Tires & Wheels Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Alloy Profiles: Motegi Racing
Named for Japan's Twin Ring Motegi racetrack, Motegi Racing is a hard-core wheel maker using some of the latest technologies to make some great rims.

Alloy vs. Steel Wheels: Beauty and the Beast
Alloys or steel wheels: What's best for you? Both types have advantages and disadvantages for different types of driving; but in general if you want beauty and performance you want alloy, and if you want tough, inexpensive, ugly workhorses, you want steels.

Tires & Wheels
Tires & Wheels. Page 2.

Deep Concave Wheels: New Design Trend
Deep concave wheels are designed with spokes that curve, more or less gracefully, inwards toward the hub center of the wheel, such that if you put the wheel face up and flat on the ground, the cosmetic face of the wheel would form a bowl shape. When on the car, that bowl shape curves inward towards the car's suspension, creating a very interesting and sometimes even jarringly fresh look.

Review - Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin will launch their new Pilot Sport A/S 3 Ultra High Performance All-Season tire this summer.

Alloy Profiles: Rocket Racing
Rocket Racing Wheels is a brand of “high-performance, nostalgia-inspired wheels for both classic and modern muscle cars, hot rods, street rods,and classic trucks” put out by Rocket Performance Machine, Inc. (RPM), a CNC/Milling shop in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Reader Q&A;: Snow Tire Edition
I know it's getting to be snow tire season when readers start sending me snow tire questions. Makes sense, right?

Review: Michelin X-Ice Xi3
There is a pride like fire among Michelin's snow tire engineering team that makes one suspect that they're thinking, “One Tire To Rule Them All...”

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 - Snow Tire Review
I travel to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland to try out Nokian's newest snow tire, the Hakkapeliitta R2, which is better than it's predecessor in every way I can see.

Janne Laitinen
Janne Laitinen, Nokian's test driver. Page 7.

Salt Damage: Top Edge
A closer view of salt damage on a chrome wheel. Page 6.

Sidewall Markings
European Standard Tire Sidewall Markings

Salt Damage: Full Damage
A closer view of salt damage on a chrome wheel. Page 5.

Aspect Ratio
How to find your tire size and aspect ratio. Page 2.

Chrome Wheel
A chromeplated wheel. Tires & Wheels. Page 4.

Silver Painted Wheel
A wheel painted in a standard metallic silver. Page 3.

Salt Damage: Bottom Edge
A closer view of salt damage on a chrome wheel. Page 7.

Tire Bubble_2
When the radial plies are damaged by impact, the tire loses its ability to hold against air pressure at that point. We call this a

Tire cross-section
A cross-section view of a standard tire. Page 11.

Article Photos
A cutaway view of a standard tire. Page 10.

Tire Bubble
When the radial plies are damaged by impact, the tire loses its ability to hold against air pressure at that point. We call this a

Machined Interference Patterns
Full-Face Machine Polishing with Interference Patterns. Page 15.

Full-Face Machine Polishing
Full-Face Machine Polishing. Tires & Wheels. Page 14.

BMW M-Parallel Wheel: Paint in the Pockets
This BMW M3 wheel is machined along the outer flange and high spots and has paint in the low areas along the spokes. Page 16.

Paint In The Pockets
Another example of paint in the pockets. Page 17.

Flange Cut
Lathing only the outer flange of the wheel and leaving the center painted is called a flange cut. Page 18.

Polished Wheel
A standard polished wheel. Tires & Wheels. Page 12.

Ultra Baja Champ Polished Wheel
This Baja Champ wheel by Ultra might not have come polished in the days before clearcoat, particularly with the hard-to-repolish oval decorative pockets along the outer flange. Page 13.

Fastest On Ice
Nokian Tyres' test driver Janne Laitinen breaks the world speed record for driving on ice by reaching an average speed of 206mph (331kph) over the 1 kilometer course. Nokian's Hakkapeliitta 7 studded snow tires were on the car. Page 6.

Fastest On Ice
Nokian Tyres' test driver Janne Laitinen breaks the world speed record for driving on ice by reaching an average speed of 206mph (331kph) over the 1 kilometer course. Nokian's Hakkapeliitta 7 studded snow tires were on the car. Page 8.

Fastest On Ice
Nokian Tyres' test driver Janne Laitinen breaks the world speed record for driving on ice by reaching an average speed of 206mph (331kph) over the 1 kilometer course. Nokian's Hakkapeliitta 7 studded snow tires were on the car. Page 4.

Fastest On Ice
Nokian Tyres' test driver Janne Laitinen breaks the world speed record on ice by reaching an average speed of 206mph (331kph) over the 1 kilometer course. Nokian's Hakkapeliitta 7 studded snow tires were on the car.

Fastest On Ice
Nokian Tyres' test driver Janne Laitinen breaks the world speed record for driving on ice by reaching an average speed of 206mph (331kph) over the 1 kilometer course. Nokian's Hakkapeliitta 7 studded snow tires were on the car. Page 3.

Fastest On Ice
Nokian Tyres' test driver Janne Laitinen breaks the world speed record for driving on ice by reaching an average speed of 206mph (331kph) over the 1 kilometer course. Nokian's Hakkapeliitta 7 studded snow tires were on the car. Page 2.

