Today, everyone is more safety conscious, and new vehicle purchase decisions are often based on whether a model has the latest accident avoidance technologies like forward collision and blind spot warnings, and automatic emergency braking. At the same time, many drivers don't think about one of their vehicle's most important safety features - the tires.
Your tires may be the most important components on your vehicle. No matter how much horsepower your engine makes, no matter how sophisticated the suspension or powerful the brakes, they're all useless unless the tires can properly grip the pavement under acceleration, hard cornering, and severe braking. Tires connect the vehicle with the road, help cushion it from potholes for a comfortable ride, and provide the traction and steering response that gets you through rain and snow. And they do this for many thousands of miles, so effortlessly that we rarely think about them. Eventually though, you'll find that your vehicle's ride and handling aren't what they used to be. You may find it pulling to one side when you're trying to go straight, or when the weather's bad, spinning the wheels when you're trying to accelerate, or sliding when turning. Those symptoms can be caused by worn tires and that's when it's time to call us. We have an extensive selection of the top brands for every purpose and application, at prices to suit every pocketbook. We have everything from high-end products offered by marquee names like Goodyear, Pirelli and Michelin to more affordable options such as Nexen, Kumho and Sumitomo. Whatever size you're looking for, 17", 20" or 22" tires, or anything else, you'll find what you need in our extensive inventory.
We'll make sure you get the right tire for your vehicle and driving requirements because we know how tires affect vehicle performance and how important they are to your safety. We carry all-season tires that will provide good traction, handling and ride quality in all types of weather; performance tires for road-gripping traction in summer or winter driving; and winter/snow tires for maximum traction on ice and snow, for passenger cars and light trucks & SUVs. We also have a wide range of all-terrain, off-road, and mud tires for light trucks and SUVs that provide maximum traction and endurance out on the trail; high load capacity commercial tires for heavy-duty trucks; and competition tires for all-out performance on the race track. If you have a classic vehicle or muscle car, here you'll find period correct tires as well as modern radials with vintage sidewall designs; run flat tires that allow you to continue driving up to 50 miles after a puncture; and fuel efficient tires designed to get the most miles from every drop of gas. Each tire is produced using the latest technology and manufactured to the most rigorous standards, with top-quality materials like natural and synthetic rubbers, high-tech fabrics, steel, and compound chemicals. All sizes and options are gathered here on our digital shelves, including 245/45R17, 335/30R18, 245/30R22 tires, and much more.
One of the greatest differences between tires is the tread pattern, and this must be selected according to the type of driving you do. Under perfect conditions on smooth dry pavement the most ideal tread pattern would be no pattern at all; just solid rubber for the most tire contact possible. That's why drag racing slicks have no tread - so the tire can transfer as much of the engine's power to the ground as possible. However, even on the best highways conditions are seldom perfect, so the grooves that make up the tread pattern are necessary to allow water to be expelled. When driving on snow or off-road, an even wider and deeper tread pattern is necessary. The surface of the tire then appears as tread blocks separated by large grooves and spaces that enable the tire to dig into the snow or dirt for better traction.
All-season tires are designed to provide a quiet, comfortable ride with adequate traction for all driving conditions. These tires are marked M + S (Mud and Snow), meaning they meet the standards set by the Rubber Manufacturers Association for Mud and Snow tires. The biggest advantage to all-season tires is that you don't need 2 sets of tires for winter and summer driving. They are, by their nature, a compromise, but ideal if you live in a temperate climate and don't experience a lot of snowfall in the winter months. If you drive extensively on ice and snow, a winter/snow tire with its more aggressive tread pattern is a better choice so you can avoid getting stuck. Winter/snow tires have chamfered tread blocks with significant siping, and wider spacing between blocks, which combine for optimal traction on snow. Traction is further aided by a rubber compound that is engineered to remain soft even at low temperatures. However, these tires can be noisy on dry pavement, and the softer rubber compound means they can wear out faster, especially at higher temperatures, so you should change over to a summer tire when the last threat of snow has passed.
