Wheels and Tires Made in the USA!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

When choosing the right tire or wheel, a very important part of the selection process for some consumers is finding out where the product is made. The following products are a few of our most popular that are exclusively made in the United States.

When looking for tires for your truck, take a look at the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac or Dick Cepek Fun Country. Both tires can be driven on and off the road, and provide great traction while you play hard. As for wheels, the Black Rock line offers durable and affordable steel options that are manufactured in California.

 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
 Dick Cepek Fun Country
Dick Cepek Fun Country
 Black Rock Wheels
Black Rock Wheels


Are you the owner of a coupe, sedan, van or crossover vehicle? Then take a look at the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A or Dunlop Signature II. Both of these Grand Touring All-Season tires offer excellent traction, even in light snow. They're also offered with an exceptional treadlife warranty.

If you're currently shopping for a tire or wheel that is manufactured in the United States, give any of these choices a consideration. You can also click on the "Specs" tab on a product's page for any tire and our website will display the country of origin for the tire.

Shop by vehicle and find the tire that's right for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 600

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 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.

Dunlop SP Sport 600 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 26,556
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 26,556 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2014

These tires had a better treadlife for being strictly a summer tire. I have had all season tires not last as long. However these tires are prone to cupping. The wet traction was sub par. I dont know how the manufacturer even can say that they evacuate water well. If it rains stay home! These tires will not be good for you nor comfortable even in the lightest rain. This website wont let me rate the tires on sand so I will do it here. I drove on the beach and they are very very good on sand. Believe it or not for sand driving you want a mostly bald tire. I only had 3000 miles on them at the time and they held up very well and even on dirt. Never got the chance to take it in the mud. But judging my the tread pattern I wouldnt want to have them on mud or rock. I may buy this tire again, but not at the price thats being asked for them. Especially when they are not even a runflat and have such poor wet traction. Going to try Michellin or Continental next.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, April 21, 2014 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 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.4

2002 BMW 325iT Wagon Sprt Pkg
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Northern Virginia, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
May 13, 2012

NOISY, NOISY TIRES! HORRIBLE, STIFF RIDE. These tires cause my BMW 325i to feel like a barn wagon and to have a loud humming noise that sounds like a prop airplane engine. This car WAS fun to drive BEFORE I put these tires on it, but now with these tires, I have to blast the radio to compete with the noise from these tires on the highway. Please note that I only replaced my rear tires, so there are only two of these tires on my car and the ride comfort has plummeted dramatically. I can only imagine how unbearable it would be to have all four of the tires as the Kumho Ecsta 4X. I am very disappointed because most of the reviewers had reported that these were quiet tires, but that is not the case for my car. Now my car feels like a very low end vehicle on its last legs. Awful. Don't buy these tires. Or wear earplugs while driving that you would wear at a rock concert.

Despite my displeasure with the tires, I must say is that the service from TireRack has been excellent. The tires arrived when promised and the installer honored the prices agreed upon. I would definitely purchase tires from this website again, but they would be a different brand and model.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 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 S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2006 BMW 325i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Grandville, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

I bought these tires a couple months ago, based on the test ratings on this website. As usual, the Tire Rack ratings were dead on! I drive (on average) about 2,000 miles per week, and live in west Michigan. Due to the unpredictable nature of Michigan weather, I needed a tire that performed well in all weather conditions. These tires do everything they say they do, and at a good price.

I was concerned, having a rear-wheel drive car, that an all-season tire would not perform well enough for winter driving. Acceleration at times can be a struggle, but I've never had an issue with traction, when every other vehicle on the road didn't have the same problems. Stopping on icy, slushy, and snow covered roads is NEVER a problem. I've never had a set of tires that allows me to stop like these tires do.

In dry conditions, I don't think there is an UHP-tire available that out-perfoms these. I'm sure there are others that perform as well, but it would be a stretch to say they are better. The tires that are as good, are generally more than twice the price. The only tires that I would consider relatively equal both in performance and price, would be the Continental Extreme Contact DWS'. I think the tread wear is a little better on the Hankook tires though.

