Who is Cy

Hi, I'm Cy Chowattukunnel (in old country language, my last name means he who knows all about tires). I'm entering my 10th year at the Tire Rack.  So far it's been a great ride. I've enjoyed working with drivers across the country and around the world.  Read More

Bring Back Style to Your Mercedes-Benz with ASA Type 8 Wheels

Although black, gray and machined finish have become popular wheel colors, they may not be the ideal match for your Mercedes-Benz. Chrome, especially on a black, navy blue or white Mercedes has a very proper look.While Mercedes' cars are built to last, even a meticulously maintained and detailed Benz may be lacking because of its pitted, scratched or peeling...  Read More

The Right Choice in Football and Tires

With Tire Rack's headquarters based in South Bend, Indiana, many of our employees are Notre Dame football fans. The hot topic of discussion is who will be the team's starting quarterback. With four viable options to place behind center, the head coach has a tough decision to make. What does this talk of football and starting quarterbacks have to do with tires...  Read More

Classic Look with Modern Technology

While I get the opportunity to talk about the newer vehicles that hit the market with many customers, I really enjoy being able to discuss the classics. Recently, I was able to assist a customer in Texas get tires for his 1967 Mercury Monterey (to be precise, a 1967 Mercury Montclair that was resto-modified into a Monterey). With the 235/70-15 size becoming...  Read More

O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT for Porsche Cayman

Are you looking for affordable track wheels for your Cayman? Then take a look at the O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT.The Alleggerita HLT offers a very unique combination of low weight, O.Z. engineering and great value. The High Light Technology (HLT) uses rollers to compress and elongate material along the barrel of a low-pressure cast aluminum wheel to produce...  Read More

Lighter is Better: O.Z. Racing Superforgiata

With gas prices continuing to hover around $4 a gallon, could the weight of your wheels affect your car's fuel economy? In short, yes. The weight of your vehicle's wheels can not only affect the way your vehicle looks but how it drives. Reducing rotational weight by getting lighter wheels has an impact on fuel economy, braking and acceleration. Read "Road...  Read More

Got Fahrvergnügen?

Working at Tire Rack, I have the opportunity to talk to many customers and fellow drivers, including Volkswagen owners. With two VWs sitting in my garage, I share their enthusiasm for this particular brand. On a recent call with Paul from Baltimore, we were talking about the 16x7.5 ASA GT1 (Bright Silver Paint) wheels and 215/55ZR16 Continental...  Read More

Dubs on a Dime for Your Mopar-Mercedes

Although the Mercedes-Benz/Chrysler marriage was short and ended quickly, they had some cool kids. Perhaps the coolest was Chrysler 300 and her siblings, Charger and Magnum. The 300 has "big baller,shot caller" looks without the big dollar price. Many of these 300s only came with 17" or 18" wheels.  If these cars could talk, they would say, "I need some...  Read More

Who are you? Who, who...

So who exactly is Tire Rack?   We’re really just a big family company that started out like any other small business.  In 1979, Mike Joines, current president and one of our key founders, needed performance tires for his Opel and nobody had them. An unfulfilled need? A can-do guy? Sounds like the beginning of a great American business story.So Mike asked...  Read More

Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 - newer is better

We just tested the new Sumitomo HTR A/S P01. Preliminary tire test results show a marked improvement in all areas compared to its predecessor, the Sumitomo HTR +. Biggest area of performance improvement is wet grip. Full track and real road tire test report will appear shortly.   Read More

Tires for a 2008 BMW M3 Convertible

1993 BMW 325is, 1996 BMW 328is, 2002 BMW M3, 2006 BMW M5 and finally the 2008 BMW M3 Convertible - yes my brother likes his BMW's.Equipped with 245/35-19 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's on the front and 265/35-19 on the rear, it was time to replace the tires on his latest vehicle. Since the rear tires are a different size than the front, this Max Performance...  Read More

Speed rating versus grip => higher isn't necessarily better

Does a higher speed rating mean faster times and more grip? Will a Y-Speed Rated (186 MPH) tire be faster and grippier then a W-Speed Rated (168 MPH) tire? Not necessarily. Grip and performance depend on the tire's compound, bead construction and other attributes. A higher speed rating means the tire will deflect less at higher speeds due to the tire's...  Read More

Z-speed rated tires. Where have they gone? No worries; they're still here.

