Do I have to Put Run-Flat Tires on My BMW?

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

When it comes to tires for a BMW, many aren't pleased with the harsh ride and short treadlife of the Original Equipment run-flat tires. However, many owners are unsure if they're able to make the switch to a standard tire. The answer is not as difficult as you might think.

BMWs can make the switch to non-run-flat tires, the same is true when switching to dedicated winter tires. It's important to note that in most cases, the vehicle did not come with a spare tire. If you decide to make the switch to non-run-flat tires, a road hazard would leave you stranded on the side of the road without a spare to put on the car.

A solution to this issue is to purchase the Continental ContiComfortKit. The kit is capable of comfortably sealing typical tire punctures, making it possible for you to complete the drive home, to work or to a tire repair facility. It combines a powerful, high-volume, 12-volt air compressor, integral pressure gauge and a latex liquid tire sealant packaged in a compact, lightweight unit that's easy to store in a vehicle.

Another option worth considering is buying a full-size matching spare tire and wheel. Going this route essentially creates a set of five tires that will last longer than just four. The spare should be integrated into the vehicle's tire rotation from the beginning, as this will wear out the spare tire before it becomes too old.

The choice to switch to non-run-flat tires boils down to your comfort level. If having a tire failure and being on the side of the road until roadside service arrives or changing a spare on a busy highway are things you could never cope with, then staying with run-flats is probably best for you. If you're confident changing a spare tire in only a matter of minutes or waiting for roadside service is not a big deal, then you may be someone who could easily make the switch to a non-run-flat tire.

To view available non-run-flat tire options for your BMW, shop by vehicle.

Best Brake Pads for 2014? It Could Be Brembo's New Offering

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

All brake pads produce dust as they wear. However, there are some pad materials that create a less noticeable dust and don't make your wheels look like they're covered in tar. A newer form of friction material, called ceramic composite, creates a light-colored dust that's much less noticeable and is less likely to stick to your wheels. Ceramic pads are quieter and easier on brake rotors. These pads can also extend brake life beyond a semi-metallic pad.

New this year are the Ceramic Brake Pads from Brembo. The pads are available to fit most popular sporty sedans and coupes like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Designed and engineered to enhance braking power, Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads minimize braking distances while offering a quiet and safe braking experience on a variety of road conditions. Original Equipment Direct Moulding Pressing Process provides a proper and accurate fit. The positive molding process uses extreme pressure to compress friction materials and provide balanced bonding to the backing plate. Each pad is then thermal scorched following Brembo's O.E. specifications to lessen running-in and fading.

Brembo's multi-layer ESE (Elastomer - Steel - Elastomer) red shim, clearly identifying the pads as Brembo pads, dampens noise and minimizes vibrations. Additional noise dampening is handled by the backing plate which also acts as a heat shield to reduce heat transfer to the caliper.

If you're looking to change the pads on your vehicle and want an alternative to black brake dust, take a look at the Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads. When changing brake pads, it's a good time to change brake wear sensors and maybe time to consider changing your brake fluid. Don't forget you'll get free shipping on all brakes, suspension and other parts and accessories on your order over $50.

Looking for Lightweight Track Wheels at a Great Price? The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is Your Answer

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Autocross and track season are quickly approaching and many racers have already begun to plan for upcoming races and events. As most enthusiasts know, switching out your vehicle's heavy, factory steel or alloy wheels is one of the easiest performance upgrades to your track vehicle. By switching to a lighter weight wheel, your car will instantly feel quicker and respond better compared to your stock wheels. The rotational force to get a lighter weight wheel to move and stop is less, therefore the engine and braking system of the car can respond quicker. Reducing the unsprung weight will also reap benefits when cornering, as the shocks and springs will have less weight to dampen during rebound and compression.

Typically, the answer to a lighter wheel is purchasing a fully forged alloy wheel, however, this option can become expensive for some. There are many highly engineered cast alloy options that are more affordable and provide a great bang for your buck.


Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Black Painted

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Bright Silver Paint

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Gold Painted

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Special Brilliant Coating


Enkei Racing Series' RPF1 uses a revolutionary MAT Process to make lighter weight wheels. MAT is a technology for producing an aluminum wheel by combining Enkei's MAP (Most Advanced Production) and flow-forming forging technology. MAP is a highly automated system. Each process is connected in a single-piece flow system that transports wheels from the melting process, through heat treatment and on to machining. The process of spinning the rim vs. casting it to both shape and elongate it produces a finer, more even aluminum structure and ensures the wheel will remain lightweight and strong. The complete MAT process has a drastic impact on the microstructure of aluminum and results in outstanding improvement of the mechanical property of the material.

As wheels and tires become larger, use of the MAT process to manufacture wheels becomes even more important. In order to reduce weight under a vehicle's suspension, larger wheels must remain light. Enkei Racing Series' new generation of 10% - 15% lighter weight, forged MAT wheels are strong and retain optimum anti-flex properties.

The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is offered in black painted, bright silver paint, gold painted and special brilliant coating finishes for a wide assortment of vehicles like BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Honda. Shop by vehicle to see if the Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is offered as a performance upgrade for your track car.

Looking to Buy the Best Tire, But Not Sure Which One? Tire Rack Has the Answer!

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Buying a new set of tires can be a bit overwhelming, but luckily Tire Rack has the right tools and information to make your buying experience easy. Our Tire Decision Guide allows you to enter your vehicle's make, model and year, then answer a few questions about how you drive. After that, we will narrow down your choices and lead you to the tires that are right for you. The Tire Decision Guide will also provide you with the following information:

  • Easy-to-compare results
  • Short list sorted by performance category
  • Includes our top recommendations

Selecting the right tires for your vehicle is an important decision. Your safety, as well as driving enjoyment over the next few years and thousands of miles will be determined by this decision. The information provided in the Tire Decision Guide and the advice/recommendations from the experts at the Tire Rack will ensure you select tires that match your vehicle...and the way you drive it!

If you've got your tire search narrowed down, but want some additional help in selecting your next set of tires, check out our Tire Test Results, Tire Survey Results and Tire Reviews to help you feel confident you have made the right choice. Before placing your order, be sure to verify the correct tire size for your vehicle by checking the vehicle's door placard.

When you start shopping for your next set of tires, make sure to take advantage of our Tire Decision Guide and other useful tools we offer to make selecting the best tire easier than ever!

Looking for the Best Wet Traction from an All-Season Tire?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Driving in the rain can be a nerve-racking experience on its own, but factor in having a tire that's bad in wet conditions and you can have a recipe for disaster. We have the ability to test tires on our track when it's dry, as well as wet. This is important because there can be a very significant difference when it comes to wet traction between competing tires.

When it comes to choosing a tire with great wet traction and hydroplaning resistance, Tire Rack has a long list of tests we've performed ourselves. In these tests, we highlight important factors such as wet braking, wet steering response and wet cornering g-Force. Also, view customer surveys as they are very helpful when trying to identify which tires provide the best wet traction.

 General Altimax RT43
General AltiMAX
RT43
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3
 Continental Pure Contact with EcoPlus Technology
Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology


If you're looking for an all-season tire with great wet traction and hydroplaning resistance, take a look at the General AltiMAX RT43, Michelin Pilot A/S 3 and Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. All three choices have tested very well during our in-house tests and are continually rated highly by customers for their wet traction capabilities.

To learn more about the importance of having a tire that can handle wet conditions, read "Hydroplaning: The Role Tires Play."

Our Customers Have Rated the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus the Best Grand Touring All-Season Tire

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Our most recent customer survey results have placed the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus as the highest-rated Grand Touring All-Season tire. Grand Touring All-Season tires place an emphasis on providing a luxurious smooth, quiet and comfortable ride while maintaining an optimal amount of traction in inclement weather.

 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All  Season Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus
 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All  Season Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus


Developed to be environmentally friendly, Pirelli’s EcoImpact icons confirm the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus’ contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air, low noise and long wear. Designed to be driven in diverse weather conditions, the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus features lower weight, less rolling resistance and reduced noise while enhancing wet braking and year-round traction, even in light snow.

Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tires use a tread compound that features low oil and high-silica content to reduce braking distances and rolling resistance. This compound is molded into an asymmetric tread design that blends dry handling with wet road and wintertime traction. A continuous outboard shoulder promotes steering response while the pitch sequencing and phasing of multiple inboard tread block sizes reduce pattern noise. Four wide circumferential grooves help evacuate water to increase hydroplaning resistance while engineered lateral and longitudinal sipes increase the number of biting edges to enhance wet road and wintertime traction.

