Why do tires wear on the inside?

Tires becoming worn on the inside edge is a common problem many sport car drivers encounter. From the BMW 328i to the Volvo S80, this is an issue that a simple alignment cannot fix. What causes this damage to the tires?A sports car is designed to go around corners faster, more confidently and safely. If you take your BMW 3 series around a corner, you will...  Read More

Best tires for my Mazda MX-5 Miata

Looking to replace the Original Equipment (O.E) tires on your Mazda MX-5 Miata? Consider the following options based on a variety of driving styles: Continental ExtremeContact DW Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H&V) Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum Shop by vehicle to see which tire works best for your vehicle.   Read More

Squeaking Brakes?

Here are a few steps to help prevent squeaking in your brakes: 1. Grease the slide pins and use appropriate lubricants on all brake components. 2. Do your brake pads have noise abatement? Good brake pads have pre-installed shims to defend against vibration in the pad. Tapered leading and trailing edges on the surface of the pad also prevent...  Read More

Which all-season tires work for you?

Finding a great all-season tire that is acceptable in the winter can be a difficult proposition. Below you will find some helpful hints and options for your year-round needs!  Four things go into measuring whether or not a tire has good snow traction: Tread Depth Biting Edges Void Area Rubber Compound Now that you have an idea of what to look for when purchasing...  Read More

Which winter / snow tire categories are best for the winter traction?

Which winter tire category offers the best in extreme winter traction? Studless Ice and Snow                                                         Studdable Winter / Snow (studded)                                                   Performance Winter / Snow                                                           Studdable Winter / Snow (without studs)         ...  Read More

How do I store my tires?

There are some basic principles to consider when storing your tires to ensure you get the full life out of them:1. CLEAN! Begin by storing your tires in a clean evnvironment. Keeping your storage area clear of dirt and debris lowers the chances an object will be sitting under the sidewall, wearing at its integrity. Remember, gravity never stops pulling....  Read More

Turning Rotors. Should I or Shouldn't I?

As spring nears, many drivers wonder if they should replace their rotors, or simply turn them? To address this question, there are a few basics to consider. Technically speaking your brakes are an energy transfer device. They take the force of your vehicle and absorb it into the braking system, causing heat from the friction. The bigger the "heat sync" or ...  Read More

Do black wheels on a dark truck or sports car work?

Dark wheels on dark cars look outstanding! The 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe looks amazing here with the Rockstar Car wheels from KMC, so named because the brand gets its inspiration from an elite group of famous musicians and actors. Match these to a great set of Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 or Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercartires and you are on your way. The belt and...  Read More

Michelin Dominates the Truck Line with the LTX Family

  LTX A/S Highway All-Season   LTX M/S 2 Highway All-Season   LTX A/T 2 On-/Off-Road All Terrain   LTX Winter Studless Ice and Snow   Michelin has developed quite an offering with its expanding LTX line! The LTX line has been well-known as a great solution for light trucks and SUVs for years. Considered a high mileage option, the LTX M/S was a great tire for...  Read More

Value pick for the TRUCK and SUV tire categories!

Yokohama has made it a point to enter the truck market with a splash at a great price! Check out these two very popular and value-oriented tires for your truck needs: Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S (On-/Off-Road All-Terrain) An all-terrain tire with a tread pattern designed to maintain road manners when on paved surfaces With above average consumer reviews, you can...  Read More

Does tire category affect gas mileage?

Does the grip of a tire affect gas mileage? Let's examine three different tests we ran this past summer and see what the data suggests:Ulltra High Performance Summer Tires MPG BFGoodrich g-Force Sport 26.4 Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 27.0 Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31 27.3 Yokohama S.drive 27.8 **Tested on 225/45-17**   Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires MPG Dunlop...  Read More

I want the best MPG, where do I "turn?"

Gas mileage is as important to us as it is to you! As spring approaches and the winter tires come off, our concerns change from winter driving to saving money at the pump. Below you will find some of the "best of the best" for gas mileage.  This is a good starting point for your compact car and for getting the most out of your gas tank! Tire Line Test MPG* Gallo...  Read More

How do I know which wheel has the best strength?

Wheel manufacturing methods take you into metallurgy and methods of casting and forging. This information can be very helpful in selecting the right wheels for their intended purpose.Steel Wheel Method: Stamped sheet steel Purpose: Simple winter and year-round driving in a touring driving style without aggressive drivingLimitations: Will not mount race tires...  Read More

Tire Prices Keep Going Up

Unfortunately, tire prices are increasing. Of the numerous reasons, below are some of the major contributing factors: Supply and demand. Car manufacturers are making cars again, but my understanding is that when they were hurting during our recession, the tire manufacturers were forced to lay off and close factories all around the world. Now that they are...  Read More

Nitrogen! The savior of my gas mileage?

Is someone trying to sell you nitrogen to inflate your tires? Do their promises of improving the following tire characteristics actually have your best interest in mind?Better gas mileage Longer tire life Smoother, quieter ride More even treadwear Did you know you can get all of these benefits without switching to nitrogen?Let’s take a step back for a minute...  Read More

TPMS Required!

Thinking of going to a winter set-up on your Toyota, Honda or Lexus and really don't want to add a tire pressure monitoring system sensors to your new wheels because you'll have to go back to your dealer for calibration? To date, these states require that your TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) always be functional!HAWAII   RHODE ISLAND VERMONT WEST ...  Read More

HELP! Doing a RESTOMOD and need modern wheels and tires!

You just finished the bodywork on your '67 Ford and don't want the 14x5.5 wheels, you want the 17x8 chrome wheels to finish off the look! Here is a road map to matching a custom wheel and tire combo to your classic car or restomod. 1. Bolt pattern. You can’t just say, “It’s a Ford or Chevy.” You need to know the EXACT bolt pattern.  Often the Galaxy versus the...  Read More

How does performance catergory play into my tire choice?

You started your search. You looked at the options, sorted by best sellers and three tires came up in your size. Ultra High Performance All-Season (UHP All-Season) Grand Touring All-Season Ultra High Performance Summer (UHP Summer) Right away you can see that one doesn't belong. The UHP Summer tire is the odd one out because you know that you drive in the...  Read More

What to do if I haven't bought winter tires yet?

It's January and you realized your winter tires just aren't going to make it through the next snowfall. OR — you just purchased a new vehicle and its Original Equipment tires are summer tires! You are in a tough spot. Winter products are typically ordered and manufactured throughout the spring/summer for fall delivery. When we run out, we are out for the...  Read More

What is the story with wheel weights?

What is the most weight you can have (in ounces) on a wheel and still be acceptable?Good question! Remember that the lead weights we were used to seeing were heavier and more dense than steel, so more weight was accomplished with less metal. 1% of the total package weight can be used to balance. Don't forget that there are 16 ounces to a pound. So if your...  Read More