Fastest On Ice
Nokian Tyres' test driver Janne Laitinen breaks the world speed record for driving on ice by reaching an average speed of 206mph (331kph) over the 1 kilometer course. Nokian's Hakkapeliitta 7 studded snow tires were on the car. Page 9.

Fastest On Ice
Nokian Tyres' test driver Janne Laitinen breaks the world speed record for driving on ice by reaching an average speed of 206mph (331kph) over the 1 kilometer course. Nokian's Hakkapeliitta 7 studded snow tires were on the car. Page 5.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

3-Piece Wheel With Polished Lip
A 3-piece Porsche

Donut-Style Temporary Spare
A Donut-style Temporary Spare. Tires & Wheels. Page 20.

Aftermarket TPMS Setup
An Aftermarket TPMS Setup. Tires & Wheels. Page 22.

TPMS Valve Stem Type Monitor
A TPMS Valve Stem Type Monitor. Tires & Wheels. Page 21.

Article Photos
These sipes have an internal topological structure preventing them from flexing in most directions, and are called #D Self-Locking Sipes. Page 25.

Article Photos
The Hakka Sipe, originally patented by Nokian. Page 23.

Article Photos
Nokian's new Pump Sipes. Tires & Wheels. Page 27.

Article Photos
These minor siping patterns are for water removal only, and are called rain sipes. Page 24.

Article Photos
WRG2 Self-Locking Sipes. Tires & Wheels. Page 26.

Nokian's AirClaw Studded Tread Block Design
Nokian's Hakka 7 studded snow tire features the AirClaw tread block, purpose-built for studs. Page 31.

Bright Hypersilver
A BMW wheel finished in bright hypersilver. Page 28.

Smoked Hypersilve
A BMW wheel finished in smoked hypersilver. Page 29.

Nokian's Eco-Stud System
Nokian's Eco-Stud system places a soft layer of padding between the stud base and the tire to reduce noise and pavement damage. Page 32.

The Evolution of Tire Studs
A look at the development of Nokian's tire studs. Page 30.

Deep Dish Wheel
A picture of a deep-dish wheel. Tires & Wheels. Page 35.

Bent Lip
A forged deep-dish wheel with a bent outboard lip. Page 36.

Wheel Diagram
A standard automotive wheel diagram. Page 34.

Wheel Anatomy Diagram
A standard automotive wheel diagram, showing the various named parts of a wheel. Page 33.

Michelin Xi3 Launch Event at Mecaglisse
Michelin launches their new X-Ice Xi3 snow tires at the Mecaglisse motorsports complex at Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci in Quebec. Page 10.

Michelin Xi3 Launch Event at Mecaglisse
Michelin launches their new X-Ice Xi3 snow tires at the Mecaglisse motorsports complex at Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci in Quebec. Page 5.

Michelin Xi3 Launch Event at Mecaglisse
Michelin launches their new X-Ice Xi3 snow tires at the Mecaglisse motorsports complex at Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci in Quebec. Page 6.

Michelin Xi3 Launch Event at Mecaglisse
Michelin launches their new X-Ice Xi3 snow tires at the Mecaglisse motorsports complex at Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci in Quebec. Page 3.

Michelin Xi3 Launch Event at Mecaglisse
Michelin launches their new X-Ice Xi3 snow tires at the Mecaglisse motorsports complex at Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci in Quebec. Page 13.

Michelin Xi3 Launch Event at Mecaglisse
Michelin launches their new X-Ice Xi3 snow tires at the Mecaglisse motorsports complex at Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci in Quebec. Page 7.

Michelin Xi3 Launch Event at Mecaglisse
Michelin launches their new X-Ice Xi3 snow tires at the Mecaglisse motorsports complex at Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci in Quebec. Page 9.

Tires & Wheels
Tires & Wheels. Page 37.

Positive Offset
Positive Offset. Tires & Wheels. Page 38.

Zero Offset
Zero Offset. Tires & Wheels. Page 39.

Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Pictures accompanying my review of Michelin's new X-Ice Xi3.

Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Pictures accompanying my review of Michelin's new X-Ice Xi3. Page 8.

Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Pictures accompanying my review of Michelin's new X-Ice Xi3. Page 6.

Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Pictures accompanying my review of Michelin's new X-Ice Xi3. Page 4.

Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Pictures accompanying my review of Michelin's new X-Ice Xi3. Page 7.

Tire Reviews
Reviews and impressions of the wonderful world of tires, including Sean's reviews, third-party reviews and reviews by you, the tire users!

Tire & Wheel Buyer's Guide
Buyer's Guide for Tires and Wheels.

UHP Tires
Reviews of Ultra High Performance Tires

Winter Tires
Winter Tires. Tires & Wheels.

Extreme Performance Tires
The Extreme Performance Category is essentially street legal track tires.

Article Photos
Here you'll find larger sized images associated with my articles.

Article Photos
Here you'll find larger sized images associated with my articles.

Article Photos
Here you'll find larger sized images associated with my articles.

Article Photos
Here you'll find larger sized images associated with my articles.

How to Change a Flat Tire
It can happen anytime; you're stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. You can wait for a tow truck, or you can change the tire out for your spare yourself and be on your way. Here's a pictorial version of how to do it safely and easily yourself. Page 8.

How to Change a Flat Tire
It can happen anytime; you're stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. You can wait for a tow truck, or you can change the tire out for your spare yourself and be on your way. Here's a pictorial version of how to do it safely and easily yourself. Page 4.

