Michelin Pilot Super Sport: Best Handling Max Performance Summer Tire?

High performance tires derive their technology directly from the manufactures' motorsports activities. The tire technology is a game of leap frog and Michelin has set the bar impressively high with the Pilot Super Sport.   The steering response I felt was very confidence-inspiring. It felt as if the car was on rails, specifically through the slalom section of...  Read More

Weekend Autocross and Daily Driving Tires? Bridgestone Has You Covered!

There comes a time during a weekend warrior's motorsports activities that he or she realizes their daily driving tires just aren't cutting it. You end up chewing up the tires and imposing uneven treadwear. Participating in autocross events can literally shave the tread blocks at their sides. Track driving can easily overheat and blister or chunk the shoulder...  Read More

How to Get Your New Tires Installed

We offer many options when it comes to shipping destinations. Many customers prefer to receive their order at home so they can take their tires to an installation facility. We are able to ship to your place of work, home or alternate address. There's also the option of shipping directly to your local garage.   If you don't have a garage in mind, be sure to...  Read More

Weds Sport Wheels at Tire Rack

Weds Sport designs race inspired, super light alloy wheels. With a rich motorsport history that has proven to be highly successful in the JGTC (Japanese Grand Touring Car Championship) series, these ultra-light street wheels contribute a race look while improving the performance of your sport import car. All the rims are engineered, developed and...  Read More

Better Ride with Bridgestone's RE960AS Pole Position RFT

I was thoroughly impressed with the advances Bridgestone's made in their next generation of run-flat tires. With my time behind the wheel, I was able to test the Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT in dry conditions and on our wet test track. Driving with and without air pressure on the street, the tire without air pressure felt strikingly similar to the fully...  Read More

Quiet Tires: Look No Further Than Michelin

The Michelin brand is synonymous with quality tires. As a brand, they often showcase some of the quietest and smoothest riding tires.   The Michelin Primacy MXV4 is known for longevity as it's offered with a 60,000 mile tread life warranty and provides good snow-handling capability for an all-season tire. Michelin's LTX M/S2 is also extremely long-lasting...  Read More

KMC XD Series Monster - Aggressive Style

The KMC XD Series Monster brings an aggressive style to your four-wheel drive pickup truck or SUV. Featuring a split-spoke design, the Monster's center is tucked back further than the lip section, offering a wide stanced, off-road appearance. Designed using the gravity casting construction method, the wheel offers excellent quality at a very affordable...  Read More

Keep Your Windshield Clear in the Rain

If you have ever used a Rain-X product and felt it helped your vision in the rain, then you should take a look at Aquapel Glass Treatment. The primary advantage Aquapel has over Rain-X is durability. It's been my experience that Rain-X lasts a few weeks.  However, when I used Aquapel Glass Treatment on my vehicles, I noticed it lasted for about six months...  Read More

How to Properly Tighten Your Lug Nuts

Lug nuts are handled differently at almost every garage. If you've experienced a lug that is extremely hard to loosen they were likely tightened with an impact tool. There is a device called a torque stick which can make pneumatic tools much more effective at avoiding over-torque. In most every shop, I see impact tools used, while I often do not see torque...  Read More

Snow Tires Part 2: How to Make Your Winter / Snow Tires Last

Now that you have taken the plunge and made an investment in safety, let's talk about how to maximize the life of your winter / snow tires. Snow tires are truly different, so consider the following factors to ensure you get all you can from your investment.Winter tires use the same pressure as shown on your door's placard. The key is to set it in the coldest...  Read More

Winter Tire Options for 3/4-ton and 1-ton Trucks

There are often times when your 3/4-ton or 1-ton truck needs additional snow and ice traction. In many cases, a good highway or all-terrain tire will cover your needs. When you plow in severe conditions or need to tow in adverse weather, higher grip levels are required. If you regularly find yourself driving in conditions with packed snow or ice, there's a...  Read More

Next Evolution: Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

This summer, I had the opportunity to test the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season on our wet track. I was impressed with its ability to resist hydroplaning and in fact, its overall wet traction felt like it belonged in a performance category with tires that are known for being "sticky." With changes made to the tread design to decrease road noise, as...  Read More

What Truck Tires Are Best in Snow?

Many SUV and truck owners need excellent snow and ice traction. In some cases, it's not practical to have a dedicated set of winter / snow tires, therefore I'd like to showcase a few tires that perform well during all seasons while maintaining great snow traction. Each snow tire, as well as the following all weather options from BFGoodrich, General and...  Read More

How Do Winter / Snow Tires Work?

Modern winter / snow tires utilize soft compounds that bring high levels of snow and ice traction. This level of grip is offered by having three very important characteristics. The first factor is tread depth. The best snow traction comes from a tall, deep tread pattern that will pack snow in, causing snow on snow contact, and therefore, providing excellent...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for Winter's Worst Conditions

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and Continental ExtremeWinterContact tires are three of the top contenders in the Studless Ice and Snow category. The old approach to winter was that tires with aggressive tread patterns and studs were the best way to handle winter driving. It's been our experience that the advanced Studless Ice and Snow...  Read More

Are Your Tires Worn Out?

According to most states' laws, tires are legally worn out when they reach 2/32" of remaining tread depth. It's important to note that the tire's performance in rain and snow can be reduced before it no longer meets the minimum tread depth requirement.You can substitute a tire tread depth gauge with a U.S. coin to measure those critical few 32nds of an inch...  Read More

Value All-Season Car Tire Options

Tires in the Standard Touring All-Season category offer lower speed ratings like S (112 mph) and T (118 mph). These tires are known for longer mileage - usually greater than 50,000 miles of service life. They are not an aggressive handling group of tires due to their lower speed rating. However, you'll receive the benefit of a smoother and more comfortable...  Read More

Four Winter / Snow Tires: Are They Worth It?

At Tire Rack we pride ourselves on real-world testing data that we gather through testing tires on the street and on the track. We also take over a local ice rink and test our vehicles on the ice to simulate packed snow that has become glazed over and turned to ice, as these conditions are very common at intersections during the winter months. To get...  Read More

All-Season Tires for Handling Water

With winter on its way, parts of the country will experience wet conditions instead of or on top of snow. When it comes to tires, it's important to understand that there are always compromises. A particular tire may have certain performance characteristics, however there are residual effects to those advantages. Tires that are directional offer excellent...  Read More

Which Shocks Are Right for My Car?

Have you ever felt that your car bounces more after you go over a bump? It just doesn't feel as connected to the road as it did when it was new? Shock absorbers are an expendable item that has a big effect on your ride quality. When it comes time to replace shocks, you're going to have access to your springs. This is a great time to add lowering springs.Not...  Read More