Off Road: ATV Tires


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:

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Trailer Tires 101


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]

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Performance: Aston Martin cc100


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]

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Five Beautiful Off-Road Destinations


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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Road Trip Tire Checklist


Driving a car is a calculated risk. Your car can be dependable and well-maintained with great tires and mechanicals, you can be safety-minded and have your head in the game, but you are still in control of a couple of tons of plastic, steel, rubber and glass traveling at about 80 feet per second. Chances are nothing is going to happen, and obviously you hope it won’t – most people put in their entire years behind the wheel without a serious incident. But if something does happen, you should be ready to handle an emergency. We’re not even talking about something catastrophic like a collision…it could just be a dead battery, a minor mechanical problem or a failed tire. Better to have your car safety supplies and not need them, than to need them and not have them.

  • Jump Starters – Nothing’s more disheartening than getting behind the wheel, turning the key and hearing the engine turn too slowly to start (or worse yet, the dreade ...[more]

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Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season


The Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season is a perfect example of what tire technology can achieve, circa 2013.

The Eagle F1 All Season was developed with carbon fiber reinforced rubber compounds in the sidewalls, for rigidity and enhanced maneuverability, while the tread area itself is reinforced with DuPont Kevlar® fibers for noise suppression and ride quality. The all-season tread zone is designed for optimum traction in rain and light snow, with precise steering and cornering ability; a rim protector also helps protect wheels against scuffs or scrapes in accidental curb damage. And while just about all all-season tires feature sipes for traction, the Eagle F1 is designed with Goodyear’s innovative TredLock Technology – a system of microgrooves that multiply the tire’s biting surfaces for wet traction, and lock together for a confident grip while cornering. Aquachutes and wide grooves help clear wat ...[more]

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Best Ultra High Performance All Season Tires


Best Ultra High Performance All Season Tires

Ultra high performance all season tires are designed for drivers who like to push their vehicles to the limit from time to time; while they’re not all-out racing tires, ultra high performance all season tires were developed for the maximum in traction and control when cornering, accelerating and braking. The best all-around compromise, of course, is an ultra high performance tire that gets year-round traction, including wet weather and light snow.

Let’s start off with the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, with a W-speed rating and all-season silica tread compound. A five-rib directional tread pattern, linked shoulder blocks and continuous tapered center rib mean improved straight-line tracking and handling in wet or dry weather; angled grooves and adaptive 3D sipes enhance wet traction and light-snow traction.

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One of the best all-season tires we’ve run across is the Br ...[more]

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Memorial Day Weekend Tire Sale - Save 5%-10% Off New Tires


With all the driving you may be doing this weekend, it might be a great time to replace your old tires and get some new treads on your wheels. Save with this special offer from SimpleTire.com running Friday-Monday only! Search SimpleTire.com for savings on top brands like Pirelli, Bridgestone, Cooper, Yokohama and more this weekend. Just enter the appropriate code during checkout and get your discount!

  • 5% off the purchase of 2 tires worth $150 or more - use coupon code: memdeal5
  • 10% off the purchase of 4 tires worth $300 or more - use coupon code: memdeal10
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How To Balance a Tire


Tire Balancing MachineBalancing a tire is a very simple and easy process that I'm sure anybody can do. If you can follow instructions and simple measurements then balancing tires will be easy for you.

There are many different types of tire balancing machines out there and they all typically work the same way. The tire balancing machine we will be referring to today is the Hunter GSP9200. We are referring to this specific model because it is one of the most commonly used tire balancing machine in most tire and auto service shops.

Let's get started! With so many different types of wheel designs out there, how you balance a wheel assembly will differ. The weights used for tire balancing are tape weights as well as clip weights.

Tape weights ar ...[more]

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Cooper Tires Ratings - What They Mean


The process of selecting new tires for a vehicle can seem complicated. While recommendations are provided regarding the appropriate tire size, the brand and the type of tire can make a difference in the amount of traction and the usefulness of the tires. By understanding the meaning of Cooper Tires ratings, it is possible to select the best tire for the vehicle and the expected driving conditions.

Cooper Tires Ratings

Basics of Tread Wear Numbers When Looking at Cooper Tires Ratings

Cooper Tires ratings will provide details relating to the tread wear. The wear number helps evaluate the amount of time the tires will last. In most cases, the number is compared to the control tire of 100. This means that the rate at which the tire will wear down over time will compare to the rate of normal wear and tear on that control of 1 ...[more]

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