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

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

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 contemporary Original Equipment wheel has a positive offset, however O.E. offset varies. For example, my old Honda Prelude SH has 16x6.5 wide, 55mm offset wheels while a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport comes with 16x7 44 mm offset wheels.

What happens when you get a new wheel with a different offset?  A higher offset results in the wheel and tire moving more in (towards the hub). A lower offset causes the wheel and tire to move out (towards the fender). 

What happens when you replace the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport's 16x7 44 mm offset wheels with the 17x8 6 mm offset MAMBA MR1X wheels? The 38 mm offset difference pushes the outside edge 38 mm out towards the fender and the additional width adds another 12.7 mm. Therefore, compared to Original Equipment, the outside edge is 50.7 mm further out towards the fender. Relative to the O.E. wheel, the MAMBA MR1X provides 25.3 mm additional inside clearance.

Backspacing is the distance between the mounting pad and the back of the wheel. Offset and wheel width will be marked on the back of the original and aftermarket wheels, but backspacing needs to be measured.

What does this all mean to you? Since we have already checked to see what fits your vehicle, all listed wheels have a compatible offset and backspacing specification. If you've lowered your car or you're running an oversized custom fit tire size, a higher offset wheel will allow for better fender clearance and a lower offset wheel will create additional inside clearance.

Shop by vehicle to view the wheels that are available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, February 20, 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.

General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.56
 
 

2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen SE
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

I have only had these tires a short time, but we got hit with about 8 inches of snow so far this storm. With OEM Continental All Season tires I was skating around in my Jetta Sportwagen in any amount of snow. After the first storm this season I ordered a set of the Altimax Arctic snow tires mounted on new rims. Boy am I glad I did, today's storm was a few inches of fresh powder that turned into hard pack during the morning rush hour. I was able to maintain grip on everything from the hard pack through the six inches of untouched snow in my driveway when I got home. I tested them out on the hill up my street and I was able to make it up without any trouble. I saw the video test for these tires here on tire rack where they put them up against 2 other brands and I am not disappointed in my choice.

I have run them for 2 weeks on cold but clear pavement and was pleased with the tire noise and feel. The road noise from the tires is no more than the OEM tires, likewise I have not had any reason to not be confident in the Altimax Arctic grip on dry surfaces. I no longer drive my cars "like I stole them" so I haven't come near finding the limits on these tires and I don't plan to. Really the only difference I feel with them is on a higher speed tighter curve, like a highway entrance/exit ramp. In that situation I can feel a slight rumble when the deep tread is under lateral stress.

If it wasn't for the holiday shipping crush, I would have had these mounted and balanced and on my doorstep the next day after ordering. The UPS driver was nice enough to disguise the stack of tires with my garbage can.

I am very happy with Tire Rack, their customer service and my new snow tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Carving Edge

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Carving EdgeReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36

2012 Fiat 500
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Miles driven on tires: 2,700
Location: Shrewsbury, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,700 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

Great purchase in terms of total cost (tires and rims). I drive 110 miles round trip per day (mixed highway & street) to work. These tires are the difference between being off the road in a ditch (calling AAA for roadside assistance) and motoring down the highway while others sturggle to make progress in poor conditions. As for the last 6 weeks we have had 60 to minus 5 degree weather and two significant snow storms. The first snow storm I took to the the road with these tires and was impressed with my ability to climb hills, corner, stop and plow through drifts. The best part was when I came home to a 20 plus inch snowbank at the end of the driveway and hit it at a reasonable speed breaking through without even slowing down (snow fying cover the hood, windshield and roof). The wife commented "please do not hit the garage door", and we came to a dead stop 6 feet away like we were on dry pavement in 10 inches of snow. I knew then and there these tires were excellent. My other car is an Audi A4 with winter Nokians, and these Pirelli's are on par in terms of performance (except for slight increasee in road noise, and this very likely a funnction of the sound dampening material betweeen a Fiat & an Audi, along with the size of the vehicles). Overall, great tires, I feel safe and in control when I hit the street, and look forward to taking on the winter conditions without a worry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2013 Acura TL SH-AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 1,800
Location: Roseville, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,800 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2013

I could not stand the lacking quality of OE tires (Eagle RS-A) So after I bought my car, I sold off my OE (40 miles on them) and bought a new set of tires. I ended with Bridgestone Turenza Serenity Plus and could not be happier.

