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Gv tires | Wheels and Tires




vancouver tiresPeople often use ‘wheels’ and ‘tires’ interchangeably, but these terms refer to different parts that have their own important functions. In short, the wheel, or rim, is the steel or aluminum, and the tire is the rubber part that meets the road.


Rims, or wheels, range in price, but a good quality rim can usually be purchased for under $100. Rims come in a variety of styles and sizes. While the type and style of rim is largely a personal choice, we generally recommend rims that aren’t too heavy for your car. Oversized, heavy steel rims on a small car can weigh the car down and decrease handling ability.


There are two different types of tire construction, radial and bias ply. Michelin designed the first radial tire. A radial, or radial ply tire, is designed with steel belts of the tire running at a 90 degree angle of the tread center line. Radial tires generally offer more stability and longer tread life. Radial tires are more resistant to cuts and punctures in the tread area,

A bias ply tire is made of various types of rubber and has nylon belts that run at a 30-45 degree angle of the tread center line. Bias tires have decreased heat dissipation and you can usually expect them to have a shorter lifespan than radial tires. Bias tires are often used on tractors and trailers.

Tires also come in seasonal varieties, such as winter, summer or all-season. The weather conditions you drive in will determine which tires you should use. It is recommended that you switch to winter tires when driving in conditions such as rain, snow, sleet or hail. Winter tires offer better traction, while summer and all-season tires offer better performance in dry, warm conditions.

Like wheels, tires come in a variety of sizes. It’s important to ensure that the tires you buy are the right size for your vehicle, in compliance with manufacturer’s recommendations.

At GV tires, we have a wide selection of new and used tires and wheels. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help with installation, tire rotation and alignment to ensure highest performance. You can trust us to help you choose the best tires and wheels for your vehicle at competitive prices.

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