Looking to Purchase Tires, Wheels Online?

Monday, August 15, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Wheels by BrandWhile our name suggests we're an online tire retailer, Tire Rack is also an online wheel store. With over 40 different brands to choose from, choosing rims and tires online at one retailer is simple.

And when you choose to shop by vehicle you can be sure you are getting a wheel that is an exact fitment for your car. Through research and testing, our fitment engineers match wheels to particular applications. Items we measure or verify include:
  • Bolt pattern
  • Centerbore diameter
  • Hub diameter
  • Load capacity
  • Lug hardware
  • Suspension components clearance
Read "How We Know What Fits" for detailed information on what we measure. And when you're finished, shop by vehicle to see all the wheels that will fit your car, light truck or SUV.

Install Your Tire & Wheel Package in Just Minutes

Monday, August 1, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
How to Install Your Wheel & Tire PackageCreating Tire and Wheel Packages at Tire Rack allows you to buy car tires online as well as rely on us to be your online wheel store - all in one stop. Mounted, balanced and shipped with all necessary hardware at no additional charge, a package is easy to bolt right on. To make sure the miles in between tire rotations are as pleasant as possible, proper installation of your Tire & Wheel Package is key. Read "How to Install Your Wheel & Tire Package."

Begin building your Tire & Wheel Package today!

Six Years Later - The General Grabber UHP is Still At the Top

Friday, July 29, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
General Grabber UHPWith over five million miles reported on, the General Grabber UHP is still the number one-rated tire in its category. Whether you're looking to buy SUV tires for your sport utility vehicle or buy truck tires for your high performance pickup, this Street/Sport Truck Summer tire from General provides traction, handling and control in both dry and wet conditions.

When it comes time to make your online tire purchase, shop by vehicle to find the tire that works best for your vehicle.

When is The Right Time to Replace Tires?

Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Tech ArticleWhile the legal minimum of 2/32" of remaining tread depth indicates a need to replace tires, should you buy tires even if part of Lincoln's head is covered when using a penny to measure your tire's tread depth? Take a look at "Measuring Tire Tread Depth with a Coin" to see how U.S. coins can be used in place of a tire tread depth gauge.

If you live in an area where you drive on snow-covered roads part of the year, then you may want to consider performance winter tires for your vehicle or replacing your current tires when less than 6/32" of tread depth remains. If snow is not an issue but rainy days are, then new automobile tires are recommended when you have approximately 4/32" of remaining tread depth.

To see how tread depth makes a difference in your vehicle's stopping distance, watch "Panic Stopping: How Much Tread Depth Do You Need?"

Tire Rack.com - More Than Just A Tire Website

Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
TiresMost race enthusiasts know if Hoosier tires are the right choice for their next competition. But what about the consumer who needs help comprehending tire speed ratings or how to make an informed purchase based on a tire comparison? Our website is filled with shopping tools that make your online experience as efficient and enjoyable as if you were talking on the phone to one of our sales specialists. So whether you want to shop for tires or other products such as wheels, brakes and more, just remember - tirerack.com is much more than a tire website.

View all shopping tools.

Combine Your Wheel and Tire Purchase Into One

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Tire & Wheel Package Ride Uniformity ConfirmationWhy buy wheels from an online wheel shop and tires from a separate tires online store when you can create a Wheels & Tire Package in one stop here at Tire Rack. Packages are shipped ready to mount with all the necessary hardware, including lugs, center caps and centering rings at no additional charge. And if you're looking to save additional money on your purchase, take a look at our special offers. All rebates apply to qualifying tires to ensure you get a great package at a low price.

Whether it's race, snow or street, create a Tire & Wheel Package for your vehicle today!

AEM Air Intake Systems

Monday, June 13, 2011 by Tire Rack Team


They say their reputation was built with horsepower, and AEM proves it by taking credit for some of the fastest vehicles found on racetracks across the country. Extensive research and development ventures ultimately lead to high-quality products that enhance performance levels on sport compact cars. But they don't stop there. AEM creates a variety of products well-suited to sedans, trucks and SUVs, too. For example, AEM air intakes.

An AEM air intake system comes tuned and tested to provide a complete air intake system that consistently outperforms the competition. All AEM intakes will soft mount, which means installation is flexible to prevent added stress on the component.

AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake Systems were designed for trucks, SUVs and muscle cars to gain maximum airflow without sacrificing low-end torque.

Cold Air Intake Systems were designed for sport compact cars and feature an individually tuned inlet pipe and exterior filter for a cooler inlet charge.

