Downsizing to Smaller Diameter Wheels

Friday, October 28, 2011 by Gary Stanley
Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel PackagesIt's pretty common to see performance enthusiasts upgrade to larger diameter auto tires and wheels (rims & tires). If you're not familiar with the plus sizing concept, or just need a refresher, read "Plus Sizing 101." What about the other side of the coin? Why would someone want to minus size their tires wheels package and go to a smaller wheel diameter?  

Listed below are a few options why going smaller makes sense:
  • Rough road areas: Combining taller tires with smaller diameter wheels will help absorb more impact. This setup helps protect the wheels and provides a softer ride.
  • Off-road use: Many off-road enthusiasts would like to maximize their wheel protection. And many accomplish this by minus sizing their wheels and using a taller set of offroad tires.
  • Economy: Often times, smaller diameter wheels and taller tires are less expensive than larger diameter wheels and low profile tires. 
The majority of cases for minus sizing are done for Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages. When you shop by vehicle, our site will provide alternate tire and wheel options for your vehicle. 

Don't Want Any Lip

Friday, September 9, 2011 by Jonas Paeplow
Many years ago, one of the major auto companies used the advertising slogan: "Longer, Lower, Wider, Faster." Well, I don't know about "longer" but lower and wider can often translate to faster. Lowering springs and sport dampers help reduce body roll by lowering the vehicle's center of mass, which helps keep your tires firmly planted on the road surface in a turn. Wider tires allow you greater potential for larger contact patch, while a wider track width adds additional cornering stability. Getting there can be a rewarding experience but there can be pitfalls along the way. See our tech article, "Altitude and Attitude Adjustment."

You can save yourself a lot of headaches and/or tire damage if you are ready in advance for the side effects of going lower and wider. The number one obstacle can often be those pesky fender lips. If you reach your hand under the arch of your fender you will typically feel a lip at a 90 degree angle to the arch that can protrude into the fenderwell by an inch or more. This extra material is there to add structural rigidity to the fender arch. If the effects of lowering and widening your car causes interference with this pesky little strip of metal, have no fear, I have the answer.

Tire Rack Fender Lip RollerThe Tire Rack Fender Lip Rolling Tool is a professional quality tool designed to maximize the wheel well clearance when upgrading to larger tires with lower positive offset wheels. The tool can also be used to repair the wheel well area and lip damage.

The Tire Rack Fender Lip Rolling Tool fits all four and five-lug wheel hubs up to 120mm bolt circle with hubs up to 72.5mm, however it will not fit Porsche. The forming arm adjusts from 14" to 22.75" to roll lips almost flat. The plastic coated (Delrin®) roller forms the fender lip without damaging the paint. In addition, using a high temp hair dryer or heat gun with the Fender Lip Rolling Tool will minimize the potential for paint damage during use. You can see how easy it is to set up and use by reviewing the User's Guide (PDF).

You may think that you don't want to spend a couple of hundred dollars for a tool that you may only use once. Check with a couple of local body shops and see what they would charge to do the same job. You will probably find that using the tool just once will pay for itself. If you have any friends or other car club members that need the same work done, you may be able to make a little extra cash for yourself. Just don't take any lip.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensors for Your Car

Monday, January 24, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Tire Rack carries TPMS sensors for vehicles at great prices and offers the option of pre-installing sensors if you purchase a wheel and tire package. And since, TPMS sensors have a battery in them, they'll need to be changed on average every five to seven years. 
Aluminum Valve Sensor
Do your TPMS sensors need to be replaced?

Sensors available at Tire Rack are 100% compatible with your vehicle's wheels and tires.

Federal law on all vehicles built after September 2007 requires the system and in some states the system must remain functional at all times. Reset procedures differ between manufacturers and vehicle models and can range from simply driving the vehicle (auto re-learn) to a manual re-learn that requires special equipment. You can contact Tire Rack's sales specialists to discuss the specifics for your particular car, truck or SUV.

Temporary Traction Aid

Thursday, October 14, 2010 by Porter Pryde

AutoSockMany parts of our country experience very mild winters and only occasionally see snow, making installing dedicated winter / snow tires impractical. For those occasions when it does snow and business or family obligations demand that you must travel, there is a practical and simple solution in the AutoSock.

