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Toyo high-performance Proxes racing tires coming to a passenger car near you

toyo-proxes-tq-wholesale1Among race track enthusiasts, the Proxes line of Toyo high-performance tires are well-known and widely-used…but until now, you probably haven’t seen them outside the strip. Toyo has just rolled out Proxes TQ – its first set of D.O.T. approved drag racing radials. The tire manufacturer now joins BFGoodrich and Mickey Thompson in producing these special radials for RWD vehicles.

The Proxes TQ are the cumulative product of over 40 years of high-performance tire research and engineering. Check out the impressive specifications on these radials:

  • A price point of $150 – $250 per tire depending on size
  • 20,000 mile longevity before needing replacement
  • “Light load” designation so they can be raced on low pressure
  • Radial tread compound, enhanced tread, and stronger manufacturing techniques for grip, performance, and stability.
  • Reduced tire and road noise
  • Semi-slick inner area for added traction

Ideally, Toyo believes that the new Proxes are the total all-in-one tire for those who want to drive to the track, on the track, and home from the track all on the same set of tires.

The Proxes TQ is available in P255/50R16, P275/45R16, P275/40R17, P315/35R17, P345/40R17 and P315/35R18 sizes. Check with your local wholesale tire dealer for pricing and availability.

Source: The Detroit News

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Researchers aim to use defatted soy flour to make tires more eco-friendly

eco-friendly-tiresCarbon black. Doesn’t sound very green does it? These petroleum-based particles have been used as filler by tire manufacturers for years – but that might be about to change.

As the price of petroleum rises and existing sources dwindle, researchers are looking toward the future with potential bio-based tire filler alternatives.  One possible solution is soybean flour, which is being examined as a “green filler” by Agricultural Research Service scientists Lei Jong and Jeffrey Byars. Jong and Byars have created a special process that uses defatted soy flour, water, and rubber latex to achieve elasticity scores similar to tires reinforced with carbon black. Not only is soybean flour inexpensive, but it’s also grown domestically and doesn’t pose a pollution hazard like carbon black does.

The scientists at ARS have also teamed up with representatives from the rubber industry to explore new eco-friendly possibilities in the global marketplace. We’re looking forward to the next generation of sustainable wholesale tires – hopefully they arrive sooner than later!

Source: Science Daily

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Pressure problems? Consider filling your tires with nitrogen

filling-tires-with-nitrogenMany drivers complain that their tires don’t seem to maintain a steady pressure over time. This is perfectly natural, and it’s due to the fact that the small oxygen molecules in compressed air can easily leak through the porous material of your tire over time.

If you’re interested in spending less time at the air pump, spending less money on gas, and replacing your tires less frequently,  consider filling your tires with nitrogen. Nitrogen molecules are larger than the oxygen molecules found in compressed air, so it’s much harder for them to seep out of your tires. This results in an optimal pressure being maintained for much longer than usual – usually 3 to 4 times longer. Over time this benefit translates into less wear and tire on your tires and better gas mileage.

If you do decide to opt for nitrogen in your tires, it’s still a good idea to check your tire pressure regularly. Don’t let nitrogen lull you into a false sense of security regarding how long your tires can maintain their optimal PSI! As the trend continues to grow, expect to see some manufacturers shipping tires pre-filled with nitrogen directly to wholesale tire distributors in the near future.

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How cold weather affects your tires

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When cold weather comes around, it’s important to pay careful attention to your tires, especially your tire pressure, to avoid unsafe conditions before they develop. Aside from bumpy roads, ice, and fresh potholes, cold weather also threatens the integrity of your tires by causing the air inside to contract – 1 PSI for each 10 degree drop in temperature. It may not sound like much, but if your tire air pressure was low to begin with, the cold can exacerbate the problem.

When the weather gets really frigid and temperatures dip below zero, make sure to check the rim of your tires where the rubber meets metal. At these temperatures, the tire stiffens and the seal at this juncture begins to loosen.  Some people report completely flat tires with no evidence of structural damage to the tire and wonder what happened. It’s likely that cold weather allowed air to escape through this loosened seal.

Aluminum alloy wheels are the most likely victims of cold weather tire pressure drops, and unfortunately, they are the kind used on most vehicles today. It’s a bit harder to get a proper seal when constructing an aluminum alloy wheel to begin with, and it’s even harder once road salt and other debris begins to eat away at the metal. Once this happens, air is more likely to leak out of tiny gaps created on the chipped surface of the wheel. Of course, hitting winter potholes doesn’t make matters any better!

To combat tire damage and deflation during cold weather, make sure to keep a constant eye on your tire pressure. When temperatures drop below zero, check the seals on the tires to make sure they aren’t allowing any air to leak out. If you do discover a leak, it might be a good idea to purchase snow tires, which not only help with traction on icy roads in the winter, but are better at dealing with the rocky road conditions you’re likely to encounter.

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Snow tire demand climbs as winter storms engulf US

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As bitter cold and snow slow traffic across the U.S., many wholesale tire distributors are reporting increased demand for snow tires. People who find themselves stuck in their driveways, on the road, or even in the middle of intersections are paying a visit to their local tire shop as soon as they manage to dig themselves out.

Jeffrey Pettingill, an employee at Big O Tires in Idaho Falls, claims that the shop is now installing 1,500-2,000 new snow tires per day, and that several re-orders throughout the day aren’t uncommon.

Snow tires feature special tread patterns that are engineered to give the vehicle more traction and grip on snow-covered or icy roads. These special tires are also manufactured using softer rubber that allows them to remain flexible in freezing temperatures. Although the tires may carry price tags of up to $100 or more, experts say that if they prevent just one accident, they’ve already paid for themselves many times over!

Source: KIDK Idaho Falls

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Michelin expects 4th quarter profit drop

michellin-tires-logoThe current worldwide economic downturn is hitting tire manufacturers hard, as sales to carmakers continue to drop steeply in the face of lower consumer demand for new vehicles. Michelin announced today that they expected their recent production cuts to bite into their 4th quarter profits.

As car sales decline across the globe, demand for passenger car and light truck tires continues to mirror the drop.  Tire sales to carmakers fell by 33.5% in Europe and 31% in North America last month compared to November 2007 sales figures.

Michelin North America plans to make use of temporary layoffs at the Donaldson plant in South Carolina in order to reduce production of wholesale tires.  The French tiremaker is only one of many manufacturers that are feeling the pinch thanks to lower auto sales across the board.

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