May, 2003 Archives - Tire Review Magazine
Fix It, Man

Tony can fix anything. Stereos, VCRs, refrigerators ®€ƒ heck, Tony’s even sorted out my lawnmower a few times. Doesn’t matter what make or model, he finds the parts and gets things fixed. So I asked his opinion of the whole Right to Repair issue, especially about the backroom deal struck last fall by the Automotive

A Military Salute

With military equipment playing such a prominent role in world news recently, I thought it might be interesting to review the types of tires on military trucks and compare them to our more familiar over-the-road highway tires. First, both tire types perform the same basic functions of supporting loads, transferring driving and braking torques, generating

Watch That Load Capacity

We seem like such common sense people. "If the shoe fits, wear it," we say. "A penny saved is a penny earned," is another gem. Or how about this one: "No problem, I’ve got a pickup truck." To the great unwashed, common sense just went out the window. More than 80% of all pickup trucks

Mounting the Big Boys

Over the last several months, we’ve seen how the demand for ultra-large wheels has risen even higher. The 24-inchers have been out for a year now, and 26-inchers are on the horizon. We’ve covered the marketing potential of selling these monsters, so now it’s time to talk about the equipment necessary to handle them. We’ll

Telematics and Tires: Satellite and Chip Technologies Will Launch a Brave New World

What exactly does the term "telematics" mean? The term has been well used in recent years by commercial vehicle engineers and logistics planners in developing different truck components, data recording and retrieval systems, communications systems and other projects. And it is popping up more and more on the consumer vehicle side, with such services as

Covering the Bases

Focus on the Things That Make a Successful Business Complacency is the kiss of death for any business owner. Some have an innate unwillingness to change or to try something new, but the successful business owner wants to know everything about his business. He never says, "Well, that just doesn’t matter." In business, everything is

Getting it Right: TCI’s Careful Selection of Dealers and Program Offerings is Paying Off

David Snyder, vice president of small tire marketing and sales, has been with Tire Centers LLC (TCI) since the company was formed in January 1986. Back then, TCI was focused on the commercial side of the industry – garnering less than 10% of its overall business from the retail side. All of that changed, however,

All the Angles

Right Equipment and Knowing What to Look for Cures Alignment Complaints Four-wheel alignments are commonplace in today’s service bays. Even light-duty, 4WD SUVs, such as Honda’s CR-V and Toyota’s RAV4, have independent rear suspensions with both camber and toe adjustments. Even solid, rear-axle vehicles require an alignment head on all four wheels. Without considering rear

It’s in the Hole!

Getting involved in the golf tire market can be easier than getting out of a bunker "Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course, the space between your ears." – Bobby Jones Many believe Bobby Jones’s statement should be amended to include all forms of golf, not just competitive. Still others side with Mark