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Welcome to Mag and Tyre Direct!
We are New Zealands largest independent importer of alloy wheels and tyres selling direct to the New Zealand public. Better than that, we are 100% NZ owned and operated. Our first container of wheels arrived in 1997. From that time we have gone from strength to strength. We are here for the long haul.
Our endeavour has always been to bring the best prices for wheels and tyres to New Zealand. We now also have the widest range of wheel fitments. We have wheels to fit nearly every application. New Zealand is a land of great variety when it comes to cars. It is not possible to cover absolutely everything but we think we have come close. If you cant find what you want when you search our wheels then please contact us. Perhaps we have them coming or know where to get them.
With such a variety of wheels we found the local tyre suppliers could not keep up. We needed specific sizes to fit our wheels on your vehicle. We now stock thousands of tyres covering nearly all sizes. If you need a hard to find aftermarket tyre or just a run of the mill size it is likely we have it. Please use our tyre size search box to look for the tyre you need. If you cant find it please contact us for help. Maybe it is on the way or we know where to source it locally.
Most of our tyres are imported directly from the factories. After years of experience we are now sure we have some of the best budget offerings available. We pride ourselves on helping you save money but at the same time try to offer only the best value for money. Please remember that cheapest is not always best but in many cases with us it can be.
We also stock some of the best known tyre brands. Some of these we import ourselves. Others we buy locally. We look to buy in large quantities from the local distributors at prices that will save you money. Brands such as Goodyear, Dunlop, Toyo, Hankook, Kumho, Cooper, Maxxis and many more can be found in our range. Our own direct from the factory brands include names like Altenzo, Rotalla, Kinforest and Winrun. All imported to give you a good tyre at an affordable price.
The BEST NEWS yet!
When you buy our tyres in conjunction with a set of our wheels you save even more. We offer great discounts on the tyres when you are buying our wheels. Even better than the prices you will see on our web site. Please contact the store nearest you for the great package deals.
Our mission for the future is to bring you an even wider range and to continue to bring prices that cant be beaten. We focus on internet sales. You will not see flashy tv adverts or glossy magazine spreads. By not spending on advertising we save more to pass on to you. At the same time we recognize it is important to get near to the buying public. It is ok to source products on the internet but sometimes you would like to see and touch the object of your desire before making that final buying decision. Of course you would also like to have everything fitted for you. Drive in and drive out is best. We have a number of stores that are all owned by us throughout the country. We are striving to open more so that an even greater number of New Zealanders can take advantage of our super deals. Nearly all of our prices include fitting etc. There is no extra to pay. You will find our overall package is nearly always best.
Below you will find easy to use guides explaining the technical terms used to describe the features of wheels and tyres. Click on the top tabs to go to each section.
Wheel size is determined by the the diameter of the wheel (inches). The measurement doesn't include the rim flange. On a road tyre you will see a code such as 225/70R14 (please see our tyre section for a full explanation). The final number in the example '14' is the rim size measured in inches and therefore the wheel diameter.
PCD (pitch circle diameter) is often referred to as stud pattern. This is the diameter of a circle drawn through the center of your wheel's bolt holes. PCD is measured in millimeters and also indicates the number of studs or bolts the wheel will have. Many American cars use the old inch format. To convert to the modern mm pcd simply multiply the inch measurement by 25.4. Example: if you know you have a 5x5 inch pattern the correct mm pcd is 5x127. If the pattern has an even number of mounting holes (four, six or eight lugs) simply measure from the center of one stud hole directly across the center of the wheel to the center of an opposite stud hole. With a five stud pattern, measure from the center of one stud hole to the center of the center hole and then double the measurement. For example, a vehicle with a bolt pattern of (5 x 120) means this vehicle's hub has five bolts or lugs, which measure 120 millimeters apart from one another diagonally. If you are at all unsure then consult one of our stores. We will know the stud pattern for your particular car.
Wheels have to be fitted with specific lug nuts/wheel nut on wheel studs/bolts to the wheel purchased. They are usually either flat, tapered, or ball seats,which means that the mounting surfaces are correspondingly flat, tapered, or spherical.
