Your Questions About UTQG Ratings Answered

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Ben Rooney

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 is especially true of the treadwear rating. The treadwear number is determined by the tire manufacturer. Each uses their own scale, and they have a surprising amount of leeway when setting the wear number.

If the treadwear number is lower, does that mean the tire has more grip? Not necessarily. Advances in compounding have allowed manufacturers to increase both treadwear and traction compared to older models. Assuming that a tire with a lower treadwear rating has better traction is like assuming that a car with worse fuel economy has more power. It is sometimes true, but not always the case.

What about the traction rating? The traction rating only determines traction under one specific condition (locked-wheel braking on wet pavement). UTQG traction tests do not evaluate dry braking, dry cornering, wet cornering or high speed hydroplaning resistance.

If I live in a hot climate, should I be looking for an "A" temperature rating? Only if you plan to drive at high speeds. The testing for this rating is designed to evaluate the tires ability to withstand heat buildup caused by high speed operation. It does not accurately assess how well or poorly a tire will fare with regards to high ambient temperature. Tires with an "A" rating can exceed 115 mph in the lab test. Tires with a "B" rating can attain speeds between 100 and 115 mph. And tires with a "C" rating can reach speeds between 85 and 100 mph without failure. These ratings are similar to the speed ratings given to tires, though the methodology isn't identical.

Where can I go for more details about the methodology and ratings involved in UTQG testing? For more details and tables about testing procedure and ratings, read "Uniform Tire Quality Grade (UTQG) Standards."

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.64
 
 

2011 Toyota Camry
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Blakeslee, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
September 20, 2013

Okay, I am not into the rogue specifics of tires as I am not a mechanic nor car expert, just a commuting, high-mileage, everyday driver. I purchased these as a part of a closeout deal and the Turanzas I wanted were not in stock. Before purchasing, I read reviews online and found more good comments than bad - I simply should've listened. I drive an everage of 45k miles annually; therefore, I get considerable use out of my tires. These tires are extremely and uncomfortably loud (I did not recognize what a loud tire was until I had these). I am not impressed with their performance on wet roads and definitely not in the snow. I've had them for about 8 months and they are already cupping and showing signs of uneven wear. My car shimmies when braking from high speed. I was told I needed new struts (although they are not leaking), but I believe it is these horrible tires contributing to their own wear. They have been rotated at least 3 times since purchase. I see now why they were discontinued..Pure garbage! Now I have to purchase new tires and these will barely be a year old.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated)

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43

1998 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.8
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Azusa, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
April 27, 2011

I replaced a set of Riken Raptors with the Goodyears. Much less noise, much better ride, better MPG and improved handling. I drive both mountain twisties and long freeway runs, and in both situations these are superior tires. Good grip under hard corniering and braking. I haven't had them long enough to report on tire wear, as the Z3 is a "third car" even thoug it gets almost 10,000 miles a year. Over all, I will proably get another set for this car, but that's a few years away at the pace we use the car. I also have a 2007 Corvette so the Z3 is a backup, rather than a daily driver. But I do like the Goodyear tire on the Z3. It seems like a good match-up.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Fairfield, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

My first 400 miles have seen a lot of snow. These tires have decent traction--the tires will dig the snow and propel you forward pretty well without invoking the traction control too much, as opposed to just spinning and struggling to move. In straight lines accelerating and braking, these tires are pretty good. I drove on a nasty, snow-covered Chicago expressway and felt confident. I merged lanes through a lot of messy snow without losing any control. These tires did pretty well on hard-packed rural roads too. In the snow, my primary complaint was turning corners and driving on on-ramps/off-ramps like a cloverleaf. It tended to push the car forward rather than navigate cleanly through the turn. You really have to watch that with these tires. Overall, I'd rate these tires as good in snow. Not great, but for an all-season tire the Cinturatos are above average.

On dry surfaces, I felt connected with the road, like the tires gripped really well. However, these are not the smoothest tires I've ever driven. They're better than the OE Bridgestone Turanza EL-400-02 tires that came on my car and these Cinturatos are as quiet as any tire I've experienced. The Cinturatos reduced the harshness on unsmooth surfaces the EL-400s really struggled with, and the Cinturatos go over pot holes and gaps surprisingly well, but you definitely feel bumps and ridges in the road surface. It can be a little unsettling on highways that have heaved a lot. These tires are good with regard to smoothness, but I expected more.

