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]
by: Cody Wallis
Fall is in the air, and that can mean only one thing: it’s back to school time! As you run through your back to school checklist- pencils, notebooks, binders, books, and tires- yes, you read that correctly: TIRES. Why add new tires to your back to school checklist? Because now is the BEST time to get new tires for you or your student’s vehicle. Whether you are carpooling your students around, want something dependable for your extra-curricular high school smarty, or need that reliable vehicle for your independent college bound kid- making sure you get the ...[more]
Everyone's trying to get more out of a dollar today, including their automotive dollars. At BIGTEX Tires & Offroad, we'd like to suggest some of the best ways to do that. By staying on top of these four important vehicle maintenance items, you will save money in the long run.
Your engine relies on motor oil for lubrication -- without a film of oil between moving parts, the engine would quickly seize as parts overheat to a point where they actually weld to each other. Oil picks up carbon, acids, metal shavings and other contaminants, however, and starts to lose its lubricating properties over time. If left too long, sludge deposits and carbon can start to accumulate on moving parts, shortening engine life. Depending on your vehicle and the type of oil you use the distance suggested between ...[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]
BIGTEX Tires & Offroad has long been a favorite of drivers in the Humble, TX area when it comes to tires, lift kits, customizations and auto repair. In an effort to maintain their already high level of customer service, BIGTEX Tires & Offroad has moved to a new location on a temporary basis. “We are currently working on building our new permanent home,” confirmed Shakeel Maredia, Owner of BIGTEX Tires & Offroad. “This has required us to transition into a new temporary location for a few months while we get the new location finished up. We can’t wait to be able to unveil our brand new, state of the art, location to our customers. In the meantime, we will still give them the same expert service and quality products as we always have.” Customers can now find BIGTEX Tires & Offroad at their temporary location of 1903 Treble Dr. Suite-A, Humble TX 77338. Their phone number has remained the same at (281)-548-1111.
In additi ...[more]
by: Cody Wallis
A good quality set of tires should be an investment that will last you up to five years with regular use. In order to make the most of the life of your tires, there are simple maintenance steps you can take, as well as precautions to ensure they last as long as possible.
Inspect your tires. Frequent visual checks of your tires can be the first step in preventing premature wear or damage that can become irreparable. Look for debris, signs of uneven wear, bulges, dips, bumps, or ‘feat ...[more]
Whether traveling across country, or simply taking a trip across town, let BIGTEX Tires and Offroad assist in all auto repair and tire services this holiday season. Sustaining a properly maintained vehicle has numerous benefits during all seasons of the year, but particular caution should be taken during months during inclement weather. Consider this point of reference to ensure safe travel and vehicle reliability in Humble, TX with BIGTEX Tires and Offroad.
First, ensure the vehicle’s first line of defense is fully intact and well maintained by regularly checking tire pressure and replacing tires regularly. When tires become worn or warped, vehicle safety is greatly decreased and ...[more]
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