket wheel design for the Dodge Viper, O.Z. Racing has expanded the fitment offerings of their Challenge wheel line. Available in black or silver, this wheel is intended to be used in a track environment as it provides extra durability in tough conditions, and is also a great option for the street. The wheel is offered in the 5-130 bolt pattern and as a centerlock for Porsches. It's also available for BMW M3s and the Nissan GT-R.

OZ Wheels Challenge in Black
O.Z. Racing Challenge (Black)
OZ Wheels Challenge in Silver
O.Z. Racing Challenge (Silver)


What makes the Challenge wheel such an attractive track option? Utilizing casting under low pressure and then shot peened allows this wheel to have a reasonable weight while also achieving the coveted TUV approval. This is considered one of the most rigorous wheel tests in the industry. Combined with one of our competition tires, you'll find a great combo for the track.

Wheel and Tire Fitments for Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S Now Available

Friday, June 22, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Since the release of the Subaru BRZ and its twin the Scion FR-S, we have been able to get both vehicles to Tire Rack's headquarters for measurements. First indication is that these very capable cars have been very "under tired" from the factory. Despite its excellent poise and impressive skidpad numbers, the BR-Z and FR-S are shod with a narrow 215/45-17 all-season tire from the factory. Such a fitment, although good for fuel efficiency and tread life, severely inhibits the cars' true performance. The wheels also seem a bit too narrow and use a very conservative high offset which makes them appear sunken into the fenders.

Based upon our measurements, these two cars are capable of running a 245 width tire on all four corners -- utilizing anywhere between a 17"-19" wheel. If you're wanting to run a staggered set-up, the rear fender arches can accommodate a width up to 265mm with the correct wheel.

Autocross and track driving participants will likely wish to use a square set-up to maintain the car's balance. The hot set-up for these, in my opinion, would be a 17x8 wheel using a 245/40-17 tire at all four corners. This tire size allows for many popular street tires to be installed including the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08, Bridgestone Potenza RE-11, Kumho Ecsta XS, Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec and Hankook Ventus R-S3. Are you looking to utilize a purely competition tire? You may find interest in the Hankook Ventus Z214, BFGoodrich g-Force R1, Hoosier A6 or Hoosier R6

With many tire choices available, as well as a large inventory of wheels from manufacturers like Enkei Racing Series, O.Z. Racing and Sparco, the best way to start looking for your desired set-up is to view our Tire & Wheel Packages.

Scion Tires and Wheels for the tC

Friday, June 8, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Scion has always been proud about their wide choice of accessories and options that let you personalize your vehicle. However, can you really get a one-of-a-kind look with dealer options?

If you want to take your Scion down the path less traveled, go beyond the dealer catalog. Focusing on wheel choices for the tC, the vehicle offers a good combination of low weight, decent handling and Toyota reliability. We provide a wide variety of unique options for both the original tC (2005-2010) and second-generation models.

 

Four distinctive wheel choices that you won't see on every other Scion tC are the 18x8 ET45 anthracite painted Borbet LV5, the 18x8 ET45 black with red accent Axis Xcite, the 18x8 ET45 machined with graphite accent O.Z. Racing David and the 18x8 ET 45 Sparco Assetto Gara available in black, blue, bright silver, bronze, gold, green, matte graphite, orange, red and white.

 

18x8ET45 Anthracite Painted Borbet LV5 $211*
18x8ET45 Anthracite Painted Borbet LV5 $211*
18x8ET45 Black W/Red Accent Axis Xcite $199*
18x8ET45 Black w/Red Accent Axis Xcite $199*
18x8ET45 Machined W/Graphite Accent OZ David $249**
18x8ET45 Machined w/Graphite Accent OZ David $249*
18x8ET45 White Sparco Assetto Gara $172*
18x8ET45 White Sparco Assetto Gara
$172*

 

Each of the four options will work with your 225/45-18 Original Equipment tires and accept the O.E. Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensors. If you prefer the look a wider tire, both 235/45-18 and 245/40-18 are compatible sizes. The 235/45-18 won't provide enough increased width to make a noticeable difference.

