Awesome Tires

Casting a Porcelain Tire

Casting a Porcelain Tire

Artist Micah Sweezie of Ceramic Noodles shows off a full-size car tire they made from clay. It took them weeks to create the 13-part mold from the original tire, and three days to cast the porcelain version. The finished piece is a statement on the dark history of French rubber plantations in Vietnam.

Making DIY Airless Tires

Making DIY Airless Tires

Inspired by the expensive airless tires seen on construction equipment and concept vehicles, The Q set out on a mission to make his own shock-absorbing, puncture-proof bike tires using a similar design. What’s even more impressive is that he built them using only PVC pipe, nuts, bolts, and the tread from a standard bike tire.

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Innertube Coin Flatty Wallet

Innertube Coin Flatty Wallet
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UK outfit VeloCulture makes personal accessories from recycled bicycle innertubes. Among their wares is this billfold that provides four card slots along with a zippered pocket for holding coins or spare keys. Available in all black or with a contrast color zipper pull.

Making an Octopus from Tires

Making an Octopus from Tires

Artist Blake McFarland previously showed off his sculpting skills by making a lion and a tiger out of tires. This time, he created an awesome-looking octopus by creating a steel, foam, and fiberglass form, then wrapping it in old bike tires. The glass eyes by artist Becca Barnet help bring it to life.

How Motorsport Tires Are Made

How Motorsport Tires Are Made

Everyday car tires are made mostly by machine, but the high-end tires used for racing are made by hand. In this clip from Street FX Motorsport TV, they take us inside Michelin Motorsport’s HQ in France for a look at the tire-making process, building up layer by layer of rubber, textiles, steel, and adhesive on spinning drums.

Alien King Tire Sculpture

Alien King Tire Sculpture

After seeing Sideshow’s Alien King Maquette, artist Cao Shengge was inspired to make his own version of the terrifying (but non-canon) creature. After making a clay miniature, he got to work building the life-size monster from steel, bicycle innertubes, and over 200 recycled tires.

Cool Wheels Toy Car Displays

Cool Wheels Toy Car Displays
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These sweet wall-mounted displays are perfect for Hot Wheels and Matchbox car collections. They’re handmade from a recycled tire with a set of wooden slat shelves. They come in 20″, 24″, and 26″ sizes which hold 48, 64, and 75 cars respectively. We especially love the colorful light-up model.

Wheel of Springs

Wheel of Springs

Normally, a vehicle’s suspension sits between the frame and the wheels to absorb shocks. After seeing a vintage photograph of a car wheel with springs built into it, the car hackers at Garage 54 built their own to see how it would affect ride quality. It sounded like a busted shopping cart after the rubber came off.

Eren Yaeger Tire Sculpture

Eren Yaeger Tire Sculpture

Artist Cao Shengge created this amazing sculpture inspired by Eren Yaeger’s monstrous Attack Titan form in Attack on Titan. He built the creation by wrapping sections of car and bike tires onto a metal structure, then painted the interleaved rubber to look like the Titan’s exposed muscles.

How Dragster Tires Work

How Dragster Tires Work

Top fuel dragsters can accelerate from 0 to 335 mph in 3.6 seconds. While sheer horsepower is part of the equation, their massive rear tires are just as critical. Driver61 explains why dragster tires are designed the way they are and the physics that help them grip like mad and launch cars down the drag strip like a rocket.

Changing a Tire on a Spinning Car

Changing a Tire on a Spinning Car

Being able to change a car tire is an essential skill that everyone should learn. Stunt driver Terry Grant has figured out how to change a car tire while the car is still in motion. Back in 2010, he set a Guinness World Record for the fastest wheel change on a spinning car, a feat he managed to achieve in 3 minutes, 10 seconds.

Knock Knock. Who’s There? Tire.

Knock Knock. Who’s There? Tire.

A house in Pataskala, Ohio is minding its own business when an unexpected visitor arrives at its front door. But this isn’t just some annoying door-to-door salesman, it’s an errant car tire which has separated from a vehicle and comes flying at the house at roughly 65 mph. At least it has the courtesy to use the doorbell.

