Don't get left out in the cold this winter season!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 by Mason Rush
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 has just arrived and is the latest in Bridgestone's Studless Ice and Snow winter tire line. This tire was engineered to emphasize longevity and consistent ride quality, all the while keeping its focus on superior ice and snow performance delivering confidence in the worst winter conditions. The Blizzak's winter traction is accomplished by formulating thousands of microscopic tubes and cells uniformly distributed throughout the tread surface. This flexible rubber compound improves the tire's grip in cold conditions while the bite particles attached to the tubes scratch at packed snow and icy surfaces for improved performance and traction. The speed rating has also been engineered to increasing the steering response and dry road handling characteristics by adding a solid center rib that contributes to a long list of benefits this tire offers. 

If you don't want to be left out in the cold and are looking for the best in winter traction when the roads are at their worst, Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is the top choice!

Take a Fall Tour of the Grand Touring Class

Friday, October 8, 2010 by Mason Rush
Today’s touring tires offer a great deal of performance while still being accountable for long treadwear and ride comfort. This tire category is frequently installed on luxury performance coupes and touring sedans. Touring tires complement drivers that desire handling characteristics similar to a performance tire, but still want the quiet, comfortable ride associated with premium passenger tires.

The two class leaders in the Grand Touring All-Season category are shown below.

Michelin Primacy MXV4   Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Michelin Primacy MXV4Bridgestone Turanza Serenity

What tire best suits my winter driving?

Thursday, September 30, 2010 by Mason Rush
When considering your choices in Michelin's winter tire line-up...here are the two most popular.

Michelin X-Ice Xi2Michelin Pilot Aplin PA3
 Michelin X-Ice Xi2                   Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3

Both the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 are great tires, but designed for a different variety of winter conditions and driving styles. The Michelin X-Ice Xi2 is designed for those wanting the maximum protection when faced with severe winter conditions. Its heavily siped tread allows for excellent grip in snow and on ice-covered roads, but will forfeit some of the handling traits featured in a summer series tires.

By contrast, the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 is designed to enhance your performance vehicle's winter driving season. This tire delivers confidence on dry, wet and snow-covered roads. Most drivers using the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 will find themselves in climates typically not prone to severe weather, but are exposed to mild winter days where the average temperature stays below 45 degrees.

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Saturday, September 18, 2010 by Mason Rush
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S PlusThe Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus is an Ultra High Performance All-Season tire that has become the "go to" product in Michelin's line-up. The tire itself offers many features and benefits for those looking to maximize traction in the wet and dry, while not sacrificing tire longevity. This tire has balanced stability and predictable handling characteristics on all types of road surfaces. Wet and dry traction are exceptional for an all-season tire, and the tire has strong cornering stability.

It features a quiet, comfortable ride and is noted to be one of the best in the category of Ultra High Performance All-Season. Winter traction on the A/S Plus is above average, and the directional tread pattern helps with moving slush and high-speed hydroplaning resistance.

When it comes to a "performing" performance tire, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus should be one at the top of your list!

Value, Durability and Safety -- All Words Describing the General AltiMAX Arctic

Thursday, September 2, 2010 by Mason Rush
General AltiMAX ArticLooking for an affordable winter / snow tire that delivers confidence in the snow and ice? Consider the General AltiMAX Arctic Studdable Ice and Snow tire. This tire's engineering is designed to maximize your safety and confidence in a variety of winter conditions.

General AltiMAX Arctic tires feature a durable winter tread formulated around a directional tread pattern that is heavily siped allowing for additional biting edges to improve traction in the snow and on ice. The General AltiMAX Arctic should prove to be one of the longest wearing winter tires in Tire Rack's line-up.  

The tire is offered in a large variety of sizes and can be studded if desired. Read more about the General AltiMAX Arctic tire and see all winter options for your vehicle here.

Looking for value in a winter / snow tire? Let the Winterforce be with you!

Thursday, August 26, 2010 by Mason Rush
Firestone Winterforce "studdable" winter/snow tireIf you're considering a winter tire but need to stay within a budget, consider the Firestone Winterforce Studdable Ice and Snow tire. This tire is designed to maximize your confidence in a variety of winter conditions, all the while keeping money in your pocket. 

Firestone Winterforce tires features a winter tread that is engineered around a directional tread pattern that is heavily siped to allow additional biting edges required to provide traction in the snow and ice. The Firestone Winterforce should prove to be one of the longest wearing winter tires in Tire Rack's line-up.  

The tire is offered in a large variety of sizes and can be studded if desired. Read more about the Firestone Winterforce tire and see all of the winter options for your vehicle here.

Does your Camaro need wheels?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 by Mason Rush
Looking to dress your Camaro with new wheels? Check out some of the latest arrivals when you search by vehicle.

One of our featured aftermarket wheels for the Camaro is the Sport Muscle Tach wheel.

Sport Muscle Tach (Machined w/Anthracite Accent)   Sport Muscle Tach (Silver Machined w/Clearcoat)   Sport Muscle Tach (Chrome Plated)

Looking for some peace and quiet?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 by Mason Rush
Looking for some peace and quiet?

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Take a drive on the Bridgestone Turanza with Serenity Technology. This tire has an excellent reputation for its quiet ride, comfort and responsive handling for the most demanding drivers.  Available in a variety of sizes to fit luxury sedans to performance coupes. 

Can't see the big picture?

Thursday, July 15, 2010 by Mason Rush

Can't see the big picture? Try to improve your outlook on life with a new set of windshield wipers. The rubber windshield wiper is one of the most neglected parts of a vehicle. Yet, it remains the easiest and most cost-effective way to improve performance and safety behind the wheel.

Valeo makes some of the industry’s best products. Choose your vehicle’s year, make and model to find your savings.
Valeo ULTIMATE® Wiper Blades (Hook-Lock)

Taking a Tour of Touring Tires

Monday, July 5, 2010 by Mason Rush
Today’s touring tires offer a great deal of performance while still being accountable for long treadwear and ride comfort. This tire category is frequently installed on luxury performance coupes and touring sedans. Touring tires complement drivers that desire handling characteristics similar to a performance tire, but still want the quiet, comfortable ride associated with premium passenger tires.

Check out a few of the class leaders in the Grand Touring All-Season category:

Michelin Primancy MXV4       General Altimax HP              Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Michelin Primacy MXV4General Altimax HPBridgestone Turanza Serenity
    


"XL" vs. Standard load tires ... what should I do?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 by Mason Rush
Can I place an "extra load" tire on a vehicle that calls for a "standard" rating?

The "XL" (extra load) tire can be ordered for a vehicle that had a standard load tire as its Original Equipment. This is accomplished in the manufacturing process by adding additional material to the shoulder of a tire for extra strength. These reinforcements (usually accomplished with polyamide belting found where the sidewall and tread meet) are designed to minimize any tire deflection and reduce potential damage due to road impact. These strong tires will be branded with an "XL" or "RF" in their descriptions.

Will the XL tire have an effect on my comfort?

The "XL" tire will change the perception and feel of the vehicle. Tires that are engineered with reinforced sidewalls typically fall into the performance tire category. These tires have a rubber compound formulated to accentuate performance but not necessarily detract from the ride quality.  

A driver should consider XL tire options when plus sizing any wheel packages or if more feedback from the tire is desired. Drivers seeking a firmer ride and enhanced car control would not need to be concerned with the XL warning when comparing different tires to match their driving expectations. As a matter of fact, this type tire will enhance the overall vehicle stability and handling. Also, the selection of a more aggressive tread compound will increase grip in the wet and dry.

For drivers desiring a softer feel and are willing to forgo the car’s stability in cornering, the standard load tire will be a more appropriate choice.

A perfect example of a tire featuring the XL rating and the standard load in the same size is the 235/70R15 Kumho Solus KR21.

Kumho Solus KR21
Kumho Solus KR21 XL and Standard load

Made in the USA!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by Mason Rush
In recent days, we honored those who have fought for our freedom. I also feel that we need to acknowledge American workers that are producing tires here in the USA.  

Here is a listing of a few of the popular tire choices exclusively bred from the American worker: 


BF Goodrich Super Sport A/S

BF Goodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S


Dick Cepek Radial FC II

Dick Cepek Radial F-C II


Dunlop Radial Mud Rover

Dunlop Radial Mud Rover


Firestone Precision Sport

Firestone Precision Sport


Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar


Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar


Hoosier Racing Tires R6

Hoosier Racing Tires R6


Michelin Cross Terrain SUV

Michelin Cross Terrain SUV


Uniroyal Tiger Paw Tour SL


Uniroyal Tiger Paw Tour SL


Yokohama Avid TRZ

Yokohama Avid TRZ

Are your run-flat tires leaving you flat?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by Mason Rush
Most vehicle owners are left with the understanding that run-flat tires must be reinstalled if original to the car. Not true!

Others have indicated a non-run-flat tire cannot be installed on the Original Equipment wheel if replacing a run-flat tire. Once again...not exactly true!

Many of the automotive manufacturers have selected run-flat tires not only for their safety benefits, but to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle by eliminating the spare tire. This technology has proven to be successful but at a cost to the driver. The run-flat tires do not offer a large selection, will not last as long as their non-run-flat counterpart, and are more expensive based on the technology involved in engineering this type of tire. 

Are there other options? 

Continental Comfort Kit
Certainly...Continental Tire Corporation has developed a repair kit that will extend the mobility of a tire that has lost pressure. The ContiComfort Kit is a portable, lightweight alternative to those seeking to eliminate their run-flat tire. This kit is available from Tire Rack and will arrive at your door within a few short days. 


Where have all the classic cars gone?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Mason Rush
I am often approached with the question: "Why can't I find more fitments for my muscle car or vintage automobile?"

The goal of Tire Rack is to provide products for all vehicle makes and models. However, due to the availability of the "classic" automobile/truck and the desired range of looks from vintage to heavily modified street machines, it is not feasible for Tire Rack to catalog all of these fitments. With the limited number of vintage cars now on the road and coupled with the geometric suspension changes over time, there is not a great deal of participation from the manufacturers that build wheels to match the engineering designs of the classic automobile. Thus, it places the vintage vehicle in the "custom" fitment which relies on the customer's expert knowledge and understanding of the requirements for proper fitment. 

Tire Rack's business model is designed around the concept of providing comprehensive understanding of your vehicle based on our engineering team's measurements. Thus, we do not rely on any other source for this information and build all of our fitments around the measured specifications. Once this information is gathered, our engineers then cross-reference the criteria of load capacity and speed ratings against the recommendations of the vehicle manufacturer. When considering the specifications of a vintage era automobile, there is very little documentation available. We then rely heavily on our customers to provide vehicles for us to measure proper fitment and match all of the products that meet the criteria for safety and engineering. 

When looking for your classic muscle car ... you might consider some of the American Racing Hot Rod Series:

American Racing T71R   American Racing Hopster   American Racing Torq Thrust M

And don't forget to dress those wheels properly.  Here are a few of the most popular tire choices for vintage hot rodders:

Firestone Firehawk Indy 500    BF Goodrich Radial T/A    Goodyear Eagle GT II

Under Pressure!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Mason Rush
Tire Rack is frequently asked the question...What pressure setting should I use on my new tires?

The correct pressure settings for your vehicle can be referenced in the owner's manual or on the placard found inside the drivers door jamb. The information will provide a recommended cold temperature setting that is to be used regardless of the tire size or manufacturer as long as it is properly load rated for your vehicle. The tire itself, has a maximum psi that is not to be exceeded on a cold inflation reading. It is always best to check tire pressures first thing in the morning before driving the vehicle. This is the point when you will find the truest reads and can maximize the pressure settings on all corners of the vehicle

Maintaining the correct tire inflation rates will help maximize tire performance and fuel economy, which allows drivers to experience optimal comfort, durability and performance designed to match the needs of their vehicle.

Might I recommend a few useful air gauges by Accutire that are helpful in maintaining proper tire inflation settings:

Digital Set Point Programmable Air Gauge with Light

Digital Set Point™ Programmable Air Gauge w/Light



Digital Pencil Air Gauge with Tread Depth Gauge

Digital Pencil Gauge with tread depth indicator





ABS Coated Air Gauge with Digital Display

ABS Coated Air Gauge with digital read


 


What is "Plus Sizing" and what are the benefits?

Thursday, April 29, 2010 by Mason Rush
Plus sizing is an option allowing drivers to customize the appearance and performance of their vehicle by mounting lower profile tires on larger diameter wheels. One-inch greater wheel diameter is referred to as plus-one, two inches is plus-two... and so on. Using a lower profile tire with a greater diameter rim allows the overall diameter to remain about the same, giving your vehicle a unique look with a new wheel and tire package.  You can find a complete lists all the wheels available for your vehicle at: Wheel Brands. Enter your vehicles make, model, and year in the field on the left and we will show you all the wheels our engineers have found to fit your vehicle. We will also give you the option to find tires in the correct size for your car or truck.  Here you will find new releases from OZ, BBS, Breyton, ASA and others. Find something your like ..... call me at 800-428-8355 x:692. Mason