All about me

Before I start talking about everything else, let me tell you a little about myself.  I have been working at Tire Rack since 2005. I first visited the South Bend headquarters in 2003 as a customer looking  to buy a set BMW wheels and tires.  I was impressed with the showroom and test track, and I thought it would be fun to work here.  That idea stayed with...  Read More

Closeout Prices on Popular Sizes of the Blizzak WS70

The Blizzak WS70 was Bridgestone's flagship ice and snow tire through last winter. The introduction of the Blizzak WS80 for this winter has led to the discontinuation of the WS70. However, there are still some popular sizes of this tire in stock and available at closeout prices. Though it doesn't quite equal the performance of the newer WS80, the WS70 is...  Read More

Winter Tires and Wheels for Your New Honda Accord

The 2014 Honda Accord is one of the top-selling cars in America. In most cases, it comes equipped with Michelin or Goodyear all-season tires, which are suitable for mild winters. If you reside in an area that experiences severe winters, with substantial snowfall and icy conditions, a set of winter / snow tires will be a big improvement over your...  Read More

Looking for Winter Tires? 2014 Ice Rink Test is Posted.

Our annual test on a local indoor hockey rink gives us an early look at how this year's winter tires will perform on one of the most challenging driving surfaces there is: a sheet of ice. This year, as we commonly do, we focused on the Studless Ice & Snow performance category. This class of tires includes the most innovative winter compound technology and is...  Read More

How Tough is the New BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2?

Tough enough to drop from an airplane! To demonstrate the enhanced toughness of their new All-Terrain T/A KO2, BFGoodrich mounted them on wheels and dropped them from the sky. With the majority of all-terrain tires' punctures happening in the sidewall area, BFGoodrich paid special attention to reinforcing the sidewalls with technology from their off-road...  Read More

See the Difference That Winter Tires Make

With winter fast approaching, you may be wondering whether to stick with your all-season tires or go to dedicated winter / snow tires. If you have never experienced the difference, winter tires make a very noticeable difference in every aspect of winter driving. Acceleration, braking and cornering ability are all significantly improved when using winter...  Read More

Great Winter Tire Value: Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c

If you need excellent ice and snow traction on a budget, take a look at Yokohama's iceGUARD iG52c. This tire is new to our lineup this year and provides a very attractive price-point in the popular Studless Ice & Snow performance category. Taking the popular 205/55R16 size for example, the class-leading Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is $126. Compare this to the Y...  Read More

Winter 2014/2015: Detailed Updates for E9X M3

If you are looking for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your M3 this year, take a look at the latest information on what is available this year: Sport Edition A7 wheels are available in both black and silver. It's still the go-to wheel for a practical winter package. They are a direct fit with no spacer. They will even use the original bolts and can...  Read More

Which Tires Have the Best Winter Traction?

The easy answer to this question is: winter tires! All specialized snow tires have traction on ice and snow that exceeds the best all-season tires. How do you know which winter tire to choose? Typically, the Bridgestone Blizzaks have been class leaders in ice and snow traction. Since their introduction in 1993, we haven't found an all-season tire that can...  Read More

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season vs. Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Many customers call in asking what's the difference between the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season and Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. The tread pattern is the same. They are both all-season tires. They are usually offered in the same speed ratings. So, what makes the "Plus" a distinct model? Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus The...  Read More

Continental TrueContact Impresses in Testing

Summer testing is in full swing at Tire Rack, and the first test report for the new Continental TrueContact have been published. This new Standard Touring All-Season tire hit all the right notes with a smooth, quiet ride and solid wet and dry traction. During our test, we put the tire up against the Firestone Precision Touring, Goodyear Assurance TripleTred...  Read More

Can You Put Non-Run-Flat Tires on Run-Flat Wheels?

Many drivers are uncertain whether they can put non-run-flat tires on wheels that originally came with run-flat tires. The short answer: yes. Run-flat tires and regular tires that are the same numeric size will have the same physical dimensions, and can fit properly on the same wheels. The only difference with run-flat wheels is they usually have an extra...  Read More

Colorado Distribution Center Now Open

We're glad to announce the opening of our newest distribution center in Denver, Colorado. After months of preparation, our staff is ready to take orders which will improve delivery times and inventory availability for the western part of the country. If you reside in the Denver area, you're welcome to place an order for pick-up. Take a look at the contact...  Read More

Can My Punctured Tire Be Repaired?

A punctured tire is never a joyous occasion, but if it can be repaired, the hassle and expense are often minimal. Some factors are beyond a driver's control, however there are steps that you can take to maximize the chances that a flat can be repaired. Aside from blowouts and large gashes in the tire that are obviously not repairable, there are three main...  Read More

How to Choose the Correct Track Tires

Are you heading to your first driving school or lapping day? Or are you already a track veteran who's looking to go even faster? Whenever you go to the track, having the right set of tires is essential to going fast, being safe and having fun. What type of tires do you need to bring for a track event? Depends on the type of event, the expected conditions and...  Read More

Track Day Magic with Continental's ContiForceContact

Recently, our tire testers got the opportunity to drive on Continental's ContiForceContact, a new entry into the Streetable Track & Competition performance category. While this option isn't quite a racing slick, it's definitely built with the track in mind. This class of tire allows an enthusiast to drive his or her car to the track and then compete in the...  Read More

The 2014 Tire Rack One Lap of America is Underway

Springtime at Tire Rack means it's time for the annual One Lap of America challenge. Inspired by the legendary Cannonball Run, this year marks the 31st running of the event. The 2014 schedule consists of 3,200 miles of driving and 19 timed events over the course of eight days. Besides the page on our site that features details about this year's incarnation...  Read More

Your Questions About UTQG Ratings Answered

What does "UTQG" stand for? Uniform Tire Quality Grade. It consists of a numeric treadwear rating, a letter traction rating and a letter temperature rating. Should I use these ratings to decide what tire is best? Short answer: No. While they contain some useful information, UTQG ratings are generally not sufficient to judge the actual quality of a tire. This...  Read More

Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Replaces DZ101

Dunlop recently replaced the popular (but aging) Direzza DZ101. The new model, Direzza DZ102, retains a similar sporty look to the DZ101 while providing enhanced performance. The DZ102 keeps a similar price-point, making it a very good option for drivers seeking an affordable performance tire. Direzza DZ102 tires combine sleek styling and...  Read More

Max Performance Summer Tires for 2014

Here in South Bend, Indiana we are nearly thawed out from a brutal winter and it is time to start considering what tires to run this summer. For enthusiasts with cars that are driven on the street as opposed to the track, this usually means selecting a tire from our Max Performance Summer category. Max Performance Summer tires feature advanced ultra low...  Read More

Introducing Continental's New Track Tire, the ContiForceContact

Continental has brought their Streetable Track & Competition tire, the ContiForceContact, over from Europe. Developed at the world famous Nürburgring circuit, the ContiForceContact is built to deliver extremely high levels of dry traction along with precise steering response and predictable cornering behavior. It is designed to allow driving on the street,...  Read More