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

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

Are Sumitomo Tires Good?

Customers often ask me about the Sumitomo brand. The tires are often very attractively priced, but many drivers are not as familiar with this brand as they are with some of the traditional names like Goodyear and Michelin. Are they really a great value, or are they too good of a price to be true? How is Sumitomo pronounced? This one stumps many people, however...  Read More

What Are the Quietest Tires?

For many customers, having a tire that rolls down the road in a quiet and civilized manner is very important. If you're logging many miles, especially cruising along on highways and interstates, tire noise that's only slightly annoying around town can quickly become monotonous. So one of the questions we are frequently asked is, "What are the quietest tires...  Read More

What Does It Mean When an Item is on Back Order?

I often get asked when an item listed on "Back Order" will be available. When we list it this way instead of with an estimated date, it means that the manufacturer has been unable to give us an estimate of when the item will be back in stock. If you're willing to wait to receive the back ordered item, then it makes sense to place an order. When the item...  Read More

Need Tires for a Classic MINI?

With the trend for larger wheel diameters, it can be hard to find tires for some of the classic vehicles that used small-diameter wheels. The legendary MINI is a victim of this trend, with virtually no tires available in its usual 10" wheel diameter. However, there is still at least one excellent option for enthusiast owners: the Yokohama A008. This sticky,...  Read More