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

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

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

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

Winter / Snow Tire Sizes

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

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

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

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

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


Studless Ice & Snow Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

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

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


Performance Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

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

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


2013  Honda Accord FAQ:

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

*Prices subject to change

Tires for My New Subaru BRZ

Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Although I was sad to say goodbye to my Prelude, I'm very happy with my new BRZ.

It has all the traits of my ideal car: weighs less than 3,000 lbs., handles great, seats four people if needed and priced around $25,000 (pretty close, I paid $26,680).

My final requirement was that it's got to be quick. How fast is fast enough? A six-something 0-60 is all I need. It's all relative, so if we're comparing the BRZ against the Dodge Challenger SRT8, then yes, by that comparison it's underpowered. However, in the real world, the BRZ is plenty quick for most drivers.

As one of my earlier posts stated,the FT-86 can definitely use some better tires for even crisper steering and improved dry grip. I'm actually a little surprised at how firm the car rides. The car definitely rides harder than my old Prelude SH, so I'm inclined to change the tires to the smoothest Extreme Performance Summer tire, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11.

215/45-17 Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 $202*
215/45R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
225/45-17 Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 $212*
225/45R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE-11


The optimum size for a BRZ or Scion FR-S running the 7" wide 48mm offset Original Equipment wheels is 215/45R17 because compared to 225/45R17 it provides better steering response and gearing. I'll probably run 225/45R17 because it's a very common tire size. I like to run common sizes so I can get seat time with different tires.

New Bremmer Kraft BR09 Replaces the BR05

Monday, August 20, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Are you looking for the popular Bremmer BR05 wheel? You wouldn't be the first as this is a great wheel and I covered its key features in my blog post "BMW Owners are Loving the Bremmer Kraft BR05 Wheel." Production for this wheel has moved to a new facility, however the same design with changes in color options are available as the BR09

Bremmer Kraft BR09 Hyper Silver
Bremmer Kraft BR09 Hyper Silver
Bremmer Kraft BR05 Black
Bremmer Kraft BR05 Black


As you can see from the photos above, the actual style of the wheel remains the same. The BR09 wheels are available in the same diameters, bolt patterns and offsets. They are also still available in the popular black and silver finishes, but the BR09 is not produced in the chrome-like bright PVD finish. 

One particularly popular Tire & Wheel Package for the 2006-2012 BMW 3 Series is using the following set-up :

  • 18x8" in the front with 225/40R18 or 235/40R18 sized tires
  • 18x9" in the rear with 255/35R18 or 265/35R18 sized tires

The wider 18X9" size compared to the BMW Original Equipment wheel size of 18x8.5" allows for use of the popular and wider 265/35R18 tire size in the rear, which makes this set-up even more appealing. 

Upgrade your vehicle's appearance with a Tire & Wheel Package today!

 

Preliminary Look at 2013 Ford Focus ST

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Can you really get fast, practical and a great price all in one vehicle? Ford resoundingly answered this question with a yes when they introduced the 2013 Ford Focus ST

They started taking orders for the vehicle on May 1st with deliveries expected in late summer or early fall. Initial reports indicate that Ford has delivered by giving us a Focus ST with great handling, lots of power, surprising efficiency and everyday livability.

Although tire engineers try to create versatility into tires, there's only so many things that one tire can do well. Ford definitely picked a good tire and wheel combination including the 235/40R18 Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 mounted on 5-108 18x8 55 mm offset, 5-spoke, Y-shaped wheels.

I like the wheel very much and think it matches the Focus ST's sporty and aggressive look. As for tires, wear out the O.E. Goodyear's before switching over. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 tested well here at Tire Rack, so unless you're going to the track everyday it's hard to justify the swap.

Take a look at "Testing Max Performance Summer Tires" to see how the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 performed in our testing this summer

E46 M3 Track Tires and Wheels

Monday, August 6, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

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

Wheels:

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

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

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


Non-Streetable Track Tires:

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

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


Streetable Track Tires:

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

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

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


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

Alignment:

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

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

E46 M3 Track Wheels and Tires FAQ:

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

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

Friday, June 22, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

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

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

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

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

What Comes with My Tire & Wheel Package?

Friday, June 15, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

Tire & Wheel PackageTire Rack loves to make your Tire & Wheel Package purchase as easy as possible. For starters, we provide a guaranteed fitment when your vehicle is equipped with a stock suspension and brake caliper and you shop by vehicle. You don't have to worry about bolt pattern, offset, backspace, etc. Unless noted under special notes, our fitments will be inside the wheelwell and won't rub. 