Scion TC FAQ:

  1. What does 18x8 ET45 mean? 18x8 means the wheel is 8" wide and ET45 means the wheel has a 45mm offset. Your second-generation tC O.E. wheel is 7.5" wide with a 39mm offset. This means the edge of an 18x8.5  ET45 wheel will be in the same place relative to the fender compared to the O.E. wheel. The edge of the wheel will be .35mm "out" towards the fender compared to the O.E. wheel. I calculated .35 mm by adding one-half of the 1/2" wheel width difference (6.35mm) and subtracting 6mm higher offset difference. Higher offsets push the wheel "in" towards the rotor and lower offsets push the wheel "out" towards the fender.
     
  2. I'm concerned about the replacement cost of Scion tC O.E. tires, are there other choices that'll work for my vehicle? Most first-generation TCs came with the 215/45-17 Yokohama S32A that currently sells for $274* each, while second-generation models are running the 225/45-18 Toyo Proxes A20 ($290*) and Yokohama AVID S34F ($217*). When it comes time to replace the O.E. tires, you'll find several options that may work better with your budget including the Kumho Ecsta 4X, Yokohama AVID ENVigor and Bridgestone Potenza RE970 AS Pole Position.

*Prices subject to change

FR-S and BRZ Now Available for Wheel Upgrades

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

After what seems to be decades of waiting, the first Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are beginning to arrive.

 

Initial vehicle availability will be tight. Here at Tire Rack, we're still waiting to get them in our studio to be photographed. Thanks to the help from our suppliers, we've been able to post a preliminary list of compatible wheels for the FR-S and BRZ (fitment is obviously the same for both). The Original Equipment wheel is 17x7, 5-100 48mm offset. Many drivers will prefer a wider, lightweight wheel with the same offset.

If you prefer a wheel that weighs less than 18 lbs., the list is narrowed down to: the 17x8 45ET Enkei Racing Series RPF1 in black or bright silver, 17x8 48ET O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT available in matte graphite silver, white, blackorange, blue, gold and red, the Enkei RP03 in bright silver (the black painted version is estimated to arrive in June) and the Ultraleggera HLT in black, bright silver, matte graphite silver and gold.

 

17x8 5-100 45ET Bright Silver Enkei RPF1 $225**
Bright Silver Enkei Racing Series
RPF1

 
17x8 5-100 48ET Anthracite Painted OZ Allegerita $329*
Anthracite Painted O.Z. Racing
Alleggerita HLT

 
17x8 5-100 48ET Bright Silver Painted Enkei RP03 $275*
Bright Silver Painted
Enkei Racing Series
RP03

 
17x8 5-100 48ET Matte Graphite Silver OZ Ultraleggera $285*
Matte Graphite Silver
O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT

As for tires, I'd go with 225/45-17 sizing to complement the wider wheels. Personally, I prefer the 25" overall diameter better than the slightly larger 25.3" 235/45-17 tires. When making your tire choice, consider the best value Extreme Performance Summer tires discussed in a previous blog post, as well as the Toyo Proxes R1R and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08.

O.Z. Racing Custom Colors: White Ultraleggera HLT

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Recently, I had a customer who ordered a set of O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT wheels in the white finish and they really enjoy the look on their car. The white is generally available by special order only. A stark white paint job on the clean, purposeful lines of the Ultraleggera really makes this wheel stand out. These wheels are made to order in Italy, and can be sent over by air freight at an additional charge or in O.Z. Racing's next bulk shipment at no extra cost.

O.Z. Racing is one of the leaders in wheel manufacturing. Their 2011 racing campaign included:

  • F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
  • WRC Citroen Total World Rally Team Championship
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans Winner Team Audi Sport
  • DTM Title Team Audi Sport
  • GT1 Title HEXIS AMR Team

As long as O.Z. has the wheels in stock ready to be finished, the turn around on an order with air freight is pretty prompt. The wheels for my customer's recent order came to us in just over two weeks from the original order date. A custom order that comes over with the bulk shipment from O.Z. usually comes within 60-90 days. This is obviously a longer wait but it saves on the cost of express shipping.

If you're looking to set your car apart from the crowd, a custom-finished set of O.Z. wheels and a set of high-performance tires would be a great place to start. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, May 15, 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.


Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25

2006 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe Tdi
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
May 09, 2012

I know that my vehicle is no "pocket rocket", and I purchased these tires based on Michelin's reputation and the Tire Rack road test. I had them shipped to me mounted on a set of O.Z. wheels and all I can say is wow! They are far better than the Fuzion's that were on the car when I bought it. Much more quiet, outstanding traction, and better road feel without harshness. While these are only summer tires for me, I think that they will last at least 3 years based on my driving. I highly recommend them for even the most mundane driver who may be looking for top quality, ride, and wet/dry traction.

