What is Rim Offset and Backspacing? How Do They Affect Fitment?

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Have you been told your Honda needs a high offset wheel or that your new Jeep wheels must have the right backspacing?

Many drivers are familiar with rim diameter, bolt pattern and centerbore, but not offset and backspacing.

Offset is the distance between the mounting pad and rim's midpoint. The diagram to the right shows a wheel with a positive offset. Every contemporary Original Equipment wheel has a positive offset, however O.E. offset varies. For example, my old Honda Prelude SH has 16x6.5 wide, 55mm offset wheels while a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport comes with 16x7 44 mm offset wheels.

What happens when you get a new wheel with a different offset?  A higher offset results in the wheel and tire moving more in (towards the hub). A lower offset causes the wheel and tire to move out (towards the fender). 

What happens when you replace the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport's 16x7 44 mm offset wheels with the 17x8 6 mm offset MAMBA MR1X wheels? The 38 mm offset difference pushes the outside edge 38 mm out towards the fender and the additional width adds another 12.7 mm. Therefore, compared to Original Equipment, the outside edge is 50.7 mm further out towards the fender. Relative to the O.E. wheel, the MAMBA MR1X provides 25.3 mm additional inside clearance.

Backspacing is the distance between the mounting pad and the back of the wheel. Offset and wheel width will be marked on the back of the original and aftermarket wheels, but backspacing needs to be measured.

What does this all mean to you? Since we have already checked to see what fits your vehicle, all listed wheels have a compatible offset and backspacing specification. If you've lowered your car or you're running an oversized custom fit tire size, a higher offset wheel will allow for better fender clearance and a lower offset wheel will create additional inside clearance.

Shop by vehicle to view the wheels that are available for your application.

Raise Ride Height and Go Big with Traxda Lift and Level Kits

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

"How big of a tire can I install on my truck?" This question is one I receive on almost a daily basis. While each truck is different and some can occasionally accept taller tires with the factory suspension in place, the easiest way to insure proper fitment of a taller or wider tire is to increase the amount of travel between the top of the tire and fender well.

Leveling kits increase the amount of clearance on the front axles between one and three inches on average and will often enable the owner to increase tire size without rubbing issues. Most trucks tend to have a rake from the factory that causes the front of the truck to sit lower in the front when the bed is unloaded. With a leveling kit, this rake can be corrected and clearances improved.

Traxda Lift and Level Kits relocate the mounting point of the spring that holds the truck up without changing the location of the stock suspension arms. Installation of this kit allows for use of up to 35" tall tires (17"-26" rims, stock offset, depending on application) without rubbing. Most kits are a direct bolt-on style, simple and easy to install with nothing more than common hand tools and require no modifications to your vehicle. The kits retain stock ride quality.

Lift and Level Kit Features:

  • Precision laser cut solid steel technology engineered to exact tolerances
  • Does not change preload
  • Maintains stock ride quality on most vehicles
  • Requires no disassembly of the strut
  • Depending on application, stock shocks or stock-length aftermarket shocks can be used
  • Shock brackets included where applicable
  • Alignment specs provided
  • Truck can be returned to stock when required
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Made in the USA

Search by vehicle to find a Traxda Lift and Level Kit for your truck.

Introducing the New O.Z. Racing Leggera HLT

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Spring will be underway shortly and that means many new wheel styles will be available. While there are many fresh designs that have caught my eye, none has impressed me more than the new Leggera HLT from O.Z. Racing.

The Leggera HLT, with its split 5-spoke design, is clean, well made and has an excellent bright race grey finish. It's also light, something we expect after having carried O.Z. Racing's Ultraleggera and Superleggera wheels for quite some time. The Leggera HLT is available in 17"-20" rim diameters with most of the popular widths, offsets and bolt patterns being represented.

O.Z. Racing never compromises on quality and complies with all official regulations, including the stringent rules of T.U.V., the German control office. They constantly submit their wheels to multiple comprehensive testing to measure road stress. And to detect minute flaws, 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. Finally, an anti-corrosion treatment is given, followed by a protective lacquer coating and final cleaning.

Search by vehicle to see if this new O.Z. Racing is a fit for your car.

Which Wheels are Best for Winter Use?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

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

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

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

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

What is Rim Offset?

Friday, June 28, 2013 by Colin .

Many drivers call or email us to ask about offset. They want to know what it means and how it affects the wheel options we list on our site.