Additionally, when both tires and wheels are ordered together, we'll provide you with professional mounting and balancing. We use the best mounting equipment in the business, which includes a touchless and scratch free process. For balancing, we use the Hunter Road Force machines that apply a load during the balance cycle. This simulates the conditions the tire will operate under once installed on the vehicle versus just spinning in the air. 

Tire Rack does the mount and balance for free when purchasing a Tire & Wheel Package. We also provide all required hardware for a smooth and trouble free installation once the package arrives. This may include lug nuts or lug bolts if a different size or type is needed. We also supply a lug adapter if needed to interface the new lug with your factory wrench. Centering rings are used as a placeholder to correctly position the wheel on the hub of the vehicle. This results in a vibration free install. These rings, along with valve stems are also included at no additional cost.

What does all this mean? When you order a Tire & Wheel Package from Tire Rack, you can install it yourself with no worries. We take care of everything for you.

And since you'll need to install your new Tire & Wheel Package correctly, read "Tire & Wheel Package Installation."

Scion Tires and Wheels for the tC

Friday, June 8, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Scion TC FAQ:

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

*Prices subject to change

Wheels for 2013 Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S in Stock SCCA

Friday, June 8, 2012 by Gavin Carpenter

Good news for those running stock class in SCCA that have their Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S.

Enkei Racing Series is making a version of their popular RPF1 wheel in a 17x7" size with an offset of ET42. Weighing in at a scant 14.5 lbs, the wheel will be a great choice for both vehicles. The 5-100 bolt pattern wheel is available in both the black and bright silver finish.

Enkei RPF1 Bright Silver Paint
RPF1 Bright Silver Paint
Enkei RPF1 Black Paint
RPF1 Black Paint


While we aren't expected to receive this wheel until the fall, it will definitely be worth the wait. Especially If you're going to compete in the stock class. Feel free to check out all of the wheel options for your BRZ or FR-S.

Borbet Brings Back the Classic Type A Wheel

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Doc Horvath

For many years, the Borbet Type A wheel was a favorite for BMW owners that wanted a simple and clean five-spoke design. Production stopped on this wheel more than a decade ago, but has resumed due to popular demand.

Manufactured in a 16 x 7.5 size, the Type A is available in a silver with machined lip finish for BMW 3 Series (E30 chassis), 5 Series (E28) and many early 1970s models. Fitments for Volkswagen and other imports are not yet available as the high offset (20mm) will cause fitment issues for those models. We can also offer replacement center caps for all Type A wheels.

Visit our Upgrade Garage and see if this classic wheel is a match for your BMW.

FR-S and BRZ Now Available for Wheel Upgrades

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Winter's Over - Save Some Money and Brighten Your Ride

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

For most of us, this winter was surprisingly mild. Hopefully, this trend will continue into the spring.
 

Great weather for you and me isn't necessarily good for our winter / snow tires. They wear at an accelerated rate during the warmer spring days. You need to consider your vehicle's innate snow capability, local weather and the type of winter / snow tire you run; typically most of us should remove our snows around tax time. 
 

All-season or summer tires during the warmer months? It depends. Many drivers are better off running an all-season tire because, as a group, all-season tires tend to wear better, have better ride compliance and less tread noise compared to summer tires.
 

Summer tires place an emphasis on dry and wet grip and steering response. If you're looking for a summer tire that won't break the bank, take a look at the closeout 205/40-17 General Exclaim UHP for only $72* each.

And if you're considering adding some color to your ride, take a look at Sparco's Assetto Gara wheels. They're offered in bright silver and a rainbow of other color choices:

17x7 4-100 37mm offset Blue Asseto Gara $136*
Blue Assetto Gara
$136*
17x7 4-100 37mm offset Green Asseto Gara $136*
Green Assetto Gara
$136*
17x7 4-100 37mm offset Bronze Asseto Gara $136*
Bronze Assetto Gara
$136*
17x7 4-100 37mm offset Red Asseto Gara $136*
Red Assetto Gara
$136
17x7 4-100 37mm offset Black Asseto Gara $136*
Black Assetto Gara
$136*
17x7 4-100 37mm offset Gold Asseto Gara $136*
Gold Assetto Gara
$136*

 

17x7 4-100 37mm offset White Asseto Gara $136*
White Assetto Gara
$136*
17x7 4-100 37mm offset Orange Asseto Gara $136*
Orange Assetto Gara
$136*
17x7 4-100 37mm offset Matte Graphite Silver Asseto Gara $136
Matte Graphite Silver Assetto Gara
$136*

 

For example, a set of 17" Assetto Gara wheels on 205/40-17 General Exclaim UHP for the iconic second-generation (1994-2001) Acura Integra is only $820.** This combination can add precision and style to your Integra at a great price.
 

