The Squealing Tire

Tire Talk from the Experts at Discount Tire Company.

The Squealing Tire - Tire Talk from the Experts at Discount Tire Company.

A Smarter Tire For The Ones You Love. – Michelin Premier All Season

A Smarter Tire For The Ones You Love

Michelin Premier All Season

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A few years after college I started dating a beautiful young woman who eventually became my wife.  At the time, we lived on opposite sides of the city and there were about 20 miles of streets and freeways separating us.  It was a long drive, however, it was easy so we took turns driving it.

Late one summer evening during monsoon season, the rains hit the city pretty hard.  Exhausted from a business trip I decided to stay home but she still wanted to make the drive over.  Before she left we talked about the weather and I told her to be very careful and to take it slow.  We even talked about hydroplaning and what to do if it happened.  We told each other “I love you” and she said “I’ll see you soon”.

About 20 minutes later my cell phone rang.  It was a number I didn’t recognize and before I even picked up the phone I could feel something wasn’t right.  My heart sank.  Scared, I answered the phone and heard a shaken voice on the other end.  “Travis?…” she said.  My heart sank deeper and anxiously replied. “Are you okay? What happened?”  She told me she was okay but her truck wasn’t.  She had hydroplaned on the freeway.  She tried to keep the truck straight but it slid sideways and when it gained traction again it was up on two wheels crossing 4 lanes.  As she tried to correct it she then over corrected, swerved the opposite direction and crossed back over the same 4 lanes.  Her truck then struck another vehicle that had also spun out of control from hydroplaning.  When her truck stopped it was on its side.  Relieved that the wreck was over and she remained unhurt, she immediately feared that she had hurt someone else.  Luckily, emergency crews were already on the scene for the previous hydroplane accident and no one was in the vehicle that her truck had hit.

Today, every time it rains, before getting in our vehicles, my wife and I remember that day.  This happened 8 years ago, (my wife and I now have two young daughters) and safely driving on wet roads has become even more of a concern for us.

Tire designers and engineers at Michelin are also concerned for driver safety. After more than 2 years of development they have just launched a brand new tire that’s like nothing else currently on the market.

PremierAS_4At a quick glance the new Michelin Premier All Season doesn’t look that different from other passenger all season tires. With wet traction and safety as the number one concern Michelin engineers have done something truly unique.  The Premier All Season has been designed with a tread pattern that changes as it wears.  Michelin describes it best, Its tread doesn’t simply wear down — it evolves. Hidden grooves, buried in the rubber, emerge. Rain grooves actually widen….”  Add to this, other Michelin advanced tire technologies and the new Premier All Season tire is able to give the consumer maximum wet weather performance throughout the tires life, not just when it’s new.  Michelin also created the video below to describe their new innovative Michelin Premier All Season tire that is safe when new AND safe when worn.

So, the time has almost come for us to put a new set of tires on our family car.  Its not a fancy car by any means (’99 Honda Accord) but what we put in it is priceless; ourselves and our daughters.  Like many families, buying a safe tire that handles wet roads and stops fast when we need it most is VERY important to us. When the time comes, this tire will be at the top of my list for a replacement.

Michelin Premier All Season

Michelin Premier All Season: New vs. 50% Worn (click to enlarge)

 

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Crown King Crawl to the Clouds – A Ride to Raise Discount Tire Event

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Crown King Crawl to the Clouds

A Discount Tire Ride to Raise Family Event

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March 15th is almost here! Tighten up those suspension bolts, grab your tow straps and get ready for this year’s Crown King Crawl to the Clouds event.

The Arizona Region and Discount Tire Direct have joined forces to make this years Crown King run the best Discount Tire off road event yet!    Join us for a great day on the trail, lunch and some awesome raffle items.  Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Bruce T. Halle Employee Assistance Fund.

Here are the details:

Who is invited? – Discount Tire employees and family.

What is it? –  A one day 4×4 adventure from the outskirts of Phoenix to Crown King, AZ.

Where is it? –  This event will start outside of Phoenix, just north of Lake Pleasant (please see map below for directions and exact GPS coordinates) and end in the old mining town of Crown King.

(click to download map to start): Crown King Crawl to the Clouds Start Location Map

When is it? – Sunday, March 15th.  Drivers meeting at 7:00 am. The first group will take off at 8:00 am.