Rim or wheel offset is the distance from the centerline of the wheel to its mounting surface. Offset is measured in millimeters and can be a positive, negative or zero designation.  

  • Zero offset indicates the mounting surface is even with the centerline of the wheel.  
  • Positive offset means the mounting surface is toward the front of the wheel.
  • Negative offset means the mounting surface is toward the backside of the wheel.  

The wheel offset needs to be correct for the vehicle to prevent clearance issues and not negatively affect its handling.   

Some of our wheel options are offered in multiple offsets. The lower the offset, the further the wheel will be positioned toward the outside and the more aggressive it will appear. We commonly list these fitments for trucks and jeeps for those who want that type of look and are willing to make other modifications such as installing a lift kit. If a wheel's offset will be aggressive and may require modification to the vehicle, it'll be noted under "Important Notes" below the wheel image.  

Our wheel listings have been determined by our fitment engineers who have taken each wheel's offset as well as many other factors into account so you can be confident that what we list will fit correctly. Start searching wheels by vehicle now and find the wheel that's a match for your ride. 

What Size Rims or Wheels Fit My Car?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Upgrading the wheels on a car is one of the most popular modifications drivers like to make. It allows you to add a personal touch, while also helping it stand out in a crowd.

What wheels will fit on your car? Simple. Just use our shop by vehicle feature and we'll show options that are guaranteed to fit your vehicle. In some situations, our site will also let you know if a modification to the vehicle is needed for the wheel to fit. This message will appear under the "Important Notes" section. Situations like this are likely to occur with trucks where a lift kit is used. To ensure the wheel is a perfect match for your vehicle, we measure or verify many items, including:

  • Bolt Pattern
  • Centerbore Diameter
  • Hub Diameter
  • Load Capacity
  • Lug Hardware
  • Suspension Components Clearance

Once you have selected your wheel, the next step is choosing a set of tires that's best for how and where you drive. If you select a wheel diameter that's different than the Original Equipment, you may need a new set of tires. You can shop by size to help you find the tires that are right for your application.

For more information on selecting the proper wheel, read "What is Wheel Offset and Backspace?"

What Size Rims Fit My Car?

Friday, May 17, 2013 by Colin .

Deciding what size wheels fit a car isn't a simple process. You must consider details, such as bolt pattern, offset, width and diameter. We have made the process easy by already taking these factors into account. When you shop for wheels by vehicle on our site, you'll be able to see all options that fit. Tire Rack's website only shows sizes we know will safely work on the vehicle. We also let users know important information, including the fitment may be aggressive and may require fender modifications for a proper fit. 

To ensure a match for your car, we measure your vehicle's critical components with sophisticated electronic tools that allows our fitment engineers to create extremely accurate drawings of these parts. We do the same for the wheels that we offer and then use Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs to match the wheels to a vehicle. Using these electronic tools helps us verify the numerous different critical areas before a wheel can be listed for a vehicle. The items we measure or verify include:

  • Bolt Pattern
  • Centerbore
  • Hub Interference
  • Load Capacity
  • Lug Hardware
  • Suspension Components

When viewing wheels in our Upgrade Garage, you can filter options by diameter, price, finish, brand and even weight. Some vehicles come from the factory with a staggered wheel size fitment and our fitment listings will indicate if we have larger rear wheels for your car. Even if your car originally came with larger rear wheels, you can elect to use the same size in the front and rear if you don't want to stay with a staggered set-up. This will allow you to rotate your tires. Also in our Upgrade Garage, you can select the option that allows you to view the wheels on your vehicle.

For more information on choosing the right wheel for your car, read "Why Shop for Wheels by First Selecting a Vehicle?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

Monday, January 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Hankook Ventus R-S3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88

2005 Audi S4 Sedan 2005 Model
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Seattle, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2013

I use these tires for 5 to 7 track days a year, have two seasons of track days on them, and drive them 5 to 6 months out of the year as my daily tires in the summer in Seattle.

These tires are great on the track! Predictable, consistent, and very little fall off after a 25 minute session. I run double sessions with students as I also teach for the local Audi club as a track instructor. These tire take A LOT of abuse during track days, and they always are there for you during a day at the track.

Daily driving they are a bit on the noisy side, BUT they are solid in Seattle rain if you use your head, and the AWD of the S4 to your advantage.

My one gripe is that the tire does not come in a 245x35x18 as the rims I use are a wider offset, and I get just a touch of tire rub on the inner fender wells.