There is a huge difference between Ultra High Performance and GT(grand touring) All season tires with 19" rims. You are trading off nimble and aggressive traction for a far better ride and sound characteristic. Since I have AWD I figured I was not losing much.

What I was after, that OE tires did not supply, was a smooth/quiet ride with solid all-season traction without changing to 17" or 18" rims. I was told that was impossible with AWD car however those bloggers were wrong. My stock size was 245/40 r19 so I went with a plus 0 size, 255/40 R19 to gain better ride. I gained maybe 7mm of sidewall and whammo it worked.

First off 255/40 R 19 recommended rim size was 8.5 to 10" and my stock rims were 19x8. I checked with numerous resources and posts/discussions of people that did the same thing, what I found was that it was fine.

Initially I tried Continentals DWS 245/40 R19 (was no 255/40 option) and loved their traction. Yet the ride was too sporty, granted they were far better than OE tires. Then I was talked into Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus in 255/40 R 19 (Ultra High Perf All season) - Traction and control were great however the tires were noisy & ride quality was not quite what I wanted.

So I then tried Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus (Grand Touring All-Season) in 255/40 R 19. Talk about night and day, these tires have solid dry, wet and snow traction with unbelievable silent/silky smooth ride. My wife could not believe it. She said, "I felt like I was driving a totally different model of TL!" Seriously, I highly recommend these tires.

Sidenote: 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD Advanced package - If you want a far smoother ride, change your stock 245/40 R19 tires to these Bridgestones in 255/40 r19. Trust me, pure silky awesomeness.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2009 Mazda RX-8
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Thurso, QC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
April 23, 2013

Bought the Michelins to replace the Bridgestone potenza RE050A that were OE on the car. The Bridgestones (treadwear of 140) have a really stiff sidewall, so stiff ride on an already really stiff suspension, but great steering responsiveness. But lasted 15000 miles to the wear bars. The Michelins transformed my car from an "eager" feeling (like a cheeta ready to pounce) to a more relaxed ride. The ride is definetly softer, but I lost some of the steering crispness as a trade off. OK for a daily driver. Don't get me wrong, it still responds quite quickly, just not with the "right now" feeling of the Bridgestones. Altough I don't autocross my RX8 (I'm more of a track guy), I'd probably go back to the Bridgestones if I was to do that type of racing. Great traction in the wet, just watch out for the painted lines when wet; they get very slippery. The side walls go inward (at least with my size: 225/40/19), meaning the contact patch is actually narrower than the rim, leaving the rim with no protection. Reasonable noise level for a tire of this category. With a treadwear of 300, I was expecting to see about 25000 miles before wear bars. I got 15000 with 2 tires left with no middle groove at all, even with 32psi (not overinflated)checked every week. Rotation done every 6000 miles or so. As for the 30000 miles waranty, forget about it. I was told that I would have to prove (with writen document) that tire rotation was done (I have no proof, I do that myself), plus proof of an annual alignment. I have more wear on the inside shoulders due to the aggressive alignment (wich is within Mazda spec for my car). Every sports car is aligned with some positive camber, these are not minivans!!! I believe that the traction is so good due to the fact that this is really a 140 treadwear tire. So expect the same milage as a 140, whatever that may be in your case. I do drive very aggressively in corners and high speed (above 110) on the highway. But I love the tire, new set on the way.

 

Kosei K4R Real World Reviews

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Kosei has a long history of building lightweight wheels at affordable prices. Their latest offering is the K4R. This 9-spoke wheel has been available for over a year, so we have been able to collect some real world feedback from customers who have put this wheel through its paces under demanding conditions. Below you will find quotes taken from customers about their experience with the Kosei K4R:

"I bought these for my fourth-generation Civic racer, as they are nearly half the weight of the wheel I had before. They are an excellent quality wheel and seemed to take the punishment of racing in their stride."