How to Change a Flat Tire
It can happen anytime; you're stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. You can wait for a tow truck, or you can change the tire out for your spare yourself and be on your way. Here's a pictorial version of how to do it safely and easily yourself.

How to Change a Flat Tire
It can happen anytime; you're stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. You can wait for a tow truck, or you can change the tire out for your spare yourself and be on your way. Here's a pictorial version of how to do it safely and easily yourself. Page 2.

All About Lugnuts
What do you need to know about lugnuts? If you're changing your own wheels, or changing to different wheels, well, everything!

Wheel Straightening
An overview of technologies that allow bent aluminum alloy wheels to be straightened out.

Chrome Plated Wheels and Chrome Care
Chrome is a supermodel. All beauty on the surface, but a nasty personality underneath.

How to Care for Your Painted Wheels
Most original equipment wheels are painted. Learn how to (and how not to) care for your painted wheels and what it takes to refinish them if they get damaged.

How To Not Damage Your Wheels, Pt. 1
Wheel finishes can be quite fragile and vulnerable to all sorts of hazards. How to keep your nicely finished rims looking that nice.

How to Read Tire Size and Sidewall Markings
A primer on how to read the numbers and symbols embossed on tire sidewalls. Knowing how to read the tire can provide you with very useful information.

Plus and Minus Sizing Your Tires
Need to change your tire size, but don't understand what the tire guy is telling you? Here's how to figure out what tire size you need like the pros do.

What Tires Are Made of - Descriptions and Sections
What's inside your tire? How do they get all that stuff in there. Here's how your tires are made and what they're made up of.

What Tires Are Made Of: Page 2
Page 2 of 2. Tires & Wheels.

Why You Should Downsize Your Winter Wheels
Why should you downsize winter wheels? Smaller wheels and tires perform better in winter conditions.

Vibration Diagnosis
Does your car shake at speed? How to tell if your car's vibration is coming from bent wheels or tires.

Tire Siping: What the Heck is a Sipe?
We hear all the time from tire makers about their superior siping patterns, but what are sipes anyway?

Tires & Wheels
Tires & Wheels. Page 2.

Wheel Anatomy 101: Structure
Welcome to Wheel Anatomy 101: Structure. Today we will be reviewing the major structural aspects of automotive wheels, focusing on the outboard, or structural face of the wheel.

Wheel Anatomy 301: Offset and Backspacing
In our final module of Wheel Anatomy, we will be looking at the complex, but essential concepts of offset and backspacing.

Wheel Anatomy 201: Beads and Flanges
Welcome to Wheel Anatomy 201: Beads and Flanges. Today we will be reviewing the various structures located on the outer barrel of the wheel. These structures will include the drop center, beads, mounting humps and flanges.

What's Best, All Seasons or Snow Tires?
All-seasons or snow tires, what's best? The answer is as individual as you are.

What You Need to Know About Winter Tires
Everything you need to know about choosing winter tires but didn't know who to ask.

The Top 5 Studless Snow Tires
The top 5 best snow tires out there for your winter driving safety and comfort.

Tire & Wheel Galleries
The Gallery is the place for showing off those tires and rims you're so proud of. I'll be posting pictures of particularly cool, especially broken or just generally strange stuff as well as larger sized images for my articles.

Welding Wheels: To Bead or Not to Bead?
To weld, or not to weld, that is the question: Whether 'tis Nobler in the Wallet to suffer The outrageous cost of New Wheels, Or to take Arms against a Sea of potholes, And by Repairing, end them...

Alloy Profiles: Motegi Racing
Named for Japan's Twin Ring Motegi racetrack, Motegi Racing is owned by the umbrella group Wheel Pros which also owns American Racing, ATX, KMC Wheels and Lorenzo, among others.

How Cambered Tires Work
Cambered tires may well be the biggest breakthrough in tire technology since the vulcanization of rubber.

TIA and NHTSA Discuss Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
The NHTSA has replied to the TIA in a very important letter to anyone who has to deal with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. Find out what the NHTSA said and how it can affect you!

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
The NHTSA has replied to the TIA in a very important letter to anyone who has to deal with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. Find out what the NHTSA said and how it can affect you! Page 2.

Review: Nokian WR G2 All-Season Tires
Nokian has made an all-season tire that excels in all the dangerous weather conditions, and is still pretty good in the safest one. That's a beautiful thing.

Nokian WR G2 All-Season Tires Review
Tires & Wheels. Page 2.

How to Change a Flat Tire
It can happen anytime; you're stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. You can wait for a tow truck, or you can change the tire out for your spare yourself and be on your way. Here's how to do it safely and easily yourself.

Changing and Driving on a Flat Tire
It can happen anytime; you're stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. You can wait for a tow truck, or you can change the tire out for your spare yourself and be on your way. Here's how to do it safely and easily yourself. Page 2.

How to Keep An Installer From Damaging Your Wheels
I've seen it happen so often - a tire tech makes a mistake and scratches up a nice wheel. If you're hardcore about your wheels, here's how to prepare so installation damage is less likely.

How to Keep a Tire Installer From Damaging Your Wheels
Tires & Wheels. Page 2.

Borbet Brushed
Borbet's new brushed finish and its variations. Page 7.

Borbet Brushed
Borbet's new brushed finish and its variations. Page 6.

