Cadillac Tires

Saturday, October 16, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
One of the most challenging vehicles to order tires for is the Cadillac SRX.

It has either a 17- or 18-inch staggered tire size, meaning a different size front-to-rear. Many opt for a value-oriented Kumho tire. In the 17-inch sizes, the Kumho Solus KH16 is popular and in the 18-inch size it's the Kumho Ecsta STX KL12. Both tires are highly rated relative to their price point. And in today's economy it never hurts to try and save where you can!

Winter Tires and Wheels

Saturday, September 4, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
This is the season when most of us in the midwestern and northern states need to start thinking about winter tires and wheels for our cars. On my Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, I use the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60. This tire falls in the Studless Ice and Snow category -- the category that generally contains tires with the best snow and ice traction but the worst dry road handling. We get some pretty tough winters here in South Bend, Indiana and I want to have the best possible snow and ice traction. This tire is being replaced by a newer version, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. Even though I have AWD and even though I have a high performance vehicle, I still like to have the best possible snow and ice traction I can get.




Load Rating and Load Capacity

Saturday, August 14, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
A tire's primary job is to safely carry the weight of the vehicle and passengers. It does many other great things, but this is its most important and most basic role.

Recently, a customer asked for a specific load capacity for the tires on his 2007 Audi S4. He was changing the wheels and rightly noticed that his Original Equipment (O.E.) Continental ContiSportContact 2 tires were XL rated tires. Generally, we recommend staying with a tire that has the same load capacity. This is especially important on 3/4-ton and 1-ton pic up trucks.

However, for certain car applications it may be acceptable to use a standard load tire when an XL tire was O.E. The tire must carry at least half of the gross axle weight rating for the vehicle's heaviest axle. On the Audi mentioned above, the tire needed to carry 1,356 lbs. per tire, because the heaviest axle was 2,712. For his Winter Wheels and Tires, we found that all winter tires in the 17-inch winter size carried more then 1,356 lbs., so the standard load tires were just fine.

I am glad we got a chance to talk though, because it is very important that tires carry enough weight to support the vehicle correctly. Inflation pressure also plays an important role so if there is any question at all it is best to call and make sure your application is safe to use.

Comparing Test Results

Friday, August 6, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
Here at Tire Rack we have the opportunity as sales specialists to test most of the tires that we sell. We have over the years used a wide variety of vehicles: BMW 328i, BMW 330i, Lexus IS300, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Porsche Cayenne. And we have used several different configurations of our test track, even testing tires on an ice rink.

However, tests aren't meant to be compared one to the another as illustrated in this Club Lexus forum post.

While we are consistent in how we display the information, it's not recommended to try and compare the results of different tests. The ambient temperatures, road conditions, vehicle conditions, sizes, etc. could all be different. You can compare results within a test and take into consideration results from other tests when deciding which tire to buy.

Tire Test Results

How to improve your ride quality. Lexus IS250 and OE tires.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
Tires are designed for different uses and with different features and benefits. Occasionally, I will talk to a customer with a brand new vehicle, who after driving it for a while realizes he/she isn't thrilled with the ride quality of the O.E. tires. Usually the complaint is that the ride is too harsh, especially when going over bumps.

There is a post right now in the Club Lexus forum that is a good example of this common complaint. The owner of a 2007 Lexus IS250 with the optional 18-inch performance tires and wheels soon realized that the ride was too harsh. Why was it so harsh? The large performance tires and wheels gave the car a stiffer ride quality because of the lower profile. If keeping the wheels is preferred, I would recommend selecting a tire that is more ride-oriented. But the surest way to solve the problem is to downsize to a 17-inch Tire & Wheel Package AND pick a nice riding tire. This would increase the profile of the tires, and with more profile, the end result is a better ride.

And besides, this person likes her car. It would be a shame to get rid of such a nice automobile when there is a relatively simple solution to the problem.

Suspension Upgrade 101

Thursday, June 3, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
When upgrading your car's suspension, it is important to remember that you're going to be the person doing the driving and will have to deal with the ride quality on a daily basis. Whether it is MINI Cooper Suspension, Corvette Suspension, Mustang Suspension or WRX Suspension there is usually a trade-off in ride quality for performance.

Personally when I upgraded the suspension on my 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero (essentially a WRX) I wanted a good balance of ride quality and improved handling. I used the H&R Sport Springs which gave an excellent improvement in cornering and steering response and a more aggressive look, but still retained a decent ride quality. It lowered the car slightly more then an inch in my case which was just perfect for me. Many people go more aggressive, but remember you're driving down the road casually much more often then when your cornering and will have to deal with the ride quality on a permamenent basis.

Have fun!


BMW M Roadster Suspension Upgrade

Friday, May 21, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
1999 BMW M Roadster

Take a look at the BMW Shock Absorber and overall suspension upgrade I did on my 1999 BMW M Roadster before I traded it a couple years back. I do miss it, and was verry happy with the suspension upgrade I did on the car.

First I installed the KONI Sport Shocks. They offered great performance and rebound adjustability so the ride didn't suffer any more then I wanted. At the same time, I lowered the vehicle with some H&R Sport Springs with a very mild drop of 1.3 inches. Here is a picture of the finished product!



C6 Corvette Tires and Wheels (Part 2: Wheels)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
Wheels are just another name for Rims. Technically the Rim is just the outside edge section of the wheel that "touches" the tire. Among our most popular "rims" are American Racing Rims, Borbet Rims, OZ, and BBS. For the C6 Corvette, I like the lightest weight forged wheel that we sell in the stock, or Original Equipment 18 and 19 inch sizes. Those are the coveted BBS-GT, the Holy Grail of wheels. These are lightweight (21 lbs. front anf 23.5 lbs. rear) strong and beautiful looking wheels, especially in the Diamond Black Finish (also available in silver).

Check them out and let me know what you think!



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!


Performance Wheels & Tires for 2010 Camaro

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
The best way to shop for Performance Wheels & Tires for 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is to go to our web site, TireRack.com, and enter the year, make, and model of your vehicle.

In this wheel and tire package example I used the SS version of the car with the RS package : Wheels for 2010 Chevy Camaro SS RS Package

Once you pick the wheels and add them to the cart you can then add the tires for your car, truck or SUV.

In my opinion the best bet for these Camaro Tires are the OE Pirelli P Zero tires.
You can read this Pirelli tire Review by clicking on the tire itself and then on reviews.


BBS CH-R wheels for 2010 Camaro      Pirelli P-Zero tires for 2010 Camaro

The package I created with the new BBS CH-R is the best looking in my opinion but we have many great choices in wheel styles. Have fun!


Win with the right tire on the track or on the street.

Friday, September 4, 2009 by Brandon Lorenc
Whether you are searching for the best performance car tire for the street or the fastest Hoosier Tires for your track car, my experience driving on the street and on the track will help you make the best decision.

One of the most important questions you have to ask yourself when buying performance tires is, "Exactly what will I be using them for and what track or street conditions will I encounter?"

If this is your daily driver you take to the track once a year you probably don't need a dedicated set of track tires, probably a Max Performance Summer tire would work the best. But if you have a dedicated set of tires and wheels and you are a weekend warrior then dedicated DOT-legal track tires will probably work the best for you.

I have owned many performance street cars and currenty drive a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and have several track driving school graduations under my belt. So if you have a track or street performance question, please don't hesitate to call me at 800-461-5527, ext. 287 or email me at brandon@tirerack.com.