Tire Rack Has New Ways to Beat Winter's Cold and Dark Days

Friday, December 28, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Winter is the coldest and darkest time of the year. That makes it the perfect time for some of our new products to help keep the cold, gloom and lethargy at bay. 

Just because the weather is colder doesn't mean that you have to give up on outdoor activities. Our new Sport-Tek® Sport-Wick Stretch Half-Zip Pullovers are perfect as an outer layer when exercising in milder winter weather, or as an inner layer in more severe winter conditions.

The moisture wicking Sport-Tek material keeps you dry, while the 10% spandex allows the garment to move with you without slowing you down. These high-tech pullovers are available in both a black and grey color for men and women. 

Sunset comes early this time of year. Safe driving requires looking ahead to be prepared for any upcoming obstacles. Driving on snowy or icy roads means that you will need extra time to complete any necessary braking or steering. When driving at night, do your car's headlights project far enough down the road? 

If the answer is no, the Hella Optilux H.I.D. Driving Kit may be the solution. These compact driving lamps utilize the same xenon technology found in high-end H.I.D. headlights. With their compact size, light weight and durable construction, these lights are designed to stand up to the most demanding conditions. The kit comes complete with mounting instructions, mounting brackets and wiring harness. 

Improve Your Driving Visibility with PIAA and Hella Bulbs

Thursday, September 20, 2012 by Steve Huffman

Winter is just around the corner and that means shorter days and longer nights. Many of us will be driving back and forth to work in the dark. The only thing between you and the unknown in front of your vehicle are your headlamps. So don't be the person who neglects them and drives down the road with only one working bulb. If your bulbs need replaced, replace them. Better yet, upgrade your lights so you can enjoy improved visibility during your night drives. High-performance bulbs will help you see clearer, improve your vision distance and get the attention of oncoming traffic. 

With safety at the forefront, your headlamps, sidemarkers, fog lamps, turn signals and tail lamps are all critical in nighttime navigation. Tire Rack proudly offers PIAA and Hella bulbs to improve night and inclement weather driving.

PIAA

Whether it's endurance racing, rally, off-road or for the street, PIAA products are designed for drivers to use with pride and confidence. They combine desirable products with the latest technology to make nights and inclement driving as safe as possible. No matter who you are or what you drive, upgrading to PIAA bulbs can be nothing short of enlightening. Not only will your car get noticed, you'll have improved visibility, too. PIAA's bulbs are SAE and DOT approved, so you can upgrade your vehicle's bulbs and be street legal in all 50 states and Canada.

Hella

Hella has been setting standards in the light technology used to increase active safety and driving comfort. They have lead the way with innovative lighting products for both vehicle manufacturers and driving enthusiasts whose need to see doesn't end when the sun goes down. Hella lights are used to light the way to victory at many of the world's most notable endurance races and rallies. The winning teams have used their lights at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans races, as well as, in International, Club and Pro Rally competition.

Improve your vision and enhance your overall vehicle safety by shopping by vehicle to find the right lights for your application.

Summer Road Trip? Use This Maintenance Checklist.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Before setting off on your summer adventures, take some time to check your car over to ensure everything is in good running condition. A little bit of time spent in advance can save a lot of time and trouble on the road. The following is a good basic checklist to help get your vehicle prepared to take you wherever you want to go:

  1. Brakes - Since many traction control systems use the brakes to prevent wheelspin, they may be working extra hard during your winter driving in the snow. Therefore, it's a good idea to get your brake pads inspected once the weather begins to heat up. Checking your pads is easy when replacing your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your summer options since the wheels will be off. There should be a noticeable thickness of pad material between the backing plate and the rotor. If the pads need to be replaced, there are cleaner, higher performing pad compounds available. Take a look at "Brake Pad or Rotor Inspection & Replacement" to gain a better understanding if it's time for new pads.
     
