Category: Custom

January 14, 2020 9:55 pm

Deciding which tires to put on your truck or SUV is no easy task. There are so many things to consider, such as price, size and durability. However, you should be aware that tire specifications can also affect your vehicle’s performance and safety. So, when it comes to choosing the right Reno truck tires to put on your vehicle, use these tips to make the process easier.

How the Wrong Tires Can Affect Your Vehicle

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Functionality 

One of the most important tire specifications to consider when purchasing new tires for your truck or SUV is tire size. Not only do tires with an incorrect outer diameter not fit your rims, but having the wrong size tire can also damage other necessary systems in your vehicle. For instance, torque, traction control and gear settings are all dependent on the distance that a wheel travels within one rotation. Unfortunately, this often results in damage to these key systems and negatively affects your vehicle’s functionality. 

Handling and Stress

Tire size can also affect the weight distribution and handling of your vehicle. By having the wrong size tire supporting your truck or SUV, you’ll notice how difficult it is to control the direction and rotation of your vehicle. Also, incorrect tire size can put more stress on your vehicle’s transmission or differential, which can be costly to repair. 

Gas Mileage 

Lastly, tire size affects things such as gas mileage and speedometer and odometer readings. Often, improper tire sizes will make readings of speed, gas mileage, and mileage less accurate. Instead of having tires that are either too small or too large, be sure to find the tire size that best fits your truck or SUV.

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When to Purchase New Tires

So, now that you know how important proper tire size is for your vehicle, you need to know when is the right time to buy new tires. Fortunately, there are many indicators that can help you determine when it’s time to replace those old, worn out tires. For example, tires should be replaced not necessarily based on a specific time frame, but based on the amount of wear visible on the tire. Based off of the average time frame, it’s suggested that you have your tires replaced every 5-6 years. However, if you drive your vehicle less often, you can go a little longer. But, be aware that you should never go longer than 10 years without replacing your tires. This is because rubber will naturally deteriorate over time regardless of wear. 

Tread Test and Wear Bars

In order to determine how worn your tires are, you can use what’s known as the “penny test”. The penny test is simple. All you need to do is take a penny and place it with Abe Lincoln’s head facing down in between the tire treads. If any part of Abe’s head is covered, then your tires are fine. If you can see all of Abe’s head, then you’re in need of new tires. Another way you can check the wear on your tires is by looking at the tread wear indicator bars. These are located at the base of the main grooves and are found equally spaced around the tire. If you can see the wear bars, this means it’s time to replace your tires.

Sidewall Damage

The sidewalls on your vehicle’s tires are more important than you may think. If damage such as cracks or grooves appear in the sidewall, be sure to replace the tire as soon as possible. Cracks and grooves can cause leaks, or be an indicator that your tire is on the verge of a blowout. Also be sure to look for bulges or blisters which are also visible on the sidewall. To find these, look for any spots that extend outward from the rest of the tire’s surface. These will often cause weak spots in your tire which could lead to a blowout.

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How to Choose the Best Tires for Your Vehicle

When deciding which Reno truck tires to put on your truck or SUV, keep in mind that it’s about more than just finding the right size. Also be sure to pay attention to tire codes, types of tires, price, and fuel economy. 

Tire Codes

Tire codes are the numbers that run along the sidewall of your tires. They indicate the tire’s specifications, or information. The codes indicate the tire type, width, aspect ratio, construction, wheel diameter, load index and speed rating.

Types of Tires

The type of tires that you purchase should be based on the size of your vehicle, your performance needs, the climate you’re driving in, and driving conditions. Consider the following types of tires:

  • Summer
  • All-Season
  • On/Off-Road
  • Winter/Snow
  • Trailer

Price and Fuel Economy

The price of new Reno truck tires typically depends on size, quality, and brand. So, keep that in mind when buying new tires. 

And lastly, consider your vehicle’s fuel economy. With how expensive fuel is, and how important it is to maintain the environment, most major companies have started creating tires that increase fuel efficiency. This is not only a good decision for your wallet, but for the environment too!

Reno Truck Tires from TSA Custom Car and Truck

If you’re in need of new tires, then contact TSA Custom Car and Truck for the best Reno truck tires. We have a variety of tire brands and sizes, fit for almost any vehicle. And, if you’re still having a tough time picking the best tires, just ask our expert staff!