"The rim is a great value, very light and very easy to clean. I recommend these rims for anyone with 2008+ STI looking for a 17'' winter set-up."

"Fitment is great, as is improved handling - with the lighter unsprung weight (~4lbs. a corner) the car glides better over rougher surfaces and is more planted. Took it to MSR Houston roadcourse on 6/21 and had a blast...no issues whatsoever with the wheels on the track."

It's a tribute to the design and engineering expertise of Kosei that they can make a lightweight wheel that holds up both to the extremes of the race track and the punishment of winter weather. To accomplish this at a price that is highly affordable (range from $144 to $199 depending on size) is even more commendable. Wheel weight is between 11 and 16 lbs. depending on size and vehicle application.

The K4R is available in a limited number of fitments, so before you finalize your wheel buying decision, shop by vehicle to confirm if the K4R will fit your car.

What Size Rims or Wheels Fit My Car?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Upgrading the wheels on a car is one of the most popular modifications drivers like to make. It allows you to add a personal touch, while also helping it stand out in a crowd.

What wheels will fit on your car? Simple. Just use our shop by vehicle feature and we'll show options that are guaranteed to fit your vehicle. In some situations, our site will also let you know if a modification to the vehicle is needed for the wheel to fit. This message will appear under the "Important Notes" section. Situations like this are likely to occur with trucks where a lift kit is used. To ensure the wheel is a perfect match for your vehicle, we measure or verify many items, including:

  • Bolt Pattern
  • Centerbore Diameter
  • Hub Diameter
  • Load Capacity
  • Lug Hardware
  • Suspension Components Clearance

Once you have selected your wheel, the next step is choosing a set of tires that's best for how and where you drive. If you select a wheel diameter that's different than the Original Equipment, you may need a new set of tires. You can shop by size to help you find the tires that are right for your application.

For more information on selecting the proper wheel, read "What is Wheel Offset and Backspace?"

What Size Rims Fit My Car?

Friday, May 17, 2013 by Colin .

Deciding what size wheels fit a car isn't a simple process. You must consider details, such as bolt pattern, offset, width and diameter. We have made the process easy by already taking these factors into account. When you shop for wheels by vehicle on our site, you'll be able to see all options that fit. Tire Rack's website only shows sizes we know will safely work on the vehicle. We also let users know important information, including the fitment may be aggressive and may require fender modifications for a proper fit. 

To ensure a match for your car, we measure your vehicle's critical components with sophisticated electronic tools that allows our fitment engineers to create extremely accurate drawings of these parts. We do the same for the wheels that we offer and then use Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs to match the wheels to a vehicle. Using these electronic tools helps us verify the numerous different critical areas before a wheel can be listed for a vehicle. The items we measure or verify include:

  • Bolt Pattern
  • Centerbore
  • Hub Interference
  • Load Capacity
  • Lug Hardware
  • Suspension Components

When viewing wheels in our Upgrade Garage, you can filter options by diameter, price, finish, brand and even weight. Some vehicles come from the factory with a staggered wheel size fitment and our fitment listings will indicate if we have larger rear wheels for your car. Even if your car originally came with larger rear wheels, you can elect to use the same size in the front and rear if you don't want to stay with a staggered set-up. This will allow you to rotate your tires. Also in our Upgrade Garage, you can select the option that allows you to view the wheels on your vehicle.

For more information on choosing the right wheel for your car, read "Why Shop for Wheels by First Selecting a Vehicle?"

Enkei Tuning Series Kojin and Tenji: Traditional Style Meets High-Tech Design

Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The introduction of a new wheel design by Enkei is always an event among car enthusiasts. And, the Kojin and Tenjin are no exception. Enkei Tuning Series wheels are a perennial favorite among those looking to upgrade the performance and look of their vehicle with an option that's lightweight, strong and stylish.

