Category: Tires

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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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. 

September 18, 2017 9:08 pm

reno truck accessoriesThere is no doubt that Americans love to customize their trucks. When it comes to Reno truck accessories like wheel splash guards, bed liners, and custom wheels are only the beginning. Drivers here love custom accessories for trucks so that they can match their personalities or are more suited to the environment.

No matter what type of custom accessories for trucks you are looking for, TSA Custom Car & Truck of Reno, NV has just what you need. Here are 10 of our top-selling Reno truck accessories for your consideration.

1. Custom Wheels

For most truck owners in Reno, truck accessories like custom wheels and tires are among the first modifications they make. At TSA Custom Car & Truck, we carry several lines for you to choose from including Wheel Pros, American Eagle Wheel Corporation, Large Rim Group, Fuel, Mickey Thompson, and ProComp.

2. Tire Selection

What good is a set of our custom wheels if you don’t have tires to match. We have Nitto, Toyo, BF Goodrich, Firestone, and Dunlop Tires in stock and ready to go. Plus, we can mount and balance them on your new wheels.

3. Bed Liners

A bed liner is the best possible way to protect the bed of your truck. Whether you are interested in a spray-in bed liner, a bed mat, or a custom molded Bed Rug, we have one that will fit your truck perfectly.

4. Wheel Splash Guards

Wheel splash or mud guards are not just a good way to display fun messages, they protect your paint and keep rocks and gravel from hitting other vehicles behind you. Whether you have a lift kit and monster mudders under your truck, or stock tires and wheels, adding a set of splash guards is a good addition.

5. Running Boards

From standard running boards designed to help you get in your truck, to custom automatic folding mode, nerf bars, steps, and more- adding a set of them to your truck can make life a little easier. No matter what style you are looking for, Reno truck accessories like these are always in stock.

6. Custom Floor Mat

Whether you use your truck for work or pleasure, it probably came with nice carpet. Keeping it that way should be high on your priority list. A good set of custom floor mats should do the job. Of all the items we sell in Reno, truck accessories like these are among the most popular.

7. Driving/Fog Lamps

While we might not get a lot of fog here in Reno, the nights can be pretty dark and if you go up into the mountains, visibility can be an issue. A good set of driving/fog lights can make a huge difference. Let us install them for you and ensure they are aimed properly. You will be amazed at how much better you can see at night.

8. Tow Hitches

Reno truck accessories like a good heavy-duty tow hitch are vital. Whether you are planning to haul your ATVs, motorcycles, or sand rails out into the desert, or your boat out to the lake, the right tow hitch, electric brakes, and wiring can make the job much easier.

9. Air Intake Systems

Upgrading the air intake is often one of the first modifications truck owners in the Reno area do. Not only does this help your engine to breathe better, but a system from a company like K&N can improve fuel economy and power.

10. Exhaust Systems

At the other end of the equation is the exhaust system. Your stock exhaust was built to ensure your truck ran quietly and met all EPA standards. But, in Reno, custom accessories for trucks like an aftermarket exhaust system are high on the priority list. This type of exhaust will help your engine develop more power, breathe more easily, and of course give your truck that nice deep rumble.

When it comes to living in Reno, custom accessories for truck accessories like these can help you to change the look and feel of your truck. Some, like the intake and exhaust upgrades, can help improve overall performance and fuel economy. To learn more about the hottest selling Reno truck accessories and more, contact TSA Custom Car & Truck at 775.883.0477 or visit us online. We install what we sell and more, come in and see us today!

September 30, 2016 12:27 am

Red custom Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Fall is a great time to get on four wheels and explore the Sierras with your custom Jeep. What? You are still driving a stock vehicle? If you live in Carson City or Reno, a custom Jeep is the only way to go. Not only can you rock crawl with precision in the hills, you can customize your Jeep to handle mud, snow, or any type of terrain the Sierras and valleys can dish up.

 

 

Here are a few our favorite custom Jeep add-ons:

Lift Your Jeep

If your buddy is trying to convince you to lift your Jeep yourself, don’t give in. Do not attempt to lift your Jeep yourself. This is something that only an expert should do. Especially with the terrain in Carson City and Reno, it can ruin your custom Jeep if it’s not done right. Jeeps have unique suspension and if they aren’t lifted properly they can succumb to Death Wobble (yes, it’s as bad as it sounds) and other problems. If you had your Jeep lifted by someone who didn’t know what they were doing, we can fix that. You deserve to drive a custom Jeep, with the right lift and suspension, not a hack job. While you are lifting, be sure you have the right tires for your amount of lift. The right tires will make all the difference in your custom Jeep experience.

