What Are The Ideal Cars to Drift With?

We just need to have a quick recap as to what exactly drifting is. Drifting is a driving technique where by the driver purposefully oversteers the car, causing a loss of traction in the rear wheels through corners while keeping control of the car and then having a high exit speed. Please note that while this is a highly entertaining thing to attempt in the safe environment it must be mentioned that it is extremely dangerous and illegal on public streets. Furthermore, to that, without the correct maintenance there could be serious mechanical damage to your car as it is stressful on the vehicle’s workings.

Thanks to high octane adrenaline movies such as The Fast and The Furious drifting has become highly popular. In saying this, you can’t just climb into your Chev Spark and expect to get results and your friends cheering in delight as your slide around the race track. In fact, there are cars designed just for drifting. They have superior balance and handling to allow you to take corners and slick terrain with ease. While the movies show drifters doing these maneuvers at impossibly high speeds, non-professional drivers should not try to replicate it in real life. With that being said here are a couple of good cars you could use to replicate Tokyo Drift.

The Mercedes C230 Kompressor is a good start. Not well known for its drifting capability but this model is actually pretty good for it. With its rear-wheel drive and manual gear box you are in for a good time. Next up we have the Toyota Corolla AE86. A pretty much loved car by drifters all around the world. With it being fairly light and having a strong motor, the power to weight ratio is impressive. Look for a model anywhere from 1984 to 1992 and you will find they are pretty affordable as well. What would drifting be without mentioning this gem? The BMW M3 E46 is in a class of its own. Of course being a good car for drifting it is rear wheel drive that does not lack in the power and handling department. It is the newer and more improved version of the previous E36 which stood pretty good on its own as well.

Nissan have made many good cars in the past and how could we forget the 240sx S14. It has such a good reputation in beginner and professional circles. The more popular models fall under the 1994 – 1998 range. The entry level models come in with a 2.4L engine which gives you good bang for your buck. I think the reason most love this car is because it is easily upgradeable and fun to modify to suit your needs and requirements. Another Nissan model we can’t overlook is the ever popular Skyline R33 GTS-T. It comes with a 2.5L turbocharged engine which produces 280 BHP! Throw in a five-speed manual transmission and you are smiling all the way around the corners of a racetrack.

There are many choices out there, all with its pros and cons, ultimately it comes down to what you can afford and what you are looking to achieve from drifting.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Flat Tyre Left You Deflated?

Picture it, you are driving down to the coast for a well-deserved holiday and all of a sudden, you get a flat. You pull over, examine the damage and find out your back left tyre is the culprit. You reach for your phone to call your local AA. “NO SIGNAL” What to do now with your flat tyre?

Firstly, ensure you are parked off the road and safe from oncoming traffic, then turn on your emergency hazards to create extra awareness. Most passenger vehicles house their spare wheel and tools in the boot, some bigger vehicles have them on the back of the car or in the same cases under the vehicle in the rear.

There are a couple of tools you will need to equip yourself with now, namely; reflective triangle, car jack, wheel spanner and or a few bricks/rocks. Place your reflective triangle a couple of meters behind you so that traffic can see you easier. Take the brick or rock in case you don’t have with you and place it both sides of your front tyres to stop it from rolling while you are raising the vehicle. This is a very important safety step to follow. Well secured, you now take your wheel spanner and fit it to the wheel nuts, moving the wheel spanner anti clockwise until they are loose but not falling off yet. The two most common car jacks you get is a Hydraulic jack and a scissor jack. You will then place the jack under the vehicle in the appropriate manner and begin to pump or turn the jack. Do this motion in a controlled manner and not as fast as possibly as sudden movements may cause the vehicle to become unstable and potentially injure yourself.

Once the wheel is hanging freely, remove the lugs by hand. Pull the wheel off now towards yourself. Roll it to the back of the vehicle for storing later. By lining up the wheels’ holes first, it will make it easier to lift the wheel straight onto the car. Then tighten the nuts by hand. Tighten the bottom nut first to keep the wheel in place, follow this by tightening the remaining ones.

You will now need to start lowering the jack but pumping or turning in the opposite direction used when raising the vehicle. Once the jack is free from the weight of the vehicle, you must now use the wheel spanner to tighten all of the nuts. Tighten them as much as possible as the last thing you want while driving is a wheel travelling past you on the road. You may now pack your flat tyre wheel into the boot where you took the spare out of, fit all your tools nicely into their place. Well done you have just changed your flat tyre successfully.

