New Elbrus Wheels for Your 3-Series BMW

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by Logan Woodworth

Elbrus I08For those of you looking for a custom wheel for your late model BMW 3 Series with the appearance of the M3 wheel, Tire Rack has the solution. The Elbrus I08 is a great addition for someone looking for an inexpensive Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for their 3 Series coupe, sedan or convertible.

This particular wheel would also be ideal for someone who has a late model 3 Series and would like to give their Bimmer the M3 look without the M3 price tag. These wheels are nearly identical to the styling of the Original Equipment wheels at a fraction of the cost.

Elbrus wheels are manufactured using the latest pressure cast technology and feature an extremely durable I.C.E coating. Not all alloy wheels are created equally and there are several casting methods used to manufacture alloy wheels. These Elbrus wheels are high pressure cast and are more resistant to damage than standard gravity cast. They also offer a durable finish well suited for winter use.

Lowering Your Ford Mustang

Thursday, January 5, 2012 by Logan Woodworth
The late model Ford Mustang is fast becoming an extremely popular vehicle for both customizers and enthusiasts. This is partly due to the volume of aftermarket parts available and the demand from consumers to set their Mustang apart from the crowd and show off their personal style.

In addition to custom paint jobs and aftermarket wheels (rims), many Mustang owners are opting to lower their cars for more aggressive handling and appearance. Due to the flexibility of the late model Mustang chassis, there are several ride height and stiffness options available.

Depending on the version of Mustang, there are several options for lowering from standard non-adjustable springs to fully adjustable coil-over kits. Coil-over kits offer the height and dampening adjustability that is not possible with a spring-only application.
Eibach Multi-Pro Coil-Over R2 Kit for 2011 Mustang GT
It's important to note that when changing a vehicle's ride height, alignment adjustments will be needed for your vehicle. For lowering, this typically includes reduction in camber to counter the camber increase caused by shorter springs. For the newer Mustang, a set of camber bolts will do the trick for the front and an adjustable panhard bar or trailing arm for the rear.

When you're looking for Mustang shocks, springs, coil-over kits or other suspension parts for your ride, be sure to shop by vehicle to find the parts that are a great fit.

New Wheel from Hurst

Thursday, December 29, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Tire RHurst Stunner (Machined w/Anthracite Accent)ack is excited to offer Hurst wheels for the new Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang.

The Stunner is a new custom wheel (rim) that is exclusively engineered for the late model Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The wheel is available in a 20" diameter for either staggered or non-staggered applications.

Designed with a durable, machined/clear-coat finish to protect the wheel from corrosive elements, this new wheel is the perfect complement to your Mustang or Camaro tires.

Shop by vehicle to see if the the new Stunner is a fit for your vehicle.


Late Model Corvette Tires

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Upgrade GarageAs many Corvette owners know all too well, purchasing C5 and C6 tires can get a bit confusing and even frustrating. This is primarily due to the unusual staggering of the wheels. Unlike most vehicles with staggered (different front and rear sizes) tires, Chevrolet has been equipping Corvette wheels, since 1997, in the rear that aren't only wider, but also an inch larger in diameter than the front wheels.

Traction Control

This staggering makes it more difficult to find matching front and rear tires for the Vette. AdditiPirelli Winter 240 Sottozeroonally, using sizes that don't match the O.E. front and rear diameters will render the vehicle's traction control (Acceleration Slip Regulation) non-operational. This is because the car was engineered to have a tire that is one inch taller in the rear.

Winter / Snow Tires

To make matters worse, we have many customers looking for winter / snow tires for their Corvette and they're surprised to find that their options are extremely limited. The summer tires that are Original Equipment on the vehicle are nothing short of dangerous when driving on ice and in the snow. The lone winter option for the Corvette is the Pirelli Winter 240 Sottozero, which is only available in a non-run-flat front/rear match. The good news is that this is a good winter tire, however they can be hard to find in stock.

If you've decided that you want to make the move and install a set of winter / snow tires on your Corvette rims, then take a look at the Pirelli tire prices for the Winter 240 Sottozero and make this year's winter driving as safe as possible.

Speed Rating for Late Model Honda Accord

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Honda AccordSpeed ratings on tires are often very confusing for consumers to understand. Most cars have recommended speed rating requirements for the tires being used, but the part that confuses many drivers is that very few will ever drive as fast as what their car will allow. The car must have a tire installed that'll match the vehicle's capabilities.