I have had minimal experience on wet surfaces at this point--always snow and ice or dry roads--so I really can't comment on that yet. Nor have I driven them enough to comment on treadwear.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12

2010 Volvo XC90
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Location: San José, CR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2014

Don't know why I am not asked in the questionnaire for dirt, sand and stones review when one fifth of our driving on the Volvo XC90 AWD 320 Diesel is on aggressive gravel and light mud roads. The Conti CrossContact LX20 Ecoplus has been a marvel, after going through two sets of original tires. It performs beautiful in the mountain curvy highways leading from San José, Costa Rica to the lowlands, even in wet conditions. In the Guanacaste lowlands the speed is up to 160 kph and the braking and turning ability is marvelous.
Once on the aggressive gravel roads towards Punta Islita the tires behave superb and have not had a flat, an old habit with the original ones.
After 20,000 kms the tires show no wear or tear. Definitely recommend for anyone combining both highway and gravel surfaces.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda5
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Alameda, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2014

Living in Germany where snow tires are required during the winter months. I am running Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S tires the rest of the year. I can compare them to each other. The Michelin tires are by far the best tires I have ever put on any of my cars for warm or wet driving. But when it is cold (40 degrees or lower) or icy, the Conti's are mind-blowing. I am 45 years old and grew up driving in snow and ice covered steep, curvy mountain roads. The Conti winter tires brake and handle astonishingly well on snow and ice. They are superior to the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S in very cold temps on both wet and dry. They have two weak spots. First, when pushed hard in sustained turns, they fall off suddenly and dramatically, which is forgivable for winter tires that perform so well as intended. Second, at high speed in a strait line the car is very unsettled. It just won't track straight. My my oldest son eventually gets queazy.
This comes on at about 60mph and gets worse all the way to 'can't go any faster" mph. The Autobahn is smooth as freshly Zambonied ice and yet the exhausting high frequency instability is ever present. (tried rotating tires, no effect)
Bottom line:
Astonishingly good winter traction in cold dry, cold wet, snow covered and ice covered roads. If you travel at high speeds for long periods of time, maybe look at another tire.

O.Z. Racing Tuner System Wheels

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Spring is here and what better time than now to outfit your vehicle with a set of O.Z. Racing Tuner System wheels. In 2006, Tire Rack became the North American distributor for O.Z. Racing wheels. This partnership includes O.Z. Racing's prestigious, custom 3-piece wheel program -- O.Z. Racing Tuner System. This program helps expand fitment limitations normally found with one-piece wheels. Additional brake clearance and maximum outer lip depth are just some of the benefits this system provides. Applications are available for many of the world's most exotic cars including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, as well as a wide variety of luxury and performance cars.

How does the process work? O.Z. Racing Tuner System's 3-piece wheel components -- wheel center, inner rim section and outer rim section -- are produced in the same facility, with the same machinery and using the same technology as F1 race wheels. Rim diameters are available in 18", 19", 20" and 22" with inner rim widths of 5.5" to 9.5" and outer rim widths of 1" to 4" possible. Tire Rack's complete, in-house inventory of all 3-piece wheel components means quick turn-around with assembled wheels shipping within 1-2 days of order receipt.

Precise wheel assembly is performed at Tire Rack using an exacting process that maintains and enhances the structural integrity originally built into each individual wheel component. O.Z. Racing Tuner System supplies a proprietary fastener specific to its 3-piece wheels to ensure the highest level of structural integrity. These fasteners alone do not guarantee a properly assembled wheel and tightening. Thus, Tire Rack uses a factory-certified Ingersoll Rand DC Electric Fastening System to tighten O.Z. Racing Tuner System's proprietary fasteners.

The assembly torque of these critical fasteners is controlled and repeatable to less than 1/2%. Tire Rack's fastening system produces traceable measurements of torque to spec every time. In fact, wheels custom-assembled at Tire Rack are shipped with a computerized print out that shows in detail the settings used to assemble each wheel. Proper torque (fasteners tightened to spec so they won't break or loosen) and run-out (radial and lateral roundness for vibration-free rides) are recorded.

Once assembled, each O.Z. Racing Tuner System 3-piece wheel gets a unique serial number noted on a sticker placed on the inside of the wheel near the valve stem.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2013 Subaru Legacy Sedan
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Location: El Paso, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2014

The Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tire is much better than the Potenza RE92A OE tire, and worthy of an early switch. The difference is night and day. I have a 2013 Subaru Legacy that I really like, but over the course of 32,000 miles I grew accustomed to feeling a rigid almost jolting ride as well as all the road imperfections Texas has to offer. The vehicle has now been transformed. I noticed an immediate improvement in braking, highway performance, steering response, quietness, acceleration, and even driving over speed bumps. My mileage also went up by about 1 MPG, and every little bit helps. I currently have almost 3,000 miles on the set and highly recommend. They seem to be wearing exceptionally well. I chose these over the Michelins due to other customer ratings, and the overall cost/value. I will also say that the car can easily accommodate a larger size if you want to fill up the wheel wells and gain a little more ground clearance; I opted for the 235/50R17. As grand touring all season tires they have nice curb appeal as well -dressing up the vehicle.