To improve high-speed durability, handling ride quality and wear, the tire’s internal structure features twin, lightweight steel belts reinforced by variable-tension spirally wrapped polyamide. The tire features a progressively flexible sidewall to cut down on deformation and unnecessary dispersal of energy, thereby reducing rolling resistance.

If you drive a luxury touring vehicle and would like a smooth and quiet tire with great grip, consider the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus.

Best Replacement Tires for the Honda Odyssey

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

When shopping for tires for the Honda Odyssey most customers tend to look for tires that are quiet, comfortable riding and provide good traction in snow and on ice. Because of the large open space inside the cabin of the minivan, road noise is always an issue. Choosing the right tire can really make a big difference.

A few great options to consider when replacing tires on your Honda Odyssey include the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring, Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and Firestone's Precision Touring. All three provide the best blend of ride/noise comfort, all-season traction and price.

 Goodyear Assurance ComorTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
 Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Firestone Precision Touring
Firestone Precision Touring


Goodyear's Assurance ComforTred Touring features a mildly asymmetric tread design that combines independent shoulder blocks with notched intermediate and center ribs to blend dry and wet road traction and handling. Four wide circumferential grooves evacuate water from under the tread to enhance wet traction while the tread grooves, notches and sipes form biting edges to deliver all-season traction in light snow.

The tire's internal construction includes a super shock absorbent Comfort Layer of rubber sandwiched between the tread and steel belts to insulate vibration and impacts with expansion joints, potholes and bumps. It also features Goodyear's dual-layer ComfortEdge sidewall supports to provide a balance of ride comfort and handling.

CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology tires from Continental use an all-season tread compound featuring their Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric tread design with notched outboard shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs to blend on-road steering response and straight-line stability with reduced noise and enhanced ride comfort. All sizes of the CrossContact LX20 come with a flanged lower sidewall to help reduce the possibility of curb damage to expensive wheels.

The Precision Touring is Firestone's Standard Touring All-Season tire developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, family minivans and crossover vehicles looking for year-round capability and comfort. Affordably priced, the tire is designed to blend long treadwear, a quiet ride and all-season traction on dry and wet roads, as well as in light snow.

Precision Touring tires mold a silica-enhanced all-season tread compound into a symmetric design featuring wide shoulders flanking interlocking ribs to provide dry road response and handling. Four circumferential grooves help guide water through the tire's footprint for wet traction while multiple notches and sipes provide the biting edges to enhance traction in light snow. The tire's structure includes twin, high tensile steel belts on top of a polyester casing to deliver strength, ride quality and handling.

Be sure to check out our test results and customer survey reviews to help you make a decision on what tire is best for how and where you drive.

Is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology the Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire? Our Customers Think So!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The main concern of many crossover and SUV customers is traction, treadlife and road noise, not always in that order. Continental's CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is a tire that rates highly in all of these key areas.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, currently ranked first in our survey results, is Continental's ecologically friendly Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire developed to help crossovers, sport utility vehicles and light-duty pickup trucks perform on the highway and in mild off-road conditions. It's designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces, while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.

 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


Continental uses an all-season tread compound featuring their Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric tread design with notched outboard shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs to blend on-road steering response and straight-line stability with reduced noise and enhanced ride comfort. Four circumferential grooves enhance wet traction while Continental’s Traction Grooves (featuring ridges in the outboard grooves) promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow traction.

To view the performance ratings for the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, take a look at "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire."

Hankook Ventus S1 noble2: Great Performance at a Value Price

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Ventus S1 noble2 is the newest Ultra High Performance All-Season tire offered from Hankook and a recent Tire Rack test showed the tire to be one of the best in its performance category. In our test, "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires," the Ventus S1 noble2 proved to be a top performer in key areas like ride comfort, road noise and wet traction. We compared Firestone's Firehawk Wide Oval AS, the General G-MAX AS-03, Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2.

 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2


The Ventus S1 noble2 (H452) is developed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans looking to combine on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Designed to provide Hankook's ideal ultra high performance all-season balance, the Ventus S1 noble2 blends handling and cornering performance with all-season traction, even in light snow.