I would totally recommend this tire to anyone looking for the tire you can drive to the track, kick butt with, and then drive home and around town on.

Flat Black Platinum Monarch

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

One trend that we've definitely seen is the increased popularity of black and grey wheels. If you like black multi-spoke rims you may want to consider the black painted Platinum Monarch, which is available in 5-lug and 17"-20" sizing.
 

You can check availability for your specific vehicle by entering your year, make, model and trim level in our Upgrade Garage. Once you've entered this information, we'll display wheels with correct specifications such as bolt pattern, offset and other parameters.

 

Our Upgrade Garage will also allow you to change the color of a vehicle so you can see how a particular wheel style and finish will work with your vehicle's color. Speaking of color, the black painted Monarch is painted flat black. You can get a better idea of how flat by comparing its finish with a gloss black wheel like the HRE P47 (on the right):
 

I can see the Monarch as a good match for the first-generation (2004-2010) Scion TC. Add a set of versatile 225/40-18 Kumho Ecsta 4X tires and at $1,340* you're ready to go.

 

18x8 42mm offset 5-100 Black Platinum Monarch $148*
Black Platinum Monarch $148**
225/40-18 Ultra High Performance All-Season Kumho Ecsta 4X $116*
Kumho Ecsta 4X $116**

 

2012 Scion TC FAQ:
 

Are there other 18" tire sizes I can run? Yes, 235/35-18  (about 1/2" wider than 225/40-18) and 245/35-18 (about 1" wider than 225/40-18) will also work.
 

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

**Prices subject to change

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. 

Wheel Clearance Event: Bright PVD Bremmer Kraft BR05

Monday, February 6, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Have you been checking out our Wheel Clearance Event?

One unique finish that may have caught your eye is the bright PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finish on the Bremmer Kraft BR05. Physical Vapor Deposition is when the manufacturer electrostatically applies an ionized vapor to the alloy surface in a closed chamber. The process creates a finish that's bright but a little more resistant to weather and corrosion compared to traditional chrome rims. The photo below shows how the BR05 (on the right) compares to a popular chrome wheel from Von Max, the VM2.

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Although every driver has his or her own preference, I like the look of the BR05 on white, black, silver and grey vehicles. The mesh styling will also work with many different applications, including the staggered 19" sizes available for the 2009 (E60 chassis) BMW 528i Sedan. 

A set of 19x8 20mm offset front wheels and 19x9 20mm offset rear wheels combined with the versatile Ultra High Performance All-Season General G-MAX AS-03 in 245/35-19 and 275/30-19 is only $1480* plus shipping. The front wheels have been marked down from $235 to $149, while the rear wheels are currently $89.
 

19x8 20mm offset Bright PVD Bremmer Kraft BR05
Bremmer Kraft BR05
245/35R19 Ultra High Performance All-Season General G-MAX AS-03
245/35ZR19 G-MAX AS-03

FAQ:

 

  1. I want to be able to rotate my tires, can I run either the 19x8 20mm offset or the 19x9 20mm offset option on the front and back? If so, what tire size should I run? Either wheel will work in both positions with a 245/35-19 tire. When you select the 245/35-19 size and the 19x9 wheel, you'll have less rubber protruding beyond the edge of the rim making it easier to scrape the outside of the wheel.

  2. Will the Bremmer Kraft BR05 accept my original BMW center cap? Yes, or you can purchase additional O.E. caps for $15 with your order.

*Prices subject to change, limited quantities, including sensors and excluding shipping

 

Wheel Clearance Event: 18" ATX Series Storm for Dodge Ram 1500

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel
2012 Ram 1500 Black 3 Quarter

Would you like to to improve the appearance of your new Dodge Ram? Well, take a look at the ATX Series Storm that is currently on closeout. As part of our Wheel Clearance Event, this wheel is now available for only $119! Add the overall performance and versatility of the 275/65-18 Firestone Destination A/T and you've got a Tire & Wheel Package for only $1,456.**

18x8.5 5-139 30 mm  offset Black W/Teflon Coating ATX Storm
18x8.5 5-139 30mm offset Black w/Teflon Coating ATX Series Storm
275/65-18 Firestone Destination A/T
275/65-18 Firestone Destination
A/T

2012 Dodge Ram and ATX Storm FAQ:

  1. Is the 30mm offset ATX Series Storm the only compatible wheel for my truck in this particular wheel model? There are actually two compatible versions of the ATX Storm, the 30mm offset and the 18mm offset version.

