Blake's Take On Tires

My name is Blake, why do I have a take on tires?I have been a tire and wheel specialist at the Tire Rack since 2002. However, I have been in the automotive industry most of my adult life. With my experiences at the Tire Rack as well as at other companies, I have learned many things  (tricks of the trade if you will). I have seen it all, from snow tires to...  Read More

It is almost here!

Just like summer, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is almost here. The Pilot Super Sport is the long awaited replacement for the Pilot Sport PS2. However, this tire is being touted as more than just a replacement.Building on the development of racing tires designed to carry Prototype and GT class cars to endurance race victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12...  Read More

Did You Know?

Tire Rack also sells tire racks. Having a separate set of winter and summer tires is a great idea and properly storing each set will help ensure you get the full life out of your wheels. The Tire Storage Rack is easy to assemble and mount on the wall which keeps your extra tires safely stored and out of your way. The design allows room for today's...  Read More

Great Tire Available in a Few Hard-to-Find Sizes

If you have an older sports car with smaller (15- or 16-inch) tires, you may have noticed it is getting harder and harder to find performance tires in your size. Well we have just the thing for you. The Fuzion ZRi. The Fuzion ZRi is Fuzion's Ultra High Performance Summer tire for sport compact and sports car enthusiasts. The Z-speed rated Fuzion is...  Read More

Winter Rocks!!

If you are driving on Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 tires, that is.The Blizzak WS70 features Bridgestone's famous winter fighting Tube Multicell compound. The Tube Multicell compound features thousands of microscopic tubes and cells uniformly distributed throughout the compound that draw away the water that often forms between the tire's contact patch and...  Read More

Still the King of the Hill for Summer Performance

I give you the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2. While this tire may look a bit boring to some, its asymmetrical tread design really does provide outstanding performance.Across the tread cap the PS2 features two different tread compounds molded into an asymmetric design with very large outer shoulder blocks and continuous intermediate and center ribs to enhance...  Read More

Funny Looking Tread? Or Ahead Of Its Time?

That would be the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. While this tire may look a bit awkward to some, its unique asymmetrical tread design provides outstanding performance. The Continental ExtremeContact DWS has stable shoulder blocks and a continuous, notched intermediate rib on the outboard side to enhance responsiveness and cornering stability. The center of...  Read More

General AltiMAX RT Still a Great Choice

We recently completed a test of four Standard Touring All-Season tires -- three all new and one tried-and-true older model. Firestone Precision Touring           BFGoodrich Premier Touring        Yokohama AVID TOURING-S             *NEW*                                               *NEW*                                          *NEW*  And the tried-and-true...  Read More

Do You Drive Your SUV Like A Sports Car?

Do you have a sport utility vehicle that you drive a bit more spiritedly? Guess what, Firestone has you taken care of. The Destination S/T is Firestone's new Street/Sport Truck All-Season tire designed with you in mind. The Firestone Destination ST is designed with large stable outboard shoulders that turn into independent tread blocks. These blocks are...  Read More

Tire Tests. Who's Got Them? We Do!

As you may or may not know, not all tire retailers test the products they sell. We feel testing and experiencing the tires ourselves is the best way for us to know what tires to recommend.As a tire professional, testing allows us to describe all of the features and benefits a tire possesses. We are trying to provide you with the best tire for your needs. ...  Read More

Now That You Have Removed Your Run-Flat Tires...

What will you do if you get a flat tire? Most newer vehicles that came equiped from the factory with run-flat tires do not have the space in the trunk for a spare tire and wheel.   The perfect solution for trunk space-challanged people is the Continental ContiComfortKit, designed to be just what you need in a pinch. The ContiComfortKit is capable of ...  Read More

Burger Without Fries?

When was the last time you had a hamburger and did not get fries? You probably order the fries without even thinking about it. This may seem like an unusual topic, but work with me for a minute. We as humans are creatures of habit, once we settle into a routine it becomes almost second nature to us. Say you just got your new Tire & Wheel Package from Tire R...  Read More

Is the Continental ExtremeContact DWS the best tire ever?

In a word, NO. Don't get me wrong; it is a very good tire and an outstanding performer. But at the end of the day, it is still just a tire. Despite what you may have read or heard, it will not give you superpowers, it will not get you a promotion at work and it will not make your kids do what you ask the first time you ask.I had the unique opportunity to...  Read More

Got Torque?

Well, the correct torque anyway. Most people are unaware that when putting on your wheels, you need to make sure you are torquing them down to the correct foot pounds of torque. This is true if the wheels are your original equipment wheels or a brand new set of aftermarket wheels and tires you just purchased from Tire Rack. This can be done inexpensively...  Read More

What is that goofy looking new Firestone Tire?

That would be the new Firestone Destination ST Street/Sport Truck All-Season tire.While this tire may look a bit awkward to some, its unique asymmetrical tread design provides outstanding performance. The Firestone Destination ST is designed with large stable outboard shoulders that turn into independent tread blocks. These blocks are separated by...  Read More

Newer does not always mean better.

We recently completed our first tire test of the 2010 test season. This was a test between three all new High Performance All-Season tires.Firestone Precision SportSumitomo HTR A/S PO1Yokohama AVID ENVigor   And the oldest tire of the group, the good old tried and true Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S.I do feel that all of the new tires tested were...  Read More

Looking for Firestone tires?

Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Firehawk GT Firehawk Indy 500 Destination A/T Destination LE Destination M/T Destination S/T No matter the vehicle you drive, Firestone has a tire for you. In fact, Firestone has been building tires since 1900. So not only do they have the tires for you today, they have had them for your entire family for the last 110 years.If...  Read More

Need New Wiper Blades?

Are your current wipers leaving more water on your window then they're wiping off? Do you want a premium wiper but don't want to pay a premium price? Well, you are in luck. We offer Valeo wiper blades for your car.                 For a limited time get the Valeo Hook Lock style wiper blade at a buy one get one free special. That is two of these premium...  Read More

Tire Construction Differences.

Recently I had a customer send me a question asking about the differences between a P-metric listed tire, (i.e. P225/45-17), and one without the P in the size, (i.e. 225/45-17). So I thought this would be a good topic to post a quick blog about.To understand the differences in these types of tires, you must first realize that tires are designed for a true...  Read More