Oversize Tires – A Good Idea, Or No?

December 2nd, 2015
Truck Tires in Gettysburg, PARolling down the highway in your lifted truck…it’s just cool. You have a commanding view of what’s ahead, you get respect from other vehicles on the road and, of course, you have plenty of ground clearance to get over and around things when you take it off the highway. There’s a down side, though. 
 
The lift kit by itself isn’t enough; if you’ve still got the same stock-sized tires and rims, you won’t have enough ground clearance for the front and rear differentials. The only way to achieve that is with oversize tires and rims, and this is where things will start to get complicated. 
 
  • Brakes: The bigger, heavier tires mean more rotating mass and more unsprung weight, whic ...[more]
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Tire Sidewalls Explained

November 2nd, 2015
Tires in York, PAAt L & M Tire & Wheel, we occasionally hear customers asking about the information on tire sidewalls. There are actually quite a few designations on a tire sidewall, so let’s break it down a little. 
 
Take, for instance, a tire with a sidewall stamp of P255/55 R 15 97 T, a very typical tire for many vehicles. Here’s what that indicates: 
 
  • P – denotes a passenger tire. In other instances, LT stands for Light Truck, T for Temporary Spare, and ST for Special Trailer.
  • 255 – This is the “section width” of the tire, measured from sidewall to sidewall in millimeters. In the case of this tire, the width of the tread itself is 255 millimeters. 
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We Are the Only Wheel Shop You Need

August 15th, 2015

Wheels in Abbottstown, PA In the late 50s and early 60s, hot rods had captured the imaginations of drivers everywhere. Hot rodders were thinking of new ways to personalize their vehicles and make them unique…but in those early days, their options for custom wheels were fairly slim. Slotted aluminum rims, chrome-reverse wheels and Cragar’s iconic Super Sport five-spoke cast wheel were among the few choices that were available.

 One thing was certain, though – along with custom paint, aftermarket wheels were soon recognized as one of the best ways to make a vehicle truly stand out. For hot rodders, custom wheels offered more than good looks and visual appeal; their brake ventilation, light weight and extra width for traction could offer an edge in performance.

Today, there are custom wheels available to f ...[more]

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