Love is...Autocrossing. And Tire Rack.

Monday, June 16, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

A happy couple, fun with cars and Tire Rack. A perfect marriage in our book.

Angie and Woody Rogers, both Tire Rack employees, placed their first Tire Rack orders back in 1990 before even knowing each other.

Later they met and the rest is (autocross) history.

Woody, who began autocrossing in 1989, convinced Angie to come to an event for their first date. It wasn't long before Angie got behind the wheel and gave it a try herself. The motoring couple continued to compete in local, regional and national level autocross competitions around the country. And many sets of tires later, Angie eventually went on to win two SCCA National Autocross Championships!

Both joined the Tire Rack team on the same day in the summer of 1999. Woody has turned his love of tires and ample time behind the wheel into his role as one of Tire Rack's product information specialists and tire test program coordinator, while Angie has blended her graphic design training and management skills into her current role as print media buyer.

This time of year, you'll find them prepping their 2002 S2000 for yet another season of competition in the SCCA's STR class.

What's Installed? Woody Comments.

Dunlop245/40R17 Dunlop Direzza ZII Tires

"Chosen because it's an all-around performance leader. This tire is well suited to the task, and inspires confidence to push hard and place the car very exactly, both of which are critical to going fast."

TRMotorsports17x9.0 TRMotorsports C3 Light Grey Wheels

"These wheels have the correct fit plus light weight and economical pricing. It costs nearly twice as much to save just two pounds per wheel."

KW KW Clubsport Coil-Over Kit

"We've used KW Coil-Overs before, and they proved to deliver excellent damping control and a wide range of adjustability."

Eibach SpringsFront Anti-Roll Bar

"The Eibach Front Anti-Roll Bar is hollow for reduced weight and the two-way adjustability on the S2000 fitment helps tune handling as needed."

Intercomp 4" Deluxe Air Pressure Gauge

"Big enough to see from the moon, and always spot on accurate."

AquapelGlass Treatment

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades

"The combination of Aquapel and PIAA Super Silicone wipers makes a great pair to assure visibility during even the heaviest downpour."

Braille Auto Lightweight Racing Battery (Carbon Wrap w/Mount) 6 lbs.

"Saving weight is an important part of this project, and this should shave nearly 40 lbs. from the car while still having plenty of cranking power."

SPCSPC Adjustable Ball Joint

"Installed in the front upper control arms, the SPC ball joints add additional adjustment range to the OEM suspension so we can get sufficient negative camber to optimize tire performance."

With Bad Weather Coming, Make Sure Your Wiper Blades are Ready

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Just like with your tires, it never hurts to be proactive and replace your wiper blades before harsh weather arrives. In most cases, it's easy to tell when your wiper blades are starting to fail as they start to smear or push rain across the windshield instead of wiping it away cleanly. We carry efficient and durable options from PIAA and Valeo that either match your Original Equipment or exceed your current blades in design and efficiency. 

Valeo's ULTIMATE® Wiper Blades feature an aerodynamic design that provide more than 1,500 continuous contact points across the blade that help it minimize the chance that ice or snow will accumulate and affect the blade's performance. Their blades perform so well that they're used as Original Equipment on Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and General Motors applications.

We also carry PIAA wipers, as they use a revolutionary process to infuse their blades with Silicone to maximize durability and effectiveness. PIAA offers their Super Silicone technology in both the traditional frame design (one with a sporty air spoiler to improve high speed performance), as well as the low profile frameless design.

To see what wiper blades are available for your application, shop by vehicle.

Try a Set of PIAA Super Silicone Wipers This Spring

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Spring is a great time for new windshield wipers. Freezing winter temperatures and an icy windshield can damage wiper blades, making them less smooth and effective. With spring's rainy weather coming for much of the country, a fresh set of wiper blades can make a noticeable improvement in wet-weather visibility. 

