Upgrade Your Vehicle's Performance with Brembo Brakes

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

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 racing championships in such internationally recognized racing organizations as Formula 1, CART, NASCAR, FIA World Rally and Superbike.

Their race-inspired braking systems and components are used as Original Equipment on the world’s finest passenger cars and light trucks. Vehicle manufacturers using Brembo components include BMW, Porsche and Ferrari, along with specific applications for such automobiles as Mercedes-Benz, Dodge Viper and the Ford Mustang Cobra.

 Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
 Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors


Tire Rack offers Brembo pads and rotors for most vehicles which are a simple upgrade to your vehicle's performance and style. We also offer Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads, as well as Brembo Replacement Rotors, Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors and Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors.

Brembo Sport Drilled Rotor:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and highway driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Bold, aggressive appearance

Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and track driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Race-ready look

Shop by vehicle and view the full line of brake products offered for your driving needs. When it comes time to find the best braking components for your vehicle, consider upgrading your performance with Brembo brake pads and rotors.

Does Tire Rack Offer Road Hazard Protection?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

It's the time of year when the weather is as unpredictable as the roads you drive on -- with the constant freezing and thawing of the roadways, potholes are everywhere. If you purchased Tire Rack's Tire Road Hazard Program it could make the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major out-of-pocket expense.

Tire Rack supports the tire manufacturers' warranties for all the tire brands we sell. Those warranties apply to tires that become unusable for any reason within the tire manufacturer's control, typically covering materials and workmanship. However, these warranties do not apply to causes and conditions beyond the tire manufacturer's control, such as road hazards.

 Tire Rack's Road Hazard Program
Tire Rack's Tire Road Hazard Program
 Tire Rack's Road Hazard Program
Tire Rack's Tire Road Hazard Program


Road hazard damage is damage that occurs when a tire fails as a result of a puncture, bruise or break incurred during the course of normal driving on a maintained road. Nails, glass and potholes are the most common examples of road hazards. Because of this, many drivers desire the additional security and peace of mind that a Tire Road Hazard Service Program provides.

  • Tires are covered for 36 months from the date of purchase or until 2/32" or less of tread remains, whichever occurs first.
  • Repairs are reimbursed up to $25 per tire per occurrence.
  • During the first 12 months, you will be reimbursed for 100% of the original cost of the tire covered by the Tire Road Hazard Service Program, subject to the limitations set forth in the Program Certificate. Beyond the first 12 months, the reimbursable amount is calculated by a proration of elapsed time, not to exceed 36 months.
  • The following tires are not eligible for the Tire Road Hazard Service Program:
    • Competition tires
    • LT Metric sized tires
    • LT Flotation sized tires
    • Trailer tires
  • The following vehicles are not eligible for the Tire Road Hazard Service Program:
    • Any emergency service vehicle.
    • Any vehicle used for hire, commercial, towing, construction or postal service.
    • Any vehicle used for farm, ranch, agriculture or off-road use.
    • Program is only available to customers living in the 48 contiguous States. Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories, APO/FPO, Canada and Mexico are excluded.
  • Additional exclusions and limitations are described in the Program Certificate.

Be sure to consider adding the Road Hazard Protection to your tire purchase to protect yourself from future road hazard damage expenses.

Goodyear's Wrangler All-Terrian Adventure with Kevlar Does it All

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar is Goodyear's newest On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire slated to replace the highly popular Wrangler SilentArmor. Last year, Goodyear provided us an opportunity to experience this tire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, one of America's top areas for outdoor recreational activities. They offered several on-road and dirt-road experiences behind the wheel of a variety of SUVs and pick-up trucks in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

Most notably, our team felt the tire provided a quiet and comfortable ride. Also, the tire's open shoulders and multi-faceted tread blocks delivered predictable steering response and traction on dirt.

 Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
 Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar


Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar tires are developed for light truck drivers looking to combine on-road competence with off-road versatility. Offered in Standard Load sizes for half-ton vehicles, the tire is also available in Pro-Grade Load Range E sizes for three-quarter and one-ton pick-up trucks, vans and SUVs that regularly haul or tow heavy loads.

This new addition to the Goodyear line-up features a longwearing, specialized rubber tread compound (Pro-Grade tires use an even more chip- and chunk-resistant tread compound that enhances wear in high-torque applications). These compounds are molded into a multi-faceted symmetric tread design that combines rugged looks along with on-road comfort and off-road traction. Open shoulder blocks and traction ridges at the base of the outboard circumferential grooves help clear mud and snow (Pro-Grade tires meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol).

If you're in the market for an On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire that can deliver superior ride comfort and road noise, while combining off-road versatility then consider the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP Offered for Your C6 and C7 Corvette

Monday, December 30, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport was the tire that set the bar for all other Max Performance Summer tires upon its introduction. Never before could a tire from this performance category give you such excellent grip in the dry and wet, and wear about 30% longer than its leading competitors, while also giving you a smooth and quiet ride. This tire can do it all and the Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP (Zero Pressure) is now the Original Equipment (O.E.) tire on the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. 

The C7 Stingray's tire sizes overlap with the previous generation C6 Corvette, and according to Michelin, the new Pilot Super Sport ZP can be installed on C6 model Corvettes when installed in sets of four. This run-flat version of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport adds the initials "ZP," which designates the tire as Zero Pressure or run-flat capable. Michelin's Zero Pressure Technology reinforces sidewalls by adding run-flat inserts that allow tires to temporarily carry the weight of the vehicle in the event a puncture results in complete loss of tire pressure. The Pilot Super Sport ZP is designed to allow Corvette drivers to continue their journey for up to 50 miles at up to 55 mph.

 Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP
Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP
 Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP
Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP


Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP tires employ an asymmetric tread design that features a low-void outboard shoulder for cornering while their notched center ribs and inboard shoulder promote high-speed performance in dry conditions. Wide circumferential grooves and lateral notches help channel water through the footprint to maintain wet traction.

If you own a C6 Corvette and use the standard 245/40ZR18 front and 285/35ZR19 rear, consider switching to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP for improved traction, treadlife and comfort over your current run-flat tires.

Best Performance Winter / Snow Tires 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

A Performance Winter / Snow tire provides the perfect blend of excellent snow and ice traction, while providing great dry road steering response and handling. These tires were originally developed for winter driving on European highways where high-speed driving on clear roads must be combined with traction on snow-covered roads. They're available in many of the low sidewall profiles, large wheel diameter sizes used on sporty coupes and luxury sedans, as well as several crossover and sport utility vehicles.

 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60


Currently, two tires that rank very highly in overall winter performance are the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D and Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60. Both of these tires have high marks in light snow, deep snow and ice traction. However, both of these tires are being replaced and phased out by newer and improved models in the 2013 winter season. The newest Dunlop is the SP Winter Sport 4D, while the new Bridgestone model is the Blizzak LM-32. Both are built off their successful predecessors and are expected to be top winter performers as well.

 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
 Pirelli Winter Sottozero
Pirelli Winter Sottozero


When it comes to dry performance, the top tires in the category are the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 and Pirelli Winter Sottozero. These two tires provided the highest level of dry road steering response and handling, but still have a dedicated winter rubber compound for enhanced snow, ice and cold weather driving.

So, if you drive a high performance vehicle which will experience snow, ice and freezing temperatures, but don't want to take the fun out of your daily commute, look for a Performance Winter / Snow tire for your vehicle today!

Best Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

If you're to get the best winter / snow tires offered, look no further than the tires we tested this year. We completed an extensive test on the road and ice with the following winter options: Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT and Michelin X-Ice Xi3.