Remember a spare wheel is not a permanent option and should only be used until you can get to your local tyre and wheel shop where they will assess the damage on the original tyre and offer you the best option going forward.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Rims Are a Wheel’s Best Friend

Its often said that diamonds are a lady’s best friend, when in fact it’s completely different to that. Having the right set of rims on your vehicle will make the world of difference to a somewhat unspoken feature. Did you know that the first rims were used on a car in 1895! That means they have been around for 125 years!

Purchasing new rims for your car can affect how it drive and feels. So, what makes up a wheel? Well you have certain things, namely, The Outboard Face; Centre Bore; Plate; Spokes; Rim; Bolt Circle and the Valve Stem Bore. Wheels can be made up using the following different materials, Steel, Aluminium Alloy and Carbon Fibre.

The rim, not to be confused with the wheel are completely different from one another. The rim is a cylindrical wheel outer edge that holds the tire on the wheel. The main function is to support and sea the wheel. Without the correct rim there will not be a proper fitting between the two which will then allow air to escape the tubeless tyre.

If you had to increase the size of your wheels and rims you would see many benefits. Firstly, you would experience improved grip and traction on the road. Also, you will be able to take corners in a safe manner as having a “bigger” tyre you have now increased the amount of contact you are making on the road surface. A few others would also include better braking and better appearance. Having bigger wheels can give your car a sportier look.

When buying or upgrading your rim you need to do some research. Tyre manufacturers list a range of recommended tyre widths for each specific tyre that is sold. Bolt pattern is also very important as your wheel’s bolt pattern needs to match that of your axles, although in some scenarios you can purchase adaptors that convert these bolt patterns to the desired setting.

Alloy rims give you much better handling as they light and made for performance however due to the nature of our roads in South Africa, its best to steer clear of potholes as they can lead to them crack and scratch very easily. Don’t let this worry you to much as there are repair shops designed for exactly this problem. Smaller rims on the other hand actually allow for less noise inside your car as there is more rubber between you and the road.

Its important to note that tiny metal debris and brake dust can accumulate on your rim over time, which can corrode away the meta of your rims, which would end up in an expensive repair or a worse case scenario of full replacement. This can be avoided by cleaning them often with a sponge and rim cleaner that can be purchased at most vehicle spares and parts shops. On top of that you might even look at getting a nice polish to use on your rims to give them that bright, shiny and new look once again!

Remember, rims are a massive component of your wheel so do take time in picking the right one.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

What Are Ideal Tyres For Drifting?

It’s a Sunday afternoon; you have jumped into your BMW M3 and headed down to your local race track. Fresh in your mind is the blockbuster you watched last night about a group of street racers who have drift competitions. This shouldn’t be too hard, should it?

The seeded under belly art of throwing your car into corners and drifting around them should be fun and more often than not exhilarating. However there is downside that will affect your pocket, the side you never see or really hear about.

One of the most important tools needed to drift successfully is tyres. After all you are trying to get the maximum possible speed when you drift your car in and out of corners. This does increase the wear and tear of your brakes, tyres and wheels just to name a few as well.

What you are looking for is a happy medium between your front tyres and your back. Your front tyres should have more tread and be inflated at the normal recommended pressure while your back tyres will be preferably more worn out and smoother with a slightly over inflated feel to it.

When choosing tyre sizes and profiles you need to keep in mind that ones with a smaller sidewall offer little protection to your wheels. Also, you will need to change your rear tyres more often than your front ones. For those who do drifting for competition purposes, they will often go through more than one set of tyres for each competition. This does become quite costly so best to do your research correctly in choosing the right brand for you.

So now you have chosen your specialised tyres, your wheels are right and you start drifting across the track. What is exactly happening to your vehicle during this motion? We’ll put simply, you accelerate to a hefty speed, as you approach the corner your turn into it very sharply which will then cause your rear tyres to lose grip with the road. They in turn start to spin out trying to grab any bit of traction they can muster; you then turn your steering wheel to the complete opposite direction you originally made to counter the spin and slide. Boom! You are now drifting, but it doesn’t end there. Now the seesaw battle of finding the right balance between steering and acceleration takes place. Like with anything, you need to practice it numerous times to get the feel of it.

