Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 6, 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 X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Greenwich, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I took delivery of the Sportwagen in October 2010. The OEM tires were new when they faced their first snowy season in Connecticut. I was constantly checking tire pressures because the handling in the lite snow and dry was terrible. I resigned my self thinking, "Be glad with the TDI but the Sportwagen is no handler.

This winter is above average for snowfall in Connecticut and the driving on uncleared roads is mission critical for me; getting my four year-old daughter safely back and forth to school. I decided to get dedicated snows for the winter. I've had Blizzaks, Dunlops even Firestone studded tires on other family cars. I liked what I read about the Michelin X-Ice3's and decided to try them. The Michelin X-Ice3's replaced the OEM all-season Hankooks. What a difference! I keep anticipating a slide or skid, but the X-Ice3's have raised the bar when driving in the snow.

OK, you would expect them to be way better than OEM All-Seasons in snow. But, the real surprise was that the X-Ice3's have better grip than the OEM tires did in both dry and rainy conditions. No more loss of traction when accelerating.
I've changed my mind, the Jetta TDI is a pretty good handling car. I expect the Michelins to wear longer than the Blizzaks I had. Come the spring I intend to treat the Sportwagen to a set of summer-performance tires; probably Michelin's.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

1997 Nissan Maxima SE
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: East Haven, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2014

Really incredible snow tire. I ski Vermont every weekend and driving in inches of snow at speed in my front wheel drive car I am completley confident with these tires.
I would buy for every car I get. I have them on steel wheels for easy change out in the spring.
One note do not drive them into the warm weather of the spring it will wear them out prematurley.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax RT

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax RT Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

1998 Mercury Sable
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Waterloo, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
December 07, 2013

I have approx. 5,000 miles on the two tires from last spring, and less than 100 miles on the other two. The best tires I have used, and they are less expensive... I started off with two last spring, I bought them simply because they are what the garage had. Now that winter is near, and wanted two new tires, I made sure that Altimax tires were in stock at the dealership I was going to. Now that all four tires are Altimax I'm enjoying how well my 15 year old car drives, including in light snow. I hope to use Altimax tires from now.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Enasave 01 A/S

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Enasave 01 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.45
 
 

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Monroe Township, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

These tires are the OEM fitment for my car. My first impression of these tires was that they were quiet, had OK grip levels for normal driving and had dull response - to this day, my opinion hasn't changed. I understand Mitsubishi chose an absurd tire size in order to maximize MPG, but having seat time with a car wearing Bridgestone RE92's, the turn in is mushy, even at 40 PSI, and the tires howl a lot before losing traction.

Speaking of traction, there isn't much. Lateral bite is very strong, assuring you they'll deliver in a panic braking situation - longitudinal traction is another story. These tires aren't dangerous by any stretch of the imagination, even in 5 degree freezing cold winter nights, but for someone who has a heartbeat for racing, they'll be disappointed.

My car also has a very conservative suspension tune, designed for countries like Thailand where many roads are poorly paved, or gravel or dirt. I'll be changing my springs and sway bars soon, to see if the soft suspension settings are the bigger culprit to the car's poor quality of handling.

These tires also don't cut through deep snow very well - or my car's 1,950lb weight is to blame. But they'll get you home in one piece. If 165-65R14 is your only choice, stick with the Potenzas. You'll be happier in the long run.

 

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

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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 Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2013 Chrysler Town and Country
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: SILVER SPRING, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2014

I live in MD and we don't get much snow around here so a winter tire is overkill, unless like me you go looking for snow to get your skiing fix. Purchased these Conti's two weeks ago and already took a trip up to Vermont over MLK holiday. I'm very impressed by this tire. I read all the reviews about winter tires and road noise in dry conditions but I didn't notice any difference between these and my OEM Yokohama's. It could be the weight of the car that makes things better, noise wise, as compared to what other reviewers noticed. The stability is a bit off but I'm driving a minivan so I was not expecting much. On our recent trip to VT (with a return detour through the Poconos PA) we hit snow, slush, ice and windy roads. The tires performed admirably again and again. Up moderately steep mountain roads covered with 4in of fresh snow and hard packed snow under... no problem (but I had to use the manual shifter to keep it steady traction in 3rd gear and engine brake going down), slush on the highways... no problem, ice on some of the byways... well, abs engaged when stopping a few times but I think that's how it's suppose to work. I was originally worried about the unique pattern of the Conti's and was going to go with the Michelin's (used them and lowed them when I lived in the snowy part of Europe) but the price difference was a big factor for me given that I would be using these tires max 3 mo out of the year. Tirerack delivery was great. Got my tires in two days.