I use PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades on my car. The silicone component of the blade lays down a water-beading film on the windshield every time it wipes. This helps clear the windshield more completely. On occasion, with the right combination of moderate rain and higher speeds, the water just beads up and rolls off without using the wipers at all. For some reason I get way more fun out of this fact than is purely logical. Search by vehicle to see if these wipers are available for your vehicle.

Ultimate All-Season Wipers

Monday, October 24, 2011 by Jonas Paeplow

Be honest, when was the last time you inspected your wiper blades? Are they more than a year old? Do they streak, smear or chatter? Your vehicle's windshield wipers are designed to provide you with a clear, streak-free view of the road in rainy and wet conditions. A clean windshield could mean the difference between you being able to see any given object clearly or trying to focus on a blurred image.

A small but significant percentage of all vehicle accidents result from impaired vision caused by a dirty or damp windshield. In addition, many of the vehicles on the road today have windshield wipers that are beyond their functional lifespan. Fifteen percent of the vehicles inspected during National Car Care Month failed because of worn windshield wiper blades.

Colder weather is rapidly approaching with plenty of rain, sleet, snow and fog. Ice and snow can pack into metal blade frames and cause the blades to malfunction. During these weather conditions, good wiper blades are a necessity. Vehicle owners and drivers should keep in mind that it would be best to inspect windshield wiper blades at least every six months. Windshield wiper blades may not be used frequently but they do get damaged by several factors such as dirt and dust, UV radiation, friction and acid rain.

A good visual inspection of the wiper blade could prevent trouble later on. Look for cracked, nicked or torn rubber, or a discoloration in the blade surface. Next, run your finger along the blade surface and check for hard or brittle rubber or ragged edges. Finally, inspect the plastic or metal wiper body, looking for a bent or damaged frame that could affect wiper performance. If any of these conditions exist, or if the wiper blade has been on the vehicle for more than a year, replace the wiper refill (including Super Graphite Wiper Blades and Silicone Wiper Blades) or better yet the entire blade assembly.

So now that you know you need to replace wiper blades, which wiper should you choose? Why not choose the wiper that gives you the best bang for your buck. When looking for replacement wiper blades, Valeo Ultimate Wiper Blades give you the latest wiper technology at a great price.


Valeo Ultimate Wiper Blades

What makes the Valeo aftermarket wipers so good?

  • An attractive, ultra-flat profile.
  • Even blade-to-windshield pressure distribution.
  • Superior aerodynamics attributed to the integrated spoiler.
  • Enhanced aero-acoustics reduce wind noise up to 3dB.
  • No metal superstructure to collect snow & ice.  
  • Advanced Rubber Technology provides smoother and quieter wiping performance
even blade-to-windshield distribution     metal frame pressure points

Never underestimate the importance of a fresh set of wiper blades. Not only will they add to your driving safety and peace of mind, but you'll also enjoy a better view of what lies ahead with the "Ultimate" All-Season Wiper Blade.


PIAA Wiper Blades

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
It is easy to overlook the importance of new wiper blades, but Tire Rack offers the latest models from PIAA that will provide cleaner windshields resulting in better visibility.

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper BladesPIAA Super Silicone
The silicone insert ensured greater visibility by coating the windshield with silicone to promote continuous water beading in wet conditions.

PIAA Super Sporza Silicone With Spoiler PIAA Super Sporza Silicone w/Spoiler
The addition of a spoiler keeps the wiper blades in contact with the windshield at higher speeds.

PIAA Forza Hybrid Silicone Wiper Blades
PIAA Forza Hybrid Silicone
Features a frame that provides even and optimal pressure throughout the blade. 

Don't get caught in the rain without a new pair of PIAA wiper blades.

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 by Kyle Schirripa
Piaa Super Silcone Wiper Blades
Looking for wipers that last?

The PIAA Super Silicone Wiper is a great option. I installed a set of the PIAA blades on one of my vehicles in October of 2005 and I'm still using them today. Compared to several other brands I've tried in the past, I'd have to say the PIAA has been my favorite. 

Learn more about PIAA blades or click here to see if a set is available for your vehicle.

