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Whenever we order some aftermarket car accessories or performance products we often think about two things.
1. How to get the right part for your model? 2. Hot to install it?
With CARiD Tech desk you do not have to worry about these sometimes complicated questions. Our experienced specialists will help you to find proper parts and verify fitment to avoid any troubles with miss-fitment and returns. If you chose to install the parts that you've ordered from us on your own, but faced any problem - you can always count on us!
Our Technical Support Team stands ready to assist you with all of your inquiries regarding fitment, installation instructions, and other issues. Tech Desk experts at CARiD have a real world experience as technicians, shop managers, car audio and electronics specialists, etc. Whatever question you have, contact us and we will get back to you via Email, Phone, or Chat: http://www.carid.com/contact-us.html
Take a look at this YouTube video featuring our Tech Desk supervisor Greg Kopf to see who we are in real life and why we are here for:
When it comes to an exhaust system, it’s really hard to determine whether its quality, power, or sound is of more importance, as only a perfect combination of these features will result in a product that is the most effective for your vehicle. A quality exhaust will help your vehicle perform to its fullest potential by letting exhaust gases flow freely, and increase horsepower and torque by 7-10%. We are the authorized dealer of the most reputable names in this industry. Manufactures like Borla, MagnaFlow, Flowmaster, ARK Performance, Agency Power, etc., offer quality exhaust systems that provide better flow, performance and sound. The average car enthusiast has become accustomed to associating the sound of a car with its exhaust. The most common aftermarket exhaust system is the cat-back system. This term is used to describe an exhaust system that attaches to a catalytic converter and runs to the rear of the vehicle. This style is best for those who prefer to work on their own vehicle. In most applications it includes mandrel bent piping, clamps, and a muffler. And we are here to show you several options we have for 2014 Mitsubishi Evolution. To view all exhausts we have for this model, you can click here: 2014 Mitsubishi Evolution Performance Exhaust Systems at CARiD.com
Agency Power® - Cat-Back Exhaust System with Titanium Dual Tip is designed for customers seeking increased performance and better economy, combined with a powerful and well tuned exhaust note, making a real statement within legal limits with a pleasing, deep and manly tone. http://www.carid.com/2014-mitsubishi-evolu...m-15847520.html
ARK Performance® - DT-S Stainless Steel Cat-Back Exhaust System has been carefully engineered and manufactured to ensure 100% satisfaction. With T304 Stainless steel, quality mandrel bends, and flawless welds, the quality of the DT-S exhaust is unrivaled. http://www.carid.com/2014-mitsubishi-evolu...m-16118751.html
How do you think, will your car benefit from the exhaust system?
Just a few days ago the number of CARiD followers on Facebook reached it's new record of 2,000,000 people! First of all, we want to thank you all for the interest in our products and services. Secondly, we want to announce that this fall we are preparing a lot of cool promos and product releases for you!
In case you are not following us on facebook you might have one simple question:
Why would I follow CARiD on Facebook?
Let me name 5 reasons to do so:
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Its a well-known fact that catalytic converter is a part of your vehicle's exhaust system and a key component of the emissions system. When choosing the catalytic converter it is important to go with the best, and Eastern Catalytic knows what to offer you. A market leader in catalytic converters, they produce new direct-fit and universal converters with world-class quality and innovative technologies.
Today Eastern Catalytic provides their customers with various catalytic converters for direct-fit, universal, manifold, diesel, CARB, and high-performance applications, as well as with numerous related emission control parts. You can find them here and learn more about this brand: http://www.carid.com/eastern-catalytic/
Eastern Catalytic use their proprietary NANO technology chemistry to improve the converter efficiency and advanced materials design to ensure maximum engine output of your vehicle.
Inquire for the price quotes in the comments below and leave your feedback!
Today we'd like to introduce you the revolutionary SP Series Short Ram Intake System released by Injen. It's made of the same quality materials and features the same high flow EA Nanofiber dry air filter. The air intake tube is made of 6061, T-6 aluminum alloy, for strength, light weight and smooth airflow. All connections are made with quality silicone connectors that provide flexibility, while maintaining strength and thermal stability.
