Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, April 29, 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: 9.8

2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2013

I have to write this review to talk about these tires. First the Goodyear F1 RFT came stock. They were great in the rain, good dry traction especially on the 1/4 mile track, hooked and leapt off the line, however the ride was horrible. One think I really did like about the Goodyears, they have a protective lip that covers the rims, protects them from curbs. The turn in was terrible. The Goodyears lasted 14,000 miles. The insides wore past the wear bars, on factory alignment.

Now on to the Michelins, unbelievable difference in ride quality and road noise over the Goodyears. These are non-runflats so the side walls actually give. Better ride more compliant over bumps, so far no tramming (live in the D.C. area 495 on and off a lot). The best part is the turn in these tires are so willing to turn and give you so much more confidence than the Goodyears. I cant believe the grip they have, the harder you throw them into a corner the better the grip. Have not got them to squeal yet. That will happen next week at the track. Will update next week after the track. They look a lot more aggressive on my rims as well.


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Friday, September 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LTZ 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Newington, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
September 07, 2012

I purchased these tires when upgrading my 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer to the 20" rims. I have used Yokohama in the past and am consistently happy with the price/performance factor.

These tires are wearing wonderfully, I do rotate them every 10,000 though. They are quiet, and not harsh riding, the sidewall has some give.

It's an SUV- so as you could expect, I don't corner like a corvette. But on more than one occasion, the grip has surprised me, and the tires don't protest- no squealing through corners.

I rated these low on Hydroplaning and Deep Snow. I believe the cross section has more to do with that than the tire, but on a 5000# truck, I shouldn't have hydroplaning problems, at reasonable speeds. Also I HAVE to use 4WD now in any snow over 3"- once again, I'll attribute this to the width of the tire (mostly).

Overall I'm happy, but when the snow flies, I find myself wishing for some snow tires.....

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 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 DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6

2010 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 600
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 600 Miles on Tires
May 30, 2012

These are very preliminary observations, tires barely broken in. Rain won't likely be encountered locally for next several months. I replaced the OEM Dunlop all-season tires with these, so far seems a good choice. Tires are 225/40R18, manufactured November 2011. I mention this because a Corvette forum recently posted (quoting Tire Rack source) that production of this size was more recently interrupted to add more reinforcement to the sidewalls on tires now being produced.

On-center feel is quite decent, little tramming evident. I don't have Tire Rack's sophisticated measures of dry traction, but the unplanned front wheel spin I often experienced with the Dunlops from standing start with only modest throttle has been tamed.

Comfort and noise are just fine at highway speeds. After all, this is a Y-rated tire, compared with the H-rated Dunlops. Small bumps at low speed are heard and felt, but very tolerable in a sports sedan. Hoping for reasonable and even wear with continued relative quiet. Have zero tolerance for cupped tires with grinding, bearing-like noise.

Not much of a rim protection rib is evident, not that those accomplish all that much.

Stay tuned for updates.

Late Model Corvette Tires

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Upgrade GarageAs many Corvette owners know all too well, purchasing C5 and C6 tires can get a bit confusing and even frustrating. This is primarily due to the unusual staggering of the wheels. Unlike most vehicles with staggered (different front and rear sizes) tires, Chevrolet has been equipping Corvette wheels, since 1997, in the rear that aren't only wider, but also an inch larger in diameter than the front wheels.

Traction Control

This staggering makes it more difficult to find matching front and rear tires for the Vette. AdditiPirelli Winter 240 Sottozeroonally, using sizes that don't match the O.E. front and rear diameters will render the vehicle's traction control (Acceleration Slip Regulation) non-operational. This is because the car was engineered to have a tire that is one inch taller in the rear.

Winter / Snow Tires

To make matters worse, we have many customers looking for winter / snow tires for their Corvette and they're surprised to find that their options are extremely limited. The summer tires that are Original Equipment on the vehicle are nothing short of dangerous when driving on ice and in the snow. The lone winter option for the Corvette is the Pirelli Winter 240 Sottozero, which is only available in a non-run-flat front/rear match. The good news is that this is a good winter tire, however they can be hard to find in stock.

If you've decided that you want to make the move and install a set of winter / snow tires on your Corvette rims, then take a look at the Pirelli tire prices for the Winter 240 Sottozero and make this year's winter driving as safe as possible.

