O.Z. Racing Tuner System Wheels

Spring is here and what better time than now to outfit your vehicle with a set of O.Z. Racing Tuner System wheels. In 2006, Tire Rack became the North American distributor for O.Z. Racing wheels. This partnership includes O.Z. Racing's prestigious, custom 3-piece wheel program -- O.Z. Racing Tuner System. This program helps expand fitment limitations...  Read More

Upgrade Your Vehicle's Performance with Brembo Brakes

Brembo is the brake component manufacturer many race teams, enthusiasts and daily drivers depend on to give their vehicle the increased braking performance they demand. To Brembo, racing is the most advanced experimental laboratory for assessing the success of its products. Teams equipped with Brembo brakes have won hundreds of automobile and motorcycle...  Read More

Winter Weather is Coming - The Time to Get Your Winter / Snow Tires is Here

Not too many people realize that it's best to get your brand new winter / snow tires broken in before the snow begins to fly.New winter tires begin with deeper tread depths and more open tread designs than the tires used during the rest of the year. While the extra tread depth allows new snow tires to provide more traction in deep snow, it also contributes...  Read More

What is a Cryo-Treated Brake Rotor?

When shopping for the best brake rotors for your vehicle you've probably come across the term "cryo-treated." Since this technology is relatively new in the brake component market, many have never heard of the term or know what it means. Cryo-treated rotors are actually cryogenically treated in addition to standard heat treating. Deep cryogenic treating is...  Read More

What is Offset and How Do I Measure It?

Many customers call to ask what their Original Equipment wheel offset is or how they can measure it. The offset of a wheel is the distance from its hub mounting surface to the centerline of the wheel. There are three different types of offset: Zero offset - When the hub mounting surface is even with the centerline of the wheel. Positive offset - When the hub...  Read More

Best Brake Rotors for Import Cars

For many drivers, a vehicle's braking system is not something they think about much until the vehicle starts to have problems. The most common problems with brakes are typically brake pad noise and brake pedal vibration. Both of these issues can be linked to worn out brake pads or brake rotors. For recommendations on new brake brake pads, read "Picking the...  Read More

Buying the Best Brake Rotors and Pads? It Might Be Time to Change the Brake Fluid!

Brake fluid supplies the caliper hydraulic pressure needed to clamp the brake pads onto the rotor and provide stopping power. It is also subjected to high amounts of heat in disc brake calipers. However, hydraulic braking systems are not 100% sealed from moisture and over time the fluid will retain more and more water. Typically, brake fluid has a dry...  Read More

When Looking for the Best Brake Rotors and Pads, Don't Forget New Brake Wear Sensors

The brake wear sensor or brake wear indicator is an added safety feature on many vehicles that warns drivers if the brake pad friction material becomes too low. It's mounted on the back of the brake pad and the sensors monitor and determine the condition of the pads. Brake wear sensors alert the driver it's time to replace brake components with an audible...  Read More

What Brake Rotors are Best?

A key component in your brake system is the rotor. A rotor's primary job is to dissipate the heat caused by braking. Eventually the rotor's thickness will wear down to the point where replacement is needed or they need to be replaced due to warping. Which rotors are best for you will depend on your budget and needs.  Standard rotors, like those offered from Ce...  Read More

Ultra High Performance All-Season: Balance of Handling and Treadlife

Are you a driver who's looking for a high speed rated tire with responsive handling? Would you like these characteristics without also having to purchase a set of dedicated winter tires? Then an Ultra High Performance All-Season tire might be the right option for you. This class of tires allows for predictable handling at the limit, good amounts of dry...  Read More

Do You Love the Folks at Tire Rack? Why Not Dress Like Them?

With over thirty years in the business, Tire Rack has been the best source for tires, suspension and brake components for everything from track cars to daily drivers. Along the way, we've made a lot of friends and gained some fans like those that follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. If you're looking to show your support at an entire differeny...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

This tire is so much better than the factory Michelin's. If I would have had an idea they were this good I wood had trashed the Michelin's long ago. They have dramatically improved traction in all conditions with the biggest improvement being in the wet and light snow. The Michelin's were so bad I considered them unsafe, my wife noticed the difference the...  Read More

Wheels for Winter: MSW Type 14

When putting together a Tire & Wheel Package for winter, the MSW Type 14 is often one of the most affordably priced alloy wheel options. Current pricing ranges from $78-$133*, with common 16" applications priced at $89* per wheel. The wheel is available in a wide variety of bolt patterns and offsets to fit popular vehicles. Alloy wheels tend to cost a little...  Read More

Steel Rims vs. Alloy Wheels for Winter Use

If you're shopping for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, you'll notice that steel wheelsare offered for many vehicles and are more economical than aluminum alloy wheels. Keep in mind that price only tells part of the story. While they may be the right choice for you, be sure to consider the advantages and disadvantages of using steel wheels versus...  Read More

Performance Pads: Which Compound is Best for You?

Frequently, I receive calls from customers looking for the best brake pads for their vehicle. With a large assortment of products for driving and race enthusiasts, we have many braking components that are right for you.Hawk Performance brake pads are manufactured using the most sophisticated manufacturing process available. Recognized as an ISO 9001...  Read More

Picking the Best SUV, Crossover and Truck Brake Pads

If you're looking for a premium set of replacement brake pads for your light truck or SUV, then take a look at the Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads. Having used them on my own vehicles with good results, I recommend them to family, friends, neighbors and customers. Key Features & Benefits of Hawk Performance LTS Brake Pads: Improved braking over standard replacement...  Read More

Springs Sagging or Worn Out?

I received the following question in one of the forums I help moderate: "I have 137,000 miles on my car.  I've heard that some people experience sagging springs. Under what conditions, if any, do springs wear out and how can I tell other than a lower ride height?" Springs support the weight of a vehicle and over time can certainly sag and result in lowered...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

These General Altimax tires were purchased to replace a set of Goodyear Triple Tread Assurances that had lasted about 45,000 miles. Warranty at the time for the Goodyears was around 80,000 I believe, so I was disappointed in the life of the GoodYear tires, especially relative to their expense. I try not to let more than 9,000 or 10,000 go by before rotating,...  Read More

Winter Tire & Wheel Packages for Your BMW X5

No matter what you drive, Tire Rack has done the homework necessary to ensure a proper fit for your vehicle when it comes to our Tire & Wheel Packages. While some vehicles have many aftermarket wheel and tire options, others are a bit more challenging and require the use of specially selected wheels to clear brake calipers, avoid suspension components and...  Read More

Tire Rack Gift Certificates: The Perfect Holiday Gift

If you're shopping for a family member, friend or loved one this holiday season, consider a gift certificate from Tire Rack. With 17 different tire brands, approximately 40 unique wheel manufacturers, brand name suspension components, brake parts and more, we have a little something for everyone.Not sure of a tire size, bolt pattern or desired product? Give...  Read More