Let’s look at this in a logical way, drifting is far from easy. There is reason not everyone goes drifting around shopping mall parking lots. If you are seriously looking at attempting this crazy adrenaline filled manoeuvre then it’s best to study the complete science behind it, then speak to experts in the field and let them kit your vehicle out with the correct tyres, wheels and suspension. Make your way to a racetrack that is a safe controlled environment and allow a professional to show you exactly how to do it.

In closing, it does cost money so remember “Burn rubber, not your pocket”

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Advantage of Having Alloy Wheels

Your little brother pulls into the driveway to show off his brand-new car, but you can’t help but stare at his wheels and tyres. Yes, the car is nice but the wheels on the car are beautiful. He steps out with the biggest grin ever displaying the car like a prize on the price is right. Still intrigued by the tyres you had to ask if the rims came with the car or did he have to purchase them separately. To your surprise they were not in fact the standard steel rims at all they were alloy wheels. You would have never imagined that aluminium wheels could look so good. When he left you decided to do a little research and were floored at the advantages of purchasing these types of tyres.

Not only are they beautiful but they offer so much more. In the past alloy wheels were normally only placed on luxury cars, but not anymore. More and more companies are adding this extra upgrade to modern cars of different makes and models. The endurance and strength are one of the perks of purchasing a car equipped with these wheels and tyres. You may not be driving a luxury vehicle but purchasing a car with these tyres will make you feel as if you were. Did you know that they also dissipate heat better than regular steel wheels? These amazing set of tyres have a less chance of brake failure compared to steel wheels as well. I don’t know what state you reside in but in ice and snow you can count on a better grip along with outstanding traction.

We don’t get a lot of snow and ice here in the Cape regions but when we get it, I can firmly attest that a lot of the people driving don’t have alloy wheels on their cars, not to mention don’t know how to drive on ice. But that’s another topic all together. Nevertheless, there is so many other added bonuses that I could spend all day talking about them. Because they hold less weight and are not your run of the mill steel wheels studies have shown that they can also help you save on gas. Now this added benefit alone is enough to be excited about. Who would have thought that deciding to choose between alloy and steel would save you money at the gas pump?

Now let’s revisit braking, now in any busy city especially in bumper to bumper traffic you will find yourself hitting the brakes quite often. But fret not, because by choosing these amazing aluminium wheels braking is less abrasive and wheel hop is reduced. You also don’t have to worry about corrosion and rust. Your tyres also tend to hold up a lot better and you don’t have to be worried about having a flat because your wheels dissipate heat as mentioned before. Now I for one am starting to rethink my purchase of my not so fancy steel wheels and look into other options. If I can’t ride in luxury, I sure would like to look like I am.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Dangers of Driving With Smooth Tyres

There are all different kinds of tyres out there on the road. The important thing to understand is the difference between them all. There are all-season tyres, winter, and summer tyres. However any of these can get worn down and become smooth wheels. This is not to be confused with summer tyres which tend to have a different thread that is better for driving during the summer time.

Smooth tires are those that are completely worn down so low that the rubber only shows a flat surface being thread-less. For a drag racer that may not be a bad thing because drag racers use smooth tyres with no thread on them for hot summer laps. However when you’re driving on the road with smooth tires this can really cause a lot of issues.

The first issue is, you’re not going to be able to drive in the rain. You can just forget about that now. When you’re driving in the rain, regular tires have a specific thread shape on it that helps the water past and flow through in a specific direction. A flow that helps the tire continues to have traction and stick to the road. What happens if you lose traction? This is a little thing called hydroplaning. That’s any driver’s worst nightmare when driving in the rain!

During hydroplaning, all the wheels or any of the tires that are in contact with rain or puddles completely lift off the road, at this point it has zero traction or grip on the road. This will give you the least amount of control when you’re driving, which means you’re accident rate potential is going to be imminent. The only way you’ll be able to stop in time is if there is no-one else in front of you and you have plenty of roads available. Let’s hope that you’re not hydroplaning around a corner, turn, bend or roundabout because you will spin out.

This is just scratching the surface when it comes to driving with smooth wheels. Another issue to keep in mind now is that you’re going to be more prone to punctures on the road. Have you ever driven through a road that has a few rocks? You park your car, check your wheel, and see those pebbles stuck in between the thread of your wheel! Sometimes even a nail that didn’t go through somehow. Well, with smooth wheels that’s not going to happen. You’re going to encounter these sharp objects, and any one of them can be just like a knife to your wheel. One of the worst feelings while driving shortly follows. A flat tyre!