Why are we doing it? – For years Discount Tire’s founder, Bruce T. Halle, has been giving back to Discount Tire employees.  In order to help this cause proceeds generated from this event will be donated to the Bruce T. Halle Discount Tire Employee Assistance Fund.

How do I participate and what does it cost? –  Registration is required for each person attending this event.  The registration fee is $30.00 per person and must be paid online (see below).  Registration includes a T-shirt, BBQ lunch at the Mill Restaurant in Crown King and a raffle ticket.   Registration is available online now and ends Monday March 9th so sign up today!

How extreme is the trail and what types of vehicles are allowed? – High clearance 4×4 vehicles, ATV’s, UTV’s, and dirt bikes are all welcome to participate.  This trail is no highway.   For this run we’ll be taking the back road starting just north of Lake Pleasant off of Castle Hot Springs Rd.    This trail travels through the desert and climbs into the Bradshaw Mountains ending in the old mining town of Crown King.  Most of this trail is dirt and gravel but there are some sections and optional obstacles that will be difficult to pass if your vehicle does not have 4-wheel drive. More information and pictures of the trail: Everytrail Crown King Trail Map and Pictures

Things to bring (recommended):

  • Participants are required to find their own transportation for this ride  however, if you are interested in participating and you haven’t been able to find a ride please email eric.vanbrunt@discounttire.com.  We will do our best to help find you an empty seat.
  • Drinks and snacks:  Lunch will be included with your registration but each vehicle should pack enough drinks and snacks for the entire day. Alcohol is not permitted.
  • First Aid kit, 4×4 recovery gear, 2-way radio
  • Hat, Sunglasses, Sweatshirt, Sun Screen, TP (you never know)
  • Camera
  • Full tank of gas

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Discount Tire Drive and Seek Challenge – Tierra Del Sol

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Tierra Del Sol 2014 #DriveandSeek

Welcome to the Discount Tire Drive and Seek Challenge.  You and a teammate are challenged to complete twelve of fifteen creative off road tasks during the 2014 Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari.  Teams that complete the Drive and Seek challenge will be eligible to enter to WIN one set of (5) NEW American Outlaw Wheels (up to 18″, machined or painted finishes only) and a few other great prizes.  ALL teams that enter and complete Drive and Seek task list with photo proof by the deadline will receive a prize for finishing.

Things you will need:

  • A Teammate and a Team Name:  Each team must have a minimum of 2 people.  Each teammate can only participate on 1 team.
  • A Super Awesome (or not so awesome) 4×4 vehicle:  High clearance and 4-wheel drive required.
  • A Camera, or Mobile Device with a camera:  We will review your task photos for proof of completion.
  • Food and Drink: Plenty of water and some snacks/lunch to keep you hydrated and energized.
  • Discount Tire’s 2014 Drive and Seek Challenge Official Task list for Tierra Del Sol Entry form – Download and Print here: Official Discount Tire Drive and Seek Challenge Task List Entry Form for Tierra Del Sol 2014 

Other Items to consider

  • GPS Device, First Aid kit, 4×4 Recovery Gear, CB,
  • Official Tierra Del Sol Map (located in the official Safari Newspaper)
  • Hat, Sun Glasses, Sun Screen, TP (you never know.)
  • Some awesome tunes.
  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media accounts to share all your awesome pictures.

Where and when does it start?  You can download and print out the official Drive and Seek Challenge Tierra Del Sol Task Sheet now (links to task sheet above and below) and start as soon as you get to the 2014 Tierra Del Sol Event.  Participating teams can also visit Discount Tire during tech inspection Friday, February, 28th starting at 1PM.  (Look for the Discount Tire teardrop banners.)  We will be handing out entry swag bags to the first 50 teams.

Where and when does it end?  Teams that complete the challenge and want to enter to win a set of American Outlaw Wheels must submit their entry forms with photo proof to a Discount Tire representative at the Falken Tire Vendor booth on Saturday, March 1st from 2PM–5PM.

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ENTRY PRIZES: The first 50 teams to sign up in person during tech inspection Friday, February 28th will receive a welcome packet with a few small swag items.