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

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.6

1996 Acura Integra SE
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Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location: Spring City, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2011

I purchased these tires looking for a performance all-season upgrade tires that I've had in the past.----The tires I had were (for all-season tires) great in the wet and dry, and acceptable in the snow.----For the Goodyears, in the dry, straight-line grip is as good as I'd need from an all-season tire, and overall cornering GRIP is pretty impressive as well.----In the wet, straight-line grip is good, but cornering grip is seriously lacking.----My older and MUCH cheaper tires cornered harder in the rain than these Eagle GTs do.----Break-away is relatively progressive, with the steering wheel getting lighter as the tires give way, but it just happens too soon.----Snow performance is about what you'd expect from a performance-oriented all-season tire.----It works well if you're careful and gradual with your inputs.----My biggest gripe with these tires, by far, is how they do not feel solid at all.----I don't know if it's soft sidewalls, squirmy tread blocks, or a combination of both, but the car just does not feel right going into corners.----I make the initial turn-in at a corner, then about a second later I feel the whole car roll and settle as I continue through.----This did not happen at all with any of the four other sets of tires I have driven on with this car, and I keep the tires at 40psi, so it's not an issue with the car itself or tire pressure.----In conclusion, they're okay...they work well for commuting and slower-paced, every-day driving, however I would NOT recommend them for anyone wanting a tire that corners nicely.----Tire wear is okay, I like to take corners pretty fast, so at 16,000 miles when these tires are at around 6/32" depth, I don't have much to complain about at all.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H426

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H426 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.27
 
 

2011 Ford Fiesta Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Allentown, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2014

Original equipment tire for my car. A great tire spring/summer/fall, but absolutely terrible in any kind of snow or ice. One of the worst tires I have ever used in winter conditions. Very good tire for temperate climates, great handling wet or dry. A bit noisy on dry pavement. If I never had to drive in snow I might buy them again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: New Market, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013


Ive had these tire on for just over 10K miles from spring into fall and they have been great so far. I cant report on their performance in snowy conditions as they have not seen winter yet. Dry traction, handling, and rain have been outstanding. I wasn't sure about the claims of better mileage from "eco plus" type tires but on a recent trip from Maryland to South Carolina the car recorded its best MPG ever--almost 2 mpg better than previous best with similar cargo and destinations. Tread seems to be wearing well and looks like it will perform as advertised--only time and more miles will tell. Previous tires were the original equipment Goodyear Eagle RSA's that went 20K and a set of Michelin Pilot Sports that went just over 30K. I'd take the PureContact EcoPlus over either of the previous tires any day.
I do subscribe

Original equipment tires were Goodyear Eagle RSA and went 20K. Replaced those with Michelin Pilot Sports and they gave

 

H&R Sport Cup Kit and Touring Cup Kit: What's the Difference?

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Ben Rooney

When lowering your car, tuning the shocks to match the springs is essential to achieving the best possible ride and handling. The H&R Cup Suspension Kit is a popular option for drivers who want to lower their vehicle with a matched set of dampers and springs. Suspension gurus at H&R make your life easy by doing all the trial and error themselves, and providing you with a carefully researched package of lowering springs and custom-valved shocks.

You may notice that for many vehicles there's a "Sport" and "Touring" version of the Cup Suspension Kit. What's the difference?

Briefly, the Touring Cup Suspension Kit usually lowers the vehicle about 1.5" and is intended to preserve a smooth ride while giving sportier handling and a lowered stance. The Sport Cup Suspension Kit will provide more lowering, generally about 2", for a more aggressive stance. This will close even more of the gap between the fender and tire and provide a firmer ride.

If you consider yourself an average or moderately enthusiastic driver looking for a nice upgrade to the look and handling of your car, the Touring version is probably right for you. If you're a more hardcore enthusiast looking for the most aggressive stance, the Sport version is likely to be what you are looking for.

