Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, April 15, 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.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 650
Location: Newtown, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 650 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2014

The DWS is in a different league as the original Michelin. While the DWS is slightly noisier than the OEM Michelin, it more than makes up for it in how much better it absorbs bumps and shocks to the wheel. Also, with the Michelin's, even though the TLS is all wheel drive I could easily spin the tires while shifting in to 2nd gear and could shake them loose coming out of tight turns (upon acceleration) I could not make these Continental tires break loose under the same conditions. The Continentals are cheaper and have been a best buy for me for the TL AWD. Also, the Michelin's were horrible in snow. I actually have to use snow tires to get anywhere. While I expect these Continental's to perform better than the Michelin's in light snow, I already have a dedicated set of snow tires that have the sever snowflake rating for the heart of winter.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 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 Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2010 Toyota Corolla
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: North Miami Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

Recently put four of these tires on my 2010 Toyota Corolla S, they were added after several major upgrade to the car, such as: Bilstein B6 HD Shocks, Eibach lowering springs, TRD rear sway bar & Strut strut brace,car definitely rides better, comfort has increased especially with road imperfections when compare with Michelin own MXM4 tires. Not sure if the MXM4 were too soft and the Bilsteins were too stiff but every road imperfection found their way to me while i was driving. wasnt sure if these would help in anyway to smooth out the ride, but thankfully they do.those who are considering lowering springs and stiff shocks, should give these a try for their stiffer side wall which seem to help absorb bumps better than Grand Touring tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 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.


Kumho Ecsta LX PlatinumReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43

1995 BMW 540i
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
September 01, 2012

The car, a 95 BMW 540. It's a 4 liter V-8.
Southern California, no snow, but can be plenty of rain.
The tire, Kumho Exta Platinum.
Shock: Bilstein.

This is now my 3rd set of Kumho's. Last two sets were on an Audi.

These Platinums are nice! I don't race, but am spirited. They corner, they absorb shock, are not noisy.

First time I had to do an emergency maneuver, I was shocked at how well the Platinums turned in and stayed in the corner.

After that, I had a LOT more confidence in the tires. I can tell how much grip I have left by the sound of the tires. The noise on sharp, aggressive turnin is not intrusive or squeaky. It's not going to freak out the wife. But the tires tell you what is going on with the road and where they are at.

Way better than the tires that were on the BMW before. These tires brought out the BMW in this car.

Confidence inspiring, you know what the car is going to do.

On the highway, they soak up the bumps and give a great ride. The Bilsteins help, but noticeable difference.

Probably one of the better tires I bought.

No doubt, when this car needs tires again, it's getting these exact tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza SerenityReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89

2004 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 23,200
Location: Raleigh, NC
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 23,200 Miles on Tires
June 12, 2011

OK, so I'm a fairly conservative driver, but I like these tires. The original tires were Michelin MXV4, and I debated over these with the Bridgestones, among others. The Serenitys felt slightly heavier and more stable (better grip) on the road. They instantly provided for a softer ride and absorbed the shock from potholes much better. I have had no problems whatsoever in wet weather, and I do have to brake fairly hard at times. Drove over some snow and icy back roads after a mild ice storm on two occasions. My VSA kicked in due to a little ice sliding, but otherwise felt reasonably stable. (I don't know of any tires that can handle ice.) The Serenitys are wearing evenly and slowly, and are not noticeably noisy. -Still seem to have good contact with the road surface. I've done enough research on these tires, and feel confident buying them again without worry. This is a satisfied customer.

Bilstein versus KONI Shocks

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Gary Stanley

As many sports cars have been coming out of storage and back into their summer wheel and tire set-ups, I've been getting a lot of inquiries about replacement performance shocks. Shocks play a vital role in a vehicle's handling characteristics. Replacing worn shocks with a new set of performance shocks not only will increase handling, but also improve the responsiveness and shorten braking distances.

Looking at the options offered by KONI and Bilstein is a good place to start your search. With lifetime warranties offered and decades of producing durable and rugged shocks, you'll be very excited with the performance they bring your vehicle.