Short Ram Intake Systems are economical alternatives to Cold Air Intake Systems, and tend to please drivers who are concerned about hydrolock.


 

A look at the AEM cold air intake system.

Monday, June 13, 2011 by Tire Rack Team

With their knack for custom work and proven ability to develop some of the fastest cars on racetracks across the country, it's safe to say that AEM pioneered the cold air intake system in sport compact cars. (In fact, all AEM air intakes exhibit excellent performance.)

Specifically, the cold air AEM intakes are dyno-tuned to length and diameter. This forces maximum horsepower and torque more so than any other system like it. Take a look at what this previous customer had to say:

"Freaking wonderful noise! There was an installation issue as the factory airbox is a little different on '06 xb, but nothing that couldn't be fixed easily. I did need to do a little cleanup with the wiring, but that was expected. What I didn't expect was the glorious sound this would make at full throttle. I'd guess about a 4-5 HP gain. Noticeable mainly when the VVT comes on. Great product." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Scion xB, FL

See all AEM air intakes, then shop by vehicle for a specific list of engine tuning products.

 

AIRAID Now Available at Tire Rack

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
AIRAID SynthaMax Premium FilterA cold air intake system can increase your vehicle’s horsepower while improving the engine’s efficiency by relocating the filter to the outside of the engine compartment and delivering cooler air inlet temperatures. Reducing restrictions in the air intake will help create more horsepower and torque.

Purchasing an air intake system along with other upgrades such as a coil over kit can increase your vehicle’s performance. And to ensure optimum engine performance, consider the intake systems available from AIRAID. With the introduction of SynthaMax filters, AIRDAID’s complete line of intake systems provide long lasting quality with high-tech filtration technology.

Shop by vehicle or contact one of our sales specialists with questions you may have about tuning your engine.


Low Rolling Resistance with Goodyear

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Goodyear Assurance featuring Fuel Max TechnologyThe Goodyear Assurance featuring Fuel Max Technology is designed for drivers of cars, coupes, vans and crossover vehicles looking for lower rolling resistance to enhance their vehicle’s fuel economy over the tire’s lifetime. Goodyear’s Fuel Max Technology helps retain longer tread life, while providing 27 percent less rolling resistance, which equates to approximately 2,600 miles worth of fuel over the life of a set compared to standard tires. For more information on Fuel Max Technology and its benefits to certain Goodyear tires read:

Goodyear Fuel Max Technology

Developed to provide year-round confidence in wet, dry and wintry weather conditions, including in light snow, these affordable tires offer improvements in tread life and traction. We tested several eco-friendly all-season tires to see how performance measures up. Goodyear’s Assurance Fuel Max showed reasonable ride comfort and ranked third in our test results. Here are the results.

Shop by vehicle to see which tires are a fit for your vehicle.

Rating Ultra High Performance Summer Tires

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFTHigh performance tires for the summer driving season provide drivers of sports coupes and sedans with responsive handling and crisp steering response in wet and dry conditions.

With Firestone, Michelin and Bridgestone tires making up the top five tires in our Ultra High Performance Summer category survey results, there are great options from different manufacturers to consider. Consumers review tires based on their wet/dry traction and comfort levels for an unbiased opinion on tires that suit your driving style.

After you’ve reviewed and compared our survey results, shop by vehicle to complete your online tire purchase.

Note: Low profile tires in the Ultra High Performance Summer category are not intended to be driven in snow or on ice, thus winter/snow ratings are not tallied in this category’s survey results.

Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position

Monday, April 18, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole PositionEven though the weather may not be cooperating, summer is on its way. And with warmer weather comes summer tires for your sports car, sports coupe or sport sedan.

The Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position provides exceptional dry and wet road traction with responsive handling. To ensure a quiet ride, a continuous circumferential rib adjacent to the inside shoulder blocks improves wear quality while reducing noise throughout the life of the tire. The tire consistently ranks high in the Max Performance Summer category in our Tire Survey Results with superior cornering stability, dry traction and steering response ratings.

Spring Testing

Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Eibach Pro-Kit Spring SetLooking for new springs that are right for your vehicle and the way you drive it?

Tire Rack has performed back-to-back product comparisons to help consumers with their purchasing decisions. Our Suspension Component Research page shows Eibach Springs, H&R Springs and KONI results from our Real World Road Ride route and Performance Test Track course. Our findings can help you select the springs that are right for your application.

For example, we tested spring sets from Eibach against the Original Equipment installed on a BMW E46 328i. Our tests results showed the Eibach springs enhanced the handling and feel of our test vehicle while increasing lap time speeds. To evaluate the benefits of modifying your vehicle’s suspension, read:

Spring Testing

You can also contact one of our sales specialists for more information.

