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

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."

Comments

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by Sam

I am looking for a set of steel rims and tire set for 2015 WRX, but I want to go a size smaller then the stock tire...do you guys have anything that would fit?...it would be a 16" rim with off set of +55 and Bolt Pattern: 5x114.

Thanks
Thursday, January 8, 2015 by Neal

Unfortunately we do not carry a steel wheel for your application. Also, smallest that will fit properly over the brakes is 17", narrowest tire being 225/45-17.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 by D Collinge

Wanted 4 x 17 steel rims for Honda CRV
Friday, January 23, 2015 by Neal

What specific year and model CRV do you have?
Friday, February 5, 2016 by Stacy Strand

Looking for wheels and snow tires for Subaru Outback 2010. I live in N Minnesota. I think a narrower and taller profile help in deeper snow. I would swap these wheels out Spring/Fall with the current tires. I can live with steel wheels - not concerned with appearance. I'd like functional/safe for the freezing rain/snow/black ice conditions.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 by Neal

Stacy, Depending on the model Outback you have, there are many lesser expensive wheel options both in steel and aluminum. Combined with a tire such as Bridgestone's Blizzak DMV2, you'll have an excellent winter set-up. Call me direct at 800-428-8355 ext 4624 to discuss more detailed options.
Saturday, August 27, 2016 by Ken

What would be avail. (Steel wheel wise) for gti 2016 w/PP? I know you have 16" but won't work with PP any bigger (steel) ? Cheers location CO -mostly 7000+ ft - probably fit blizzak 80
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Neal

Unfortunately we do not carry a steel wheel for that vehicle due to the larger brakes. You can see the complete list of wheels we have available for your vehicle at:
http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/index.jsp Simply enter the specifics on your vehicle┬╣s make, model and year, and my site will display every option we carry that fits your vehicle properly. Top tire option would be the Bridgestone Blizzak WS-80 in 225/45-17.

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