  2. What's the difference between a 30mm and 18mm offset? Offset is the distance between the mounting pad and the middle centerline of the rim. The higher the offset the more "in," while the lower the offset the more "out" the wheel moves relative to the hub. To gain a better understand of offset, read our tech article titled "Offset."

  3. What effect does this offset difference have on my Ram wheel fitment? Your Original Equipment 17" wheel is either 7" or 8" wide (depending on the exact O.E. wheel you have) with a 25.4 mm offset. You can check your O.E. width by looking for either a 17x7JJ or 17x8JJ stamped on the back of the wheel. Let's consider the O.E. 17x7" wheel. With a 30mm offset, the edge of the wheel will move 4.6 mm in. What about the wheel width difference? Since we're going from a 7" wide wheel to an 8.5" wide wheel, the edge of the wheel will move out by 3/4" (that's 1/2 of the 1.5" wheel width difference).

  4. What would be the net effect for this new set-up? The wheel would move in 4.6 mm because of offset and out 19.05 mm (3/4") with the wheel moving out 14.45 mm (.57 inches) compared to the O.E. 17x7" wheel.

  5. What about the 18mm offset? The wheel would move 7mm out plus another 3/4" out, therefore the edge of the wheel moves out 26.05 mm (1.03"). 
*Prices subject to change, limited stock
**Prices subject to change, including TPMS Sensors and excluding shipping

Studless Ice and Snow Tires for Your E90 xDrive 3 Series

Thursday, January 19, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Like all 3 Series E90 BMWs, xDrives come with run-flat tires and no spare. It's difficult to engineer a winter tire with good ice grip and the ability to handle the duress of running 50 miles with 0 lbs. of air pressure. Therefore, there are no compatible run-flat winter tires for the xDrive with the ice grip of a Studless Ice and Snow winter / snow tire.

Winter / Snow Tire Size

Depending on engine and trim, your Original Equipment sizing ranges between 16" to 18" with staggered (wider rear tire) options. 

328i xDrives can run either 16" or 17" winter / snow tires while 335i xDrives are limited to 17" or 18" options because 16" wheels won't clear the larger 335i xDrive brakes. Personally, I believe the 205/55-16 Studless Ice and Snow tires would be an ideal fit for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

The US-spec E90 3 Series uses valve-stem-mounted Direct TPMS that you can reset yourself by following instructions in your owner's manual.

16" Studless Ice and Snow Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for 328i xDrive

When selecting a Studless Ice and Snow tire for the 328i xDrive, I'd recommend the 205/55-16 Michelin X-Ice Xi2 on 16x7.5 35mm offset Sport Edition A7 wheels in either silver or black for $1044.**

205/55-16 Michelin X-Ice Xi2
205/55-16 Michelin
X-Ice Xi2
16x7.5 35mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition A7
16x7.5 35mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition A7
16x7.5 35mm offset Black Painted Sport Edition A7
16x7.5 35mm offset Black Painted Sport Edition A7

17" Studless Ice and Snow Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for 335i xDrive

For a Studless Ice and Snow tire for the 335i xDrive I'd recommend the 225/45-17 non-run-flat Continental ExtremeWinterContact on the Sport Edition A7 at $1228.**

225/45-17 Continental ExtremeWinterContact
225/45-17 Continental ExtremeWinterContact
17x7.5 32mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition A7
17x7.5 32mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition A7
17x7.5 32mm offset Black Painted Sport Edition A7
17x7.5 32mm offset Black Painted Sport Edition A7

2011 BMW xDrive 3 Series FAQ:
  1. Will the Sport Edition A7 accept my O.E. BMW center cap? Yes.
  2. If my vehicle is equipped with the Sport Package or the M Sport Package with wider tires in the back, is it okay to run the same tire size in the front and back? Yes. Since 225/45-17, 255/40-17, 225/40-18 and 255/35-18 are all 25" in overall diameter you'll be maintaining the same overall diameter, therefore this will have no effect on the vehicle's Dynamic Traction Control.
  3. If I'm using my Sport Package or M Sport Package wheels, is it okay to run a narrower size tire on the wider rear rim? Yes, a 17x8.5 wheel will accept a 225/45-17 tire and a 18x8.5 wheel will accept a 225/40-18 tire. Just be more careful when parallel parking because you'll have less rubber protruding beyond the edge of the rim. So, it's easier to scrape a wheel against a curb.
*Prices subject to change
**Prices subject to change, including sensors and excluding shipping

Wheels & Tires for the 2011-2012 VW Jetta

Friday, November 4, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Despite what some automotive experts say, I really like the new Volkswagen Jetta. And, if the original Jetta tires and wheels are not to your liking, some aftermarket car rims and tires could really increase the vehicle's style.