One of the most confusing examples of this is the late model Honda Accord. Based on the capabilities of the Accord Coupe and Sedan, this car needs a tire with a speed rating of H (130 mph) or higher. However, Honda equipped the Accord (even the 4-cylinder models) with V-speed rated (149 mph) tires which are beyond what the car actually needs. This can lead to an uncomfortable situation when trying to get H-rated tires installed. Most shops recognize and understand this discrepancy and will be glad to install H-rated tires on the Accords, nonetheless, their are many installers who have a policy not to install anything below what the car came equipped with from Honda.

To gain a better understanding of speed ratings, take a look at "How to Read Speed Rating, Load Index & Service Descriptions." And, if you're considering H-rated tires for your Accord, I would recommend contacting one of our sales specialists who will be able to talk with some of our independent Recommended Installers in your area to ensure they'll install these tires for you. This will eliminate any unpleasant surprises when your tires arrive at the shop.

How to Choose a Suspension Upgrade

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Logan Woodworth

Coil-Over Kits The most popular upgrade for cars and trucks is new custom wheels and tires. After that, suspension upgrades are very common on both late model and older vehicles. Typically, drivers will want to simply raise or lower their car or truck for aesthetic reasons, but there are often performance reasons for suspension upgrades, as well.

Raising, often referred to as lifting, is most common on trucks and jeeps. In addition to creating a taller ride height, this is regularly done for performance reasons such as allowing for larger wheels and tires than what the factory (O.E.) suspension will allow.

There are two primary ways for lowering a vehicle: lowering springs or an adjustable coil-over suspension kit. Both of these options will give the car a lower center of gravity and stiffen the car's chassis, which will allow for less body roll in corners and improved handling and cornering. Coil-overs give the added advantage of ride-height adjustability and with certain models, dampening adjustability for fine tuning the balance of ride quality and handling.
Coil-Over Kits
Whether you're looking for performance shocks, gas shocks or other products to upgrade your suspension, it's important to consult with an expert. Changing a car's suspension will require alignment adjustments and may create fitment challenges with your custom rims (wheels) and tires.

Winter Tire Tread Depth - You May Have Less Than You Think

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 by Logan Woodworth

You're a smart, savvy motorist who made the decision years ago to run dedicated winter / snow tires for your vehicle. You have been enjoying the superior performance in snow and on ice, while other cars go sliding through intersections and get swallowed by the looming Ditch Monster.

What you may not be aware of however, is the amount of tread depth needed to provide adequate snow and ice traction. Even the best performing winter / snow tire needs proper tread depth to provide good traction in winter driving conditions. It's important to inspect your winter tires each fall to ensure they are ready to handle the months of upcoming cold, snow and ice.

In order to provide snow traction, a tire needs more tread depth than it would for rainy or dry conditions. If the tire doesn't have enough volume of space to retain snow, the tire slips and slides across the snowy surface. When your tires have snow retained into the tread, snow-to-snow contact creates traction. See in the picture below how even the half-worn tire in the middle doesn't have the volume needed for good snow traction.

Sheer ice and hard-packed snow traction require two properties to maintain adequate traction, soft tread compound and tread sipes. These sipes open up to provide hundreds of biting surfaces that grip into the ice and packed snow, while the soft compound allows these sipes to open in extreme cold temperatures. This is why an all-season tire with sipes will not perform as well in freezing weather, the tread hardens and the sipes are less effective. See the photo of the the last tire on the right (below) to see what the sipes look like when they're almost worn down completely.

 Winter Tire Tread Depth

To gain a better understanding of the importance of your tire's tread depth this winter, read "Tread Depth - Why Too Little is Never Enough."

Limited Inventory of Winter / Snow Tires

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Winter / Snow TiresIt happens every year, customers put off buying their winter / snow tires until it's too late. Winter / snow tires aren't made throughout the year, therefore when inventory is depleted, it's likely they will not be available until the following fall or winter. The winter of 2011-12 promises to be worse than previous years due to a shortage of raw materials and plant layoffs.