This system is available for the Mitsubishi Evolution X 2.0L 4 Cyl. 2015 and includes the EA Nanofiber dry air filter.
The main features are: - Up to 28.2 HP and 23.6 ft.lbs TQ Gain. - Easily installs under the hood - Street legal in all States - Available in Black and Polished finishes - Everything necessary for installation is supplied, including comprehensive instructions.
If you are on the market for a set of high quality, yet not overpriced wheels for your Mitsubishi, we can definitely point you in the right direction. Voxx wheels in different styles and dimensions are exclusively available at CARiD.
To get more details about the set you are interested in and to see what sizes are available for your exact model simply click on the icons below the wheels picture.
Today it's the right time to check them, because we are running a cool promo:
Buy a set of four (4) Voxx wheels and receive a FREE T-shirt + sunglasses + stickers. Offer is valid through August 18, 2015.
If you are looking for a professional advice on the correct wheels and tires for your Mitsubishi, call our dedicated Wheels&Tires Team for free at 888.978.3395
ARK Performance designed GT-F Lowering Springs to find the perfect ride height and spring rate to deliver the best ride quality and performance without neglecting the driver's safety on and off the track. They provide an excellent stance with your stock or aftermarket wheels, while keeping your tires on the road for maximum grip. Each spring is made from the highest quality materials, with the leading coiling technology, and is powder coated to prevent corrosion.
ARK GT-F Lowering Springs provide the ultimate suspension balance to give you confidence on any road or course. Drivers will feel a significant increase in steering response, better cornering grip entering and exiting out of turns with reduced body roll, and a lowered center of gravity while maintaining smooth and comfortable ride quality for daily driving. It is available for the Mitsubishi Evolution 2003-2015: http://www.carid.com/2015-mitsubishi-evolu...t-16118611.html
If you wanted to get a set of WeatherTech window deflectors for your 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander, but they were not available – we have great news for you! Recently they released deflectors for the latest models.
No need to describe all the advantages of this product – its already a known fact. Window deflectors proved themselves as one of the most popular car accessories in US.
You still don't have a set installed on your car? Take a chance and purchase them for the lowest price on the market!
Available in Light and Dark Smoke, Front and Rear sets.
Have you ever felt while traveling that you need to stay in that place at least for a couple of minutes? And apparently feel that you might want to stay there for more.
There is no need to pull a huge trailer with you any more, if you want to stay somewhere for a camp. With the help of Truck Tent by Rightline Gear you can enjoy the outdoors as much time as you need. The great thing about this tent is that you don't have to find a flat piece of ground, simply camp wherever your ride took you. The floorless design of this truck tent allows for set up without removing gear from the bed.
Further to our previous conversation we want to debut cargo liners manufactured by Canine Covers for your 4-legged friends. Because doggies or other pets accidentally on purpose may scratch and puncture the seat upholstery. Don't also forget about their 'aroma' and omnipresent fur, which is left on the seats after each journey. That's why the company decided to create padded water-resistant travel bed for your pet. These pet cargo liners are available in different sizes, so you can be sure that your fluffy friend is settled down in comfort.
Finally warm and sunny days are here and we can spend more time outdoors, looking for new adventures! Camping, biking, hiking, hunting, fishing, traveling – all these activities become available, if you are well-prepared. Whether you're a passionate explorer, a weekend warrior, or a thrill-seeker, we'll have you covered with quality equipment to make your adventures safe and exhilarating.
We offer a full range of quality gear and accessories, from sleeping bags to snowboards. Our online superstore offers a vast selection of hiking & climbing gear, fishing outfit, hunting equipment, travel accessories, and everything you may need for a great outdoor experience. In our Outdoor section you can find everything for camping, hiking&climbing, fishing, water sports, biking, skating, hunting and much more. Check out the banner below for all products.
The most exciting adventure is always ahead, so better get ready for it in advance. Be prepared for anything with Outdoor Sports & Camping Gear at CARiD.com.
Sometimes the last thing you want to do after a bike ride is lift your bike any higher than you have to. Fitting it into a car or putting it on the roof is a challenge nobody likes to confront. And this is the moment when Bike Racks rush to the rescue! A proper bike rack will make going for a bike a pleasure instead of a chore. Keep you interior cleaner, too, without dusty, muddy bikes inside.