As you try to envision how a given wheel will fit on your car, keep in mind that the offset spec effects the overall look. How would the 17x7.5 5-112 bolt pattern 45mm offset Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin look on the car, even though your Original Equipment wheels are 16" in diameter and 6.5" with a 50mm offset? To help you gain a better picture of how these Enkei rims would sit on your vehicle, look at where your valve stems sit and picture them moving 17mm (roughly 3/4") out towards the fender.

Manufacturers will determine what sizes of wheels they'll make, as not all wheels come in all sizes. However, when you purchase wheels from Tire Rack, you can be assured the wheel you order is a perfect match for your vehicle. To see how we get the proper fitments for each vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

Since I am a big fan of the Jetta TDI let's use this application as an example. For 17" wheels you can choose Volkswagen tires in either 225/45-17 or 235/45-17. If I were picking tires to use here in Indiana, I'd get the 225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4 for its combination of great steering response, wet grip and efficiency.

Since the new Jetta uses the indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System with ABS sensors, you don't need to get separate sensors. And when you're looking at our online tire prices for the Michelin Primacy, create a Tire & Wheel Package with the Enkei wheels for $1388* plus shipping.

17x7.5 Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin
17x7.5 Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin
225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4
225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4

Create the perfect Tire & Wheel Package for your Jetta today!

Winter / Snow Tires for Your 2012 Ford Focus

Friday, October 7, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
In launching the new Focus, Ford made huge improvements across the board and gave North American drivers the enjoyment Focus drivers have been enjoying in Europe. Despite many improvements, the Focus still isn't intrinsically good in the snow. The low curb weight that makes the Focus great at the fuel pump, hurts the vehicle's snow performance.

Overall vehicle weight is still critical, as less weight on your tires means less grip in snow and on ice. Getting a set of dedicated winter / snow tires for your Focus will eradicate any winter driving woes you may encounter. Given the weight issues, most moderate Focus drivers should consider a Studless Ice and Snow tire. And with the Focus' handling abilities, drivers in the milder winter climates may be happier with a Performance Winter/Snow tire.

Studless Ice and Snow Tire Sizes

For the harsher winter climates, 195/65-15 would be the optimum winter tire size in the Studless Ice and Snow category. 195/65-15 is narrow enough to cut through deep snow but wide enough to brake, turn and accelerate on hard-packed snow or ice. Do you often drive on roads that are frequently covered with hard-packed snow? Last winter we had a mix of deep snow, extremely cold weather and a lack of plowing on secondary roads. We often had roads that had been plowed once, but the thin layer of residual snow hardened into ice. The 195/65-15 tire is wide enough to handle these conditions. 

So what is one of the best Winter / Snow Tires & Wheel Package options with a Studless Ice and Snow tire? The 195/65-15 Michelin X-Ice Xi2 on 15x6 black painted steel wheels with wheels covers on closeout pricing for a total of $604** plus shipping would be a good choice.

Performance Winter/Snow Tire Sizes

If you're a faster driver that prefers Performance Winter/Snow tires, 215/55-16 accentuates dry weather grip. Although you'll lose some snow grip, 215/55-16 will still be adequate this winter in moderate and deep snow.

If you have made the decision to order a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package with a Performance Winter/Snow tire, then consider the 215/55-16 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D on 16x7.5 50mm offset Sport Edition F7 wheels at $952* plus shipping. Since the factory offset is 50mm, this wheel won't protrude out abnormally or be unusually recessed compared to the factory 6.5" wide wheel. It will essentially be in the same place relative to the brake rotor and body fender. Check out our tech article, "Offset" to gain a better understanding of how offset can affect your wheels (rims) and tires purchase.

Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Sport Edition F7
Sport Edition F7

Shop by vehicle to find the tires and wheels that will work best for your vehicle.

