In this blog I will be discussing all things automotive. Yes, I said all things, car, trucks, SUVs,  tires, wheels, suspension, brakes even driving schools and the automotive lifestyle and car clubs.
Luke and his 2001 Porsche Carrera
It does not matter, if it's an old classic car, a new model sports car, an SUV or a minivan I love them all. I often times find myself doing everything I can to learn all there is to know about them.

My position at The Tire Rack and my history in the automtive industry allows me access to huge amounts of information which I am more than happy to share.

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Hello, my name is Luke Pavlick and yes, I am a car guy


Thursday, July 9, 2009 by ICONCLS

You, sir, are a VERY attractive man!
Thursday, July 9, 2009 by ICONCLS

You, sir, are a VERY attractive young man!
Friday, September 3, 2010 by Tom Chillemi

Will 10 wheels fit on the front of a 2006 Mustang.
Friday, September 3, 2010 by Luke@tirerack

Yes, 10" wheels do fit on the front of a 2006 Mustang. Many people use 18x10's for track wheels in order to install wider tires. This gives them significantly more traction for cornering. I would offer 1 caveat though, with the additional width on the front of the car it will have a greater tendency to follow road irregularities, commonly known as tramlining, when driving on typical streets and highways. thanks for reading my blog!
Friday, July 1, 2011 by Don


Should I get Michelin MXV4 Priamcy's of Michelin Hydro edge for my "98 MB E320? I currently have the primacy and have been hpaay with them. What do you reccomend?
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 by Luke

I am a firm believer of "if it's not broken, don't fix it" ... If you are happy with the Primacy stick with them. Just so you know I would choose the Primacy over the HydroEdge if it was my car

thanks for reading
Friday, August 26, 2011 by paul

i ordered a stoptech bbk (ST-40) for my 2001 bmw m5.
does that mean i cannot purchase a set of 17" winter tires and wheels for it this winter?
also, i have a set of Avon 275/40/17 R compound tires from my old 2001 mustang that i bought from tirerack. are there wheels that fit my bmw that can go over the bbk so i can use these tires at the track?
Monday, August 29, 2011 by Luke

Some, but not all, 17" wheels will clear the StopTech ST40 calipers providing you have the 332 millimeter rotor big brake kit. Email me directly or give me a call and we can discuss what will and will not work.

thanks for reading my blog
Friday, March 30, 2012 by Dennis

I have a Champagne 1985 380SL in cream puff condition. Very soon I will need to replace the existing Michelin 205/70/14 tires. Unfortunately 14" tires are becoming rare and there is very little selection. This is particulary true for an aging sports car enthusiast who has owned and admired Michelins and Pirellis all his life. Any thoughts on where to look or compromises to make so I can get my SL re-shod?
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by Luke

I have been fielding a lot of questions about models of our beloved Mercedes Benz family so, here is the real skinny on tire fitment for the W107, W115, W116, and W123 and all of the other early models which came from the motherland with 14" wheels.

All of the cars outfitted with 14" wheels run a tire that isw approximately 25.5" in diameter and wheel which were either 14x6.0" or 14x6.5". They were also severely under-tired just as most other vintage vehicles.

Looking at current tire availability here's the sizes and diameters that are still available and will work in place of some of the discontinued sizes no longer found.

185-14 25.6
205/70-14 25.3
205/75-14 26.1
215/70-14 25.8

While the higher speed rated tires are no longer produced in these sizes you can find both "S" and "T" rated tires which are perfectly acceptable for all of the early Mercedes vehicles as newer technology found in todays tires is far superior to what was around in the 70s and 80s.
Friday, August 15, 2014 by Stutz

I'm picking up some 19/20 GM Cup wheels for my Grand Sport and would like to fit a tire that has a narrower tread than the usual Michelins: I have poor handling experience with "overwide" treads and much tighter responses from narrower ones. Can you opine on choosing PZero 265/35ZR19s and 305/30ZR20s to these rims? The diameter ratio falls right between that on my stock GS and the ZR1 Michelins.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 by owen burgan

luke did those pilot ss come in zr1 sizes sat?
Monday, August 22, 2016 by Joe Istead

Hi Luke, I bought a set of Enkei Raijin's from TireRack for a 2010 STi a few weeks ago. I'm looking for wheel locks, any suggestions? I'm reading about Gorilla Automotive 21621SD Small Diameter Wheel Locks (12mm x 1.25 Thread Size). Any comment on those?
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 by Luke Pavlick

While, Gorilla makes a great product and the part number you listed would be correct I am not sure why you want them. We shipped your order with a set of spline drive lugs which effectively act as locks as a normal socket can not remove them.
Friday, September 15, 2017 by Teina

Aloha Luke!

I've read all over the BMW forums that you are the MAN when it comes to fitment info for a "Square Setup" on E39 M5's. I've got a '00 which I'm restoring and want to run that set up with either style 65's 18's (if I can find 'em) or style 66's which is 17'. I know I'm going to need some spacers but need a pro to tell me what to go with!

Thanks brah!

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