Hotchkis Competition Anti-Roll Bars

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Hotchkis Sport Suspension Competition Anti-Roll BarsLooking to take your performance vehicle to the next level on the track or at the next autocross event? Designed with the enthusiast in mind, Hotchkis Sport Suspension Competition Anti-Roll Bars improve handling and reduce body roll via a more aggressive rear bar set.

One advantage of running a thicker rear bar vs. stock is added over-steer, which maximizes the vehicle's race tires for on-track performance. The Hotchkis bars can also be used if your vehicle currently has lowering springs or a coil-over kit.

Popular Applications for the Sport Anti-Roll Bars
ModelYear
Front DiameterRear Diameter
Chevrolet Camaro10+32mm, 1 Position25mm, 3 Positions
Nissan 370Z09+35mm, 1 Position27mm, 3 Positions
Infiniti G3508+35MM, 1 Position27mm, 3 Positions

Start shopping by vehicle, brands or product categories from our Suspension page to see which suspension products work best for your vehicle.

Additional information:

"Understanding Basic Suspension Terminology"

Looking for Black 4X4 Wheels

Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Searching for black wheels for your off-road vehicle? Tire Rack has many options from ATX designed to fit your Jeep, SUV or pickup truck. Some ATX black rims come with aggressive offset to accommodate bigger tires and may need a lift kit for proper fitment.

ATX Wheels feature a Teflon coating, which is more durable and creates a long lasting, all-terrain finish. The permanent Teflon finish is baked on to the wheel and improves the durability of the finish in extreme on-and off-road situations. 

Artillery Black w/Teflon Coating Chamber Black w/Teflon Coating Ledge Black w/Teflon Coating
Artillery Black w/Teflon Coating Chamber Black w/Teflon Coating Ledge Black w/Teflon Coating
Mojave Black w/Teflon Coating Storm Black w/Teflon Coating
Mojave Black w/Teflon Coating Storm Black w/Teflon Coating

ATX wheels are also the official wheel of Kawasaki Team Green and SCORE International race series. Shop by vehicle to see which wheels work best for your Jeep, SUV or pickup truck.

24" Wheels at Tire Rack

Saturday, April 9, 2011 by Chad Hocker

Looking for 24" wheels for your vehicle this spring?  Take a look at the newest line of 24" wheels from some of the top manufacturers:


Helo HE866 Chrome Plated

 
Helo HE866 Chrome Plated
Designed for cars, trucks & SUVs
Chrome Plated Finish  

KMC XD Series Thump
KMC Skitch Black Painted
KMC XD Series Thump KMC Skitch Black Painted
Designed for trucks & SUVs Designed for trucks & SUVs
Machined w/Black Accent Black Painted Finish


 Shop by vehicle to see which wheels work best for your vehicle.

Michelin HydroEdge with Green X vs. Michelin Harmony

Monday, March 28, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Michelin HydroEdge with Green XThe Michelin HydroEdge with Green X and Michelin Harmony are Passenger All-Season tires that provide year-round traction on dry and wet roads, even in light snow.

With experience testing both tires while driving a sedan, I feel each tire is very good if used in the right driving environment.

The Michelin HydroEdge with Green X combines long tread wear and low rolling resistance with superb hydroplaning resistance. With a 90,000 mile tread life warranty, this tire offers excellent traction with a smooth and comfortable ride. During my testing of the tire, I noticed the tire lacks excellent traction during icy and snowy conditions.

The Michelin Harmony offers good hydroplaning resistance and an 80,000 mile tread life warranty. With an impressive balance of dry, wet and light snow traction, the Harmony provides a quiet, smooth and comfortable ride. Michelin Harmony

Even though both tires handle wet and dry road conditions very well, the Michelin Harmony handled the slushy and snow covered roads better than the HydroEdge with Green X.

Dodge Journey Alternative Tire Size

Thursday, March 24, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Kumho Solus KH16Looking to replace the 225/55R19 Kumho Solus KH16 Original Equipment tires on your Dodge Journey?