To view all suspension products available for your application, shop by vehicle.

What are the Best Tire Brands?

Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

With millions of vehicles sold in the United States last year ranging from FIAT 500s to Ford F-150s, drivers have a myriad of choices. Shouldn't they also be able to have their tires their way, too? In a perfect tire world, every tire manufacturer would engineer the optimal tire for every car and driver. However, the market is very large and competitive, and instead of a few brands dominating all segments, there are all-stars that excel in their niches.

Even though Michelin was the first tire company to commercialize the radial tire back in 1948, all major tire manufacturers have the same core technology, such as radial ply construction, steel belts, etc. They often use the same or similar materials with some noteworthy exceptions, for example polyamide. As you research tires, judge a tire by how well it's been engineered for your specific needs.

Taking a look at the hypothetical case of Maria from Burnsville, Minnesota, she drives 16,000 miles per year in her 2009 Honda Civic EX Sedan which came with the 205/55R16 Original Equipment size. Her daily commute consists of two miles of suburban roads before hopping on the interstate for 25 miles of highway driving to reach work. She normally drives about five miles above the posted speed limit and has never received a speeding ticket.

What does Maria need in her tires?

  1. Snow grip - It's Minnesota! Running dedicate winter / snow tires during the winter is the best choice for her during the colder months.
  2. Wet grip - Spring showers will cause her to need adequate wet grip to brake, corner and accelerate properly in the rain.
  3. Treadwear - Since Maria drives quite a bit, she's needs a tire that combines good treadwear and has enough grip to stop quickly.
  4. Low tread noise and a good ride -  She's in her car over one hour each day, she needs a tire with low tread noise and the ability to ride well over bumps. Tire noise is heavily dependent on vehicle design and ride compliance will inherently be challenged in short wheelbase cars.
  5. Relative efficiency - One reason she got the Civic was because of its fuel efficiency. It would be helpful to have a tire that's engineered for efficiency even though tire choice is only a partial factor of fuel economy with speed, air pressure and other things coming into play.  

What tire is best for Maria? Based on our summer and winter testing, I would recommend the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422. To find the tire that's best for you car, shop by vehicle.

KONI Sale Continues for One More Month!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Time is approaching for the end of our KONI sale that has been running for the past few months. However, there is still time left to secure your products before the summer season ends. Now through September 2, 2013, select KONI products will remain 20% off regular price.

Whether you are looking for performance and adjustability with the famed KONI Sport or performance and comfort with the high-tech FSD Damper Set & Springs, there's a KONI product to fit your needs. The following are features and benefits of the FSD Damper Set & Springs:

  • An engineered suspension system of shocks and springs that complement each other.
  • Body lowering of 1.0"-1.5" depending on vehicle. Improved appearance, but still street-worthy.
  • Better handling. Roll, dive and squat are improved for better driver control.
  • Maintained or improved ride quality, even with lowering.
  • Limited lifetime warranty to the original owner.

KONI shocks lead the way in longevity and quality so shop by vehicle to find the proper products your car.

Great Grip at Great Pricing - Closeout Pricing on Hankook Ventus R-S3

Friday, August 9, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Although Extreme Performance Summer tires have stepped up their game, the old stalwarts of the category still provide great dry grip for your fun car. Like all Extreme Performance Summer tires, the Hankook R-S3 emphasizes dry grip and steering response at the expense of wear, ride compliance and tread noise. It's a great tire for spirited drivers. The R-S3 has always provided a great mix of dry performance and value. Now, closeout pricing in select sizes has made a great deal even better.

Do you have a PCA lapping day coming up for your 911? 285/35ZR18 tires have been marked down to $159*, 235/35ZR19s to $182 and 305/30ZR19s to $229*. Did you just pick up a Nissan 370Z? The 225/40ZR19 is currently available for $149* and the 245/40ZR19 for $159*.