AutoSock is a proven temporary winter traction aid and is now available in the US for a wide range of vehicles. Developed in Norway, AutoSock is lightweight and made from 100% high-technology fibers that stick to snow and ice. These fibers, which are intended to fray with use, are arranged in a specific pattern to optimize winter grip.

Because vehicles need the ability to stop and turn as well as accelerate in slippery conditions, Tire Rack recommends that AutoSock be installed in sets of four. AutoSock is sold in pairs to accommodate vehicles with staggered wheel and tire fitments.

Unlike snow chains, AutoSock does not produce loud rattling nor a bumpy ride. AutoSock does not damage the vehicle structure or alloy wheels and is approved for speeds up to 30 mph (50km/h).

Because AutoSock is meant as a temporary emergency traction device, it is recommended that AutoSock be removed when returning to roads where no snow or ice is present. Driving on dry or wet roads is not recommended as it increases fabric wear considerably.

Mazda Miata Wheels

Saturday, July 24, 2010 by Jim Holloman
You have a Miata that you are tracking or auto crossing and you want to go faster. The right wheels and tires will help get you there. Use what the pros use! Take a look at the Enkei Racing Series RPF1. The 17x7.5 wheel only weighs 15.2 lbs. By increasing thewheel size and reducing unsprung weight, your car will be quicker in acceleration, stop faster and the suspension does not have to work as hard.
 
Freedom Autosport is running these wheels on their Grand Am Continental Tire Challenge cars. In the street tuning class they ended up 4th in points last year overall.  At a recent Mid-Ohio race I attended, the Miatas from Freedom Autosport ended up in 12th and 24th in the street tuning class.

If you want to run what a pro racing team uses, see which Enkei Racing Series wheels are available for your street car.





Maintain Mobility in the Event a Tire is Punctured

Friday, June 25, 2010 by Jonas Paeplow

Auto manufacturers have eliminated the spare tire in many of their new models, opting instead for the use of run-flat tires or a portable tire repair kit. So far the trend has been most prevalent with higher-end vehicles, however General Motors recently introduced its new compact car, the Chevrolet Cruze sans spare tire.

Car makers today believe that the mandated implementation of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) over the past several years has significantly reduced the likelihood that a flat tire will leave you stranded. In addition, eliminating the spare, including the jack and tools can reduce the car's weight by over 25 lbs. Decreased weight is one of the ways new car engineers are able to improve fuel economy.

Run-flat tires can allow you to continue to drive safely for 50 miles at up to 50 mph in most cases with 0 air pressure in the tire. Unfortunately, run-flat tires are more expensive than their non run-flat counterparts plus ride comfort and in some cases tread life can be less than stellar.

So if you don't have a spare but you don't like the idea of putting run-flat tires back on your car...what do you do?

Continental Tire North America, Inc. has introduced the ContiComfortKit (CCK) to the NorthContiComfortKit American replacement market. This system is designed to temporarily seal a tire puncture and provide extended mobility up to 125 miles.

The ContiComfortKit comfortably restores mobility in a few easy steps. The kit is simply plugged into a 12v power outlet; a flexible hose at the other end is connected to the valve of the flat tire. Once the sealant tank is flipped up, a twelve volt compressor re-inflates the tire at the push of a button and simultaneously fills the tire with a latex based, liquid sealant, which seals the puncture. As a result, the tire can be used at a maximum speed of 50 mph for up to 125 miles. Drivers can get to the nearest tire shop and do not rely on road side assistance. A built-in light allows for easy use even at night.

The CCK is only 9.5" long, 7" wide and 4" high. It weighs only 5.5 pounds and does not require permanent installation. It is simple to use and provides mobility in minutes. It can be easily stored in the trunk of the vehicle. The kit can also be used as a compressor to check and monitor tire pressure through a built-in compressor and tire gauge.

The CCK has already been a success with car manufacturers. Since its introduction, it has obtained original equipment approvals for BMW, Ford and Volvo to name a few.

  • If your new car has no spare and no room to store an extra tire/wheel...
  • If you don't like the stiff ride or the expense of run-flat tires...

To learn more about the ContiComfortKit, watch How to Use the ContiComfortKit.


Matching tires on your four-wheel drive vehicle

Monday, June 14, 2010 by Ethan Burns
Four-wheel drive is not just for trucks anymore. More and more four-wheel drive, also called all-wheel drive or AWD, is turning up on some unlikely cars.
  • Mercedes-Benz calls it 4-matic
  • Volkswagon states 4-motion
  • Infinity and BMW use the letter X or XI in their name
  • Audi uses Quattro
Whatever the moniker, the rule stays the same. Every one of these auto makers recommends that when it's time to replace the tires, all four tires should be replaced at once.

