Performance Tires

The rectangular patches on the surface of rubber tires put on your vehicle are the only connection to the road surface. While you drive, all the forces of acceleration, steering, or braking need to be transmitted through this road-rubber point of contact.


Though you don’t have any control over the quality of road surfaces, there is one thing you can do to make a difference in your car’s performance. Forget suspension kits, turbocharges, or other goods. The best way to make your vehicle perform well is to upgrade the tires.



So, let’s get started with the important tips to buy a new set of performance tires-

Know The Tires Jargon Before Buying

The next thing to know is the jargon related to the performance tires. Should you go for summer tires or all-season tires? If you live in an area with a mild climate where the temperature doesn’t drop much, you can go for ‘summer tires.’ If the area experiences chilly winters and snowfalls, it’s best to buy a set of dedicated snow tires and separate wheels.

Further, ‘ultra-high performance’ was a term used to indicate tires that provide the highest grip. But today, sellers have created new terms for the tires that offer more traction than the old tires, for example, ‘max performance summer.’



No Doubt, Speed Will Cost You Money

Tire companies spend thousands of dollars on developing high-quality rubber for cars like Viper. It promises to provide a slice through standing water, fantastic grip, and warns the driver when he/she is approaching the adhesion limit.

If you want replacement tires for your performance vehicle, the best option are the ones that came with it. There is no point in choosing another brand to save a few dollars if you have to compromise the quality.

Also, sticking with the same brand isn’t going to fulfill your needs if the tires aren’t meant to give a high performance you want. The trick is to replace your tires with the same-sized performance tire. This way, you’ll see improvements in the vehicle’s performance and handling.

You can search for the discount tire and find the best one that fits your budget. However, beware of the used tires mixed with the lower-priced items.



Decipher The Codes On The Tires

It is quite confusing to figure out what does the numbers inscribed on the sidewalls of the tire mean. As a part of motor vehicle safety standards, the Federal Law requires all the tire manufacturers to mention the basic information (characteristics, construction, capacity) on the sidewall of the tire.

According to the current regulations, DOT Tire Identification Number (TIN), which is an 8-13 characters long number. The fastest and extreme performance tires are the ones that are DOT-legal. 


Upgrade The Wheels

Besides buying the same-sized tires, it is essential to upgrade your wheels to get the best results. The easiest way is to go with the same-sized wheels as the manufacturer put on it. It will not only offer a brand new look but may also save some weight.

On the other hand, if you go for the wheels with a larger diameter, and low-profile tires to match, they’ll look cool. But, you should be aware of the downsides associated with it.

The air in the tires cushions the wheels when the road gets rough. What larger wheels with low-profile tires mean is that there will be little air between the tire and the wheel. And, the quality of your ride may get worse.

So, if you go wider and larger, you’ll get a more cornering grip and responsive steering.



Break-In Your New Performance Tires Gently

A release agent is used in the manufacturing process that may leave some residues on the treads of new tires. Further, there are chances that the new set of tires has lesser grip than you’re expecting until the residue gets away.

The reason is, during manufacturing, the lubricant is applied to the tires to save them from sticking. Every tire requires a break-in period of about 500 miles to wear the grease off before it yields the optimum performance.

So, don’t roar out of the installer’s lot if you don’t get that level of results from the new performance tires.



To Sum Up

Now that you have sufficient knowledge about buying the new performance tires, it’s time to go forth and explore the new roads! Spare some time to find the best roads in your area and experience the improvements in braking or acceleration you’ve made in your vehicle. Happy driving!

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