Lastly let’s talk about winter tyres. Winter tyres tend to be the most equipped for dealing with snow. Their thread is perfect when crunching over inches of powdery white snow. Some cars can even go through 20 inches of snow no problem! But what happens if you attempt to drive in the snow with smooth tyres? This is what we call the Scooby-Doo. You’re just going to be stuck, moving in place, but not go anywhere at all. The car will have no traction the tyres will lift off the ground and spin out.

Now that we understand the dangers of driving with smooth tyres, it is always important to be able to check the thread constantly. This is so that you don’t catch or find yourself in any of the situations that we talked about above. A good rule of thumb is to keep a penny around in the car. If you put a coin on the thread of your wheels and you see the coins print in any of the wheels, even one of them, you know that you’re in danger of smooth tyres.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

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A New Year Brings New Dreams

The New Year is filled with new dreams, ideas and plans. It’s always good to have a goal or a dream that allows you to improve your life. Everyone should have a dream and a way to reach that dream. Hopefully this year you will be able to reach your dreams or to achieve the goals you set for yourself.

If you love cars and have a specific car in mind that you want to get this year, or maybe next year, then set your goal and work towards achieving it. Find an image of this dream car and place it in area where you can see it often. This will motivate you to work hard in order to achieve it. When you have a chance go to the dealer and get the information on the car you want. Perhaps take it for a test drive. This will increase your motivation and when you are motivated with the goal in mind, you can achieve it sooner. It’s all about keeping your eyes on the prize.

Maybe this year you want to add a few enhancements on your car. Perhaps you want to get a new set of modern wheels fitted with the best tyres. A beautiful modern set of mag wheels will give your car an instant facelift that your friends will notice. Browse through a wheel supplier’s website and decide what type of wheels you want. Find out what the costs will be and set your target then work towards it. You can also go back to the website often to check on wheels and tyres for sale. Hopefully you can get the set of wheels that you want at a discount. Stay focused on the end result.

The New Year is a good time to set goals. Whatever your dreams and goals are this can be the year that you reach it. Make sure that you write it down and get pictures of what you want to keep you motivated and focused on the goal. When you persevere and stick to the plan you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Why You Should Rotate Your Tyres Periodically

Tyres should be rotated periodically for a number of different reasons. They are simply your sole connection to the road. Believe it or not, many drivers do not even pay attention to their wheels or tyres, which can possibly then turn into a hazard. Rotating tyres really depends on if your vehicle is front, rear, or all-wheel drive. They will all wear at different rates so it is important that you take note. Regardless, they need to be rotated and you should have them serviced when it is time to do so to avoid any damage and costly repairs to your car.

If you have a front wheel drive vehicle, the vehicle will use the front wheels to steer, brake, and put power down to the pavement. This simply means that your front wheels will end up wearing out a lot quicker than the rear ones. Rotating them will simply mean that this will give your back ones time to catch up with the front. This will in turn even out the extended life of each tyre. It is important that this is done as frequently as needed. Usually every car manual will inform you on how often you will need to rotate them.

You want to make sure that each wheel is in great working order and the only way to do this is by having them rotated as needed. Sometimes people will have them rotated when they go in for an oil change. Depending on how often your car needs an oil change, rotating each wheel may be beneficial at each oil change appointment. Cupping and blistering are two common problems that may arise during an inspection of each tyre. These can result from potholes and tears from pinching.

If you have rear wheel drive, you will simply rotate the back and front to give them even wear. As far as all-wheel drive goes, criss-crossing them is the only method used to make sure that all of them have adequate wear. Another thing to take into consideration are sizes of each wheel. Some of them are designed to rotate in one direction only. Special attention needs to be made. The best thing to do is rotate them because it will save money in the long run. The cost of each wheel is a lot more than a routine rotation. Avoiding rotation can cause a lot of problems and of course cause you to spend more money in the long run.