COMPLETED ENTRY PRIZES:  Each team that turns in a completed entry form, with photos for proof, will be entered to win one of three great prizes.  They will also be guaranteed a consolation prize.   One team will be randomly selected to win our Grand Prize:  One set of five American Outlaw Wheels (up to 18″, painted or machine finishes only) for the team’s Drive and Seek 4×4 vehicle.  2 Teams will be randomly selected to win Nitto Tire duffle bags. Winners will be contacted directly.

SOCIAL MEDIA PRIZES:  #DriveandSeek On top of our random entry giveaways each team member will also be eligible to win a Discount Tire/ Falken Tire Lunch bag through select social media platforms.  Post or upload your Team’s Ride and Seek photos to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag them with #DriveandSeek.  Each photo is worth 1 chance to win! 2 winners from each social media platform (6 winners total) will be randomly selected on Friday, March 14th.   Winners will be contacted directly.  Teams do not have to complete the Drive and Seek Challenge to be eligible to win a social media prize.  Be sure to “Like” Discount Tire on facebook at facebook.com/discounttire, follow us on Instagram “Discount_Tire” and follow us on Twitter “@discounttire” .

Download and Print: Official Discount Tire Drive and Seek Challenge Task List Entry Form for Tierra Del Sol 2014

 

#DriveandSeek Instagram Photo Entries: 

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***Official Sweepstakes Rules: Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia over the age of 18. All employees of Discount Tire/America’s Tire and all associated agencies and each of their respective affiliates, sales representatives, distributors, licensees or agents (all of the foregoing, together with Sponsor, collectively referred to as “Sweepstakes Entities”), and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) are ineligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. Teams that complete twelve(12) official tasks, including the required tasks will be eligible to win prizes. One entry per team. Prize winners will be selected at random and winners will be contacted directly.  One(1) team will win one(1) set of 5 American Outlaw Wheels up to 18″ in painted or machine finishes only and two Nitto duffle bags. Two additional teams will receive two Nitto duffle bags.  All completed entries must be submitted in person by 5PM pacific time March 1st, 2014.  Each team member is also eligible to win prizes by submitting photo entries via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  All photo entries must be posted by Thursday, March 13th, 2014. Two winners from each platform will be selected at random to win a Discount Tire Falken Tire lunch bag. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Entry into the sweepstakes constitutes your full and unconditional acceptance of these official rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Petrol Eyewear Giveaway

Petrol Eyewear Giveaway

PETROL EYEWEAR GIVEAWAY!

Discount Tire and Petrol Eyewear have teamed up to give away TEN pairs of Petrol Sunglasses.   

How do I enter?

Entering the Discount Tire Petrol Eyewear Giveaway is easy! From Thursday, Aug 29th to Monday, September 30th submit your photo (must be taken by you) of your favorite road, track or trail for your chance to win a pair of Petrol Bondi Sunglasses.  Entries can be uploaded to Instagram with hashtag  #YourJourneyStartsHere or they can emailed to forums@discounttire.com.  Please include the name of your favorite road, track or trail with your submission. If you choose to enter your photo via email please title the subject of your email “YourJourneyStartsHere”and include your name, address, and phone number in the body of the email as well.  

When does the Petrol Eyewear Giveaway start and end?

Photos must be submitted between August 29th and September 30th, 2013.  Deadline for entries is midnight Monday September 30th, 2013. Winners will be contacted after Monday September 30th, 2013.

What will the winners win?

Ten lucky winners will be randomly selected Friday September 30th, 2013 to win a pair of Petrol Bondi Sunglasses.  The winners will be contacted directly through Instagram or by email, see official rules*** below.

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Petrol Bondi Sunglasses

“Developed by automotive enthusiasts and endorsedby professional race car drivers, Petrol Eyewear offers superior driving optics designed to increase depth perception, sharpen vision, reduce eye fatigue, and protect the wearer from harmful UV and high-intensity visible light. Our passion and focus is driving, but within our collection you will find styles suitable for most any pursuit where a high-quality polarized lens is essential.” –Petroleyewear.com 

How will the winners be selected?

The winner will be selected at random. One entry per person.

 

Entries! The latest “#YourJourneyStartsHere” Petrol Sunglasses Entries Submitted Via Instagram:

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Harlan Ky OHV Park  by JWhver

Harlan Ky OHV Park by JWhver

Dahlonego GA By Adam S.

Dahlonego GA By Adam S.

