Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

I recently traded a '10 335i xDrive for an '11 328i Touring (M-sport, 6MT), and needed a winter tire/wheel combo. I have the Dunlop Winter Sport 3Ds on a Saab 9-5 Aero wagon and have put 5k miles on them, the 3Ds are a fantastic compromise between dry handling and winter traction. I live in Seattle, where the temperatures at sea level don't really dictate...  Read More

Wider Tires on Your BMW 3 Series

While moderating the BMW forums, one of the most common questions I answer is in regards to upgrading tires to a larger size. Using a wider size on the same wheel while maintaining the same overall diameter is known in the tire industry as "plus zero" sizing. This is typically done to get a larger contact patch and for an improved cosmetic appearance. Here is...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

I have about 300 miles on this tire on my daily driver 2003 BMW 325i sedan with stock suspension. So far I have been impressed with this tire - it was inexpensive, it has much better dry grip than I was expecting and the wet traction in corners is also surprisingly better than I expected. The tire is not a load that I notice, but it does tend to slightly...  Read More

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

I replaced a NEW set of Continental DWS tires as I had the feeling that they were just a bit to soft for the suspension set-up on the Mazda3 GT which for anybody out there that dosent know Mazda -this suspension is very very firm .in 2010 it was revised to be more ameniable to regular driving yet still has its roots in a performance setup .Given that the DWS...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Excellent tire! Greatest bang for the buck I've seen for this class tire. I have not driven them for over one year so the jury is still out on wear. So far, all three letters still show (DWS). That being said please consider my vehicle has negative camber on the rear which means the inner edges should wear before the rest of the tire.I also appreciate the...  Read More

My Experience with H&R Coil-Overs

There are many ways to upgrade your vehicle's suspension. You can simply replace the existing shocks (or struts) and springs to lower your vehicle. Sway bars (sometimes called anti-roll bars) can also improve handling and reduce body roll. However, many enthusiasts feel that the pinnacle of complete suspension upgrades is to install a set of coil-overs What...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Having gone through three sets of tires, the original run flats, and two sets of Goodyear Eagle f1 all seasons, the Continental DWS have been the best all-season tires for my z4!I average about 20k miles a year and am finally looking forward to putting those miles on these tires. The Goodyear's were great, handled well, in dry, rain and snow, but the road...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT

Tell you what, I'm actually impressed by the wear life. I actually achieved 40,000 miles on this tire. My driving style is just like most BMW drivers, which is, well, Bavarian way. Anyway, let's talk about the tire. The traction is not bad, but so-so when it's wet. It's about average. However, the corning is fantastic because it's run-flat. The sidewall is...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Very good tire for the value. I used them as go-flat replacement in my BMW with sport suspension and 18 wheels and the ride was much better in terms of comfort and noise with almost no difference in handling to the original run-flats. I am using them in my MB and just bought 2 extra ones to replace front tires (rear one have 3000 miles) which are the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 S8

Had them on my new 2003 Honda Accord EX V6. They performed well for the most part, with the exception of deep snow. The car handling is fine but the tires do not like hard cornering, they start to loose grip way before the car suspension gives in. These tires are also very quiet, unlike my last set of Dunlop on my old '93 Maxima. Granted, this car is no BMW...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

I have a 93 s13 hatch, with coilovers and all the suspension goodies, these tires were put on my car with 17x9 +25 wheels. I have to say I am very impressed for the price these tires are almost bald now because of back road fun after 30k miles, and they still perform very well, still hydroplane resistance is good and traction is still superb, now that being...  Read More

Suspension Shopping for my BMW 740i Part II

Having already chosen the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set for my 1997 740i, it's time to turn my attention to the the shocks and struts, known collectively as dampers. The available options include the Bilstein Touring Class, Bilstein Sport and KYB GR-2.    The Touring Class and GR-2 are similar to one another in that they're both premium quality replacements for...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

I replaced my RE50 RFTs with the RE760s. I have been blown away by the difference. They handle great: you ride like you are on rails! Cornering traction is excellent, though I do not really corner hard often. Torrential downpours are no problem with these tires. Even hitting heavy, unexpected puddles on the highway at 60 MPH are no problem. The car lurches a...  Read More

Suspension Shopping for my BMW 740i

My 1997 BMW 740 is likely overdue for a suspension overhaul. The potholed and broken pavement that is typical of this time of year has highlighted that fact. With over 180,000 miles on the vehicle (only about 20,000 are from my driving), I have not replaced the BMW shocks or springs and do not know whether the original owner did either. The...  Read More

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

I wanted to change from run-flats to standard tires, and at the same time, I wanted to increase the tire size and reduce the very harsh ride I was gettinging from the factory run flats. My BMW is a 2010 128i with the sport suspension and staggered 17 factory wheels(7 wide front, 7.5 wide rear). I also wanted a spare tire. So heres what I did. I went online...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat

OEM tire on 2011 BMW X3 xDrive 35i. Reasonably responsive, very stable in all conditions including ice and light snow. No deep snow experience yet here in Colorado. Really have to work hard to elicit a squeal from these guys. Some road noise but not at all bad considering the RFT capability and overall tire performance. Seem pretty heavy when lifting the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact SSR

I gave these tires a dry traction rating of 9. I am not sure how much of the performance is related to MINI and how much is related to Continental but I go screaming around 270-degree on ramp and there is no slip or noise. I take turns much faster than I did with my Impreza and BMW 330Ci /w Sport Package. I have not had a surprise when running at high speed...  Read More

Winter Tire & Wheel Packages for Your BMW X5

No matter what you drive, Tire Rack has done the homework necessary to ensure a proper fit for your vehicle when it comes to our Tire & Wheel Packages. While some vehicles have many aftermarket wheel and tire options, others are a bit more challenging and require the use of specially selected wheels to clear brake calipers, avoid suspension components and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental 4x4 Contact

These tires were original equipment on my 2010 Touareg TDI. Drove the car home from the dealer in a big MN winter storm and raved about the new SUV being the most stable and confidence inspiring vehicle I’ve ever driven in snow. Head and shoulders above the Subaru Outback and Honda Pilot, which were both great. Made the RWD BMW 530i I traded in seem like a...  Read More

Winter Wonder Wheel: Sport Edition A7

Many of my customers ask, "Why should I purchase an aluminum alloy wheel for use in the winter?"Pound for pound, aluminum alloy wheels are stronger and lighter than steel in the same size. Any time you can decrease the rolling (unsprung) weight of your vehicle, you potentially increase braking effectiveness and reduce wear and tear on suspension...  Read More