When we’re not cruising our prized possessions we’re cleaning ’em, upgrading ’em, or tucking ’em away. But once our lowriders have been put into their nest it’s back to basics, and that’s when we start driving our trucks, SUVs, buckets, and daily drivers.
That said, our daily drivers are what get us around. They’re the vehicles that haul parts to the chromers (and our cars to the show), and in essence they’re a mode of transportation, which help us complete life’s daily obligations. From helping get us to our jobs to bringing the kids to and from school, lowriding may be our life, but our daily drivers are our lifelines. So when it comes time to maintain and upgrade your daily ride, the one area of concentration that needs to be addressed are your tires. At the end of the day, tires offer the only contact patch between our entire vehicle and the ground beneath us. They give us traction, comfort, and play a vital role in not only your gas mileage but personal safety as well.
When it comes time to upgrading your tires it’s easy to go with a cheaper brand, but remember one thing: Cheaper may save you a few dollars but in the long run it could cost you plenty—and even cost you your life, so do you really want to gamble to save a few dollars? Probably not.
But with so many tires flooding the market, it may be hard to tell which brand to go with, so we’re highlighting one of our favorite tires from Continental. Specificaly, the introduction of their new ExtremeContact DWS 06 (dry, wet, snow). This ultrahigh-performance all-season radial was developed for drivers of sports cars, sports coupes, performance sedans, and sport trucks. Designed to satisfy year-round driving needs, ExtremeContact DWS 06 tires blend dry and wet road performance with wintertime slush and snow traction.
ExtremeContact DWS 06 tires feature Continental’s SportPlus Technology, which combines enhanced handling, wet traction, and wear. An advanced silica-enhanced, all-season tread compound featuring +Saline additives increase wet grip and extend tread life. This compound is molded into a unique, asymmetrical tread design featuring Continental’s chamfered edges that help deliver maximum tread contact in dry conditions while traction grooves (ridges in the bottom of the tread grooves) enhance three-dimensional snow traction. Outboard shoulder macro blocks enhance responsiveness and cornering stability. Central independent blocks with x-sipes, separated by high-angle, criss-cross grooves provide the biting edges necessary to promote all-direction traction on wet roads and in light snow. Independent inboard shoulder blocks help disperse water to further hydroplaning resistance and foul-weather traction.
Now, if the aforementioned characteristics weren’t enough to sell you on this tire then consider this; the tire’s internal structure features twin steel belts reinforced with spirally wound jointless nylon cap plies to provide long-term integrity under high-speed conditions while reducing weight and helping provide more uniform ride quality. To add to that, ExtremeContact DWS 06 tires feature Quick View indicators to help identify vehicle misalignment concerns early in the tire’s life before wear patterns form, as well as confirm suitability for different driving condition through Tuned Performance Indicators. Tuned Performance Indicators are visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire’s performance levels. A visible “DWS” indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and snow. After the “S” has worn away, the remaining “DW” indicates the tire only has appropriate tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the “W” and “S” have both worn away, the remaining “D” indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only.
So catch a budget and get with a new set of Continentals because your tires are the only things holding you up. And consider this, some may say that all the technology infused into Continental tires are overkill, but just remember that it’s always better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!
AXALTA COATING SYSTEMS PAINT TIP OF THE MONTH
You Always Perform Well Under the Right Pressure!
In this August issue of the Lowrider Paint Tip, sponsored by the good paint folks from Axalta Coating Systems, we discuss the differences of air pressures (psi) when spraying either solvent or waterborne paint. You can always change your color just by adjusting your air pressure. Here is how this all works out.
The first step is to understand what it is you’re looking for. If you are looking for a high metallic course finish then you raise your air pressure anywhere from 2-6 pounds psi from what you are accustomed to usually spraying from your gun. If you lower your air pressure 2-6 pounds psi from what you are accustomed to spraying, you’ll get the opposite reaction. You will have a more saturated side cast along with your face color being darker and having that dirty effect look as well. This technique is very crucial when you are trying to spray a light metallic or spot blending a repair, so remember to always check your air pressure before you start tinting your color because sometimes you just don’t have to work that hard to achieve what you’re looking for.