Forza Hybrid Silicone Wiper Blades from PIAA

Monday, June 7, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
In the market for a new set of wiper blades? Tired of listening to your old blades drag across your windshield every time you clean it? Consider the Forza Hybrid Silicone wiper blades from PIAA.

A side-spring frame design creates just the right amount of pressure to keep the blade touching your windshield every second it's in action.

In fact, the silicon rubber blade will coat your windshield with a layer of silicone that promotes continuous water beading. This, of course, helps you maintain a clear view in rain, snow and more. And with a powder coated finish and zinc plating, you won't have to worry about rusty wipers ruining your aesthetics. In addition, the Forza Hybrid features a wind-cheating Aero Cover that actually makes this wiper look quite sleek and contemporary.

You won't be disappointed in a set of PIAA wiper blades. PIAA manufactures world-class wiper blades using the latest technology and extensive methods of testing.

See all PIAA wiper blades at Tire Rack.

Better wipers - Improving inclement weather visibility

Friday, May 14, 2010 by Adrian Lautaru
With so many wipers available on the market today it is tough to decide which one is most efficient.

The best one I have found is the PIAA Silicone wiper. The rubber blade is enhanced with silicone, which gets transferred to the windshield every time the wipers are used creating a super slick invisible coating which allows rain water to bead into small droplets and slide off with normal wiping. The silicone coating also eliminates chatter and squeaking which I found very common with other wipers.

Tire Rack carries a full line of PIAA wipers from 12-inch to 24-inch sizes to fit most of the vehicles on the road today.

PIAA Wiper Blades

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Walt Walton
Compared to conventional windshield wiper blades, PIAA Super Silicone wiper blades can make a dramatic difference in removing rain and snow from your windshield.

PIAA wiper bladesThe unique feature of each PIAA Super Silicone blade is the silicone material in the blade that not only allows it to sweep more smoothly over the windshield surface, it also leaves an invisible coating of silicone on the windshield that causes water to bead up and not adhere to the surface even when the wipers aren't on.

The silicone film acts much like the rain-repelling treatments sold in automotive parts stores by causing water to form small beads on the windshield surface. Because the material is already in the PIAA Super Silicone blades, the inconvenience of having to periodically re-apply a treatment to the windshield is gone. A small amount of silicone is deposited on the windshield each time the blade sweeps across, and that continues for the life of the blade.

At lower speeds the silicone film makes water and snow easier for the blades to sweep from the surface, and at higher speeds the pressure of air flow accross the windshield means that the wiper blades can be run intermittently or at lower speeds than normally required to keep the windshield clear. Many times at highway speeds the beading action of the silicone film will mean is isn't necessary to even turn the windshield wipers on in rain or snow.

Search for wiper blades by vehicle.

PIAA Windshield Wiper Blades Available at Tire Rack

Friday, April 9, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Check out PIAA's Line of Windshield Wiper Blades for your vehicle.

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades - The Wiper Blade of Choice for Many Vehicles
PIAA Super Silicone Windshield Wiper Blades

I have been very happy with the PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades I have on my car and would suggest checking to see if they are available in a fit for your vehicle.

Time to replace wiper blades?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
It's an easy task, we promise.

Tire Rack stocks PIAA replacement blades in both silicone and graphite materials. They come in 12- and 24-inch sizes with pin and hook attachments. You'll want to match the length of the refill to the blade currently installed on your vehicle. PIAA wiper blades may also fit some Original Equipment, even other manufacturer's wiper blade assemblies. You'll just need to make sure there's a square-type claw and top, like the one in the image below.

Search for wiper products by vehicle.

Silicone Wiper Blades: Choose PIAA

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Though it may seem simple, there is a lot of technology that goes into silicone wiper blades. Studies are done on individual car windshields in different types of weather, which leads to perfectly arched wiper blades that gently remove rain, snow and ice from your line of site. 

Further, a variety of materials are tested to determine the best possible material with which to create the wiper itself. In today's market, we typically see two variations: silicone wiper blades and graphite wiper blades. Both of which are excellent options.