An alternative size of 235/55R19 is a little wider and taller but will still fit on the vehicle and within the plus or minus 3% overall diameter of the O.E. tire size. If you decide to use the alternative tire size make sure you replace all four tires with the same size and tire. Tire Rack  recommends matching tires on all cars, but in this case, with Journey's all-wheel drive capabilities, it's even more important to have the same size and same tire. A matching set of tires will allow the vehicle's AWD system to operate as intended. 

Also consider the following tires in the 235/55R19 tire size:
Yokohama Parada Spec-X
Michelin Latitude Tour HP
Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Big Brake Kits at Tire Rack

Monday, March 21, 2011 by Chad Hocker
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 that are serious about getting their sports cars, sedans, sporty coupes, light trucks and SUVs to slow down in a hurry.

In most cases,the Brembo Big Brake Kit's massive aluminum calipers and large diameter brake discs require an aftermarket wheel with the necessary brake clearance. Take a look at the chart below to see the full line of Brembo Grand Turismo Big Brake kits.

Contact one of our sales specialists to ensure product compatibility as they have developed a list of appropriate wheel options per vehicle based on exact brake kit options.


Brembo Gran Turismo Brake Systems
Caliper
Styles
Style 1 Style 2 Style 3 Style 4
4-Piston
Black
4-Piston
Black
4-Piston
Red
4-Piston
Red
Rotor
Styles
Style A Style B Style C Style D
1-Piece
Drilled
Vented
2-Piece
Drilled
Vented
2-Piece
Drilled
Vented
2-Piece
Slotted
Vented

Style 1A

Style 2B

Style 3C

Style 4D

Shop by vehicle to see which braking options work best for your vehicle.

Additional Information:

Kumho Solus KH25

Friday, March 18, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Kumho Solus KH25For the past eight days, I have had the opportunity to ride on the Kumho Solus KH25.  They were about 30% worn on my rental car. I say this, to let you know the tires have likely been put through their passes.

The Kumho Solus KH25 is designed for the drivers of sporty coupes and touring sedans. This Grand Touring All-Season tire balances dry, wet and wintertime traction, even in light snow to provide balanced all-season performance. If you drive in an area that sees modest to large amounts of snow, then consider winter / snow tires for winter driving.

When I encountered icy roads, my brake and acceleration tests showed weaknesses in the tire. However, the tire handled the dry and wet road conditions much better. There was a noticeable roar in this Original Equipment tire once I began traveling faster than 35 mph.

Take a look at the customer reviews for more feedback on this tire.

Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Monday, March 14, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Kumho Ecsta LX PlatinumThe Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum is a Grand Touring All-Season tire developed to meet the needs of sporty coupe and luxury performance sedan drivers.

Available in over 35 sizes, the Ecsta LX Platinum blends responsive handling, long wear and a quiet ride with year-round traction including in light snow.

Features & Benefits of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum:
  • Asymmetric tread design enhances all-season traction
  • Internal structure combines high-speed durability with ride quality
  • Effectively evacuates water to enhance hydroplaning resistance

Take Hoosier Tires to the Track!

Friday, March 11, 2011 by Chad Hocker

Hoosier A6Ready to go racing? Hoosier has two Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only tires available to meet your racing needs.

The Hoosier R6 is designed for drivers who compete in road racing where responsiveness and high levels of grip in dry conditions is desirable.

The Hoosier A6 is developed for drivers who compete in autocross, time trail and hillclimb events in dry conditions where providing responsiveness and high levels of grip at lower operating temperatures is desirable. Hoosier R6

Hoosier recommends that their competition tires be "heat cycled" before being run in competition. Tire Rack has found the most effective heat cycle service is done via a heat cycling machine that provides more consistent results. To learn more about heat cycling, read "Competition Tire Heat Cycling Service."