CA120 through Yosemite National Park by Brian C.

CA120 through Yosemite National Park by Brian C.

Leopold Lake Park by James J

Leopold Lake Park by James J.

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas Creek, WA by  Jeff S

Douglas Creek, WA by  Jeff S.

Rooster Rock on the Swamp Lake Trail by Connie S.

Rooster Rock on Swamp Lake Trail by Connie S.

Mary's Peak in Benton County, Oregon by Johnny M.

Mary’s Peak in Benton County, OR by Johnny M.

Baby Lion's Back, near Moab Utah by Craig U.

Baby Lion’s Back, near Moab Utah by Craig U.

 

Road to Lake Michigan in Pentwater, Mi by Sarah A.

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Snelling Highway in Central California by Sam S.

Snelling Highway in Central CA by Sam S.

Mike S. Road Unknown

Mike S. Road Unknown

Rt129 aka "The Dragon" by Mike L.

Rt129 aka “The Dragon” by Mike L.

GreenHorn Creek trail head by Mike F

GreenHorn Creek trail head by Mike F

Talladega by Mike D.

Talladega by Mike D.

Summit Racing Motorsports Park by Michael C.

Summit Racing Motorsports Park by Michael C.

Fox to Hugg Hollow by John K.

Fox to Hugg Hollow by John K.

Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in Gilbert  MN. by David W.

Iron Range OHV Rec. Area Gilbert MN. by David W.

Mine Rd, South Hill area in KY by David C.

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The Road to the Marina by Tim S.

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***Official Sweepstakes Rules: 0Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia over the age of 18. All employees of Discount Tire/America’s Tire and all associated agencies and each of their respective affiliates, sales representatives, distributors, licensees or agents (all of the foregoing, together with Sponsor, collectively referred to as “Sweepstakes Entities”), and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) are ineligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. One entry per person. Grand prize winners will be contacted directly.  Only 10 people will win.  Winners will receive a Pair of Petrol Bondi Sunglasses not to exceed $100.00 in value.  All entries must be submitted by 12:00pm Pacific time September 30th, 2013.   All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Entry into the Sweepstakes constitutes your full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Rules. Discount Tire is not responsible for any inappropriate content posted on Instagram.  Instagram is not affiliated with Discount Tire.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

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Driving With Your Eyes Closed – Blink of an Eye

Driving With Your Eyes Closed

The Blink Of An Eye

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Petrol Eyewear – Bondi Designed by Automotive Enthusiasts Endorsed by Professional Race Car Drivers

We demand a lot from our eyes while driving.  We depend on them to see where we are going and to help us judge distance.  We depend on our eyes to read street markings, lights and road signs.  Our eyes enable us to watch out for hazards, pedestrians and animals.  We expect our eyes to focus on the distance in one instant and then refocus on our dash, our radio and in our mirrors in another instant.   The amount of information that our eyes see and allow us to process while driving is truly astonishing… but what about what we don’t see while driving?  What do we miss when we blink?

I recently received a new pair of driving sunglasses by Petrol Eyewear and in a roundabout way they inspired me to wonder…  How much of our driving is done with our eyes closed?

What if I took vehicle speed, time and distance traveled, average blink rate and blink speed… could I figure out a total distance driven while blinking?  Hmm… Here’s my interesting (but likely useless!) findings.

First, according to Wikipedia the average human blinks about once every 6 seconds and that blink lasts for 100-400 milliseconds (average 1/4 per second).  There are many variables that effect blink rate and duration, but for our purposes I’ll just use the nice tidy 1/4 second duration for calculations.

Our Daily Commute in the Blink of an Eye

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How much of your morning commute is done with your eyes closed?

A 1/4 of a second doesn’t sound like much, but what does it equate to for the average driver on their daily commute?  Well, let’s say our morning drive takes about 15 minutes and we average about 35 miles per hour.  At 35 mph, you’ll travel almost 13 feet in the time it takes you to blink! That’s slightly longer than a standard 2-door Mini Cooper!

Now, consider the 10 blink per minute average from Wikipedia. In the 15 minutes it took us to complete our drive we would have blinked 150 times. That means that we spent over 1/3 of a mile (about 1920 feet) WITH OUR EYES CLOSED!!!