While both brands produce great products, KONI's shocks have the added benefit of a product that's adjustable for rebound. Stiffer settings mean more responsive handling, while softer settings give a smoother and more comfortable ride. This allows the enthusiast to tune the shock to their personal preference in regards to this compromise.

And if new tires are also needed, take a look at all our special offers available.

If you're looking to buy shock absorbers online, be sure to shop by vehicle.

 

Do you have lowering springs and need to buy shock absorbers?

Friday, July 30, 2010 by Rudy Riedel
Do you already have lowering spring or are planning to get them and are confused about what shock absorbers to get? This can be confusing with so may choices out there. I recommend the KONI Sport Shocks.




1. KONI Sport Shocks are adjustable. You can adjust the damper for the amount of rebounding damping that you want. This allows you to change the handling characteristics of the car for your driving preference. Just about every aftermarket spring company uses a different spring rate. With the KONI adjustables you are able to set the dampers to work best with your aftermarket springs. Dampening of a shock/strut decreases with tens of thousands of miles and with the adjustability KONI offers you can continue to increase the dampening over time.

2. KONI's are designed to improve the handling of the car from the moment they are installed and I can personally attest that they do. I like the fact I can set them softer for the street and then if I am doing a track/autocross event I can firm them up for better handling.

3. KONIs are built for a lifetime. They have a limited lifetime warranty for the original purchaser. These will be the last shock/struts you will ever need to buy. My original shocks and struts for my car started to leak at around 38,000 miles. I now have over 109,000 miles and my KONIs are going strong. Here is a picture of my 04 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon lowered on H & R Sport Springs with KONI Sport dampers.

Before you buy shock absorbers, check out our test results.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
If you need to update your suspension system with replacement shock absorbers, springs or even an anti-sway bar—you'll want to spend some time reading our test results. We get to know our products so that we can recommend the best of the best to you. It's just one way Tire Rack attempts to streamline your purchase process.

Sure, we test tires. But over the years, we've done quite a bit of suspension component testing. We've covered brands like EibachH&R and KONI, and we'll continue to cover even more in the future. Here's a few that might interest you:

"Form and Function: Performance Suspension Upgrades Can Deliver Both"
"Eibach Pro-Kit vs. H&R Sport Spring Ride & Drive"
"KONI FSD Dampers Improve Handling Without the Traditional Sacrifice in Ride Quality"

Whatever you want to upgrade, we know you take it seriously. Without a smooth suspension system, you'll feel every bump in the road. Which means your ride quality and safety levels could be compromised. Get the best.

Shop by vehicle for suspension components.

Tire Rack: Your one-stop online wheel shop!

Friday, November 6, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Like clothes and computers, you can buy wheels online. And at Tire Rack, we do our best to be your top choice for an online wheel shop. Our shopping tools are designed to enhance your buying process, giving you expert fitment and performance advice at every opportunity. And that's all available to you because we've spent years training on and testing the various products we sell—from brake pads and wheels, to winter tires and shock absorbers.

Our extensive collection of wheels features a number of high-quality brands that are available exclusively at Tire Rack:

Kazera
Kosei
moda
MSW
O.Z. Racing
Rial
Sport Edition
Sport Muscle
Sport Tuning
TRMotorsports
Zinik

See our complete collection including American Racing, Breyton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Enkei Performance Series and more.

Search by vehicle and enter our Upgrade Garage, which will show you all of the products—including wheels (right on your vehicle, on the screen)—that we have for your vehicle.

Shock Absorbers: Buying Made Easy

Friday, September 18, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
It's true, some find it hard. And that's understandable, given the amount of suspension products on the market. If one isn't familiar with suspension systems, and shocks are a pretty valuable part of them, it could complicate the decision-making process.

At Tire Rack, we appreciate the learning curve. We do our homework, testing products and compiling articles to help you along the way. So when it comes to shock absorbers, we like to start at the very beginning with basic suspension terminology. And that leads to more in-depth thoughts on lowering and controlling bounce.

All of this, combined with vehicle-specific recommendations and consumer reviews, makes it easier to buy shock absorbers online. We'll even help you find an installer.

And if you've still got questions, we'll work with you to find the answers.
All you have to do is contact us.