Road noise (on good roads) is all but non-existant. My car runs 40 series up front, with 35 series in the rear. I expected these tires to have a very harsh ride, but they are surprisingly comfortable. As anticipated, corner roll doesn't happen, but it shouldn't with such a low-profile tire. Heat disipation is good. I've only had them in weather up to 65 F at this point, but they have never felt surprisingly warm, even after several miles of spirited curved road driving.

The only complaint I have, is these tires "track" pretty bad on grooved roads. It may be due to the 225 front, and 255 rear widths, but I didn't notice this issue with the Goodyear tires my car came with.

Overall, Exceptional Tires

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Friday, February 7, 2014 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 Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

2002 Mitsubishi Galant ES 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: North Brunswick, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2014

I could not believe the handling in the snow & ice with these tires. I have been able to maintain pretty good control while driving the local roads which were not plowed real well. Also, taking it slowly, the tires performed rather well on ice covered roads. Stopping in the snow was not an issue either so far. They seem to grip as I am cornering as well. I am not use to having such a tire and would recommend getting these tires. By the way, they are T rated but was able to put them on my Mazda MPV too, go to their website to check if it can be an alternative to use.

 

Stop Slipping in the Snow! The Optimal Snow Tire Solution for the 2014 Audi SQ5

Friday, January 3, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Did you get a 2014 Audi SQ5 to fill your need for compact crossover speed? With 354 hp and 346 ft-lbs of torque channeled through Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive, you've got the power to haul.

All good fun until the weatherman calls for some snow. Now, you find your SQ5 slipping and sliding instead of stopping on a dime. You have stressfully discovered that your Original Equipment 255/40R21 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GTs (most common O.E. tire) are lacking snow grip. No worries, with just a few clicks on our website, your SQ5 will be good to go in the snow.

Winter / Snow Tire Size

Your Original Equipment Dunlops are not going to perform in snow because their summer compound turns brittle at cold temperatures coupled with a tread size consisting of large tread blocks without biting edges and sipes. A few of you may need to tweak your snow tire widths, but most snowbelt drivers are best served by staying with 255 width tires. The SQ5's 4550 lb. curb weight limits the utility of going skinnier, especially given the spirited nature of many SQ5 drivers.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

As you enter your SQ5 make and model information in our website's Upgrade Garage, we'll ask whether or not you have rubber or metal valve stems. Please go out to your SQ5 and tug at your valve stems. If they move they're rubber, if they don't, they're metal. If they're rubber, your SQ5 uses the ABS-based Indirect TPMS, if they're metal, you'll need Direct TPMS sensors available at $81 per corner. Neither system requires dealer initialization.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

255/50-19 Michelin Latitude X-ICE Xi2 $265*
255/50R19 Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2
Bright Silver Sport Edition WX5 $159
Bright Silver Sport Edition WX5


I like the Studless Ice & Snow Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2's balance of ice and packed snow grip combined with decent dry road handling. The Sport Edition WX5 provides good value along with being a great match to the SQ5's overall styling.

Now you've got the power and control to make your SQ5 handle anything winter may bring.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Friday, November 8, 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.


Bridgestone Blizzak WS60Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

2006 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Portage, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

I purchased a rear wheel drive Mercedes Benz E320 CDI this fall and was concerned with handling this winter. Living in Michigan we see all types of winter driving conditions.
I went online to the Tire Rack website and researched tires for winter driving and with their customer service support selected the Bridgstone Blizzak 225/55R16 WS60 tires. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and would recommend them to anyone. The ride is excellent and quiet. The traction on snow and ice surpasses my expectations.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Friday, November 8, 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.

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.45
 
 

2009 Volkswagen Routan
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Cedar Knolls, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2013

Great tire for the price most likely buy them again, great handlng in snow and ice condition that was my main concern in buy them was recommended buy a friend to purchase them also checked the ratings on consumer reports article. This past year I purchased a set of dedicated wheels from your website and had them shipped to one off your installer locations nothing but great this to say about your service and the installation at etd.

