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 going 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]
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:
--“P” denotes Passenger Tire
--195 is the tire’s width from si ...[more]
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 kids
--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]
Nobody 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]
by: 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.
by: 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]
- 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).
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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