  2. Lighting - Recruit a friend or family member to stand outside the car while you turn on the vehicle's headlights, high beams, turn signals and step on the brakes. If they tell you one of those lights isn't working properly, take a look at our lighting options from Hella and PIAA to improve your visibility.
     
  3. Tire Pressure - Proper tire inflation can improve fuel economy, hydroplaning resistance and tire life. Make sure all four tires are inflated to the vehicle's specifications found in your owner's manual or on the door placard. Don't forget to check your spare tire, too. Also, be sure to have an air gauge in your car so you can check your tire's pressure while traveling.
     
  4. Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) - These systems only report tires that are significantly under-inflated, so checking tires yourself is still a good idea even if your car has TPMS sensors. While you're checking your tires' air pressure, also inspect them for damage and wear.
     
  5. Jack and Lug Wrench - If you're relying on a spare tire in case of a flat, make sure that you have a working jack and lug wrench. It's nice to have something to serve as a wheel chock to make sure the car doesn't shift and fall off the jack. Something as simple as a block of wood will do. If you have custom wheels, it's important to make sure the lug wrench fits. The wheels could also have locks, so don't get stranded without the key! And since the lug nuts are different from stock, have some stock lugs for the spare.
     
  6. Belts and Hoses - Check them for dry, cracking or rotting as the rubber may give way at an inconvenient time. Replacing these items is usually fairly inexpensive, and can save you trouble.
     
  7. Check Fluids - Checking oil regularly is a good idea for any car, especially older vehicles that may be more prone to leak or burn oil. Even some newer cars can consume up to a quart every 1,000 miles. Make sure to check your coolant as well. Warmer weather can be harder on your cooling system and you want to be sure it's up to the task.
     
  8. Windshield Wipers - Driving at highway speeds in the rain can be a challenge. Make sure that your wipers have survived the winter in good working order. Even with good wiper blades, consider applying a water-beading treatment from Aquapel to improve your vision in the rain.

Aftermarket Lighting is a Bright Idea

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Gavin Carpenter

Do you remembFile:KITT Nose on at Toronto Auto Show 2011.jpger KITT, the sweet car that David Hasselhoff drove in Knight Rider? Oh yeah! With the sweeping red lights in the grille, the four fog lights down low on that all-black 1982 Pontiac Trans Am. Sweet action! 

You, too, could make your Trans Am, Honda, BMW or even your Geo Metro into KITT, minus the supercomputer, with Hella's LEDayFlex Module Daytime Running Lights. However, the lights only come in white and don't sweep back and forth. But you can imagine, can't you?
Photo courtesy of Tabercil

The LEDayFlex Module Daytime Running Lights are currently en vogue with Audi and Ford on many of their current model year vehicles. With a little ingenuity and good placement, they'll look like they were installed by the factory.

The kits are available in 5-Lamp, 6-Lamp, 7-Lamp and 8-Lamp modules. I'm particularly pumped about these kits because they can update an older model vehicle with LEDs. The light modules have safe metal housings which protect the enclosures from the occasional errant rock.Hella LEDayFlex 8-Lamp Module Daytime Running Lights

The LEDayFlex lights include the lighting chains, control units and mounting instructions.

To finish off the look, PIAA has the 2100XT Clear Fog Kit and 2100XT Clear Driving Kit. Both kits include two lamps, wiring harness, relay and switch.

If you're interested in a different option for your vehicle, take a look at all lighting kits available.


Driving Light Upgrades: A Difference You Can See

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 by Alex Mouroulis
Have you ever felt your headlights were not up to the task they once were? Incandescent lights tend to get dimmer as they age. Some of the following bulb options from PIAA and Hella will be able to improve the lighting capabilities of your vehicle:

PIAA 9005 Intense White Bulbs
PIAA 9005 Intense
White Bulbs
PIAA H4 Super Plasma GT-X
PIAA H4 Super Plasma
GT-X
PIAA Plasma Ion Yellow H3 55W
PIAA Plasma Ion Yellow H3 55W

The PIAA 9005 Intense White Bulbs produce a radiant white beam without a hint of blue. With improved performance and longer life, these bulbs increase output and burn at a much cooler temperature. The H4 Super Plasma GT-X creates light output that is greater than the bulb's rated power consumption and is street-legal in Canada and all 50 U.S. states. While the Plasma Ion Yellow are a great way to improve visibility in inclement weather including extreme fog.