The tread and rubber compound on performance tires designed for winter driving are optimized to provide good performance on sports coupes and sedans under normal winter driving conditions, however they are generally not intended for use in deep snow and severe weather, in which case a dedicated winter/snow tire should be used. Performance tires for summer driving usually have the minimum amount of tread so the maximum amount of rubber can be applied to the pavement, and the rubber compound is softer at elevated temperatures, for maximum traction, better cornering and shorter stopping distances. But because the tread compound is engineered for warm and hot weather, summer performance tires should never be used when the ambient temperature is 40ºF or lower. Performance tires are also speed rated so they can be matched to the top speed capabilities of performance vehicles. The highest current speed rating is Y - 186 mph, followed by W - 168 mph, V - 149 mph, and H - 130 mph.
Performance tires also commonly have a "low profile" or low aspect ratio, like that found on 19" and 21" tires, which is the relationship of the tire's sidewall height to its width. The lower the aspect ratio, the smaller the sidewall height. A smaller sidewall height makes the sidewall stiffer, which is ideal for a performance vehicle because it results in crisper steering. There's no flex so the car goes where it's pointed, but the tradeoff is a somewhat firmer ride. Of course, that smaller sidewall height also enables you to run some radical large diameter rims, so check out our wheels selection and consider a wheel and tire package. We have a wide variety of tire sizes, including 285/30R19, 265/35R20 and 325/50R22, and the wheels to go with them. Because after all, a performance car has to look just as great as it drives.
If corner carving isn't your style and you'd rather be hauling dirt bikes to the trails in your pickup or loading up the family in your SUV for a weekend trip, we've got you covered. The available tread patterns on truck tires varies just as much as with passenger cars, from highway tires with tread optimized for smooth quiet ride, fuel mileage, and long life, to the aggressive tread of off-road, all-terrain, and mud tires. What light truck and SUV tires all have in common is they usually have a heavier casing, an extra belt, or stronger belts that give them the ability to carry the heavy weight of a truck or SUV and its cargo. At the extremes of the truck tire world are the super aggressive off-road and mud tires made especially for lifted trucks. These oversize tires have pronounced lugs that usually extend into the sidewall and allow the tire to dig into mud and loose dirt for the ultimate in traction. We have an extensive selection of these monsters from manufacturers like Fuel, Dick Cepek, Mickey Thompson and others. All have tough looks that go great with a set of rugged off-road wheels.
We also offer a full line of heavy-duty tires for all types of commercial trucks and fleets, with tread patterns designed for highway and off-road use, and for use in steering and drive wheel positions. These tires are engineered to deliver traction for sure handling and safe stopping, a comfortable ride, and optimal fuel mileage, reliability and long tread life, so you get maximum performance and value. And no matter what era your vintage, antique, or collector car is from, we have the genuine reproduction tires you need for an authentic appearance. Here you'll find blackwall, narrow and wide whitewall, redline, goldline, and raised white letter sidewalls, in original design bias-ply construction. Or if you want an original appearance but with an upgrade in ride quality and handling, many of the aforementioned sidewall styles are available on tires with modern radial construction.
The car that can launch the hardest from the starting line, brake the latest, or go hardest into the corners without spinning out is often the car with the best tires. Whether you compete off-road, on road courses, or at the drag strip we have the track/competition tires that will get you on the podium. We have road racing tires for dry and wet conditions, drag racing slicks, and DOT (Department of Transportation) approved tires for road courses and the strip. Our DOT tires come in versions for classes that require DOT legal tires but should not necessarily be used on the street, as well as tires that can be used on your machine to drive on the street and the track, including different types of drag radials. More and more vehicles these days are not equipped with spare tires, and instead come with "run flat" tires. Run flat tires have the sidewall stiffness to allow the vehicle to be driven up to 50 miles after a puncture, which is usually plenty of range to reach home safely or get to a repair shop. We have run flat tires for cars and trucks and for winter, summer, and performance driving. Even if your vehicle wasn't originally equipped with them, as long as it has a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) you can upgrade to the safety and convenience of run flat tires.