Corners Like a MINI Cooper S and Stings Like a Scorpion: FIAT's 500 Abarth

Thursday, April 26, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

When it comes to light, fast, compact European hatchbacks, the MINI Cooper S has been the only game in town. With the release of the FIAT 500 Abarth,  MINI finally has some serious competition. The 500 Abarth adds a whopping 59 hp and 72 ft. lbs. of torque compared to the FIAT 500 Sport. That's a lot of power for a 2,564 lb. car and some serious power for those front tires to handle. 
 

If you have an Abarth on order, then you'll be counting on 195/45-16 all-seasons or the optional 205/40-17s. The 195/45-16 Original Equipment options for the vehicle are either the Grand Touring All-Season Continental ContiProContact or the High Performance All-Season Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season. The optional 17x7 is equipped with the 205/40-17 Max Performance Summer Pirelli P Zero Nero tire.

Given the Abarth's sporty suspension and short wheelbase, factory choices may not be ideal. In my opinion, the 16" tire choices offer relatively subpar grip, while the vehicle's ride is compromised with the 17" wheels. If I had an Abarth on order, I'd select one of the 16" options and sell them to a FIAT 500 Sport owner and look at a 205/45-16 Tire & Wheel Package.
 

If you're looking for wheels for a 500 Abarth with a black exterior and red mirror caps and red side stripes, I'd take a look at the black painted O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT. For the red-colored vehicle with black mirror caps and black side stripes, the red painted Alleggerita HLT is a great choice. With a white or gray Abarth, there's a number of Alleggerita finishes that'll work.
  

When looking for a tire that offers great dry and wet grip, predictable handling, optimal balance between steering response and ride compliance and relatively low noise take a look at the 205/45-16 Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport.

 

16x7 4-100 37mm offset OZ Black Painted Allegerita $279*
O.Z. Racing Black Painted Alleggerita HLT $279*
16x7 4-100 37mm offset OZ Red Painted Allegerita $299*
O.Z. Racing Red Painted Alleggerita HLT $299*
205/45-16 Ultra High Performance Summer Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport $105*
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport $105*

 

Mounted, balanced and ready to install, the Tire & Wheel Package including the Black Alleggerita is $1,712*, while the package with the red painted (special order color) Alleggerita is currently $1,792*.
 

E 'in poi, è su come Donkey Kong (It's on, it's on like Donkey Kong).
 

2012 FIAT 500 Abarth FAQ:

  1. Can I run 205/45-16 sized tires on my Original Equipment 16" wheels? Yes, the O.E. 16x6.5 wheels will accommodate the 205/45-16 tires.
     
  2. Would the Sparco Assetto Gara be a good fit for the vehicle? The wheel is a good  choice as well, however I personally like the Alleggerita design a little better. If you're open to either design, the Assetto Gara costs less and is priced at $1092* (the red painted Assetto Gara is estimated to be available in June).
     
  3. How do the above 4-100 wheels fit on 4-98 bolt pattern vehicle? You can install these wheels with the provided wobble bolts. Wobble bolts are bolts with floating seats. Each bolt seat moves slightly upward to accommodate the 4-100 bolt pattern.

*Price subject to change, excluding shipping

Sparco Assetto Gara Spectrum

Thursday, March 8, 2012 by Gavin Carpenter

Are you looking for a wheel to make your modified vehicle stick out from the ho-hum? Check out the Sparco Assetto Gara aftermarket wheels. 

 

The Assetto Gara has an array of different colors, including matte graphite silver, red, green, gold, white, bright silver, orange, bronze, black and blue

 

A few years ago Sparco and O.Z. Racing partnered up and collaborated on an exclusive collection of affordable wheels. The collection features both companies' Italian design heritage and motorsports background.

 

Popular fitments include Acura, Chevy, FIAT, Honda, Mazda, MINI, Ford and Subaru. If you're trying to get that look like Ken Block on your new Fiesta or Focus, check out the green painted version of the Assetto Gara from Sparco!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, March 7, 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 DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2010 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 3500
Location: Destin, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3500 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2012

I added a set of 18" O.Z Alleggerita HLT wheels to my prius with these tires and they are amazing, especially driving in wet conditions. I have recommended these tires to all my friends. Two of which recently purchased a set and they too have nothing but good things to say about these tires!

