|Shopping for tires doesn't have to be hard.
Consult our website first, so you can learn all about tires. Which
brands are best for your vehicle, which brands to avoid and which brands
offer the best value.
|How can I be sure that i need new tires?
This is a common question asked by drivers, the following information can help you decide if you need new tires. If you are still unsure, consult a professional and ask them to explain why you need new tires.
Tires don't grow old gracefully, age is the enemy of your tires.
Even if there is not noticeable tread wear on the tires, you will want to replace your tires if they are 10 years old. Your specific brand of tire should have a manufacturer recommendation as to when to replace them. If you aren't sure contact the manufacturer or the store that sold you the tires for help.
Let The Treads Be Your Guide
A rule of thumb is to take an ordinary penny from your pocket and place it head first into the tread grooves of your tire. If you can see the top of Abe Lincoln's head, then its time to replace those bad boys. If at least part of his head is constantly covered then you may have some more tire life left. Remember to have a pro inspect the tires if you are unsure.
|Low-profile Tires, some important information to consider.|
Seems like nowadays, large rim sizes are all the rage on vehicles. Lots of custom or tricked out rides, use the large eye-catching rims.
If you use large rims on your vehicle then you're going to need low-profile tires. Low-profile means that the size edge of the tire wall is smaller than a normal tire.
Normally, this translates into a rougher ride. You want to make sure your car has solid suspension, to handle these type of tires.
Low-profile tires also offer quicker steering response than traditional tires. Using a larger wheel also allows for larger brake sizes, which can be a plus.
A word of caution though, there seems to be quite a few complaints about low-profile tires. For example, we see common complaints of low-profile tires wearing out a low mileage. Also, you have to be extremely careful of you have a tire deflation. If the tire deflates, you will damage your rim much more quickly than with a traditional tire.
Bottom line is, if you can afford it and the cool factor seems to trump practical. Then go for low-profile tires.
If you are looking for a softer ride or money is a concern for you, then I would probably look to avoid them.
However, if you're a rock star or a rapper, then
there's no other way to roll. by Kerry Zangara
by Kerry Zangara
|There are so many different tire brands nowadays, that searching for tires can be downright confusing. We can help, start your search with our best of breed tire brands list with logos.|
You may have noticed the letters and numbers on
the side of your tires. But what exactly does it all mean?
The letters and numbers, correspond to the ratings of your tires. Here we teach you what it all means, in plain English.
Let's use an example of a tire like P180/55R15 85T to teach you what it all means. The final 85T is known as the service description of the tire. This is gonna tell you the tires load index and speed rating.Tire manufacturers have been required since 1991 to display this information on the tire. Read more here about tire ratings
|Custom Rims & Wheels for your Car|
Some people are all about customizing and making their auto stand out from the crowd. One way to make your ride flashy and an attention getter, is to purchase a custom set of wheels and rims.
Normally we are going to choose what looks best, it's only natural to choose the best looking rims for our car. However, there are some other things to consider when selecting those custom rims and wheels. You should talk to someone who has experience installing rims and wheels as they can offer you some incites as to how they might perform on your particular ride.
If you are purchasing over-size rims they will definitely offer you a sporty custom look. The large diameter will improve steering as the car will respond better. These large diameter rims actually allow your car to hold the road better. Keep in mind if you go more than a size or 2 larger than normal, you will have to purchase new tires as well.
Alloy wheels are a good choice if you do a lot of city driving. The alloy will help dissipate heat and keep your brakes from over heating.
Be careful buying rims that are too heavy for you car, they will not be well supported by your car's suspension and can cause handling problems. This will be especially true on a small vehicle.
So customize up that whip, make it look good, but do it in a sensible well thought out way.
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