If you have spare tire, Yakima® - SpareTime Spare Tire Bike Rack is a great option for your ride! The SpareTime fits most lug patterns and tires from P195 to 12.5" wide, and can carry up to two 35 lb. bikes safely and securely. It includes anti-sway cradles to prevent bike-to-bike contact and the rack can be locked to the vehicle and the bikes locked to the rack, locks and keys included.
If you have a hitch, Universal Hitch Mounted Bike Rack by CURT® was made for you. It is designed to attach to your vehicle's receiver hitch, in a variety of styles to carry bikes. Pinned or locked to the rear of the vehicle, it will keep your bike safe and easy to access. Also it can be painted in custom colors to match your vehicle and create the ultimate towing package.
One of the most important components of a car is the exhaust system. The system is made up of several parts-exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, muffler, and exhaust tip-that must be kept in top condition at all times. Each of these components has specific roles to perform for the entire system to function effectively. Their functions are connected like a chain. Unfortunately sometimes one of the links in this chain can go out of the order. In this case its not necessary to spend a lot of money and replace the entire exhaust at once.
We carry a large selection of individual components, such as exhaust manifolds, catalytic converters, flex pipes, resonators, muffler, tips, Y-pipes X-pypes and more. With their help you can easily troubleshoot the issue and make your exhaust system working even better than before! Replacement Exhaust Parts we've gathered for you feature precise design and everlasting durability. No matter what kind of exhaust system malfunction you have, we can supply you with everything required for an effective repair.
Regular use of your mirrors is an essential part of safe driving. You need to be aware of what is happening around you all the time. Operating your car or truck with a damaged or missing side view mirror is dangerous. Don’t risk the high cost of tickets or impound fees, or have your vehicle fail inspection. Get direct replacements by Replace for your factory originals at affordable prices. You can read more information about Replace at CARiD.com.
It's vital to expect the best from your ride. Injen company is the leader of aftermarket exhausts and air intake systems. Their exhaust systems are specifically designed to deliver the maximum gain in horsepower and provide you with a deep, sporty sound. That's why Injen uses only the most reliable techniques and the most advanced equipment to provide you with the best results. All tubing is CNC mandrel bent, all flanges are CNC machined and all parts are robotic Tig welded, so the quality is on the highest level. The Cat-back exhaust systems are backed by a limited 1-year warranty.
This custom made exhaust system by Injen is manufactured for your 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse 3.8L V6 specifically:
How can you easily improve your Evo's performance and looks at the same time? We've got you covered. Replace the small, stock top-mount intercooler with a much larger front-mount intercooler by Injen. It is available for the Mitsubishi Evolution 2003-2007.
Injen® - Intercooler Kit acts like a radiator, with outside air flowing through the cooling fins and absorbing the heat from the intake air flowing through the core. However, many OEM coolers are small and not mounted in the most ideal location, because of styling, space or other considerations, so there’s room for improvement. The engineers at Injen have a vast amount of experience designing cold air intake systems. They know from experience on the dyno how much more horsepower and torque an engine can make with a cooler air inlet charge. So it was only natural for them to develop an intercooler system to cool the intake air on a turbocharged engine.
The Injen intercooler kit includes the intercooler, pipes, hoses, clamps, coolant bottle, bumper support and everything required for installation. The pipes are available in your choice of polished or in wrinkle red. Comprehensive, detailed instructions with plenty of photographs are also included to guide your installation. Your Injen intercooler kit is backed by a 1-year warranty.
This thing is monstrous compared to the stock intercooler and all other aftermarket intercoolers. It makes the turbo more efficient, and faster spooling for more driving pleasure, and more power/torque!
Traveling is always a good idea. You get onto the road, and if you don't keep your ride, there's no knowing where you might be. Depending on where you live and what the weather is like year round, you may feel the necessity of the floor mats in your car. The best craftsman of WeatherTech manufactured the DigitalFit molded floor liners, which won't let the elements spoil your mood and carpeting of your Mitsubishi!