General and Assetto Gara FAQ:

  1. What other General Exclaim UHP sizes are on closeout? We currently have limited stock in 255/45-17 at $95*, 245/40-18 at $132*, 265/30-20 at $91* and 255/35-21 at $125.*
     
  2. Do summer tires have better wet grip compared to all-season tires? Wet grip varies among tires in specific performance categories, but most summer tires will have better wet grip than all-season tires. All-season capability means a rubber compound maintains some cold weather malleability (relative to summer tires) and light snow traction. 
     
  3. I'm currently running the General Exclaim UHP. I really like the tire and would like to get another set, but I can't find my size. What are my other options? The Ultra High Performance All-Season General G-MAX AS-03 is a great choice and unlike the UHP, the tire has decent snow traction for the Ultra High Performance category.
     
  4. What are my sizing options for the Assetto Gara wheels? The wheel is available in 15"-18" diameter and 4-100, 4-108, 5-100, 5-105, 5-112, 5-114 and 5-120 bolt patterns. However, every color isn't made in each of these bolt pattern and wheel diameter combinations. Wheel width, offset, brake clearance and lug nut engagement are parameters you must consider, so it's best to check availability for your vehicle by entering your vehicle into our Upgrade Garage.

*Prices subject to change
 

**Prices subject to change, limited stock, excluding shipping

Bright Satin Silver Painted Wheels for Your Silver Car, Truck or SUV

Friday, March 9, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

If you've got a silver vehicle that's in need of a little style you should look beyond the standard finishes. Silver wheels are normally too close in hue to your car's silver body color to stand out. 
 

So unless you prefer this look, consider some of these other finishes, such as: chrome, black, grey or dark grey. It would also be worth your time to take a look at a bright satin silver painted finish. A bright satin silver painted finish is created by painting a base grey coat, followed by a brighter silver overcoat, finished with a clearcoat. The net result is a shiny grey finish that offers a perfect contrast with silver.
 

For a real-life example, view my co-worker Owen's wheel choice on his first-generation (2000) Honda CR-V. After careful consideration, he decided to go with the bright satin silver painted Rial Como.

Rial Como wheels strike a great balance between distinctive looks and continuity. Owen's running the 16" option on his CR-V, but the Rial Como is also available in a 17" diameter.

Are the 225/65-17 tires on your third-generation (2007-2011) Honda CR-V ready to be replaced? If you're considering new wheels, then this is the time to do it. We can mount, balance and deliver them ready to install. Take a look at a set of 17" bright satin silver painted Rial Como wheels on 225/65-17 Michelin Latitude Tour tires at only $1436.*

 

17x7.5 47mm offset Bright Satin Silver Rial Como $149*
17x7.5 47mm offset Rial Como $149**
225/65-17 Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Michelin Latitude Touring $161*
225/65-17 Michelin Latitude Tour $161**

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

**Prices subject to change.

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

Carbon Fiber Finish Wheels for Your WRX and RSX

Friday, February 17, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

The Kazera KZ-K (carbon fiber with machined lip) has been marked down. The more versatile 18x7.5 5-114 40 mm offset version that fits the Acura RSX and many other cars has been marked down from $184 to $149, while the limited application 18x7.5 5-100 40 mm offset version fitting the WRX and some other Subies has been marked down to $99.

RSX Tire & Wheel Package

Do you have carbon fiber trim and/or hood on your RSX? The Kazera KZ-K (carbon fiber with machined lip) will match.


The RSX's strengths are great steering response, low weight, good predictability and great overall performance. The Ultra High Performance Summer Yokohama S.drive's balance of crisp response, feedback and versatility make it a great match for the RSX. Not only are these some great wheels but your complete Tire & Wheel Package comes in at a great price. 18x7.5 5-114 40 mm offset carbon fiber w/machined lip Kazera KZ-K's on a set of 225/40-18 Yokohama S.drive tires are only $1180.***

18x7.5 5-114 40 mm offset Carbon Fiber w/Machined Lip Kazera KZ-K
Kazera KZ-K
225/40-18 Ultra High Performance Summer Yokahama S Drive
Yokohama S.drive
 
WRX Tire & Wheel Package

Are you more of a WRX fan? The S.drive would be a good choice for the Subaru WRX as well. However, what if you wanted S.drive capability with a little more emphasis on longevity and ride compliance? Then go with the General G-MAX AS-03. The 225/40-18 General G-MAX AS-03 on a set of 18x7.5 5-100 40 mm offset carbon fiber with machined lip Kazera KZ-K wheels is only $904.***

18x7.5 5-100 40 mm offset Carbon Fiber w/Machined Lip Kazera KZ-K
Kazera KZ-K
225/40-18 Ultra High Performance All-Season General G-MAX AS-03
General G-MAX AS-03

FAQ:

  1. Does this wheel have actual carbon fiber attached to the spokes? No, this is a low pressure cast alloy wheel with carbon fiber pattern film applied under heat.

