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 Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2004 Jaguar X Type 3.0 V6 SPORT
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Woodbridge, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2013

These are the best ---- tires I have ever used hands down! I never buy tires from a shop because i like to research and collect info before i shell out hundreds of dollars. People tend to not realize the difference a tire makes. I DO!! IF they ever discontinue this tire the buying public will be in big trouble. There's a reason this tire convincing won the comparison test on tirerack. do yourself a favor if your like me that have seasonal weather (rain, snow, Sleet..etc) it doesn't get any better for all season performance. I've never written a review on any website, but I felt that strong about these these tires to let others know. Keep in mind m y car is fulltime AWD but that doesnt change the fact that I can go on and off on-ramps on the highway going 60 without any tire squeal (which indicates the tire is at its limits) same goes in mall parking complex every other tire Ive owned would squeal taking quick rights to go down ramps.....not these

 

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."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone FR710

Wednesday, April 10, 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.


Firestone FR710Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55

2012 Toyota Sienna FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2013

The 710s are the OE tire on our 2012 Sienna XLE.

The outstanding characteristic of this tire and vehicle combination is steering response. The steering is so light and easy it is unlike any other vehicle I've driven. It makes this 2 ton+ vehicle seem like a much smaller, lighter vehicle. To call this van 'light on it's feet' is an understatement. We've taken it on one 2,000 mile trip and thought it was great on the highway. There is little noticeable wear after 17,000 miles. We've also driven in quite a bit of snow this winter and, while they're no Blizzaks, they get around just fine. I went through the tire selection matrix on Bridgestone's website and they are recommending the Dueler 422 as the top-of-the-line tire for this vehicle but I love the way this Firestone works so well on this minivan that I'd be worried about any loss of the great driving dynamics from the factory.

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.

Tire Rack Makes Shipping to a Recommended Installer Easy!

Monday, February 11, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Tire Rack has been revolutionizing tire buying since 1979! With the help of our Tire Test Results, Tire Survey Results and Tire Reviews, we provide you the information you need to purchase the right tire for how and where you drive.

Once you've made a decision on the tire that best suits your needs, the next step is shipping your order to either your home, your mechanic or one of our Recommended Installers. We have a national network of thousands of independent Recommended Installers ready to handle your installation needs near your home or office. Here's how it works:

  1. Shop our selection of products for your vehicle and add what you need to your cart.
  2. Take a look at the Recommended installers in your area and read consumer reviews and pricing information
  3. Before checkout, select your installer and save it to your addresses in "My Account" for later. You can also select your installer and choose to ship directly to them while still in the cart.
  4. Call your Recommended Installer to set up an appointment.
  5. Drive in for installation.

The Recommenced Installer Program section of our website provides all the information needed to easily choose the Installer best for you, information like: 

  • Price Pledge - Installers who participate in the Price Pledge program agree to display exact quotes for installation services based on tire aspect ratio. Additional or optional related installation fees are also displayed.
  • Price Pledge Plus - Price Pledge Plus Recommended Installers not only participate in our Price Pledge program but they also consistently achieve a 4.5-star or above overall ranking in our survey results.
  • Maps and directions to the location
  • Hours of operation
  • Services provided in addition to tire installation
  • Road Force availability

To complete your tire buying experience, take a look at the Recommended Installers available in your area.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Tuesday, January 22, 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.


Pirelli Scorpion Verde All SeasonReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12

2009 Nissan Murano
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Miami, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2013

When I bought the car in 2010 it came with the stock Bridgestone Duelers, which had a poor treadwear rating. I bought the scorpions after several inquiries (most of them posted in this website) and I can say that they are much better than the originals in terms of treadwear, comfort, traction and noise level. After 14k miles I made 2 rotations already and I have enough tread for another 1.5/2 years. Will definetely buy these again in the future.

Get a Great Tire and Save Money with Closeout Fuzion Tires

Friday, January 18, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, everyone wants to save money without compromising safety. That's why we test tires and currently provide over 2.8 billion miles of customer feedback to help you select the right tire. With many different options to choose from, you're likely to find an option that works for you and your budget.

In addition to these services, we're also fortunate to have strong relationships with the manufacturers so we can offer you some great tires with closeout savings. At this time, take advantage of the the Ultra High Performance Summer Fuzion ZRi and On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Fuzion XTi at amazing pricing.

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Fuzion ZRi
Closeout On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Fuzion XTI*
Fuzion XTi


Take a look at the popular 225/45R17 ZRi that's been marked down to $61*. This tire is a good choice for drivers in rainy climates, such as Florida, because of its wet grip capabilities. Developed to meet the needs of sport compact and sports car driving enthusiasts and tuners, the tire provides crisp and responsive handling in both wet and dry conditions. Fuzion ZRi tires also feature Rim Guard rubber ridges on its lower sidewalls to function as bumpers to help protect wheels from curb damage.