These mats are designed to provide the interior of your vehicle with over all protection against fluids and debris. They shield your floor from damage and easy clean up. Digital laser measurements of interior surfaces offer a consistently perfect fit!
Hi everyone! We would like to thank all forum members who follows our topics, leaves comments and shares their opinion - it's really vital for us. Today we would like to announce an exclusive 10% discount coupon code on this product for all Mitsubishi forum members!
This discount coupon is available for all seat covers made by CalTrend on our website. It will be valid only for 10 business days starting from today! Hurry up, to use this advantage!
Apply the coupon code at the checkout, and get your 10% off!
CalTrend is one of the best manufacturers of custom-fit seat covers in the USA. These covers go on top of your seats, so you don't have to remove upholstery. You can select one of 11 materials on your choice. Starting with light and durable synthetic and finishing with premium leather or perforated suede.
You can either purchase 2 front seat covers for the 1st row or complete set for the front and rear seats.
- Various materials and colors - Custom fit seat covers that fit like a glove - Available for all types of seats and cabs - Sold per row - Can accommodate side-impact air bags - Includes headrest and armrest covers at no additional cost - Full row seat covers for one low price - 2-Year Manufacturer Warranty - Made in the USA
Check out the Seat Cover installation video here: (It shows a Jeep as an example, but the installation process is very similar on your model)
When you are living in a fog-free area, then such an add-on as fog lights may not be useful in your life. However, if you occasionally find yourself in dense fog area where it is quite common to have zero visibility... Well, then probably fog lights could be a huge help.
Fog tends to reflect the light back causing the glare you see when it's really thick. CARiD is here to cover you up with our super bright Halo projector fog lights manufactured by Spyder for improved illumination and better visibility. Mounted low on the vehicle and angled toward the road, fog lights reduce glare and illuminate the road right in front of the ride.
The most important thing about these fog lights is that they come equipped with Halo rings, that light up with your parking light. Moreover, Halo rings circles are really sharp and visible even in a daytime.
Find prices and more details about our bright Halo projector fog lights by Spyder here:
Your garage could be many things for you. It is a great place that keeps your cars, bike and lots of other stuff safe. We store everything you need to equip your garage well and get your projects raised and safely supported.
Working on your ride is pleasure and fun, however, sometimes this could be dangerous, because of unreliable hardware and equipment.
We want to help you keep your garage organized, because your safety is the most important consideration when working on a car. From garage furniture and dollies to automotive lifts and stands systems - everything is in here:
Sometimes your original stereo is not quite up to scratch, and you want something to go way beyond. Sure, you Have your factory stereo, but often it is not enough or simply doesn't have all the features you need. Your stereo head unit is where all the music starts, so you need to make sure you are getting the best one you can find. Today you can easily upgrade your vehicle with an aftermarket car stereo that provides additional options such as HD radio reception, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, iPod interface, while taking your sound quality up.
There are many different stereos available, and each one has different features to suit the way you listen to music. Some have screens so you can light up the interior with a stunning display in time with the music, some can easily tune into satellite radio, and others can tune into everything from your iPod to a USB flash drive. They are designed to fit most dashboards, and they are relatively easy to install as long as you are following the included instructions. Most of you probably thought that its difficult to replace the stereo and refused from this idea. We want to show that you were wrong and in reality it is really easy to do. Check out this video to see how easy factory unit can be replaced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFagV2GJmaw
To install your new stereo, you’ll need a dash kit (DIN or double-DIN depending on your requirements). We have them in different shapes and materials to meet all your needs! To check other audio components, like amplifiers, subwoofers, speakers, antennas, harness, etc. click here: Car Audio Systems & Electronics at CARiD.com
Pioneer® - 7" AppRadio 3 Double DIN In-Dash DVD Receiver with iPhone and Android Control, Bluetooth and MirrorLink
BOSS® - Single DIN DVD/CD/MP3/AM/FM Receiver with 7" Widescreen Touchscreen TFT Monitor
BOSS® - Double DIN CD/MP3/AM/FM Stereo Receiver
Kenwood® - Single DIN In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA/AM/FM Receiver
Stereo dash kits are available for almost all Mitsubishi models. For example, Mitsubishi Eclipse:
Taking care of your vehicle or modifying it can be challenging if you don't have an accurate information. If you're the beginner or the average enthusiast, you have plenty of questions about parts and accessories. And you definitely want to know, how it all works: how to lower your car or what you need to do to fit your truck with big tires, how spoilers work, how to replace the headlights, or how your car will benefit from adding a cold air intake or cat-back exhaust.
