UTQG... Does it Matter to Me?

Uniform Tire Quality Grade (UTQG) is a required marking on the tire sidewall intended to provide a standardized metric that helps consumers purchase tires based on relative treadwear, traction and temperature capabilities. When viewing UTQG ratings, it's important to note that the grades are assigned by the tire manufacturers and not the originators of the...  Read More

Cost-Effective Quality Brake Rotors from Centric

As a sales specialist at Tire Rack, I get the opportunity to test all of the tires we sell. This includes performance auto tires, Passenger All-Season tires, truck tires and more. Occasionally, I like to step outside the box and review products that don't catch as much attention on our test track as the tires. It's nice being able to recommend all products...  Read More

Winter Wonder Wheel: Sport Edition A7

Many of my customers ask, "Why should I purchase an aluminum alloy wheel for use in the winter?"Pound for pound, aluminum alloy wheels are stronger and lighter than steel in the same size. Any time you can decrease the rolling (unsprung) weight of your vehicle, you potentially increase braking effectiveness and reduce wear and tear on suspension...  Read More

Seeing Red

After putting a nice Tire & Wheel Package on my son's car, we noticed that we could see a lot more of the brake caliper than we could with the old wheels. We had previously upgraded the brake system with good looking and great functioning Ate PremiumOne Slotted Rotors and Goodridge Stainless Steel brake hose, but the brake calipers looked dull, faded and...  Read More

Choosing the Best Brake Rotors for Your Vehicle

Selecting the best brake rotors for your vehicle can be more difficult than you think. This is especially true if you have a specialty application for track use, heavy towing or face challenging road conditions such as steep hills.Essentially, your brakes transfer motion into heat, sound and sometimes light. This energy transfer allows the car to slow...  Read More

Choosing the Right Brake Pads

With all the talk about horsepower, torque, 0-60 times and top speed, what often gets overlooked is the performance of a vehicle's braking system. Let's face it, how important is 600 bhp and a 0-60 in 2.9 seconds if your car takes a country mile to stop? This may be obvious to some, but ask yourself when was the last time you saw a commercial for a car or...  Read More

Day Brake

What do a Sumo wrestler, a high-speed train and a sunrise have in common with brake pads? On initial examination not a lot but read on. In Japanese, Akebono means dawning, such as daybreak or sunrise.Akebono ceramic brake padsare some of the finest made in the world. With more than 75 years of brake design and production expertise, Akebono provides...  Read More

Full Line of Brake Pads Available from Hawk

Every day I receive calls from motorsport enthusiasts keen to get back out on the track this summer season. Although wheels, tires, horsepower and suspension components are very important (and often times more fun), it is important to remember what is stopping your vehicle.Paying close attention to your brakes will not only improve your lap times but more...  Read More

The Necessity of Aftermarket Shocks / Struts

Since their inception into the market, the 2011 Mustang GT and the 5th Generation 2010+ Camaro have attracted much attention, and I must note I too fell prey to their new designs. In February, I took ownership of a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 6-speed. The only options on my car were the Brembo performance brake and wheel package and the 3.73 rear gears. I wanted the...  Read More

Big Brake Kits at Tire Rack

Brembo Big Brake Kits upgrade the look and performance of your vehicle's braking system. The brake systems combine fixed 4-piston aluminum calipers and high performance brake pads, with 1- and 2- piece vented discs and Goodridge® steel braided brake lines. These race inspired Brembo Big Brake kits are designed to offer superior stopping power for drivers...  Read More

Squeaking Brakes?

Here are a few steps to help prevent squeaking in your brakes: 1. Grease the slide pins and use appropriate lubricants on all brake components. 2. Do your brake pads have noise abatement? Good brake pads have pre-installed shims to defend against vibration in the pad. Tapered leading and trailing edges on the surface of the pad also prevent...  Read More

Project STR to Continue Development in 2011

Tire Rack and Grassroots Motorsports are excited to announce our drivers/test team will be returning in the 2010 Mazda MX-5 for another season of SCCA Solo competition and STR vehicle development. 2010’s competition success exceeded our expectations as the car and drivers scored: Three divisional championships Two ProSolo class wins Second place overall in the...  Read More

Paint Your Calipers

Here's an easy project that increases the bling appeal of your brakes and makes your calipers easier to keep clean. G-2 Manufacturing Brake Caliper PaintSystem Set shows off a vehicle’s brake components through open-spoke style alloy wheels like Borbet rims. It can be used to give a vehicle’s stock brake calipers or rear brake drums the look of expensive,...  Read More

Too Many Tire Choices, Not Enough Time

If you are as busy as I am, it is hard enough to sit down to eat dinner with your family once a month, let alone try to research what product best suits my needs when shopping for the best value. At Tire Rack, we do the product research to shorten your time spent selecting tires, wheels, suspension or brake components. You are just a click away from enough...  Read More

Consider KMC aftermarket wheels for your Ford Mustang.

If you're looking to spice up a Ford Mustang with some aftermarket wheels, consider KMC wheels—they're "like no other." Point proven in the image at right, where we've chosen to install the Nova style. They feature a machined finish with black accents, and they're mounted on a set of Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 tires. These Ultra High...  Read More

The right brake rotors mean everything on the track.

All aftermarket brake products are not suitable for the high speeds associated with track use. For example, stay clear of drilled or dimpled rotors. They may look high-performance and they can resist some of the gasses that tend to build up between the brake pad and the rotor, but they can't handle the temperatures that result from track speeds and...  Read More

Breaking In Your New Tires

A question we often get from our customers is, “Do I need to break in my new tires?" The answer is yes! It is highly recommended that you follow a break-in procedure whenever you purchase a new set of tires.Easy cornering, braking, and acceleration for the first five hundred miles usually works best. Braking in your new tires this way allows the various...  Read More

Special or Sport: Which KONI product is right for your vehicle?

Shock absorbers can be complicated if you're not precisely sure about your individual needs. There are a variety of shock options, and each option directly affects ride comfort and stability—even safety. Take a look at the following force velocity graph: The red portion of the graph represents KONI Special shocks and the yellow portion represents KONI Sport...  Read More

Ever wonder why aftermarket wheels are so great?

Visually speaking, the answer to that question is fairly obvious. But there's more to an aftermarket wheel than simply the good looks. Aftermarket alloy wheels produce a number of performance benefits for your vehicle, starting with reduced unsprung weight compared to steel wheels. What is unsprung weight? Any portion of your vehicle not supported by...  Read More

You have to watch out for more than just the other drivers on the track.

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tires. Check. Hawk Blue 9012 Track Only Brake Pads. Check. Forged Racing Wheels. Check.A day booked at the track. Ahhhhhhhh. Bliss. The smell of hot brakes, tires and engines. Old, bald men going through their midlife crises and standing around their new Porsches and BMWs comparing the size of their tires and scratching their...  Read More