Our Road Trip or Weekend Getaway in the Blink of an Eye

Phoenix to San Diego in the Blink of an Eye

When driving from Phoenix, AZ to San Diego, CA the average driver blinks over 3,100 times.

What about  a summer road trip?  About 3 times per year I take my family to visit my sister and her family in San Diego.  Google estimates the drive to take about 5 hours 15 minutes and its aroud 360 miles.  Using Google’s estimates we’ll average about 68.6mph and at this speed, we’ll travel 25.2 feet every time we blink.  That’s just shy of the length of a standard UPS truck!   By the time we arrive in San Diego, after blinking 3,150 times, we have just missed over 15 miles of our trip because our eyes were closed.

What does a blink of an eye mean to professional race car driver?

In racing, the blink of an eye can mean the difference between winning and losing.  Let’s punch some real world numbers for three different professional motor sports; Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Best in the Desert Racing and NASCAR.

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Pikes Peak Road to the Summit

Would you drive 1/2 mile of this road with your eyes closed at an average speed of 70mph? – Doug Siddens would.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb challenges drivers in a race against time as they sprint to the finish located at the summit of Pikes Peak over 14,000 feet up.  For everyday visitors the road to the summit is a leisure 20-35 mph scenic drive.  It starts in the tall pines and slowly climbs up above the tree line. Eventually, after 156 turns (many of which are switchbacks) you arrive at the summit.

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Doug Siddens travels over 25 1/2 feet per blink at 69.84mph during the PPIHC Race.

In 2012 Doug Siddens raced a home built Polaris RZR and finished the 12.42 mile race in a class record time of 10:40.669.  This means he averaged 69.84 MPH and traveled over 25.6′ each time he blinked.  After reaching the summit Siddens had just driven over 1/2 a mile of the steep, switchback mountain road with his eyes closed!  I have driven this road myself and considering the conditions… I think I would want to tape my eyes open if I were to race it.

Best In The Desert Vegas to Reno Race in the Blink of an Eye

Best in the Desert Vegas To Reno 2013 Race

How many blinks will it take driver Mel Wade to pass the wrecked competition on the left?

In an opposite ecosystem, desert racing can also yield some interesting conclusions.  In 2013 Mel Wade of Off Road Evolution took on the longest off road race in the United States, the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race.  This race is a 548 mile long endurance sprint through desert terrain connecting Las Vegas and Reno, NV.  Maintaining speed in this race is very difficult but Wade was able to reach a top speed over 95mph and, after considering all pits and on track repairs, his average speed was 30.14mph.  After the checkered flag was waved, and the dusted had settled, Wade’s finish time of 18:11 meant that he had blasted through over 22.6 desert miles with his eyes closed.

NASCAR Nationwide U.S. Cellular 250 in the Blink of an Eye

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Brad Keselowski drove over 10 laps during the U.S Cellular 250 with his eyes closed.

As I round the last corner in my motorsports calculations I decided I want to go fast and turn left just like Discount Tire’s NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski.  In 2013 Brad Keselowski won the Nationwide U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.  His total race time was 1:56:58.  During the 218.75 mile race Keselowski averaged 112.211mph.  This means that every time he blinked, Keselowski traveled an average of 41.1 feet!  That is almost 2 1/2 NASCAR car lengths. (think about that next time you watch a race) After the checked flag had flown Keselowski had driven 9.12 miles of the race with his eyes closed.  Considering the Iowa Speedway track is .875 miles long this means Brad Keselowski had driven almost 10.5 laps…. WITH HIS EYES CLOSED!

Final thoughts in the Blink of an Eye

Now, the reality is that we blink only about one time every six seconds.  One could argue that during our blink we can still see to some extent until our eyelids are almost all the way shut.  Perhaps, my accumulative calculations might be able to be cut shorter.  Anyway you dice it,  its still fun to think about.

I’m pretty excited to have a new pair of sunglasses to try out.  After a deeper look into the brand, Petrol claims their optics “increase depth perception, sharpen vision, reduce eye fatigue, and protect the wearer from harmful UV and high-intensity visible light“.   If their sunglasses do indeed improve the performance of my eyes and reduce eye fatigue,  maybe I’ll blink less while driving and get to see more of what I have been missing.

