Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ101

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza DZ101 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.25
 
 

2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

I read the reviews of this tire and have to laugh when people say they are weak in the dry traction area. I drive VERY spirited through tight mountain roads and they are fantastic. They out preform the Michelin, Kumho, and Continental sport tires hands down. These things stick like glue and lose traction very predictably. If you have trouble with traction or ultimate grip with these tires it is NOT the tires lol. My son runs the DZ 1, I know it is a softer compound then the 101, on and his M3 suspension binds before his tires lose grip. He has run both and had the same experience I had. I bought them on this site and am thinking about getting them again for another car. They do not last as long as the others I mentioned but that is the trade off for the grip you get. My "5" means average my "10" means exceeds expectations.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: San Marcos, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

I drive a heavily modified Porsche 951 making around 450 hp and 450 ft-lbs. The torque comes in quick and hard, it takes a really sticky tire to not turn to smoke in 1st and 2nd gear. These tires are the best I've ever had on this car, I'm running the 265/35/18 on a 10" wide wheel and its a little small, my next purchase will be 295/30/18's of the same tire. These things let me put my power to the ground, but they also let my car handle like a Porsche. I'm sitting on some pretty aggressive coil over suspension all around with huge sway bars and solid mounts everywhere. The car was built to rip corners, and these tires hold like glue at 100+ mph turns. I've got huge 4 pot brembo brakes grabbing 14" rotors on the car, with some pretty aggressive pagid pads. Its enough brake force to lock up most tires at 100 mph at max pedal effort, but these tires are the best non slicks I've ever used as far as having the grip to let me stop quickly. They handle wet weather great too, but I have to warn people these are a true summer tire and are downright dangerous in near freezing temps. I can't comment on the ride quality of these tires due to the aforementioned suspension, nor on the sound of them because I can't hear anything over my 4" open turbo-back exhaust. Tread life isn't incredible but I'm hard on these tires, sliding them around and spinning them fairly often. Also, its an incredibly soft performance tire so I wasn't expecting amazing life out of them. I said to myself if I got 10k miles on the street out of them I would be happy, and so far I'm at 15k and I think I can make it to 20k. When my current set of 4 is toast, I will definitely be buying another, slightly wider set. Great tires!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.14
 
 

2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 BLUETEC Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,200
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,200 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

Posting as a follow-up to an earlier review. I've owned these tires since May, 2013. Unfortunately, after the 2nd rebalancing attempt by Costco, I was past the 30-day warranty exchange period. Spent $160 at the top balancing shop in early July, trying to get the vibration issues sorted out. Had them check the suspension for wear or damage - none found. They 'matched' the tires to the rims (high to low) and checked rims for true - everything was perfect. At or above 50mph, I still have vibration in these tires. Called Bridgestone - that was a waste of time - 'you are out of your 30-day guarantee period' but if you have less than 2/32nds of wear on the tires, we will replace two of them for ride disturbance. All four tires have been rotated around each time they have been rebalanced - the problem exists with all four tires. Very disappointed in what is supposed to be a 'premium' tire. The problems started the day they were put on the car - shame on me for not making Costco replace them after the 2nd balancing - but shame on Bridgestone for making such a poor quality product. If I weren't throwing $900 out the window (after buying the tires, mounting/balancing, road hazard, and the body shop expense), I'd replace them today. I also noticed a 2 to 3 mpg drop in fuel mileage over the OEM Michelins that came on the car (and lasted to almost 60,000 miles). Never again - it'll be Michelins or Yokohamas from this point forward on any of our vehicles.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2014 Mini John Cooper Works
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Centennial, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

I have had these tires twice, once on a Subaru and now I put them on a JCW Mini Coupe. The dealer ordered them from Tire Rack for me and put them on before I picked up my new car. It was December in Colorado.

