Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 3, 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.

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 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 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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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.

Send Via Postal Mail                                                      

  • Available in $25.00-$5,000.00 amounts
  • Delivered in 3-5 days
  • You can include a personal message                                                               
  • Standard shipping is free

Send Via Email

  • Available in $25.00-$5,000.00 amounts
  • Received in 24-48 hours
  • You can include a personal message

Gift Certificates can be used for tires, wheels, suspension, brakes and more. Give the car enthusiast in your life the gift they want and order a Tire Rack Gift Certificate today!

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?"

Performance Engine Upgrades for Your Car, SUV and Pickup

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Not only do we offer the best performance wheels, tires and suspension selection for your vehicle, but we also offer performance engine upgrades. I receive many calls from enthusiasts who are overall quite happy with their vehicle, however are looking for a little more power. Hypertech Power Programmers and AIRAID air intake systems are a great addition for the individual looking for safe and reliable horsepower gains.

Founded in 1985, Hypertech has been an industry leader in increasing engine efficiency, horsepower and torque for cars and trucks. Their Max Energy Sport Power Programmer is developed specifically for late model imports, while the Max Energy Power Programmer tunes late model cars and trucks. Some of the expected improvements you'll see from using these products, include:

  • RPM “rev” Limiter
  • Top-Speed Limiter
  • 0-60 mph Electronic Throttle Restriction
  • Read and Clear Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)
  • Return to Stock or Change Option Settings
  • Internet Updateable

Founded in 1997, AIRAID started developing and manufacturing air intake systems for light trucks and SUVs utilizing the cotton-gauze filter technology. Since then, AIRAID evolved to the next level with the introduction of SynthaMax filters. These 100% synthetic, non-oiled and washable filters are easy to maintain and can be reused by simply washing the filter with a mild household detergent and rinsing. AIRAID offers a wide selection of cold air intakes and air box/air intake tube combinations for your gas or diesel pickup and Jeep. Their QuickFit line has shown to increase airflow between 20% to 200% with horsepower gains from 6hp to 18hp, depending on vehicle.

Industry proven safe power gains from two industry pioneers for your vehicle. Which one is right for you?

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.

Tuning Solution for Your Dodge, Jeep or Chrysler: Hypertech Interceptor

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Enthusiasts are always in search of getting "just a little more" out of their vehicles than the factory intended -- whether it's improving the handling with suspension and tire upgrades or increasing power with powertrain tweaks. Tire Rack is proud to offer Hypertech's Interceptor engine tuning system for select Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler applications.

The Interceptor is a dedicated wired-in system that mounts easily underneath the hood while using factory style wiring harnesses that snap into your existing engine management system with no splicing or cutting of wires. It then continually adjusts the factory’s computer performance calibrations to boost horsepower and torque, provide quicker acceleration and improve MPG (all without voiding your factory warranty). In addition to controlling engine functions such as air/fuel mixture, spark timing and maximum RPM, the Interceptor also regulates transmission shift points and firmness for better driveability.

Expected gains by using the Hypertech Interceptor:

  • Dodge / Ram 5.7 HEMI engines will see an increase between 33 and 40 horsepower
  • Chrysler, Dodge and Jeeps equipped with the 5.7 HEMI will see an improvement between 20 and 22 horsepower
  • Chrysler, Dodge and Jeeps equipped with the 6.4 (SRT) engine will see an improvement between 13 and 18 horsepower
  • The new Jeep JK equipped with the 3.6 engine will see a horsepower gain of about eight.

The Interceptor is street-legal for use in all 50 states (C.A.R.B. E.O. or pending) and features a 30-day, money-back, satisfaction guarantee.

If you have one of the vehicles listed above, view what the Interceptor can do for your car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G2 Caliper Paint: A Nice Finishing Touch

Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

While I've installed suspension and brakes in the past, it can be some work. This past weekend's task was much easier with the use of G2's Brake Caliper Paint System Set to cover up the factory caliper's tarnished raw casting.

The G2 Caliper Paint System is quite thorough and comes with a can of brake clean, paint color of you choice, hardening resin, stir stick and paint brush. For less than $40 it comes with everything you need to do the job correctly and doesn't require the removal of the brake calipers themselves. While many people resort to spray paint, this method requires masking to avoid overspray and has a finish that isn't temperature resistant to brake heat.

To apply the G2 Caliper Paint System, follow these simple steps:

  1. Properly lift vehicle and place stands.
  2. Remove wheels.
  3. Mix paint and resin, stir for 5 minutes.
  4. Clean calipers using supplied brake cleaned.
  5. Apply paint using supplied brush (Use sparingly as a little goes a long ways.)
  6. Allow a few hours to fully cure.
  7. Install wheels and lower car to ground.
  8. Properly torque all four wheels.

Featuring such an easy installation, anyone that can change a wheel and tire can do this job. While I chose to go with a factory style color (black), a wide range of colors are available to suit your preferences.

G2's Brake Caliper Paint System Set is an easy and cost-effective complement to a Tire & Wheel Package or brake job.

Take a look at these before and after photos of my 2012 Mustang GT to see how much difference the paint can make:

     

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.

What Size Rims or Wheels Fit My Car?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

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

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

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

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

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

What Size Rims Fit My Car?

Friday, May 17, 2013 by Colin .

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

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

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

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

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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2007 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Bryson City, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

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

I have always prefered a Michelin tire, and have had great service from them over the years. The prices are high, and I have wondered if part of that is paying for the name? A few years ago, we purchased a new truck with General tires on it, and the tires performed flawlessly. In fact those 11 year-old Generals were are currently on a farm trailer, and show no signs of dry rot, or other problems. After much thought, I decided to give these Generals a try. These tires are very quiet and smooth. They have great resistance to hydroplaning, which is a feature that I like a lot. The tires are not great in the snow, but than a V-8 powered RWD car is not so great in the snow either. I have a designated AWD winter vehicle, so winter traction does not matter to me. We live in the mountains with lots of winding roads, and tires get punished around here. I have the car set up with a stiff aftermarket suspension, so it rides harsh and corners like a sports car. The car no longer handles like a traditional Crown Victoria. Infact this car has seen an AutoCross track more then once... The OE tires where very soft and the car had a tendency to oversteer with them on it. These tires take the curves very well. So far they have passed the test. I plan to purchase three more sets, one for my wife's Crown Vic, and two sets for our two vintage Pontiac Trans AM show cars. For the price, nothing else compares. General seems to have hit the mark!

 

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.

Need the Quietest Tire for Your SUV or Light Truck? Consider the Michelin LTX M/S2

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Very few of the pickup trucks and SUVs on the road today will venture off-road. However, many vehicles are still designed with tough off-road suspensions and come equipped with knobby tread tires. If you want to give your truck better on-road manners, consider a set of Michelin LTX M/S2 tires.

Michelin has built a reputation for providing quiet and comfortable tires for passenger cars, as well as durable tires for commercial vehicles. They have used this experience to combine both attributes into their light truck tires, including their newest Highway All-Season tire, the LTX M/S2.

The LTX M/S2 features a symmetric tread design and a long wearing, silica-enhanced, all-season compound to provide a smooth, quiet ride with year-round traction in dry, wet and light snow conditions. With over seven million miles of reported use by our customers, the M/S2 has received high marks for ride and noise comfort. Currently, the tire is ranked second in our Tire Survey Results.

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Michelin LTX M/S2:

"Best tires ever purchased. On my third set and would buy again whenever possible." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 GMC Yukon Denali

"As I write this review, I am in the process of ordering a second set of the Michelin LTX M/S2, P275/65R-18 for my Tundra Crewmax. I have 56,000 miles on my old set and probably have another 5,000 or more on the tires (I drive a great deal of highway miles for work). Proper tire rotation has left me with very even wear. They are getting down there, so I want to stage the next set for replacement. Highly recommended tire!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Toyota Tundra

"This is the best set of tires we have ever owned. These Michelins are on my wife's Honda Pilot and I must say, I am thoroughly impressed. They effortlessly handle our winter and the treadlife is outstanding. After witnessing the performance of these tires, I switched the tires on my Toyota to Michelins as well." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Honda Pilot EX

For the quietest and most durable light truck tire on the market, it's tough to beat Michelin's LTX M/S2. Shop by vehicle to see if the LTX M/S2 is available for your application.