Taking Your Mazda Miata to the Next Level

The Mazda Miata has long been a crowd favorite with driving enthusiasts. While it's an amazing vehicle, the level of excitement can be taken to the next level with the right equipment.    Tires are a top priority and the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec and Hankook Ventus RS-3 (Version 2) are both favorites. When we tested each last fall, the ZII Star Spec...  Read More

Is the Best Brake Pad the Hawk High Performance Street 5.0?

Hawk is a top supplier of high performance and heavy-duty brake pads. We've had outstanding experiences and customer feedback on their products since we began selling them over ten years ago.   The Hawk HPS Street Brake Pads offer great braking performance with low noise and low dust, making it a great choice for most enthusiasts' street cars. If you're...  Read More

Best Brake Pads for 2014? It Could Be Brembo's New Offering

All brake pads produce dust as they wear. However, there are some pad materials that create a less noticeable dust and don't make your wheels look like they're covered in tar. A newer form of friction material, called ceramic composite, creates a light-colored dust that's much less noticeable and is less likely to stick to your wheels. Ceramic pads are...  Read More

What's the Best Brake Pad?

For most commuters, brake pads are items they can go through quickly and are often replaced only due to failure. In these cases, most people are prone to making quick decisions and don't take the time to consider the options available. To help find the best brake pad for your style of driving, review the differences in performance categories. Premium Assuming...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

I drive a heavily modified Porsche 951 making around 450 hp and 450 ft-lbs. The torque comes in quick and hard, it takes a really sticky tire to not turn to smoke in 1st and 2nd gear. These tires are the best I've ever had on this car, I'm running the 265/35/18 on a 10 wide wheel and its a little small, my next purchase will be 295/30/18's of the same tire....  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

Best Brake Pads for Low Dust

Are you tired of constantly cleaning ugly, black brake dust off of your factory or aftermarket rims? If you're willing to give up a small amount of braking capability, you can use ceramic brake pads - which will go a long way in reducing how often you need to clean your rims. These pads produce less brake dust and the dust is a lighter color that doesn't...  Read More

What Are the Best Brake Rotors for My Car?

When choosing a new rotor, the fist question should be: "Are you happy with the current stopping power of your vehicle or would you like to increase the braking performance?"  Tire Rack offers many rotors which will be direct Original Equipment replacement rotors, like the Centric Plain 120 Series and Brembo Replacement Rotor. These rotors maintain the...  Read More

Finding the Best Brake Rotors

We offer a number of rotor options, including plain, slotted and drilled. Take a look at the differences between each option and determine which style is right for your vehicle. Most vehicles come with a plain rotor from the factory. If you have been happy with the performance of your factory brakes, take a look at the product line from Centric. Their rotors...  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

Trying to Catch a Brake

Last year my car's brakes started making that sound that lets you know a replacement was needed soon. Since I own a Toyota Avalon, I wasn't in the market for anything performance oriented. I opted for the Centric Plain 120 Series Rotors and Posi Quiet Ceramic Pads for the front and rear. The rotors and pads are Original Equipment replacements that would...  Read More

Do You Have the Three Tools Needed to Remove Your Wheels and Tires?

There are many cases where it can be useful to remove your wheels and tires yourself.  Installing your new Tire & Wheel Package from Tire Rack Performing your annual change over from your winter wheel/tire set-up to your summer wheel/tire set-up or visa versa Changing brake pads, brake rotors or brake lines Inspecting or maintaining axle hubs Rotating your ti...  Read More

Racing Technology Available for the Street: StopTech Big Brake Kits

When street cars go to the racetrack, the brakes are often the weakest link. While a street car's brakes usually only need to deliver maximum braking force from high speed on emergency occasions, a car on a racetrack uses maximum braking repeatedly, often with very little time to cool down. Overheated brakes quickly lose stopping power, which can lead to...  Read More

Fight Back Against Brake Dust with Akebono Ceramic Pads

Not everyone takes their car to the track or needs an aggressive pad for repeated heavy stops. If you're one of the millions of drivers looking for a street-friendly pad without noise or excessive dust, you may want to take a look at using a ceramic brake pad. While having a lower amount of fade resistance compared to metal mixture pads, ceramic pads do more...  Read More

Brake Pads for Both the Track and Street

If you're one of the fortunate few to have been bitten by the track day bug, you'll come to realize (if you haven't already) that one of the biggest limitations and inhibitors on performance are your factory brake pads. Designed with low dust and minimal noise in mind, factory pads often lack the metallic content and heat range necessary to bring you down...  Read More

Increase Stopping Power with Hawk HPS Street Brake Pads

Recently, I had to replace worn rotors and pads on my Lexus IS 250 AWD. After hearing many praises from customers and co-workers, I decided to give the Hawk HPS Street Brake Pads a shot. The Hawk pads have made an instant improvement in braking power. I noticed a marked increase in stopping power from the moment I left the garage. Also, I was worried about...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3

Well, I wanted to buy another set of Dunlop Winter Sport M3's but they are not availabkle anywhere - only reason I can guess is that the sunami screwed up this summer's shipments... so I needed something else. After considerable research on both Tirerack and Consumer Reports websites, I just bought a set of 4 of these. Despite misgivings about the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

I am resubmitting this review with a more detailed explanation. With my cars as well as my motorcycles, I have always stressed the best quality in high performance tires be used, as your life depends upon them.I bought the 2009 Accord Coupe EX-L V-6 (with Nav and 6 speed manual tranny) with the optional 19 Honda Factory Performance (HFP) wheels shod with...  Read More