The reason for this is that when the vehicle is rolling in all-wheel drive all four of the tires should be rotating at exactly the same speed. If one new tire (at full tread depth) is introduced to the car, this tire which is actually larger in overall diameter will attempt to rotate slightly slower at less revolutions per minute, than the other three.

This may cause problems with the all-wheel drive unit that will cost far more to repair than the cost of the other three tires. Pay now or pay later. The wise money is on four-of-a-kind.

Tires for your AWD vehicle.

Should I go SLOTTED for my rotors?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 by Mac McNabb
Cryo-Stop RotorSo you just purchased a new Mustang or BMW 335...a new sports car. You have upgraded your tires to the best Bridgestone or Michelin, and have your new wheels on order. Next stop...upgrading brakes!

Now there are some technical decisions to make. Solid, dripped, slotted, 2-piece, big brake kit...too many options. Let's tackle slotted/drilled versus solid first.

Do you drive aggressively? Check. Do you plan take the car auto crossing...check. Do you get to the road course...not planning to do that. If this describes you, a solid rotor actually will be the best choice. Here are the physics behind that:

The more mass that you have the more quickly a rotor can disperse heat. This leads us in two directions. First it doesn't pay to turn rotors (takes away valuable mass) and second if you don't need slots and holes (drilled) your brakes will actually cool faster!DBA 4000 Series Rotor

Now if you are looking to run on the track and have successive high-speed stops, then racing rotors are for you. The purpose of a drilled/slotted rotor was actually to dispel gasses that can build up with repeated hard hot laps from high speeds to low speeds. Not necessary for 99% of the road driving we do. 

Now, there always is the aesthetic factor. Drilled/slotted looks are different, and some people find that desirable. That's fine, it isn't going to be greatly detrimental to your stopping power, just remember it is not a performance upgrade as much as it is an aesthetic upgrade!

Under Pressure

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 by Jonas Paeplow

Most vehicle owners do not check tire pressure nearly enough. An American Automobile Association (AAA) poll suggests that 85 percent of motorists do not even know how to check tire pressure.

The most important job a tire has is to support the load to which it is attached. Tires are rated to handle specific loads but only at a predetermined air pressure. By keeping the air pressure set correctly, tire performance, longevity and fuel economy are optimized.

According to tire industry data, 85 percent of all tire air pressure losses are the result of slow leaks that occur over a period of time. Tires typically lose air pressure through natural leakage (permeation) at a rate of about 1 psi per month. In addition, tire manufacturers say that seasonal climatic changes result in air pressure losses of 1 psi for every 10 degrees F decrease in the ambient temperature.


Here in the Midwest, differences between summer and winter temperatures average about 50 degrees F, resulting in a net loss or gain of approximately 5 psi in air pressure. This variation is enough to drastically affect handling, traction and durability of the average tire if the pressure is not adjusted. Even temperature fluctuations during an average day can make a difference. Variations between nighttime and daytime temperatures in this part of the country can average 20 degrees F and result in pressure changes of more than 2 psi.

A tire pressure survey of more than 5,400 vehicles’ conducted in March-May 2009, by the Rubber Manufacturers of America found:

  • Only 9% of vehicles had four properly inflated tires.
  • 50% of vehicles had at least one under inflated tire.
  • 19% of vehicles had at least one tire under inflated by 8 psi

According to government statistics, in the United States, 660 lives are lost and 33,000 are injured every year due to tire pressure related accidents. Improper tire pressure costs an extra $3.7 billion in fuel annually and every year, 4.5 million tires need to be replaced before reaching the end of their designed lifespan. A 10 psi loss of air pressure could result in a corresponding reduction in tire load capacity of 1,000 lbs. Overloading of tires combined with highway speeds will cause tires to overheat and lead to them to fail, prematurely.

Tire inflation pressure should be checked every month and before long trips. To properly check pressure, check tires when cold – before the vehicle is driven. Use the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure found on a label located on the driver’s door or door pillar or check the owner’s manual.

