About Ethan

Hello, Welcome to my blog. My name is Ethan Burns. An ASE certified Master Mechanic, I have been with the Tire Rack since 2006. I have been repairing, restoring and customizing cars for over 30 years. Over the years I have owned a multitude of automobiles and used numerous wheels and tires on each. Some great, some not so great.While employed here at the...  Read More

Winter Tires for the SRT8

Yes! We have winter / snow tires for the Chrysler/Dodge SRT8 vehicles — the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 and the Pirelli Scorpion Winter are available in the Original Equipment sizes as low as $1,012.00* for the set of four. While you can outfit your original wheels with the O.E. 20" sizes, you may also want to consider the 18" Sport Edition KV5 wheel and...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for Your Dodge Challenger SE

Yes! We do have an 18" Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your 2008 - 2014 Dodge Challenger SE, SXT, RT and SRT8. The wheel is a Moda MD14 and there are a number of winter tires available in the 225/60R18 size to choose from. Packages including TPMS sensors start at $1,124.00 plus shipping.*Click here to order your package today!     Read More

Speed Rating. Why is it Important?

Speed ratings are as follows: S: 112 mph T: 118 mph U: 124 mph H: 130 mph V: 149 mph Z: Was the highest rating in the 1980s at 150 + mph With the advent of new sports cars that well exceeded the 150 mph barrier, the tire industry adopted a few new speed ratings: W: 168 mph Y: 186 mphEvery tire that is produced is tested to see how fast it can be driven on...  Read More

The Correct Tire Pressure Is...

I am often asked what tire pressures should be for a particular Pirelli tire or a particular Goodyear tire, etc. The answer is, whatever the automaker designates as the correct pressure.When a tire maker builds a tire of a certain size (i.e. 235/60R18) the tire could be installed on a number of different vehicles. But the automaker knows just how heavy a...  Read More

Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

What are you looking for in a tire? Smooth, quiet ride? Quick, responsive streering? 45,000 miles of treadlife? Then look no further than the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season used as Original Equipment by Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar.You'll even experience reasonable snow traction when used on an all-wheel drive vehicle. (But if you live in an area of heavy...  Read More

More Fitments for Mustangs

Because of possible fitment concerns that need to be reviewed on an individual basis, there are some optional sizes for select vehicles that we don’t list on our website. If you don't find the tire size you're looking for online for Ford Mustangs or other vehicles, contact one of Tire Rack's highly trained sales specialists. We can accurately recommend...  Read More

Summer vs. All-Season tires

I recently had a conversation with a driver who wanted to replace two tires. My first response was, "Sure, what tire do you have on the car now?" He replied, "That doesn’t matter." I assure you it does matter. When only replacing two tires on your car, you should install the same model tire. This will result in the most predictable handling. Keep in mind...  Read More

One Size Bigger

Occasionally I get requests for tires that are “one size bigger.” To some drivers, bigger means wider, to others (usually 4WD truck owners) it means taller in overall diameter. Some cars and trucks can fit a larger tire in the wheel well than the Original Equipment…some cars cannot.When a manufacturer like Mazda builds a base model coupe it is typically...  Read More

Safety First

Parents always ask me, "What tire is the safest? Michelin, Goodyear, or some other brand?" That depends on what you’re going to do with it. But there are no safe tires, only safe drivers. You could equip your car with the stickiest racing slicks known to NASCAR, but sometimes, those guys still end up on their roof!So please make "safe" your responsibility as...  Read More

Matching tires on your four-wheel drive vehicle

Four-wheel drive is not just for trucks anymore. More and more four-wheel drive, also called all-wheel drive or AWD, is turning up on some unlikely cars.Mercedes-Benz calls it 4-matic Volkswagon states 4-motion Infinity and BMW use the letter X or XI in their name Audi uses Quattro Whatever the moniker, the rule stays the same. Every one of these auto makers...  Read More

Summer Performance Tires for the SRT8

Good news for drivers of the Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, Chrysler 300C SRT8 and Dodge Magnum SRT8! The new Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 edition is available in 245/45R20 and 255/45R20 for these vehicles.The Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 is in the Ultra High Performance Summer category intended for spirited drivers who like to wring the...  Read More

Quiet. Please!

When shopping for all-season tires, everyone would like to have the quietest tire available. I find myself asking customers if they're looking for a smooth, quiet tire or one with better snow traction in the winter. Ineveitably the answer is...both.Tires that excel in the snow are those that will have a more agressive tread. These tires will provide a more...  Read More

BBS Wheels. Befitting Beauty and Strength.

BBS your car. When compromise is not an option, look to BBS wheels as the upgrade to your sports coupe or luxury sedan.Since 1970 BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik AG has been designing some the the hghest quality wheels in the industry. Based in Shiltach, Germany the company was founded by Heinrich Baumgartner and Klaus Brand. The initials BBS are an homage to the...  Read More

Performance catergories. What do they mean?

I have had a number of calls asking me to compare tires from different categories. Is the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position as quiet as the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity? Which one has better traction?Tire Rack has set up these performance categories to help you decide what tires to look at based on your particular needs as a driver. This helps us...  Read More

Selecting tire sizes for custom cars.

When selecting tires with a staggered fit for a custom application you should pay attention to the overall diameter. Most vehicles will use the same size overall diameter on the front as on the rear. An example is a Mustang that uses a 245/45R17 front (25.7 overall diameter) and a 275/40R17 rear (25.7 overall diameter).The 40 refers to the percentage of...  Read More

Tire Sizing

Let's look at tire sizing for a moment. POP QUIZ 195/70R14    205/60R15    245/45R16 Which of these tires is the widest, and which is the tallest in overall diameter? Dissecting the code you find the the first number 195 is the actual width of the tire in millimeters.  Divide this by the 25.4 to get the section width in inches. In this case 7.6" or about...  Read More

Energy Saving Tires. Not just for Hybrids.

Today I set out for another routine tire test on the streets of South Bend. This time we were testing the new low rolling resistance tires on a fleet of Toyota Prius (yawn). Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my job, but this doesn't give the same exhilaration as tossing a BMW through the slalom cones on maximum performance summer tires. As an sideline to comparing...  Read More

Custom wheels for Hot Rods and Muscle cars.

Greetings fellow Rodders, I’m talking to you with the ’34 Ford or the ‘50 Kaiser. And you with the '67 Plymouth and even you with the V-8 Mazda. I know its hard to find wheels and tires that fit just right after you replaced your rear axle with a Jag  independent suspension. Welcome to the first part of a 5 part series intended to help you get the best fit,...  Read More