Choosing the Right Wheel for Your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

If you're looking at a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, below are some tips to remember when selecting new wheels. We offer aluminum options for most every vehicle listed in our database, as well as steel options for select vehicles.

Steel wheels are the most economical option for most, but is not as visually appealing as a styled aluminum wheel. Sizes range from 14" to 17" depending on the application. We do offer a selection of wheel covers that fit our steel wheels to dress up their appearance. These wheels do not require alternate hardware such as centering rings, but may need new lug hardware (which is included at no cost).

Aluminum offers a wider range of selection, has a more durable finish and is stronger than a steel wheel. However, aluminum can be a bit more finicky when it comes to fitment and finish. Some finishes and sizes are not appropriate for winter use. Certain polished wheels, chrome wheels and wheels with machined faces/lips aren't going to hold up well against road salt, chemicals and sand used to melt snow and ice. A fully painted wheel with multiple layers of protection is the most durable against the elements. Also, lower offset wheels that stick more outboard tend to toss debris down the side of the vehicle. Our winter tire and wheel selection will tend to be more conservative in fitment and finish to help protect your investment.

For additional help in choosing the right wheel this winter, read "Alloy vs. Steel Wheels in Winter Tire & Wheel Packages."

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