 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 Continental Extreme Winter Contact
Continental ExtremeWinterContact

 

 Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3


The road portion of the test rates the tire's dry and wet handling on clear roads, and the Michelin option was the clear winner in this area. For consistency, our snow testing is done at a dedicated winter test facility in Sweden, and ice testing is done at a local hockey rink to simulate the glare ice often found at intersections and in other high-traffic areas.

We also measured each tire's ability to accelerate and brake in both conditions, as well as gather subjective ratings of how each tire feels from the driver's seat while driving through several inches of groomed snow on a handling course. During the snow traction/handling portion of the test, the Continental was the favorite and for the ice traction test, it was a tie between the Michelin and Bridgestone. The Michelin had the edge in ice acceleration, whereas Bridgestone come out on top in ice braking.

For a complete recap of our test, take a look at "Testing the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires."

 

Comparing the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, LM-32 and LM-60

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

When shopping for winter / snow tires, it's important to know whether you need a Studless Ice & Snow tire like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 or a Performance Winter / Snow tire like the Blizzak LM-32 or Blizzak LM-60. Tires in each performance category are designed to function differently in the winter and it's best to know the difference between the two before you decide which tire to purchase.

 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60


Studless Ice & Snow tires, like the Blizzak WS70, are designed for the driver who wants to maximize snow and ice traction without the inconvenience of using studs. These tires were developed to meet challenging winter driving conditions around the world by delivering studded-like snow and ice traction without employing studs. They also feature pliable tread compounds molded into purposeful tread designs that trade some handling in dry and wet conditions to deliver excellent winter traction.

The Performance Winter / Snow category features the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 and LM-60. Tires in this category are designed for drivers who want enhanced dry road handling from their winter / snow tires and are willing to trade some snow and ice traction to get it. Performance snow tires were originally developed for winter driving on European highways where high-speed driving on clear roads must be combined with traction on snow-covered roads. The LM-32 is offered in both a standard and run-flat (RFT) version.

The Bridgestone Blizzak line of winter / snow tires is a name synonymous with the best snow and ice traction. To learn more about the Blizzak tires, read "Bridgestone Blizzak FAQs."

RIAL Lugano - A Turbine Style Wheel That Looks Great on Your Tesla Model S

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The RIAL Lugano is quickly becoming a very popular aftermarket wheel for Tesla Model S owners. Many Tesla drivers are eager to get out of the 21" wheels and into a 19" tire and wheel combination that'll provide a smoother ride and a wider tire selection. 

RIAL's Lugano is also used by Tesla owners looking to purchase dedicated winter / snow tires and wheels. The fully painted finish provides a durable and stylish choice when choosing a winter package. This wheel is offered in two finish options: bright silver paint and titanium gunmetal.


RIAL Lugano Bright Silver Paint

RIAL Lugano Titanium Gunmetal


Produced in Europe, RIAL's high quality standards are ensured by state-of-the-art furnaces, efficient casting machines, "High-Tec" CNC machining centers and final x-ray examination of each wheel. ISO 9001:2000 standards and all requirements issued by the recognized testing authorities, such as the German Technical Supervisory Association (TÜV), the German Federal Motor Vehicle Registration Agency (KBA) and all other European and international testing and certification organizations, are clearly defined and met in RIAL's facilities.

The RIAL Lugano is truly a quality built, functional and stylish looking wheel that will complement the look of your Tesla Model S no matter the season. If you're interested in downsizing out of the 21" wheels or need a stylish winter wheel, the RIAL Lugano may be the perfect wheel for you!

Max Performance, Max Grip, Max Ride Comfort - Bridgestone's Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Potenza S-04 Pole Position is the flagship Max Performance Summer tire offered by Bridgestone. When you demand the maximum amount of traction in the dry and wet from your vehicle's summer tires, the Potenza S-04 Pole Position is a great choice. In our latest Max Performance Summer test, "Testing New Max Performance Summer Tires: Can the Latest Keep Up With the Greatest?," we concluded the Potenza S-04 Pole Position "strikes a good balance between road manners and overall traction."