Borbet Brushed
Borbet's new brushed finish and its variations. Page 4.

Borbet Brushed
Borbet's new brushed finish and its variations.

Borbet Brushed
Borbet's new brushed finish and its variations. Page 3.

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Preview: Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
Bridgestone announces the July 2015 launch of their Blizzak DM-V2 SUV/CUV Winter tire.

The Best Winter-Biased All-Season Tires For 2013
The idea of all-season tires is always a compelling one. Having tires that can be kept on your car year-round, that work well in both the winter and summer is generally a whole lot easier and cheaper than switching between winter and summer tires. The thing is, the requirements for tires designed for summer performance and tires designed to function in snow are extremely different even down to the rubber compounds, which makes it very difficult to make a tire that excels in all regimes. This means that designing all-season tires has always involved some very important tradeoffs.

Tire Reviews
Reviews and impressions of the wonderful world of tires, including Sean's reviews, third-party reviews and reviews by you, the tire users!

Long-Term Review: Toyo Observe GSi-5
I finally get to drive on the Toyo Observe GSi-5, just at the moment Boston gets hit by Snowpocalypse 2015. In short - I'm very impressed.

Do-It-Yourself TPMS Tools
A set of TPMS tools designed for the consumer, home user and DIY market by ATEQ.

It's All In The RIST: Installing Wheels The TIA Way.
Installing wheels the right way is all in the RIST: Remove. Inspect. Snug. Torque.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Via Bluetooth
The latest wave in Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems - monitors that send data to your smartphone via Bluetooth.

Review: Cooper CS5 Grand Touring
Cooper has hidden a performance tire inside their CS5 Grand Touring, and it's contributing to one of the best years in the company's history.

DIY Wheel Fitment
Whether you're an installer or you're installing a new set of wheels yourself, here's some information you'll want to know to get things right.

DIY Wheel Fitment Issues
Whether you're an installer or you're installing a new set of wheels yourself, here's some information you'll want to know to get things right. Page 2.

Review: Michelin Defender
Michelin's Defender largely lives up to it's larger-than-life billing.

Review: Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
The Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 is an Ultra High Performance snow tire designed for very powerful cars. This may be a small niche, but Michelin's tire is right there at the top of it.

Tire Wear: Causes, Indicators and Remedies
Irregular tire wear is a frustrating little gremlin that can steal your tires' performance and tread life if you let it. The problem is that irregular wear comes in so many different flavors. The causes of strange tire wear can range from air pressure to improper balance, from misalignment to bent wheels.

The Top 5 Toughest Aftermarket Wheels
My list of the top 5 best aftermarket wheels in terms of sheer toughness and damage-resistant design.

The Best Performance All-Season Tires For 2013
If what you want is superior grip for a high-performance car in both dry and wet conditions, and you plan to either switch out to pure winter tires or not drive the car in the snow, one of these “performance” all-seasons may be just your cup of Texas tea. In general, these tires are excellent for driving from spring through fall, or year-round in climates where you just don't get all that much snow.

The Top 10 Dedicated Snow Tires for 2013
I always say to start thinking about snow tires around when football starts up, to get the best prices. So here's what I think about snow tires.

How Much Should It Cost to Install My New Tires?
A look at all the little costs associated with new tires; mounting, balancing, valve stems, alignment and so on...

Wheel Widths and Tire Fitments
We all know that wheels come in many different diameters – anywhere from the tiny 14” steels to 24” chrome monsters and beyond. But wheels also come in different widths, and the width of the wheel not only affects how the wheel sits on the car but also how the tire fits on the wheel. Here's a look at how wheel widths affect you.

The What, Why and How of Wheel Balancing
Wheel balancing, also known as tire balancing, is the process of equalizing the weight of the combined tire and wheel assembly so that it spins smoothly at high speed.

Review: Firestone Destination LE2
The Firestone Destination LE2 does exactly what it's supposed to do. And no more.

Tire Air Pressure: Tips and Tricks
Air pressure is one of the most important, and most overlooked maintenance items for most drivers. Take a look at some tips and tricks from the industry.

Review: Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Among the many low rolling resistance

Hub-Centric vs. Lug-Centric Wheels
If you've been shopping for wheels at all, you've probably heard something about

Review: Fuzion Touring
The Fuzion Touring, made by Bridgestone, is simply a decent tire at a great price.

Finding Your Wheels' Bolt Pattern
When it comes to finding the proper fitment for putting aftermarket or other new wheels on your car, the bolt pattern is possibly the most important consideration.

Review: Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus


Tire Repair: Plugging vs. Patching
There is a great deal of debate going on nowadays about the proper way to repair tires, whether plugs are sufficient for small repairs or whether plugs are dangerous and patches are the only proper way. In fact, this is a debate that has gone on for literally decades. Plugs are an easy and cheap way of repairing small nail holes, while patches are a more involved, more complex and probably safer way of doing much the same thing.

How to Drive Through a Tire Blowout
Do you know what to do if a tire blows out while you're driving? Doing the wrong thing can kill you. Learn how to

Review: Goodyear Eagle Sport All Season
Goodyear's Eagle Sport All Season is a workhorse performer in the HP category, complete with some brand-new technology and some serious fun.

Sailun Atrezzo Z4+AS Tire Review
Sailun admits that they are a third-tier tiremaker, but wants to be the best third-tier tiremaker they can possibly be.

