Introducing the General Grabber X3

For those that don't know, I have been running the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires for the last two years. I have only about 35,000 miles on them, and they have approximately 50% tread depth remaining, but they were 315/70R17 (about 35" by 12.5") and I wanted to put larger tires on my Jeep. The General Grabber X3 (with red letters) was my choice in...  Read More

Different Sizes Within a Size?

Did you know that some tires can vary in dimensions slightly, even if they have the same nominal size? 99.9% of the time, the differences won't cause any problems (assuming you're buying a set of four tires), but it is good to know that these differences exist in some rare situations. Take, for example, the following three tires in the size 285/75R16: Dick...  Read More

Introducing the New KMC XD Series XD827Rockstar III

In the world of aftermarket wheels, custom is king. KMC is at the leading edge of wheel design and they have just expanded their popular Rockstar lineup to include a highly customizable new option with some great color combinations that will really set your vehicle apart from the pack! The new KMC XD Series XD827 Rockstar III comes stock in two different...  Read More

New Payment Option: Goodyear Credit Card

We often get calls from customers asking if we have financing options. While we don't directly finance purchases, we have historically accepted Bill Me Later, which is now PayPal Credit. Also, we will continue accepting this method for online orders, but now there is another option! If you already have a Goodyear Credit Card, then you're in luck! You can now...  Read More

O.Z. Racing and Greek Mythology: a Killer Combo for Tesla Model S

O.Z Racing's new Atelier Forged series of wheels feature some new styling for the Tesla Model S in 21" fitments. Atelier in French means "studio" or "workshop" and is also the name of O.Z. Racing's specialty forged wheels in which they take great pride. These are a few of the highest-quality wheels on the market and are forged in Italy by some of the...  Read More

Pad Swap: Hawk HPS vs. Hawk LTS

In an earlier post, I discussed how I installed a set of DBA 4x4 Survival Series T3 Rotors and some Hawk LTS rear pads and HPSfront pads (the LTS front pads weren't in stock at the time). I was happy with the increase in brake torque over the stock brakes, but I still felt as though I could get a little more stopping power if I installed LTS pads on the...  Read More

New Ultra Motorsports Xtreme X107 is a Great Fit for Jeep Wranglers!

Introducing the new Xtreme X107, the newest addition from Ultra Motorsports' Xtreme line of wheels. This is a high-quality wheel with aggressive styling and fitments that are generally more aggressive than stock fitments. The Jeep JK (2007-2016) fitments are 17x8.5 with a 0mm offset (4.8" backspacing), which is mild enough to fit on a stock Jeep with the...  Read More

Outfitting the New Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Black Bear Edition

The new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Black Bear Edition is the newest special edition Jeep named after the legendary Black Bear Pass in Telluride, Colorado that was cut into the Rocky Mountains back in the late 1800s. It's also one of the more dangerous roads to traverse in the country today.  The Black Bear Wrangler sets itself apart from the Sport model with...  Read More

DBA 4x4 Survival Series T3 Brake Rotors and Hawk Pads on Jeep Wrangler

In the past, we've discussed the brakes on a Jeep, but it was a basic Centric rotor with Hawk LTS pads on all four corners. For my own Jeep, I wanted to try out a little higher rated rotor and find out what all the hype about DBA was. DBA stands for Disc Brakes Australia, and they are known for producing high quality performance rotors for many...  Read More

Introducing the new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 has been a top performer in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category for wet and dry traction and handling. However, it fell a bit short on the winter side of the all-season equation. With Continental's new ExtremeContact DWS06 now competing with the Pilot Sport A/S 3 in wet and dry, Michelin needed to re-tune their offering...  Read More

New Colored Wheels from Sparco for Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is one of the most iconic vehicles in the automotive industry, with tens of millions sold since its inception back in the early 1970s. The combination of reliability, good fuel economy, reasonable price and good style have made this car very popular. Sparcowheels have been a big hit with Tire Rack in tuner-style fitments, and for 2016, we have...  Read More

Looking for Bigger Tires?

Are trying to get a tire with a taller sidewall on your current wheels for better ride quality? Or are wanting a bigger tire to give your truck or SUV a more aggressive look? Whatever your reasoning is, you want to make sure the bigger tires you want will fit on your vehicle without causing any problems. We may not be able to guarantee the fitment on a...  Read More

Hawk LTS Pads and Centric Rotors are a Great Combination!

Looking for a new set of brakes? If you're looking to replace with OEM quality parts or upgrade your vehicle's brakes, Hawk and Centric are a great combination for most vehicles. I recently helped a friend install a set of Hawk LTS brake pads and Centric Plain 120 Series rotors on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport with a suspension lift and 35x12.50R17...  Read More

The New Winter Contender From Continental

This year, Continental brought their "A game" with the new WinterContact SI to challenge the top tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category. The tire features a new directional tread pattern and updated tread compound utilizing their +Silane additives to keep the tread even more pliable when temperatures are below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.  We were surprised to...  Read More

When is the Right Time to Make the Winter Tire Swap?

When is the best time to change out summer/all-season tires for  winter tires? The easy rule of thumb to remember is Thanksgiving to Tax Day, which is late November to mid-April. Of course, with the great diversity of climate we have in this country, the more specific answer is going to be a bit different depending on where you reside. If you have summer-only...  Read More

Eibach Pro-Steering Damper is a Great Upgrade for Jeep Wrangler

Once you've upgraded your wheels and tires on your Jeep, you may find that the stock steering stabilizer doesn't quite cut it anymore. That means it's time for an upgrade!  That's where Eibach comes in. You may already know they make the All-Terrain Lift Kit for Wranglers, but did you know they also make a great aftermarket steering damper? It will fit...  Read More

Best Tires for Subaru Outback

Since its launch in North America in the late 1990s, the Subaru Outback has seen fantastic sales in several iterations and continues to be one of the most popular wagons on the market today. When those Original eEquipment tires wear out, what do you replace them with? Start by looking at your tire size, then check out which of the tires below will work best...  Read More

Hub Centric vs. Lug Centric Wheel Fitments

"What are these plastic (or metal) rings that came with my wheels?" "Why didn't my wheels come with hub centric centering rings?" The terms "hub centric" and "lug centric" describe the method used to center a wheel on a vehicle's hub to prevent vibration. Most Original Equipment wheels are built with the same centerbore diameter as the hub diameter on the...  Read More

SPC Control Arms For Jeep JK: Part Two

Now that the old damaged upper control arms are removed, it's time to set the length, install them, adjust them, put the wheels back on and then tighten them. In part 1, the instructions said to screw in the rod end and adjust the sleeve out to the length of the stock UCAs (upper control arms) as a starting point for installation. My stock UCAs were 17 7/16"...  Read More

SPC Control Arms for Jeep JK: Part One

I made the mistake of off-roading and not checking the torque on my suspension components afterward, which over time wallowed out the threads on my adjustable rear upper control arms and caused a host of issues with my Jeep. With a lifted Jeep you have to make sure to check the torque on everything after abusing it. With the adjustment threads all wallowed...  Read More