This refers to the center bore in the wheel that centers the wheel on the hub of the car. Since most wheels are mass produced, they have a large center bore to accommodate several different vehicles. In an ideal world the wheel should be a neat fit on the hub. To achieve this we carry a large range of center locating hub rings. Hub rings are hard plastic/aluminium rings that link the wheel to the vehicle. This centers the wheel and makes your wheel hub centric. Without hub rings it is possible to get vibrations even if the wheel and tire package is completely balanced. At Mag and Tyre Direct we probably carry the largest range of hub rings in New Zealand if not the world.
At Mag and Tyre Direct we probably carry the largest range of Center locating hub rings available in New Zealand and quite possibly the world.
What is Offset (et)? Your car requires a unique offset. Often referred to as ET this is where the wheel will sit in relation to the bodyline of the vehicle and is measured from the center line of the wheel.. Offset is usually stamped on the wheel and is measured in millimetres of et (et is the short form of the German word 'Einpresstiefe' which literally translates as insertion depth). Positive Offset A positive offset means the mounting surface of the wheel is positioned towards the outside face of the true centerline of the wheel. Most factory rims will have this type of offset.
Zero Offset When the hub mounting surface is centered within the rim, it is known as a zero offset.
Negative Offset If the hub mounting surface is on the inside (brake side) of the center line of the rim, it is considered a negative offset and is often associated with deep dish wheels
Offsets on aftermarket wheels can vary from factory original. If you are unsure please consult one of our stores for advice. We will know what works on most cars and a simple trial fit can confirm on the few we do not.
Construction Type: A letter which indicates the vehicle type/class or usage for which the tyre is intended (eg. P - passenger car)
Section width: The width of the tyre in millimeters from the widest point on both edges
Aspect Ratio: The ratio of the height of the tyre wall to the total width of the tyre (percentage).
Casing Construction: Indicates the construction of the tyre itself (eg. R - radial)
Rim Diameter: The diameter of the wheel (in inches) that the tyre is designed to fit
Load Index: ives the maximum load in pounds each tyre is designed to carry (see separate section for Load Index table)
Speed Rating: Indicates the max. speed the tyre can operate at (see separate section for Speed Rating table).
Tread: This section of the tyre provides contact with the road and is essential to maintain grip and stability whilst cornering. It also has to be protection against abrasion, impact and high temperatures.
Grooves: The channels within the tread to improvestability whilst driving, traction and braking ability.
Sipes: small slots cut/moulded into the tyre tread intended to improve traction in mud, ice, snoa and on wet road surfaces.
Shoulder: Positioned between the tread and upper tyre sidewall. It has to provide good heat dispersal.
Cap Plies: These are not found in all tyres, mainly in those with a higher speed rating. Constructed from polyster fabric they are belts which aid in keeping all tyre components together at high speed.
Steel Belts: In steel belted radials these serve to protect from punctures and also to keep the tread area remain flat for maximum contact on the road.
Bead chaffers: Or Apex reduces/minimises bead distortion and protects the bead against impact.
Bead: Braided steel cords holding the tyre in place on the wheel itself and creating the vacuum which keeps the tyre inflated.
Asymetrical ; Most new patterns are now going asymmetrical. This pattern features a distinct inside and outside. Combining 2 patterns across the tread allows for good dry weather grip and long wear. They are also able to achieve a quiet ride which was difficult to come by in the directional high performance tyres.
Directional; The Dirctional tread pattern is predominantly arrow shaped and is designed to run one way. The grooves running from the center of the tyre to the shoulder are to maximize the dispersement of water to the outside of the tyre thus enhancing wet weather grip.
Non Directional; Most of the smaller sizes tend to be non directional pattern. The performace is even no matter which way the tyre is rotated. This helps extend tread wear given the tyres can be swapped to any position on the car.
A: Commercial name
B: Country of Manufacture
C: European ECE type approval mark/number
D: Load capacity, Speed rating and tube type/tubeless
E: indicates exterior wall for fitting
F: Uniform tyre quality
G: Load and pressure information
H: Department of Transport marking
I: Brand Name
The 89 refers to the load rating of the tyre. You can check the load ratings in the table below. In this instance the load rating of 89 means 1279 pounds or approximately 600 kg. Multiply this number by 4 (assuming your vehicle has 4 wheels) and you have the total weight your vehicle can safely carry on this set of tyres.