Review: Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 Tire
A review of the new Bridgestone Blizzak. WS70's are great on ice and snow, but have some trouble on dry roads.

Review: Bridgestone Potenza RE970 AS Pole Position
To say that the long-awaited successor to Bridgestone's Potenza RE960AS Pole Position, the Potenza 970AS, exceeds its predecessor in every way is somewhat akin to noting that Salieri was considered to be an excellent court composer until Mozart breezed into town.

Car Tire and Wheel Buyer's Guide
So you want some different wheels than the ones that came on your car when you bought it. But how to go about finding the right wheels for you? How do you make sure they will fit on your car? Believe me, the process of fitting wheels and tires can be much more complex than it looks. Here in one convenient place, you will find all of my articles related to fitting and buying new wheels, whether from a shop or online.

Wheel Buyer's Guide
So you want some different wheels than the ones that came on your car when you bought it. But how to go about finding the right wheels for you? How do you make sure they will fit on your car? Believe me, the process of fitting wheels and tires can be much more complex than it looks. Here in one convenient place, you will find all of my articles related to fitting and buying new wheels, whether from a shop or online. Page 2.

Review of Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Winter Tire
Michelin's X-Ice Xi2 winter tire is the primary challenger to Nokian's dominance of the winter tire market. Has Michelin finally caught up to the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R?

Review: Continental ExtremeContact DWS
The ExtremeContact DWS (Dry/Wet/Snow) are Continental's offering in the Ultra High Performance All Season niche, designed for 3-4 season capability without sacrificing high-speed performance. By all accounts, they fulfill on that promise in a big, big way.

Tire Performance Categories Explained
Tire performance categories can be enormously confusing. This can be very important information, because you're going to want a tire that fits your car and driving style. If you don't know the differences, it can be very easy to upsell you into a higher performance, more expensive tire when what you really wanted was something with a smooth ride that will get you to the store and back, or vice versa.

Tire Size Calculators
Tire Size Calculators are one of those things you don't need until you really need one, because nobody wants to do tire sizing math in their head. Here is a list of some of the best ones.

How to Store Your Extra Tires When They Aren't in Use
It's a perennial issue with extra sets of tires and/or wheels: What's the best way to store them when they are not being used?

Review: Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS
The Bridgestone RE97AS is designed to have a smoother and quieter ride than the RE970AS, but has somewhat less track-style performance. At the same time it has more performance and a less smooth ride than, say, the Ecopia line, making it pretty much a “Goldilocks” tire in most respects.

Where To Buy Wheels and Tires Online
There are lots of websites out there promising discounted tires and wheels, but which one to choose? Here's my list.

Yokohama Avid Ascend Tire Review
Yokoahama's Avid Ascend is the first consumer tire available in the US using orange oil in the rubber compound, and this technology makes for one great Grand Touring tire.

Review: Nokian WRG3 Asymmetric Tire
Nokian's WRG2 is probably the best true All-Season tire in existence. Nokian's WRG3 is not, but it's trying pretty hard.

Widening Your Wheels: It’s a Trap!
It's not that I can't widen your wheels. It's that I won't widen your wheels.

The Best Daily Driver Tires For 2013
Here's my list of some of the best Daily Driver tires, the ones that get you where you're going safely with a minimum of fuss and price. The ones that have a nice smooth ride, resist hydroplaning in the rain, and preferably give you good gas mileage and long treadwear to boot. This one's for the real road warriors out there...

Review: Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 Studded
Studded tires are the very, very best in terms of winter grip. Nokian's Hakka 7 studded tires are certainly among the very best of that group, at least until the Hakka 8 becomes available.

Tire Safety and Maintenance - Buying Tips
There are a whole lot of unsafe used tires out there on the market. Here's how to avoid ending up with one.

Continental ExtremeWinterContact Review
Continental's excellent ExtremeWinterContact tires get some well-deserved respect from reviewers and testers alike.

How to Check for Tire Recalls
Are your tires being recalled? How can you tell? What should you do if they are? And what's a TIN? Find the answers here.

Review: Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
Bridgestone's Blizzak WS80 is a clear improvement over it's predecessor, taking advantage of a large number of technological leaps forward that have been going on since the WS70 was introduced.

Three Ways to Measure Tire Tread Depth
How to measure tread depth any one of three ways, quick and dirty, quicker and dirtier and the right way.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems: An Overview
A history and overview of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, which are mandatory on all vehicles below 10,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight as of 2007.

Aftermarket Profiles: BBS
A profile of the aftermarket wheel manufacturer BBS.

Review: Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS
Firestone's Firehawk Wide Oval AS is difficult to describe, mostly because it doesn't really seem to stand out in any area. It's just... there.

TPMS Pros and Cons - Tire Pressure Monitoring System
The Pros and Cons of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

Help! My Car Shakes and Nobody Knows Why!
Every tire tech has a mystery vibration story. That one shake you can't lock down no matter what. Is it tires? Wheels? Alignment? Gremlins? Here's how to diagnose it.

Review: Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 SUV
Nokian's Hakkapeliitta R2 passenger snow tires are

Fix-A-Flat for Tires: Miracle or Nightmare?
Fix-A-Flat is marketed as basically being the equivalent to an instant spare tire, an aerosol can containing a mysterious substance that will not only patch a hole in your tire right by the side of the road, but inflate it as well! But is it really as good as it claims to be?