So your tires have arrived it's time to put them on your trusty steed.  A quick stop to your local installer and her new shoes are on. You take a second look at your new Yokohomas and are suprised to not see "ZR" on the sidewall. You've got one of our top two Extreme Performance Summer tires and they're not Z-speed rated? What's the deal here?Back in the...  Read More

All-season tires in warmer climates?

As new cars get faster and faster, more car manufacturers are equipping these cars with super-sticky Max Performance Summer tires. For example, consider the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK280. All the Mercedes Original Equipment tires are fast-wearing summer tires. Coupled with the fact that you can't rotate (rear wheels and tires are wider) it's difficult to get...  Read More

5-108 Bolt Pattern for your 2012 Ford Focus

With the launch of the 2012 Ford Focus, new Focus drivers have begun to call in. Ford has changed the bolt pattern from 4-108 to 5-108, so our wheel suppliers have placed more emphasis on 5-108. Original Equipment wheel sizes range from 15" to 18' depending on trim level. Overall clearance is good, so you can run 19" wheels on 235/35-19 or 245/35-19...  Read More

Closeout Kumho Ecsta SPT (KU31)

Do you want to go fast and still have enough money left over to pay for tickets? (Keep in mind that Tire Rack does not condone horseplay, speeding or chewing gum while walking). Consider the close-out Kumho Ecsta SPT (KU31) tires. We have few in the following sizes: 275/40-17 at $87 plus shipping 225/45-18 at $89 plus shipping, 235/40R18 at $86 plus...  Read More

Closeout Pirelli Scorpion STR in Select SUV Sizes

Getting ready to haul the kids back to school, but worried your tires are worn? Take a look at the closeout Pirelli Scorpion STR tires available in the following select sizes for crossover vehicles and SUVs:255/65-16 @ $105255/60-17 @ $109255/55-18 V Speed Rated @ $136265/60-18  @ $131 Please note supply is limited and pricing is subject to change. Although...  Read More

Yo - I love those Yokohamas especially at $69 plus shipping for 245/45-17

With all the snow we're getting, it's hard to believe spring time, fast cars and summer tires are only a few months away. Do you want to defy Mother Nature and get a jump on summer? Consider the close-out special on the discontinued 245/45-17 Yokohama AVS ES100's.Strengths: Good dry traction, hydroplaning resistance and handling predictability, great deal...  Read More

Welcome Axis Wheels!

Attention to detail in your wheel purchase can prevent vibration, wheel/tire interference and unbalanced handling. And Tire Rack's engineers use sophisticated tools to determine which wheels are a proper fit for each vehicle. Before beginning your wheel search, read "Why Shop for Wheels by First Selecting a Vehicle?" to see the factors that go in to matching...  Read More

New Continental Extreme Contact DWS

Good snow traction in an All-Season tire? Having spent the last several Northern Indiana on dedicated snow tires, All-Season tires just aren't good enough.  Once you go Blizzak  (or X Ice2) you can't go back. Well, what about a Louisville driver with Summer Performance tires? Does he or she really need a snow tire for a few snow storms?Dedicated snow tires ...  Read More

Save Gas on your 235/65-17 Mid-Size SUV Tires

With gas around $4 a gallon, sometimes I wish I owned a Prius.  Fortunately, the major tire manufacturers are starting to release fuel efficient low rolling resistance tires in SUV sizes.Bridgestone recently released the Ecopia EP422 in the popular 235/65-17 size (current price is $116* plus shipping). 235/65-17 is a common Original Equipment size (please...  Read More