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If you are considering new wheels for your car or truck you’ve already demonstrated that you’re the kind of guy/gal that takes performance and appearance seriously; otherwise you would be satisfied with the cookie cutter rims that the manufacturer slaps on. But when you’re thinking about wheels you should be considering the tires that are going to go on them. Maybe your existing rubber will fit…maybe not. Here are a couple of reasons why you should look at wheel and tire packages.
Wheels and tires have come a long way but…
Materials and manufacturing processes for both wheels and tires have advanced significantly over the past two decades and tolerances are extremely fine. But if you think about it, a tire is made up of internal beads, body plies and belts that is encased in rubber, assembled and cured. Most wheels are made by liquid casting.
In both instances there is room for imperfections. They aren’t insurmountable but if they go undetected and the imperfect tire is mounted on the perfect wheel, or vice versa, then you potentially have a match made not in heaven but rather in highway hell.
If you buy the tires and wheels separately, particularly if you buy them from different vendors, you open yourself up to a potential hassle if the tires and wheels are not a good match. It’s rather like the poor homeowner after a hurricane. He has wind coverage from an insurance company and flood coverage from the government. After the hurricane the adjusters argue over what water damage was done by the hole in the roof and which was caused by the tidal surge. Meanwhile the homeowner is left standing on his squishy carpet.
Buying a tire and wheel package, particularly if those tires and wheels are going to be mounted on a vehicle that’s likely to put a lot of stress on them like a 4×4, heavy duty truck or a muscle car minimizes the risk of a misfit and all the hassles that come with fixing it.
Buying tires, wheels and confidence
Buying the wheels and tires packaged together not only makes the buying process simpler but gives you the confidence that the tires are specifically designed for excellent fit on the rims. Our friends at TireRack.com take the pairing of tires and wheels one very important step further than just installing the rubber on the rim and doing a simple balance job.
The average wheel and tire combination weighs about 40 pounds. If the wheel is out of balance even by three or four ounces it will cause vibrations at highway speeds. TireTrack.com uses the advanced Hunter Engineering GSP9700 Vibration Control System to ensure that the wheels they send you are perfectly balanced and perfectly fitted.
The Hunter System goes far beyond the traditional capabilities of a wheel balancer. In addition to rectifying the inevitable wheel and tire imbalance, the GSP9700 Vibration Control System also “road tests” the mounted assembly to confirm virtually every aspect of a tire and wheel combination that might contribute to a vibration. You won’t have vibration issues and your tires won’t experience lateral movement on the rim.
When you mount a tire/wheel package from TireTrack.com your ride is good to go.
We saved the best for last
For performance enthusiasts the internet is a blessing. There are very few brick and mortar shops that can offer the selection of rims that you can find online and most tire shops are more concerned with stocking 235/40-18 for your neighbor’s Ford Focus than they are P245/55R18 tires for your Camaro.
So internet shops like TireRack.com can offer way more selection and when you buy a wheel and tire package you most likely will come out with a better price than buying each item separately from different vendors.
Great price, great looks, great performance and all with the confidence that your wheels and tires are tuned to give you the best ride ever. Shop for Tire & Wheel Packages at Tire Rack.