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Old 11-29-2015, 11:08 AM   #1
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Alternatives to tirerack?

Hi all,

I am shopping for a wheel and tire package for winter. Ideally we'd get basic 15" steel wheels with Blizzaks mounted on them. That way, I can easily swap wheels back and forth depending on the season.

My first thought was to check tirerack. Unfortunately, they seem to only have 5-lug 15" steel wheels. As a lot of you probably already know, our 2005 ZX4 has only four lug nuts per wheel.

I contacted customer support just to double-check, and one of their sales representatives said, "I only have 5 lug steel wheels for that vehicle. Sorry about that."

This is an odd response, because they offer a 16" steel wheel that has 4 lugs. I'd prefer to run smaller wheels in the winter, so I must ask:
  • Can anyone suggest another online resource that sells wheel and tire combinations?
  • Should I consider just running 16" wheels? Will it really be that much worse?

Thanks for any and all input! This is my first time posting here, so please let me know if another thread discusses this stuff already. I apologize if that is the case.


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Quick check shows 15 & 16" winter packages offered for mine, here's a 15" link:http://www.tirerack.com/snow/WinterT...=W&search=true

Might have been confusion with so many MkIII types buying the package vs. owners of earlier models, rep looked at the wrong model?

I tried building a pkg. with Blizzaks & 15" wheels and it said in stock, give it a try.

Most with older cars use take off wheels instead of new steelies, but they're still listed as avail..
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You can always check out Discount Tire (if one is in your area) as they offer tire-rim packages, especially for winter tires. Another place to check is Amazon.com they usually have competitive prices on tires (dunno about rims as I haven't checked) and offer free shipping on them as well if they are bought or at least distributed by Amazon.
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Quick check shows 15 & 16" winter packages offered for mine, here's a 15" link:http://www.tirerack.com/snow/WinterT...=W&search=true

Might have been confusion with so many MkIII types buying the package vs. owners of earlier models, rep looked at the wrong model?

I tried building a pkg. with Blizzaks & 15" wheels and it said in stock, give it a try.

Most with older cars use take off wheels instead of new steelies, but they're still listed as avail..
Hi sailor, thanks for the reply! When you built that package with 15" wheels and Blizzaks, was it a 4-lug wheel that you found?? I tried clicking on your link but it wouldn't load for me.

Also, not sure what you mean by take off wheels? If there is a cheaper option than new steelies, I'm all ears!! Thanks again!
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You can always check out Discount Tire (if one is in your area) as they offer tire-rim packages, especially for winter tires. Another place to check is Amazon.com they usually have competitive prices on tires (dunno about rims as I haven't checked) and offer free shipping on them as well if they are bought or at least distributed by Amazon.
Hey there, thanks a ton! I will take a look at some of those sources. I've always used tirerack, never had to shop around much. Thanks again.
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Figure out what your looking for, whether its tires or a tire/wheel package. Then figure the mounting/balancing costs & then the taxes vs shipping. From what I've been checking out is tirerack beats alot of others, then you have to figure the mounting/balancing & shipping. Prices are less & no tax, but you have shipping & mounting costs.
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I gave a try at linking to TR part way through their choice menu, worked for a little while. Everything up to '11 here is 4-bolt, I was looking it up using my '04 and they had 15-16's avail. as choices in stock.

Take off is stock wheels from another car, usually used in reference to something removed to install an aftermarket option. Quite a few around since anything 4-bolt Focus works, but timing/luck needs to be on your side to find them locally when you are looking.
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If you goto tirerack.com and enter your car year/make/model they will only return wheels that are 4x108. At times, they will show you wheel with 5 lugs but its only for the picture. TR knows your car is 4x108...




I'd search on your local craigslist or on the for sale section here. Often times you can find a used OEM focus wheel in decent shape for the same price as a plain steel wheel.
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