Our staff of professionals has decades of combined automotive experience, and they've compiled these articles to give you the benefit of their accumulated knowledge. We created these Helpful Automotive Articles to answer these and many other automotive questions for you.
Even if you ultimately decide that you'd rather have a professional technician do the job, you'll still have a basic understanding of what's involved so you can better communicate with the service provider. And we are here to help you with that!
Don't hesitate to use our guides or contact our technical specialists for any help!
CARiD is thankful for all members of the Police Force, Ambulance Service and Fire Service for the dedication that keeps our communities safe every day, and cared for after accidents and disasters. We know that Police, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians rely on their personal vehicles more than most - getting to a call during severe weather, hauling gear, as well as your regular day to day needs.
CARiD wants to make sure you have all the accessories, maintenance and repair parts that you need to get the job done, so you're ready to roll at a moment's notice.
We welcome Law Enforcement as well as all active career and volunteer Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, and Search and Rescue Personnel, to take advantage of 10% off discount on eligible products.
To ensure you receive your discount on your first order and all future orders, we ask that you provide us with a copy of your valid First Responder/US Government ID when ordering.
Snow, ice, freezing rain, and frigid temperatures make winter driving treacherous; nevertheless you're prepared, right? But what about your wiper blades?
If they're the same ones that baked on your windshield all summer then you could be in for problems. How do you know if your wiper blades are any good? At no time of the year is seeing out of your windshield more important, and more difficult, than in winter. Quality wiper blades should evenly and effectively squeegee water out of their path in both directions no matter what speed you're going. Soft rubber compounds necessary for wiper performance are always under attack by road grit, the sun, acid rain, tree sap, ice, and especially winter salt. Arm your car or truck with Rain-X Glass Treatment and Rain-X wipers.
Rain-X Latitude 8-In-1 Wiper Blades are the ultimate blades for sleet and snow. Unlike conventional wiper blade frames, the Latitude's beam design won't collect ice and snow, which can freeze conventional frames to the point where the blade no longer contacts the windshield. With Latitude blades you won't have to interrupt your trip to clear ice and snow from wiper blade frames, only to have them freeze again. You can check the presentation of this product here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqMcVY7FKqk
Rain-X® - Latitude™ Wiper Blade
Another wiper blades Rain-X offers are Weatherbeater™ 22" Wiper Blade.
Rain-X® - Weatherbeater™ Wiper Blade
Also Rain-X develops a line of related glass care products. Because Rain-X Glass Treatment requires the glass surface to be perfectly clean, Rain-X X-treme Clean is the perfect glass cleaner. It removes dirt, grime, and bugs, plus build-up that other cleaners leave behind, from glass and clear plastic. Rain-X 2-In-1 Glass Cleaner not only cleans, it also applies a rain repellent to improve wet weather driving. Click here to see how exactly it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTpfaxI5DSI
The incandescent bulbs haven't really developed that much in the 140 years they have existed, while the development rate of LEDs is very rapid, with LED performance being doubled every 36 months, a development rate that is similar to the fast pace of computer development. There is no doubt that the future of automotive lighting belongs to the LEDs. What is LED? LED is short for Light Emitting Diodes. This is a form of transistor, doped with a substrate that emits light when current is applied. The LEDs have a number of advantages over incandescent lighting that are very attractive for automotive use:
- They are very insensitive to vibrations - They last for the life of the vehicle (does not apply to headlight LEDs yet) - They can be baked into moisture proof casings to be installed in all kinds of harsh environments - They light up much quicker than incandescent bulbs - They are extremely compact - They can be made to emit different colors - They run cool - They give more light per supplied watt than incandescent light bulbs.