This creates even more of an issue for customers with specialty tire sizes, especially for the owners of sports coupes, sedans and sport utility vehicles equipped with larger diameter SUV wheels. Ironically, these vehicles typically need winter / snow radials more than most because most BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche tires fall under the Summer Passenger performance category. Tires in this category are not appropriate for use in snow or on ice and can actually be quite dangerous during winter driving.

In many cases, customers who wait too long end up with only all-season options, and while they're a better solution than summer tires, all-season tires simply do not offer the same snow and ice traction of dedicated winter / snow tires. Winter Tire FAQs

If you're planning on getting winter wheels and tires for trucks, cars, vans or SUVs, don't wait too long or else you may get left out in the cold.

Be safe and happy motoring!

Snow Chains or Snow Tires: Which Do You Need?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 by Logan Woodworth

 Few things are more heart-pounding for a driver than applying the brakes and discovering nothing is happening. A very common cause of this is inadequate tire traction in winter weather. After all, no matter how good the car is, if your tires aren't suited for the road conditions, driving on ice and snow can be treacherous.

Many drivers have been conditioned over the years to believe the best solution for this issue is to install tire chains. Although chains are still a good solution for some, advancements in tire technology have given drivers a viable alternate solution.

Today's Studless Ice and Snow tires utilize the latest tread designs and compounds to provide excellent traction in severe snow and ice conditions. These tires also perform well on dry roads, which is the primary downside to using tire chains. Tire chains are good for temporary use only but for everyday driving, winter / snow tires are a better solution for the following reasons:

  • Safer driving on dry roads
  • Proper fitment for each vehicle
  • No need to remove tires on clear days
  • Will not damage roads and driveways

Tire chains provide good traction in deep snow, but they severely diminish handling and traction on dry roads. Also, late model sedans and coupes have limited fender clearance compared to older vehicles which can prohibit the use of chains on many cars. Tire chains are generally antiquated for most conditions, however, there are still some useful applications such as mountain driving. For example, tire chain requirements in California depend on the severity of the snowstorm and are as follows:

  • Requirement one: Snow tires or chains are required.
  • Requirement two: Chains are required on all vehicles except four-wheel drive vehicles equipped with snow tires on all four wheels.
  • Requirement three: Chains are required on all vehicles, no exception.
Note: According to California guidelines, requirement one and two are the most common conditions because the highway is usually closed to traffic before the third requirement is imposed.

Winter Wheels: Alloy vs. Steel

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
As the snow starts to fly, there's a mad rush for customers to get winter wheels and tires. However, should you order steel or alloy wheels with your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package? The decision depends on the vehicle, price, the customer's needs and availability. 

Availability: Certain vehicles can only be installed with alloy wheels, as steel wheels are not designed as aftermarket rims (wheels) for all applications.

Price: Steel wheels are the most affordable option even when you add a set of wheel covers to your purchase. However, the price differeSteel Wheelnce can be minimal at times and many customers choose alloy wheels because they prefer the look and ease of not purchasing wheel covers.

Appearance: Obviously, there are many more styles of alloy wheels available than the simple black steel wheels. For some drivers, this is important. For others, the black steel wheel is perfectly sufficient.

Performance: Alloy wheels offer several performance advantages over steel. Compared to a steel wheel, an alloy wheel is lighter, stronger and will not rust. To gain a better understanding of how to compare alloy to steel wheels, read "Alloy vs. Steel Wheels in Winter Tire & Wheel Packages."

Winter / Snow Tires for 2008-2012 Honda Accord

Thursday, October 27, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
As one of the most popular vehicles sold in the United States, the Honda Accord is certainly a great car. If you own the current generation (2008-2012), you are enjoying Honda's latest style, comfort and technology. For those who live in the snowbelt however, the Original Equipment Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 tires lack the snow and ice traction many are looking for to provide safety in severe winter conditions.

This is where winter / snow tires make all the difference in the world. Although the O.E. Honda tires are capable of providing some snow and ice traction, winter / snow tires and even better yet, Tire and Wheel Packages designed for winter provide more safety in winter conditions. The following three active features allow winter / snow tires to provide superior snow and ice performance.
 