Another great option is the Hella 500 series driving lights, which I have equipped on my Volvo. I use the 500's adjusted slightly higher and wider than my low beams. They are excellent at helping me see objects as I drive down the rural roads of Indiana and Michigan.

To gain a better understanding of what bulbs work best for your vehicle, read "What is the Kelvin Scale and Which Bulb Value Should I Choose?"

Hella Headlight Bulbs

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Hella H7 High Performance BulbsHella lighting options produce a brighter light that increases visibility and less eye fatigue for drivers in all conditions. Whether you are looking to run on the road, the track or the trail, Hella has developed leading-edge technology for your vehicle’s lighting appearance and performance.

H7 High Performance Bulbs are designed to replace 55w head light bulbs. Additional wattages are also available. Take a look at how these aftermarket bulbs were able to help two of our customers:

“These lights provide crisp and clear light. They have eliminated the uneasy feeling I used to get driving at night in the mountains. And for the money, it was hard to justify spending double on the competitor’s bulbs. I highly recommend these [bulbs] for the daily driver seeking better lighting. – Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Mini Cooper

“Better lighting than the OEM bulbs and very noticeable at night…for the price, it’s a good deal!” – Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 MAZDA3

Looking to replace headlights?

Thursday, April 7, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Hella PromotionWhen looking for aftermarket lighting options, Tire Rack gives you the option of choosing between three different product categories: headlight bulbs, accessory bulbs and lighting kits.

With over 30 options from Hella and PIAA available in our head light bulbs category, we make it easy to select and replace headlights when you shop by vehicle. New bulbs can provide that brighter, more distinctive look in lighting you’ve seen on other vehicles.

And when you buy Hella accessory lights or performance bulbs you may be eligible to receive up to a $75 gift card by mail. Offer valid on Hella products purchased from in-stock inventory between August 1, 2011 and November 30, 2011. See details here.

Replace Headlights with Hella

Friday, April 1, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Hella ProductsLooking to replace the head light bulbs in your vehicle?

Hella bulbs have been used to light the way to victory at many of the world’s most notable endurance races and rallies, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring. The replacement bulbs from Hella, produce a brighter light that will provide increased visibility and less eye fatigue for the driver in all conditions.

Hella’s replacement lighting options include replacement bulbs, auxiliary fog lights and driving lights in a wide range of shapes and sizes to meet the appearance and performance demands of almost every driver and vehicle.

View all Hella products here.

Benefits of Aftermarket Lights

Thursday, March 31, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Lighting 101 Tech ArticleUnfortunately, our need to see doesn’t end when the sun goes down.  With the risk of having an accident about twice as high at night as during the day, lights can play an important factor to your vehicle’s safety.

Even though the lights of modern vehicles are typically sufficient to fulfill legal requirements, they can be added to or improved with an aftermarket lighting system. Many of today’s aftermarket lights are small and emit a very bright and accurate light. 

Tire Rack offers a wide variety of PIAA bulbs and Hella bulbs to help improve the lighting system of your vehicle.

To learn more about lighting systems, read “Lighting 101.”

LED Tail Light Kits for Pickup Trucks

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 by Chad Hocker
In addition to carrying Hella light bulbs, Tire Rack offers LED tail light kits for select pickup truck models. If you do not find your model listed below, take a look at our other options.

