First of all, we need to realise all tyre manufacturers design their products with an objective in mind. For instance, tyres can be focussed on grip, for sportive driving, quietness, to limit noise, longevity to reduce costs per kilometer, etc.. you get the idea. When new, your car was delivered with a certain set of tyres and their selection was influenced by many factors, but primarily to be overall a good tyre. You may want to look for a tyre that suits you better and hereunder there's a few things to consider when doing that. You can also ask the boys and girls at Motormodz if you have any questions. We're there to help you!
1.Size: the size is written on the side wall of the tyre, see illustration for how it looks. The key info is width, profile (or ratio) and rim size. The rest we'll touch on below. Usually, it is best to get the same size again, so you're sure it will fit the rims. Where you can change is in the brand and model. As mentioned above, all tyres are designed for a purpose, so you may want to choose something specific for your needs. Note however that tyres that are good in one aspect, may be less good in another. For instance, very grippy tyres will allow nice cornering, though may not last as long as an other tyre that was designed for longevity. If it's for just daily driving to work, then longevity and noise are important. Obviously, for sport cars, grip is essential to make the driving more fun.
2.Age: The week/year in which a tyre was produced, is written on the side wall as well. Not easy to find, though it is there in a small rounded box. The first 2 numbers indicate the week, and the 2nd two numbers the year in which the tyre was made. Some tyres are ok a few years old and some manufacturers give warrantees up to 5 or 6 years, though as a rule of thumb when you buy tyres, better have them fresh or no older than 2 years as you'll use them for a while too! Some tyres don't age well in our climate and not so perfect roads.., so unless you're in F1, your tyres are supposed to last for a while, so don't start on a backfoot! Also, the tyre is what keeps your car on the road, so any problems there can get you in real trouble! Think of your loved-ones!
3.Load Index and Speed Rating: Tyres are made with their intended use in mind. So tyres for a Ferrari or Vellfire, even though they may be of same size, can still be different in Load and Speed. Driving at higher speeds puts heavy forces on the tyre and manufacturers design these tyres such that they can withstand these forces with enough margin left for safety. As this costs money, tyre manufacturers will not add these reinforcements unless necessary. For instance, a tyre on a Myvi will not need to withstand forces of driving at 300km/h, whereas that Ferrari may do so (on Sepang of course). Similarly for Loads, Vellfire or pick-up tyres need to carry a heavy weight, so the tyre needs to handle that. For most regular cars, the loads and speeds of the usual tyres from the main manufacturers are fine, though it is always wise to double check when buying, or ask us! Click here to see the Load Index tableClick here to see the Speed Rating table
4.Tyre Rotation: On front wheel driven cars, or cars that have all four tyres of the same size, it is worthwhile to rotate the tyres when the driven tyres are two thirds worn. When this occurs, the tyres that are not driven usually have two thirds of wear left in them! So rotating the tyres as per the illustration, will help you to maximise the use of your tyres. Obviously, this rotation needs to be done in time and (long) before the driven tyres (usually front ones) wear out as it wouldn't make sense to rotate them at that time. Then no choice, have to replace them. To rotate non-directional tires, use the cross pattern. For cars with rear-wheel drive, move the front tires to the opposite sides of the rear: left-front to right-rear and right-front to left-rear. The rear tires are moved straight forward. To do this on directional tyres, you will need to take the tyre off the rim, so doing it yourself is a bit tricky..
5.Alignment: Once you have your new tyres, or rotated them, do not forget the have the wheels re-aligned! Luckily when purchasing 4 tyres from motormodz.com alignment is included! Alignment ensures your tyres will wear correctly and even. Misaligned wheels are often caused by the many pot-holes or rough roads we have, leading to the car pulling to one side or the other. You will also notice uneven wear, leading to a tyre needing replacement even-though one side is still ok, whereas the thread on the other side is gone..
Now that you know about some key aspects of tyres, you're ready to browse our tyre section. Go and have a look at what we have on offer! At the moment, we have a promotion ongoing for Continental MC6 tyres, where upon purchasing you will also get the free tyre air compressor! An underinflated tyre always appears at the wrong moment and with the help of this little air compressor, you'll be back on the road in no time!