Potenza S-04 Pole Position tires are developed for the drivers of ultra high performance sports cars, coupes and sedans who want to feel the rush of driving their vehicle. They're designed to perform in warm, wet and dry conditions.

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position


Featuring an asymmetric tread design, the tire has a large outboard shoulder, interlocking tread blocks and a central circumferential rib to enhance dry road steering response, high speed stability and cornering precision. High angle tread blocks in the intermediate ribs promote longitudinal stiffness to improve straight-line braking forces, while slanted lateral grooves pump water into wide circumferential grooves to help resist hydroplaning. Another continuous circumferential rib adjacent to the inside shoulder blocks enhances wear quality to help reduce noise throughout the tire's life, especially on cars with alignment settings that specify negative camber.

When it comes to maximum summer time grip and comfortable road manners, think Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position for your next tire purchase!

Hankook Tires - Great Grip. Great Price.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

When shopping for tires, value is always a big concern for customers. One of the most common questions I receive is, "Which tire can give me the maximum amount of grip for the best price?" If this sounds like you, Hankook may offer just what you've been shopping for. They offer high quality tires at a great price.

Customers are surprised to learn Hankook is the seventh largest and one of the fastest growing tire manufacturers in the world. Hankook is also an Original Equipment tire supplier for Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Hyundai, Kia and Volkswagen. They offer a tire for almost every need and three of their most popular selections are the Ventus V12 evo K110, Ventus R-S3 and Ventus S1 noble2.

 Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110
Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110
 Hankook Ventus R-S3
Hankook Ventus R-S3
 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2


The Ventus V12 evo K110 is Hankook's Max Performance Summer tire developed for the drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance sedans. It's designed to combine comfort and control in dry and wet road conditions. Ventus V12 evo K110 radials feature Hankook's High Tg Polymer & Specific Resin (HPSR) compound molded into a directional tread design featuring a Multiple Tread Radius (MTR) profile that combines notched shoulder ribs, independent intermediate tread blocks and a continuous center rib to blend powerful braking with predictable handling. Wide circumferential and Y-shape lateral grooves help direct water through the tire's footprint to resist hydroplaning.

Ventus R-S3 tires are Hankook's Extreme Performance Summer option developed for serious sports car, sports coupe and performance sedan enthusiasts looking for a race-minded street tire that can also meet the demands of autocross, drifting and track events. The Ventus R-S3 is designed to reduce the performance gap between street and track tires by significantly improving dry traction. Hankook Racing Carbonblack Silica Compound (RCSC) technology has been incorporated into the Ventus R-S3 to improve dry grip. The tire's profile has been developed to maximize a footprint contact patch that features a directional tread design comprised of large shoulder blocks, notched intermediate ribs and a wide center rib to deliver constant road contact and enhance the tire's handling capabilities.

The Ventus S1 noble2 is their Ultra High Performance All-Season tire developed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans looking to combine on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Designed to provide Hankook’s ideal ultra high performance all-season balance, the Ventus S1 noble2 blends handling and cornering performance with all-season traction, even in light snow. Ventus S1 noble2 tires use hybrid compound technology silica that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. This compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions. Four circumferential grooves and inboard Aqua Hydro Block technology provide efficient wet traction and braking. Carving edge grooves and 3D sipes promote wet road and wintertime traction without abandoning dry road response and handling.

If you're looking to upgrade the performance of your vehicle at a value price, take a look at Hankook's tires today!

Find the Most Popular Wheels for the Ford F-150

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in America for more than 30 years. Attractive styling, dependability and vast model selections have appealed to all sorts of buyers. You can purchase a standard work truck with little comforts, all the way up to the top of the line Limited model with two-tone leather heated and cooled seats, navigation and power-deployable running boards. There's an F-150 for everyone, no matter your needs. However, with that many trucks on the road, quite a few F-150 owners are looking to customize their vehicle to stand out from the crowd.