Make Sure Your Wheels Are Properly Torqued

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

The winter season is coming to an end, and for many, that means their warm weather tires and wheels are being installed. It's also the start of race season where tire and wheel changes are frequent. Making sure your car's wheels are properly torqued to the vehicle's specifications and pattern are critical. These torque specifications can be found in your vehicle's owner's manual, shop repair manual or obtained from the dealership.

It is important to make sure your threads are free of dirt, grit and other materials in order to achieve a proper torque. Do not apply anti-seize compound to the lug hardware or studs. This can result in inaccurate torque readings and/or over torquing of the hardware.

Once the lugs are snugged down by hand, finish tightening them with an accurate torque wrench. Use the appropriate crisscross sequence (shown below) for the number of wheel lugs on your vehicle until all have reached their proper torque value. If you over torque a wheel, you can strip a lug nut or hub, stretch or break a stud or bolt and cause the wheel, brake rotor and/or brake drum to distort.

           
When installing new wheels, you should re-torque the wheel lugs after driving the first 50 to 100 miles in case the clamping loads have changed following the initial installation. This is necessary due to the possibility of metal compression/elongation or thermal stresses affecting the wheels as they are breaking in, as well as to verify the accuracy of the original installation. When rechecking torque value, wait for the wheels to cool to ambient temperature (never torque a hot wheel). Loosen and retighten to value, in sequence. Simply repeat the same torque procedure listed above.

To learn more about tightening and loosening patterns, read "Wheel Lug Torquing."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2007 Toyota Avalon Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Johns Island, SC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 30, 2014

Replaced Michelin MXV4 which slipped in dry or wet with any kind of acceleration. I have five pounds of air over recomended for my car 07 Avalon. And still find the smoothest riding tire's I have ever had. With no loss of traction or brakeing loss.Hydroplaning resistance is superb and steering responce is great. I'm sold on Pirelli P7 for good.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2011 Nissan Sentra
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Miles driven on tires: 450
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 450 Miles on Tires
March 29, 2014

First let me say I am NOT the person who writes reviews of any kind unless I'm thoroughly impressed ... and it taks a lot to impress me. Second, I believe in purchasing the best available in two categories ... brakes and tires. Your life, my life, and in this case, my girlfriends life, ride upon brakes and tires.

As you see, we've only got 450 miles on these tires so they are barely broken in.

This morning, in a typical Florida torrential rain, I went to the Post Office. While moving about 20 MPH on asphalt, I hammered the brakes. Anti-lock kicked in and the car came to a stop in an absolute blink of an eye. No tire slippage AT ALL! I was amazed! The Turanza EL 400's slipped almost before stabbing the brakes. Next, the puddle test ... with no wheel jerk, no hydroplaning, no difference at all from the drivers seat. These are GREAT tires! Then the lane marker noise test ... absolutely unbelievable. I recognized the General's were quieter than the Turanza's as soon as I installed them, but even over the markers they are quiet.

The Post Office parking lot was deserted, and made of concrete, so I decided to try wet traction on concrete. Hard turns, quick response, no slippage of any kind. Hard accelleration in a turn ... nothing but stick. Same thing on wet asphalt ... I couldn't believe it.

I selected these tires mainly for the wet traction and hydroplaning resistance(in Florida, that is a "no brainer"). Look at their rating yourself!

In a nutshell, I thank Tire Rack, their research and the reviews of fellow buyers for leading me to these tires. They ranked #1 in the category and for less $ than the big names. I took a chance and am glad I did. This is the first set of General's I've ever owned but won't be the last. Thanks again Tire Rack!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29

2010 BMW 335d Sedan
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Location: Oakville, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 19, 2011

The dry and wet weather performance of this tire is excellent at low temperatures in fact I would say the car handles better than it does on the OEM Continental Run-Flats. The tires are good in light snow and traction is excellent but when snow gets deeper, although the car never gets stuck,the tires do not feel as if they are gripping that well and you have to be careful not to brake too hard or they will slide. The tread pattern is not an aggressive winter tire patten. I have had no problems so far due to the fact I drive on roads that usually get ploughed soon after a snow fall but if I was diring in deeper snow more often I'd get something with a slightly more agressive winter tread and forego some of the really excellent dry and wet wether performance.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2011 Toyota Highlander
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Cranston, RI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
November 12, 2012