 Enkei Tenjin - Black w/ Machined Lip
Enkei Tuning Series Tenjin
(Black w/ Machined Lip)
 Enkei Tenjin - Gunmetal w/ Machined Lip
Enkei Tuning Series Tenjin
(Gunmetal w/ Machined Lip)


The Enkei Tuning Series Kojin takes the traditional five-spoke design and adds just the right contours to give it an aggressive tuner look without being too loud. Enkei Tuning Series' Tenjin is the latest addition to the Enkei lightweight tuning line. In keeping with Enkei’s design philosophy, the Tenjin exhibits nine spokes carefully designed to achieve ultra high rigidity while maintaining low weight and style.


Enkei Tuning Series Kojin
(Matte Silver Painted)

Enkei Tuning Series Kojin
(Black Painted)


Both the Kojin and Tenjin are built using Enkei's state-of-the-art MAT Technology and SPEC-E wheel testing:

MAT Technology

Enkei developed a manufacturing process to produce the next aluminum wheel generation. The Most Advanced Technology (M.A.T.) combines one-piece cast wheel technology with a rim forming technology called spinning process. Using this new technology of casting and rim forming by MAT process is critical to improve the material property and strength of the wheels. Rim-Rolled technology shapes the rim to improve material elongation without sacrificing the wheel's hardness.

SPEC-E

All Enkei wheels are engineered to pass rigorous testing. In fact, Enkei established its own test standard called “Spec-E,” which is tougher than JWL requirements. Enkei’s Spec-E test setting requires a higher drop point in the impact test and 20% more cycles for the rotary bending fatigue and dynamic radial fatigue tests than JWL standards. The Spec-E represents Enkei’s confidence in its technology and quality of their wheels.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 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 ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Westport, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2013

I put these winter tires on the car 2 winters ago, they have about 15,000 miles on them and barely show any treadwear.. they are quieter than the Kumo summer tires that are on the summer rims.. I have been using winter tires on 6 different vehicles over the last 20 years, and these are the best I have ever used. Great traction on Snow, packed snow, and ice. they just seem to grip everything. I put a set on our other car this winter as well, and the Toyata Echo has never been so stable in the winter driving.. And we live on a road that sometimes doesn't get plowed for 24-36 hrs after a storm. WE've had to drive through 6-10 inches of snow to get out several time this winter. AWSOME...Tim

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09
 
 

2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2013

These came stock on the 19" x 8.5" rims of my 2011 Mustang GT. I drive 6-speed with 3.55 gears, so the rear tires get a bit more shock treatment than that of an automatic.

Brand new, the tires are great. You almost can't get them to break traction short of turning the traction control off and dumping the cluth after reving up to red line. But after doing that a few times, you will find the traction/stickiness of the tire will have depleted.

They are still good all-around tires, but after a few months of driving, they lose their launch traction.

I have already replaced two sets (four tires total) in the two years that I have had the car and am about to replace another set on the rear. That would mean that about every 10,000-13,000 miles, they need replaced. The tread is not down to the cords or anything, but you can feel a major difference in the performance at the 10k wear point.

Road noise is pretty minimal for a low-profile tire and the ride is comfortable as the suspension on the GT with these tires rides very well. There seems to be a bit of roll/softness in cornering, but if you know your car well enough, you know what you can and can't do and the tires stay fairly firm. I will buy them again for all year tires, but I will probably switch to something stickier for Summer track action on street tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial T/A

Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

1990 GMC Sierra 2wd Pick-up
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Jackson, TN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2013

Bought the BF Goodrich Radial T/A tire for my GMC Sierra 1500 2WD standard cab stepside pickup as a replacement for Goodyear Eagle GT tires that I religiously ran on for many years (only to learn that Goodyear stopped making that tire in a 15" when it came time to replace them.) I wanted the White Letter tire and as many of you are finding out, 15" RWL this is becoming a dying breed.

This was the first set of BF Goodrich's I have ever owned and I was pleasantly surprised how much better and smoother they ride vs the Goodyears. Dry pavement driving is great, and wet pavement is good and acceptable. I typically tone it down in wet weather just because you can't expect a light truck to handle like a car due to the light rear end.