F-150 LED Tail Light/Third Brake Light Kit 
                                                   
F-150 LED Tail Light Kit
                           




2003-2006 Chevy Silverado

2003-2006 Silverado LED Tail Light Kit





2007+ Silverado LED Tail Light Kit

2007+ Silverado LED Light Kit





2007-2008 Ram LED Tail Light Kit

2007-2008 Ram LED Tail Light Kit





2007+ Toyota Tundra


2007+ Tundra LED Tail Light Kit

Hella Lighting Products, Ford F150 2004-2007

Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Looking for some additional lighting options for your 2004-2007 Ford F-150? Hella Lighting has developed some aftermarket lighting options that include LED Tail Lights, Blackout Head Lamp Kits and also Halogen or Xenon Driving Lamps.

Check out the Hella Lighting products below for the Ford F-150.

Hella F150 Blackout Head Lamp KitHella F-150 LED Tail Light/Third Brake Light Kit
Hella F-150 Grille Kit w/Halogen Driving LampsHella F-150 Grille Kit w/Xenon Driving Lamps

Are your wipers and lights ready for darker weather?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
As summer winds down, our long days filled with sunshine are getting shorter. Soon enough, the sun will set at earlier hours, forcing us to drive home from work under the moon. And as temperatures drop, so does the rain until it eventually turns into snow. Rest assured, you've still got some time before all of those changes take place—which means it's the opportune time to make sure your vehicle is ready, starting with your wiper blades.

Tire Rack sells a number of decent options, including the Ultimate® Hook-Lock Wiper Blade from Valeo. And when you purchase one, we'll throw in the second free of charge.

You'll also want to make sure that your lighting is up-to-speed. Obviously, it's an essential component of your vehicle. Especially when the sun refuses to shine. We stock a number of different aftermarket lighting products from reputable brands like Hella and PIAA. You can shop by vehicle for a detailed list of suitable options.

To include aftermarket tires and wheels in that search, enter the Upgrade Garage. We'll show you everything we've got that would work on your vehicle. It's the most efficient way to shop Tire Rack.

Light up the night!

Friday, July 16, 2010 by Gus Liszewski

Tire
Rack offers more than just tires and wheels. We also offer lighting accessories by Hella and PIAA. Looking to brighten up the night and spread the light out just a bit further? Check out a set of driving lights driving lights to add to your vehicle's factory configuration.

If you are not looking to add additional lighting, but just want to sharpen up what you currently see, check out the factory replacement bulbs offered by PIAA, The Intense White Bulbs and Extreme White Bulbs will cause a noticeable change in visibility!

If you have an HID setup and need to make a replacement, these great companies have a product for you.
 
Whether it is tires, wheels, brakes, suspension or lighting, Tire Rack is your place for high-quality replacement accessories!

Don’t keep your car in the dark

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by Logan Woodworth
       
Aside from tires, wheels, brakes and suspension, Tire Rack also carries a variety of lighting from Hella and PIAA products for your vehicle.

Looking for a brighter light from your halogen-equipped vehicle? PIAA's line of halogen light bulbs will increase light output without any additional power consumption. For instance, their brightest halogen, Xtreme White Plus, consumes 55w but has an output of an 110w bulb.

For more performance or off-road drivers, Hella offers a selection of Xenon light kits and light upgrades for certain vehicles. Kits include their FF200 Series Fog Light Kit, Black Magic Driving Light Kit, and Ford F-150 Grille Kit.

Whatever your lighting needs may be, Hella and PIAA have you covered!

A bright idea.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 by Gavin Carpenter
Did you know we carry replacement bulbs?

If you enter your vehicle’s year, make and model in our Upgrade Garage, we may have the means to illuminate your future, or at least a couple dozen feet in front of you.

I have used a couple bulbs in the past.PIAA The PIAA Xtreme White Plus is by far my favorite, and the best bulb we carry.  Not only did my visibility increase, but I also got a few good comments from my friends on how clean they looked without making my car look like I had tinted or cheezy-looking aftermarket lighting.

The other bulb that I used is the Hella HB3/9005 High Performance bulb. HellaIt works well as a standard replacement bulb and lasts a long time. I got a couple of years of use out of my Hellas.

Depending on your vehicle, both of these manufacturers have headlight bulbs, tail light bulbs, accessory bulbs and even full lighting kits. It's vehicle dependent, but PIAA also offers different tinted bulbs.

Let Hella Light The Way!

Friday, June 11, 2010 by Roger Laughlin
Hella's replacement Headlight, Accessory, and Lightning Kits available from Tire Rack are a great and inexpensive way to upgrade your vehicle's appearance and improve your nighttime driving experience! I personally have the Hella High Performance headlight bulbs in all of my vehicles and I am very pleased with their performance. With their brighter, whiter light output, nighttime driving has never been easier!

For more information, you can also visit Lighting Tech on our web site to find information on Auxiliary Light Types, Bulb Types, Proper Auxiliary Light Aiming and Reflector Types. "What is the Kelvin Scale and Which Bulb Value Should I Choose.

Safer driving with better vision. Upgrade your headlights now!

Thursday, May 13, 2010 by Connor Klink
Tire Rack carries PIAA and Hella replacement headlight bulbs to offer you a safer driving experience. If you're not happy with your factory headlight bulb output maybe you should give the PIAA Extreme White bulbs a try in your car. Consider some fog lights or driving lights for those fogged over rainy morning commutes, too. We carry several models and sizes to suit all your needs.

The more you can see the more time you will have to respond. 










How much do you know about the reflectors in your headlights?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
When you think about aftermarket lighting, you think bulb. And while it seems to be that simple, replacement bulbs are actually fairly complicated. One thing often overlooked: the reflector, which directs any light emitted by the bulb through the lens. But, as with most aftermarket components, there are a variety of different reflectors out there. Take a look:


This is a parabolic reflector. It's highly reflective and can be found in a variety of head light bulbs on the market. They are, you might say, the original reflector. Light rays are projected in a parallel line to each other, which helps to create a very tight beam of light. And that means these reflectors aren't typically used when low-beam light patterns are required.



DE light technology reflectors mirror what common slide projectors do with light. The light beam is reflected to a focusing lens that projects it onto the road. Hella is responsible for this innovative approach to replacement bulbs. Unlike the parabolic reflector, they're great for low-beam and fog lamp use.


The last type of reflector uses FF (free-form/free-surface) light technology. High-performance computers optimize the position of the reflector surface in relation to the bulb's position, which produces a higher light output. The entire surface of the reflector is used, in combination with a pattern-free lens, to produce a light beam.



At Tire Rack, we offer a number of replacement bulbs in each of the three categories. To find one for your vehicle, simply search our inventory according to your vehicle.


Can't see? Might need to replace headlights.

Monday, April 12, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
It's unfortunate that head light bulbs can't last forever, Nothing seems to be more annoying than a bulb that burned out. It weakens your view, and has this weird way of making you feel silly as you drive.

Make sure the front end of your car is always in perfect condition with a set of aftermarket lights that at least diminish the frequency at which you'll need to replace headlights. Tire Rack offers Hella lighting and PIAA lighting products, both of which do just that.

Search by vehicle for a list of replacement lighting products, or click here to see a complete list of head light bulbs.

Did you put aftermarket bulbs on your Ford F150?

Friday, February 5, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Aftermarket bulbs increase your margin of safety and enhance the appearance of your vehicle; so if you haven't put them on your F150 yet, you might want to consider the LED Tail Light/Third Brake Light Kit from Hella (shown). The kit includes two tail lights, a cab-mounted stop lamp and a complete set of installation instructions—and installation, of course, is really easy.

In addition, you can add to the kit above with a Grille Kit featuring Halogen or Xenon driving lamps. You can also choose a Blackout Head Lamp Kit.

Search all aftermarket bulbs.