Custom Colors Available for Ultraleggera HLT

Monday, March 5, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Thanks to the success of its custom color's program for the Alleggerita, O.Z. Racing is offering the same program for the Ultraleggera HLT. The HLT manufacturing is used to make larger wheel sizes lighter than they would otherwise be. For the Ultraleggera, nearly all 20" and most 19" sizes are produced using the HLT manufacturing process.
 

O.Z. Racing's color program is designed for tuners and enthusiasts seeking a distinctive wheel finish that stands apart from the usual silver, black or grey options that are by far the most common in the wheel industry. A few of the available colors include: red, orange (pictured), white and gold. 
 

O.Z. Racing builds and finishes each set of these wheels to order in Italy. Special orders in this program will take approximately 60 days to deliver. If you're willing to wait, the reward is a distinctive set of wheels that combine unique color with the high finish quality characteristics of all O.Z. Racing wheels. The Ultraleggera HLT can be ordered by itself, or you can select a tire to create a Tire & Wheel Package. To see if the Ultraleggera HLT is available for your vehicle, shop by vehicle

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Friday, February 17, 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 Platinum Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2009 Pontiac G8 GT
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Miles driven on tires: 5000
Location: odell, Il
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5000 Miles on Tires
July 23, 2011

This tire blew me away. AWESOME ride! I noticed the moment I drove from the installers how quiet they were. My rating does not reflect winter driving but I will update that when it gets here. Dry traction is terrific for my spirited heavy foot. Wet traction is great too, but with a 6.0...traction will always be an issue with any tire. I could not have been happier with this tire...until a few days ago. I got a steering wheel shake and figured the tires were out of balance. NO big deal it happens a lot with these 18 rims on these cars. The technician said he needed 10 oz of weight to balance the right front!!! That is waaaay too much. So I figured it must be out of round or there is really something wrong with it. Well to my amazement, I contacted Tire Rack that evening and the next day they had a new tire on the way. NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!! My next set of tires will come from them no question. I cannot compliment and thank Tire Rack enough for their awesome support and assistance. As for the tires...I LOVE them!

OZ Wheels + WRX = Extreme Performance

Friday, October 21, 2011 by Jonas Paeplow
O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLTFeatured in a recent issue of the Subaru magazine Drive Performance was Part 4 of Project WRX, (mechanical upgrades). Also included was an all important wheel upgrade for the project car. In a poll of Subaru WRX owners the hands-down winner for the best wheel for the WRX was the O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT.

"Alleggerita" is Italian for lightened. The O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT is a lightweight, nine spoke, single piece, low pressure cast, aluminum alloy wheel that is heat-treated for added strength.

The High Light Technology (HLT) process uses rollers to compress and elongate the material along the barrel of a low-pressure cast aluminum wheel to obtain the desired profile. This flow forming process, also known as spinning, produces wheels that are extremely light and strong, with mechanical characteristics similar to those of a forged wheel at a greatly reduced cost.

We carry the Alleggerita HLT in 8 colors with hundreds of sizes and fitment combinations. O.Z. Racing has proud tradition of building strong, light and stylish wheels for many tastes and requirements. A winning record in racing series around the world such as Formula 1 and IndyCar is an incontrovertible testament to their performance capability.

If you want a good looking, great performing wheel that looks right at home on your Subaru WRX, without breaking the bank, look no further than the O.Z. rims/wheels selection available from Tire Rack. Are your WRX tires in need of an upgrade? Find the right match for your WRX and create the perfect Tire & Wheel Package!


O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT for Porsche Cayman

Friday, July 22, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel

O.Z. Alleggerita HLTAre you looking for affordable track wheels for your Cayman? Then take a look at the O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT.

The Alleggerita HLT offers a very unique combination of low weight, O.Z. engineering and great value. The High Light Technology (HLT) uses rollers to compress and elongate material along the barrel of a low-pressure cast aluminum wheel to produce the desired profile. This particular process is derived from O.Z.'s experience in F1 and produces a wheel that is extremely light and strong. Combining the HLT technologies with the flow forming process creates mechanical features similar to those of a forged wheel. This allows for a dramatic reduction in wheel weight while enhancing structural rigidity vs. a standard cast wheel.