PIAA's Super Silicone wiper blades were designed to be the wiper of choice. The rubber wiper blade coats the windshield with a light layer of silicone during use to promote continuous water beading in the rain. In addition, the silicone assists the blade during movement to prevent excess noise often caused by a blade dragging along the glass.

PIAA also offers a Super Graphite wiper blade. Their exclusive Molybdenum graphite bonding process creates a consistent graphite coating that won't weaken the rubber wiper blade like compound graphite materials. This coating maintains itself throughout the life of the blade, assuring a reliable view without excess noise or streaking. 

See more PIAA wiper blades.

PIAA Xtreme White Plus Headlight Bulbs and Super Silicone Wiper Blades Improve Visiblity

Thursday, August 13, 2009 by Chad Hocker
PIAAI have been using the PIAA Xtreme White Plus Headlight Bulbs and also Super Silicone Wiper Blades on my vehicle for some time now. I found it difficult to see PIAA Extreme White Plus Light Bulbsat night, especially in rainy conditions. The PIAA Xtreme White Plus head light bulbs offered me clearer visibility over my OE headlights and the PIAA Super Silicone Aftermarket Wiper Blades kept my windshield much cleaner than my OE wiper blades. 

I have most of the family using the the PIAA wiper blades. Today as I was installing the latest set of PIAA Super Silicone Replacement Blades on my grandparents' car, we were discussing how visibility has improved for them using these two PIAA products. The PIAA headlight bulbs will not be any brighter or show light further down the road. They will, however, allow you PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Bladeto recognize road hazards easier as they project a clearer light down the road. The PIAA lighting and replacement wiper blades are available for most vehicles.

Silicone, the wave of the wiper blade future from TireRack

Friday, August 7, 2009 by Damon Witters

I have been a huge fan of our PIAA Super Silicone wiper blades for some time.  Last week I ran through a construction zone that splattered tar all up the front of my truck.  I had to use Laquer Thinner to clean it all off the windshield.  I followed it up by 50/50 alcohol and water mix and then finally Windex. At that point I knew it was as clean as it could be and the initial silicone treatment that comes with the blades was removed.  After just a week of wiper use you can clearly see the blades have re-deposited a new thin layer of silicone back onto the window to repel water JUST like they claim.  And with proper care they last a long time.

Very cool.

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades, A Personal Experience

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 by Chad Hocker
After using the PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blade for a few months.  I am impressed with the performance they offer.  Compared to the original equipment wipers that came on my General Motors vehicle the PIAA aftermarket wipers are a nice improvement.  I have had them for 3 months now so it may not be a fair comparison to the original equipment blades, which I had used for a year.  The first thing I noticed about these blades was how much better I could see while using the wipers in rainy conditions.  Another thing I like about the PIAA is the way the water beads as a result of the silicone coating on the windshield allowing the water to be easily removed by the wiper.  I have been very happy with the PIAA Super Silicone Wipers.  Take a look at how they compare to the traditional Wiper Blades like I used to have on my car.
PIAA Super Silicone Wiper
Prior to wiper use, prepare windshield according to the instructions included in the Windshield Preparation Kit.   Run blades "dry" for 5 minutes to complete windshield preparation. This spreads initial silicone coating on the windshield.   Wiping action makes windshield water-repellant, so rain beads up,   and is removed by the wipers at low to moderate speeds,

Super-smooth glide eliminates annoying chattering and squeaking.

  or by wind pressure at moderate to high speeds.

Then compared to the traditional wiper blade without the use of silicone blades
Other Wiper Blades
............. Normal windshield  allows rain water to collect and puddle.   So rain never beads up,...    .....   there by reducing visibility.   Noisy, chatter, vibration especially for chemical-coated windshield.


On a side note regarding my installation experience make sure you read the instructions and follow them.  Their are some specific instructions you need to follow to make the wipers a success.  Make sure you use the correct hook on installation which is shown in the instructions.  Once I figured things out the installation went quickly.