***Limited stock, prices subject to change, excluding shipping

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.

Tire Rack

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

 

KMC XD Series Monster - Aggressive Style

Monday, January 30, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis
KMC XD Series MonsterThe KMC XD Series Monster brings an aggressive style to your four-wheel drive pickup truck or SUV. Featuring a split-spoke design, the Monster's center is tucked back further than the lip section, offering a wide stanced, off-road appearance.

Designed using the gravity casting construction method, the wheel offers excellent quality at a very affordable price. It has a multi-piece look that emulates the appearance of more expensive beadlock truck wheels. Lug heads are actually cast into the wheel to create the two-piece effect.

Featuring a covered lug design, the Monster keeps the appearance of your 4x4 smooth and sleek. Monster wheels are offered in the modern 5- ,6- and 8-lug bolt spreads to fit your rig, with offsets ranging between +35 and -44. The wheel is available in the following sizes:
  • 18x9
  • 20x9
  • 20x10
  • 22x9.5
  • 22x11
  • 24x10
Available in black (shown above) and chrome, the Monster from KMC XD Series is a great option to improve the appearance of your vehicle.

Keep Cruising in Your Toyota FJ Cruiser

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel
2012 Army Green Toyota FJ Cruiser

Doesn't this FJ Cruiser look like it's ready to go anywhere? Well, with the right winter / snow tires, it can. Your FJ Cruiser will be ready to race anywhere this winter with the proper set-up.

Winter / Snow Tire Size

Unless your FJ Cruiser has the unusual 18" or 20" optional wheels, you either have an Original Equipment size of 265/70-17 (31.6" overall diameter) or 265/75-16 (31.7").

Either the 245/75-17 (31.5") size for deep snow areas like Anchorage, Alaska or the 265/70-17 for moderate snow areas such as Cincinnati, Ohio are good size choices. The narrower tire cuts through deeper snow better, while the wider tire drives more like your all-season tires for those better weather days.
 
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Toyota uses valve-stem mounted direct TPMS sensors which are $71* each. Your Toyota dealer must initialize your winter sensors as well as your summer sensors when your second set of tires is installed in the spring.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package with a Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice and Snow Tire

For Anchorage, Alaska, which averages over 100 inches of snow a year, the narrower 245/75-17 Blizzak DM-V1 on a 17x8 10mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition TK6 at $1,396** would be a great selection.

245/75-17 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
245/75-17 Bridgestone
Blizzak DM-V1
17x8 10mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition TK6
17x8 10mm offset Silver Painted
Sport Edition TK6

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package with a Studless Ice & Snow Tire


For Cincinnati, Ohio which averages a moderate amount of snow a year, the wider 265/70-17 Continental ExtremeWinterContact on the 17x8 10mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition TK6 at $1,440** is a suitable combination.

265/70-17 Continental ExtremeWinterContact
265/70-17 Continental
ExtremeWinterContact
17x8 10mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition TK6
17x8 10mm offset Silver Painted
Sport Edition TK6

Toyota FJ Cruiser FAQ:
  1. Does the Sport Edition TK6 have the same offset as my Original Equipment wheel? Both the 17x7.5" and 16x7" O.E. wheels have a 15 mm offset, therefore there is a 5mm difference when compared to the Sport Edition TK6. 

  2. I noticed that some of the 16" winter / snow tire options are Load E 10-ply rated. What's the disadvantage of using a load range E 10-ply rated snow tire? A load range E 10-ply rated tire has heavier construction that allows it to carry more weight than a standard load tire. Your FJ Cruiser doesn't need a load range E 10-ply rated radial as each standard load O.E. tire carries 2,535 lbs. The downside to this heavier construction is additional rotational weight negatively affects fuel economy. For example, the standard load O.E. 265/70-17 Bridgestone Dueler H/T D684 II weighs 39 lbs., while the 265/75-16 load range E 10-ply rated Blizzak W965 weighs 53 lbs.
*Prices subject to change
**Prices subject to change, includes TPMS sensors and excludes 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