You may also notice that some R-S3 tire specs show a 140 UTQG Treadwear rating, where others are now 200 rated. When the Ventus R-S3 was introduced in the spring of 2009, Hankook assigned the 140 rating to match the UTQG Treadwear rating required by existing competition rules. However, subsequent Hankook wear data revealed the tire line provided equivalent wear to its predecessor (Ventus R-S2) and earned the same 200 Treadwear rating. This has also been supported by Tire Rack survey results and customer feedback that indicate Ventus R-S3 tires provide equivalent wear to other tires already featuring similar UTQG Treadwear ratings. Where there was no change in compound or internal construction, some of the 140 rated tires are now discounted a little to help clear them out.

*Prices subject to change

The Difference Between Eibach's Pro-Kit and Sportline Spring Set

Monday, July 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

For customers looking to upgrade their car with lowering springs, Eibach offers two options that are designed to be street friendly, eliminate fender gap and provide an increase in handling and control. Starting with their most conservative option, the Pro-Kit Spring Set is designed for drivers looking for a moderate reduction in ride height, ride quality that closely resembles the factory spring and a moderate increase in spring rate. Pro-Kit springs will typically lower a vehicle .75"-1.5" and can be used with the factory struts and shocks (upgrading your shocks is recommended for maximum performance benefit).

Going a step further, the Eibach Sportline Spring Set will provide an average of 1.5"-2.0" drop in ride height, coupled with a more aggressive spring rate for additional handling benefits. These springs are recommended to be used with a performance strut or shock, such as options from KONI or Bilstein in order to compensate and control the more aggressive spring rate and reduction in travel.

Both springs come with Eibach's 1,000,000-mile warranty which protects the driver against any spring sag or breakage. Also, now through August 31st, you can save 10% when you purchase a select Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set or Sportline Spring Set. View rebate details here.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Friday, July 5, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy Saver A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36
 
 

2010 Buick LaCrosse 3.0
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Jefferson, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2013

I have 32,000 miles on these tires and probably have 10,000 miles left. Good life for a heavy full sized car. Not to great in snow, but not terrible. Seem to be fine on wet roads. I normally drive too fast and so far the tires have kept me on the road even when roads are sandy in the spring. Our roads in this part of New York are poor in quality with pot holes, cracks and my rural town still has many gravel roads. Performance is good considering where I drive.

 

KW Variant 3 Coil-Over: Race Technology That's Comfortable on the Street

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Having just purchased a 2012 Ford Mustang GT, I felt that many aspects of the vehicle's performance were phenomenal, however the suspension left me wanting more. While the car provides good lateral grip in corners and performs better than any other generation of stock Mustang, the soft spring rates contribute to excessive body roll and front-end pitch under heavy braking.

To cure this, I pulled out the big guns and installed KW's Variant 3 Coil-Over. While the Variant 1 allows only for height adjustment with KW factory pre-set damping, and the Variant 2 provides height adjustment and adjustable damper settings, the Variant 3 gives drivers independent control of both rebound and compression, along with a wide range of height adjustment.

Installation only took two hours with a lift and a few of my friends. KW even includes vehicle specific install instructions and recommended shock settings. While the car now rides on a much higher spring rate than factory, the dampening takes out some of the harshness associated with lowered cars. It really rides quite nice and shows a huge improvement in handling. The car lays flat into corners with minimal roll and is much more stable under acceleration and braking.

Stay tuned for more changes I'll be making to my vehicle, up next: tires and wheels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Common Myths About Using Lowering Springs to Lower Your Car.

Friday, June 21, 2013 by Gary Stanley

If you've already upgraded to performance tires, the next step to improve the handling of your vehicle is to upgrade to a better suspension set-up. Typically, the most cost-effective way to do this is to replace your vehicle's Original Equipment springs with a set of performance lowering springs. Lowering springs lower your car's center of gravity for better handling, but there are many other benefits to using them. To read more about the benefits of using lowering springs, read "Springs for Spring!"

Vehicles also benefit from an improved sportier appearance when lowered. So what stops many drivers from lowering their car? Here are five common myths that often stand in the way. 

Myth 1: If I buy lowering springs, I can't use my original shocks.

Fact: Springs that produce mild lowering of about an inch work well with newer factory shocks. In fact, Eibach's Pro-Kit Spring Set and even their more aggressive Sportline Spring Set are designed around a vehicle's original suspension. 

Myth 2: I will need an expensive alignment kit if I install lowering springs on my car. 

Fact: According to Eibach, a leader in spring engineering and production, most vehicles do not require an alignment kit after installing a set of lowering springs that result in mild lowering of about an inch. 

