Author: Admin

Directional TyresDirectional Tyres

Directional tyres are marked on the tyre’s sidewall. You will see the word “Rotation” or “Direction” written with a small arrow which indicates the tyre’s rolling direction. Directional tyres have a “V” shaped profile as opposed to a “U” profile. This not only looks sporty, but also fulfils a special ...

Colour dotsColour dots

On the sidewall of most new tyres are red and yellow painted dots. These are markers or guides to be aligned with particular points on the wheel. The alignment matters for the balancing of the wheel: If these dots on the tyres are properly aligned with certain points on the ...

Tyre ageTyre age

Each tyre has an imprinted DOT code on the sidewall. DOT stands for the Department of Transportation and the code is made of numbers and letters – they indicate the place and date of the tyre’s manufacture. The DOT abbreviation is followed by numbers that indicate the tyre factory code ...

Speed Ratings

Tyre speed ratingsTyre speed ratings

A tyre’s speed rating indicates the optimal speed that the tyre can safely maintain over time. It is the fastest speed a tyre can handle before it no longer performs as designed. The higher the speed rating, the better control and handling the tyre offers at higher speeds. The speed ...

Slick tyres

Slick tyresSlick tyres

Slick tyres are tyres with limited to no tread and are used in racing. Their surface is smooth, without grooves, so they have high levels of grip and more direct rubber contact with the ground. This generates more power, which helps cars accelerate faster. Since there is no tread pattern, slick ...

Tyre Tread PatternsTyre Tread Patterns

It may seem simple on the surface, but tyre creation and selection is a science and an art in today’s automotive universe. Unlike the simple rubber tyres of yesteryear, the tyres of today are an intricately woven mixture of steel belts, highly developed fabrics and advanced rubber compounds. As a ...

TYRE STRETCHINGTYRE STRETCHING

Some vehicle owners choose to stretch their tyres for aesthetic reasons. Tyre stretching offers no performance benefits and can be dangerous. Are Stretched Tyres Safe? Stretching something over a surface that’s wider than is meant for can sound quite risky. With that said, safety highly depends on the amount of stretch ...

TYRE MARKINGS EXPLAINEDTYRE MARKINGS EXPLAINED

Markings the tyre sidewall offer a wealth of information, such as the load index, speed rating, tyre size and construction. This information is important when it comes time to fit your wheels with replacement tyres. Every driver wants to maintain optimal safety and performance when buying new tyres; understanding the ...

Rim weight limitsRim weight limits

Your wheel’s load rating or weight capacity is an extremely important aspect of vehicle safety. The load rating determines how much weight your tyres can safely carry at maximum air pressure. If load rating is ignored, it can result in tyre failure, causing damage to your vehicle or bodily harm ...

Run Flat TyresRun Flat Tyres

Run flat tyres are specially designed to keep working for a short while even after they suffer a puncture. How do they work? Run flat tyres are built with reinforced sidewalls. Normally, a car is supported by the air in your tyres, and once you have a puncture, they collapse. ...

Forged vs Cast wheelsForged vs Cast wheels

Wheels can be manufactured in a variety of ways. Two of the most popular manufacturing processes are “cast” and “forged” wheels. Each type is manufactured in a different way and have different advantages and disadvantages. Process of Manufacturing Cast Wheels The casting process involves pouring or using a vacuum to ...