You just put some sweet new BBS wheels on your car and you're pulling into a parking spot, you look down at your phone at a new text message that just came in and – scrape! The curb munches your brand new rims.
All of this could have been prevented had you been sporting tires with rim protectors. Yes, such a thing does exist, and if you have rims worth protecting, these tires are a must. The “protector” part of the tire is simply a thicker rubber molded in at specific locations on the tire sidewall (usually next to the bead area or at the widest part of the tire). So, next time you inadvertently sideswipe a curb while the rubber molding will take the brunt of the impact, saving your rims.
Believe it or not, there are actually quite a few options out there when it comes to tires that safeguard your rims. So, we’ve composed a list of the seven BEST TIRES to help you out.
1. Bridgestone Potenza RE050
Talk about exotic – the Scuderia version of the Potenza RE050 is used as original equipment on the Enzo Ferrari supercar, which is worth over seven figures. It’s also used on the supercharged Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG sedan, so you know in addition to being an incredible high performance tire, the Potenza RE050 also has to be capable of protecting fancy rims – and it is. The raised rubbed edge does an excellent job of protecting your car from hard-hitting curbs.
2. Falken Ziex ZE-502 & ZE 912
The Falken Ziex ZE-512 & ZE 502. This is another high performance tire, designed to be worn by passenger cars year around. They come in a number of low-profile sizes and feature a rim protector designed to keep your one of a kind Konig/O.Z./BBS rims safe.
3. Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3
If you’ve got something low and mean sitting in your garage, these might be the tires for you. Billed as Goodyear’s max performance summer radial, the F1 GS-D3 is designed for sports cars, coupes and anything else that pairs well with a midlife crisis. The F1 GS-D3 features a directional tread design that makes it excellent in dry and wet weather – and who doesn’t want to drive their sports car at ridiculous speeds in the rain? These tires provide excellent handling characteristics for the driving enthusiast, as well as an exterior sidewall rim flange protectors to keep your rims looking pretty.
4. BFGoodrich G-Force Super Sport A/S
Like the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3, the BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S is also designed for sports cars and other sexy vehicles. Unlike the Goodyear tire however, the BFGoodrich is designed for all season use. So, if you really want to drive you Corvette through the snow and salt, you can. The g-Force Super Sport A/S uses three unique tread compounds designed to provide traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Of course, we can’t forget the rim protector – this one is of the heavy-duty sidewall, which extends just past the edge of the wheel. The protector is ready to defend your rims from encroaching curbs, and any other blunt objects you may encounter.
5. Mastercraft Courser HTR
Not all tires that feature rim protection are designed for sports cars. The Mastercraft Courser HTR is designed for sports trucks (i.e. trucks that stay on pavement) and SUVs. The Courser HTR provides a quiet ride and is suited for all season driving. It’s common knowledge that replacing large diameter SUV rims is expensive, so the tire also features a rubber rim protector that extends beyond the rim flange to keep your bling-bling safe.
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6. BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A KO
Why should sports cars and exotics be the only vehicles equipped with rim protectors? BFGoodrich thinks trucks deserve rim protection too, which is why their aggressive All Terrain TA KO line of tires features rim protectors molded into the lower sidewall. But don’t think these tires are designed for cruising a mall parking lot, nope, these are genuine all terrain tires made for serious off-roading. – nope, these are genuine all terrain tires made for serious off-roading.
7. Yokahama Geolander MT+
If you’ve got a burly rig that you don’t mind getting dirty but you want to clean up nice too, that Yokohama Geolander MT+ may be right up your alley. These beefy mud tires have protector bars that resist sidewall punctures (handy when you’re off-road) and rim protector bars (handy when you become intimately acquainted with a curb!).
If you’ve got rims that are worth a lot of dough (maybe more than your vehicle) then this list should help you out next time you go tire shopping. Once you buy a set of tires with rim protectors, you’ll never have to fear another curb (or at least minimize the damage!).
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