Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

So far, so good. Over the summer months I had these tires, they gripped tremendously. I believe these tires are too much tire for the car. Only having 110hp makes for most tires to stick pretty well. However, the car always went where I pointed the front tires, other than when I started plowing the front tires in gravel. Pavement, however, is great. Just had...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Made the Hybred into a unstoppable Tank only limit was ground clearance as I pushed snow over hood of car. Let s face it, it is only 5 inches off the ground it was only limited by the clearance. I have them on a take off rims so only put them on in the winter I get 3 seasons out of them! Everybody is stuck on hills and I drive around them!   Read More

Are Sport Edition Wheels Good?

Yes! They may not equal the high style and lightweight of the more expensive wheel lines like BBS, O.Z. Racing and Enkei Racing Series, but for many drivers, the Sport Edition wheels are a great lower cost option. Sport Edition offers aluminum alloy wheels that have durable painted with clearcoat finishes offered in a variety of colors and styles.   One...  Read More

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

Fantastic tire, so far! The car came with Conti ProContacts...that were shot at 25k miles, then tried a set of Pirelli P7 that came on some rims that I bought for winter....Immediately after I put the Michelins on, the car handled better, better ride, less noise...better in every aspect! I wish that I would have ditched the Contis a long time ago for these....  Read More

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

I bought these tires and a set of 18 Hyundai rims to replace the 19 factory wheels on the car. I had two hydroplaning incidents and a terrible ride quality during my first 10,000 miles. The change was like night to day. The cars ride quality was 50% better along with an improved feel in cornering an no issues in some extreme rain and 6 deep standing water! I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

In five years my search was for a QUIET and SMOOTH RIDING tire. The stock tire is 235/55/20. I run this size in the winter on the stock rims. In the summer, I run 255/50/20's on custom rims.The OEM Toyo's were...acceptable. Ride and noise were about a 6 or 7. First set of larger summer tires were Nitto NT-420S's. First year was about the same as the Toyos....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial T/A Spec

I bought these three years ago along with a new set of rims. Shipping from Tirerack was great, and I loved that they came inflated, on the rims. I just slapped them on the car. They handled well, I always felt like they performed great. They are now producing a wumpwumpwump sound at medium speeds, so I'm thinking about replacing them. They still have 3/32...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Purchased these tires to replace the OE Bridgestone Turanza EL 400-2 marginally worn tires, because of their poor wet handling performance in standing water at highway speeds. In my first 2500 miles with the Continental Pure Contacts, they performed flawlessly in heavy downpours at 70 MPH, and in dry conditions are smoother and quieter-riding than the OE...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Bought a set of these for my Subaru outback because I was not happy with the winter traction, braking and steering in snow with the all-season radials. The michelin winter tires transformed the car! Traction was improved, but the biggest difference is braking, straight line stability and cornering in snow or slush. With all season tires the subarus have a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I replaced the OEM tires with these DWS Extreme. First week, I hated it. The ride and handling doesn't seem right. It turns out I need to have qualified tire center to mount and balance. A co-worked told me to go to a performance shop to have it remount and balance with a Hunter road force balance machine. The ride and handling is much better (almost like a...  Read More

What is Rim Offset and Backspacing? How Do They Affect Fitment?

Have you been told your Honda needs a high offset wheel or that your new Jeep wheels must have the right backspacing? Many drivers are familiar with rim diameter, bolt pattern and centerbore, but not offset and backspacing. Offset is the distance between the mounting pad and rim's midpoint. The diagram to the right shows a wheel with a positive offset. Every...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Went to a custom size to fit these on Redline rims. Luv these tires, got me thru another harsh winter (for Ohio) and lacking the time & $$ to invest in summer tires right now, as I've read previously here I will take them into the summer months & keep an eye on treadwear & performance. I have some twisty S-turn hilly roads in my commute & the Scorpions got...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Did lots of reviews on TireRack before making my purchase. Bought a set of 18 RX8 wheels for my mazda3 and needed a set of tires to go with. After extensive research these are the tires I chose.First thing to note, the tires are concave, as in the rim is 'poked' out from the tire. i absolutely LOVE this. it makes the rims stand out much more than most cars...  Read More

The New Hoosier A7 Versus the Hoosier A6

For many years, drivers looking for race-winning performance in an autocross tire turned to the Hoosier A6. Not only are Hoosier race tires high quality, competitive products, they're made right here in Indiana. Building on the success of the Hoosier A6 is the all-new A7.   Hoosier's A7 is a DOT-legal slick tread design with alternating five-dash...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

I must say that my love for these tires prompted me to write this post. I've had them for 13k miles now, through summer heat, heavy rain, 6-12 snow and on ice. These tires are great on a Toyota Venza. The original Good Year tires were ok but noisy, they also weren't as good in rain/snow/ice. When I put the parada spec-x on I was pleasantly surprised. What a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Purchased four of these tires for an old 1995 Subaru Impreza L AWD daily driver. My main concerns for new tires was superior snow/ice handling, acceptable/above average wet handling, and above average dry traction with a great tread-life while keeping prices low. After I did extensive research and comparison charts I purchased the Firestone Precision Touring...  Read More

O.Z. Racing Tuner System Wheels

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...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic LT

I purchased these tires pre-mounted on new alloy rims and had them studded by tire rack. What a difference all around. My truck is only 2 wheel drive and with the 6.0 liter V8 had huge traction problems in snow and ice. Now it will climb the dirt road hill near my home no matter what is on the ground, I can go places that many front wheel drive cars can't...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

I live on a mountaintop farm in rural West Virginia. The road into the farm is steep and 1/2 mile long. Plus they don't get around to plowing the county roads for several days after a storm. This season, 2013-14 has been a great test of these tires. My wife and I have two identical 2009 Subaru Forester vehicles. Hers has a new set of all season tires and...  Read More

Looking for Lightweight Track Wheels at a Great Price? The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is Your Answer

Autocross and track season are quickly approaching and many racers have already begun to plan for upcoming races and events. As most enthusiasts know, switching out your vehicle's heavy, factory steel or alloy wheels is one of the easiest performance upgrades to your track vehicle. By switching to a lighter weight wheel, your car will instantly feel quicker...  Read More