All-Season Tires for Winter? Think Again!

Friday, September 9, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Winter Tire FAQsWith winter right around the corner, replacing your vehicle's all-season tires with a set of dedicated winter tires is the best way to go. All-season tires are a compromise intended to provide acceptable traits under a wide variety of conditions. The all-season tire tread designs and compounds that are engineered to provide extended mileage and durability in the summer are less effective in winter's freezing temperatures, and through snow and on ice. And to help with your decision on which snow tire to choose, take a look at the following performance categories:

Performance Winter / Snow

This category is for drivers who are looking for enhanced dry road handling from their tires and are willing to trade some snow and ice traction to get it. These low profile, H- or V-speed rated tires (perfect for sporty imported and domestic cars) are developed to suit winter driving on European highways. Due to their unique designs these tires must be installed in sets of four.

Studless Ice and Snow

Designed for drivers that want to maximize snow and ice traction without the inconvenience of using winter tire studs, these tires feature the latest compound technology to provide winter traction. You'll trade a little handling to get this excellent ice and snow traction, though.

Studdable Winter / Snow

These tires feature snow tire tread compounds and studdable tread designs for good snow and ice traction. It is important to note that studdable winter tires are often prohibited or restricted in some states; check with local authorities to confirm legality.

Still have questions about the benefits of winter tires? Take a look at "Winter Tire FAQs."

Go Off-Road with Fuzion Tires

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Fuzion XTiDeveloped to meet the needs of light truck tuners and enthusiasts who want a unique style without compromising comfort and affordability, the Fuzion XTi has the capability to go off-road. Delivering traction in any direction on gravel roads and dirt trails, the tire provides year-round traction for Jeeps and sport utility vehicles, even in snow.

The XTi also offers dual sidewall styling options that give enthusiasts the ability to reflect their personality by flipping opposite sides of the tire to display an alternative image. One side features a tribal band inspired by around-the-arm tattoos popular with members of Generation X and Y, while the other side reveals a blazing ring of flames.

Interested in a Fuzion tire review? Check out what other drivers are saying about their experience with the Fuzion XTi here.

Which Tires Are Right for the Upcoming Winter Season?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Winter DrivingAll-season tires are a compromise intended to provide acceptable characteristics under a wide variety of conditions. That compromise hinders the tires from being a master of any of of them. A tire's tread design and compounds that provide extended mileage and durability under the summer's sun are not as effective in winter's freezing temperatures and through snow or on ice.

While one tire can't be the fastest on the track and most controllable in the snow, winter / snow tires are designed to excel in colder temperatures, slush, snow and on ice. So instead of white knuckling it through the three-plus months of winter, invest in winter wheels and tires to make the winter driving months as safe as possible.

Watch "All-Season vs. Winter / Snow Tires" to see the difference in acceleration, stopping and cornering capabilities between the two types of tires.

Summer's Not Over Yet

Thursday, August 18, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
 While the calendar is getting closer to fall, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the benefits of summer tires. With 23 different Bridgestone Potenza tires available within the Extreme Performance Summer, Max Performance Summer and Ultra High Performance Summer categories, summer driving doesn't have to end anytime soon. Compare Bridgestone tires within each category to see which tire matches your driving style.
  • Extreme Performance Summer - Offers extreme dry street performance while trading some comfort and hydroplaning resistance.
  • Max Performance Summer - Unsurpassed blend of dry and wet street traction and handling.
  • Ultra High Performance Summer - Provide responsive handling and crisp steering in both wet and dry conditions.
Regardless of the Bridgestone performance tires you choose, take some time to enjoy the roads before they are covered in snow.

Not Enough Space in Your Garage?

Thursday, August 18, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
After you buy auto tires for the summer and winter driving season, what is the best way to store the extra set that is not in use? Providing a seamless look for tire storage, the Tire Garage keeps tires up to 27" in diameter organized while freeing up extra space in your garage.
  • Keeps tires clean and dry
  • Protects tires from UV degradation
  • Universal fit due to unique buckle and internal skirt system
  • Recommended for indoor storage only
Retaining its color and strength after years of use, buy Tire Garage after you purchase new auto tires for the winter and summer season to keep tires clean and protected. Read "Storing Tires" to see how heat and exposure to the elements can influence a tire's aging process.Tire Garage

At the Track with Hoosier Tires

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 by Tire Rack Team

Hoosier A6The A6 Radial from Hoosier is a Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only tire developed for drivers who compete in autocross, time trial and hillclimb events in dry conditions where responsiveness and high levels of grip are desirable. This particular Hoosier tire begins with a tread depth of 4.5/32" and does not require shaving for competition. However, it will benefit from a minimal scuff-in prior to its first run. It is important to note that Hoosier Racing Tires meet Department of Transportation requirements for marking and performance only and are not intended for highway use.

Read "Getting More Out of Competition Tires" for important tips on inflation pressure and storing a competition tire.

Need Replacement Tires? Order Tires Online

Monday, August 15, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Tire RackSince 1996, when Tire Rack introduced the industry's most up-to-date website to the world, consumers have been able to research their performance product purchases and confidently buy online. Even as the industry continues to grow, our goals remain the same: offering quality performance products, expert advice, exceptional pricing and fast shipping. In fact, most customers are within one to two business days of our six distribution centers to ensure a timely delivery.

Our shopping tools make sure your experience on our site is as efficient and enjoyable as possible. View all shopping tools here.

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 - 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 - 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.