How can I have interchangeable tires on vehicle assets?

I am making a racing game and wish to have interchangeable tire types on the same vehicle without having to rig and import seperate assets. How would I go about switching tire meshes on vehicles without having to do rerig and import, if at all possible?

If the different tire types you are wanting to use are the same mesh size, could you just change the material showing the tread and sidewall?

You could use sockets on the car and attach the different tire meshes to the socket.