Give it More Horsepower

Towing and all-terrain driving is easier when you have a few more horses under the hood. Power up your custom Jeep with more horsepower with turbocharger and exhaust upgrades or an upgraded diesel fuel injector. Even some diesel fuel additives will aid the cause of getting more power for your play time. If you are rocking a diesel, you already have a lot of potential in your custom Jeep. Adding on more horsepower is easy and will add more oomph to your experience. Pair that with custom towing accessories and you’ll be able to haul anything.

Make it Shine

After the dirt, mud, and snow, you may still want to shine up your custom Jeep for a night out in Carson City or Reno. Make that baby show and shine with paint protection. Paint protection will help your vehicle clean up nice. Add some custom lighting to the exterior and interior to make your custom Jeep stand out in a crowd.

Get Comfortable

Aftermarket accessories inside your custom Jeep make for a sweet and comfortable ride. Don’t forget seat warmers, because Winter is on its way! You can outfit your Jeep to be or do just about anything you want. Flip through some catalogs for inspiration or hit our web site. Then, leave all the hard work, and expertise, to us. We’ll make your custom Jeep just the way you want it at TSA Custom Car & Truck.

June 12, 2015 3:59 pm

Changing the tires and wheels on your car, truck or jeep to aftermarket selections comes with a number of advantages. The process, however, can be a daunting one. There are a number of factors to consider to ensure your upgrade is the best choice for you. To start, it is important to understand what information is necessary to make the process of purchasing aftermarket wheels. Here are some tips for choosing the best custom wheels and tires for your vehicle:

Considerations for Custom WheelsCustom rim installation.

When thinking about upgrading to custom wheels and custom accessories for trucks and cars, the first aspect to consider is the purpose for the change. Are you trying to enhance the overall aesthetic of your vehicle, or are you hoping to improve the driving performance? Each of these underlying reasons for changing to aftermarket wheels will help you focus your end selection and make the most appropriate choice for your vehicle needs. In addition to honing in on your best options for custom tires and wheels, there are critical considerations regarding fit. The most important consideration includes your vehicle’s lug bolt pattern, width and diameter, backspacing, offset and pricing.

  • Lug bolt pattern – each vehicle will have a different lug bolt pattern, which is the simply the position andLarge rim wheels number of bolts that attach your wheel to your car, truck or jeep. The owner’s manual provides this information, but TSA has access to an extensive database that stores this information as well. It is necessary to have this information to make sure your new wheels are a perfect fit.
  • Width/Diameter – the factory width for your vehicle is also available in the owner’s manual, but will depend on the design of your car, truck or jeep’s suspension. If you are buying aftermarket wheels but are keeping your original tires, simply select aftermarket wheels that are the same as the factory width.

Find the Perfect Fit

If you are upgrading to new Jeep wheels or aftermarket truck wheels as well as custom tires, you will need to know how much extra space is available to ensure a smooth fit. In addition to width, the wheel’s diameter is an important metric to understand. In essence, this measurement tells you just how big your custom tires and wheels can be. Newer cars often have greater diameter measurements, while older vehicles tend to be smaller.

  • Backspacing – the distance between a wheel hub and the inner LRG-wheels-3edge of the wheel is known as backspacing. The majority of cars, trucks and jeeps have excess backspacing which allows for bigger aftermarket tires and aftermarket wheels. Ensure the backspacing on your vehicle is large enough to accommodate your upgrade, especially with custom car wheels.
  • Offset – Measuring offset may be one of the most confusing components of planning for custom wheels and tires. Offset is the distance between the center of the wheel (when looking at it from above) and the section of the wheel that sits against the hub.
  • Pricing – the greatest consideration in shopping for custom tires and wheels for most owners is price. Like other purchases, you get what you pay for with custom car wheels, custom Jeep wheels and custom truck wheels. There are a number of luxury wheels that stay within a tight budget, while other options can be quite pricey. It helps to set a limit for yourself prior to visiting a retailer. Know that custom wheels and tires are an investment in your vehicle.

Benefits of Custom Wheels and Tires

Custom wheels and tires make your vehicle stand out from the pack. They also easily upgrade the overall aesthetic to match your unique preferences or needs. In addition to enhancing appearance, aftermarket wheels and tires can have a major impact on your vehicle’s performance on the road. Often, custom tires are lighter than factory options, which can boost your engine’s performance over the long haul. Similarly, aftermarket wheels are often stronger than factory models, making for a sturdy, durable vehicle.

Whether you are considering a simple upgrade for your vehicle or are seeking out expertise in the luxury wheels market, our experienced team at TSA Custom Car and Truck can assist you with measurements and final selections in custom accessories for trucks. Contact us for a consultation, installation or purchase of your custom wheels and tires today!