  • Tread volume: A tire needs more tread volume for snow traction compared to wet traction. Snow tires need more tread depth in wintry conditions to compress snow in their grooves and release it as they roll. If there isn't sufficient tread depth, the "bites" of snow that can be processed on each tire revolution will be reduced to "nibbles," and the vehicle's traction and mobility in snow will be reduced.
  • Active Siping: Sipes are the small "cuts" you see throughout the tread of winter / snow and most all-season tires. These sipes open as the tread comes in contact with the road surface. As the sipes open, they create "biting edges" which conform to the small grooves in the road and ice to provide additional traction.
  • Soft Tread Compound: The soft tread compound unique to winter / snow tires is engineered to remain soft in freezing temperatures. This is necessary for the tread to conform to the grooves in the driving surface and create traction. All-season and summer tires get harder when the temperatures begins to drop below 40 degrees, which doesn't allow the tires to grip the road as effectively.
Take a look at what some Honda Accord owners are saying about their experiences with winter / snow tires:

" I live in the Catskills and commute over a dirt road to town, and then to a small city several times a week and have found the Blizzaks' to be the best winter tire I've used in over 40 years of driving. I am never stuck, even in the worst weather." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on 2008 Honda Accord

"I came away with a sense of aw and confidence in these Michelin Ice-Xi2 studless snow tires they are truly amazing!"
- Tire Rack Consumer Review, Michelin X-Ice Xi2 on 2010 Honda Accord

Shop by vehicle to find the winter / snow tires that work best for your vehicle.

Winter Tire and Wheel Sets for Porsche Panamera and Cayenne

Thursday, October 20, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Winter / snow tires offer dramatic improvement in safety and performance in winter conditions including snow, ice and freezing temperatures. This improvement is especially important for vehicles that include Max Performance Summer tires as Original Equipment.
 
The Porsche Panamera and new body style Cayenne commonly come with O.E. Max Performance Summer tires and are dangerous to use in a winter environment. The few all-season Porsche tires available are not well-suited for deep snow and ice.

Tire Rack offers custom Winter/ Snow Tire & Wheel Packages for these vehicles in 18", 19" and 20" diameters. The packages come completely mounted and balanced and have the option of coming with TPMS sensors and Porsche center caps. 

Winter packages for the Panamera start at around $1,800* for the 18" fitment. This package includes the Pirelli Winter 240 Sottozero Serie II tire and Sport Edition Cup 4 alloy wheel. And after you buy Pirelli tires for your Porsche, read "Breaking In New Winter Tires" to better understand how the personality and handling traits of your new tires are different than your Original Equipment.
Pirelli Winter 240 Sottozero Serie II
Pirelli Winter 240 Sottozero Serie II
Sport Edition Cup 4
Sport Edition Cup 4

Winter packages for the Cayenne start at around $1,300* for the 18" fitment. This package includes the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 and the Sport Edition TX8 alloy wheel. This combination of Bridgestone SUV tires and aftermarket wheels will make winter driving a breeze compared to any all weather tires you may find.
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Sport Edition TX8
Sport Edition TX8

Find the right wheels/rims and tires for your vehicle by creating a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today!

*Prices subject to change

Off-Road Maximum Traction vs. On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Tires

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
When searching for an aggressive looking tire for their truck, Jeep or SUV, many customers also want good ride quality and low noise from their set. Off-Road Maximum Traction tires, which are often referred to as "mud-terrain" or "mudders", have very aggressive tread designs and look great on vehicles with an aftermarket lifted suspension. However, tires in this category are certainly louder and ride rougher than On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires. Some of the more popular choices in the Off-Road Maximum Traction category include the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 and Kumho Road Venture MT KL71.  

Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler
MT/R with Kevlar
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain
T/A KM2
Kumho Road Venture MT KL71
Kumho Road Venture
MT KL71

For many drivers, ride and noise comfort are a small price to pay as they truly are looking for the most aggressive look and best off-road traction. For others not willing to sacrifice as much ride and noise comfort, an On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire may be the best choice.

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires are a practical compromise between Off-Road Maximum Traction and Highway All-Season tires. These tires are great for drivers who find themselves on unimproved roads or long gravel driveways. Even within this category, there are some options that are more aggressive than others and tend to perform closer to a Off-Road Maximum Traction tire. A few of the tires include the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO, General Grabber AT2 and the Dick Cepek Radial F-C II.