 

 


Additional Information from Hoosier Tire:
Tire Care and Safety Guidelines (download PDF)

 

American Racing Authentic Hot Rod MC5

Friday, March 11, 2011 by Chad Hocker
American Racing Authentic Hot Rod MC5 wheels are exclusively available for many Corvette and Camaro models.
American Racing Authentic Hot Rod MC5

American Racing Authentic Hot Rod MC5
Available Sizes: 17", 18", 19" and 20"
Finish: Chrome Plated

See if the MC5 or any other American Racing Authentic Hot Rod wheel fits your vehicle.

Ford Wheels

Thursday, March 10, 2011 by Chad Hocker
FoFord Racing Wheelsrd Racing wheels are available at Tire Rack through the Special Vehicle Team division at Ford.

Listed below are a few options for the Fiesta, Mustang and F-150:
Ford Racing SVT Fiesta 15 Spoke (Light Grey Painted) Ford Racing SVT Mustang GT Track Package (Black Painted)
Ford Racing SVT Fiesta 15 Spoke
(Light Grey Painted)
Ford Racing SVT Mustang GT Track Package
(Black Painted)
Ford Racing SVT Raptor (Black w/Machined Lip) Ford Racing SVT 2010 Mustang GT (Machined w/Anthracite Accent)
Ford Racing SVT Raptor
(Black w/Machined Lip)
Ford Racing SVT 2010 Mustang GT
(Machined w/Anthracite Accent)

Enhance your Ford's look with a Tire & Wheel Package available at Tire Rack.

DBA Performance Track/Autocross Rotors

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Disc Brakes Australia (DBA) Rotors bolt right onto your vehicle with no mechanical changes. Thermo-Graphic markings are placed on the outer edge of all DBA 4000 and 5000 series disc rotors and are used to monitor core temperatures achieved during braking application. Markings change color as the rotor begins to heat up, alerting the driver to rotor temperatures that exceed optimum levels.

Initial
Color
When rotor exceeds this temperature... The color will change to...
Green 458°CWhite
Orange 550°C Yellow
Red 630°C White

Also helping with heat management is the latest technological patent from DBA, the "Kangaroo Paw" ventilation system. The Kangaroo Paw design allows Kangaroo Pawmore air to flow through the vents on the rotor, resulting in cooler operating temperatures to minimize distortion.

The ''Kangaroo Paw'' is designed with a series of 144 diamond- and tear drop-shaped pillars and columns individually spaced between the rotor faces.

DBA Autocross/Track Rotors
DBA 4000 Series RotorDBA 5000 Series 2-Piece Rotors
DBA 4000 Series RotorsDBA 5000 Series 2-Piece Rotors


See which DBA product works best for your vehicle.

DBA Rotors for Trucks and SUVs

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Kangaroo Paw Ventilation DesignThe Disc Brakes Australia (DBA) Street 4X4 Survival Series front and rear rotors feature DBA's innovative Kangaroo Paw ventilation design for trucks and SUVs. The Kangaroo Paw designs run cooler, are stronger and outperform traditional straight-vane disc rotors.


DBA Street 4X4 Survival Series
  • Directional slot design
  • Gun-metal grey paint adds better corrosion protection on non-friction surfaces
  • Reduces glazing of brake pad, while maintaining a clean and balanced pad surface
Shop by vehicle to see which brake options are best for your vehicle.

Corvette C6 and Cadillac XLR Tire Pressure Reset Tool

Friday, March 4, 2011 by Chad Hocker
ATEQ VT5ATEQ has designed a tire pressure reset tool to save time and money.

The VT5 allows the driver to avoid returning to the dealership to reset the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) after switching tire and wheel sets. The ATEQ TPMS Sensor Trigger tool enables the vehicle to recognize a newly installed sensor and is great for C6 Corvette and Cadillac XLR owners who have two sets of tires and wheels and need to register their TPMS sensors when changing from one package to the other.