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November 4, 2019 6:34 pm

One of the best truck accessories you can buy for your vehicle is a camper shell or truck bed cover. They are ideal components to add to your truck if you’re looking for extra security and protection and can provide more utility to your vehicle. At TSA Custom Cars and Trucks, we have the best selection of camper shells and truck bed covers in Reno. See for yourself how a truck bed cover can enhance your vehicle and protect the items you leave stored in it. 

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Camper Shells

Camper shells, also called truck caps, are a great way to add utility to your truck and get the extra security you need to keep your important belongings safe. Not only do camper shells provide coverage for your valuables, but they also protect your truck’s bed from damage caused by poor weather conditions. And luckily, they are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles, and materials to properly fit your truck’s specific make and model. 

While camper shells give trucks an SUV look, they don’t take away from the usability of your truck’s bed. Camper shells can be extremely useful for avid and novice campers as they provide a covered area for sleeping that goes beyond tent camping because it better protects from wind and rain. These shells are also great for those who like to travel with their pets but don’t want them ruining the interior of the truck’s cab. A camper shell keeps animals, such as dogs, perfectly safe while driving, and keeps your truck’s interior clean. And if you store tools for work in your truck bed, a camper shell protects and secures these items from inclement weather and out of sight from potential burglars. 

Flat Truck Bed Covers 

Flat truck bed covers, also called tonneau covers, are covers that lay flat over the top of your truck’s bed. These covers are generally used in trucks where the height of their cargo fits into the existing bed space. Another reason you would opt for the tonneau cover is if you often carry items that would be too tall for a camper shell. Because tonneau covers are simple and easy to remove they are a great option for those who often haul tall or large items. Tonneau covers also come in a variety of different styles and materials making them very versatile. See below to determine which cover would work best for you and your truck.  

Folding Covers

Folding tonneau covers are popular because of their easy use and effectiveness for keeping belongings guarded and the truck bed safe from poor weather conditions. These covers usually have either two or three panels which can be folded back in order to gain access to the bed of the truck. And because tonneau covers fold all the way back, removal isn’t necessary for carrying taller items in the bed. 

Another benefit of folding covers is that they come in soft or hard materials, each having their own benefits. Soft folding covers allow easy access to the truck bed and can be fully removed with ease. Likewise, hardcovers are also easy to use, but they add an extra element of security when paired with a truck bed equipped with a locking tailgate. Soft and hard folding tonneau covers sit almost seamlessly above the truck bed for a smooth finished look. 

Roll-Up Covers

Roll-up covers function just as their name implies. They roll-up from the back of the truck bed to the front in order to access the bed of the truck. These tonneau covers provide adequate protection for the truck bed and easy access for carrying taller items. Installation is also easy and non-damaging to your vehicle. The frame of this cover clamps to the truck bed without drilling and can be removed with ease. 

Retractable Covers

Retractable tonneau covers are able to retract into the front of the truck bed, which is the area closest to the cab of the truck. These covers are able to fully retract and leave the truck bed completely open which means there’s no need to remove the cover to gain access to the bed. Some retractable tonneau covers can even be motorized and are controlled using a remote for effortless operation. Like most tonneau covers, the retractable covers also come in various materials such as vinyl or aluminum. Another type of retractable cover is made from a  polycarbonate surface which is placed over a retractable reinforcing structure. These covers sit flat over the truck’s bed to provide a clean appearance and make the cover practically unnoticeable. 

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Hinged Covers

Hinged covers are used by lifting up the cover in order to gain access to the bed. They can be made with either soft or hard materials ranging from fiberglass and hard plastic to soft vinyl or cloth. The hardcovers can also be painted to perfectly match the color of your truck making them a seamless addition to your vehicle. Another benefit of hinged covers is that they offer complete weather protection and keep the bed of your truck free of damage caused by rain and snow. These covers provide extra security with a lock that protects the truck bed and prevents the tailgate from being opened. And if you need to remove the cover to fit large items in the truck bed, it’s easy to remove, and easy to re-install.   

Truck Bed Covers Reno

TSA Custom Cars and Trucks has a large selection of camper shells and truck bed covers in Reno. Their team can help you find the perfect cover for your truck based on your budget, style preferences, and the ease of operation. If you’re looking for added security and protection, a truck bed cover could be the solution you need. Take a look at our camper shell and truck bed cover options today!