Tire Safety & Maintenance
Learn how to keep your tires in good shape; keeping proper inflation, balance and alignment. Learn to recognize and prevent tread depth issues, irregular tread wear and other forms of damage before they can affect your safety.

The Best SUV Winter Tires For 2014
I've often said that SUV tires, and especially SUV winter tires are kind of tricky things. Here are the best SUV winter tires for this year.

Review: Hankook Optimo H426
The Hankook Optimo H426 seems mismarketed as a Grand Touring tire, as it has quite a bit of power in reserve.

Consumer Reports Discovers Counterfeit Chinese Tires
Consumer Reports embarks on “a journey through a maze of deception, finger-pointing, and a lack of accountability...”

The Top Ten Most Beautiful Aftermarket Wheels
There are some really amazingly cool wheels out there, so many that it can be hard to even know where to start looking. Given that my other job is wheel repair, I tend to gravitate towards the wheels I know are resistant to damage, but those are not always the best-looking wheels out there. With that in mind, I give you my list of the top ten most beautiful wheels I know of.

Wheel Composition and Construction
In addition to coming in many different sizes and designs, wheels come in all different styles of construction and composition.

Nokian eNTYRE - Review
Nokian Tyres of Finland is well-known for their mastery of snow tires. However, they also are leaders in the field of low rolling resistance, and their newest offering is a summer-biased all-season Grand Touring tire called the eNTYRE. I was able to check these tires out on my Prius Nerdmobile for a long-term test of their handling capabilities and fuel-efficiency.

Review: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season
It's hard to know whether to judge the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season by the standards of a track tire or a winter tire, but all indications are that it's at least pretty good at both.

What Is "Hypersilver" Wheel Finish?
The finish first appeared only on some BMW, Audi and Saab models, but the look became extremely popular and Lexus and Infiniti soon followed.

Nokian Tires Day 3: White Hell
Day 3 of my trip to Ivalo, in which I nearly kill the General Manager of Nokian North America.

Contaminated Rubber Causes 10,000 Tire Recall
The NHTSA and Cooper Tire are announcing recalls on 8 different tire lines this week including Cooper, Pep Boys, Del-Nat and TBC.

Pirelli Debuts New Scorpion Winter SUV Tires
Pirelli Tire North America debuts a new high-performance winter tire for SUV's and crossovers.

TPMS And Winter Tires
Consumer Reports' Eric Evarts runs up against the new TPMS rules while trying to change over his winter wheels.

Toyo Introduces the Versado Noir
Toyo has introduced a new touring tire, the Versado Noir, and it's pretty packed with the requisite new technology.

Overview: Continental CrossContact LX20
Continental's CrossContact LX20 seems to be an excellent handler, although there are some concerns with treadlife.

About Tires and Wheels: Reviews and Advice for Buyers
Learn all about tires and wheels with safety and maintenance tips, extensive buying advice for automobile owners and the latest tire and wheel technology.

Review: Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season
As a reviewer, I try to make clear when I have a bias, whether positive or negative. I do have something of a negative bias regarding Pirelli. Mostly this comes from years of doing tire repairs and seeing lots of “bubbles” in apparently weak Pirelli sidewalls. I do freely admit that this is partially because they tend to aim for very high performance, and partially because they tend to make a lot of very low-profile tires. With the P Zero Nero All Season, however, the sidewalls are clearly not the issue. The issue is the lack of real wet grip and the ease with which the tire breaks away at the limit.

Review: General Altimax Arctic
General's Altimax Arctic, like most of General's tires, is a no-frills workhorse.

Review: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R
Yokohama's Advan Neova AD08 R is part of the latest generation of tires descended from the Advan ENV-R2 racing slicks. It's a straight-up Extreme Performance contender.

Understanding Tires
Find out about the basics of tires; learn about tire sizing, tire construction, and how to read the information on tire sidewalls. Learn what you need to know to make informed decisions about where the rubber (literally) hits the road.

Aftermarket Profiles: OZ Racing
A profile of Italian aftermarket wheel makers OZ Racing.

Review: Dunlop Graspic DS-3
Dunlop Graspic DS-3's are snow tires for people who don't like snow tires.

Review: BFGoodrich G-Force Sport Comp 2
Along comes the G-Force Sport Comp 2, and BFGoodrich naturally claims that it's even better than the original. Well, of course they do. Who ever thought “Worse Than The Original!” would be a great marketing slogan?

Silica-Enhanced Rubber Compounds and You
There's sand in my tires? Why silica-enhanced tread compounds are nothing less than magic, and how they've touched off a serious revolution in the tire industry.

Review: Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2
Michelin's Latitude X-Ice Xi2 is an all-around contender.

Studded Snow Tires: Haul Out the Big Guns
Studded snow tires are great when you absolutely need them, but you want to be sure you absolutely need them.

Review: Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone's Blizzak DM-V1 SUV Winter tire is one of the best on the planet, but like many great heroes, its greatest strength is it's greatest weakness.

Review: Pirelli Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3
I'm very open about having something of a bias about Pirelli. I really want to like the Snowcontrol Serie 3, but I just can't do it.

Review: Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
While Goodyear's Ultra Grip Ice WRT is not the best winter tire in the world, it's certainly not the worst.

Ask The Wheel Doctor: Tacoma TPMS Issues
The Wheel Doctor talks TPMS to track down a sensor issue with a Toyota Tacoma.

