Take advantage of our tire research!

You can't just pick out any tire and expect it to work well on your vehicle. Purchasing new tires is a decision that takes some thought. At Tire Rack, we're here to help you think it through so that it doesn't become a long, drawn out process. Because really, it's not that hard to pick the right tires. Trust us, we've done the research.Literally. Performance...  Read More

Shop for tires by vehicle or size—which is best?

When it comes to picking out new tires, you can't voucher a guess. The purchase must be educated, and it must make sense. Your safety on the road, after all, depends on it. So at Tire Rack, we offer a few different ways to reach a purchase decision. The easiest of which is to shop according to vehicle.When you enter your vehicle's specifications into our...  Read More

So many brake options—which brand is right for your vehicle?

Just like tires, brakes come in a variety of performance categories. From Premium to Autocross/Track to brakes made specifically for light trucks and SUVs—your vehicle fits into a brake category, and that category offers a few different options. So really, how do you choose? We try to make it as easy as possible by giving you the option to searchaccording...  Read More

Make sure your run-flat tires are correctly mounted.

Whether you're doing it yourself or seeking assistance from an installer, there are a few things you need to know about mounting run-flat tires. And about servicing tire pressure monitoring systems when run-flat tires are involved. You can read more about that here, as we'll focus primarily on the mounting issues.For starters, choose an installer that's...  Read More

Villian Wheels from American Racing

American Racing wheels were made for modern muscle cars, especially the Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe. It's a sleek, yet nostalgic vehicle that calls for an equally sleek wheel. One that looks modern, but fits its old-school attitude. In fact, American Racing defines today's muscle cars as "modern performance cars with attitude." And they create wheels based on...  Read More

TEST RESULTS: Street/Sport Truck All-Season Tires

We've been conducting our fair share of tire tests! Recently, we compared three Street/Sport Truck All-Season tires—the Firestone Destination ST, Kumho Ecsta STX KL12, and the Pirelli Scorpion Zero. Each set was installed on a 2009 Porsche Cayenne V6, and then we drove them on area roads and our test track to help determine which were the favorites.As...  Read More

Check out the newest Elbrus wheel yet?

Summer is the season for wheels. Without salt and ice around, aftermarket wheels shine brighter than ever. And so does Tire Rack's wheel inventory, which happens to be our largest yet. We've stocked our shelves with the best of the best new wheels, including the Elbrus I03. If you don't know anything about Elbrus, you should. They are, after all, named...  Read More

TEST RESULTS: Ultra High Performance Summer Tires

We like to play with our tires. Not only does it make our job fun, it gives us the ability to really get to know a tire. And the more we know an individual tire, the easier it is for us to help you find the perfect set. We recently tested four Ultra High Performance Summer tires—the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500, Kumho...  Read More

COMING SOON: New O.Z. Racing Wheels for the Porsche GT3!

Back in 1971, O.Z. Racing became a leader in the light alloy, aftermarket wheel industry—and that's a position they have yet to give up. New O.Z. wheels continue to impress us at Tire Rack, the newest of which is without exception.O.Z. has unveiled their Superforgiata wheel, shown at right, which will take its place in our inventory later this year. It's a...  Read More

Can changes in altitude affect your tire pressure?

Yes, actually. Altitude changes can affect the pressure in your tires, though admittedly the change is minimal. Still, any change in tire pressure is a change worth noting because it's the tire pressure itself that carries the weight of your vehicle. So if you live in a mountainous area, or if you plan to drive through one soon, you'll want to pay...  Read More

Outfit your Sonata with some slick Enkei wheels.

Aftermarket wheels can add a number of performance improvements to your vehicle, like reducing your vehicle's overall weight to make driving more efficient. But most importantly, aftermarket wheels change your vehicle's aesthetic, often giving it a sleek, impressive appearance that's unique to you and your individual tastes. In other words, they just look...  Read More

Drive like a "rockstar" with these KMC Wheels.

The 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe at right is a sleek and powerful vehicle. But when you add an equally impressive set of aftermarket Mustang rims, it's hard to believe, but the vehicle manages to look even sleeker. The particular wheels you see at right are Rockstar Car wheels from KMC, so named because the brand gets its inspiration from an elite group of...  Read More

Why does every tire have a DOT identification number?

The answer is simple: a DOT Identification Number Number is required by the federal law. It represents standardized information about the tire like specific characteristics, capacities and construction. It is also the number the government uses to represent safety standard certification.A tire's DOT Identification Number is not a tire’s serial number. The...  Read More

Continental seals the deal with their ContiComfortKit.

Continental tires are some of the best tires on the market. And as your Continental tire dealer, Tire Rack can say for certain that they're worthy of your trust. But, unfortunately, there isn't a tire out there that's completely infallible. Sometimes, even the best tires don't stand a chance against a piece of glass, a nail or an obnoxious pothole. Yes,...  Read More

Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2 RunOnFlat Preview

Tire Rack recently journeyed to the Bondurant Racing School of High Performance Driving to preview the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G: 2 RunOnFlat Extreme Performance Summer tire. The tire was run on a 2008 Corvette Z06 and was compared to the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar EMT—the Z06's Original Equipment tire since 2005. Since the new G: 2 was chosen as...  Read More

Fight hydroplaning with good tires.

If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain or if your current tires just don't move through water, you may want to consider a new tire that resists hydroplaning.What is hydroplaning? It occurs when one or more of your tires are lifted from the road by the water trapped beneath it. If you drive through a big puddle, you might notice a splash of water...  Read More

Cryogenically treated rotors can improve brake system performance.

The process of cryogenically treating brake rotors can drastically improve the way a brake system performs. Cryogenically treated metal is cooled well below a zero-degree temperature, slowly returned to room temperature, and treated with heat to complete the process. Although you can't see the results, the metal is significantly altered and is able to...  Read More

The right brake rotors mean everything on the track.

All aftermarket brake products are not suitable for the high speeds associated with track use. For example, stay clear of drilled or dimpled rotors. They may look high-performance and they can resist some of the gasses that tend to build up between the brake pad and the rotor, but they can't handle the temperatures that result from track speeds and...  Read More

How big is your contact patch?

Not exactly sure what a contact patch is? It’s the part of your tire that touches the ground while you drive. It's a tire’s footprint. And guess what? It's probably not as big as you might think; that's why we're always telling you to keep an eye on your tires' tread depth. A contact patch is about the size of your hand (times four, of course). Not that big...  Read More

Make your Tire & Wheel Package even more affordable.

If you purchase a set of tires and aftermarket wheels as a package, you're in for a great deal. Not only will our careful measurements ensure that your fitment is spot-on, your tires will arrive pre-mounted to save you time and money. Tire & Wheel Packages from Tire Rack ship ready to mount and include all the necessary hardware.Before you make your...  Read More