The most accurate way to check your tire pressure economically is with a digital tire pressure gauge. Two of the finest examples available at Tire Rack are:

The Accutire ABS Coated Air Gauge features heavy-duty construction to withstand shifting around in your glove compartment. Designed to last, it has an angled head and rubber coated handle for easy gripping. The LCD display is large and easy-to-read. If you forget to turn the gauge off, don't worry, it is equipped with automatic shut off. The tire gauge will read within 0.05 psi. The lithium battery will never need to be recharged or replaced. This digital gauge measures air pressure from 5-150 psi in 0.5-pound increments.

 

ABS Coated Air Gauge 

Accutire Digital Set Point Programmable Air Gauge w/Light is an easy-to-use, multi-featured gauge with an extra large, blue, backlit LCD screen and ergonomic styling. It measures psi from 5-99 pounds in 0.5-pound units, and includes the patent-protected Set Point programmable feature which allows for recording the factory-recommended tire pressure for both front and rear tires. Other helpful features include a white LED flashlight to make checking tire pressure at night or in the garage a cinch; an audible pressure signal; auto off; and a five-year manufacturer warranty.


Digital Set Point Programmable Air Gauge w/Light


But my car came equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, why do I still need to check pressures, why not just wait until the light comes on?

The system of computer and sensors to monitor tire pressure is known as Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). A major concern is that drivers of vehicles equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system will become over confident in the capabilities of their system and will be even less likely to confirm their vehicle's cold tire pressure

In the fall of 2000, following several fatal accidents involving tire inflation, tire failure and vehicle rollover, a bill called the Transportation Recall, Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act (TREAD) was signed into law. This law mandates the use of a suitable TPMS technology in order to alert drivers of a severe under-inflation condition of their tires. All new models produced after September 2007 are required to have the system.

There are two types of systems on the market today — indirect and direct. As a tire loses pressure its rotational speed changes relative to the properly inflated tires. Indirect systems use algorithms to interpret signals from wheel speed sensors to detect a deflated tire.

Direct systems use separate pressure transducers mounted in each wheel that detect deflation and then transmit a frequency signal to a control unit which triggers an information lamp on the instrument panel. Both systems still require manual correction of the tire’s air pressure.
 

So why should you still check your tire pressure manually? Well, its a little like waiting until your oil light comes on before you check your oil, in other words, it could be too late.

A passenger car tire that requires 35 psi on a vehicle with TPMS may not trigger the lamp and warn the driver about pressure loss until it drops to 26 psi depending on the type of system used. Under the same circumstances, a driver of a light truck that calls for 80 psi won't be warned until just 60 psi remains. In both of these cases, significant load capacity has been sacrificed before the driver is warned.

Regardless of what type of vehicle you drive or what type of tires you ride, spending a few minutes every month checking your tires is time well spent. You'll save fuel dollars, premature tire replacement costs and who knows, perhaps you might save someone's life in the process. Isn't that worth it?

C6 Corvette Tires and Wheels (Part 1: Tires)

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
I was talking to one of my Corvette customers the other day and he told me that in his Corvette club most members buy their Corvette Rims and New Automobile Tires from Tire Rack. By far the most popular tires I sell for this car personally are the Firestone Auto Tires, we are also one of the largest Goodyear Tire Dealers and I often sell the Original Equipment Goodyears for this car as well. But for people who don't want the O.E. Corvette Goodyear tires the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Run Flat tires are the most popular. People tend to like them because they are very high performance tires comparable to the Goodyears and usually less expensive.

FH Wide Oval Run Flat

Check back next week for my post on Corvette Rims to go with these tires!


We're not just another tire website.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Tire Rack is your complete source for all things auto tires and wheels. Aside from our collection of rims and tires online, you'll find first-hand product reviews from our sales specialists and Tire Rack consumers alike. We essentially don't hold anything back so that you can make the best purchase possible. And so that you can feel comfortable doing so.

In fact, now is most definitely the time to buy. With the onset of spring, we rolled out (pardon the pun) our biggest and best collection of aftermarket rims and tires to date...and a few other new things, too. Like car suspension products, a brake system upgrade and even a few engine tuning products.

Click here to see it all.

The Power of a Porsche—and Porsche tires.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
First, there was the Boxster. Then came the Cayenne. And now, Porsche enters the sedan market with the all-new Panamera. This luxury vehicle has all the bells and whistles, but you'll want to add just one more: aftermarket Porsche tires from Tire Rack.