Review: Toyo Observe GSi-5
I had never heard of the Toyo Observe GSi-5 until a reader sent me an email asking my opinion of it. I've been very impressed by what I've observed.

TPMS Scan Tools
If you operate any kind of tire shop, you need a good TPMS scan tool. Here's some of the latest and very best.

All About F1 Tires
Various facts and knowledge about how F1 tires are made and distributed to the teams.

Noisy Tires -- Causes and Solutions
The causes of, and some remedies for, noisy tires.

Understanding Wheels
Find out about the basics of wheels; wheel sizing, offset and bolt patterns. Learn about the complex dance involved in fitting a properly sized wheel to your car, and about the differences between OEM, aftermarket, replica, steel and aluminum alloy wheels.

Wheel Safety & Maintenance
Learn about maintaining those expensive wheels in good condition; how to recognize the types of wheel finishes, and what cleaning products NOT to use on your wheels. Find out how best to avoid damaging your rims, and what to do if damage occurs anyway.

Where To Install Paired Tires
Whether to install a pair of new tires on the front or rear axle is one of those questions where there are more opinions than actual possible answers. However, getting it wrong can be downright dangerous.

Goodyear's New Air Maintenance Technology
Goodyear recently announced it's new Air Maintenance Technology for large truck tires, a system which automatically adjusts tire pressures while the truck is in motion. The technology is stunningly simple in theory, and we're going to discuss why it works even when it seems like it really shouldn't.

Nokian WRG3 Tire Review - Properties Chart
In the attached chart you can see the results and in fact ice grip on the WRG3 (orange line) has improved over the WRG2 (blue line).

Low Rolling Resistance Tires: What You Need To Know
What is “low rolling resistance” really, and how does one choose between the storm of LRR tires coming onto the market? How does one make a meaningful comparison of fuel-efficiency between, say, Bridgestone's Ecopia and Yokohama's Avid Ascend? What do RRF and RRC mean, and why do they make even my head hurt to contemplate them?

Tire Speed Ratings Explained With Code Chart
Confused about what that letter means right after your tire size? Ever had a tire shop ask what your speed rating was and didn't know what they meant? Don't know whether you need the more expensive V- or ZR-rated tires that the car came with? Fear not, mighty consumer, for I will edify you.

Review: Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme
The Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme is a well-regarded winter tire available mainly in Europe, but you can get it in North America from some online dealers.

What's A "Hollander Book?"
In 1934, husband and wife Roy and Hildur Hollander published what would become the Bible of the used auto parts industry - the Hollander Book.

Why I Dislike Runflat Tires
Runflat tires are being used more and more by carmakers. Here are some reasons why not to use them.

Aftermarket Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
A look at the best of the aftermarket TPMS sensors now available.

Ask The Wheel Doctor: Choosing A Tire
What to consider when you're considering new tires.

Uniform Tire Quality Grading Explained
Uniform Tire Quality Grading is the term for three specific ratings applied to tires so that consumers can have standardized, easy to understand comparative data when they are searching for the right tire. That's the concept; the reality is somewhat different.

Achey Breakey Parts: TPMS And Corrosion
While TPMS systems certainly do the job they are supposed to do, first-generation sensors are plagued by corrosion problems that can destroy your expensive parts. Here's how to avoid the worst of the corrosion issues.

Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport AS Review
When Bridgestone looks at the state of the SUV/Light Truck market, they see that it is transitioning away from big heavy SUV's and towards much lighter, sportier “crossover” vehicles. As they note, this is what “The Boss” wants from the car companies, and what “The Boss” wants from these CUV's is not just ample cargo space and better fuel mileage, but the kind of responsive acceleration, braking and handling that crossover-type vehicles provide. That's where the Dueler H/P Sport comes in.

Tire Dealer Profile: Direct Tire and Auto Services
Direct Tire has been practically a Massachusetts institution for decades. From their humble beginnings in suburban Watertown, owner Barry Steinberg has built Direct Tire into a local powerhouse boasting four locations around the state, 65 full-time employees, one of the better websites in the business and catchy pun-filled slogans including, “We'll Fix It Until It Brakes” and “We'll Brake, Shock And Exhaust You.”

Reconditioned Wheels
What's the deal with reconditioned wheels? There's a right way, a wrong way and a third way to go about it.

Tire Dealer Profile: United Tire & Service
United Tire & Service is the new brand name for 17 independent tire dealerships in the Philadelphia area who have banded together to compete against the national tire chains.

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R Snow Tire Review
Got winter? Call in the cavalry! Nokian's Hakkapeliitta R is still the best pure snow tire available. Read about the wheel's technology and handling.

Audi OEM Machined Double 5-Spoke Wheel
Audi's double 5-spoke design creates an unbalanced look by having one spoke smaller than the other. Page 4.

Audi OEM 5-Spoke Machined Wheel
Audi's new 5-spoke OEM wheel is machined only on the very tip of each spoke. Page 3.

OEM Volvo Machined Wheel
An OEM Machined Wheel by Volvo. Tires & Wheels. Page 2.

A Volvo machined wheel.
A new machined wheel by Volvo. Tires & Wheels.

New OEM Wheel Designs from the Boston Auto Show
During my stint at the Boston Auto Show, I take a look at some of the newest and nicest OEM wheel designs coming along for this year.

