Winter Tires: Keep Staggered Sizes or Not?

Even if your car comes with staggered tires front to rear as Original Equipment you may want to look at the same size all the way around for winter tires.  BMW, for the new M3, recommends 235/40R18 on all four corners in th winter. The narrower tires are going to create more pounds per square inch on the contact patch and they are going to cut through the...  Read More

Best Bang for the Buck Performance Tire

Looking to put on a performance tire but funds are a little low? Take a look at the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110.  In testing that was done by Car and Driver magazine, they were rated number two overall and came in right behind the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec in the test. They are a little longer wearing than the Star Spec and have better wet braking...  Read More

Winter is here now!

You thought you could get by with your worn all-season tires, but that first snow fall has started to change your mind. Should you stick with your all-season tires or go with dedicated winter / snow tires? And since so many new cars have Original Equipment tires that are very low profile performance tires and can't be driven in the winter, a Winter / Snow...  Read More

Winter Tires for General Cold Weather Performance

Even if there isn't snow on the ground, winter tires can and do help keep a car under control. The performance tires that come on the Porshce, BMW or even the Honda S2K are going to give you no traction at 45 degrees and lower. That same corner you can make all day long in the summer has the car severely understeering when it's cold. Someone pulls out in...  Read More

All-Season Tires

While I am not a big fan of all-season tires, there are places where they do make sense -- for example, you live in North Carolina or Dallas, Texas and you may get some ice and snow from time to time but you don't want to go with dedicated winter tires. A tire like the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus or the Bridgestone Potenza...  Read More

Honda S2000 STR Class Tire & Wheel Package

If you are looking to be competitive in the STR autocross class, here's a very good package of wheels and tires. Take a look at the TRMotorsport C3 and the Bridgestone Potenza RE11.  In 17x9, the wheel works on all four corners and only weighs 19.2 lbs. They are available in three different finishes depending on the look you want.The Bridgestone tire is...  Read More

Honda S2000 in the Snow?

I know a lot of people don't think the S2000 is good in the winter, but with the right tire choice they are a fun car in the snow.  If you live in the snow belt, the correct choice of tire is different than if you live in St. Louis where you can get away with a tire like the Dunlop Winter Sport or the Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3. On the other hand if you are...  Read More

SUV and CUV Bridgestone Tire

If you like the flexibility of the SUV or CUV but you want it to drive and feel more like a car, take a look at the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. After driving these tires, I found they are the quietest and smoothest riding tire for the SUV. They are also a very good wet traction tire and have a unique dual layered rubber compound that as the tires...  Read More

Who Says You Can't Drive a BMW in the Winter?

I drive a 5 series BMW in the snowbelt and don't have any issues. With the correct tires, the ice and snow is nothing to fear.  You don't have to peel your fingers off the steering wheel when you get to work.I have a separate set of wheels and winter tires ready for the first sign of the white stuff. I have tried a number of winter / snow tires in my 20...  Read More

Mazda Lightweight Wheels

Looking for a lightweight wheel for the Mazda to reduce the unsprung weight so the brakes and suspension don't have to work as hard? Take a look at the Enkei Racing Series RPF1. It is a nice upgrade without breaking the bank on a tough durable lightweight wheel. In 17" they weigh 15 lbs. (17X7.5 wheel). The current cost is $233.00 per wheel.Shown here is the...  Read More

What should I do with my car for the winter?

You just got that new BMW 3 Series with the summer only run-flat tires and you're wondering how you are going to drive in the winter. A new set of wheels and winter tires are going to make all the difference in the world. The traction in the ice and snow make the car better than a 4-wheel drive sport utility with all-season tires. The sport utility vehicles...  Read More

Replacing Run-Flat Tires

If you are driving a MINI or a BMW, you know how stiff the ride can be. One option would be to replace the tires with non-run-flat tires. While you may not have a spare tire, there are options for that as well. Roadside assistance is available on the new cars and you could get a spare to put in the trunk. The other option is a Continental ContiComfortKit. Tak...  Read More

Brighter Lights for your BMW

You are driving down that back country road and can't see far enough ahead of you to avoid something in the road. I found a simple solution in the PIAA Extreme White Plus lights. They are simple plug-in solution to improve country driving.  They are made for most BMWs in high, low and fog light options with a whiter, brighter high efficiency light that...  Read More

BMW Lightweight Wheels

You have decided to take the BMW to the track and you don't want to use its original wheels and tires. The Kosei K1 Racing is a proven wheel that is used by autocrossers and track guys every weekend. They are lightweight in a 17x8.5 wheel and 16.8 lbs. currently priced at $175.00 per wheel. Easy-to-clean and keep looking good, the 6-spoke design and...  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

Lightweight, Track-Proven Wheels

So you’ll be doing some autocrossing or track days and you’re looking for some lightweight wheels for your BMW 3 Series or Mazda.Take a look at the Kosei K1 Racing or the Enkei RPF1. Both of these wheels will reduce unsprung weight and make your car stop faster and accelerate quicker. Both are goals of every track and autocross racer.Next Generation...  Read More

Grand-Am Racing and Kosei Racing Wheels

I recently attended the Grand-Am races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. In the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, many of the cars were running a very light, strong street wheel, the Kosei K1 Racing wheel. These wheels have been used for years by club racers driving Mazdas to BMWs. A number of the front-running BMW 3-Series racecars at Mid-Ohio were on...  Read More

Grand-Am Racing

I am going to the Grand-Am races at Mid Ohio on Saturday, June 19.  There will be all kinds of different cars in this series -- BMWs, Porsches, Mazdas, MINIs and more. Continental tire is the title sponsor for Grand-Am’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge event. They are running on true race tires, but the cars are as close to a street car as you can...  Read More

Lowered Cars the Right Way

You have the new plus one or plus two Wheel & Tire Package on your BMW and you are thinking you don't like the wheel well gap. What do you do? The correct answer -- lower the car with some new springs from H & R. That will take away the wheel well gap without giving up the ride quality you like. H & R Sport Springs have the handling characteristics and...  Read More

Tires & Wheels for BMW Club Racing

For club racers, I have found the TRMotorsport C2 and the Kosei K1 Racing wheels work really well on the E36 M3 cars. They are both very light -- the C2 at 19 lbs. and the K1 at 16.8 lbs. Reducing unsprung weight and getting to the same size wheel and tire on all four corners is a good thing for racing. By doing this you will reduce the understeer and make...  Read More