I absolutely love these tires. I have used the Blizzaks and Michelins on other vehicles and this is my favorite. The primary thing I like is that the snow traction is terrific but what makes it exceptional is the dry traction. In this season I have used the tire on every type of snow and ice possible in Colorado. Outside of slush which no tire does well the tire is excellent. I will also tell you that if you drive a stiff suspension sports car you will like the ride with the non runflats. I believe that I could drive this tire competently in virtually all conditions short of track work.

With a front wheel drive and these tires you can drive with confidence. I went out to unplowed lots and put the tires to the limits, even turning off traction controls. I would purposely cut hard, throw up some rooster takls and try to slide and recover. It was easy.

I strongly and confidently recommend these tires to my fellow enthusiasts.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.22

2004 Volkswagen Touran 1.9TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

Overall, this a very good tire. I am driving a Eurospec VW Touran 1.9TDI in Germany and with it being a Highline, I have the factory sport suspension. Overall, I am impressed with how they handle. Coming from ExtremeContact DWS, it is a slight downgrade, and different class of tire, but a predictable tire. I drive spiritedly some days and easy others. Snow traction is very good in my opinion as the traction control very rarely intervenes. Braking is decent in snow and good in dry. Wet traction is OK, but I trust every tire as far as I can throw it in the rain. Steering response is really good and accurate and with my Touran, I have no problem keeping up with other drivers and/or showing them up. They do not let you know when they are ready to give up though. That could boil down to electric steering though. Most cars lack tactile feedback with electric steering setups, so I won't ding the tire for that. ECO, don't know. I average 42MPG for the most part, so I don't know if I am really seeing the return in my wallet with the ECO rating. As I am on my 5th set of Conti's, I have lots of faith in this brand. I have driven on many different brands, but I tend to come back to Conti. This is my 3rd set in a row as I had the ExtremeContacts on an E39 530d and enjoyed those. With Conti, you really can't go wrong, and why pay more for the other brands. I trust Conti and will stick with them and of course, TIRE RACK. Can't beat the service and knowledge. I have no problem recommending this tire to anyone that is looking for a good all season tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Wendell, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

I love these tires so much, I'm about to purchase my 3rd set. They're a perfect match for a midsized "family" sedan and spirited driving.

They enhanced the handling, cornering, and steering response of the OEM tires but still provide an impressively smooth and quiet ride. Wet and dry tractions is terrific. On empty country back roads I can push the car aggressively around corners and the tires will hang on. Though the car's suspension plays a role, these tires won't abruptly "hop" around corners if you hit a bump mid turn. They stay planted and when they do break away, they break smoothly with plenty of warning so you can get the rear end in check. Fuel mileage has not taken a noticeable hit with these more aggressive tires. On 5 hour+ highway trips, they're quiet, smooth with no impact harshness over expansion joints and road irregularities. With 5,000 mile rotations and keeping PSI around +3PSI factory setting, they have worn perfectly evenly on all four corners.

The only downside is that I can only get about 30,000 - 35,000 miles out of them despite the 50,000 mile tread life warranty. Around 30,000 wet traction begins to decrease noticeably. While OK in a straight line on wet highways, sudden/hard turns will make the handling squirrelly. But they're still OK to drive and not bad considering 75% of the tread and the top sipes and grooves are worn. With the down pours we get here on occasion, I would rather have fresh tread so I’ll replace them soon. Fortunately they're reasonably priced and a much better value compared to similar tires. Would I put these on an M3 or Mustang? No. But a Mazda 6, Accord, Optima, Camry SE, etc... most definitely a great match.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2006 BMW M3 Coupe Competition Package
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Miles driven on tires: 9,500
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,500 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2013

Use these as my street tires, in 255/35R19 front and 275/30R19 rear, mounted on a set of Volk TE37SL wheels (19x9.5" & 19x11") on my extensively modified M3. For reference, track tires are usually PS Cups, or Nitto/Hoosier R-comps.

First off, these are the ONLY Street Tires I have run on this car that aren't immediately overpowered by the brakes, which are StopTech Trophy 6P/4P 380mm/355mm 2pc that I use for competition. Braking distance is better with these than anything else that is daily driveable, and in the wet I have more traction than I would have ever thought possible especially from these widths!

With a quite stiff race suspension, these tires have improved ride quality and decreased noise, with no perceptible change in NVH since new.

Control is phenomenal, with very good feedback and they are very communicative as to their limits, while allowing throttle on oversteer but being perfectly easy to reign back in.

Since going with these for my M3, I have also swapped to them on my GT3 RS and they're every bit as good there.

Another benefit is that they weigh in at about 2.5lbs less than other comparable tires, and in my pursuit of decreasing drivetrain loss as much as absolutely possible, the extra 10lbs of unsprung weight combined with the 28lb from the wheels is immense.

11/10.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2013

My previous set of tires were Toyo Proxes. I burned thru them in about 7,000 miles. I do 6 to 8 track events each year plus drive the car whenever the weather is good. These are simply the best gripping tires I have ever owned. The ride of the car has improved and the traction of the tires have made up for some over-driving errors at the track (Miller Motorsports). If there is a better tire out there for track and road driving, I would like to know. We have taken the Porsche on road trips of over 1,000 miles and my wife says she enjoys the ride. The Porsche has been lowered, new shocks to match suspension, plenum, complete exhaust and intake. 299 rear wheel horsepower. 235 at the front and 305 at the rear. I bought two sets of rear tires because the fronts last twice as long as the rears.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H426

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H426 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2003 Volkswagen Golf GL TDi
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Miles driven on tires: 26,000
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 26,000 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

Put these on about a year and a half ago; great tires while they were on (quiet and pretty grippy) but after about 26,000 miles the tread was down to 3/32. I got them replaced for the prorated warranty amount, but had to pay for installation of the new tires and chose to get the road hazard warranty which worked out to pretty much the same amount that I got back from the warranty (120 for install + warranty, 132 back on the cost of the tires).

As far as traction in snow, I drove in some light snow and they were OK, but not very good (comparing them to the 4 sets of other tires that were all about the same price). I have an under powered car and there was some slipping under acceleration, even light acceleration.

They wore evenly; I rotated according to my vehicle manufacturer's specifications (10K) and kept them inflated WARM at 40-42 PSI. Most of my suspension is pretty new. I corner briskly but am otherwise not an aggressive driver.

Would not buy again, but tread life is really important to me.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Carving Edge

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Carving Edge Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Manchester, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

These are great winter tires and offer exception dry and wet grip and solid performance on snow and ice, they may not grip quite as well as a Blizzak or Graspic in really wet snow but they offer excellent all around winter performance and EXCEPTIONAL resistance to hydroplaning. They are a bit slow to react and have lots of flex on initial turn in and are quite noisy on dry roads under acceleration and breaking but thats to be expected of a snow. They offer a very comfortable ride as well though a soft sidewall can lead to a bouncy ride with stiff aftermarket performance suspension. Under braking they offer good grip and track straight unlike some other snows that tend to pull under hard braking. I am quite happy with my purchase of these tires and have driven through a several sever winter storms with them and have found them to be competent and predictable in there harsh condition behavior. If I have one major issue with them its that they can tend to flex excessively during lane changes making them a bit unpredictable as to when they will actually initiate the turn resulting in a dead spot in steering this also is apparent over irregular road surfaces in that you can feel the tread flex significantly laterally making the rear of the car feel unsettled when its not, my Corrado is on aftermarket performance suspension and is very stiffly sprung and has very significant steering feel though which tends to amplify the feel of the flexing in a standard vehicle i imagine it would be far less prominent. I would buy these tires again and if current wear patterns indicate anything they should last me at least 1 or 2 more seasons of aggressive winter driving.

 

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 Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2006 BMW Z4 3.0si Roadster
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Irving, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

I spend so many hours buffing and polishing this little sports car, we don't take it out in the rain unless absolutely necessary so not much experience in the rain. I don't drive "spirited" on wet pavement.
These tires replaced the OEM run-flats. So much of an improvement!
Really quiet. That was my main requirement.
They ride very softly and quietly. Yet they turn on a dime. Not much sidewall flex.
This cars suspension is "sporty" to begin with. I didn't want to add to the harsh ride with stiff tires.
This tire model surpassed all my expectations. I would definitely buy them again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Valrico, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

I just purchased my 2nd consecutive set of these tires in a 275-40/19 for my Brembo package 5.0. My spirited driving consists mostly of lateral acceleration and an occasional downshift around familiar curves. I know for a fact that I'm not pushing the suspension or the tires past their comfort zone, but enough to keep my wallet and I comfortable. Lol

The first time I bought these tires (December '12), I was at 27k miles on factory Pirellis. (Nothing like taking up two lanes with a 3rd gear downshift at 60 on a stock setup.) and immediately felt the difference, even during the break in period. I just purchased my second set (1/8/14 at 56k miles) and it reminded me of how much I love them. Even in Florida's random terrential downpours and nearly bald tires, the car wouldn't act stupid.

Not sure if I got the full experience from the original set either because within 2 weeks of getting them I took a road trip to Maryland/Pennsylvania (Mountains, ice, snow, slush, sleet, salt, the fun stuff. Lol) and they handled suprisingly well. 12/25-12/30 they handled snow suprisingly well. I was very cautious on the mountain (With a line of 4x4s behind me and a little bit of spin going up hills. Lol) Never once lost it or felt as if I would have needed to call the insurance company.

At 420/406 and just an Anti-Roll Bar kit (To take out the wheel hop from having a cheap factory single center mounted UCA.), I pulled a 1.97 60'/12.2 @ 116. Wheel spin expected, but happy for a street tire. Performs just as well on the street with some VHT. They lose their pizzazz after about 15k, but are still reliable for daily commute. From what I've read and experienced with them, they have a decent inner structure that leaves you confident in familiar corners. I say that because you never know what's around the corner and towards the end, my completely worn Brembos could lock them up (Feel the ABS pulse) at 30 mph.

(Running out of space) Great tire. Save yourself $800+ for upgrades.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP20 FE

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP20 FE Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Bethesda, MD
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2014

we had these for 35K on our 2003 civic hybrid. at about 8 years they still had tread but a couple of the tires went out of round as we did not drive the car frequently now and then. Decided to put new ones on the car after a lot of reading of reviews. They are great on the civic hybrid. great traction even when taking hard corners fast and on/off ramps (hybrid has lots of torque on the lower end and its got a pretty good suspension for handling) and there is no slippage, squealing or handling issues. Never had an issue with the tires on rain or light snow/ice on the old or new set of tires. I cant think how people must be driving to get them to have traction issues, maybe a heavier/larger car, but ive never come close to it breaking away at all.

they are a harder sidewall so not as coushie of ride as other radials, but not bad at all. road noise is minimal, its a pretty light and thin walled car, not a luxury ride. so far milage has stayed at around 45 winter and closer to 50 in the summer (can get better, just most driving is short and worse for decent mpg) on the new set, so no initial hit on the new tires i can see.

happy camper.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.27
 
 

2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Tdi Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Genoa, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
December 02, 2013

I had a set of the previous Firestone Winterfire tires on the car for 7 winters before one developed a bubble. Tread still had 50% depth. They were a non-directional "block" style tread. Noise was moderate, dry handling was like dancing with a drunk fat chick, but the snow traction was outstanding.

The current Winterforce tires I installed to replace them appeared like the dry handling would be improved with the directional tread pattern and also the noise level would be lower. Indeed, the dry handling is better (although still pretty queasy) but the snow performance is not as good and even worse, the tires howl like a set of Dick Cepek Crushers. I rotate every season and suspension/alignment are good, but even a low speeds they send a growl throughout the cabin.

I put up with the noise because they provide vital winter traction, but I won't buy them again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.83
 
 

2008 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 14, 2013

Tires were purchased to maintain the handling potential of the car. The tires are not smooth, that said, the suspension of the car contributes to the roughness of the ride. I am perfectly satisfied with the ride and expect such a ride with the car and the superior handling tires. I purchased the tires after they were discounted after a newer model was introduced. I did not need state of the art performance tires and the discounted price allowed me to purchase what I consider a high end performance tire. I would buy these tires again (for the discounted price). I no longer autocross but expect my car to be auto cross capable and these Bridgestone's provide the capability.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Elyria, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

This is a great tire if you are looking for a comfortable and quiet touring tire. I can enjoy getting on the highway and driving 6-7hours to NY or NC. My car has had a variety of tires on it for the 17 plus years I have owned. May max performance tires will cup and make horrendous noise within 10K and ride very hard over rough roads pom this type a car. I was getting tired of the noise and harsh ride and wanted a comfortable touring tire like the original P6 they came with in 1986. I tried a Pirelli P zero nero, but that tire was poor in all areas of noise and wear. This tire fit the bill perfectly and has had great tire wear with very little cupping. I am running MO30 suspension and being a 16" wheel this tire will give up in a hard corner or when braking when pushed very hard in the dry. It does not squeal or give you a sign, but it will let go because of the larger soft side wall that gives it the comfortable ride. Maybe a 17" wheel conversion with this same tire would improve the cornering. You just have to know the limits of this tire and not get stupid or it may bite you. I would rate it as an excellent touring tire. I will probably buy again when the these wear out unless another model proves to combine the same comfort with an increase in performance.

 

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.

Gift Certificates for the Holiday Season

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Not sure what to give that special car enthusiast this holiday season? A Tire Rack Gift Certificate is the perfect solution! Gift Certificates are available in any amount, can be delivered by mail as a paper certificate, or as an email which can be sent directly to the recipient in minutes!

Want to apply the remaining balance of your Gift Certificate to a future purchase? No problem. Unused portions of your Gift Certificate will be credited to your Gift Certificate account for future purchases. Gift Certificates expire five years from the date of issue.

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Which Tire Can Make Your SUV Handle Like a Car?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Doc Horvath

While most SUV owners appreciate the added space and "go anywhere" capability of their vehicles, the high speed handling of most SUVs can often leave enthusiastic drivers wanting more. Bridgestone, Continental, Pirelli and others have developed Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires in popular SUV sizes which fit this bill.

The new Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport AS was put in a head-to-head test with the Continental CrossContact LX Sport and Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season. Tests were performed using our Performance Test Track Drives and Real World Road Rides to see which tire made our Porsche Cayenne test SUVs handle most like their sports car relatives.

On our 4.1-mile loop of expressways, state highways and county roads, we're able to get a sense for how each tire will perform in real world conditions, like those most of our customers experience on their daily commute. The variety of pavement types, conditions and legal speeds puts each tire through its paces and helps determine overall ride comfort, road noise and handling characteristics. Continental's CrossContact LX Sport made easy work of small- and medium-sized impacts, while minimizing the effects of larger pavement breaks and other issues. Pirelli's Scorpion Verde All Season was close behind, with the Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport AS allowing just a little more road feel to sneak through the suspension. Road noise was minimal from all three models, and the Bridgestone was able to set the standard with the best handling characteristics. The Continental and Pirelli followed behind, but weren't able to replicate the crisp steering response of the Dueler H/P Sport AS.

Our 1/3-mile test track allows us to replicate extreme maneuvers in both wet and dry conditions that are normally experienced during an abrupt emergency avoidance move. The quick handling characteristics of the Bridgestone carried over to the track, providing very predictable and stable handling in both dry and most notably, wet track conditions. The CrossContact Sport LX wasn't too far behind, but the Pirelli struggled to maintain grip during acceleration and braking, making it a challenge to control near the limit.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires: Can Some of the Newest Help Yours Drive More Like a Car?"