Original Equipment tires Vs. Aftermarket tires

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 by Connor Klink
A good percentage of the customers that I talk to with newer cars always seem to be unhappy with the O.E. (Original Equipment) tires that came on the car. One of the most common tires that I see on performance-oriented sedans is the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4. This tire is designed as a Grand Touring All-Season tire that will provide a smooth comfortable ride quality and low noise levels. The problem is that people make the assumption that since the tire is on a car with a lot of power then it must be a performance tire. Surprise! You just bought a car that can go really fast but doesn't offer great handling. This is a situation where maybe the vehicle manufacturer might have offered more than one option for the Original Equipment tire or you may need to purchase a tire that is more suited to your needs.

If you tend to be the type of driver that likes taking the highway interchanges faster than may be posted or when you find an open stretch of road you like to let the ponies under the hood loose then you should most likely be driving on performance-oriented tires. An example of some popular performance tires are the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position, Michelin Pilot Sport PS2, Continental Sport Contact 3, or the Yokohama Advan Sport

However if ride comfort is the most important characteristic to you then you probably should be looking for a touring all-season tire to provide a smoother ride.  An example of some touring tires would be the Michelin Primacy MXV4 Plus, Bridgestone Turanza SerenityKumho Ecsta LX Platinum, or the  Continental Pro Contact.

Most vehicle manufacturers use tires to meet a specific type of characteristic for the vehicle they are designing. Regrettably those characteristics may not always match your style of driving. This is where Tire Rack sales specialists like myself come in. We can help you determine what type of tires may suit your needs better than the tires that came on your car or truck.


Thank you, Continental, for the Audi tires on this TT.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
To be specific, the Audi tires we speak of are Continental ContiProContact tires. And as an Ultra High Performance Summer tires, wet and dry traction will always belong to you, the driver.

Search all Continental tires for sale to find a set that works on your Audi. And while you're at it, you might want to consider purchasing a set of wheels, perhaps the O.Z. Crono HT wheels shown above. Or maybe some aftermarket Audi brake pads. At Tire Rack, we do our best to be your one-stop aftermarket shop.



Continental Winter Tires

Friday, November 13, 2009 by Tire Rack Team


If it's below 45 degrees where you live, it might be time for you to switch to a set of Continental snow tires. While anti-lock brakes, traction control and four-wheel drive can help your tires reach their full performance potential, they don't actually increase traction. Just acceleration, braking and cornering capabilities based on the traction your tires provide. In other words, you really do need winter / snow tires on snow- and ice-covered roads.

Continental Tire is one of the leaders in the winter / snow tire industry. They continually support the theory that summer and all-season tire tread compounds toughen up as temps fall below the 45 degree mark. And by "toughen up," they mean that the tires become rigid to the point where traction is compromised.

The ExtremeWinterContact is an excellent Continental snow tire, which has proven itself in the harshest of winter conditions. We recently tested it, along with a few other winter / snow tires, in Northern Sweden. ("Winter Testing at the Arctic Circle: Studless Ice & Snow") Continental would be proud, as the ExtremeWinterContact tires provided very good overall traction and stable vehicle balance. Steering was responsive, acceleration and traction were good and we felt very confident in braking capability.

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to see if these Continental snow tires fit your vehicle. If not, we'll suggest a few equally good options.

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