Hub Centric vs. Lug Centric Wheel Fitments

"What are these plastic (or metal) rings that came with my wheels?" "Why didn't my wheels come with hub centric centering rings?" The terms "hub centric" and "lug centric" describe the method used to center a wheel on a vehicle's hub to prevent vibration. Most Original Equipment wheels are built with the same centerbore¬†diameter as the hub diameter on the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

I drive a Mazdaspeed3 on H&R coilovers and an aftermarket rear swaybar to lessen understeer. Treadwear is average for a performance tire. I'm on track to hit the wear bars at 15k. Dry traction is great and the sidewalls are stiff enough that you can throw the car into a turn hard and not roll the sidewalls. Lane changes are a just a flick of the steering...  Read More

My #FirstCarMoment

Michelin's new campaign has us going down memory lane to the time we got our first car. Whether it was handed down to you by your parents, or you worked a few jobs to earn it, none of us will forget the feeling of owning our first car. I got my first Jeep as a Christmas present back when I was in college and home visiting my parents. It was Christmas morning...  Read More

Set Your Tesla Apart with 21" BBS Wheels

I spend much of my time pining for the launch of the Model 3 and being supremely jealous of Model S owners. A technological marvel that is sophisticated and stylish, the Model S is difficult to improve upon. Difficult, but not impossible. Aftermarket wheels are a great way to set your Tesla apart from the others without ruining its understated good looks....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (V-Speed Rated)

This is an initial review of these tires, I will be doing a follow up review once I put more miles on them. They replaced the original 16 Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S that came equipped on my Accord sedan. I had them installed and took them on a short road trip the very next day which was perfect for breaking the tires in. I didn't get to test the handling as...  Read More

New Method Roost Wheel is a Great Fit for Jeep Wrangler

In a previous post, "Jeep Wrangler Wheels and Tires", we discussed using 17x9" aftermarket wheels with -12mm offset, which is about 4.5" backspacing on a Jeep Wrangler. That sizing, for many people, is the magic combination to fit 33" or 35" tires on the Jeep JK. I was in that same mindset, but when I saw the new Method Roost wheels we're getting in, I knew...  Read More

How to Prepare for Your First Track Session in Four Simple Steps

Today is a great day to be an automotive enthusiast. Perhaps more than ever before, road courses across the country are opening their gates to any and all drivers looking to experience the thrill of driving on a track. Combine this level of access with the increased performance of today's vehicles and it's possible to have more fun than ever before for less...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Absolutely the BEST street tire made today! My S4 is set up with full coil-over suspension, swaybars and endlinks, Stoptech big brake kit and very light weight BC Forged 19 wheels, so it is set up for very aggressive driving and these tires handle everything I throw at them...with ease! If you have an aggressive street car (high horsepower and aftermarket...  Read More

Measuring Backspacing

When you're shopping for aftermarket wheels, you'll see a range of backspacing, offset and width measurements available for your vehicle. When looking at wheels, sometimes we'll have the measurements from your stock wheels, but sometimes we do not. This may lead you to wonder, "How are these measurements going to change the stance of my car?" While all of...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package vs. Buying Winter Tires Only

You've decided that dedicated winter tires are the right choice for you. After doing your research, you decided to go with either the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 or Michelin X-Ice Xi3 to increase your driving confidence and safety. Next, you must decide if you want to simply purchase tires to mount on your current wheels, or buy a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Have these on my Model S with aftermarket 20 wheels in order to control costs but not have the stock 19's that leave too much wheel well exposed. So far so good in the pacific NW, with lots of rain and occasional ice/snow. Road noise is a little high but I don't really have a benchmark since this is my first set on the car and the roads are course from...  Read More

Eibach Sportline vs Eibach Pro-Kit: The Must-Read Differences in Lowering Springs

Interested in lowering your car, but aren't sure if the Eibach Sportline Spring Set or Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set is right for your vehicle? How much wheel gap do you want to eliminate? The Pro-Kit Spring Set will lower a vehicle generally 1.00" to 1.25", while the Sportline Spring Set will provide you with approximately 1.50" to 2.00" of lowering...  Read More

Changing Wheel and Tire Sizes, What Pressure Should I Run?

If you're going from 17" Original Equipment wheels to 18" aftermarket wheels, what tire pressure should you run with your new tires? Many times, the service description (e.g. 98H) is still the same on the tires when the size is adjusted, so the same pressure can be used. If the load index is higher on the new tires, then you still follow your vehicle's...  Read More

Introducing the Eibach All-Terrain Lift Kit for Jeep Wranglers

The new All-Terrain Lift Kit from Eibach offers suspension lift options for two-door and four-door Jeep Wranglers that are looking to improve off-road capability and make room under the Jeep JK for larger tires and wheels. This lift kit will raise the front between 2.5" and 3.5" and raise the rear approximately 2" to 3" so you have room to fit 35" tires on...  Read More

Fuel Efficiency and Your Vehicle

As part of the TireWise program, the Department of Transportation will finalize a rule to establish a tire fuel efficiency information program so drivers can identify the most energy-efficient tires. To help you better understand fuel efficiency and how a low rolling resistance tire can help, take a look at "Low Rolling Resistance Tires." A key way to increase...  Read More

Smaller Wheels for Winter?

When it comes to winter driving, narrower tires have an easier time plowing through snow. This is one of the reasons we recommend smaller aftermarket wheels for winter on most vehicles when shopping for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. Another reason for downsizing is to protect your wheels from road hazards such as potholes and to provide a smoother...  Read More

Are Sport Edition Wheels Good?

Yes! They may not equal the high style and lightweight of the more expensive wheel lines like BBS, O.Z. Racing and Enkei Racing Series, but for many drivers, the Sport Edition wheels are a great lower cost option. Sport Edition offers aluminum alloy wheels that have durable painted with clearcoat finishes offered in a variety of colors and styles. ¬† One...  Read More

Winter Wheels for BMW: Sport Edition A7 and Sport Edition A8

Whether you're minus sizing to a smaller diameter wheel for your BMW Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package or just trying to save your expensive BMW wheels from the potholes and salt of winter driving, Sport Edition produces some great winter wheel options. ¬† The Sport Edition A7 is one of the most popular winter wheels for BMWs. It's one of the few aftermarket ...  Read More

Light Up the Night with Hella Lights for Your Jeep Wrangler

Looking to update the look of your Jeep and light up the roads and trails? Our selection of aftermarket lighting is perfect for your vehicle! With kits available from Hella, PIAA and KC HiLiTES, you have the option to put out as much light as you want. Currently installed on my JK Rubicon are several sets of Hella Optilux lights. Before making upgrades to...  Read More

Jeep Wrangler Wheels and Tires

The Jeep Wrangler is a timeless vehicle. Whether it's a 1970's CJ, a 2015 JK or anything in between, they're the most customized vehicles on the market. If you've ever owned one, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Typically after purchasing their Wrangler, many owners begin shopping for new wheels and tires and/or a lift kit. I like to call this "the...  Read More