Inside a Rolling Car Tire

Inside a Rolling Car Tire

Ever wondered what it would be like inside of a car tire as it rolled down the road? We now have the answer, thanks to Warped Perception, who mounted a GoPro and lights inside a wheel before mounting a tire on it. Since the camera can’t see the outside world, all we see is the rubber deforming as it rolls over bumps.

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Tire Tread Animals

Tire Tread Animals

Artist Blake McFarland shows off a pair of sculptures he built for the 2019 Cotton Bowl. He created versions of Penn State’s Nittany Lion and the University of Memphis Tiger out of Goodyear tires, wrapped around a foam and fiberglass structure. The sculptures weigh about 200 lb each, and used pieces from 400 tires combined.

Traxxas Sledgehammer R/C Tires

Traxxas Sledgehammer R/C Tires

Just like a real 4×4, if you’re going to take your R/C vehicle off-road, it needs proper tires. Traxxas is showing off their extreme new Sledgehammer tires. Designed for their badass Rustler 4×4 VXL, the oversize tires increase ground clearance, and have an open-block pattern for traction and mud-clearing on the most rugged terrain.

How Mountain Bike Tires Are Made

How Mountain Bike Tires Are Made

Science Channel’s How It’s Made takes us inside of the Kenda tire factory for a look at the fascinating and complex process of transforming various rubber compounds into knobby, rugged mountain bike tires. The machine that applies the texture really is like a giant waffle iron.

Retreading Tires

Retreading Tires

While tires are generally meant to be disposed of once they’ve lost their tread, some kinds of industrial tires are so expensive that it’s worth giving them a second life via retreading. Pete’s Tire Barns shows how they refurbish worn out airless tires. Original video here.

Duct Tape Spare Tire

Duct Tape Spare Tire

We learned from Mythbusters just how versatile duct tape can be. But here’s one use we never thought of – making a spare tire out of the sticky stuff. Life OD tried just that with surprisingly usable results. Unfortunately, it cost more to make than buying a cheap rubber tire.

Why Winter Tires Matter

Why Winter Tires Matter

We recently spent a day with the fine folks from Michelin and TireRack.com to see why winter tires are critical in colder climates. Those all-seasons your car came are okay down to about 44º F, but below that, you’ll be much safer and better controlled with true winter tires.

Tire Tripler Machine

Tire Tripler Machine

Full-size tires take up a whole lot of space when being transported or stored. This machine allows multiple tires to take up far less room by folding them up and storing them inside each other. Of course, you’ll need another machine to unpack them.

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Doing Donuts on National Donut Day

Doing Donuts on National Donut Day

After you wolf down your requisite dose of fried dough and sugar today, sit back and enjoy some donuts of the automotive variety, courtesy of pro driver RJ Anderson, as he spins circles on his BFGoodrich® Tires. As Anderson proves, the best donuts are the ones you make yourself.

Bridgestone Air Free Bike Tires

Bridgestone Air Free Bike Tires

Based on a similar, but simpler design to their airless car tire concept, Bridgestone is showing off a bike wheel and tire combo which use a series of flexible thermoplastic spokes to absorb shocks and can never go flat. They hope to put them into production by 2019.

Goodyear Eagle 360 Concept Tire

Goodyear Eagle 360 Concept Tire

A far-future tire design for autonomous vehicles. The Eagle 360 would offer cars much greater maneuverability, thanks to their spherical shape, a larger contact area, and unique tread design. Their mag-lev attachment system is like having four BB-8s driving your car.

Alloygators

Alloygators

Protect the pricey rims on your car from getting curbed with Alloygators. These durable strips fit between your rim and tire to absorb any dings or scratches, and can be cleaned up to look good as new. Available in both bright accent colors and stealthy black or alloy hues.

Discolor Safety Tires

Discolor Safety Tires

Designers Gao Fenglin and Zhou Buyi’s concept for tires would use colored layers to indicate how worn the treads are in a much more obvious way than today’s difficult to use tread wear indicators.

The Future of Tires

The Future of Tires

Hankook Tire held a competition challenging designers to look at tires from a whole new angle. Ben Zavala’s innovative Tiltread design won, but any of these finalists could change the tire paradigm.

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