Consider Michelin auto tires. We picked Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires for the Panamera shown here because they offer world-class dry road traction, handling and cornering capabilities. After all, a Porsche is meant to be driven. (Side note: these tires appear as Original Equipment on a number of performance sedans.)

But before you buy Michelin tires, you may wish to check out a complete Tire & Wheel Package. For example, we paired the Max Performance Summer tires above with a set of O.Z. Botticelli III wheels. A part of the O.Z. Tuner System, they're custom-assembled for an impressive fit.

Build your Tire & Wheel Package, or simply search for Porsche tires. Whatever approach you take, aftermarket tire performance is yours for the driving.






Got wheels for those GTI tires?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
When you buy your GTI tires, consider purchasing a set of aftermarket wheels at the same time. We know, it sounds expensive, but when you purchase them together the benefits far outweigh the price tag.

A Tire & Wheel Package from Tire Rack is a smart way to get high-quality, vehicle-specific...in other words, exact...fitments for new tires and wheels. They come premounted, which means you can install them yourself. So if you switch out to winter / snow or racing tires, you'll save yourself some money. And time, since you won't be working around someone else's schedule.

Take a look at the Volkswagen GTI at left. To complete a Tire & Wheel Package, we chose Continental auto tires and O.Z wheels. The ContiSportContact is Continental's Ultra High Performance Summer tire, which complements the sporty look and performance level of the Supertourismo GT wheels.

If you drive a GTI, this package might work for you, too. To be sure, search by vehicle.




OZ Rims Span the Spectrum

Monday, January 25, 2010 by Tire Rack Team

From polished silver finishes to red, blue and orange accents—there is, quite literally, a colorful span of O.Z. rims to choose from. And that's only part of the reason O.Z. Racing wheels stand out.

O.Z. Racing wheels have always been prominent in the light alloy wheel industry due, in part, to their strength and their beauty. A number of prestigious auto equipment and body work companies use O.Z. wheels, and they can be seen as standard equipment on a number of exclusive automobiles. And their motorsports involvement is a true testament to the fact that O.Z. Wheels never compromises when it comes to quality.

And that quality can be a part of your vehicle, thanks to Tire Rack.

Alleggerita HLT Crono HLT
 Superturismo GT Botticelli

See all O.Z. wheels.



Purchase car tires from Tire Rack!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Why? As one of the top auto tire dealers, Tire Rack's team of experts want to make sure you can purchase performance car tires with confidence.

It can get confusing—there are a number of things to consider when selecting the right tire. Here are a few:
 

• If you only need to replace one tire, it's important to make sure that the replacement is identical to the other four tires on your vehicle. One oddball tire can throw everything off. Including your safety.

• When replacing two out of the four tires on your vehicle, select a pair that matches your existing tire. However, a pair similar in size and type can also work. You'll want to install these on the rear axle, though. (And be sure to find out why your previous tires needed to be replaced. You may have an alignment issue.)

• Determine your worst and everyday driving conditions. If you use more than one set of tires and wheels (for instance, you switch to winter / snow tires seasonally), then your decision gets easier. If you must stick with one set, then you'll want to pick a tire that suits your needs in almost any condition: city traffic, snowfall, rain, mountains...it all affects your tires so you'll want to balance performance accordingly.

If you think about these things, you'll find it easier to purchase car tires. And when you shop by vehicle, we'll show you the tires that will be a perfect fit on your vehicle.

But if you need a little help, our Tire Decision Guide or sales specialists can be handy resources for performance recommendations.

Tire Rack: A Top Stop for New Automobile Tires

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
At Tire Rack, we take pride in our higher standards because it means we can continually offer you new automobile tires of excellent quality.

Our team of Performance Tire and Wheel Specialists is formed by individuals who are trained to provide fitment and performance advice. And by training, we mean approximately 80 hours a year in a classroom or in a test vehicle on our on-site test track. At Tire Rack, it's the experience that counts—and it helps us help you choose new auto tires. On the phone or online.

Contact us today, or use one of our online search tools. A detailed list of new auto tire options awaits you.

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Tire Decision Guide

Find A4 tires for your Audi. It's easy.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
If you need to find A4 tires, the process is quite simple. Enter your vehicle specifications and let Tire Rack do the rest. We'll give you a detailed list of A4 tires suited to your Audi. Consumer reviews, survey results and our performance test results (where applicable) can add to the information found in specification charts. Trust us, we'll have you driving on new auto tires in no time at all.