The raised white lettering is not quite as big as what Goodyear does and the BF Goodrich positioning of the letters are closer to the rim, vs Goodyear, which positions the lettering closer towards the treads. Not really a big deal to some, but if you have attention to detail like I do, its worth noting the appearance difference. Also as a notation, the tire shop filled my BF Goodrich tires with Nitrogen instead of air.

After having owned these tires for over 6 months, I wished I had switched to them earlier based on their ride and appearance. Unless something unforeseen happens, I would be likely to repurchase and recommend to a friend

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, April 1, 2013 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.

General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2012 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,837
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,837 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2013

I ordered 2 sets of these tires ( both studded, hence the lower dry traction score and noise ) with new steel rims, one set for my brother who has the identical vehicle. I have just over 7780 kms on these, ordered October 15th, installed on the 22nd of October.

These tires are AMAZING in the snow, and equally competent on ice with the carbide studs. Wear seems to be non-existant, however I haven't measured the tread depth. The only downside to having studded tires though is the noise, which is more annoying at lower speeds in town, as well as reduced traction braking and accelerating on dry road in the winter.

With the traction control off, you can break them loose in wet snow, but it takes a bit of throttle to do so. With traction control on, this car is like a 4x4, I managed to climb about a 25 degree incline with about 5 inches of fresh wet snow ( back lane that didn't get plowed ) without losing forward momentum, although the traction light was flickering.

If you live in the snow belt, you need these tires. If you also have a lot of ice in the winter ( melt/freeze cycles + rain and snow ) you need them studded. What a difference over driving most of my life on all seasons.

 

New Muscle Car Wheels from Hurst and Hotchkis

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Is it time for some new wheels for your Mustang, Camaro or Challenger? New for 2013, Tire Rack offers a great selection of Hurst and Hotchkis wheels for your American classic. In addition to these brands, we still offer American Racing wheels, which has always been a popular choice.

Hotchkis' Y-Sport is offered in a 20" rim diameter with two finish options, matte graphite silver and machined with matte graphite accent. It's also offered in 9" and 10" widths to give you the option to stagger the tire sizes. As a new wheel style that goes outside the muscle car 5-spoke style, it's aggressive looking to give your car some attitude.

If you prefer the classic 5-spoke style, Hotchkis offers the S-Sport. As a split-spoke design, the wheel looks great and will show off your Brembo brakes. The S-Sport comes in a 20" rim diameter and 8.5" and 9.5" widths. Two finish options provide drivers different styles to show off their car the way they want, machined with black accent and silver machined with clearcoat.

Last, but not least, is my favorite wheel, the Hurst Stunner New Version. Also available in a 20" rim diameter, the wheel's finish is machined with anthracite accent. For Mustangs and Challengers, it's available in 9" and 10" widths, and for the Camaro, it comes in 9" and 11" widths.

Hotchkis Y-Sport
Hotchkis Y-Sport
Hotchkis S-Sport
Hotchkis S-Sport
Hurst Stunner
Hurst Stunner New Version


Set your American muscle car apart from the rest by searching by vehicle to find the wheels available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Graspic DS-3

Monday, March 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Graspic DS-3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2002 Subaru Outback Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
March 19, 2013

Got this tyre 2 winters ago for my outback. At the time it was just about the cheapest snow tyre around. My original outback died last autumn and I got another outback, and i kept the graspics on their rims. I am a confirmed michelin fanboy and was jealous of my GF who had michelin xices on her van. But my graspics have performed flawlessly. I kept them on last Summer and simply pumped them up to 36psi. My commute is 55m each way and I drive 78-90mph traffic and Smokey permitting. Tyres still have 1/3 left up front and 1/4 at the back at 50k miles (was the other way around on my original car). My GF's xices are worn after 20k miles. The tyres have pulled through ice and snow flawlessly. The graspics are also much better in the dry than the OEM tyres which are plainly awful. 4wd is no use if you don't have the right tyre-I spun out in a snowstorm on the OEM all season tyres. If you live in a winter climate region I wholeheartedly recommend the graspics.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Rochester, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2013

This is my second set of these tires. My first set I had on an Acura RSX and they handled amazingly well with that car. So I purchased for my new FWD Mazda 3 Hatchback and mounted them on my stock rims. These tires are amazing in the snow. The car handles like an AWD car now with these tires.