Ventus S1 noble2 tires use hybrid compound technology silica that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. This compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions. Four circumferential grooves and inboard Aqua Hydro Block technology provide efficient wet traction and braking. Carving edge grooves and 3D sipes promote wet road and wintertime traction without abandoning dry road response and handling.

If you're looking to get the most tire for your money, the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 is definitely a great performing tire at a value price.

Upgrade Your Vehicle's Performance with Brembo Brakes

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Brembo is the brake component manufacturer many race teams, enthusiasts and daily drivers depend on to give their vehicle the increased braking performance they demand.

To Brembo, racing is the most advanced experimental laboratory for assessing the success of its products. Teams equipped with Brembo brakes have won hundreds of automobile and motorcycle racing championships in such internationally recognized racing organizations as Formula 1, CART, NASCAR, FIA World Rally and Superbike.

Their race-inspired braking systems and components are used as Original Equipment on the world’s finest passenger cars and light trucks. Vehicle manufacturers using Brembo components include BMW, Porsche and Ferrari, along with specific applications for such automobiles as Mercedes-Benz, Dodge Viper and the Ford Mustang Cobra.

 Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
 Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors


Tire Rack offers Brembo pads and rotors for most vehicles which are a simple upgrade to your vehicle's performance and style. We also offer Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads, as well as Brembo Replacement Rotors, Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors and Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors.

Brembo Sport Drilled Rotor:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and highway driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Bold, aggressive appearance

Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and track driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Race-ready look

Shop by vehicle and view the full line of brake products offered for your driving needs. When it comes time to find the best braking components for your vehicle, consider upgrading your performance with Brembo brake pads and rotors.

Does Tire Rack Offer Road Hazard Protection?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

It's the time of year when the weather is as unpredictable as the roads you drive on -- with the constant freezing and thawing of the roadways, potholes are everywhere. If you purchased Tire Rack's Tire Road Hazard Program it could make the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major out-of-pocket expense.

Tire Rack supports the tire manufacturers' warranties for all the tire brands we sell. Those warranties apply to tires that become unusable for any reason within the tire manufacturer's control, typically covering materials and workmanship. However, these warranties do not apply to causes and conditions beyond the tire manufacturer's control, such as road hazards.

 Tire Rack's Road Hazard Program
Tire Rack's Tire Road Hazard Program
 Tire Rack's Road Hazard Program
Tire Rack's Tire Road Hazard Program


Road hazard damage is damage that occurs when a tire fails as a result of a puncture, bruise or break incurred during the course of normal driving on a maintained road. Nails, glass and potholes are the most common examples of road hazards. Because of this, many drivers desire the additional security and peace of mind that a Tire Road Hazard Service Program provides.

  • Tires are covered for 36 months from the date of purchase or until 2/32" or less of tread remains, whichever occurs first.
  • Repairs are reimbursed up to $25 per tire per occurrence.
  • During the first 12 months, you will be reimbursed for 100% of the original cost of the tire covered by the Tire Road Hazard Service Program, subject to the limitations set forth in the Program Certificate. Beyond the first 12 months, the reimbursable amount is calculated by a proration of elapsed time, not to exceed 36 months.
  • The following tires are not eligible for the Tire Road Hazard Service Program:
    • Competition tires
    • LT Metric sized tires
    • LT Flotation sized tires
    • Trailer tires
  • The following vehicles are not eligible for the Tire Road Hazard Service Program:
    • Any emergency service vehicle.
    • Any vehicle used for hire, commercial, towing, construction or postal service.
    • Any vehicle used for farm, ranch, agriculture or off-road use.
    • Program is only available to customers living in the 48 contiguous States. Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories, APO/FPO, Canada and Mexico are excluded.
  • Additional exclusions and limitations are described in the Program Certificate.

Be sure to consider adding the Road Hazard Protection to your tire purchase to protect yourself from future road hazard damage expenses.

Goodyear's Wrangler All-Terrian Adventure with Kevlar Does it All

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar is Goodyear's newest On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire slated to replace the highly popular Wrangler SilentArmor. Last year, Goodyear provided us an opportunity to experience this tire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, one of America's top areas for outdoor recreational activities. They offered several on-road and dirt-road experiences behind the wheel of a variety of SUVs and pick-up trucks in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

Most notably, our team felt the tire provided a quiet and comfortable ride. Also, the tire's open shoulders and multi-faceted tread blocks delivered predictable steering response and traction on dirt.

 Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
 Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar


Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar tires are developed for light truck drivers looking to combine on-road competence with off-road versatility. Offered in Standard Load sizes for half-ton vehicles, the tire is also available in Pro-Grade Load Range E sizes for three-quarter and one-ton pick-up trucks, vans and SUVs that regularly haul or tow heavy loads.

This new addition to the Goodyear line-up features a longwearing, specialized rubber tread compound (Pro-Grade tires use an even more chip- and chunk-resistant tread compound that enhances wear in high-torque applications). These compounds are molded into a multi-faceted symmetric tread design that combines rugged looks along with on-road comfort and off-road traction. Open shoulder blocks and traction ridges at the base of the outboard circumferential grooves help clear mud and snow (Pro-Grade tires meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol).

If you're in the market for an On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire that can deliver superior ride comfort and road noise, while combining off-road versatility then consider the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP Offered for Your C6 and C7 Corvette

Monday, December 30, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport was the tire that set the bar for all other Max Performance Summer tires upon its introduction. Never before could a tire from this performance category give you such excellent grip in the dry and wet, and wear about 30% longer than its leading competitors, while also giving you a smooth and quiet ride. This tire can do it all and the Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP (Zero Pressure) is now the Original Equipment (O.E.) tire on the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. 

The C7 Stingray's tire sizes overlap with the previous generation C6 Corvette, and according to Michelin, the new Pilot Super Sport ZP can be installed on C6 model Corvettes when installed in sets of four. This run-flat version of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport adds the initials "ZP," which designates the tire as Zero Pressure or run-flat capable. Michelin's Zero Pressure Technology reinforces sidewalls by adding run-flat inserts that allow tires to temporarily carry the weight of the vehicle in the event a puncture results in complete loss of tire pressure. The Pilot Super Sport ZP is designed to allow Corvette drivers to continue their journey for up to 50 miles at up to 55 mph.

 Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP
Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP
 Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP
Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP


Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP tires employ an asymmetric tread design that features a low-void outboard shoulder for cornering while their notched center ribs and inboard shoulder promote high-speed performance in dry conditions. Wide circumferential grooves and lateral notches help channel water through the footprint to maintain wet traction.

If you own a C6 Corvette and use the standard 245/40ZR18 front and 285/35ZR19 rear, consider switching to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP for improved traction, treadlife and comfort over your current run-flat tires.

Best Performance Winter / Snow Tires 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

A Performance Winter / Snow tire provides the perfect blend of excellent snow and ice traction, while providing great dry road steering response and handling. These tires were originally developed for winter driving on European highways where high-speed driving on clear roads must be combined with traction on snow-covered roads. They're available in many of the low sidewall profiles, large wheel diameter sizes used on sporty coupes and luxury sedans, as well as several crossover and sport utility vehicles.

 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60


Currently, two tires that rank very highly in overall winter performance are the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D and Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60. Both of these tires have high marks in light snow, deep snow and ice traction. However, both of these tires are being replaced and phased out by newer and improved models in the 2013 winter season. The newest Dunlop is the SP Winter Sport 4D, while the new Bridgestone model is the Blizzak LM-32. Both are built off their successful predecessors and are expected to be top winter performers as well.

 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
 Pirelli Winter Sottozero
Pirelli Winter Sottozero


When it comes to dry performance, the top tires in the category are the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 and Pirelli Winter Sottozero. These two tires provided the highest level of dry road steering response and handling, but still have a dedicated winter rubber compound for enhanced snow, ice and cold weather driving.

So, if you drive a high performance vehicle which will experience snow, ice and freezing temperatures, but don't want to take the fun out of your daily commute, look for a Performance Winter / Snow tire for your vehicle today!

Best Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

If you're to get the best winter / snow tires offered, look no further than the tires we tested this year. We completed an extensive test on the road and ice with the following winter options: Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT and Michelin X-Ice Xi3.

 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 Continental Extreme Winter Contact
Continental ExtremeWinterContact

 

 Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3


The road portion of the test rates the tire's dry and wet handling on clear roads, and the Michelin option was the clear winner in this area. For consistency, our snow testing is done at a dedicated winter test facility in Sweden, and ice testing is done at a local hockey rink to simulate the glare ice often found at intersections and in other high-traffic areas.