New Wheels for Your C5 Chevy Corvette

Saturday, January 8, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Is it time to freshen the look of your 1997-2004 Chevrolet Corvette? How about some new rims or wheels or maybe even a wheel and tire package to make that personal statement? Tire Rack carries a number of great options for your vehicle.

Here are a few examples:
Sport Muscle Z06

Sport Muscle Z06

Sport Muscle Z06
Finish: Chrome Plated

17- and 18-inch
Sport Muscle ZR

Sport Muscle ZR

Sport Muscle ZR
Finishes: Bright Satin, Silver Paint, Chrome

17- and 18-inch

Both of these options are also very economical with prices currently starting at $159 each.

C6 Corvette Tires and Wheels (Part 2: Wheels)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
Wheels are just another name for Rims. Technically the Rim is just the outside edge section of the wheel that "touches" the tire. Among our most popular "rims" are American Racing Rims, Borbet Rims, OZ, and BBS. For the C6 Corvette, I like the lightest weight forged wheel that we sell in the stock, or Original Equipment 18 and 19 inch sizes. Those are the coveted BBS-GT, the Holy Grail of wheels. These are lightweight (21 lbs. front anf 23.5 lbs. rear) strong and beautiful looking wheels, especially in the Diamond Black Finish (also available in silver).

Check them out and let me know what you think!

C6 Corvette Tires and Wheels (Part 1: Tires)

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
I was talking to one of my Corvette customers the other day and he told me that in his Corvette club most members buy their Corvette Rims and New Automobile Tires from Tire Rack. By far the most popular tires I sell for this car personally are the Firestone Auto Tires, we are also one of the largest Goodyear Tire Dealers and I often sell the Original Equipment Goodyears for this car as well. But for people who don't want the O.E. Corvette Goodyear tires the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Run Flat tires are the most popular. People tend to like them because they are very high performance tires comparable to the Goodyears and usually less expensive.

FH Wide Oval Run Flat

Check back next week for my post on Corvette Rims to go with these tires!

Corvette Wheels

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Ed Singleton
 Looking for a new set of rims for your C6 Corvette?  Well then check out our selection of high quality wheels from BBS and OZ! Both of these manufacturers produce wheels that can be used on the street as well as the race track. These two wheel manufacturers have won multiple championships in several levels of motorsports.  
                                    OZ Superleggera III                  BBS RS-GT 

We can also mount and balance a set of tires on your new wheels.  An excellent tire choice would be the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11.  

Check out some of the other wheels we have by entering your vehicle make, model and year in the Upgrade Garage
                       Sport Edition Z06               Sport Edition C6           Sport Edition C6  

American Racing Rims

Monday, April 5, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Gran Torinos and Firebirds will always be classic muscle cars. Today, new versions of old favorites like Chargers, Corvettes and Mustangs carry on the muscle car tradition. And just like any vehicle out there, you can never deny a good muscle car a great set of wheels.

That's where American Racing wheels come into play. In fact, they've been around for years.

All American Racing rims are manufactured to be aggressive performance wheels, which is perfect for the aggressive muscle car. With staggered fitments, modern finishes, larger diameters and design elements taken from racing wheels—there's a reason American Racing rims are so often considered to be standard equipment.

This spring, Tire Rack has two new American Racing wheels:
Shop by vehicle to see if they'll fit yours.

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Check out these Corvette rims.

Monday, January 25, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
To drive a Corvette is to believe in the beauty of a high performance vehicle. And at Tire Rack, we tend to think that means you'll also appreciate a beautiful set of aftermarket Corvette rims.

Like, for example, the O.Z. Racing Botticelli III wheels featured on the Z06 at right. A polished lip and bright silver finish create a winning look that complements the Corvette's existing high style. Same goes for these Corvette wheels, too:

O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT
O.Z. Racing Raffaelo III

And the most beautiful aspect of aftermarket Corvette rims—they increase the performance levels of your vehicle as much as they enhance aesthetics. (Read more.)

Search for these wheels in our Upgrade Garage, and we'll show you what they look like on your Corvette. We'll also show you a selection of Corvette tires suited to your vehicle. (In case you're wondering, the Corvette above features Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires.)