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How To Check Air Pressure In Tires

July 17th, 2013

Tire inflation is something that is neglected by many drivers, and it’s easy to understand why. Modern radial tires deform very little until they are drastically low on air pressure. A tire can be as much as 30% underinflated and still look completely normal. But why is proper inflation so important?

  • Underinflated tires have increased rolling resistance, which can affect fuel economy.
  • Increased rolling resistance will also lead to overheating, which can be downright dangerous and possibly cause tire failure on a long highway trip.
  • Underinflated tires will affect your car’s steering, drivability, ride and handling. If your car’s steering seems heavy and clumsy, or if your vehicle is pulling to one side ...[more]
Posted in: Tire 101, How-to, Tire Care

Vintage Tires

July 12th, 2013

Let’s face it – modern tire designs are much, much safer than the tires of a couple of generations ago. Rubber compounds are better, steel belted radials handle better and wear longer than older bias-ply tires, traction is better, tires are less prone to blowouts or failure, and performance during braking, acceleration and cornering is much improved over 60s- or 50s-era tires. Still, if you’re restoring a muscle car or vintage truck, you want tires that are appropriate as far as size and appearance for your vehicle (if it’s a British car, perhaps we should say “tyres”).

If you’ve got a vintage muscle car, the BF Goodrich Radial T/A is an excellent choice, with period-correct raised white letters and 22 sizes to choose from. The Radial T/A is a low-profile classic-look tire that benefits from modern design and manufa ...[more]

Posted in: Tire 101, Tire Talk

Carlisle Lawn and Garden Tires

July 10th, 2013

Lawn and garden tires, of course, are a different design altogether.

Think about what a riding mower does…it doesn’t ever go fast, it has to get good traction on grass, and it has to be gentle on the surface of the grass itself. Lawn and garden tires, then, are usually fairly wide to disperse the weight of the mower or tractor as much as possible. They also typically will use an inner tube and don’t have an especially robust construction since they don’t have to hold up at high speeds (believe it or not, there’s actually a designation in the tire speed rating system that applies to lawn and garden tires).

Lawn tires will usually have a turf tread pattern and balanced profile, for residential zero-turn mowers, golf carts, riding mowers, utility vehicles and the like, designed to baby the most delicate turf conditions. ...[more]

Posted in: Tire Care, Tires 101

Best Tires for Rain

July 9th, 2013

Too much of the time, tires just don’t get a lot of thought…but they’re your sole connection between your car and the road. At no time is that connection more important than when wet weather hits. You can argue that most tires are essentially the same…polyester fabric, steel belts, compound of rubber, silica and carbon black…but there’s much more to it than that. Things like tread pattern, tread design and grooves all make a huge difference in wet-weather driving, and can improve your car’s traction and margin of safety. The enemy, of course, is hydroplaning – a film of water between your tread and pavement that can actually break contact with the road and send your car out of control.

An excellent choice for control and traction on wet pavement is the Michelin Pilot Sport A-S +, with aggressive direction ...[more]

Are You Ready for the Fourth of July?

July 1st, 2013



Its that time of year; fireworks and spending time in the great outdoors. It’s a great time to be an American enjoying all the holiday has to offer. As you prepare to head out to enjoy your favorite holiday traditions, make sure you check all your tires before you leave to ensure a worry free weekend.

RV Tires

If you have not taken your RV out in a while, you will defiantly need to check the age and condition of your tires. Hot and cold weather will compromise the sidewalls of your tires rendering them unsafe for driving condition. Check for cracks and hardening of the rubber compound in the sidewalls and tread. RV tires need to be replaced every few years regardless of road wear. If you need to replace your RV tires here’s our top recommendation:

Posted in: Summer Tires, ATV Tires

10 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage

June 28th, 2013

Who doesn’t want better gas mileage these days? Maximizing your fuel efficiency will not only save you money, it is better for your vehicle and the environment! With some proper maintenance, and simple tips and tricks, you can make fewer trips to the pump, which will be friendlier on your car, and your wallet.

  • Tires - The right tires for your driving conditions are important. For the best gas mileage choose low rolling resistance tires. These are designed to maximize fuel efficiency and performance by increasing the tire’s grip on the road. Tires for racing and oversized off-roading tires are designed only for specific uses, and shouldn’t be used as your vehicle’s primary tires.

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Off Road: ATV Tires

June 28th, 2013

Feeling like throwing some mud?

ATV tires have to be able to hold up to tough punishment, and also don’t have to reach highway speeds. That means they need heavy-duty casings and tread formulations, low tire pressures, aggressive tread and a level of traction and control that you’ll never see with street tires. ATV tires also usually are made from a softer rubber compound for extra traction (but also have to be rigid enough to handle well at higher speeds). ATV tires, in other words, have to be able to hold up under some really extreme conditions, and get you all the way through to the other side of where you’re heading. Have a look at our recommendations for some great ATV tires:

Trailer Tires 101

June 26th, 2013

Trailer tires see a little bit different kind of service. Trailer tires don’t have to steer or deliver torque to the road, but they do have to handle loads (sometimes very heavy loads). That means that trailer tires have to be pretty robust, and need to hold up at high speeds and long service lives.

We’re happy to offer Gladiator trailer tires! Gladiator makes tires for commercial trucks, RVs and other vehicles, as well as a line especially designed for trailer service. Gladiator tires are radial designs and approved for highway speed use.

  • Gladiator QR25-TS – The advanced tread compound of the Gladiator QR25-TS is designed for reduced heat under heavy loads, as well as improved rolling resistance and fuel econ ...[more]
Posted in: Tire 101

Performance: Aston Martin cc100

June 24th, 2013

Aston Martin cc100

Since the 50s, Britain’s Aston Martin has been synonymous with performance, design and esoteric British classiness. Today’s Aston Martin, however, is known more for brute force, and the CC 100 Speedster is expected to stay in keeping with that image. Amazingly, the CC100 went from concept and drafting table to production in under six months time. While it’s currently a one-off concept car, the CC100, like many concept cars, hints at new design directions and ideas for the car maker.

Created to reflect the company’s 100th anniversary, the CC100 is powered by a 555 horsepower 6-liter V12 engine, with a top speed of over 180 mph and a zero-to-60 time of under four seconds. The naturally-aspirated V12 is then mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with racing ...[more]

Five Beautiful Off-Road Destinations

June 18th, 2013

Beautiful Utah

Time to get out of your office cubicle, off the couch or out from in front of the TV set and go take in the great outdoors! Experience the sights and sounds, breathe some air you haven’t breathed before, and imagine how it all looked to native Americans, cowboys or even Lewis and Clark a couple of hundred years ago.

Moab and Paiute ATV Trail, Utah

Sand, water, cliffs, bluffs, boulders…Moab has a little bit of everything. Miles and miles of this area were charted decades ago by prospectors, and it’s as remote, rough and demanding as any trek you’re likely to take. Be ready, though, with plenty of provisions for yourself and your machine both. The payoff is some of the most dramatic, spectacular Wild West scenery you’re going to experience.

Calico Ghost Town, Californi ...[more]

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