Myth 3: Lowering my vehicle will hurt the ride quality of the car and make it ride like a truck.

Fact: Some spring sets, like the Eibach Pro-Kit, are designed to maintain much of the car's original suspension travel distance and are only about 15% higher in spring rate to preserve quality. 

Myth 4: Lowering springs will sag and settle in, making the car too low to be practical.

Fact: High quality springs from H&R and Eibach are pre-compressed down to full coil bind and tested before they are shipped. They do not sag. In fact, Eibach warranties their springs for one million miles. 

Myth 5: Upgrading my vehicle's suspension with lowering springs is expensive.

Fact: The price of lowering a vehicle can be as inexpensive as a set of lowering springs, plus the cost of installation. For current pricing of lowering springs for your vehicle, check out our suspension page.

Is Camber Correction Necessary When Lowering?

Thursday, June 13, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

One of the byproducts of lowering a vehicle can be an increase in the amount of negative camber. When looking at the wheel and tire assembly, this can be identified when the top side of the wheel/tire slants inward towards the vehicle's center.

Negative camber is a positive trait for those looking to track their cars or drive spiritedly. It helps the car turn in and the tire's contact patch to remain flat when one side of the car is loaded entering a corner. Also, it's not uncommon for some race applications to see as much as five degrees of negative camber. 

Not everyone is looking for large amounts of negative camber for race use. Typically, most passenger vehicles tend not to exceed 1-1.5 degrees as they leave the factory. Having a lesser degree of camber helps with tire wear and is the primary cause for camber correction. Cars with large amounts of negative camber will tend to wear the inside shoulder of the tire more rapidly than the outboard.

If you have lowered your car on a conservative or moderate spring such as an Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set or H&R Sport Spring Set, your camber specs may still be acceptable according to factory spec ranges without any other modification. However, as you begin to look at more aggressive set-ups, such as coilover kits, you may want to consider camber correction if you're interested in the best possible tire life on the street.

Camber correction can be done using camber correction bolts, adjustable control arms or adjustable camber plates. While all of these methods work great, which type you'll need is dependent on your vehicle type.

For more information on camber, read our tech article on alignment.

Michelin Once Again Dominates the One Lap of America in 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Tire Rack is proud to have continued our title sponsorship of this year's One Lap of America event. One Lap consists of 17 timed events over 8 days. In total, competitors traveled over 3,400 in just over a week. It is a true test of endurance and performance

For the third year in a row, the overall winner's vehicle was equipped with the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. The Super Sport has been on the winning vehicle since it was introduced to the market in the spring of 2011. As the 30th running of this extreme challenge for driving enthusiasts, this year's competition featured many of America's fastest street-legal cars. View results for the 2013 event here.

If you're in the market for the best of the best in wet and dry traction performance, check out the Pilot Super Sport. It has proven its worth not only in the One Lap competition, but also in our testing and feedback from customers. The tire is the top-ranked option in the Max Performance Summer category. After reading a few of our customers' comments, you'll understand why:

"Quite honestly the BEST tire I have ever had on my cars." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX.

"These tires have oooogles of mega grip, even wet. I am going to need a new seat with harness just to stay in the seat." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Also, when you buy a set of four Michelin Pilot Super Sports before June 18, 2013, you can receive a $70 MasterCard Reward Card.

Spring Sale on Sumitomo HTR Z III

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

If you're looking for a good performing summer tire on a budget, take a look at the latest offering from Sumitomo. Their HTR Z III features an asymmetrical pattern that provides noticeable noise reduction when compared to the directional, previous generation HTR Z II.

While this tire may not be the top-ranked option in the Max Performance Summer category, it has one of the most attractive price points in the group. Developed for sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance sedans, the HTR Z III showcases Sumitomo's technical resources by providing high speed handling stability along with traction on dry and wet roads. The inside shoulder is linked by a continuous circumferential rib that enhances wear quality to help reduce noise throughout the tire's life, especially on vehicles with independent suspensions and alignment settings that specify negative camber. Straight and wide circumferential grooves along with long, sweeping lateral grooves evacuate water from under the tire's footprint to increase hydroplaning resistance and wet traction.