All these was combined in LED bulbs, made by Lumen. To read more about this brand and check all featured products, you can visit this page: Lumen Off-Road Light Bars, Day Running Lights & LED Bulbs at CARiD.com Their high-quality replacement LED bulbs and first-rate sealed off-road lights are designed to upgrade and customize all exterior and interior light sources on your vehicle. The mirroring that the large number of compact transistors within an LED bulb creates is a sparkling, jewel-like effect that's dazzling to the eye, no matter what color light is produced. Their ability to illuminate two-tenths of a second quicker than traditional incandescent bulbs pays dividends that can save your life on the road. Lighting up a fifth of a second faster allows motorists behind your vehicle to see your braking or turning actions quicker. Check all the types of bulbs, available for your vehicle with this link: Mitsubishi LED Lights | Replacement LED Bulbs at CARiD.com
Also make sure to check the led bulbs comparison here.
We get used to upgrade our vehicles with aftermarket parts, to add performance and style. But when it comes to the moment, when something needs to be repaired or replaced, we get lost. Fortunately, 2 leading manufacturers in this area – Dorman and Replace solved this problem and created a wide range of repair products, such as suspension parts, ignition parts, electrical and steering parts, replacement fenders, hoods, side mirrors, interior parts and much more. Dorman has almost centenary history; the encompasses a suite of products, from automotive hardware to the application-specific parts once available only from the OE manufacturer. Click here for more information about this brand. When you want original equipment (OE) quality but don’t want to pay the high OE price, you need Replace® parts that look and function just like OE parts; they’re identical in every way, except for the price. Discover more information about Replace at CARiD.com with this link.
Hi folks! CARiD.com is glad to offer you a new product. With Lumen® - LED Halo Rings, you will add unique style to the front of your vehicle and increase the light output. They are available in a variety of diameters and colors for you to choose from. And check out the video we have to find step-by-step installation instructions. What do you think of the product?
Japanese cars are something special! Inspired by innovation and the latest technology, Mitsubishi cars are the ones to show off your style and individuality! Customizing your car isn't easy but very intriguing and overwhelming. CARiD is here to help you choose the right parts and accessories to get the result you need. Mitsubishi fender flares available at CARiD will visually widen your vehicle's body, make it more aggressive and strong!
I want to remind everyone that we have our own Facebook Channel. It's a place for car enthusiasts to gather together and discuss car modifications, different projects and just have some fun)) No matter what vehicle you have - a sports car, a big lifted truck or small Mini, if you like driving, acceleration and that feeling of air in your hair at 100 miles per hour, you did the right thing to visit our channel! If you're a part of CARiD's community, feel free to express your thought on different posts we have, share them, like them and help us to make it more interesting and entertaining) We are waiting for your activity, understanding and valuable ideas! Here I will be posting Facebook updates, cool or not - you to decide:D Let's start..
Check out this crazy Camaro that is based on a character in a movie called Turbo, which hits theaters July 19, 2013. The car was customized from ground up! It's got that custom COPO hood, front splitter, rear diffuser and rear wing spoiler, custom LED lighting and it's been painted black with a vinyl chrome wrap, tinted to mimic black chrome to say the least.
Check out a pretty unique Dodge Challenger! The first thing that catches an eye is a set of wheels. Letâ€™s admit that not everyday we see Challengers on such rims. The vinyl roof and all the chrome accents give the car a sophisticated retro look. The radical stance completes the carâ€™s indisputable strong character! This Dodge will turn more heads than any supercar!
Finding the right tire to fit on a vehicle is not easy. If you want proof of the difficulty, just look at the caravan of tire trucks that follow rally teams around the world. There are different profile tires, there are different rubber compounds and there are tire tread patterns for all kinds of weather conditions. Unfortunately, you cannot change your tires according to the road and weather conditions of the next 15 miles of road in front of you, as the rally teams do (and even they don't always get it right). You will have to choose tires that perform well most of the time and adequately when the conditions are less than ideal. The tires you buy must have a load rating and a speed classification that fit your vehicle. The load rating is particularly important to note when you buy tires for big SUVs and trucks, as the same size tires and wheels might come in different load ratings, one for passenger cars and one for SUVs and trucks.
