The Star Spec's Made by Dunlop Shine Brightly!

One day was really not long enough to drive at the BMW Performance Center in Greer, SC.  I am definitely wanting more time on the Dunlop extreme performance tires on the BMW 1 series and 3 series Sedans I was driving.  Going into the event I knew the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec was a very good tire from previous tire testing the Tire Rack...  Read More

New Bridgsestone Blizzak Winter / Snow Tires

Bridgestone has been building some of the best winter tires in the world for many years.  In 2008 and 2009 Bridgestone has introduced several new models of the classic Blizzak. Through the use of new advances in tread compound and design they've improved the winter performance of their line-up. Here's a breakdown of the new additions to the Blizzak lineup. B...  Read More

Choosing a winter / snow tire

Like any significant purchase decision, having the right information is the key to choosing the right winter tire or snow tire. The first question often asked is "Do I need dedicated winter/snow tires?"  Here are a couple of tire tests that can help you answer that question:Testing on Ice:  Winter/Snow tires vs. All-season tires vs. Summer tiresAll-season...  Read More

Dunlop SP Sport Signature, High Performance All Season Tires

The Dunlop SP Sport Signature is a great tire for the consumer who is looking for a performance tire at a great price.  Many times I get the question "What are other people buying?"  This is one tire I have seen become more popular as of late. More consumers are going with this Dunlop SP Sport Signature tire providing the following features. 60,000 Mile...  Read More

Win with the right tire on the track or on the street.

Whether you are searching for the best performance car tire for the street or the fastest Hoosier Tires for your track car, my experience driving on the street and on the track will help you make the best decision.One of the most important questions you have to ask yourself when buying performance tires is, "Exactly what will I be using them for and what...  Read More

STOP : in the name of satisfaction.

What are you looking for from your brakes? Less dust, more stopping power, longer wear? The answer I commonly get is "YES" Like most things in life, brakes come with trade-offs. There really isn't one perfect combination that suits all applications, but our performance categories and the characteristics associated with each can help you make your choice.Are...  Read More

Performance Winter Tires - How well do they really work?

When selecting a winter tire that is most appropriate for a vehicle, one needs to factor in many different variables to make a decision. How much snow will the vehicle see? Is there snow or ice on the ground most of the winter or are the roads regularly clear? How "spirited" is the vehicle driven on clear days? A couple of winters ago I asked myself these...  Read More

You say rim, I say wheel; you say tomato...

One of my pet peeves is the modern usage of the term "rim"  to describe aftermarket alloy wheels.  Perhaps this is one of those long standing debates that will never be resolved but it's important to use the correct terminology when discussing parts.  The rim is the outer barrel portion of the wheel where the tire is mounted.  The term wheel applies to the...  Read More

Why Ceramic Brake Pads?

Replacing the brakes on your car or truck can be a costly venture. Picking out the right brake components is a very important decision. The pads you choose can make the biggest difference in stopping power, cleanliness, noise and longevity. Ceramic brake pads have changed the standards for brakes today. Compared to the semi-metallic pads found on most...  Read More

If it's too're too old

Many of  the newer tires being introduced have an asymmetric design that were previously directional.  Bridgestone Potenza RE750 old directional design Bridgestone Potenza RE760  new asymmetric design        Why asymmetric design. Europe recent phased in new stricter noise standards over the past 5 years. as found in a Tire Rack Technical articleE.C.E....  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

Fuelish Behavior ...

    Well, here we are, about a year removed from the $4.00+ per gallon gas prices of the 2008 summer driving season. When the prices started climbing last summer we started hearing about different ways to reduce our own fuel and energy costs.        Some of the reports we heard even came up with new words to help us understand the need to conserve fuel. Who...  Read More

Disc Brake Challenge Part V: Bleeding The Brakes And Bedding-In The Pads

With the new brake pads and rotors installed, it's time for Samuel to bleed any air out of the brake lines. The first step is to check the condition of the brake fluid currently in the lines.Step 1: Checking the fluidBrake fluid is an interesting substance. It's actually a specialized type of hydraulic fluid and it does require inspection and or replacement...  Read More

Goodyear DuraTrac, Commercial Traction for Full-Size Pick up Trucks

Goodyear has done well designing its new All Terrain Max Traction Tire the DuraTrac.  These tires are designed with the hard working and hard playing consumer in mind.  They also come in load range C, D, and also E for the F250 Super Duty and 2500HD 4X4 truck owner.  The DuraTrac is designed to be a versatile tire offering off-road composure in dirt, gravel...  Read More

PIAA Xtreme White Plus Headlight Bulbs and Super Silicone Wiper Blades Improve Visiblity

I have been using the PIAA Xtreme White Plus Headlight Bulbs and also Super Silicone Wiper Blades on my vehicle for some time now. I found it difficult to see at night, especially in rainy conditions. The PIAA Xtreme White Plus head light bulbs offered me clearer visibility over my OE headlights and the PIAA Super Silicone Aftermarket Wiper Blades kept my...  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

Studs in All-Terrain Tires?

Typically we associate studded tires with winter tires. However some All Terrain Tires are studdable as well and could work well in certain environments with lots of mud, snow and ice. Check out the available On-/Off-Road All-Terrain and On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction tires that are studdable.On-/Off-Road All-Terrain BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO (select...  Read More

Snow Tires (Winter Tires) in August?

No...don't put them on your car, yet. Being more involved in the advertising part of our business means I am already deep into the winter tire advertising.  We are looking forward to a great season.  Our selection of tire brands offering winter tires is bigger than ever, and we have a huge selection of aftermarket wheels priced for winter use in winter tire...  Read More

Give me a brake ....

Yes, I meant  to spell it that way because, today I am blogging about brakes. Everyday I get to field questions from people about all types of performance and aesthetic upgrades but, many times the unintended consequences are not even seen.Brakes are often over looked when upgrading wheels and tires and it's easy to understand why. A wheel and tire package ca...  Read More

Disc Brake Challenge Part IV: Installing The Hawk HPS Brake Pads And Calipers

With the rotors and hubs checked for excessive run-out, it's time for Samuel to move on to the brake pads. The set we selected for this vehicle are the Hawk HPS Performance Brake pads. We have had these on previous family vehicles and even my wife noticed the difference. She specifically requested these pads for the van. The Hawk HPS pads feature a Ferro...  Read More