Bang For Your Buck Wheels and Tires
May 4, 2020
1. F1R F29 / Nitto Neo Gen
F1R has become a very popular brand for those looking to get a beautiful wheel at an affordable price. The F29 is arguably one of their most popular designs. It features a twisted multi-spoke design that looks good on everything from a WRX to a Camry and a Focus. This is definitely more of a VIP/show-style look that comes at a really affordable price. The F1R F29 comes in a bunch of finishes and sizes so check them out and see if there's an F29 for you.
The Nitto Neo Gen can complement your new F1R F29s by bringing you great performance at a low cost. These tires offer great traction for daily driving, a unique tread pattern for styling, and they have the ability to be stretched pretty easily making them good for a show look and perfect to pair with the F29.
2. Option Lab R716 / Hankook Ventus V2 Concept 2
You typically see this wheel on cars like the Subaru BRZ and Ford Focus ST because the sizes suit them so well. These wheels have a split five-spoke design that quickly sinks in towards the hub. This gives the R716 a really aggressive overall look. You'll usually find the Option Lab R716 on a more track or performance-based build due to its lightweight and aggressive styling. Color choices for the Option Lab R716 are Black, Bronze, Gold, White, Gray, and they even feature a Dark Blue.
The Hankook Ventus V2 Concept 2 will be perfect if you're looking for a good all-around daily driving tire. They are very popular and offer a good bang for your buck. Concept 2 will give you the performance you want out of an everyday tire, plus a little more, for a low price. You also get the benefit of having a name brand tire.
3. Konig Ampliform / Toyo Extenza HP II
The Konig Ampliform is a flow formed wheel that comes in a variety of sizes. This wheel looks good on pretty much everything but we do tend to see them on newer Civics, Velosters, WRXs, and even VW GTIs. The Ampliform will give you an aggressive track-ready look on a budget. This has been one of Konig's hottest wheels and it's easy to see why since it's so versatile.
Pair the Konig Ampliform with the Toyo Extenza HP II and you have yourself a pretty solid setup. The Extenza HP II is another really popular balanced tire that offers great daily drivability while having a more aggressive tread styling. Perfect for those of you that daily drive your car but like taking the twisty back roads to wherever you're going.
4. Cosmis Racing XT206R / Nankang NS25
We're sure you've heard of the Cosmis Racing XT206R before and in fact, you've probably seen them in person. They can be found anywhere from video games to your local car meets. This is arguably the most popular wheel on this list and for good reason. It's iconic step lip and deep-dish design has stolen the hearts of many car enthusiasts. Even if you don't know a lot about wheels, chances are that you know what the XT206R is. It comes in a ton of finishes and the look goes with just about any build.
The Nankang NS25 is your basic well-performing daily driving tire. The NS-25 is usually the go-to tire for someone that wants a cheap performance tire. This tire is so popular because its price is so low. Nankang produced a great tire at an even better cost and from what we hear, they did a pretty good job.
5. Kansei KNP / Federal SS595
The Kansei KNP is arguably the most popular wheel the company produces. The KNP is a beautiful, classic five-spoke wheel that has become incredibly popular with the JDM community. The KNP offers a style that is very sought after at a really affordable price. Simplicity can be beautiful and the KNP definitely proves this point. It's even finding its way into the Euro scene as well.
The Federal SS595, like others on this list, is designed for daily use but offers an aggressive tread pattern and great performance for the price. This is probably the most popular budget performance tire. They are very hard to beat in terms of performance per dollar. They look good, ride well, and come in an absolutely insane amount of sizes.