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
General Grabber AT2
General Grabber AT2
Dick Cepek Radial F-C II
Dick Cepek Radial F-C II

Some drivers prefer tires with less "off-road" tread design and the comfort of a better ride. They also would like the tire to offer exceptional snow and ice traction along with adequate performance in off-road conditions. Below are a few options with less "off-road" tread design:

Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2
Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2
Michelin LTX A/T 2
Michelin LTX A/T 2
Firestone Destination A/T
Firestone Destination A/T

Whether for work or play, finding the tires best suited for your specific needs is not always an easy task. When you shop by vehicle, we'll help you find the right tire to match your driving needs.

Snow Tires/Wheels for BMW X5

Monday, October 3, 2011 by Logan Woodworth

Tire StackBMW X5 drivers have struggled to find a good winter solution for those with the 20" sport package.

Given that there is only one option for winter tires using the O.E. 20" staggered fitment, many customers elect to use the 18" option for winter tires. This allows for more options and improved snow and ice traction over the 20". This option uses a 255/55R18 on all four corners of the vehicle.

One advantage of this "minus size" winter wheel setup is the improved snow and ice traction vs. the wider 20" O.E. tires. Another advantage of the "square" setup (same sizes front and back) is the ability to rotate your tires front-to-back which will allow for more even treadwear and longer tread life.

Another advantage of a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package as opposed to only winter tires is that switching back and forth between tires can lead to expensive mounting and balancing. On average, this will cost around $240-$300 annually. Winter wheels can be changed for around $40-$60 per year or you can do it yourself at home for free.

Read "Tire & Wheel Package Installation" for details on how to install your Tire & Wheel Package yourself.


Studless Ice and Snow vs. Performance Winter / Snow Tires

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
As winter approaches, you may be in the market to buy snow tires. When choosing the best winter / snow tires for your needs, it's important to consider that not all winter tires are designed to perform equally.

Studless Ice and Snow tires are designed to provide the best traction in winter conditions. These tires have the deepest tread depth, most aggressive siping and the softest compound. Typically best suited for passenger sedans and coupes, tires in this category are the most common for winter use. Simply put, Studless Ice and Snow tires are the best tires for the worst winter conditions. Popular models include the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and Continental ExtremeWinterContact.

Performance Winter / Snow tires could best be described as a compromise between all-season and Studless Ice and Snow tires. This is due to the improved handling and higher speed ratings of Performance Winter / Snow tires over the Studless Ice and Snows. The trade-off is the winter traction is superior to that of all-season but a step below that of the Studless Ice and Snows. Performance Winter / Snow tires are for the drivers of sport sedans and sport coupes who are looking for good winter traction while maintaining dry handling. Popular Performance Winter / Snow tires include the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3, Dunlop Winter Sport 3D and Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero.

For more information on performance categories of winter tires, read "Understanding the Tire Performance Categories for Winter / Snow Tires."

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3

Shop by vehicle to find the tire that works best for your vehicle.

ciao Wheels for 2012 FIAT 500

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 by Logan Woodworth

2012 Fiat 500
Tire Rack is excited to offer a new custom wheel (rim) line from ciao

The ciao wheels are available in 17" diameter exclusively for the FIAT 500 and in several finishes, including silver, matte graphite, black and anthracite. Ciao wheels are available in six designs including split spoke, solid spoke and rally style. These wheels will give your FIAT 500 the custom look you are looking for. 

Click on the wheels below to see what they will look like on the 2012 FIAT 500.

Milano Machined w/Anthracite Accent
     Roma Silver w/Machined Lip    Torino Black Painted    Vernazza Matte Graphite Silver


Introducing New Wheels from Advanti Racing

Monday, September 12, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Tire Rack is excited to offer a new custom wheel (rim) line from Advanti Racing.

Established in the mid-1990's, Advanti Racing custom wheels offer wheel options for a variety of tastes. Advanti wheels are available in diameters ranging from 15"- 22" and in several finishes including silver, gunmetal, black and hyper black.

Advanti Racing wheels are available in 11 styles ranging from classic 5-spoke to more modern 20-spoke designs. These wheels are aggressively priced from $103.00* each for 15" wheels to $270.00* each for 22".

Some popular vehicle fitments include: Chevrolet Malibu, MAZDA 6, Ford Mustang and Pontiac Grand Prix.

Advanti Racing 15 Anniversary
Advanti Racing 15 Anniversary
Advanti Racing A2 Traktion
Advanti Racing A2 Traktion
Advanti Racing A9 Costola
Advanti Racing A9 Costola

To find out if there is an Advanti Racing custom wheel for your car, contact one of our knowledgeable sales specialists.