For example, here are the best selling tires for the 2009 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro Premium with 225/50/17 Original Equipment tires:

Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred

But our services don't stop there. We can also help you find Audi wheels, Audi brake pads and more. Enter the Upgrade Garage and you'll find all the parts and pieces suited to your vehicle.

Buy Auto Tires at Tire Rack

Monday, October 26, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
We'll readily admit to having high standards when it comes to auto tires. As America's largest independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and other performance accessories, Tire Rack is focused on providing quality products from manufacturers we—and you—can trust. We like to believe that gives our consumers added confidence when they buy auto tires from us. Through the years, we've developed great relationships with major auto tire brands. That means you'll always find an auto tire, exceptionally priced and in-stock, at Tire Rack.

Let's get you started—simply search by vehicle and we'll give you a list of auto tires to choose from that will be the right fit for your vehicle.

Give me a brake ....

Monday, August 10, 2009 by Luke Pavlick
Yes, I meant  to spell it that way because, today I am blogging about brakes.

Everyday I get to field questions from people about all types of performance and aesthetic upgrades but, many times the unintended consequences are not even seen.

Brakes are often over looked when upgrading wheels and tires and it's easy to understand why. A wheel and tire package can dramatically improve the appearance of any car or truck. Brakes, on the other hand, do not have nearly as much visual impact so, they aren't considered as important from a "looks" perspective.

Yeah, you can paint the calipers and add some drilled or slotted rotors but, that just isn't as sexy as those large diameter wheels and cool looking tires.



But, there's more than "it looks cool" when it comes to modifying a vehicle.

In addition to what we have learned in our own testing program, one of the magazines The Tire Rack advertises in recently published an article that stated "People who install a basic 20-inch wheel and tire package onto their truck may notice diminished braking performance. A typical truck may require 50-percent additional braking distance or more. So, if your 60-to-0-mph braking distance is 100 feet with stock tires and wheels, you may need upward of 150 feet to stop with heavier 20-inch wheels."

I am not saying don't upgrade your wheels. I am also not saying that in order to improve braking you need some $5,000.00 big brake kit. Many gains in braking effectiveness can be achieved with a simple brake pad change. Better brake pads with a higher friction coefficient can make a world of difference in your stopping distances.

I run Hawk Performance brake pads in most of the vehicles at our house. Hawk offers a wide range of friction materials designed to meet just about any requirement from full on racing to spirited street driving to your daily commute. Personally, I want stand it on it's nose grip and initial bite when I am at a track day or an AutoX. The HP Plus brake pads offer enough stopping power to put your nose into the windshield and I can still  drive home without changing the brake pads. My daily driver sports the HPS Street brake pads which are a fantastic all-around pad with more initial bite than the OE pads. Hawk also offers the Performance Ceramic brake pads which are a low dust, super quiet brake pad which are perfect for my wife's Odyssey. You name a need and odds are Hawk has a brake pad that can meet it.


My name is Luke Pavlick and I am a Car Guy


 



Wider is better some of the time

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 by Luke Pavlick
    Most of the time a wider tire will offer better performing and cornering but, not always.  Without the correct supporting parts and hardware wider tires may not always produce the desired results.

   While at a driving school in Utah I was able to participate in an interesting exercise involving different tire and wheel sizes.

    Three identical Ford Mustang GT's were outfitting with different tire and wheel packages.

Car #1 was fitted with OE 17x8 wheels with 235/55-17 tires

Car #2 was on 18x9.5 Ford wheels with 245/45-18 tires

Car #3 sat on the same 18x9.5" wheels with 285/40-18 tires

    We then ran them through and AutoX course. The results surprised most of the participants.

Car #1 predictably under-steered but, was easy to control and push to the limits of traction.

Car #2 was razor sharp when responding to any driver input. It offered the best feedback allowing for the fastest lap times for all of the participants.

Car #3 while offering more grip in steady state cornering, felt very vague and disconnected from the driving experience. All driver inputs were met with delayed response and a sluggish feel. When you are missing your marks due to sidewall deflection inconsistencies it can be very unnerving especially at speed.

So, in the end the 245 width tire on car #2 was able to turn faster laps than car #3 even thought the tire was about 1.5" narrower. From an appearance stand point those 285's on car #3 did have an aggessive stance.

My name is Luke Pavlick and I am a Car Guy