July 20, 2014
I installed four 14x6 Sport Edition F5 wheels on my 1998 Corolla LE. I bought a full package from Tire Rack that included four General Altimax RT43s mounted and "Hunter RoadForce" balanced. I can't say much good about the Hunter balancing as one of the weights on one wheel was thrown when I received the tire/wheels by UPS delivery. I called the TR Customer Service and told them one of the weights was dangling. They said no problem.... go to one of their specified tire installers and have it rebalanced, and TR would pay for it. Cool! The thing is, Long Distance Tire did a MUCH better job of balancing the tire with a weight that swedged onto the rim, not some double-sided taped lead weight that could easily come off, like on the wonderful Hunter Balancing bologna TR raves about as their free service. I think it's total BS. Anyway, Long Distance Tire balanced it for free, which I have no idea why. And I didn't even tell them I bought the tire/wheel from TR.
Anyhooooo.... this tire and wheel package is so far wonderful after 300 miles. I drive 100 miles per day, and the orig steel wheels were HORRIBLE compared to these. The car now drives perfectly smooth and straight as it should, especially on the highway, which is most of my travel. Last year, I installed Bilstein B4 struts and all top notch front-end parts. Now, finally, the car can fully take advantage of these mods. The F5 wheels look SO much better than the steelies and they are a breeze to clean (or Plasti-Dip). The car looks peppier and is more spry and confident in the corners with the new RT43s. I highly recommend this package, especially if you do it while there's a General $50. tire rebate, like I got. This brings my entire package of wheels and tires down to $639.98. Can't beat that! It even came with all the chrome acorn mounting lugs and a Gorilla extension for your lug wrench, which you will need for these wheels.