Your manual as well mechanics are useful resources when it comes to getting information from rotation of each tyre on your car. They can tell you how often this needs to be done. It can be just once a year or even a couple of times a year. Many things are taken into consideration but it is your main job to make sure that it is being taken care of as much as needed. Every mechanic can definitely stress the important of tyre rotation so always make sure you stay on top of yours.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

What Can Cause A Slow Puncture

When it comes to driving, there are a lot of different aspects that play into it. It is no longer just getting behind the wheel and driving. It is always good to do a quick visual inspection of the vehicle before you even get in it. Then being sure to do your daily, monthly and yearly maintenance. This can help ensure that your car will run efficiently and last you as long as possible. A motor is a machine that must be taken care of in order to ensure a long lasting car. One place that often sees trouble is the tyres. Slow leaks can be damaging, here are a few things that can cause a slow leak.

Nails

Nails often times are the culprit of a fast leak, however, if the nail hasn’t pushed all the way through the tyre, then the leak could be slow. Small nails or nails that are split in half can just go partially through the tyre. If they stay in the tyre, you may not even notice them until you go out and your tyre is slightly deflated. It is very common to pick up nails in parking lots as well as in gutters. Anywhere that water runs off and potentially can have debris. Although you can fill your tire back up to recommended pressure briefly, it is always best to have the tyre checked and fixed. This will help ensure that you don’t cause damage to the tyre or rim.

Tire Damage

A tire that is damaged or not put together right can have a slow leak. If you notice that your tire is wearing funny and is also slow leaking then you may have an issue with how your tire is put together or how your car is aligned. This is an issue that you would need to go to a shop to resolve. Along with that, any sun damage or weather damage can cause a slow leak. If you are using older tyres that have spent a lot of time in the sun, it could have damage due to sun cracking.

Small Debris

If you have recently drove through a debris ridden area or on a dirt or damaged road, it is always a good idea to do a brief check of your car tyres. This is because small debris can cause a slow leak. Things like small pieces of metal or ‘alligator tails’ left by truck tyres that have blown, can cause damage to your tyres.

Temperature Changes

When the weather gets colder, the particles in the air in your tire start to move closer and closer together. So you don’t have a leak, but the pressure in your tyres can reduce enough to have problems with your tyre. Always check your pressures during the colder months.

There are alot of different reasons that you could have a slow leak. From temperature changes to nails tyre slow leaks are very common. Have your wheels checked regularly to avoid any bad or unwanted surprises while you are on the road.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

What is a Good Wheel Size For a Small Car?

Do you know what it feels like to drive a car that has the wrong tyre size? The tyres feel uneven to the point where you think the road is uneven when it is not. That places extra pressure on the front tyres, particularly if they are too big or too small. The tyres might become so warped and low on the tread that they blow out while you are on the road. I had that happen, and it is not a fun time. That is why you need to make sure your car has the proper tyre sizes at all times.

What Is An Ideal Size?

The proper size ranges between 14-22 inches. Anything below 14 inches is too small. Anything beyond 22 inches is too big (depending on the situation).

Some More Tips On Finding The Right Tyres and Wheels For Your Small Car

  1. Make sure that you really need a new set of wheels first. Your car is probably doing okay if your wheels are less than ten years old. You might want to consider buying a new set if your car is ten years or older. Pay close attention to things like deterioration and exposure to oxygen. One minor hole can be repaired before it gets worse. It is going to be a downhill ride if the hole grows much larger. Sometimes all the car tyres need is a really good patch job.
  2. You also want to check for wear, especially if it gets to be too uneven. Uneven tyres will cause issues on the road. That could cause problems with your suspension and alignment. That will spell disaster if you are out driving on the highway or freeway, particularly, if the traffic is bumper to bumper (wall to wall).
  3. You can also read your owner’s guide. Every car has one. Look up the pages about tyre sizes. The page should give you a detailed outline of which size to get, even with your spare.
  4. You also might need to inspect your spare. Every car has one. It should be in the middle compartment in your car’s trunk. The spare should be the same size as your regular tyre, maybe a few centimetres greater or less than. The spare is there for emergencies. In other words, you should not use your spare as a replacement for your used tyre. The spare is there to get you through the rough patches until you have your tyre replaced. I would not wait too long, though. The spare has a very short lifespan. Make sure to get your regular tyre repaired or replaced within a few days, maybe less.
  5. You might want to (if you can afford it) replace the set. I know it’s tempting to cut corners but don’t do that. Your car’s system works based on a matching set. Try to buy at least two of the same size, even if the one looks good. There could be some issues in the tyre you do not know about yet. Buy two of the same size (14-22 inches). Your car will be safer, as will your travels.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.