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Video: Teraflex Trail Review – The Rubicon Trail

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The Rubicon Trail – Teraflex Trail Review

The Rubicon Trail is one of the most iconic 4×4 trails in the United States.  It’s a Jeeper’s dream trail and its at the top of many 4×4 enthusiast’s bucket lists.  The Rubicon Trail is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and runs approximately 16 miles from the gold mining town of Georgetown, California to scenic Lake Tahoe.  It can be run in either direction.

While the majority of 4×4 enthusiasts may rate the Rubicon Trail as a 10 today, other more hardcore 4-wheelers will rate it a mere 7 out of 10 in difficulty.  Take a ride with Dennis Wood from Teraflex as he reviews the Rubicon Trail during the 2013 Jeep Jamboree.  Wood shows us the ins and outs of the trail today.  He also shows us how the trail is quickly evolving and recalls video footage from some of the most well known obstacles on the trail from just 2 years ago (2011).

Along with some excellent Rubicon Trail video footage, Wood also gets a chance to speak with trail veteran Mark Smith from the Jeep Jamboree.  Smith tells us that the first Jeep Jamboree was run almost 60 years ago and its main objective was to encourage tourism in the town of Georgetown.  Little did he know that the Rubicon Trail would become the famous trail that it is today.

With the help of the Jeep Jamboree, 4×4 enthusiasts and 4×4 clubs of the past and the future,  the Rubicon Trail will remain as one of the greatest 4×4 trails in the United States.

Ride along with Dennis Wood as he reviews the Rubicon Trail.

How To Make A Tire Swing: Drill, Cut, Sew and Burn?

How to make a Tire SwingDrill, Cut, Sew and Burn? – How To Make A Tire Swing

Tire Swing Challenge (part 3)

If you want to know “How to make a tire swing” you’ve come to the right place.  An old tire, some strong rope and a tree is really all you need to make a traditional tire swing but you’ll need a few more items if you want to make one of these Unique Tire Swings.  After challenging each other to a tire swing build off Don, Matt and Travis came up with some not so traditional tire swings that are sure to make your neighbors jealous.   Don’s “Tire Sling” may be the most fun to swing and spin around in.  Matt’s “Tire Fighter” demands all of the neighborhood kids to pile on and Travis’s “Comfort Lounger” will let you kick back and remember your favorite summer nights.

So how do you make one of these awesome tire swings?  Don, Travis and Matt, show us how.

How to Make a Tire Swing

How to Make a Tire Swing  Don's Tire Sling How to make a Tire Swing: Don’s “Tire Sling”

Don’s simple “Tire Sling” will have you and your kids twisting, spinning and laughing the day away. You can build one of these in about one hour and for under $20.00.  Click here to make your own “Tire Sling”.

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 How to Make a tire swing Travis's Comfort Lounger How to Make A Tire Swing: Travis’s “Comfort Lounger”

Travis’s “Comfort Lounger” invites you grab a cold beverage, kick back, and enjoy the summer afternoon.  In about 3 hours and for under $20 you too could make your own “Comfort Lounger”.

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How to Make a tire swing Matt's Tire FighterHow to Make a Tire Swing: Matt’s “Tire Fighter”

You don’t need a team of Star Troopers in order to build Matt’s “Tire Fighter” but you will need about $40.00 and around 3 hours to make it.  Blast your kids into outer space and make a “Tire Fighter” of your own.

 

Why did our editors decide to build tire swings?  Click below to get caught up on Part 1 and 2 of their Tire Swing Challenge.

Tire Swing Challenge: Building an Awesome Tire Swing (Part 1 of 3) 

Tire Swing Challenge: Unique Tire Swing Concepts Revealed (Part 2 of 3) 

 

How to Make Travis’s “Comfort Lounger” Tire Swing

Travis's Comfor Lounger Tire Swing

How to Make a Tire Swing: Travis’s “Comfort Lounger”

Grab an ice cold beverage, lean back and swing away the warm summer afternoon.  While Don’s “Tire Sling” and Matt’s “Tire Fighter” may have an upper edge when it comes to fun, Travis’s Comfort lounger certainly takes the lead when it comes to relaxing.  Make a Comfort Lounger of your own and mom and dad may fight over who gets to swing first.