F-150 trucks have many possibilities when it comes to aftermarket wheel options. We offer over 160 different choices for the current 2013 model. The task of picking a wheel can be quite daunting, but we have a few tools to make it easier, such as our "View on Vehicle" function which lets you see what the wheel will look like on your F-150. You can also sort the wheel choices by finish like chrome, black or machined face.

 KMC XD Series Monster - Black Painted
KMC XD Series Monster - Black Painted
 Ultra Crusher - Machined w/ Black Accents
Ultra Crusher - Machined with Black Accents
 KMC XD Crank - Chrome
KMC XD Series
Crank - Chrome


There are a few wheels that have been very popular with the F-150, including:

If you're buying a black wheel, don't forget to add the proper TPMS sensor and valve parts to complete the custom look! Shop by vehicle to see wheels offered to customize your truck today!

Introducing the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3: Summer Tire Grip with All-Season Capability

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Michelin's Pilot Sport A/S 3 aims to set a new level of grip for an all-season tire. Usually when comparing an all-season and summer tire, it would be expected that you would sacrifice a certain amount of "summer time" grip to have a tire you can drive in all seasons. Michelin's new Pilot Sport A/S 3 is designed to provide grip you would expect from a dedicated summer tire, while also providing traction in colder weather.

The Pilot Sport A/S 3 replaces the highly successful Pilot Sport A/S Plus. During Michelin's internal testing, the Pilot Sport A/S 3 provided more grip on a dry autocross than the Continental ExtremeContact DW and Pirelli P Zero Nero (both are dedicated summer tires).

 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3


Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires feature Michelin’s Helio compound made with sunflower oil combined with their Extreme Silica Technology to increase traction at low temperatures and on wet roads. Molded into an aggressive asymmetric tread pattern inspired by the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, its 4-, 5- or 6-rib designs are tuned to complement tire width and feature more rubber and rigid blocks on their outboard shoulders to provide high levels of lateral grip that offer as much dry cornering capability as some competitive summer performance tires. Wide circumferential grooves help resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction. 3-D Variable Thickness Sipe Technology and unique biting edges in the tread grooves enhance cold weather snow mobility for all-season performance.

The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 is offered in two performance categories, Ultra High Performance All-Season and High Performance All-Season. If you're looking to enjoy the grip of a summer tire with the capabilities of an all-season tire, be sure to strongly consider the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3.

What is a Cryo-Treated Brake Rotor?

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

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 a one-time, homogenous process that permanently and dramatically improves the performance and useful life of metals in everything from brake rotors and performance engines to machine tools and gun barrels. Using a proprietary computer-controlled process, the metal is cooled slowly to deep cryogenic temperatures (-300°F), and slowly returned to room temperature, then heat-tempered as the final step. Computer technology allows the regulation of temperatures to 1 degree, accurately manipulating the cryo treatment in accordance with the mass of the part it's being applied to.

Although not apparent to the naked eye, the improvements to the metal are significant. Deep cryogenic processing creates dramatic increases in abrasive wear resistance and durability. The increases in tensile strength, toughness and stability couple with the release of internal residual stresses.

 Centric High Carbon 125 Series Cryo_treated Rotor
Centric High Carbon Plain 125 Series
Cryo-Treated Rotor
 StopTech Cryo-SportStop Drilled Rotor
StopTech Cryo-SportStop
Drilled Rotor


A cryo-treated rotor will be more resistant against wear and warping than conventional heat treated rotors. If you're looking for the most durable replacement rotor with outstanding ability to withstand warping, a cryo-treated rotor will definitely be worth the extra expense.

Shop by vehicle to see if there's a cryo-treated rotor for your application. 

TPMS Sensors Available at Tire Rack

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Since tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) haven't been around long as standard equipment on new vehicles, most drivers have never dealt with having to service or replace them until recently. Whether you're replacing an old faulty tire pressure monitor or purchasing a new set for a Tire & Wheel Package, we have TPMS senors for almost any vehicle.