Racing tires show the basics of tire choices
Let's talk about performance car tires first. The extremes of racing make it clear which factors you have to take into account when you decide which tires to buy. For racing there are two basic types of tires: Slicks for dry and smooth asphalt and Rain Tires for wet conditions. The slicks have no pattern at all and are made in a sticky rubber compound. This is to maximize traction, and it works well as long as the surface is absolutely dry. Add a little water and the game changes completely. The wide and smooth slicks surf like surfboards on top of even slight moisture. The water acts as a lubricant between the road and the tire surface, and the driver must slow down enough to make the tires sink down through the water, or the car will spin out of control. This is applicable to your everyday road tires too. Wide tires, with little or no pattern that can drain water away, are very prone to aquaplaning. This is why there are laws on tire tread depths for road tires. Driving with tires that cannot drain water away is extremely dangerous as soon as there is water or moisture on the road.
Different tires for different climates
Even slicks come in a number of variations, with rubber compounds for different temperatures and pavement surfaces. One important aspect is how fast the tires wear. Soft tires (like Pirelli tires) provide better grip than tires made in harder compounds, but wear more quickly. If the soft tires wear too quickly, the extra pitstop to change tires can mean that the race is lost. If a team chooses tires that are too hard they might lose the race by being a fraction of a second slower on each bend. Choice of tire compound is important for road wheels too. You probably want to get as many miles as possible out of your tires, but you also want tires that provide a good grip on the road for safe braking and cornering. If you live in a hot climate, you will probably want a little harder rubber compound than people living in the cold of the north, to get comparable grip and wear.
Don't kill your wheels on potholes
If you live in a part of the country where rains are rare and the road surfaces smooth, you will have little problems with wide, low profile tires that come close to being slicks. (For road use you will still want some tread pattern.) If you live in a state where the frost breaks up potholes in the road surfaces and the road maintenance budget is insufficient, you will probably want a higher profile tire to have a bigger air cushion between your expensive custom rims and the edges of the potholes, and to avoid that every road trip becomes a shaking experience.
Severe grooves for severe rains
The more difficult the weather is, the more ridges, grooves and siping you want in the tire tread. The ridges running along the perimeter of a tire act like very narrow wheels that cut through the water surface, providing direct contact between the tire and the road. The grooves along the ridges drain water out. These longitudinal grooves are also important to the directional stability. Some or all of the ridges are divided into blocks, providing lateral edges that break the water surface and lateral channels that drain the water out of the tire. Many tires also have fine cuts, "siping," in these blocks, creating thousands of edges that cut through the water when the brakes are applied and the rubber between the cuts bend and show off their cut edge.
On the other hand - the more cuts and grooves, the less surface is put on the road in dry conditions. The movements of the rubber blocks in a tire with a heavy pattern can also build up heat and cause excessive tire wear. Lateral grooves can also cause excessive noise in dry weather. Thus, the choice of tire tread should be made with an eye to the local climate conditions. For everyday driving, the natural choice is an all-weather tire from a major tire manufacturer. They come in many variations, each with a slightly different compromise between the factors mentioned above. Choose one that fits your driving style, driving conditions and your comfort demands. If you live in an area with heavy winter climate, we recommend that you also get a separate set of winter wheels with tires specifically designed to perform well on snow and ice.
- Mounts to any drill for rotary buffing action - Designed specifically for restoring clarity to plastic surfaces - Kit also includes 2 double-sided sandpaper pads for severely oxidized plastic - Kit includes one microfiber towel for wipeoff - Features denser â€śclosed cellâ€ť foam bristles compared to PowerBall 4 Paint - Individual bristles allow ball to rotate while applying even pressure to plastic surfaces, even in tight nooks and crannies - Also works well for cleaning glass with Mothers Glass Polish
- Choose between Metal Polish and Chrome Polish - Designed specifically for polishing chrome and metal surfaces - Scours and removes microscopic peaks which appear as a dull patina, leaving a mirror smooth finish - Solvents effectively clean grime and road tars away - Sealants in the paste form a barrier to lock out moisture and prevent corrosion damage - Thick consistency applies similarly to cold cream