*Prices subject to change
**Excluding TPMS sensors

Wheels for Dually Pickups

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 by Ben Rooney
Tire Rack has recently partnered with wheel brands Ultra and KMC XD Series to offer custom wheel styles for dually trucks. Below is a sample of the wheels currently available, with the Ultra Goliath Dually and KMC XD Series Rockstar Dually also available in a chrome finish:

Ultra Goliath Dually
Ultra Goliath Dually
Ultra Type 2 Dually
Ultra Type 2 Dually
KMC XD Series Rockstar Dually
KMC XD Series Rockstar Dually
These wheels are sold in sets of four, with different front and rear part numbers to accommodate the unique offset requirements of dually trucks. The inner rear wheel is retained on both rear corners to complete the set. They meet all required load ratings for their specified applications.  

Each wheel is available in 16" and 17" rim diameters.

Shop by vehicle to find the wheels that are a match for your vehicle.

What is Wheel Offset and Backspace?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Wheel offset anTech Article on Offsetd backspace measure the same thing but in a little different way. They tell you where in the wheel well a particular wheel will sit.

Offset is a measurement in millimeters from the backside of the mounting plate to the center line of the wheel. A positive number puts the mounting plate further away from the backside of the rim. A negative measurement moves it closer to the backside. Since offset is based on the center line, the width does factor in. That is to say an 8-inch wide +45mm offset and 7-inch wide +45mm offset results in a 1/2" difference in wheel positioning. The 8-inch wide will be further into the wheel well. To gain a better understanding of the offset of a wheel, read our tech article on this topic.

Backspace measures the distance from the mounting plate to the back edge of the wheel.  The higher the backspace the further into the fender well it will sit.

Confusing? It can be. The good news is Tire Rack takes care of all the guesswork for you. When you shop by vehicle, we'll show you options that fit your vehicle. In some instances, there may be a fitment note explaining any potential issues, but in most cases no modifications are needed.

Looking for Black 4X4 Wheels

Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Searching for black wheels for your off-road vehicle? Tire Rack has many options from ATX designed to fit your Jeep, SUV or pickup truck. Some ATX black rims come with aggressive offset to accommodate bigger tires and may need a lift kit for proper fitment.

ATX Wheels feature a Teflon coating, which is more durable and creates a long lasting, all-terrain finish. The permanent Teflon finish is baked on to the wheel and improves the durability of the finish in extreme on-and off-road situations. 

Artillery Black w/Teflon Coating Chamber Black w/Teflon Coating Ledge Black w/Teflon Coating
Artillery Black w/Teflon Coating Chamber Black w/Teflon Coating Ledge Black w/Teflon Coating
Mojave Black w/Teflon Coating Storm Black w/Teflon Coating
Mojave Black w/Teflon Coating Storm Black w/Teflon Coating

ATX wheels are also the official wheel of Kawasaki Team Green and SCORE International race series. Shop by vehicle to see which wheels work best for your Jeep, SUV or pickup truck.

Lightweight Rims for your Mazda Miata

Saturday, July 10, 2010 by Rudy Riedel
Looking to increase the performance of your 1989-2005 Mazda Miata? The TRMotorsports C1M wheel has been a favorite of autocross and track day enthusiasts. This wheel comes in a 4x100 bolt pattern, 30 mm offset and 15x7 in a Miata-specific center bore. They only weigh 13.2lbs – which is important because keeping the unsprung weight down improves ride as well as acceleration and braking performance. These rims come in three different colors — black, silver and carbon grey — to give you the look you’re after.
           
           Silver                                Black                            Carbon Grey

These rims are an excellent value that’s very hard to beat.

New Truck and SUVRims Available at Tire Rack

Monday, June 14, 2010 by Chad Hocker
One of the largest classes of new Rims has arrived at Tire Rack allowing us to offer over 40 brands and over 500 models of rims -- all searchable by vehicle.

Yes, that's right. Tire Rack has taken the guesswork out of the fitment equation. We know the rim offset and fitment for each truck or SUV. We also offer the tires for you as well. Select a Rim and tire package and Tire Rack will mount and balance them at no charge prior to shipping. 

If you can change a spare tire you have the ability to install your new tires and rims when they arrive saving you even more money on the installation (most installers charge $10-$20 each to install new tires and rims).

Let's take a look at some of the new truck rims for 2010.


Assault Assault
Black w/Mach Lip
Crawl Crawl
Flat Black Painted
Justice Justice
Machined w/Flat Black Accent
DC-2 DC-2
Machined w/Black Accent




Baron Baron
Machined w/Black Accent
Drifter Drifter
Machined w/Black Accent
Gauntlet Gauntlet
Black Painted
Maverick Maverick
Machined w/Black Accent