The most common question regarding TPMS is: "When I buy new wheels and tires, do I need to purchase new TPMS sensors?" The answer isn't always easy, however different options are available. In most cases, it's actually less expensive to buy the TPMS senors from us with your new wheels and tires. A benefit of ordering a Tire & Wheel Package is our free Hunter Road Force Balance. When you receive your new tire and wheel set-up, they can be bolted right onto the vehicle.

Typically, customers that choose not to buy new TPMS sensors move their existing senors from their old wheels to the new. In this case, we often ship the wheel and tire unmounted and the customer will pay a shop to dismount the old wheel and tire to get the TPMS sensor installed in their new wheels and then mount and balance the tires to the wheel. Typically, once you add up the labor to move your existing sensors to your new wheels and tires, it costs about the same as buying new sensors.

TPMS Sensor
TPMS Sensor
 Band Stlye - TPMS Sensor
Band Style - TPMS Sensor


TPMS as standard equipment on new vehicles has certainly made drivers more aware of their air pressure and roadways safer in the process. Studies have shown that running tires with too little air pressure is not uncommon. It's been estimated that about one out of every four vehicles on the road is running on underinflated tires. This also means that one out of every four drivers is needlessly sacrificing their vehicle's fuel economy and handling, as well as reducing their tires' durability and treadlife.

Tires aren't invincible. They are made of individual layers of fabric and steel encased in rubber. If a tire is allowed to run low on air pressure, the rubber is forced to stretch beyond the elastic limits of the fabric and steel reinforcing cords. When this happens, the bond between the various materials can weaken. If this is allowed to continue, it will eventually break the bonds between the various materials and cause the tire to fail. Even if the tire doesn't fail immediately, once a tire is weakened, it won't heal after being reinflated to the proper pressure. So if a tire has been allowed to run nearly flat for a period of time, the tire should be replaced, not simply repaired or reinflated.

Shop by vehicle to find your dream set of wheels, and if you're purchasing a set with a black finish, don't forget the optional black TPMS valve parts.

What Are the Best Brake Rotors for My Car?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

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 same braking performance as the Original Equipment.

 Centric Plain 120 Series
Centric Plain 120 Series Rotor
 Brembo Replacement Rotor
Brembo Replacement Rotor


If you're looking to increase performance or style, you may want to choose a slotted or drilled rotor like the Brembo Sport Slotted Rotor or the StopTech SportStop Drilled Rotor. Some high performance vehicles like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi even come built from the factory with slotted or drilled rotors. In cases like this, these items would be direct Original Equipment replacements. 

 Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
 StopTech SportStop Drilled Rotor
StopTech SportStop Drilled Rotor


The science behind the slotted and drilled rotors is during heavy braking. These rotors get so hot that when the brake pad makes contact with the rotor, it'll release exhaust gases from humidity, rain or road grime and tiny air bubbles are trapped between the rotor and pads. This gives you a spongy, unresponsive pedal feel until all gases have escaped after a few moments. The drilled or slotted areas on the rotor provide the exhaust gases a quicker route to escape, therefore, letting the pad make contact with the rotor quicker.

To view the full list of brake rotors offered for your application, shop by vehicle.

What are the Best Tires for a Mazda3?

Monday, July 8, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Mazda3 has always been known for its sharp handling and performance orientated drive train. These cars are as much fun to drive as some higher priced high-end sports cars for a fraction of the price. Mazda's lineup has always appealed to the enthusiast crowd with most models geared toward performance engines, crisp handling and a sleek sporty styling.

When it comes time to choose tires for your Mazda3, why not pick a tire that complements the attributes Mazda built into this fun-to-drive model. The most common sizes for the Mazda3 are 205/55R16 and 205/50R17.