*Prices subject to change

How Tread Depth Affects Traction

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 by Logan Woodworth

When Should I Replace My Tires?Weather conditions you encounter when driving are a key factor in determining if you need new tires. Simply checking the tread and thinking it looks safe or is not down to the treadwear indicator is not enough to ensure safe driving. The reality is that weather and road conditions are critical factors because of the differing amounts of tread volume or "void space" required for adequate traction.

Dry conditions: In warm or moderately dry conditions, your tires need very little void space to provide strong grip. Think of a racing slick and how they grip well without tread. However, an exception to this is how temperatures affect different tread compounds. Summer tires get too hard when temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that in the winter, even when there is no snow or ice on the roads, summer tires do not provide strong enough traction regardless of tread depth.

Wet conditions: Wet road conditions are arguably the most dangerous because many drivers don't adjust their speed appropriately as they do in snow and on ice. Wet traction and hydroplaning resistance is proportionate to void space - the deeper the water, the more void space is needed to evacuate water. Watch "What Honest Abe Doesn't Tell You About Minimum Tread Depths" to see how tread depth affects your vehicle's stopping time.

Snow and ice: Winter weather conditions are the most demanding and require the deepest tread for optimal performance. Tires must combine three fundamental features to deliver good wintertime performance, including an appropriate tread design, pliable tread compound and sufficient tread depth. If any one of these fundamental characteristics is absent, the other two, regardless of their ability can't deliver the intended results.

The bottom line is that if you are evaluating your tires and measuring tread depth, it is important to consider weather conditions. And when it comes time to replace your tires, read "When Should I Replace My Tires?" to ensure your tires always have the appropriate amount of tread depth.

Winter Tires for the Range Rover HSE and Supercharged

Monday, August 29, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Pirelli Scorpion Ice & SnowWith the growing popularity of late-model Range Rovers in the U.S., the demand for large winter tires is on the rise. The problem is, tire manufacturers have been slow to market winter tires in sizes that fit these SUVs. These vehicles are factory equipped with wide high performance tires which are inadequate for the extreme winter conditions found in the northern part of the country.

Although the options are few, there are two very good winter tire options for the Range Rover HSE and Supercharged. The late-model Range Rovers accommodate either the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow in either 255/55R19 or 255/50R20 or the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 in the 255/50R20. These dedicated winter tires are both excellent options for the Range Rover and are draBridgestone Blizzak LM-60matically better in the snow and ice than any of the O.E. tire options.

Purchase a set of four Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow or Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 tires today!

How Tire Pressure Impacts Treadwear

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Tire wear is often misunderstood by even seasoned drivers. Most people understand that improper tire rotation and wheel misalignment are the leading causes of premature treadwear. However, what is often overlooked is how tire pressure impacts the tread life of tires.

As underinflated tires run with pressure that is below the specified setting, they wear faster on the shoulder due to the additional load being placed on the shoulders of the tires. Also, underinflated tires by only 6 psi can build up internal heat that increase rolling resistance and can cause a reduction in fuel economy of up to 5%. As tires lose air pressure, drivers will experience a significant loss of steering precision and cornering stability.

One thing to remember is that it is very difficult to spot underinflation without an air pressure gauge. Take a look at the photo below to see how an underinflated tire compares to a properly inflated tire to the naked eye:

Can you easily identify which tire is 30% underinflated? Here is what they would look like in the morning parked in your garage.
UnderinflatedCorrectly Inflated
Tough to tell; isn't it? Tire pressure must be checked with a quality air gauge as the inflation pressure cannot be accurately estimated through visual inspection.

Less common than underinflation, overinflation will cause a tire to wear faster in the middle of the tire. This is due to the "ballooning" effect that occurs when a tire has too much air. Some drivers incorrectly inflate their tires to the maximum pressure listed on the sidewall. If a vehicle's tires are overinflated by 6 psi, they could be damaged more easily when running over potholes or debris in the road. The most common place to find the proper tire pressure for your vehicle is the sticker on the inside of the driver door or inside the gas filler door.

For a better understanding on how to maximize the life of your tires, read "Tire Rotation Instructions," "Alignment" and "Air Pressure: When and How to Set."