What you will need:  Materials: (1) Large diameter tire (for main swing), (1) additional tire (any size for head rest), 25′ of inexpensive 1/4″ rope, (5) 1/4″x 2″ bolts, (10) Large washers, (5) Locking nuts, and your favorite color spray paint.  Tools:  Safety glasses, Mechanics gloves, Electric drill, 3/8″ Drill bit, Utility knife, Electric grinder, Metal cut off wheel for grinder, 1/4″ Wrenches, and Magic marker.

Travis selected a 305/45R22 for the main seat of his swing.  He hoped that the width would be wide enough for a comfortable seat and he hoped that the diameter was large enough so that his “lounger” would provide plenty of support.  He later selected a 305/30R20 tire to build his headrest.

Steps to Make Travis’s Comfort Lounger Tire Swing:

  • Travis first cut both sidewalls of the main tire a little more than 1/2 way around its circumference.  He then pushed the tread down into the center and cut more until the seat could be manipulated into the “J -shape” he desired.

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  • After tying the tread in place, he then marked the tire and drilled holes that would be used to sew the tread into place.

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  • He then clamped the tire together with a large C-clamp and sewed the tread into place using the inexpensive 1/4″ rope.

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  • He then decided to give it a test run…

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  • The test run was a success so he was now ready to add a headrest.  Using the smaller second tire(305/30R20), he first removed both sidewalls.  He then cut a 2.5′ length of tread to be used as a head rest.

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  • After mocking up two different headrest options he settled on his second design.  He next marked and drilling holes for the headrest.  He then bolted it to the swing using (4) 1/4″ X 2″ bolts, 8 large washers and 4 locking nuts.

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  • For the finishing touches he decided that a “Comfort Lounger” couldn’t reach its full “comfort” potential without a cup holder and a patriotic paint job.  Travis used some leftover tread from the smaller 305/30R20 tire to craft a cup holder and with a little trial and error he came up with a creative solution.  He then busted out some rattle cans and pulled the entire thing together with some color.

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  •  After the paint had dried he bolted the drink holder to the swing using the remaining hardware and the Comfort Lounger was finished!

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Comfort Lounger Tire Swing

 

How to Make Don’s “Tire Sling” Tire Swing

Don's Tire Sling Tire Swing

How to Make a Tire Swing: Don’s “Tire Sling”

Between Travis’s “Comfort Lounger”, Matt’s “Tire Fighter”, and Don’s “Tire Sling”, Don may have hit the fun factor right on the nose.  Climb into Don’s Tire Sling and you will find yourself spinning, swinging, throwing your weight back and hanging on for a super fun ride.   Don’s Tire Sling is simple to make, light weight and its unique design invites your friends and family to try it out.

What you will need: Materials: (1) Large tire, (1) Small 1/4″ rope ~ 5′ long, (1) Large wooden dowel (a wooden shovel handle would work too).  Tools: Safety glasses, Utility knife, Electric drill and a drill bit the size of your wooden dowel or shovel handle.

Don selected a used 275/50R20 for his Tire Sling.  The large diameter would yield an opening that is easy to climb in and out of and its wide 275mm width would make for a wide comfortable seat as well.

Steps to Make Don’s Tire Sling:

  • First, Don used his utility knife to carefully cut and remove both of the tire’s sidewalls.

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  • He then pinched the tread together to designate a top and drilled a small (1/4″) pilot hole and then a larger hole (1″) for his handle.

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  • Next, he cut his shovel handle to the desired length (about 2 feet) and pushed it through the holes he had drilled. (This took some force and leverage)

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  • Don then secured the handle in place with rope and attached some birthday ribbons to the ends of the handles for some added flare. (bicycle handlebar tassels would also work great for this.)

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  • Don next spiced his “Tire Sling” up with some patriotic paint.

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  • Last, he suspended the swing from a tree branch by looping a tie down strap (a strong rope would work well too) through the top loop of the tread and….   Wallah! He was ready for some fun!

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Pikes Peak Open Wheel Class Driver Rodney O’Maley Interview

Pikes Peak Open Wheel Class

PPIHC Driver Rodney O’Maley poses in front of his Custom Built Open Wheel Class Race Car

Discount Tire’s own Rodney O’Maley, Assistant Store Manager at COS 02 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, made his 4th attempt at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this year.  Rodney competes in the Pikes Peak Open Wheel Class in a car he and his brother built together.  After putting down a solid 2013 run time of 12:22.250 Rodney placed 3rd in his class.  We had a chance to speak with Rodney and he was happy to share some insights about his car and how he got into racing.

