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Tires & Wheels: Most Popular Articles

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How to Change Tire Sizes Like a Pro
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 is the Difference Between Alloy and Steel...
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.
Top 5 Studless Snow Tires Plus 2 to Stay Away...
The top 5 best snow tires out there for your winter driving safety and comfort.
Top 5 Toughest Aftermarket Wheels and 3 to...
My list of the top 5 best aftermarket wheels in terms of sheer toughness and damage-resistant design.
How Much Should Installing New Tires Cost You?
A look at all the little costs associated with new tires; mounting, balancing, valve stems, alignment and so on...
How to Read The Numbers on the Sidewall of a Tire
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.
Tire Noise
The causes of, and some remedies for, noisy tires.
5 Great Winter-Biased All-Season Tires
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.
How You Can Diagnose Irregular Tire Wear
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.
All You Should Know about 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.
How to Know if Your Wheels or Tires are Bent
Does your car shake at speed? How to tell if your car's vibration is coming from bent wheels or tires.
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.
Do You Have the Right Size Tires on Your Car?
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.
5 Top All-Season Tires in 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 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.
What's the Difference Between Hub-Centric and...
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10 Great Dedicated Snow Tires to Consider
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.
Why You Should Downsize Your Winter Wheels
Why should you downsize winter wheels? Smaller wheels and tires perform better in winter conditions.
Review: Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2
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.
How to Store Your Tires
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?
Why Fuzion Touring Tires Are Worth Considering
The Fuzion Touring, made by Bridgestone, is simply a decent tire at a great price.
Are Nokian WR G2 All-Season Tires Worth Buying?
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.
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.
How to Find 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.
Why I Dislike Runflat Tires
Runflat tires are being used more and more by carmakers. Here are some reasons why not to use them.
All About Firestone Destination LE2 All-Season...
The Firestone Destination LE2 does exactly what it's supposed to do. And no more.
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.
Review: Nokian WRG3 Asymmetric
Nokian's WRG2 is probably the best true All-Season tire in existence. Nokian's WRG3 is not, but it's trying pretty hard.
Tire Speed Ratings Explained
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.
4 Tips to Proper Tire Air Pressure Maintenance
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.
How Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Low Rolling...
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What You Should Know About Winter Tires
Everything you need to know about choosing winter tires but didn't know who to ask.
How to Not Damage Your Wheels
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 Drive Through a Tire Blowout
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What's Best, All Seasons or Snow Tires?
All-seasons or snow tires, what's best? The answer is as individual as you are.
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.
What Are Offset and Backspacing in the Anatomy...
In our final module of Wheel Anatomy, we will be looking at the complex, but essential concepts of offset and backspacing.
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.
Can Alloy Wheels Be Straightened?
An overview of technologies that allow bent aluminum alloy wheels to be straightened out.
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.
Finding Tire Size and Aspect Ratio
How to find your tire size and aspect ratio. Page 2.
Fly like an Eagle: Goodyear Eagle Sport All...
Goodyear's Eagle Sport All Season is a workhorse performer in the HP category, complete with some brand-new technology and some serious fun.
10 Tires to Consider if You Drive Daily
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...
Are Turanza Serenity Plus Grand Touring Tires...
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What Are the Grooves Cut Into Tires Called Sipes?
We hear all the time from tire makers about their superior siping patterns, but what are sipes anyway?
Should You Consider Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3...
Michelin will launch their new Pilot Sport A/S 3 Ultra High Performance All-Season tire this summer.
Review: Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 SUV
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Review: Sailun Atrezzo Z4+AS
Sailun admits that they are a third-tier tiremaker, but wants to be the best third-tier tiremaker they can possibly be.
What You Need to Know about Low Rolling...
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?
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.
Nokian Speaks Out On WRG3 Review
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).
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...
How to Measure Your Tread Depth
How to measure tread depth any one of three ways, quick and dirty, quicker and dirtier and the right way.
Review: Nokian Hakkapeliitta R
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.
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.
European Standard Tire Sidewall Markings
European Standard Tire Sidewall Markings
How to Avoid Ending Up With Unsafe Used Tires
There are a whole lot of unsafe used tires out there on the market. Here's how to avoid ending up with one.
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.
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...”
Review: Michelin X-Ice Xi2
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: Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
A review of the new Bridgestone Blizzak. WS70's are great on ice and snow, but have some trouble on dry roads.
How to Figure Out What's Causing Your Car to...
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.
Is Yokohama's Avid Ascend Tire Worth Buying?
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: 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.
Wheel Anatomy
A standard automotive wheel diagram, showing the various named parts of a wheel. Page 33.
Silver Painted Wheel
A wheel painted in a standard metallic silver. Page 3.
What Tires Are Made Of
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.
Wheel Finishes: Chrome
Chrome is a supermodel. All beauty on the surface, but a nasty personality underneath.
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.
Wheel Finishes: Paint
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.
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.
The Pros and Cons of Tire Pressure Monitoring...