We also measured each tire's ability to accelerate and brake in both conditions, as well as gather subjective ratings of how each tire feels from the driver's seat while driving through several inches of groomed snow on a handling course. During the snow traction/handling portion of the test, the Continental was the favorite and for the ice traction test, it was a tie between the Michelin and Bridgestone. The Michelin had the edge in ice acceleration, whereas Bridgestone come out on top in ice braking.

For a complete recap of our test, take a look at "Testing the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires."

 

Comparing the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, LM-32 and LM-60

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

When shopping for winter / snow tires, it's important to know whether you need a Studless Ice & Snow tire like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 or a Performance Winter / Snow tire like the Blizzak LM-32 or Blizzak LM-60. Tires in each performance category are designed to function differently in the winter and it's best to know the difference between the two before you decide which tire to purchase.

 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60


Studless Ice & Snow tires, like the Blizzak WS70, are designed for the driver who wants to maximize snow and ice traction without the inconvenience of using studs. These tires were developed to meet challenging winter driving conditions around the world by delivering studded-like snow and ice traction without employing studs. They also feature pliable tread compounds molded into purposeful tread designs that trade some handling in dry and wet conditions to deliver excellent winter traction.

The Performance Winter / Snow category features the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 and LM-60. Tires in this category are designed for drivers who want enhanced dry road handling from their winter / snow tires and are willing to trade some snow and ice traction to get it. Performance snow tires were originally developed for winter driving on European highways where high-speed driving on clear roads must be combined with traction on snow-covered roads. The LM-32 is offered in both a standard and run-flat (RFT) version.

The Bridgestone Blizzak line of winter / snow tires is a name synonymous with the best snow and ice traction. To learn more about the Blizzak tires, read "Bridgestone Blizzak FAQs."

RIAL Lugano - A Turbine Style Wheel That Looks Great on Your Tesla Model S

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The RIAL Lugano is quickly becoming a very popular aftermarket wheel for Tesla Model S owners. Many Tesla drivers are eager to get out of the 21" wheels and into a 19" tire and wheel combination that'll provide a smoother ride and a wider tire selection. 

RIAL's Lugano is also used by Tesla owners looking to purchase dedicated winter / snow tires and wheels. The fully painted finish provides a durable and stylish choice when choosing a winter package. This wheel is offered in two finish options: bright silver paint and titanium gunmetal.


RIAL Lugano Bright Silver Paint

RIAL Lugano Titanium Gunmetal


Produced in Europe, RIAL's high quality standards are ensured by state-of-the-art furnaces, efficient casting machines, "High-Tec" CNC machining centers and final x-ray examination of each wheel. ISO 9001:2000 standards and all requirements issued by the recognized testing authorities, such as the German Technical Supervisory Association (TÜV), the German Federal Motor Vehicle Registration Agency (KBA) and all other European and international testing and certification organizations, are clearly defined and met in RIAL's facilities.

The RIAL Lugano is truly a quality built, functional and stylish looking wheel that will complement the look of your Tesla Model S no matter the season. If you're interested in downsizing out of the 21" wheels or need a stylish winter wheel, the RIAL Lugano may be the perfect wheel for you!

Max Performance, Max Grip, Max Ride Comfort - Bridgestone's Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Potenza S-04 Pole Position is the flagship Max Performance Summer tire offered by Bridgestone. When you demand the maximum amount of traction in the dry and wet from your vehicle's summer tires, the Potenza S-04 Pole Position is a great choice. In our latest Max Performance Summer test, "Testing New Max Performance Summer Tires: Can the Latest Keep Up With the Greatest?," we concluded the Potenza S-04 Pole Position "strikes a good balance between road manners and overall traction."

Potenza S-04 Pole Position tires are developed for the drivers of ultra high performance sports cars, coupes and sedans who want to feel the rush of driving their vehicle. They're designed to perform in warm, wet and dry conditions.