Ideal tire sizing will vary depending on your Cayman's suspension tuning and/or fender modifications. Listed below are a few common sizes Cayman drivers enjoying running:

245/40-18 front and 275/35-18 rear 
245/35-18 front and 295/30-18 rear

Combining the O.Z Racing Alleggerita HLT with the Hankook Ventus Z214 Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only tires in 245/40-18 front and 275/35-18 rear sizing creates a Tire & Wheel Package at $2,444* plus shipping.

Shop by vehicle to see which wheel is a great option for your vehicle.

*Prices subject to change

Lighter is Better: O.Z. Racing Superforgiata

Thursday, July 21, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
WO.Z. Superforgiataith gas prices continuing to hover around $4 a gallon, could the weight of your wheels affect your car's fuel economy? In short, yes. The weight of your vehicle's wheels can not only affect the way your vehicle looks but how it drives. Reducing rotational weight by getting lighter wheels has an impact on fuel economy, braking and acceleration. Read "Road Wheel Weights Can Affect Your Vehicle's Show...and Go" to see how your wheel's weight can benefit your vehicle's performance.

For example, if you drive an E92 M3 and are looking to lower the weight of your wheels while giving it a great look, consider the 19" O.Z. Racing Superforgiata that only weighs 17.5 lbs for the 19x8.5 front and 19.9 lbs for the 19x10 rear. This wheel is considerably lighter than the O.E. while providing a new style for your ride.
2008 BMW M3 Coupe
As for tires, is the lightest always the fastest? Not necessarily because overall grip, steering response and handling predictability are critical as well. Review Tire Test Results to see how a particular tire performed on our Test Track Drives as well as the Real World Road Rides. View all Extreme Performance Summer and Max Performance Summer tires.

Wheel Options Already Available for Fiat 500

Monday, June 27, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
For the first time in decades, Fiat has launched a hot new hatch for use in the States. The Fiat 500 and its various trim levels have hit select dealerships across the country and are already receiving aftermarket support.

Manufacturers such as BBS, Enkei, and O.Z. are supplying large amounts of aftermarket wheels that Tire Rack offers as guaranteed fitments. There are currently 40 wheel options for the Fiat 500, with many choices for the Lounge, Pop and Sport trims.

BBS CS
BBS CS
Enkei PF01
Enkei PF01
O.Z. Alleggerita HLT
O.Z. Alleggerita HLT
 
Shop by vehicle to find wheels that are a great match for your vehicle. 

New O.Z. Wheel: O.Z. Quaranta

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by Ben Rooney
O.Z. QuarantaHappy birthday O.Z.! O.Z. Racing turns 40 this year, and far from being over the hill, they are still a leader in wheel design and technology. 

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, they have released a new wheel named the Quaranta, which means 'forty' in Italian. A unique design that incorporates elements from 5 spoke and mesh-type wheels, the Quaranta upholds O.Z.'s tradition of Italian style. 

The wheels are made in Italy to O.Z.'s exacting specifications. They are pressure cast from Al Si-7 aluminum alloy and heat treated. Attention to quality control ensures that they conform to international standards for alloy wheels, including the most demanding German TUV requirements.

As a special edition wheel, the Quaranta is available in a limited number of applications: Four-lug wheels are black with machined face in 16" and 17" sizes. Five-lug wheels are grey with machined face, and are available in 17" with one 18" application. 

The Quaranta would make a unique statement as part of your Tire & Wheel Package this summer. To check the wheels that will correctly fit your vehicle, shop by vehicle

HRE Wheels: Now Available at Tire Rack

Friday, May 13, 2011 by Ben Rooney
HRE P40LSpring is a great time for wheels. People are taking their fun cars out of storage, and taking the winter wheel and tire packages off of their daily drivers. Many wheel manufacturers introduce new designs, and Tire Rack often adds new brands to our line around this time of year. The most exciting addition to our lineup this year is HRE. 

Long considered a leader in custom wheel design, HRE has intensified its focus on engineering to make them a leader in quality as well as in style. It is great to be able to offer a world class, American made wheel at the top of our line, alongside the European powerhouses BBS and OZ Racing. 

While we keep many of the wheels that we sell in stock, most of the HRE wheels are built specifically to order. This usually means a 3-4 week lead time from the initial order to the shipment of the wheel package. With a little advance planning, these exceptional wheels will be well worth the wait.

View all of the HRE styles we carry and shop by vehicle.