Got a chance to use them in a couple of inches of snow again. They have no problem getting up hills or around slick snow etc. Braking could be better. The abs kicked on frequntly when stopping, yet I was hitting it pretty could to see how they would grab. Just a quick snow review.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Cohoes, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

This review is of my WS70s bought this winter, but also my WS50s which I bought in 2007. Both sets of Blizzaks have been absolutely awesome and to be honest, I can't tell the difference between them. If you have never driven on proper winter tires then you will be astonished. When I bought my Mustang (305bhp/320lbft rear wheel drive) to use in upstate New York, everyone said I would need another vehicle for the winter. One lone friend told me that all I needed was good winter tires. He directed me to Tirerack. On my all-season (Ha) tires, the car was pretty much undriveable on ice and snow. With these studless ice and snow tires I have NEVER had any problem, and I'm a skier, so that means getting to the Mountains just after the storm. In six winters, I have seen at least ten accidents unfold in front of me in snowy or icy conditions and have never been concerned that I was going to become part of the accident. The car steers, accelerates, corners and brakes with great confidence. It would be a lie to say they have the ultimate grip of a summer tire, but they turn an unuseable car into a very good winter vehicle.

The only time these tires have caught me out is on wet pavement. On two occasions (in six years) they span up unexpectedly whilst accelerating pretty hard in second gear (The car is a Standard), but that was really my fault.

It is worth noting that in retrospect, I should have replaced them last year. The WS50s did about 30,000 miles and I expect the WS70s will be similar. The performance in ice was undiminished, but they started to struggle in snow because of insufficient tread-depth. I replaced them with about 3/16 of tread remaining. I'm sure this is less than Bridgestone recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA6 s Sedan
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

Coming from Continental ExtremeWinterContact's, the Blizzaks are more comfortable, steadier, and more predictable. My old Conti's actually had better take-off grip than the WS70's and had better dry weather grip and dynamics, but rode harsher, made the rear end squirrely, and were less predictable in breakaway events under all conditions. The Blizzaks are better in wet weather versus the Conti's and light years ahead in slushy conditions. I have not been stuck with them on during the winter of 2014, where we have received over 100" of snow. The only thing holding them back would be my car's ride height and lack of all wheel drive.

The only thing I would the WS70's to be better is in absolute grip (acceleration, brake, corning) but only if the predictability and stability were not compromised. Better to have a tire with lower limits that doesn't scare you than one with higher limits that does.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44
 
 

1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320
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Miles driven on tires: 63,000
Location: St Petersburg Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 63,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2014

P255/65R16 106T Latitude Tour on an ML320 first series SUV. The tires are holding up well with just over 63k miles over 64 months. The first 18 months (14k mi) were in New England and the tires performed well through two northern winters. Snow traction was excellent as was wet traction. The last 48k miles have been in south Florida, mostly highway miles. Treadwear is excellent with about 4 to 5/32 of depth across the widths of each tire. (Tire rotation schedule and alignment issues with the car are main culprits for the uneven tire wear). Wet weather driving at highway speed in Florida has been great with zero hydroplaning (on 255s) along with confident braking. Dry weather driving is relatively quiet as is expected from all season tires. Mileage for the ML320 at highway driving is consistently 20mpg which I attribute 1-2 miles on the tire model. The previous tires were also Michelins but were H rated, lower tread life tires. I was initially concerned with "T" (118mph) speed rating, "B" temp rating, and 106 load index (2,094lb) for Florida drivers tend to consistently speed beyond the 70 MPH law. The ML is a heavy SUV with gross weight of 6000lbs. Front and Rear GAWR are 2550 & 3550 lbs respectively. A typical workday round trip is 140 miles highway driving 3-4 times a week. Additionally, was also concerned about the Florida heat and sun as the vehicle was not parked under cover for most of the last three years. As such, there is cracking all along the circumference of the tire walls (dry rot cracking, maybe). At this point, I am pleased with the performance and longevity of these Latitude Tours and may likely keep them on until the warranty period end (or another 2k miles). As a side note, I would purchase these again for a vehicle that I expected to keep a long time. These tires were a great investment. By the way, I love Tire Rack and will continue to purchase from them. Just replaced these with Conti CrossContact LX20 due to cost and remaining life of the Benz.

Which Rotor Fits Your Needs Best?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Brake rotors only come in one shape, but there are many different options. From Original Equipment replacements to multi-piece race rotors, we have what you need to match your driving style. Take a look at different rotor styles we offer to find the one that's right for your vehicle. It's important to remember that rotors should always be installed in axle pairs to maintain the most effective brake performance.