 

Shopping for Staggered Tires

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Ben Rooney

When you have standard or optional tire sizes on your vehicle, shopping for tires in your size is easy. Just shop by vehicle, and choose the appropriate option. You should always check your tire size to confirm that the tires on your car match what the computer thinks you should have, just to avoid any possible mistakes.

What if your vehicle is not in our database? You can easily shop by size. However, what if you have two different sizes on your vehicle? Maybe you installed custom wheels that require different front and rear tires but the computer thinks you should have all one size. Maybe you need custom sizes on a vehicle that came with staggered wheels. Whatever the case may be, having two sizes makes the search a bit more complex. You could pull up two different windows, one for the front size and one for the rear. Then you would have to check back and forth to see which ones come in both sizes and add up the price of two fronts and two rears to get the total cost. While this isn't impossible, it's more time consuming and there is more potential for a mistake somewhere along the way.

There is a handy trick to search for matching pairs of tires in two different sizes. When on our site, follow these easy steps:

  1. Click on "Tires"
  2. Under the "Shop for Tires" section, take note of the link that reads "Different size for rear tires?"
  3. A drop down box will then provide you with the option to select two different sizes

The website does all the work for you -- finds all available matching pairs and provides the cost of your order. Shopping for your staggered set-up is simple!

Show Off Your Wheels: Upload Photos to Tire Rack's Photo Gallery

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Ben Rooney

We have recently added a feature to our website that allows our customers to upload photos to show off their upgraded vehicles with Tire Rack products, including wheels. When you're shopping for wheels, you will be able to access any customer photos available of the style that you are viewing. You can also view our master photo gallery of both Tire Rack studio photos, as well as customer submissions. We love to see our wheels in their new homes. Photo styles vary from casual snapshots to artfully composed high-resolution images.

One picture that caught my eye while browsing is this image of a black painted Enkei Racing Series RPF1 on a WRX STI. This lightweight, performance oriented wheel is paired with a Dunlop Direzza ZII tire that perfectly complements the mission of the RPF1: going fast and looking good.

The customer has added his or her own custom lug nuts in what looks to be a blue anodized finish, adding a touch of color to the otherwise sober black of the car and wheel. And look at that mirror finish. This Subie seems to have spent plenty of time in 'makeup' getting ready for its glamor shots.

Customers can also include their own story about their wheels, tires and car to go along with the picture. When visiting the Photo Gallery, you can simply click on "Read My Story" to see what the owner has to say about their wheels and tires.

Want to upload your own photos and help other customers with their shopping? Visit our Photo Gallery, check the requirements and start uploading your photo.

I Have a Staggered Vehicle, Can I Go Back to a Square Set-Up?

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

The industry's trend of offering vehicles with different size tires in the front and rear (staggered) continues. This can be a frustration point for some unsuspecting consumers. First, tire choices can be fewer than hoped when trying to find two different sizes that match in the same brand. Second, prices on the larger rear pair can be more than expected. Third, tire rotations are either non-existent or limited to a side-to-side scheme.

What are your options besides staying with the staggered set-up? One option is to square up the vehicle. This is very common when running a dedicated Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. In most cases, this can be accomplished as the front and rear size difference lies in the width only, and not the height. Therefore, by simply using the front size on the rear, or possibly an intermediate size, you accomplish this goal.  

There are some things to watch out for before venturing down this road. You must make sure it is in fact only a difference in width. If there's a significant difference in height, you will not want to square up. This could cause the vehicle's electronic systems, such as ABS and traction control, to become confused.

The second thing to consider is the rims' widths of your wheels and whether or not the narrower tire will fit on the wider rear wheel. If not, there may be an intermediate size that will work on both the front and rear wheel widths.

You can get a tire's overall diameter and rim width ranges from our website by checking the "Specs" page for the tires you're interested in. The widths of your current wheels may require a conversation with the dealer.

For more information on properly rotating your staggered or squared set-up, read "Tire Rotation Instructions."

New Wheels for Your Vehicle

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Colin .

