Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus Z214

I race ES (auto cross) in a mazda miata. I'm usually on summer tires when I race and I'm consistently running behind my main competitor by a few tenths of a second. Once I finally mounted these tires (14x6 stock miata wheels), I beat him by 4 seconds. I ended up running times better than most of the street prep and street touring classes. I'm usually...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

I know this tire is expensive compared with the rest of the other options. Well there is a reason why…. By far the best tire I have ever had! I live in Seattle where it rains a lot I get no hydroplaning with this tires. I have a 2001 BMW 540 of course rear wheel drive and the car handles amazing. I never had a problem losing control or grip with this tires.Ve...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

I've been completely blown away by this tire and I rant and rave to friends about it. I'm using the largest size you can buy @ 275/35/18 and the traction.. oh lord the traction. I'm sure it's partly due to my car as well but compared to my stock tires these things are unbelievable. On an auto-x course you can really push the limits and I felt the tires in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Negotiated with M-B dealer to substitute these NON runflats for the factory set. I am glad I did.In Colorado my biggest challenges are snowpacked and icy roads more than deep snow, with occasional bouts with the dreaded Black Ice. These tires are exceptional in those conditions, with much better road feel than my General Altimax studded, Michelin x-Ice2...  Read More

Wheels for Your New Elantra

Do you remember the Hyundai Excel? It was Hyundai's first serious push into U.S. market. Well, if you can conjure up an image or recollection of the vehicle, you can appreciate how far Hyundai has come with the new Elantra.   The 2011-2012 Elantra GLS is a nice-looking car at a reasonable price. If you feel like adding a little sportiness to your car,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric

Driving a 260whp Volvo, and these things stick, period. On dry pavement its difficult to break these lose unless I brake boost (auto tranny). wet pavement the will spin under acceleration but still a great wet tire, how do I know, I live near Seattle so at least 15,000mi were wet miles. They corner like a dream as well, and have pulled my car (3200lbs) with...  Read More

215/45-17 Tires for Your Toyobaru

After what seems like decades on the concept car show circuit, Toyota and Subaru are beginning to release production versions of the Toyobaru. The Subaru BRZ and Toyota FT-86 (Scion FR-S in North America) are premiering at the Tokyo Auto Show. On paper, the Toyobaru checks all the right boxes with rear-wheel drive for proper handling, proper engine placement...  Read More

When Should I Put on My Winter / Snow Tires?

While winter is not quite here for most, it is coming. Is it too early to install your winter / snow tires? I get this question often and the answer varies depending on a few factors. In my opinion, the most important issues to consider are climate and the type of winter / snow tire that you're using. Climate is arguably the most important factor in deciding...  Read More

Best Tires for Winter Snow and Ice Traction

With the first real snowstorm of the season under our belts in many parts of the country, a few of the best tires to tackle the snow and ice this winter are the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and the Michelin X-Ice Xi2. For people who are willing to trade some handling on dry roads, a set of these Bridgestone winter tires and a set of these Michelin auto tires...  Read More

Downsizing to Smaller Diameter Wheels

It's pretty common to see performance enthusiasts upgrade to larger diameter auto tires and wheels (rims & tires). If you're not familiar with the plus sizing concept, or just need a refresher, read "Plus Sizing 101." What about the other side of the coin? Why would someone want to minus size their tires wheels package and go to a smaller wheel diameter?  Lis...  Read More

Don't Want Any Lip

Many years ago, one of the major auto companies used the advertising slogan: "Longer, Lower, Wider, Faster." Well, I don't know about "longer" but lower and wider can often translate to faster. Lowering springs and sport dampers help reduce body roll by lowering the vehicle's center of mass, which helps keep your tires firmly planted on the road surface in a...  Read More

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensors for Your Car

Tire Rack carries TPMS sensors for vehicles at great prices and offers the option of pre-installing sensors if you purchase a wheel and tire package. And since, TPMS sensors have a battery in them, they'll need to be changed on average every five to seven years.  Do your TPMS sensors need to be replaced?Sensors available at Tire Rack are 100% compatible with...  Read More

Temporary Traction Aid

Many parts of our country experience very mild winters and only occasionally see snow, making installing dedicated winter / snow tires impractical. For those occasions when it does snow and business or family obligations demand that you must travel, there is a practical and simple solution in the AutoSock.AutoSock is a proven temporary winter traction aid ...  Read More

Mazda Miata Wheels

You have a Miata that you are tracking or auto crossing and you want to go faster. The right wheels and tires will help get you there. Use what the pros use! Take a look at the Enkei Racing Series RPF1. The 17x7.5 wheel only weighs 15.2 lbs. By increasing thewheel size and reducing unsprung weight, your car will be quicker in acceleration, stop faster and...  Read More

Maintain Mobility in the Event a Tire is Punctured

Auto manufacturers have eliminated the spare tire in many of their new models, opting instead for the use of run-flat tires or a portable tire repair kit. So far the trend has been most prevalent with higher-end vehicles, however General Motors recently introduced its new compact car, the Chevrolet Cruze sans spare tire.Car makers today believe that the...  Read More

Matching tires on your four-wheel drive vehicle

Four-wheel drive is not just for trucks anymore. More and more four-wheel drive, also called all-wheel drive or AWD, is turning up on some unlikely cars.Mercedes-Benz calls it 4-matic Volkswagon states 4-motion Infinity and BMW use the letter X or XI in their name Audi uses Quattro Whatever the moniker, the rule stays the same. Every one of these auto makers...  Read More

Should I go SLOTTED for my rotors?

So you just purchased a new Mustang or BMW 335...a new sports car. You have upgraded your tires to the best Bridgestone or Michelin, and have your new wheels on order. Next stop...upgrading brakes!Now there are some technical decisions to make. Solid, dripped, slotted, 2-piece, big brake kit...too many options. Let's tackle slotted/drilled versus solid...  Read More

Under Pressure

Most vehicle owners do not check tire pressure nearly enough. An American Automobile Association (AAA) poll suggests that 85 percent of motorists do not even know how to check tire pressure.The most important job a tire has is to support the load to which it is attached. Tires are rated to handle specific loads but only at a predetermined air pressure. By...  Read More

C6 Corvette Tires and Wheels (Part 1: Tires)

I was talking to one of my Corvette customers the other day and he told me that in his Corvette club most members buy their Corvette Rims and New Automobile Tires from Tire Rack. By far the most popular tires I sell for this car personally are the Firestone Auto Tires, we are also one of the largest Goodyear Tire Dealers and I often sell the Original...  Read More

We're not just another tire website.

Tire Rack is your complete source for all things auto tires and wheels. Aside from our collection of rims and tires online, you'll find first-hand product reviews from our sales specialists and Tire Rack consumers alike. We essentially don't hold anything back so that you can make the best purchase possible. And so that you can feel comfortable doing so.In...  Read More