Discount Tire:  How long have you been Racing?

O’Maley:  “I have been into Hill Climb Racing my entire life.   When I was growing up my dad raced a stock car and then moved to racing a quad so ever since I can remember I have been around it.  I started racing when I turned 14 in the JR class for the Colorado Hill Climb Association.  In 2005 I turned 16 and decided I was ready to make my first attempt at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb so I entered the Super Sprint Class. (Pretty much same as open wheel just has a limit on motor size and more weight rules.)  After that, I took few years off but I decided to return to Pikes Peak in 2011.  I entered the Pikes Peak Open Wheel Class and have been racing in it ever since.   This year makes three consecutive years and I plan to continue that streak for many more.”

Discount Tire: What is your favorite part about the Pikes Peak race?

O’Maley: “Its hard to narrow it down to one favorite but I think my favorite part about racing on Pikes Peak is its one of a kind atmosphere.  No other race climbs almost 5,000 feet in a 12.5 mile course.  It has large drop offs and blind comers and, because its on a mountain, the track conditions can change very quickly.   You only get one chance at it on race day so you’ve got to make your run count.”

Discount Tire:  You race an awesome car.  Can you tell us about it?

O’Maley:  “My brother Earl and I built my current car over the winter of 2011 and spring 2012.  It has a mixture of design influences.  Some of the design came from my brother’s car that I ran back in 2005 (small, sleek, and in board suspension) and a few of its design influence came from of a Wells Coyote.  The motor is a turbo charged 3.0 liter Ford SHO from an early 90’s Taurus.  At the dyno we had about 350 HP.  This year I ran some custom Weld Racing 3 piece wheels with 15″ Michelin Rally Tarmac tires on the front and 18″ Michelin rain tires on the back.”

Discount Tire: What can you tell us about the Pikes Peak Open Wheel Class?

O’Maley: “I like the Pikes Peak Open Wheel Class.  I think the main reason I run in this class is because I like how open the rules are.  There is a lot of room to change the car and do what I want with it.  I have been able to keep my vehicle light weight and I still have enough power to compete against some of the higher powered, more expensive cars.  I also like the fact that my open wheel car exposes me to the elements.  I can feel the wind, hear my engine and see exactly where I’m pointing my tires.  It makes for a fun and challenging experience.” 

Discount Tire: Do you race in any other events?

O’Maley: “I do race 5-6 other events over the year in the Colorado Hill Climb Association.  The best way to explain it would be Pikes Peak but on a smaller scale.  It takes place on numerous different dirt roads around Colorado.  Practices are held on Saturdays and races are held on Sundays.  It is nice to get a chance to break the car in prior to Pikes Peak and make changes if needed.”

Discount Tire:  What racing goals do you have for the future?

O’Maley:  “One of my racing goals is to win the Pikes Peak Open Wheel Class and set a new record.  I would also like to set records in the Super Sprint Class in the Colorado Hill Climb Association races.   Maybe one day I’ll start doing some other forms of racing too just to try it out and see how I do.”

Discount Tire: How long have you been working at Discount Tire and what do you like best about it?

O’Maley: “I have been working for Discount Tire since 2006.  I am currently a Assistant Manager at COS 02.  My favorite part about working at Discount Tire is meeting new people.  Discount Tire gives me the tools to genuinely help people out and I love that.   I get to interact with customers, hear their stories and offer them professional recommendations that fit their needs.  I have a lot of fun at work and that really makes me enjoy it.”

Rodney plans to be back on the mountain again next year as he strives to set a new record and take home a first place trophy.  If you’re a Pikes Peak fan and you’d like to meet him, stop into the Discount Tire (COS02) located at, 770 Abbott Lane Colorado Springs, CO 80905.

Thanks to Rodney, here’s an on car video of his 2013 Pikes Peak Open Wheel Class run.

 

Catch more 2013 PPIHC articles here: 

2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Photo Gallery

Interview with Pikes Peak Hill Climb Driver Doug Siddens Post 2013 Race

Pre-Race Interview with Pikes Peak Hill Climb Race Driver Doug Siddens

Pictures of Rodney and his Pikes Peak Open Wheel Class Race Car

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