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position


Featuring an asymmetric tread design, the tire has a large outboard shoulder, interlocking tread blocks and a central circumferential rib to enhance dry road steering response, high speed stability and cornering precision. High angle tread blocks in the intermediate ribs promote longitudinal stiffness to improve straight-line braking forces, while slanted lateral grooves pump water into wide circumferential grooves to help resist hydroplaning. Another continuous circumferential rib adjacent to the inside shoulder blocks enhances wear quality to help reduce noise throughout the tire's life, especially on cars with alignment settings that specify negative camber.

When it comes to maximum summer time grip and comfortable road manners, think Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position for your next tire purchase!

Hankook Tires - Great Grip. Great Price.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

When shopping for tires, value is always a big concern for customers. One of the most common questions I receive is, "Which tire can give me the maximum amount of grip for the best price?" If this sounds like you, Hankook may offer just what you've been shopping for. They offer high quality tires at a great price.

Customers are surprised to learn Hankook is the seventh largest and one of the fastest growing tire manufacturers in the world. Hankook is also an Original Equipment tire supplier for Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Hyundai, Kia and Volkswagen. They offer a tire for almost every need and three of their most popular selections are the Ventus V12 evo K110, Ventus R-S3 and Ventus S1 noble2.

 Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110
Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110
 Hankook Ventus R-S3
Hankook Ventus R-S3
 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2


The Ventus V12 evo K110 is Hankook's Max Performance Summer tire developed for the drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance sedans. It's designed to combine comfort and control in dry and wet road conditions. Ventus V12 evo K110 radials feature Hankook's High Tg Polymer & Specific Resin (HPSR) compound molded into a directional tread design featuring a Multiple Tread Radius (MTR) profile that combines notched shoulder ribs, independent intermediate tread blocks and a continuous center rib to blend powerful braking with predictable handling. Wide circumferential and Y-shape lateral grooves help direct water through the tire's footprint to resist hydroplaning.

Ventus R-S3 tires are Hankook's Extreme Performance Summer option developed for serious sports car, sports coupe and performance sedan enthusiasts looking for a race-minded street tire that can also meet the demands of autocross, drifting and track events. The Ventus R-S3 is designed to reduce the performance gap between street and track tires by significantly improving dry traction. Hankook Racing Carbonblack Silica Compound (RCSC) technology has been incorporated into the Ventus R-S3 to improve dry grip. The tire's profile has been developed to maximize a footprint contact patch that features a directional tread design comprised of large shoulder blocks, notched intermediate ribs and a wide center rib to deliver constant road contact and enhance the tire's handling capabilities.

The Ventus S1 noble2 is their Ultra High Performance All-Season tire developed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans looking to combine on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Designed to provide Hankook’s ideal ultra high performance all-season balance, the Ventus S1 noble2 blends handling and cornering performance with all-season traction, even in light snow. Ventus S1 noble2 tires use hybrid compound technology silica that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. This compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions. Four circumferential grooves and inboard Aqua Hydro Block technology provide efficient wet traction and braking. Carving edge grooves and 3D sipes promote wet road and wintertime traction without abandoning dry road response and handling.

If you're looking to upgrade the performance of your vehicle at a value price, take a look at Hankook's tires today!

Find the Most Popular Wheels for the Ford F-150

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in America for more than 30 years. Attractive styling, dependability and vast model selections have appealed to all sorts of buyers. You can purchase a standard work truck with little comforts, all the way up to the top of the line Limited model with two-tone leather heated and cooled seats, navigation and power-deployable running boards. There's an F-150 for everyone, no matter your needs. However, with that many trucks on the road, quite a few F-150 owners are looking to customize their vehicle to stand out from the crowd.

F-150 trucks have many possibilities when it comes to aftermarket wheel options. We offer over 160 different choices for the current 2013 model. The task of picking a wheel can be quite daunting, but we have a few tools to make it easier, such as our "View on Vehicle" function which lets you see what the wheel will look like on your F-150. You can also sort the wheel choices by finish like chrome, black or machined face.

 KMC XD Series Monster - Black Painted
KMC XD Series Monster - Black Painted
 Ultra Crusher - Machined w/ Black Accents
Ultra Crusher - Machined with Black Accents
 KMC XD Crank - Chrome
KMC XD Series
Crank - Chrome


There are a few wheels that have been very popular with the F-150, including:

If you're buying a black wheel, don't forget to add the proper TPMS sensor and valve parts to complete the custom look! Shop by vehicle to see wheels offered to customize your truck today!