 Michelin Pilot Sort A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sort A/S 3
 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS


For all-season use, the best two choices come from the Ultra High Performance All-Season category: the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 and Continental ExtremeContact DWS. The Michelin provides unsurpassed dry and wet road traction which exceeds even some of today's best dedicated summer tires. Continental's ExtremeContact DWS has long been a great performer with the highest levels of snow and ice traction offered from an all-season tire.

 Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
 Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


When it comes to dedicated summer tires that provide high levels of dry and wet weather traction, the favorites are the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position and Continental ExtremeContact DW. Bridgestone's Potenza S-04 Pole Position is truly a well-rounded choice that provides the very best dry and wet performance but does not sacrifice ride comfort or road noise. The Continental is a great summer performer with good steering feel and wet road capability. It also has one of the highest rankings for treadwear in the Max Performance Summer category.

When it comes time to replace the tires on your Mazda3, choose one that allows you to unlock the fun your vehicle was designed to offer. Shop by vehicle to view all of the tires available for your Mazda3.

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

Friday, June 28, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

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 boiling point of over 500°F, whereas water boils at 212°F.

The problem with too much moisture is that the boiling point of the brake fluid significantly drops to the wet boiling point, which can be around 200°F lower than the dry boiling point. Boiling point is significant because when something reaches its boiling point it vaporizes and vapor is highly compressible. Since fluid is not easily compressed, when you hit the brakes with dry brake fluid it provides a smooth, stiff pedal feel. Yet, when too much moisture is present, the brake fluid boils when in the caliper and compresses, which gives that spongy pedal feel.

 ATE Super Blue Racing Fluid
ATE Super Blue Racing
Fluid
 Brembo Sport.EVO 500 Fluid
Brembo Sport.EVO 500
Fluid
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StopTech STR-660 Ultra Performance Race Brake Fluid


When changing your brake rotors and pads, consider replacing the fluid as well to get the most firm pedal feel and shortest stopping distance. We offer a full line of track and street brake fluid to complete any full service braking system replacement. Most brake fluid systems should be flushed every one to two years in non-track driving conditions and more often when tracking your vehicle.

Shop by vehicle to view all braking components available for your application.

Looking for the Best Off-Road Wheels for Your Jeep? MAMBA Delivers Exceptional Style with Off-Road Strength

Friday, June 21, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Mud never looked so good! That's a mantra many Jeep owners can get behind. Jeep owners want wheels that look as good on the road as they do off of it. MAMBA's off-road style wheels offer tough and rugged individualism, incorporate industrial design and advanced engineering. Perfect for standard height or lifted Jeeps, trucks and SUVs, MAMBA sets the mark high with the philosophy: wheels that look tough should BE tough. 

The most iconic and popular wheel offered by MAMBA is the MR1X. It's featured in both a silver and black painted finish. MR1X wheels have a clean, slightly concave, 5-spoke design for that typical off-road "Jeep" look. MAMBA dials the style up a notch with the black painted M13. The M13 adds a more dimensional design to the 5-spoke wheel and also features subtle silver rivet accents.

 Mamba MR1X - Silver Painted
MAMBA MR1X Silver Painted
 Mamba MR1X - Black Painted
MAMBA MR1X Black Painted
 Mamba M13
MAMBA M13

 

 Mamba M1X
MAMBA M1X
 Mamba M2X
MAMBA M2X


For any Jeep owner that really wants to make a statement, take a look at the M1X and M2X. The M1X and M2X feature a more radical design with a machined face with black painted accents which really add depth and a more three-dimensional look. These wheels make as much of a statement in the city as they do on the trail. 

When it's time to upgrade the wheels on your Jeep, shop by vehicle and view all MAMBA wheels offered to transform your stock Jeep into a more aggressive looking off-road machine

Looking for the Best Coil-Over Kit for the Track or Street? Bilstein is the Answer!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

When looking to improve the performance of your vehicle, a coil-over kit can provide the most dramatic effects when it comes to reducing body roll, controlling bounce and adjusting ride height. A coil-over kit is best described as a spring, shock and bump stop incorporated into one assembly with the spring encompassing the shock and bump stop. It often uses an adjustable spring perch to allow different vehicle ride heights without changing the springs.

