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: Einstein's Tire Rack Upgrade

09-16-2003, 06:20 AM
Posted on behalf of Einstein:

Thanks to Tire Rack, I am extremely well prepared for winter.

Here are pictures of my tire/wheel set. See my signature for details. I will ellaborate and say that the country of origin of the wheels are Italy, the tires Japan. Each wheel, and each tire, costs $99.

Tire Rack mounts and balances for free.

Do not be surprised if Tire Rack recommends not using this size tire, because it does not have the same overall diameter as the original equipment tire. You will have to agree to take responsibility for the tire's fitment (and pay a removal/restocking fee if you send them back).

I have not yet tried out this tire on the car. But from what I've read on these forums, ppl are putting on much bigger tires without any trouble. I will post an update later after I mount them and check for clearances.

Einstein has attached this image:


You'll notice from the pictures that the wheel weights are placed inside the rim, making for a nicer apperance.

Also, notice these tires have an extra wide bead near the wheel that serves as a "rim protector".

Einstein has attached this image:


These tires are directional. Two are mounted one direction on the wheels, two are mounted the other way (Tire Rack always gets this right ) This means you have to be careful which side to mount them. Also, you must be sure to keep the tires on the same side of the car at rotation time.

Since I'm alread swapping tires twice a year, my habit is I mark them when I take them off, and then when I remount them they are placed back on the car in the proper rotation pattern, both summer and winter tires.

Einstein has attached this image:


Tire Rack offers winter tire/wheel packages where you get steel wheels and covers (the cheaper option).

But when they have nice alloy wheels for only $99, I couldn't pass it up! They also have these wheels in a darker color that you might like.

I've tried steel wheels with covers; I found they are too dirty for me and begin rusting right away. Alloys are better if you don't mind spending a few extra bucks.

Also, check out the shipping charges. It cost me less to get the alloy package shipped than the steel wheels (by over $20!)


Dr Timbo
09-16-2003, 08:48 PM
I can see that you got Bridgestones, what model and what size did you settle on? :?:

09-16-2003, 10:13 PM
P225/70QR-16 Bridgestone Winter Dueler DM-Z2's on Silver 16x6.5 Sport Edition Fox-2's

12-31-2003, 01:53 PM
I finally got around to washing my car and taking pictures of the tires mounted on the car.



12-31-2003, 07:12 PM
clearance problems?

12-31-2003, 09:26 PM
No clearance problems, in fact there seems to be lots more room!

I'm going 235/70-16 in the spring... :D

01-04-2004, 01:03 AM
the greater number ( 215, 235, 255) would stand for the width in millimeters of the threads on the tire.
the following number ( 45, 65, 60, 70, 75, 85) would stand for the radius. the greater the number, the taller the tire. the smaller the number the thinner the tire from the rim to the ground.
and finally the (15, 16, 17, 18 , 20) stands for the rim diameter.

01-05-2004, 06:49 AM
"...the following number ( 45, 65, 60, 70, 75, 85) would stand for the radius...."

i think that this number is not an actual measurement but a ratio that is applied to the width of the tire. ie. a 225X70x16 would have a sidewall of 225x0.70...

01-05-2004, 08:37 AM
for the tire rack. I been dealing with them since the 80's with no problems what-so-ever. good outfit!


01-05-2004, 10:55 AM
Gotta love tire rack - I got my BFG Gforces there!

As McDonalds would say - I'm loving it.

01-14-2004, 12:39 PM
Sweet looks good got to love tire rack
:twisted: :twisted:

10-12-2004, 07:51 PM
Bump (Here comes winter!) :shock: