Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, December 6, 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 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.
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Original equipment tires were Goodyear Eagle RSA and went 20K. Replaced those with Michelin Pilot Sports and they gave

 

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: 7.18
 
 

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,300
Location: Avon, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,300 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2013

Tire size is 205/55-16. I normally do not post reviews this early but in the one month I have been driving this tire it has been through every possible road condition except extreme heat. It has experienced temperatures between 14 and 75 degrees F, heavy snow, extreme downpours, high-speed city driving and long road trips. With less than 500 miles on them, these tires allowed my best ever fuel economy recorded to date on my car during a recent long trip: 38 mpg (previous best was 37.4 on the OEM tires). Amazing wet road grip even on rain-flooded grooved pavement. Only on wet painted lines have I been able to make these break free by getting stupid with the gas pedal. On dry pavement they provide a nice increase in handling precision over the OEM tires. The ride is on the firm side, but not harsh. I run dedicated winter tires ( Bridgestone Blizzaks ) due to the high number of miles I put on the car for work but I did run the Serenity through some of the late winter March storms to hit the Cleveland area. In deep salted slush so common on Cleveland roads they are excellent, actually putting the Blizzaks to shame. But on untreated snow more than 1/2" they lack any amount of lateral traction while cornering and can barely claw through snow in a straight-line. On packed snow expect your traction control and ABS to be constantly working. If snow is a very real part of your winter driving and you rely upon all-season tires to get you through these are not for you. But as a 3-season tire the Serenity Plus is excellent: great wet and dry traction, great fuel economy and decent handling. It can handle the late-spring or early-winter storms and the resulting thick salted slush that is so common throughout North East Ohio roads. I would definitely consider buying these tires again. Mounting these tires have actually caused me to put on hold my plans to trade the car, they made that much of an improvement in the over-all ride and handling.

 

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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, July 18, 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 ProContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2011 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Lincoln, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2013

Purchased the Continental ProContact EcoPlus the Fall of 2012 after much research at Tire Rack and Consumer Reports. Could have gotten a few thousand more miles out of the OE Yokohama AVID S33D but winter (rain) was coming. Hated the S33's as they did nothing well except help get good gas mileage and was only going to get 40,000 miles out of them. Immediately the EcoPlus were quieter, smoother, and with great wet grip but the mileage dropped from 52mpg to 47 or 48 and I was disappointed. I knew winter might be a factor and old worn down tires roll easier than new tires but I was still surprised. Now that Spring has arrived and the tires have 6K on them my mileage is back up. Just returned from a 451 mile trip to Santa Rosa and Fort Ross and the trip meter is showing 54.3mpg. That includes freeway, urban, and coastal driving. I could not be happier. Air pressures are at the correct settings for the Prius, 35 front, 33 rear. I don't think there is much advantage in higher pressures compared with the disadvantages; harsh ride, less contact patch, increased braking distance, wandering on the highway, and wearing out the center of the tread. I used to be the manager of a busy tire store and from the tire manufactures seminars I learned that hard over-inflated tires are more susceptible to punctures. A tire that is rock hard will puncture much more easily than one that has a little give to it. Imagine a balloon that is very full versus one that is not so full. The full one pops much more easily. Go with the car manufactures recommendation. They have worked with the tire manufactures to give you the best tire pressures for your vehicle in regard to safety, longevity, handling, comfort, and overall performance. The engineers for the cars and the tires know better than you. I love my Prius and my almost new but broken-in EcoPlus tires. These are at the top of my list when I need to buy new tires for my Subaru Baja.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Toney, AL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 13, 2013

I have had these tires now for about 2 months and replaced the Dunlop Sport Max RFT that came with the car and were showing too much wear for 15K miles. The truck is for the wife and baby so the Sport Max was a bit of overkill, but what a difference these tires have made. Quiet and smooth and stick like glue. We have been having our spring rains, toad chokers, and have had lots of standing water on the road several times already this year, no problem, goes straight through. I am very impressed and will definately use these tires again, in 50K miles it looks like.
The delivery process to the installation facility was as smooth as it could have been. The installers called when the tires arrived and I just made my appointment, stopped by and drove away a little bit later, very nice and very reasonable. A local "discount" tire company came within $350 installed out the door. Tire Rack is great.
I will follow up as I put more miles on these beauties.

 

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Monday, May 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2006 BMW X5 4.4i
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Miles driven on tires: 700
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 700 Miles on Tires
April 29, 2013

I am so happy with my Pirelli Scorpion Verde's that I can't wait to buy another pair. I had Michelin Energy's on my X5 and yes they are a good all around touring tire, however the price is just outragious. Plus, Pirelli's Scorpion Verde's to me are a far more superior tire from the ride, the handling and the way the tire is built. For example, as soon as they arrived at my home, which was delivered by UPS within a day, I could see the quality of the tire and design that stood out from the Michelin tire. Nevertheless, I recently went on a business trip to Delaware and Philly and let me tell you the noise level was low and the comfort and ride was excellent. I've never seen such deep tread grooves on a tire. This tire can handle Rain, Snow and anything in my opinion. I saved over $150 dollars a tire, Verde $201 and Michelin $350. In closing, I have always wanted to have Pirelli's on my car and now I do and I absolutely love them and recommend them to all. You don't have to spend the big bucks on Michelin, really. Let me reiterate that the Pirelli Scorpion Verde is an ideal tire for a SUV that travels via city and highway and ultimatley gives you that confidence of driving in style and luxury. I will be placing my next order for the other pair by the end of the week. Travel Safe!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2008 Pontiac G8 GT
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Spring, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2013

This tire is a on powerful heavy car and it is the best set I have ever owned. The wet traction is astonishing. The mileage not so sure about that but they have 30,000 warranty, so we shall see how close they get to that.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.6
 
 

2005 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 10, 2013

Excellent snow tire especially when paired with an all wheel drive sedan. The car stuck to the road like super glue(TM) in every winter driving condition. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

 

Eliminate Fender Gap with Eibach Springs

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Looking to get rid of the empty space between the tire and fender arch? Many people think they need to use taller tires to fill the space, but the right way of doing this is with lowering springs. A well tuned set of lowering springs will make the car look better, handle better and unlike oversized tires, it will not make the speedometer, odometer and other systems overestimate vehicle speed and mileage.

The good folks from Eibach dropped by to visit us last week and reminded us of all the wonderful things they do. All Eibach springs, from the popular Pro-Kit springs for street cars, to the special titanium springs they make for the Bugatti Veyron, to the custom springs they manufacture for the premier professional racing series are built to the same standards of quality and durability.

If your car is a daily driver, the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set is one of the best options available. It gives a nice boost to performance without compromising ride quality. The lowering is usually between 1" and 1.5" depending on the application. This amount of lowering generally doesn't require any special alignment parts to be added in order to obtain a proper alignment. It's recommended to have an alignment done after the springs are installed.

View all Eibach products and choose the one that best fits your vehicle.

Travel Trailer Tires and Camper Tires

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

With it starting to feel a little more like spring, many people are starting to bring out their toys. By toys, I mean: RVs, campers, ATVs, boats, personal water craft and motorcycles. While Tire Rack doesn't carry motorcycle or ATV tires, we do have a line of trailer tires and even some options for RVs. If you're concerned about your old, cracked and weathered trailer tires, now is a good time to consider replacing them.

Why use trailer tires instead of normal passenger car tires on your trailer? Simple, trailer tires are produced with heavier-duty materials and are constructed to be tougher than your typical passenger vehicle tire. A trailer will also be more stable on tires specifically designed for trailer use. For more information, read "Trailer Tires vs. Passenger Vehicle Tires."

The two tires we carry that are specifically designed for trailer use are the Power King Towmax STR and Goodyear Marathon Radial.  

 Goodyear Marathon Radial
Goodyear Marathon Radial
 Power King Towmax STR
Power King Towmax STR


The following sizes are available for the Power King Towmax STR:

The Goodyear Marathon Radial is made in the following sizes :

Be sure to check the condition of your trailer tires before head out on your first spring adventure. If you find you're in need of replacement tires, Tire Rack has you covered.

Improve Performance at the Track with Eibach Lowering Springs

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

An easy and inexpensive way to increase the performance and handling of your vehicle is to add lowering springs. By lowering the vehicle's center of gravity, you can reduce body roll in the turns, dive under braking and squat during acceleration. Eibach offers two different kits, the Pro-Kit Spring Set for performance street use and the more aggressive Sportline Spring Set for autocross and track use.

A key to choosing the one best suited for your needs is the amount of drop the kit can provide. The lower the drop from the spring kit, the lower the center of gravity - which provides the best performance. However, the lower the spring kit drops, the stiffer the ride for everyday driving will become. It's important to choose the Eibach Spring Kit with the appropriate amount of drop for your driving needs.

 Eibach Pro-Kit Set
Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set
 Eibach Sportline Set
Eibach Sportline Spring Set


Eibach's Pro-Kit Spring Set is designed to provide improved handling and improve the look of the vehicle. It's the perfect balance between performance and handling, while still maintaining the original ride quality of the vehicle. Eibach Pro-Kit Springs minimize the fender gap that makes a car look lifted. The Eibach Pro-Kit typically lowers the vehicle 1.00"-1.25" depending upon the application.

If you're looking for the ultimate in track performance, the Eibach Sportline Spring Kit will give your car a low, race-replica look. A radical reduction in wheel well gap and improved handling is achieved for serious track and autocross enthusiasts. The Sportline Kit provides a drop typically between 1.50"-2.00" depending upon the application. This kit is for someone willing to give up some ride quality in exchange for the best cornering grip and turn-in response.

Shop by vehicle to see if an Eibach kit is right for your application. Also, be sure to read "Altitude and Attitude Adjustment" for more information on properly lowering your vehicle.