One of the most recognized and trusted names in the suspension industry is Bilstein. When it's time to upgrade the suspension on your vehicle, take a look at their PSS Coil-Over Kit, PSS9 Coil-Over Kit and PSS10 Coil-Over Kit.

 Bilstein PSS Coil-Over Kit
Bilstein PSS Coil-Over Kit
 Bilstein PSS9 Coil-Over Kit
Bilstein PSS9 Coil-Over Kit
 Bilstein PSS10 Coil-Over Kit
Bilstein PSS10 Coil-Over Kit


Bilstein PSS Coil-Over Kit:

  • Matched performance spring and threaded ride height adjuster
  • Includes application specific, progressive rate coil springs
  • Set your vehicle low and tight for optimized performance or revert to a more stock-like ride

Bilstein PSS9 Coil-Over Kit:

  • Fully adjustable monotube gas shock absorbers offer nine precise compression and rebound settings, from comfort to competition
  • The front and rear progressive rate springs allow for the accurate adjustment of a vehicle's ride height, stance, cornering balance and ride quality to maximize performance
  • Adjuster style differs per vehicle

Bilstein PSS10 Coil-Over Kit:

  • "Click" from comfort to competition with no tools or jacking required
  • The PSS10 Coil-Over System, evolved from the PSS9 system, adds a matched performance spring and threaded ride height adjuster to provide a complete suspension system for your vehicle
  • Ride height adjustable from -1.0" to -1.75" (front) & -1.0" to -1.75" (rear. minimum 1" lowering)
  • Lighter weight reduces wear and tear on suspension components
  • The Bilstein PSS10 Coil-Over System offers ten vehicle adjustment settings and includes numbered adjusters at the base of the shock body so you know exactly what setting you are on without counting clicks

All Bilstein gas pressure struts/inserts and gas pressure shock absorbers operate on the same principle. They're designed with the rod pointing down into the strut tube, thereby utilizing the thicker, stouter body portion of the shock absorber to dissipate side loads. Due to the increased diameter and surface of the pressure tube, the Bilstein gas pressure strut/insert or shock is better suited to take increased side loads when compared with the conventional version.

Additional advantages, based on development strongly influenced by the motorsport industry, include increased stability, improved road handling and accurate steering. And extremely high quality manufacturing and materials as well as a weather resistant coating to resist oxidation, mean Bilsteins will last approximately four times as long as Original Equipment.

For more information on Bilstein products, read "Which Bilstein Replacement Shock or Strut is Best for Your Vehicle?"

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

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

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 chime or light on the dash. There's a small circuit embedded in the sensor mounted in the brake pad; when the friction material becomes too low the brake rotor wears through the sensor and cuts a circuit. This triggers the vehicle's computer to alert the driver brake service is needed. 

 Centric - Brake Wear Sensor
Centric Brake Wear Sensor
 Brake Caliper
Brake Caliper


It's recommended to replace brake wear senors any time brake pads are replaced. Centric's Brake Wear Sensors are high quality replacement sensors that fit with no modifications needed and are now available at Tire Rack.

  • Original Equipment replacement for vehicles equipped with brake pad wear sensors
  • Monitors the condition of the vehicle’s brake pads
  • Includes all necessary plugs and hardware

All Centric premium brake components are engineered and manufactured using stringent, well-proven production processes and parts that pass the stringent quality assurance standards of O.E. manufacturers as well. Also, Centric’s in-house engineering department analyzes each part to ensure proper performance and fitment for every import and domestic application. This attention to detail guarantees that Centric parts will perform as good as or better than the factory original.

When searching for the best brake rotors and pads for your car, don't forget to replace the brake wear senors. Shop by vehicle to see if replacement brake wear sensors are offered to complete your brake upgrade.