Lowering Your Ford Mustang

The late model Ford Mustang is fast becoming an extremely popular vehicle for both customizers and enthusiasts. This is partly due to the volume of aftermarket parts available and the demand from consumers to set their Mustang apart from the crowd and show off their personal style. In addition to custom paint jobs and aftermarket wheels (rims), many Mustang...  Read More

New Wheel from Hurst

Tire Rack is excited to offer Hurst wheels for the new Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang. The Stunner is a new custom wheel (rim) that is exclusively engineered for the late model Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The wheel is available in a 20" diameter for either staggered or non-staggered applications.Designed with a durable, machined/clear-coat finish to...  Read More

Late Model Corvette Tires

As many Corvette owners know all too well, purchasing C5 and C6 tires can get a bit confusing and even frustrating. This is primarily due to the unusual staggering of the wheels. Unlike most vehicles with staggered (different front and rear sizes) tires, Chevrolet has been equipping Corvette wheels, since 1997, in the rear that aren't only wider, but also...  Read More

Speed Rating for Late Model Honda Accord

Speed ratings on tires are often very confusing for consumers to understand. Most cars have recommended speed rating requirements for the tires being used, but the part that confuses many drivers is that very few will ever drive as fast as what their car will allow. The car must have a tire installed that'll match the vehicle's capabilities.One of the most...  Read More

How to Choose a Suspension Upgrade

The most popular upgrade for cars and trucks is new custom wheels and tires. After that, suspension upgrades are very common on both late model and older vehicles. Typically, drivers will want to simply raise or lower their car or truck for aesthetic reasons, but there are often performance reasons for suspension upgrades, as well.Raising, often referred to...  Read More

Winter Tire Tread Depth - You May Have Less Than You Think

You're a smart, savvy motorist who made the decision years ago to run dedicated winter / snow tires for your vehicle. You have been enjoying the superior performance in snow and on ice, while other cars go sliding through intersections and get swallowed by the looming Ditch Monster. What you may not be aware of however, is the amount of tread depth needed...  Read More

Limited Inventory of Winter / Snow Tires

It happens every year, customers put off buying their winter / snow tires until it's too late. Winter / snow tires aren't made throughout the year, therefore when inventory is depleted, it's likely they will not be available until the following fall or winter. The winter of 2011-12 promises to be worse than previous years due to a shortage of raw materials...  Read More

Snow Chains or Snow Tires: Which Do You Need?

Few things are more heart-pounding for a driver than applying the brakes and discovering nothing is happening. A very common cause of this is inadequate tire traction in winter weather. After all, no matter how good the car is, if your tires aren't suited for the road conditions, driving on ice and snow can be treacherous.Many drivers have been conditioned...  Read More

Winter Wheels: Alloy vs. Steel

As the snow starts to fly, there's a mad rush for customers to get winter wheels and tires. However, should you order steel or alloy wheels with your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package? The decision depends on the vehicle, price, the customer's needs and availability. Availability: Certain vehicles can only be installed with alloy wheels, as steel wheels are...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for 2008-2012 Honda Accord

As one of the most popular vehicles sold in the United States, the Honda Accord is certainly a great car. If you own the current generation (2008-2012), you are enjoying Honda's latest style, comfort and technology. For those who live in the snowbelt however, the Original Equipment Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 tires lack the snow and ice traction many are looking...  Read More

Winter Tire and Wheel Sets for Porsche Panamera and Cayenne

Winter / snow tires offer dramatic improvement in safety and performance in winter conditions including snow, ice and freezing temperatures. This improvement is especially important for vehicles that include Max Performance Summer tires as Original Equipment.  The Porsche Panamera and new body style Cayenne commonly come with O.E. Max Performance Summer...  Read More

Off-Road Maximum Traction vs. On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Tires

When searching for an aggressive looking tire for their truck, Jeep or SUV, many customers also want good ride quality and low noise from their set. Off-Road Maximum Traction tires, which are often referred to as "mud-terrain" or "mudders", have very aggressive tread designs and look great on vehicles with an aftermarket lifted suspension. However, tires in...  Read More

Snow Tires/Wheels for BMW X5

BMW X5 drivers have struggled to find a good winter solution for those with the 20" sport package. Given that there is only one option for winter tires using the O.E. 20" staggered fitment, many customers elect to use the 18" option for winter tires. This allows for more options and improved snow and ice traction over the 20". This option uses a 255/55R18 on...  Read More

Studless Ice and Snow vs. Performance Winter / Snow Tires

As winter approaches, you may be in the market to buy snow tires. When choosing the best winter / snow tires for your needs, it's important to consider that not all winter tires are designed to perform equally.Studless Ice and Snow tires are designed to provide the best traction in winter conditions. These tires have the deepest tread depth, most aggressive...  Read More

ciao Wheels for 2012 FIAT 500

Tire Rack is excited to offer a new custom wheel (rim) line from ciao.  The ciao wheels are available in 17" diameter exclusively for the FIAT 500 and in several finishes, including silver, matte graphite, black and anthracite. Ciao wheels are available in six designs including split spoke, solid spoke and rally style. These wheels will give your FIAT 500...  Read More

How Tread Depth Affects Traction

Weather conditions you encounter when driving are a key factor in determining if you need new tires. Simply checking the tread and thinking it looks safe or is not down to the treadwear indicator is not enough to ensure safe driving. The reality is that weather and road conditions are critical factors because of the differing amounts of tread volume or ...  Read More

Winter Tires for the Range Rover HSE and Supercharged

With the growing popularity of late-model Range Rovers in the U.S., the demand for large winter tires is on the rise. The problem is, tire manufacturers have been slow to market winter tires in sizes that fit these SUVs. These vehicles are factory equipped with wide high performance tires which are inadequate for the extreme winter conditions found in the...  Read More

How Tire Pressure Impacts Treadwear

Tire wear is often misunderstood by even seasoned drivers. Most people understand that improper tire rotation and wheel misalignment are the leading causes of premature treadwear. However, what is often overlooked is how tire pressure impacts the tread life of tires.As underinflated tires run with pressure that is below the specified setting, they wear...  Read More

TPMS Regulations and State Inspections

A tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is an electronic system designed to monitor the air pressure inside the pneumatic tires on various types of vehicles. This system reports real-time tire pressure information to the driver of the vehicle, either via a gauge, a LED display or a warning light. Maintaining proper tire pressure is critical for driver...  Read More

Road Surfaces and Your Tire's Wear

I speak with many customers who are puzzled that their tires wore quicker than they expected. Although the most common reasons for this include improper tire rotation, air pressure and wheel alignment, there is another cause that is less obvious - road surface material. It's also worth noting that these factors can affect your tire's manufacturer...  Read More