August 26, 2019 11:00 pm

Adding custom car accessories to your vehicle has many benefits. They can improve the overall performance of your car, increase its resale value, and some can even protect your car’s interior or exterior. If you want a new custom look for your car, then check out these accessories.

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Paint Protection

One of the easiest ways to upgrade your car can be accomplished with paint protection. Paint protection film is an invisible shield made from thermoplastic urethane that protects you car’s paint. It’s no surprise that through inclement weather and constant use of your car, it’s going to suffer some paint deterioration. The paint protection helps prevent against:

  • Scratches
  • Small abrasions
  • Bugs and insects
  • Winter sand and salts
  • Stone chips and other small road debris 

Adding paint protection to your vehicle is simple and effective. It leaves your car looking great, and even adds to the resale value of your vehicle.

Custom Wheels And Tires

If you really want to give your car a makeover, but want to do it simply and cost effective to you, then consider getting new wheels and tires put on. They can improve the look and feel of your car and are completely customizable. And while enhancing the look of your vehicle is the number one reason for installing new wheels and tires, there are other benefits too. New wheels and tires can provide better performance as well. And if you’re planning on selling your car, they can also increase its value. So, whether you want improved performance, luxury, or style, wheels and tires are a great way to achieve this. TSA has over 20 brands of wheels and tires, check them out today. 

Leather Car Seat Upholstery

You can enhance the interior of your vehicle by changing out those cloth seats or old leather seats with brand new leather car seat upholstery. At TSA, we’re able to give your car the look and feel of a luxury vehicle, without the price of purchasing one. Our leather car seat upholstery services are tailor-made and custom fit exclusively for your vehicle. All leather comes from Katzkin, who makes luxury leather for vehicle upholstery. 

Leather not only looks and feels great, but Katzkin leather is also durable and super easy to clean. They protect your seats from spills and stains, and clean up is very simple. Another bonus to having leather car seats is that it’ll help regulate your body temperature, which is good in cases of severe hot or cold weather.

Check out the Design Selector from Katzkin to find the custom luxury leather perfect for you!

Remote Car Starter

As far as custom car accessories go, remote car starters have become a must have. The luxury of being able to start your car from the warmth of your home on a frigid and frosty morning really makes this addition worth it. No one enjoys rushing out to start their car early in the morning just to run back inside for another 10 minutes, which is why having a remote car starter is so nice.

TSA has chosen Compustar as its leading provider for remote car starters. These remote starters are compatible with just about every vehicle, even those with manual engines. 

Cold Air Intakes

While most engine modifications are costly and ineffective, cold air intakes are different. This engine accessory is fairly inexpensive and easy to install. Cold air intakes move the air filter outside the engine so that cooler air can enter the engine to combust. This makes your car more powerful because colder air is more dense, which means better combustion. This ultimately results in more power coming out of your engine, making your car’s performance much better. 

TSA Custom Car and Truck Accessories Reno

TSA Custom Car and Truck has some of the best custom car and truck accessories available in Reno, Carson City, and Tahoe. Whether you’re interested in new leather upholstery seats, custom wheels and tires, or want to install a remote car starter, we can help. Do you drive a truck? We have a vast selection of custom Reno accessories for trucks. Connect with us today and see how we can help you get your car looking and feeling like new. Call us at 775.883.0477.

December 1, 2017 10:52 pm

While your car or truck may be great, there is always something about it that can be upgraded to make your vehicle even greater. TSA Custom Car and Truck has custom accessories for your truck and car!

Trying to find a Reno car or truck accessory in particular? Give us a call at 775.883.0477

 

Paint Protection – Keep Your Car Looking Good

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Of all the car accessories, the easiest and most effective way you can upgrade your car is with paint protection. Paint protection film is an invisible shield that prevents your car’s paint job from degrading. Brands like Llumar and XPEL provide incredible paint protection films that protect against:

-abrasions

-scratches

-small road debris

-bugs and insects

-winter sand and salts

Not only do paint protection films keep your car looking great, but they also enhance your car’s resale value!

