Originally Posted by Pliad
how you solved this problem?
I went with a set of 16" MSW Type 86s in gunmetal with a set of BFGoodrich G-Force Comp-2 A/S tires on tirerack.com - grand total of $789 (~$106 per wheel and ~$89 per tire) and I picked them up at their distribution center in Delaware since it was only an hour away from me. Picking them up saved me over $100 in shipping costs. Also there was a $50 mail in rebate on the tires from BFG, and BFG is really good about their rebates. It still took a while to receive my rebate card but they email you with status updates every step of the way so you're not sitting there wondering if they even received your rebate submission form.
I have to say I've been really happy with these wheels and tires, and I've had many compliments from people and car enthusiasts alike (same with the tires). I've had them on my car for little over three months now. These tires are fantastic, great performance even in the rain. I'm also really liking these wheels. My Celica is Super White (040) and the contrast between the gunmental and the white looks awesome - especially with the window tint on the sunroof (**** PA laws prohibiting me from tinting my windows, it would look even better if I could tint my windows all the way around).
It looks like both the tires have come down in price now, the tires are about $87/ea, however it looks like the Type 86s are out of stock for the season. I chose these MSWs since they're made by OZ which is a known and trusted brand. The Type 85 also received very positive reviews on tirerack. Lastly, I filtered out gravity cast when searching because I did not trust that gravity cast wheels would really hold up, especially in my area where there are more potholes than smooth road on most streets. I'm happy to say that so far these wheels have not only held up but still look fantastic. Due to the gunmetal color, which is more of a matte than a gloss finish, brake dust accumulation isn't noticeable until you're up close with the wheel which is nice when you don't have time to wash your wheels.
All in all I think tirerack offers a good deal when you buy tires and wheels, since they mount and balance the tires for free. And if you live near a distribution center you can pick them up which will definitely save you at least $100 if not more. In the future I'll probably splurge on some more expensive wheels but for now these are great for the price. I'll post back if I experience any issues with these Type 86s.
This is a moving shot but here's what they look like on my Celica. I'll see if I can get an image of it stationary soon so you can see the wheels better: