Say "Ah-Tay" for Brake Rotors

Friday, May 20, 2011 by Jonas Paeplow
ATE PremiumOne RotorAs soon as you see ATE PremiumOne® Rotors, you know they’re different. A distinctive set of elliptical grooves have been machined into the rotor face. A satin silver coating covers the entire rotor.

The patented RotorLife® Elliptical Groove Wear Indicator and MetaCote® protective coating deliver performance and convenience unequalled in other rotor lines.

The unique pattern you see on the face of the ATE PremiumOne Rotor is the RotorLife Elliptical Groove Wear Indicator. It’s a groove cut into the rotor surface at complementary angles to allow heat and gases to escape more easily from under the brake pad when it’s in contact with the rotor. Moving the gases out quickly reduces brake fade and extends pad life.

As an added feature, the RotorLife Groove shows you when it’s time to replace the rotor. When the groove’s worn away, it’s time for new rotors – simple as that.

Most rotors look good when they are first installed. But, after only a few trips their looks start to fade. They develop rust around the edges of the rotor face –- and sometimes over the whole rotor face -– making your car’s appearance less than it could be.

MetaCote protective coating provides an attractive, durable surface that helps prevent rust and corrosion and sheds water and dirt, to maintain a clean appearance. MetaCote protects against road salt, brake fluid and other corrosives, and it looks great behind alloy wheels. MetaCote also eliminates the need to use removeable coatings that need to be cleaned off prior to use, saving installation time.

"These brake rotors are great. Way better than OEM rotors. Car stops on a dime now even at highway speeds. I am very impressed with the product and would buy these rotors for every car I buy and the price is not that expensive for a slotted rotor." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review

ATE PremiumOne Rotors all feature an application-specific design. The brake parts that ATE make for your vehicle have been engineered to work with your vehicle’s brake system, vehicle weight and handling characteristics.

Unlike other rotors that take a one-size-fits-all approach, ATE PremiumOne Disc Brake Rotors are based on the Original Equipment design and engineered to tighter tolerances.

A New Player for Your Crossover/SUV

Friday, August 20, 2010 by Tucker Glenn
Pirelli recently unveiled its new addition to the Crossover/SUV category with the Scorpion Verde All Season. This new offering is built for lighter weight SUVs like the Audi Q5, the BMW X3 or X5, and of course, our test vehicle, the Porsche Cayenne.

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All SeasonDuring the road ride for the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season, I noticed right away something that wasn't there...road noise. I was able to hear the engine roar over the tires, which is always a good thing! There is a portion of our drive that has very heavy, bumpy expansion joints in the road every five feet for about a half mile. It's not pretty no matter what tire is on the vehicle and can be downright brutal with the wrong tire. But I was very impressed with the Scorpion Verde All Season's ability to lessen the impact of those joints and make it a tolerable ride.

On the track, the sprinklers were on for my run and I was impressed at the Pirelli's stopping ability in the wet, along with its capability around the skid pad. The Pirelli required less input from the brake and the gas pedal to correct slippage. Just a slight release of the gas and it was back on track.

The new Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season seems poised to make a run at some of the current kings of the Crossover/SUV market. Take a look and see if this tire fits your vehicle!

Brake Fluid Maintenance

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 by Jonas Paeplow

Look through the maintenance schedule in the average owner’s manual and you probably won’t find a specific change interval for brake fluid. But, just because no specific time or mileage recommendations for ­replacing brake fluid exist, doesn’t mean you should ignore it, especially if you are using your car for competition purposes.

 

As a rule of thumb, the minimum preventative maintenance interval for brake fluid should be at least every two years, more frequently, if the vehicle is used in a high performance, or heavy duty use environment. Brake fluid should always be changed when the brakes pads or shoes are replaced or when replacing a caliper, wheel cylinder, brake line, hose or master cylinder. Bleeding and flushing brake fluid is the best way to minimize the danger of fluid boil and internal corrosion in the brake system.

DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluid contains glycol, as well as various corrosion inhibitors and seal conditioners. When brake fluid is manufactured, it contains no moisture. But the properties of brake fluid make it hygroscopic in nature, meaning it attracts water.

Moisture contamination causes several things to happen. When the fluid absorbs water, it lowers the fluid’s boiling temperature. DOT3 brake fluid, which is most commonly used in domestic cars and light trucks, has a minimum dry boiling point of 401ºF. A 3% level of water contamination will lower the boiling point 25% or 100ºF!

 

Goodridge G-Stop Brakeline KitAfter just one year of service, DOT3 fluid may contain as much as 2% water. After 18 months, the level of contamination can be as high as 3%. And after several years of service, it’s not unusual to find brake fluid that has soaked up as much as 7-8% water. The problem is even more acute in older vehicles due to internal seal wear and porosity in the brake hoses. Replacing your hoses with a Goodridge G-Stop Brakeline Kit with stainless steel brake lines goes a long way toward reducing this possibility.

Under normal driving conditions, neglected brake fluid may not pose a serious safety concern. The calipers on most cars and trucks won’t get hot enough in everyday driving to make the fluid boil. But under severe conditions, such as: driving down a mountain, towing a heavy trailer or the occasional track day, the brakes may get hot enough to make the fluid boil. Braking generates a lot of heat. A quick stop from 40 or 50 mph can raise the temperature of the front rotors a couple hundred degrees. Several hard, quick stops in rapid succession or riding the brakes while driving, can increase rotor temperatures to 600°F or higher. Since vapor is compressable but liquid is not, once brake fluid turns to vapor, the bubbles cause an increase in the distance the pedal must travel to apply the brakes. This is called “pedal fade” and it may result in brake failure.

You really can’t tell how contaminated brake fluid is just by looking at it. New fluid may be clear to amber-colored. The fluid will typically become darker as it ages, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s contaminated. If you see rust or sediment in the fluid, the fluid is long overdue for a change. High brake temperatures accelerate the rate at which the corrosion inhibitors in brake fluid break down. As the fluid ages, oxidation eats away at metal surfaces, creating dissolved acids and sludge that are carried with the fluid. These contaminants increase seal, piston and bore wear in the calipers, wheel cylinders and master cylinder. They can also damage ABS solenoid valves and cause them to jam and stick.


ATE Type 200 Amber Brake Fluid
ATE Type 200 Amber
Brake Fluid
ATE Super Blue Racing Brake Fluid
ATE Super Blue Racing
Brake Flui



For performance or heavy duty applications I would recommend ATE Type 200 Amber Brake Fluid or ATE Super Blue Racing Brake Fluid. Both are designed to excel within the extreme demands made on a heavy duty or race vehicle and exceed all DOT4 standards. They are compatible with and will mix well with most DOT3, DOT4 or DOT5.1 fluids. Their formulations offer higher boiling points (wet or dry) and minimal drop in boiling point with age, resulting in a longer lasting fluid. By alternating the use of blue and amber colored fluids, evidence of a more complete system flush can be accomplished. When adding fluid to the system, use the type of brake fluid specified by the vehicle manufacturer (DOT3 or DOT4). Brake fluid specifications can be found in the vehicle's owner’s manual, maintenance guide, or on the master cylinder reservoir or filler cap.

 

 

 

The Lowdown on Low Rolling Resistance

Thursday, July 22, 2010 by Cooper
Wet track testWith the advent of new green propulsion technologies for cars, light trucks, and SUVs, it is only natural that tire manufacturing companies would take an interest in developing more fuel-efficient tires. Market demand for such tires will only continue to increase as the fleet of hybrid, electric, and diesel-powered vehicles grows and becomes more and more ubiquitous.

Certainly, lowering tire rolling resistance by optimizing a tire’s weight, internal structure, tread design and tread compound make it possible to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and consequently, lower emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. But fuel efficiency comes with a price. And as is the case with tires across performance categories, there are some trade-offs when it comes to low rolling resistance tires.

My first experience driving a vehicle with the new crop of low rolling resistance tires came last year while visiting the Continental Tire Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas. Among the driving exercises was a braking test: we had to accelerate a 2010 Ford Escape equipped with LRR tires down a (dry) straight to a speed of 45 mph and then slam the brakes once the vehicle hit a wet pad. We tested summer and all-season tires, and one set of low rolling resistance (LRR) tires on the Escape. This being my first experience with LRR tires, I was surprised at the results: the LRR tire took significantly longer to come to a complete stop.

A few months later as part of Tire Rack's testing program, we tested four different sets of LRR tires on four identical Toyota Prius. Our road route consists of expressway, state highway and county roads to provide a variety of road conditions that include smooth and coarse concrete, as well as new and patched asphalt. The route allows our team to experience noise comfort, ride quality and everyday handling, just as most drivers do during their drive to school or work. After the test, I noticed that when compared to other non-LRR tires, there was a considerable difference in ride quality. We also performed dry and wet track tests with the Prius and our BMW 3 Series and the LRR tires showed considerably less grip on wet than their standard counterparts -- especially on the Bimmer.

So after all these tests, my recommendation is this: your tire selection should match not only how you drive, but what you drive. I would definitely recommend LRR tires to customers who drive hybrid cars and for whom fuel efficiency is the ultimate goal. Given the substantial differences in wet traction and braking distances on wet, LRR tires may not be suitable to be used on performance cars being driven in a more spirited manner.

Pontiac Brake Pads and Rotors

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Hawk Performance BrakesLast weekend’s project was to replace the brakes on my Pontiac. The O.E. brake rotors and pads had served us well but it was time for something a little better. Over the winters, the rotors had rusted and didn't look as good with the new Elbrus wheels on the car.

The nice thing about brake systems (brake pad and brake rotor combination) at Tire Rack is that there is usually more than one option for your vehicle. For example, for my 2000 Pontiac there are nine different choices of front and rear brakes and seven different brake rotors available. That may seem overwhelming, but actually it is pretty easy to make a selection. Decide ahead of time what is important to you: low noise, stopping power, or low dust. Then select a performance category and use the red bubble brake pad grading scale nnext to the brake pads to pick the best pad. Whether they end up being ceramic disc brake pads or composite disc brake pads, pick the custom brake set-up that works best for your needs and driving style.

My goal for the brake system on the Pontiac was to achieve good, predictable stopping power with minimal noise and lower levels of dust. I selected the ATE PremiumOne Rotors with Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads front and rear. They look and stop much better with the new wheels!
AE ROtorHawk Performance Cermaic Brake Pads

New brake pads require a bed-in. Know what that means?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
If you recently purchased a new set of brake pads, you'll want to make sure you observe the bed-in procedures specifically outlined by each manufacturer (click for details). But before you get to that point, you'll need to make sure those brake pads are installed correctly. We can recommend an installer, or you can do it yourself if you're experienced—either way, make sure the pads are installed on new or resurfaced rotors that are clean and without excessive run-out. In fact, if the run-out is more than .004" then you'll want to replace it.

Once installed, you'll want to observe those manufacturer bed-in guidelines very carefully. That means there will be a specific amount of mileage where you'll need to drive somewhat moderately so that the brake pad compounds can successfully develop the necessary film on the rotors. Failing to observe those mileages can lead to excessive heat buildup, which can negatively affect your new braking system.

Click here to read "Brake Pad and Rotor Bed-In Procedures" in our library of Brake Tech articles. And as always, you can shop by vehicle for brake system upgrades.

You have to watch out for more than just the other drivers on the track.

Monday, June 14, 2010 by Damon Witters
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tires. Check.

Hawk Blue 9012 Track Only Brake Pads. Check.

Forged Racing Wheels. Check.

A day booked at the track. Ahhhhhhhh. Bliss. The smell of hot brakes, tires and engines. Old, bald men going through their midlife crises and standing around their new Porsches and BMWs comparing the size of their tires and scratching their bellies at the price they paid for the wheels that will no DOUBT take valuable seconds off their lap times. Seconds that will make them KING of the water cooler on Monday morning. As they are removed from the trailer and installed one by one, how many of them are inspected for cracks? You'd be surprised.

"These wheels are FORGED, and they won't break!" I hear it more than you'd think. Thing is, what most people don't realize is that while lightweight and strong, any wheel , even forged wheels, can crack due to stress or impact. There may not be an obvious bend in the wheel. Where there is a crack, there is a break waiting to happen.

While it's fun to tease (out of jealousy, really), it is important to remember that regardless of what you are racing on, it's imperative that you periodically check your wheels for cracks.

Modern performance cars with high output engines, huge brakes and well tuned susspensions put as much force and stress on wheels as many dedicated race cars. Race teams go through great trouble to inspect wheels for signs of trouble. You should inspect yours, too. The intense extended heat and stress caused on the entire vehicle requires that drivers take extra time and care to ensure there is no hidden damage to any vehicle component.

We have a great tech article that track drivers find useful.

Being king of a Monday morning water cooler means you have to be able to get to it first.

Ate brake pads and rotors for high quality replacement brakes.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 by Gary Stanley
Looking to upgrade from conventional brake pads? 

The Ate (Ah-Tay) brand has been developed by the Continental Teves' group which is responsible for many outstanding original equipment braking and stability control systems. Among these OE applications are the BMW 3-series and Mini Cooper.
 
The pads incorporate vehicle specific formulations which provide excellent performance on a wide variety of applications.  
 
Ate Original Brake Pads European Applications


 

Ate PremiumOne Brake Pads Domestic and Asian Applications

 


 


Don't forget your brake rotors!  

Ate PremiumOne Brake Rotors  have a cool-looking and functional elliptical slotting, Patented RotorLife wear indicator. and a corrosion resistant coating to keep them looking new.




Would you like to know what Ate offers for your car?  Search our online inventory.

Need to measure your tread depth? Use a coin!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
It's a good idea to keep track of your tires' tread depth because it indicates how much life is left in the tires. Gauges are certainly the best option for doing so, but they're not always handy. At Tire Rack, we offer the Dill® Digital Tread Depth Gauge in our inventory of accessories. (Bonus! You can also use it to measure brake shoe and pad wear!)

Another way to measure tread depth—use a coin!
Place a penny or a quarter into several tread grooves at least 15" apart on the tire. When part of Lincoln's head is covered, it means you have more than 2/32" of tread depth. And if the top of his memorial is always covered, then you've got more than 6/32" of tread depth. When part of Washington's head is covered, then you're clear with more than 4/32" of tread depth.

So easy, right? Just remember that most states determine tires are legally worn out if their tread depth gets below 2/32"—in other words, below Lincoln's head. Read more, then click here to order new tires if yours are significantly worn out.

 

Looking for a lighter and more durable race battery?

Thursday, May 20, 2010 by Mac McNabb


Let us assume you have already changed to the perfect Michelin tire. The Brakes have already been updated to HAWK pads. What's next?

Braille Batteries are some of the most durable, versatile and light batteries on the market for your racer or weekend warrior! Have a New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and looking to save some weight somewhere? Braille could be your first step! You could shave 20+ lbs just by dong a simple battery change!

So you need to mount your battery on its side in your BMW M Roadster but are concerned about acid leakage? Braille would be the perfect solution! For autocross, road racing, drag racing or just the weekend warrior weight savings is always a concern and your ally in performance. Look through the web site and see which size battery would be perfect for your RACING and weight shaving needs! Be sure to confirm the cranking amps and see just how much weight you can save.

Hawk LTS brake pads are a great choice for your truck or SUV brake pads.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Gary Stanley
Need new brake pads for your SUV? 

I recommend the Hawk LTS brake pads. The compound utilizes Hawks Ferro-Carbon material that has proven so effective with the Hawk HPS pads




The LTS compound is formulated specifically for Light Truck and SUV applications and is intended for owners seeking:

  • increased stopping power
  • increased fade resistance
  • minimal dust
  • low noise

I have installed these on my own vehicle as well as a few of my neighbors' and friends'. All have been very happy with the results. Those with PLUS size wheel packages are good candidates for this pad. 

Towing with a heavy duty applciation? The Hawk SuperDuty compound should still be the way to go if you are using your truck in severe duty applications with heavy loads or heavy repetitive brake situations such as commercial use.

These and other great brake products are available at Tire Rack

 

How to Choose Brake Components

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
We all know how important your brake components are to the overall safety of your vehicle. But when it comes time to purchase new brake components, the correct choice can be painfully unobvious. At Tire Rack, we do everything we can to help you through the process.

You can search our inventory according to your vehicle, after which we'll create a customized list of products.

When it comes time to replace brakes, we suggest you start by looking at the type of brakes that are currently on your vehicle. What can be improved upon? What are you willing to trade to make that happen? Then check out our Performance Categories. You may find yourself gravitating toward one in particular.

Think about combining brake pad replacements with new rotors, too. Sport slotted and/or drilled rotors will make your car look like it belongs on the track, and can also enhance your brake system. In fact, there are a number of tweaks you can make to improve your brake system beyond just changing the performance brake pads.

Shop by vehicle to see a list of suitable products for yours, from which you can pick according to your individual needs.

Brake Squeak!

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Mac McNabb
Are you having issues with your brakes squeaking? Is it time for a replacement or are they fairly new?

Let's start with the possibility that they need to be replaced. Often the manufacturer of your brake pad will add metal clips that cause squealing or squeaking to occur when the pads are worn. If this seems to be the case, time for new brakes. Here is a quick part list of what you will need:
Hawk
PADS.  You need to select a pad that works well for how you drive.

Semi Metallic:   more aggressive and more stopping power, but more noise and dust.
                        Examples:  Hawk HPS Street Sport, ATE Original Premium One
                                          Satisfied GranSport GS6
Ceramic:          less dust and noise, but not as aggressive bite and stopping power.
                        Examples:  Akebono Pro ACT, ATE Premium One, Hawk Performance Ceramic

ROTORS.   More than likely you will need rotors. It is recommended that you do not turn your rotors, but replace with new ones. A rotor's effectiveness is based on dispersing heat, and taking any metal away will diminish its ability to do such.

Solid:               Normal driving to autocross racing (parking lot with cones/markers)
                        Centric, Cryo-Stop, Brembo
Slotted:           Extremely aggressive driving to road racing. (large, repeated speed changes)
                       ATE, Power Slot, Power Slot Cryo, Brembo, DBAPower Slot

FLUID.  If it has been 50+ thousand miles or you drive your vehicle hard, you may consider flushing your fluid. If you fluid looks like coffee or tea at the caliper end, time to flush.

So if you are the type of person that decides to change the brakes on your BMW 335i and are looking for an added edge, this is a project you can do! Remember when you upgraded to the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tire? Choosing the right brakes will make the same difference for stopping as the difference the right tire makes for cornering!

Increase your Corvette's performance with a few aftermarket products.

Monday, March 29, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
The Corvette is a powerful vehicle, made even more so with a few aftermarket upgrades. And at Tire Rack, we're in the game of knowing exactly what those upgrades should be—starting with Corvette suspension products.

The Eibach Multi-Pro R2 Coil-Over Kit shown at right facilitates precise tuning for optimum handling balance. You can also adjust dampening for more comfort or the ultimate in grip. The choice is yours, which you'll base on your driving style.

And speaking of style, you're probably well aware of our selection of Corvette tires and Corvette wheels. To see these, and also the Eibach kit above, you'll want to take advantage of our Upgrade Garage—entering your Corvette's specifications will make you privy to a whole slew of aftermarket products that suit it, including Corvette shocks and Corvette brake pads.

In no time at all, you'll be driving that "brand-new" 'vette of your dreams.



Ready for warm weather? Check out our selection of M3 tires and wheels.

Monday, March 22, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
For some of us, the sun has been shining a lot more frequently. For others, temperatures are just about worthy of a top-down drive. That means it's high time you drive away in a new set of M3 tires and wheels.

Tire Rack
has a pretty vast selection to choose from, so we'll start you off with a recommendation: Michelin Pilot tires and Breyton wheels.

The Pilot Sport PS2 is currently our top-seller in the Max Performance Summer category, and though this chart can change with every consumer review we receive, we have a feeling these Michelin performance tires will be up there for a while thanks to world-class traction and handling. (See chart.) When paired with the Breyton Race GTS, you create a Tire & Wheel Package that exudes impressive performance.

Enter our Upgrade Garage to find these and other M3 tires and wheels for your BMW. We'll also show you a number of other aftermarket upgrades, like BMW brake pads and BMW shocks.








Is your Acura ready for Spring?

Thursday, March 4, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
With harsh winter weather dying down (hopefully), it's time to make sure your Acura is ready for spring and summer driving.

If you've been rolling on winter / snow tires, you may want to consider purchasing a new set of Acura tires. You don't have to worry about ice and snow anymore, so it's time for a tire that'll let you have some driving fun—without compromising safety, of course. We put Yokohama AVID H4S tires on the MDX below. (In fact, these tires are High Performance All-Season tires, which would carry you through the winter if your winter / snow tires have seen enough action.)
In addition to the Acura tires, you may want to check out your brakes. A new set of Acura brake pads may be necessary, given the white-knuckle driving you've been doing on those unpredictable winter roads.

If you enter our Upgrade Garage, we'll show you a variety of aftermarket upgrades for your Acura. Including wheels, like the Sport Edition ST5 wheels shown above. Pick the products you want, and we'll get them to you as soon as possible.

You'll be out on those sunny spring roads in no time.