 

Cold Air Intakes – Better Air, Better Performance

Many engine modifications are expensive, time-consuming, and not really worth it. Cold air intake may just be the most undervalued car accessory you can put on your engine. Fairly inexpensive and easy to install, cold air intakes make your engine more powerful. Cold air intakes move the air filter outside the engine so that cooler air can enter the engine to combust. Colder air is more dense, which means better combustion, which means more power coming out of your engine. Sounds pretty good, right?

 

Performance Exhausts -Making Your Car Breath Better

Where cold air intakes improve your vehicle’s “inhale”, performance exhausts improve your vehicle’s “exhale”. Factory exhaust systems, typically referred to as “crush-bend” systems, contain a crinkled area of the pipe that slows down the escape of gas. Less gas that can escape means that your car won’t be able to perform as well as it should. One solution comes in the form of an aftermarket exhaust product referred to as a “mandrel bend”. A mandrel bend keeps the diameter of the pipe consistent throughout the whole pipe. This consistency allows for more air and gas to exit the pipe. Performance exhausts make some of the perfect car accessories.

 

Performance Suspension

When you think of suspension, you probably automatically think of off-roading. However, your car can benefit from a suspension upgrade even if your car is just used for cruising. Car accessories that upgrade suspension with sway bars and coil springs will make your car more grounded and stable. A more grounded car will have an easier time accelerating and turning.

Of course, if you live in Nevada, then off-roading is probably why you are looking for suspension. According to TSA Custom Car and Truck, replacing your shocks, struts, sleeves, springs, and mounts will make your car ready for the dirt trails. Your shocks and struts will make your car capable of taking on rocky and uneven roads. Upgraded sleeves make your car’s struts rebound better when taking a hit while also reducing the nose dive your car does when braking. Lastly, new motor mounts will lessen engine rocking and give it more pull when you accelerate.

 

Wheels and Tires

Nothing improves the look and feel of your car like a new set of wheels. Whether it be for performance, luxury, or just to raise your truck even higher, TSA’s has the perfect aftermarket tire and wheel packages to satisfy your needs. TSA’s selection ranges from classic brands such as Firestone and Bridgestone to more advanced products from the likes of American Eagle Wheel and Mickey Thompson.

See our selection of over 20 tire and wheel brands

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Got any great ideas for your next upgrade? TSA Custom Car and Truck also provides custom accessories for trucks and cars. Give us a call at 775.883.0477 or check out our products page to see what car and truck accessories we have to offer the Reno, Tahoe, and Carson City area. 

November 17, 2017 7:03 pm

You may be overwhelmed by the number of camper shells out there. With all the kinds of models out there, trying to whittle down the options is time-consuming and difficult. If you are interested in custom accessories for trucks, TSA Custom Car and Truck has compiled a list of different A.R.E. camper shells and their distinct features. 

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Want more space? The TW series is the option for you.

tw camper shell

The TW series offers the most capacity out of any kind of simple shell. The extra space provided by the TW series creates the perfect space for storage and hauling. Speaking of hauling, the TW’s aerodynamically-sloped roof directs airflow over any trailer, camper, or boat, which reduces drag and makes hauling easier.

 

The ToolMaster camper shells are the ultimate tool for the job

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Complete with a fiberglass shell, the ToolMaster Series is the perfect companion for any job. The shell’s side cabinets keep finding that perfect socket wrench from becoming harder than the job itself. Furthermore, the heavy-duty cabinet doors will keep your tools protected from the weathering and dust of your travels. The ToolMaster Series also features a stylish commercial-grade ladder rack that’ll support you just as much as the ladder itself.

 

Durability and security – the DCU Series

dcu camper shell

The ultimate combination of durability and security, the DCU series features 3 different thicknesses of of aluminum skin (.035, .063, and .063 diamond-plated). Also, DCU Series shells are built around a welded construction frame that creates a rugged, yet durable camper. And unlike other camper shells, the DCU Series are locked with BOLT One-Key technology, giving you the safest way to store your belongings.

You may be looking for more convenience out of your camper shell. Why not? After all, more convenience is always better. Unique to the DCU Series, the Diamond Edition DCU features full-length side doors that easily allow you to load and unload anything you want from your truck.

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Check out TSA’s full line product line of A.R.E. Camper Shells here. TSA also offers other custom accessories for trucks as well. 

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