It's midsummer and there's still plenty of time to upgrade the appearance of your vehicle with new wheels. Changing wheels is one of the easiest ways to make a big impact on the appearance of your vehicle. Compare the Audi below with factory wheels (top) to one equipped with Verde's Parallax in a 19" size (bottom). Upsizing and changing the style really improves the appearance of this car.   

When shopping for new wheels, it's best to use our shop by vehicle tool to ensure the wheels you choose will fit correctly. Our engineering department reviews all applicable fitment data before we list a wheel for your vehicle.   

If you want to keep the tires you have, then just select the wheel that goes with your size. If not, you may have the option to upsize or downsize your wheels and tires. You can use the filters on the left side of the screen to help you select the size and finish you prefer. Our website also allows you to view each wheel on your vehicle.  

 Keep in mind that if you purchase a Tire & Wheel Package from us, we offer:

  • Free scratchless mounting
  • Free required hardware (lugs, center caps, centering rings, etc.) included with most wheels
  • Free Hunter Road Force balancing

If your vehicle has tire pressure sensors we will install them in the wheels, too. Visit our Upgrade Garage and begin finding your dream set of wheels!

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?"

N-Spec Tires for Your Porsche

Friday, April 19, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Porsche vehicles are known throughout the auto industry as one of the most highly engineered driving machines. Their engineers meticulously analyze every aspect of the vehicle's execution from weight savings and balance, all the way down to how the tires perform.

Porsche vehicles from 911 Carreras to Cayennes have tires that are specifically engineered for the vehicle through collaboration between tire manufacturers and Porsche themselves. Original Equipment Porsche tires are commonly referred to as N-Spec tires because the sidewall of the tire will be branded N0, N1, N2 or N3 and so on. The "N" is the designation for Porsche approved tires and the corresponding number identifies the version, with the higher number assigned to newer generations of the tire.

For instance, if you shop by vehicle and look at the 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe, when you choose "View Original Equipment Tires" the website will display all of the tires that may have come on the vehicle as Original Equipment from Porsche. You will find on the list the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 N2, Pirelli P Zero N2, Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N0, and Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N1.

 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 N2 Porsche
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 N2 Porsche
 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N1 Porsche
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N1 Porsche

 

 Pirelli P Zero N2 Porsche
Pirelli P Zero N2 Porsche
 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N0 Porsche
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N0 Porsche


For more information, read "Porsche N-Specification Tire Approvals."

What Size Tire Do I Need?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The most common question when starting to shop for tires is: "What size do I need?" Luckily, it's very simple to find the appropriate tire size needed for your vehicle. The first step should be writing down the tire sizes marked on the sidewall of all four tires. It's important that you confirm the sizes because there are many cases where the vehicle was manufactured with different size tires on the front and rear.

Now that you know what is currently on your vehicle, we need to determine if the size(s) you have written down is the correct size(s) requested by the vehicle manufacturer. Beginning in 2003, vehicle manufacturers were directed to install information placards. Tire information placards identify the Original Equipment tire sizes and inflation pressures (including the spare), along with the vehicle's weight capacity.

Placards on new vehicles must now be located on the driver's side doorjamb (called the "B-pillar"). If a vehicle doesn't have a B-pillar, then the placard is to be placed on the rear edge of the driver's door. And if the vehicle does not have a B-pillar and the driver's door edge is too narrow, the placard is to be affixed on an inward facing surface next to the driver's seating position.

For earlier model vehicles, the information placards can typically be found on:

  • Driver-side door or doorjamb
  • Rear passenger doorjamb of Ford sedans
  • Fuel filler door
  • Glove box or center console door
  • Engine compartment

If the tire size you have written down matches the tire size given on the vehicle's information placard, then you can be assured this is the size you need to shop for. There are many instances where a vehicle has aftermarket wheels or optional tire sizes and the size you have written down does not match the size on the information placard. In this case, you can search for tires by vehicle on our website and just below the Original Equipment size the website will give you optional tire sizes by wheel diameter. 

For additional information, check out our Tire Size Guide.