Brake Pads and Rotors at the Tire Rack, Customize Your Brake System

Thursday, February 18, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Ever thought to buy brake pads and rotors online? With Tire Rack you can buy brake pads and brake rotors of your choice shipped to you, or your installer. Tire Rack has brake components to fit your vehicle broken down into four performance categories to help with the selection process. About a year ago, I noticed my Chevy Impala's brake system was not performing like I remembered. The Impala is used to get me back and forth to work in an efficient manor. All I needed was an Original Equipment replacement level brake product. I selected the Akebono ProACT Ceramic Brake Pads from the Premium Brake Pad category. I always like to use the products  Tire Rack carries to see for myself how they work in the field, so I made the purchase and got to work updating the Impala with my new Akebono ProACT Ceramic Pads.

The Akebono ProAct Ceramic Pads have met my expectations. They work well in rain and dry conditions and do not make a lot of dust. One thing I did notice during winter driving is the Akebono ProAct Ceramic Pads do have a little more initial bite as the front wheels have locked up a few more times than last winter with my O.E. brake pads (no ABS on the Impala). No worries; a small change to my braking style and I'm happy with the overall performance of the brake system on Centric Premium Brake Rotormy car.

Not to forget the brake rotors, as its always a great time to replace brake rotors and brake pads at the same time. The Centric Premium Rotor is a great Original Equipment replacement rotor. One thing I really like about the Centric Premium Rotor is the Electrocoating (E-coating) black finish. The finish really makes the rotors look sharp especially if you have a wheel that shows the rotors or, have a winter wheel that shows the rotor more than the summer wheels.

Check to see which rotors or brake pads work best for your car at Tire Rack. Tire Rack has many brake system options to chose from. I just wanted something like the Original Equipment brake system.  You may want to step it up for some additional performance. Tire Rack can offer you the custom brake pad and rotor package to meet your needs.

Hawk Brake Options at the Tire Rack

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Hawk Performance BrakesLike the many tire options available at the Tire Rack.  There are quite a few brake pads available.  Tire Rack carries Hawk brake pads.  Hawk brakes do a good job offering brake pads in each performance category to enhance your brake system.
  • Hawk HPS Brake Pads
    • For high-speed driving, or repetitive heavy braking.  Offering 20-40% more stopping power and higher resistance to brake fade than most Original Equipment brake pads.
Check the Hawk Brake products by clicking the links above.  Tire Rack also has brake survey reviews if you would like to view them as well as a red colored dot system showing the Stopping Power rating, Low Noise Rating, and Low Dust Rating of each brake pad we carry.

Are you taking care of your performance rims and tires?

Friday, January 29, 2010 by Tire Rack Team

When you install a new set of performance wheels & tires, you can't help but notice how awesome they look. They're shiny, so clean...and incredibly impressive.

Enter brake dust, salt, stones, cinders and tar. The nemesis of any new performance rims and tires.

Very quickly, your rim & tires can become the dirtiest part of your car. And consequently, damage caused by prolonged exposure to these troublemakers can void your wheel warranty. The solution? Keep your tires and wheels clean. Here's how:

1. Coat your wheels with wax before you install them, and then periodically throughout use. This will ultimately make them much easier to clean.

2. Treat your tires and wheels much like you treat your car—with a little soapy water and a sponge. (Just make sure the soap is mild, not abrasive. And the sponge should be soft, not a steel wool pad.)

3. Use a tar and/or bug remover to prevent permanent staining.

4. Scope out automatic car washes before you enter. Some use acid-based cleaners and stiff brushes, both of which can cause damage. (To your vehicle, too!)


 

BMW Wheels and More

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Pretty cars need pretty wheels. Or, to take it from another perspective—high performance vehicles benefit from aftermarket wheels to enhance tire performance and handling. But still, they do make a car look really good. The 2009 135i Coupe below features 18" O.Z. Racing Allegerita HLT wheels in an anthracite finish. The following BMW wheels will look just as good:

ASA GT1 (Bright Silver Paint)
Breyton Race GTS-R (Black with Red Stripe)
moda MD7 (Machined with Anthracite Accent)

Now, search by vehicle in our Upgrade Garage to get a visual representation of what different BMW rims might look like on your vehicle. You'll also get the opportunity to see matching BMW tires.

And you might not want to stop there. The Upgrade Garage helps you search our entire inventory of suitable products, like BMW brake pads and BMW suspension upgrades. Are your BMW shock absorbers absorbing enough bounce? Feeling every bump in the road? New BMW shocks might be just what the doctor...or, mechanic...ordered.