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New Tires? Why Not New Rims Too?

January 14th, 2017

If you’ve got a big 4 x 4 or SUV, new tires are a great upgrade, especially with a lift kit so that you can mount bigger tires and get better ground clearance. If you’re Tires in Humble TXgoing for new tires, why not get new wheels as well?

Wheels and tires are more than just a cosmetic touch that personalizes your truck. They can also improve performance in significant ways. Consider this: rotational mass and unsprung weight (the weight of the vehicle that isn’t supported by the suspension) have a real impact on handling and braking performance.

Upsized tires and wheels already make your brakes work harder to slow your vehicle down, and can even have an effect on your speedometer reading and transmission shift points. Cutting the unsprung ...[more]

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A Brief Explanation of Tire Information

December 15th, 2016

Ever wonder what the designations stamped on your tire sidewall actually mean? We’d like to break it down for you.

Let’s take for instance, “P195/60R15 87S”. This is a full service description of a tire.

In this case, “87S” denotes a tire’s load capacity and speed rating. The higher the number, the greater the load capacity – an 87 load capacity means that tire can support 1,201 pounds. Speed ratings range from L (75 mph) through V (149 mph), and an S speed rating means the tire is good for 112 mph. W, Y, and Z-speed rated tires are available for extreme performance cars and are rated as high as 186 mph.

As for the rest of the information:Tire

--“P” denotes Passenger Tire

--195 is the tire’s width from si ...[more]

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What To Do With Those Old Tires

November 10th, 2016

Every year, about 290 million tires are discarded; of those, about 233 million are recycled in one way or another. Shredded tires can be used for playground surfaces, welcome mats, hot-melt asphalt, bark mulch and even made into building material for “green” construction.

But what can you do with your old tires? Here are some ideas:

--Fill a tractor tire with sand to make a great sandbox for kidsTire swing

--Hang a tire from a rope as a tire swing

--Stack a couple of tires on top of each other, bolt them together and paint them a cheerful color, then use them as a planter

--Lay two rows of tires next to each other, somewhat staggered, and use them for broken-field running as part of football conditioning

--Bolt two tires togeth ...[more]

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So You Get A Flat Tire...What Now?

June 10th, 2016

Flat TireNobody ever looks forward to a flat tire, and nobody ever says "well, that was a really good time" after having one. You can at least minimize the damage to your tire and danger to yourself, though.

Flats vs Blowouts

If you get a blowout, you'll know about it right away. Sometimes the tire can fail dramatically, with a bang as loud as a shotgun going off. Other times, it might just be a loss of air and a sudden change in your car's handling, followed by vibration, noise and a pull to one side. If it's a front tire that fails, your car might be a real handful to drive until you can get to a stop.

In either case, your first job is to pull off the road as quickly (but safely!) as you can. Don't jam on the brakes or make any sudden mo ...[more]

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A Brief History of Custom Wheels

September 23rd, 2015
Custom wheels are everywhere today, but did you ever give much thought to how they were developed over the years? 
 
To trace the history of the custom wheel, you have to go back to the years after WWII. During the war, piston engine performance had advanced greatly with aircraft, and in the following years stock car racing went from a ragtag bunch of moonshine runners to becoming an organized sport. As early hot rodders and racers looked for ways to squeeze more performance out of their vehicles, their attention turned to wheels and suspensions. Early steel wheels were usually designed with two pieces of pressed steel welded or riveted into a single unit. Lighter-weight wheels would red ...[more]
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Why Should You Lift Your Ride?

January 8th, 2015

lift kit humble txby: Cody Wallis

 

Vehicle customization is the ultimate form of expression and what better way to show an adventurous, fun personality than a lift kit from Bigtex Tires and Offroad. Equipping a vehicle with this type of transformation is a careful process, one technicians of Bigtex Tire and Offroad have perfected to an art form. First you must determine if having a lift kit is a feature that would benefit the vehicle of choosing. There are two primary reasons to obtaining a lift kit: style and performance. Whether you want to show off that daring edge or you need the customization for more functional purposes (off road travel or racing) will greatly affect the type of lift kit you should purchase.

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Tips for Safe Summer Driving

June 27th, 2014

Summer Drivingby: Cody Wallis

 

Summer driving brings about road trips, family vacations, and trips to the beach. For most drivers the worries of weather and road hazards are many months away, and motorists hit the road in large numbers. Even though summer driving may not present as many challenges as other times of the year, there are many important safety tips and maintenance tips to keep in mind to have the safest, worry free summer:

1. Road Construction- Summertime means orange cones and areas of road construction for many drivers. Be aware of road con ...[more]

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Lift Kit Do’s and Don’ts

March 27th, 2014
Lift Kits in Humble, TXLet’s face it, there’s something about the look of a truck or SUV with a lift kit that’s just awesome. Rugged and tough-looking. Before you start on any big ground clearance modifications on your truck, though, there are some things you really need to consider. 
  • What are your intentions for your truck? This is the question you need to ask yourself before going any further. If you are just going to use the truck for an occasional off-road foray, but most of the time it’s going to be on the pavement, you do not need a 4” lift kit and oversized tires. The taller the lift kit, the more complicated and expensive things are going to become (we’ll get into that in a second). 
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Truck Accessories for Show and Go

March 7th, 2014
Truck Accessories Humble, TXThere are the grocery-getter trucks that haul kids to soccer practice and hardly ever go anywhere that isn’t paved. They’re comfortable and clean, with no mud, no scratches and a life that’s about as rigorous as that of a Lincoln Town Car.
 
Then there’s the trucks that earn their keep. They’re tools for ranchers and farmers, they get used for hunting and camping, or they haul things to and from the jobsite. You can find silly truck accessories like Yosemite Sam mud flaps or chrome trim parts, but at BIGTEX Tires & Offroad, we’ve got what you need to set the bar higher for your truck (and look great in the process). 
 
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How to Choose the Right Lift Kit for Your Vehicle

March 7th, 2014

by: Cody Wallis

If you own a truck, SUV, or Jeep, you may have looked in to installing a lift kit on your vehicle. Lift kits will lift the body or wheels of a vehicle further off the ground, resulting in more clearance or more maneuverability around obstacles. There are several reasons why people might customize their vehicles with suspension lift kits, as well as quite a bit to know before you get started.

The first thing you need to determine when considering suspension lift kits is what you want to do with it. There are essentially two main purposes for installing vehicle lift kits: style or function. Although the two are somewhat interrelated, it's still important to consider which purpose you most wish to pursue, as it will assist you in making the correct modifications to your vehicle.

Before diving h ...[more]

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