Best Wheels for Winter Tires

Winter tires need winter wheels. Especially with the mandated onset of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, it is far less expensive in the long term to have an extra set of wheels on which your winter tires are mounted than to pay some one at least $20 per tire twice a year to switch the tires onto the same wheel. But what to look for in a winter wheel?

My best advice is always the least expensive, most simplistic wheel that you can find. It used to be that a steel wheel was the automatic choice for people running winter tires. They were inexpensive, and hard to ruin, so they fit the bill nicely.  Nowadays, with steel prices running high and the demands of today's high performance vehicles' handling and braking potential, alloys are a much more practical choice. Also, sometimes they are your only choice, as they offer more clearance for today's larger brakes. They don't rust, they clear large brakes, and they actually look decent on the car.  However, they don't have to be expensive.

Dependent upon your car and its needs, I would suggest taking a look at the Sport Edition or Elbrus wheel line. Their simplistic, classic designs make them easy to keep clean and maintain properly. Check out your options for a Winter Wheels and Tires for your vehicle, and consider the easy way to make your car go in the snow this winter.

Comments

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 by Thomas McNeil

I have a 2010 Kia Soul !. I would like to have 2 set's of wheels. One set of my a/s tires on the alloy wheels from the factory. Then I want to have a set (4) of snow tires permanently mounted on basic steel(black) rims . This way I can swap the tires myself every fall and every spring. I estimate it will save me approximately $129 per change over because if I have the wheels and rims swaped .Not only will they charge me labor time for taking the tires and rims off the car,but then they will have to charge me for tire balancing(4) 8 times a year,and I believe that will cost me between $35.00 to $45.00 per tire.Do you have enough information to quote me a price for 4 snow tires already mounted on steel rims and shipped to me.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Thomas, What ZIP Code would the tires and wheels be shipped to?

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