Category Archives: Tires & Wheels
Mickey Thompson: The Man and Legend Behind Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels

by Steve Temple

If you Google “Mickey Thompson,” you’ll find a lot of listings for tires and wheels. This is because Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels have a stellar reputation. Take a little more time searching Wikipedia and other sources and you’ll find out about the man behind the company that bears his name.

Usually, in a manufacturer’s profile we like to focus on products a company offers to give readers an idea of what’s offered and what the products do for you. However, in this case, a closer look at the company founder and automotive legend, Thompson, will also give you some clear insight into the product. So, here goes. Read More…

3 Scenarios Where Dick Cepek Tires Make the Difference

If you like to stick to the highway for the majority of your driving, then tires probably don’t mean much to you. Then again, if you were mainly a highway driver, you probably wouldn’t be here. It’s much more likely that you showcase a mud-covered truck like it’s a trophy. But even the most experienced off-road drivers can get into trouble without the right equipment. When it comes to tires, you’ll find it hard to beat the quality you get from Dick Cepek tires. Their design is geared so much for outdoor lovers that we can list 3 scenarios where you will be incredibly thankful to have a set of Dick Cepek tires guiding your truck.

Scenario 1: You’re on a weekend off-road excursion and looming before you is a mud run like you’ve only dreamed of. Read More…

Choosing the Right Truck Wheels

Steel or Cast Alloy wheels – the choices are few, but getting the right set for your vehicle could prove a bit more complicated if you don´t know the difference. Whether you´re aiming for some lightweight wheels that offer maximum shine, or going for a more heavy duty option to handle that off–road workload, it pays to know what type of wheel will best suit your needs.

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Steel Wheels

Although slightly heavier than alloy wheels,steel wheels employ solid construction and heavy-duty materials to reap certain benefits. The stamped construction of steel truck wheels provides better durability and a more consistent composition that you can’t get out of cast and machined alloys. The end result is that steel wheels are typically more uniform, and therefore, less prone to wobbling. Additionally, steel truck wheels boast excellent longevity, as they are less porous and more resistant to corrosion from dirt, sand, or brake depletion. Read More…

Choosing the Right Off Road Tires

Looking to buy some new Off Road truck tires? Hold it right there. If you’re just looking to grab the biggest, most wicked-looking truck tires available, there are a few things you should probably know before you go about doing so.

The Truth about Off Road Truck Tires

Whether you’re sand-racing, rock-crawling, mud-plowing, or whatever other Off Road activities conceivable, it’s important to understand precisely why you need a set of Off Road truck tires.

A common misconception with regard to truck tires is that you need them for improved traction on rugged terrain, and naturally, the general consensus suggests that larger tires equate to more traction. While such an assumption makes sense, it is not entirely accurate. Read More…

Tire Packages: Build a Tire Package at 4 Wheel Parts

When you need help putting together that perfect tire package, 4 Wheel Parts’ Tire Package Builder has you covered, assisting you in your shopping needs by eliminating the hassle of digging through pages and pages of wheels and tires.

Whether you need extreme terrain Super Swamper tires, or maybe some mild-mannered all-terrains, our online tool puts together tire packages in just a few easy steps.

Additionally, by purchasing both tires and wheels as a set, you become eligible for certain discounts and promotions you might not receive otherwise. Read More…

Reading a Tire Sidewall

Follow the diagram below for a complete overview on how to decipher the information displayed on a tire sidewall to get an idea of what size and type of tires you want.

Use this Tire Calculator to figure out the actual height and width of your metric tires.

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Wheel Backspacing and Wheel offset

Follow the diagram below for a complete overview on how to measure wheel dimensions, as well as appropriate terminology for determining what size wheels you want.

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  • Wheel Width: Distance between inside of flanges rounded to nearest 1/2″. Ensure that wheel width is proper for tire size you intend to mount on it. All tire sizes have minimum and maximum wheel width limits. Read More…
Tire & Wheel Information – Glossary of Terms

Having trouble with some of the more technical tire and wheel terminology? Browse our tire and wheel glossary and brush up on some of the more popular concepts in tire and wheel tech.

Air Pressure

The measure of force exerted by the air inside a tire, typically measured in pounds per square inch (PSI), or kilopascals (kPa).

Alignment

The correct angle settings of a vehicle’s suspension components. The 3 alignment settings are caster, camber, and toe. Read More…

Off-Road Wheels and Tires

Choosing the Right Truck Wheels

Steel, Cast Alloy, or Forged Alloy wheels – the choices are few, but getting the right set for your vehicle could prove a bit more complicated if you don´t know the difference. Whether you´re aiming for some lightweight wheels that offer maximum shine, or going for a more heavy duty option to handle that off–road workload, it pays to know what type of wheel will best suit your needs Read More…