The VT5 is a one-time cost item complementing your Tire & Wheel Package

ATEQ TPMS Sensor Trigger Instructions:
Download step-by-step triggering instructions (download PDF)

New American Racing Authentic Hot Rod Wheels

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Take a look at the new American Racing Authentic Hot Rod wheels. Designed for hot rods of yesterday and today, the iconic five-spoked American "mags" still live on.
American Racing Authentic Hot Rod Circuit Black Painted American Racing Authentic Hot Rod Circuit Chrome Plated
American Racing Authentic
Hot Rod Circuit Black Painted
American Racing Authentic
Hot Rod Circuit Chrome Plated
American Racing Authentic Hot Rod Daytona Chrome Plated American Racing Authentic Hot Rod Daytona Machined w/Black Accent
American Racing Authentic
Hot Rod Daytona Chrome Plated
American Racing Authentic
Hot Rod Daytona Machined w/Black Accent

Enhance your vehicle's look with a Tire & Wheel Package available at Tire Rack.

Chrome Rims

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by Chad Hocker

Looking to add a little shine and bling to your vehicle? Then take a look at the newest line of chrome wheels from the industry's top manufacturers:


Helo HE834 Chrome Plated

ATX Ledge Chrome Plated
Helo HE834 Chrome Plated ATX Ledge Chrome Plated
Available in 18", 20" and 22" Available in 17"
Designed for cars Designed for trucks and SUVs

Helo HE791 8-Lug Chrome Plated
 
Helo HE791 8-Lug Chrome Plated  
Available in 16" and 17"  
Designed for trucks  


To see which wheel will fit your vehicle, shop by vehicle.
 

HRE Wheels

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 by Chad Hocker
HRE designs, engineers and manufactures every wheel in-house at their facility in California using aerospace-grade 6061-T6 aluminum. HRE's manufacturing facility maintains German/EU TUV Verification status, ensuring consistent quality start to finish. Each HRE wheel is vehicle specific and will never require hub rings or spacers to fit properly.

Enhance your vehicle's look with HRE wheels available at Tire Rack. Take a look to see which HRE wheels fit your vehicle.  

HRE P40 Brushed w/ClearcoatHRE P40L Satin Silver Powder Coat
P40
P40L

HRE wheels include a two-year finish and lifetime structural warranty.

Pick Up New Truck Rims at Tire Rack

Thursday, February 17, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Looking for new wheels for your pickup truck? Below are a few of the newest wheel options available at Tire Rack:


ATX Ledge Black w/Teflon CoatingGranite Alloy GA14 Machined w/Black Accent
ATX Ledge Black w/Teflon CoatingGranite Alloy GA14 Machined w/Black Accent
KMC XD Series Rockstar Machined w/Black AccentUltra Wheels Predator 6 Chrome Plated
KMC XD Series Rockstar Machined w/ Black AccentUltra Wheels Predator 6 Chrome Plated

Shop by vehicle and input your vehicle's year, make and model to find the best wheels for your pickup truck.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Thursday, February 10, 2011 by Chad Hocker
The phrase "where the rubber meets the road" took on a new meaning for me when I started working at Tire Rack. We make certain our team members experience as many of the products we sell as possible.

Testing tires on our test track allows us to see firsthand how they react in wet and dry conditions, while also gathering data on the tires' cornering and steering response.

Our team also experiences the ride, noise and light handling characteristics of a tire by driving on our 6.6 mile Real World Road Ride loop. We include two-lane roads, four-lane roads and expressways to provide us with a variety of conditions that our customers drive on every day.

See more details on Tire Rack's Tire Testing Program here.

Tire Rack's Tire Testing Program

Tire Surveys, Tire Reviews and Test Results

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Tire Rack's tire survey results, reviews and test results can help you with your next tire purchase.

The detailed data in our tire test results comes from our Performance Test Track Drives and Real World Road Rides and results in expert, unbiased tire performance comparisons. In addition to our tire test results, consumer reviews and tire survey results collected since 1997, help drivers help each other by sharing their long-term tire experiences.

If you have any questions about our tire surveys, reviews and test results, contact one of our sales specialists.