  1. Plain  - Plain style rotors are Original Equipment replacement options for most vehicles. They're balanced to minimize vibration and meet or exceed O.E. standards.
  2. Slotted - Slotted rotors are for everyday use, as well as high performance street and track driving. These rotors have a race-ready look and match Original Equipment dimensions.
  3. Drilled - This style of rotor is a one-piece, direct replacement option that meets Original Equipment standards. They also improve wet and dry braking performance.
  4. Slotted Multi-Piece - These rotors improve heat handling and have Thermo-Graphic paint markings for heat monitoring.

Centric Plain 120 Series
Rotor

StopTech SportStop Drilled
Rotor

DBA 5000 Series T3 2-Piece
Rotor


Search by vehicle to see what application fits your needs best! Also, to learn more about about enhancing your vehicle's appearance and braking performance, read "The Finishing Touch: Brake Rotors."

Best Brake Pads for 2014? It Could Be Brembo's New Offering

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

All brake pads produce dust as they wear. However, there are some pad materials that create a less noticeable dust and don't make your wheels look like they're covered in tar. A newer form of friction material, called ceramic composite, creates a light-colored dust that's much less noticeable and is less likely to stick to your wheels. Ceramic pads are quieter and easier on brake rotors. These pads can also extend brake life beyond a semi-metallic pad.

New this year are the Ceramic Brake Pads from Brembo. The pads are available to fit most popular sporty sedans and coupes like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Designed and engineered to enhance braking power, Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads minimize braking distances while offering a quiet and safe braking experience on a variety of road conditions. Original Equipment Direct Moulding Pressing Process provides a proper and accurate fit. The positive molding process uses extreme pressure to compress friction materials and provide balanced bonding to the backing plate. Each pad is then thermal scorched following Brembo's O.E. specifications to lessen running-in and fading.

Brembo's multi-layer ESE (Elastomer - Steel - Elastomer) red shim, clearly identifying the pads as Brembo pads, dampens noise and minimizes vibrations. Additional noise dampening is handled by the backing plate which also acts as a heat shield to reduce heat transfer to the caliper.

If you're looking to change the pads on your vehicle and want an alternative to black brake dust, take a look at the Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads. When changing brake pads, it's a good time to change brake wear sensors and maybe time to consider changing your brake fluid. Don't forget you'll get free shipping on all brakes, suspension and other parts and accessories on your order over $50.

Max Performance Summer Tires for 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Ben Rooney

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 profile, high speed options that combine computer developed designs and unique materials with precision manufacturing techniques to provide an unsurpassed blend of dry and wet traction and handling.

If you're shopping for a set of tires from this performance category, here are your top picks:

King of the Hill: Michelin Pilot Super Sport

The Pilot Super Sport does everything well: wet traction, dry traction, steering response, braking and even treadlife is better than average for the category. This tire is designed to allow sports cars, sporty coupes, performance sedans and supercars to achieve their full potential in dry and wet conditions. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are competitively priced and usually cheaper than the previous generation Pilot Sport PS2.

Top Tier Value: Bridgestone S-04 Pole Position

The Bridgestone S-04 Pole Position is a leading member of the most recent generation of Max Performance Summer tires. While their raw grip is not quite equal to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, they have excellent traction in wet and dry conditions, are extremely stable and provide confident handling. Bridgestone has been pricing them very aggressively, and in some sizes, you'd almost be crazy not to buy a tire this good at such a low price.

Lots of Grip, Not Yet Hyped: Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105

If you're the type of enthusiast who likes to do things a little differently from the rest, this may be the tire for you. The Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 has not yet made a big splash in the marketplace, but it has exceptional grip. I'm also a fan of the responsive handling that its stiff sidewalls provide. To see how the tire performed during our in-house test, read "New Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 Tested."

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5

2007 Porsche Cayman S
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: West Chester, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
October 20, 2012

I use these tires to drive to/from the track and on the track while I am there. I had been very pleased with the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11's that I previously had, and had heard that the Pilot Super Sports (PSS) were supposed to be even better, so I purchased a set when my RE-11's wore out. While the PSS's are a decent track tire, they do not have near the hold and stickiness that the RE-11's have. I was not able to hold the same line in the corners with the PSS's and the stopping distance in the back straight at Mid-Ohio was an extra 100-150 feet using the same brake pads (Pagid Yellows on front and Orange on rear). Overall, I was disappointed with the tires for track use. For street use, they are a very good, reasonably priced choice. If I am only looking for a street tire, I would strongly consider purchasing these again. For track use, I would definitely not.