The Doc is In!

My nickname is Doc, and I'm a sales specialist at Tire Rack. We are very fortunate to have our own test track and test cars from BMW and Porsche at our disposal. It's very exciting coming to work and knowing I get the chance to drive on just about every type of tire from twenty different manufacturers. Please keep an eye on my blog for my take on new tires, w...  Read More

Continental's PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Looks to Contend with Michelin's Primacy MXV4

For the last few years, Michelin's Primacy MXV4 had dominated the Grand Touring All-Season category, as well as our independent tests. The tire is known for offering a quiet and comfortable ride with some sporty handling. With over 16 million miles reported by our customers, the Primacy MXV4 has been far and away a best seller and the target that all other...  Read More

The New Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 is Coming and We're Ready!

Building on the success of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus, we are excited to test Michelin's new Pilot Sport A/S 3 later this summer. The Pilot Sport A/S 3 marks a shift away from the A/S Plus' directional tread pattern and toward an asymmetric (and arguably quieter) pattern inspired by the Pilot Super Sport. Michelin has also used other technology...  Read More

Do I Need Nitrogen in My Tires?

Tires are typically inflated with air that’s a combination of roughly 78% nitrogen (N2), 21% oxygen (O2) and 1% other gases along with a modest amount of moisture depending on relative humidity. Since all gases expand when heated and contract when cooled, tire inflation pressures rise and fall with changes in temperature by about one psi for every 10°...  Read More

Looking for a High Performance Tire with Some Track Capability? We Can Help!

For 2013, there's a great selection of new technology in the Extreme Performance Summer and Ultra High Performance Summer category. While we will be testing each newcomer this summer, we have already accumulated quite a bit of initial feedback and data indicates that this latest batch of tire offerings may turn out to be the best in some time! BFGoodrich...  Read More

What Does a Bubble in the Sidewall Mean?

Both tire and auto manufacturers recommend frequently checking your tires for signs of irregular wear or any other damage that could cause a dangerous tire failure. While signs of shallow cracking on the sidewall rubber or minor irregular wear are of concern, the presence of a bubble in the tire sidewall is a major safety concern that needs to be addressed...  Read More

Our Customer Surveys and Reviews Help You Decide Which Tire is Best

Doing your research before selecting the right tire can be a challenge at times. Here at Tire Rack, we make it simple by providing you helpful information when you're shopping for tires. We provide expert, unbiased tire performance comparisons with our tire test results. Our Performance Test Track Drives and Real World Road Rides offer us the chance to...  Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About Tire Pressure Sensors

Starting with 2008 model year cars and light trucks, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) has been required for all new vehicles sold in the United States. While some vehicles (Audi and BMW most recently) use the ABS system (or indirect system) to keep watch for a deflating tire, most use a battery powered sensor (based in the base of the valve stem...  Read More

Hoosier Race Tires - Do I Need the A6 or R6 Compound?

Here at Tire Rack, we are lucky to be within a short distance of one of the best race tire manufacturers in the country: Hoosier Racing Tire. It all began in the early 1950s when Robert Newton raced on small asphalt tracks around northern Indiana. Bob, was not satisfied with driving on street tires, so he decided to produce tires specifically designed for...  Read More

Need the Quietest Tire for Your SUV or Light Truck? Consider the Michelin LTX M/S2

Very few of the pickup trucks and SUVs on the road today will venture off-road. However, many vehicles are still designed with tough off-road suspensions and come equipped with knobby tread tires. If you want to give your truck better on-road manners, consider a set of Michelin LTX M/S2 tires. Michelin has built a reputation for providing quiet...  Read More

How Old Are My Tires? We Can Help You Find Out!

If you need to find out how old your current tires are, start by reading its Tire Identification Number (often referred to as the tire’s serial number). Unlike vehicle identification numbers (VINs), Tire Identification Numbers are actually production codes that identify the week and year the tire was manufactured.  Since 2000, the week and year the tire was...  Read More

Can't Get Enough Tire Rack? Check Out Our Video Center!

When you head over to our site to search for your favorite products, don't miss out on all the exciting video content we have! Through our Video Center and YouTube channel, enthusiasts can get a behind the scenes look at our tire tests from our home track in Indiana to more exotic locations like northern Sweden. We also have detailed video demonstrations...  Read More

Warmer Weather is Coming - Time for a New Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire

With the snow melting in most of the country, driving enthusiasts are looking forward to a spring and summer of high performance driving fun. For those on a budget, there's a great selection of Ultra High Performance All-Season tires, including the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season. The tire is currently ranked sixth in our Tire Survey Results. Our extensive Re...  Read More

Upgrade Your Brakes with G2's Brake Caliper PaintSystem Set

As your vehicle piles on the miles, normal wear and tear can cause your car to look a little tired. For many, a brand new set of aftermarket wheels is the way to give your car a fresh appearance. However, what if a new set of wheels isn't in your budget? To spruce things up, consider the G2 Brake Caliper PaintSystem Set as an easy weekend project. A fresh...  Read More

Tire Rack Now Offers Stud Conversion Kits for Your BMW

For the enthusiast who takes his/her BMW to the track on a regular basis, using the Original Equipment lug bolts can prove to be cumbersome when removing or replacing wheels frequently. In an effort to support our friends that autocross or race their cars at any level, Tire Rack is proud to offer stud conversion kits for your BMW using 14x1.25 thread...  Read More

Can I Pick-Up My Tires at Tire Rack? You Sure Can!

In most cases, Tire Rack can ship your order within the continental United States via UPS or FedEx with arrival within one to two business days. While this is the option many of customers use, what happens if you live near one of our distribution centers? If one of the following locations is close to your home, we can arrange for you to pick-up your order: Win...  Read More

Hotchkis Introduces New Line of Wheels for Modern Muscle Cars

Hotchkis has been well known as a manufacturer of performance-oriented suspension products for a variety of vehicles for many years. Building on their knowledge and quality reputation, Hotchkis is proud to offer a new line of performance wheels available in 20" sizes to fit modern Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers and more. The H-Sport model features a unique...  Read More

Do You Love the Folks at Tire Rack? Why Not Dress Like Them?

With over thirty years in the business, Tire Rack has been the best source for tires, suspension and brake components for everything from track cars to daily drivers. Along the way, we've made a lot of friends and gained some fans like those that follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. If you're looking to show your support at an entire differeny...  Read More

Hankook's Ventus R-S3 Brings Competition Tire Grip to the Street

Hankook's Ventus R-S3 provides an affordable street tire that best mimics the grip of a racing slick intended for the track. The R-S3 entered a very competitive group of Extreme Performance Summer tires dominated by the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 and the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec, both of which are considered excellent dual purpose tires for...  Read More

Winter Driving Tips from the Experts at Bridgestone

Recently, I returned from a two-day training session at Bridgestone's Winter Driving School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Having grown up in the Midwest and driven through many winters, I thought I knew pretty much all I needed to know in terms of safe winter driving habits. Like anything else, there's always more to learn! Using several purpose-built...  Read More

Designed for Your Light-Duty or Heavy-Duty Truck, WORX Wheels Impress!

Whether you own a standard Ford F-150 for running errands or a Chevy 3500 Dually for heavy hauling, the new line of wheels from WORX has something to offer. With choices available in finishes such as black with spot milling, chrome plated and bright PVD, WORX provides different options for light trucks and SUVs. Guaranteed fitments ranging between 18" and...  Read More