The Pros and Cons of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
What is this? A school for ants?!
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.
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.
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 Potenza RE970 AS Pole...
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.
Deep Dish Wheel
A picture of a deep-dish wheel. Tires & Wheels. Page 35.
Aftermarket Profiles: BBS
A profile of the aftermarket wheel manufacturer BBS.
Wheel Composition and Construction
In addition to coming in many different sizes and designs, wheels come in all different styles of construction and composition.
Wheel Finishes: Hypersilver
The finish first appeared only on some BMW, Audi and Saab models, but the look became extremely popular and Lexus and Infiniti soon followed.
Review: Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 Studded Winter...
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.
Why Contintental's Winter Tire is Gaining a So...
Continental's excellent ExtremeWinterContact tires get some well-deserved respect from reviewers and testers alike.
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.
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.
Forged Wheel w/ Bent Lip
A forged deep-dish wheel with a bent outboard lip. Page 36.
Chromeplated Wheel
A chromeplated wheel. Tires & Wheels. Page 4.
Aftermarket Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
A look at the best of the aftermarket TPMS sensors now available.
Fix-A-Flat: 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?
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.
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.
Alloy Profiles: Rocket Racing Wheels
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.
Positive Offset
Positive Offset. Tires & Wheels. Page 38.
Negative Offset
Tires & Wheels. Page 37.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Salt Damage: Full View
A closer view of salt damage on a chrome wheel. Page 5.
Alloy Profiles: American Racing
One of the most iconic wheel companies in history, American Racing is a muscle car's dream.
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.
How to Keep An Installer From Damaging Your...
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.
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.
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.
Review: Dunlop Graspic DS-3
Dunlop Graspic DS-3's are snow tires for people who don't like snow tires.
A Donut-Style Temporary Spare
A Donut-style Temporary Spare. Tires & Wheels. Page 20.
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.
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.
Proper Braking: ABS vs. Non-ABS
How to brake properly on snow or ice using both ABS and Non-ABS systems.
How Cambered Tires Work
Cambered tires may well be the biggest breakthrough in tire technology since the vulcanization of rubber.
Aftermarket Profiles: TSW
A look at the South African wheel maker TSW.
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.
What Tires Are Made Of: Page 2
Page 2 of 2. Tires & Wheels.
Salt Damage: A Closer Look.
A closer view of salt damage on a chrome wheel. Page 6.
Review: Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2
Michelin's Latitude X-Ice Xi2 is an all-around contender.
Review: General Altimax Arctic
General's Altimax Arctic, like most of General's tires, is a no-frills workhorse.
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.
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.
Pros and Cons of Bridgestone's Dueler H/P Sport...
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.
Michelin Recalls 100,000 Tires
Michelin will recall 100,000 SUV and Light Truck tires due to sidewall perforations.
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?
A cross-section view of a standard tire
A cross-section view of a standard tire. Page 11.
Nokian's Pump Sipes
Nokian's new Pump Sipes. Tires & Wheels. Page 27.
TIA and NHTSA Discuss Tire Pressure Monitoring...
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!
Review: Nokian eNTYRE
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.
TPMS Valve Stem Type Monitor
A TPMS Valve Stem Type Monitor. Tires & Wheels. Page 21.
The Hakka Sipe
The Hakka Sipe, originally patented by Nokian. Page 23.
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.
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.
Rain Sipes
These minor siping patterns are for water removal only, and are called rain sipes. Page 24.
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.
Zero Offset
Zero Offset. Tires & Wheels. Page 39.
How to Avoid the Headaches TPMS Sensors Tend to...
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.
Salt Damage: Bottom Edge
A closer view of salt damage on a chrome wheel. Page 7.
Cutaway view of a standard tire
A cutaway view of a standard tire. Page 10.
Review: Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
The Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 is one sticky beast.
3D Self-Locking Sipes
These sipes have an internal topological structure preventing them from flexing in most directions, and are called #D Self-Locking Sipes. Page 25.
Aftermarket TPMS Setup
An Aftermarket TPMS Setup. Tires & Wheels. Page 22.
WRG2 Self-Locking Sipes
WRG2 Self-Locking Sipes. Tires & Wheels. Page 26.
Paint In The Pockets
Another example of paint in the pockets. Page 17.
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.
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.
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.
Ask The Wheel Doctor: Choosing A Tire
What to consider when you're considering new tires.
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.
Full-Face Machine Polishing
Full-Face Machine Polishing Tires & Wheels. Page 14.
Polished Wheel
A standard polished wheel. Tires & Wheels. Page 12.
Machined Interference Patterns
Full-Face Machine Polishing with Interference Patterns. Page 15.
Review: Continental ExtremeContact DW
Continental's summer-only ExtremeContact DW (Dry/Wet) is not quite as good as the DWS (Dry/Wet/Snow.)
Flange Cut
Lathing only the outer flange of the wheel and leaving the center painted is called a flange cut. Page 18.
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