Other closeout ZRi sizes include:

Are you looking for some moderate off-road capability and a more rugged look for your Jeep, 1/2-ton truck or SUV? The Fuzion XTi will do the job without bombarding you with mud tire drone. Blending overall performance with aggressive styling, this tire meets enthusiasts needs without compromising comfort or affordability. Even better, you can purchase this tire at a great price! For example, the 225/70R16 option is priced at only $79*.

Other closeout XTi sizes include:

Whether you're ready for cruising the strip or about to hit some trails, take a look at what some customers are saying about their experiences with the tires:

"These tires have proved exceptional. Dry weather cornering is outstanding and very predictable. The main revelation is in the wet where the Fuzion has completely cured the unstable understeer exhibited with my previous tires. The A6 2.7T Quattro is quick, but heavy. It had an unpredictable push on the previous tires, but now it is a joy in both the wet and dry." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Audi A6 2.7T (Fuzion ZRi)

"I really liked the look of this tire for the price. This is the best tire I have ever bought. As an outdoorsman, this tire has been off road for many hunting trips. This tire has outperformed any tire in any condition I have subjected it to. I am on your website today to purchase a new set!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4x4 Regular Cab Long Box (Fuzion XTi)

*Limited stock, prices subject to change

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Changing Wheel Size

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Often times I receive calls from customers who are curious about changing the wheel size on their vehicle. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about the difference in wheel sizes:

Can I use a different wheel size than what came on my car? Yes. There are often sizes that'll work very well on a vehicle even though they were not originally installed on it. When you search by vehicle on our website, all the options listed have been verified to fit. This also allows us to show you the specific price for the wheel you need for your vehicle.

Why do you need to know my vehicle? We need to know your vehicle to ensure a proper fit. Experience has taught us that searching by wheel size, offset and/or bolt pattern alone aren't specific enough criteria to ensure an exact fitment. Attention to detail prevents vibration, wheel and tire interference and unbalanced handling. Read "Why Shop for Wheels by First Selecting a Vehicle?" to see what we check so the wheels you order are a fit for your car.

How does Tire Rack know what will fit my vehicle? So glad you asked! Because there are numerous wheel/vehicle combinations, this often means each wheel has to be individually tested on the vehicle either manually or electronically using Computer Aided Deign (CAD) data. Some of the items we verify to ensure a proper fit include:

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

Take a look at "How We Know What Fits" to see how we offer Tire & Wheel Packages that are specifically designed for your vehicle.

Will the new size throw off my speedometer/odometer? No. If you stick with a proper plus- or minus-sized tire, the speedometer and odometer will still function correctly. To learn more about this topic, check out our tech article, "The Plus Concept."

Will I have to change anything else on my vehicle? Typically, the answer is no. The vast majority of our wheel fitments will bolt right on. We do list some specialized wheel fitments that are designed for vehicles used in racing, with lifted suspensions or modified fenders. Any wheels requiring modification are noted as such. 

Will my vehicle's ride or handling be affected? It depends on the size. Plus or minus one inch from the original wheel is not usually very noticeable. Bigger wheels generally have sportier handling but a harder ride. Smaller wheels have a softer ride and more flex in the tire's sidewall.

I shopped for a Tire & Wheel Package, but I only see wheels. What's going on? Creating a Tire & Wheel Package is a two-part process. First, you choose the wheel you want, then you choose a tire to go with it. As tire enthusiasts, we don't believe that the same tire is right for every driver, so we let you choose the tire that's best for you.

Can I Arrange To Pick-Up My Order at a Tire Rack Distribution Center?

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

With six strategically located distribution centers across the country, Tire Rack is able to offer fast shipping service options to our customers. In fact, most customers are within one to two business days of our Indiana, Nevada, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana or Georgia distribution centers.

When talking to customers who live near one of these locations, I am often asked if they can arrange a pick-up of their order. Customer pick-up is available at all locations, except for Delaware. Below you'll find the order pick-up times (local time) for each location:

  1. South Bend, Indiana - Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, and from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday
  2. Windsor, Connecticut - Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  3. Midway, Georgia - Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  4. Shreveport, Louisiana - Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
  5. McCarran, Nevada - Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Customer pick-up is available at these locations only on orders placed via telephone. The option isn't available on orders placed through our website. Sales tax will also be included in your purchase price when finalizing your order for pick-up. Some additional customer pick-up information includes:

  • The credit card will be charged at the time of pick-up
  • Credit card holders must be present and show the credit card used to pay for the order at time of pick-up
  • Additional photo ID is also required
  • Installs are available only at our Indiana location

You can use the shop by vehicle feature on our website to research the products you're interested in purchasing before calling in to place your order. One of our sales specialists will place the order and arrange a convenient pick-up time. If ordering a Tire & Wheel Package, we'll need approximately four to six hours lead time to mount and balance and prepare them for pick-up. Most other items that are in stock will be ready shortly after your order has been placed.

Payment methods accepted include Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Cash payment is also accepted all locations except for Georgia.