I did some winter camping with friends that had 4WD trucks and to get to the campsite, you had to drive up a pretty steep snow covered dirt road, then drive down a snowmobile trail. The combination of these tires, traction control and manual transmission helped me get up the hill and to the campsite no problem. My friends with the 4WD trucks were making fun of me for wanting to try it, until I got to the top of the hill....they were pretty impressed.

For the price/functionality...buy these tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2008 Ford Mustang GT California Special
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2013

Square setup on GT500 rims was a good compromise between cornering/handling and fuel economy; a square set of 285s (of the same tire) were greater traction-wise, but dragged down the MPG. I liked the 255s as a good all-around tire. Sold the car with tires a few months ago, regretfully.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

1986 Toyota MR2
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Burlington, KY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 25, 2011

I purchased this tire to replace a pair of worn Blizzaks on my daily driven MR2. The tires were mounted on the stock rims on a car with a refreshed and slightly upgraded suspension setup (stock height), all parts replaced and aligned. Even though the stock tire size is 185/60/14, I went to the 195/60 in hopes of getting a bit more comfort, but still great traction, with this car that I DD (highway) and still hit up the backroads with on the weekends.

Based on reviews and ratings (price wasn't bad either), I opted for these Bridgestones. I haven't really done too much serious driving, but I can say that the tires are much quieter than the old Blizzaks and just as much so as the 215/45/16 Hankook RS2s (great tire, but not much creature comforts) I had last summer. Also, these Bridgestones are predictable and direct with inputs. On the highway they ride smooth, as a new tire should but, again, they are nice and quiet.

Just this evening, I took them down one of my favorite stretches of backroads, and for a tire so comfortable, they just blew me away! Very direct, predictable, and firm. I didn't feel any squirm or "mushiness" from the front to the back, even through some interesting set of turns. They catered amazingly to my mid-engined coupe's unique handling characteristics, and had me having to throttle down a bit because of how fast I was going with the car still feeling so secured to the road... Frankly I was shocked! I look forward to making these tires last, all while getting the best use out of them. I hope to report back in the future!



A note about a previous review; perspectively good tires don't make your car lose control, but a poor alignment might. Proper alignment is important when judging how well a tire performs. Side note, I was surprised at the number of Porsche owners who commented on how well these tires performed for them, certainly in the pursuit of comfort from day to day, and performance from weekend to weekend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 80,000
Location: Silverdale, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 80,000 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2013

I finally broke down and purchased a new set of these after the old pair hit 80,000 miles. They are not at the wear bar, but close. Hear we have a lot of rain, black ice, and occasional snow. But I drive allover including unimproved roads, off road, and highways. These tires rock! I have had excellent wear, excellent off and on road grip in sun, rain, snow, and Ice. The ride is not as quiet as the old continentals this car had, but otherwise much better. I would not advise these for fair weather asphalt city dwellers, they can stick with basic high mileage tires, but these do not harm gas mileage much at all.
Please note my other car is a sports car with high performance tires and rims, so this car is driven where that car cannot or will not be taken.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Carving Edge

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Carving Edge Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Boyertown, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

I had them studded,thus the noise level was a bit high. Great tire overall. Have no problems with traction now for the winter driving. With the Summer only tires I had to move my car in the lot for plowing and got stuck every few feet. Not made for snow, but now I feel safer and more sure of not getting stuck or sliding off the road. Steering is not as good on the road as with the 20" rim and summer tire but as expected they are good for winter driving. Aspect ratio may be the reason for the looser feel. Stock Summer Size 255/45ZR20 Rear 245/45/ZR20 Front. Winter 235/60/18 all four corners. Down sized to 18" Wheel. They are studded so I don't push them real hard, don't want to rip up the roads.Over all great for Winter driving. This is a 6 Speed manual with 392 Rear gears. So Easy off the line, or spin the wheels, rip the pavement or pull the studs out of the tires.