Racing Batteries

Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Braille Lightweight Racing Battery 6 lbs.Tire Rack One Lap of America is an eight-day competition showcasing some of the fastest street-legal cars on some of America’s most challenging racetracks. The event tests the endurance of the vehicles and their drivers as they transit from venue to venue for over 3,500 miles at legal speeds as well as timing their performance at premier racetracks including Daytona International Speedway.

Many drivers will be looking to buy car battery that is lighter than the standard battery and improves the racecar’s performance. The Braille Lightweight Racing Battery is designed with acid-free technology for use in extreme lightweight vehicles and full racecars. Weighing only 6 lbs., this car battery has been used by drivers who have competed in the following events:

•    FIA Formula Racing
•    Speed World Challenge Series
•    SCCA ProRally Series
•    NASA Touring Cars

And Braille batteries are sure to be a great option for all drivers competing in One Lap of America's challenging days of competition.

Lights For Your Truck

Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
PIAA 540 Clear Driving Light KitLooking for aftermarket lights for your SUV or small or mid-size truck?

The PIAA 540 Clear Driving Light Kit packs a big and bold design into a small package. It provides additional protection while enhancing your vehicle’s appearance with its unique black mesh style lens cover. Ultra-thin housing allows for easy do-it-yourself installation.

PIAA 540 Clear Driving Light Kit includes:

•    Two lamps
•    Wiring harness
•    Relay
•    Switch
•    Mesh style covers

Shop by vehicle to see which lighting option works best for your vehicle.

Note: Properly aiming your auxiliary lights is the most important part of the installation process. If the lights are not correctly aimed, they will not achieve maximum performance. For more information on properly aiming your new lights, read:

Proper Auxiliary Light Aiming” 

Going Low with Eibach Springs

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Eibach Sportline Spring SetEibach Springs designs and markets a complete line of tuned dampers, anti-roll bars, strut tower bars, alignment kits, motorcycle and motorsports springs.

The Sportline Spring Set will help you achieve a low and race-replica look. The lowering springs can drop your vehicle typically 1.50” to 2.00” and give your ride the ultimate in balance and comfort.

Tire Rack’s Tech Center is a great way to research information on suspension products and lowering your car. For more information on dropping your vehicle, read:

How Low Can I Go?

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

Tire Rack Helps Replace Headlights

Monday, April 11, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
PIAA 9005 Intense White BulbsIf you are looking to replace headlights, shop by vehicle to see which lights work best for your vehicle.

For example, the Intense White Bulbs from PIAA produce a more radiant white beam without any hint of blue. The bulbs have larger glass tubes that increase output while allowing the bulbs to burn at much cooler temperatures. Here is what one of our customers had to say about these particular aftermarket bulbs:

“These make a huge difference. I can’t believe all the things that I didn’t see before…My [previous] lights were not bad, but I thought I would try these to see if they were worth it. The difference is that the white light gives things the same color that they have during the day instead of a shadowy yellow tint…I will only use these in the future.” – Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1997 Buick Park Avenue

Coil-Overs for the Race track and the Road

Friday, April 8, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
KW Clubsport Kit Coil-OverThe KW Clubsport Coil-Over is for customers who demand a better handling car during track day events, but also want a setup that can be used for every day driving. The set up ensures excellent handling, performance, agility and faster lap times.

Key Benefits & Features of the KW Clubsport Coil Over:

•    Height adjustable
•    Performance setup for the track
•    Linear, high performance race springs
•    Stainless steel “inox-line” damper bodies
•    Independently adjustable, low speed, compression/rebound forces

The suspension setting is adjustable to meet the requirements of your tires and the intended use of your vehicle based on the vehicle load and to better match your driving style.

For more information on improving your vehicle’s performance, read:

“Altitude and Attitude Adjustment”

Shop by vehicle to see which suspension components work best for your vehicle.

PIAA Bulbs

Thursday, April 7, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
PIAA 9005 Intense White BulbsPIAA is committed to manufacturing world-class automotive products that drivers can use for endurance racing, rally, off-road or for the street.

Replacement lighting options from PIAA will help ensure you are getting the latest technology to make night and inclement weather driving as safe as possible. PIAA bulbs are SAE and DOT approved, which allows you to upgrade your vehicle’s bulbs and be street legal in all 50 states and Canada. 

And with April’s showers in the forecast, be sure to take a look at PIAA’s wiper blades for improved visibility and safety.

Shop by vehicle to see which lighting options work best for your vehicle.