What do the Star Ratings Mean?
If I had my way I wouldn't give star ratings, because I think that when it comes to tires, they are both skewed and meaningless.

Ask The Wheel Doctor: All-Season vs. All-Weather
The Wheel Doctor hears from a New Jerseyite who needs to know what tire will help his wife's Volvo through changing winter conditions.

Ask The Wheel Doctor: What's With Runflats?
The Wheel Doctor commiserates with a Canadian who got runflats on his BMW without realizing the trouble he was in for.

The Science of Tire Aging
Tire aging is much in the news lately, with consumer safety advocates on one side and industry representatives on the other. Lots of information gets thrown around. But who is right? Here's the skinny on the science of aging tires.

Winter Wheel and Tire Packages
Looking for winter wheel and tire packages for this year or next? Here's some suggestions, targeted to the needs of different types of drivers.

Winter Wheel and Tire Packages
Looking for winter wheel and tire packages for this year or next? Here's some suggestions, targeted to the needs of different types of drivers.

Ask The Wheel Doctor: Going Spare
I begin a new feature with a tough question about a not-so-compact spare.

Review: TireRack.com
When it comes to online retailers, Tire Rack is simply the best.

Discount Tire Direct
In 1960, Bruce Halle bought a building in Ann Arbor, Michigan and began selling tires. From this inauspicious beginning came one of the more recognizable names in the tire business, Discount Tire.

Review: Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
The Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 is one sticky beast.

Review: BFGoodrich G-Force Rival
Let me put it this way: BFGoodrich's pure competition tire, the R1 and their street tire, the G-Force Comp-2, loved each other very much. When the stork finally arrived, they named it Rival, and found that they had a child who was greater than the sum of its parents. And what a cute kid it is...

Review: Continental ExtremeContact DW
Continental's summer-only ExtremeContact DW (Dry/Wet) is not quite as good as the DWS (Dry/Wet/Snow.)

Long-Term Review: Yokohama Avid Ascend
I've already reviewed the Avid Ascends once, based on about four hours of seat time provided by Yokohama at their launch event in Orlando, Florida. This time I've had about 3 weeks with them on my car, and am able to make some more in-depth observations regarding these tires.

Low Rolling Resistance Showdown: Ecopia vs. eNTYRE
With everyone and their siblings marketing tires as

Proper Braking: ABS vs. Non-ABS
How to brake properly on snow or ice using both ABS and Non-ABS systems.

Donate Your Tires!
There are quite a few good small charities where a donation of slightly or even mostly used tires can make a big difference.

What is a Mountain Snowflake?
The history and current status of the

Alloy Profiles: Enkei Wheels
Enkei Wheels began life as “Enshu Keigokin Co”, which translates as “Light Alloy of the Province of Enshu.” Enshu Keigokin manufactured aluminum alloy aircraft parts. In 1986 they began supplying wheels to the Minardi F1 team, and a wheel company was born.

Second Look: TireBuyer.Com
I take another look at an online tire retailer called TireBuyer.com, which I had previously described as

Alloy Profiles: Borbet
Borbet is a German company with one of the longest and proudest histories of any aftermarket wheel maker.

Review PB B'laster Magnetic Penetrating Lubricant
PB B'laster is a magnetic penetrating lubricant with petroleum-based solvents designed to melt away corrosion. It's just about the best stuff in the world for corroded lugnuts and TPMS parts.

Aftermarket Profiles: Sport Edition
Since the demise of Mille Miglia, Sport Edition has taken up the banner of making some of the softest and most easily bendable rims in the industry.

Best New Tires For 2012
A list of 5 of the best and most interesting new tires coming in 2012.

Alloy Profiles: American Racing
One of the most iconic wheel companies in history, American Racing is a muscle car's dream.

Aftermarket Profiles: TSW
A look at the South African wheel maker TSW.

Wheel Basics
What you need to know about wheels and buying wheels, whether online or in person.

Wheel Finishes: Polished
A primer on the various types of polished finishes out there; how they are created, how to care for them and how they can be repaired.

How to Not Damage Your Wheels Pt. 2: Structural Damage
How to avoid bending or cracking your expensive alloy wheels.

How to Not Damage Your Wheels Pt. 2: Structural Damage
How to avoid bending or cracking your expensive alloy wheels. Page 2.

Wheel Spoke Designs
Since the 60's, when wire spoke wheels were the norm, advances in casting methods, CAD/CAM design and changes in tastes and styles have led to an explosion of spoke designs both cosmetic and functional.

Alloy Profiles: ADV.1
ADV.1 is a small-batch maker that allows customers a great deal of freedom in customizing their wheels' design and finish and then machines the wheels to order. A customer can order a wheel in any finish, including some unique finishes and tinted clearcoats available nowhere else in the industry. Page 3.

Motegi Racing MR116
Motegi Racing MR116. Tires & Wheels. Page 5.

Motegi Racing MR117
Motegi Racing MR117. Tires & Wheels. Page 6.

Motegi Racing MR224
Motegi Racing MR224. Tires & Wheels. Page 7.

Alloy Profiles: ADV.1
ADV.1 is a small-batch maker that allows customers a great deal of freedom in customizing their wheels' design and finish and then machines the wheels to order. A customer can order a wheel in any finish, including some unique finishes and tinted clearcoats available nowhere else in the industry. Page 2.

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