Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Thursday, February 20, 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.

Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2014

My Corvette is making just under 500hp at the wheels and I am very impressed with traction these tires have. My last set of tires were getting old (hard) and would brake loose in 3rd and 4th gear. These tires have yet to brake loose in second gear let alone any gear above that. While driving on a wet surface this is not the case though. These tires have just a tad bit noise than my last set, but overall I am very pleased with the traction and the cost.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

1995 Chevrolet Corvette
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Suwanee, GA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

Review is for front (255/45ZR17 Continental ExtremeContact DW) and rear (285/40ZR17 Continental ExtremeContact DW) This is one of those cases where I immediately noticed a huge difference in ride, sound, responsiveness.... everything. Granted, the tires I had on the car before were passed their prime and weren't that great to begin with, but it felt like I was driving a brand new car. They are considerably quieter. I've only driven once or twice in rainy conditions, since having them installed, but it seemed to me that these tires are very good in the water. Cornering is like being on rails. Steering is much more responsive, and the wheel is much lighter in my hands. They don't look bad either.
TireRack - I ordered the tires on Monday and they were delivered to the shop on Tuesday. No issues whatsoever. I think that could be because there may be a distribution center south of Atlanta. The shop (Wayne's Auto) I go to has done business with Tirerack before and they were surprised how quickly they arrived too.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport PS2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2003 Ford Mustang Cobra
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Lynnwood, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 13, 2013

This is the 5th different tire that I have tried for my 2003 Cobra which is upgraded to 500 HP and 600 Ft-Lbs at the rear wheels, so finding a tire that can get going off the line has been a struggle. I can say that OVERALL, these are the best tires I have ever owned, but they are also the most expensive. The responsiveness and ride comfort/noise level are better than the two different Kumho and Goodyears that I have had. The Kumho XS had a bit better traction from a dead stop, but they are softer so that is to be expected. Cornering grip and off the line grip is great for a tire that should last 20,000 miles, however, like the description says, these tires DO NOT WORK WELL IN COLD TEMPS!!! When it is below about 40 to 45 degrees it's like driving in the wet until the tires are warmed up which can take a few miles, and even then the performance is FAR lower than when the temps are above 50 to 60 degrees. Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase, and had I not upgraded the car to a 208 ZO6 Corvette I would have purchased them again. I had put about 10,000 miles on the tires when I sold it and there was about 65% treadlife remaining on the fronts (265-35-18), and about 50% left on the rears (315-30-18), and that is with quite a few smokey take-offs... 20,000 was what I was hoping for and would have gotten there no problem. The only other tires I had for the car that lasted that long was the Kumho XS, which I would rate as a close second, (probably a tie in performance ratings) but I could never get them balanced so there wasn't a shake over 100 mph, and once the treadlife was below 50% they were a bit sketchy in heavy rain, but that is somewhat to be expected for that type of tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 S8

Monday, December 10, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 S8Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 51,000
Location: Hartford, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 51,000 Miles on Tires
December 06, 2012

These are the OE tires and I'm getting ready to replace them. The OE Michelin on my Mazda 6 were good on dry and wet roads when the car was band new, but the first time I drove the car with the original tires in the snow it was not what I expected from Michelin. I know it isn't that hard to spin the wheel on a manual transmission, but It was like having a set of racing tires that you would find on a Corvette, very poor traction. I'm not saying Michelin puts out bad products, they do make other tires that are much better than the Energy MXV 4. I would consider purchasing a different Michelin tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: O'Fallon, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
November 15, 2012

My Grand Sport had 10,000 miles on OE run-flat tires when I replaced them with the non-run-flat Michelin Pilot Super Sports. Huge difference from OE tires. They are much quieter and ride much better, especially over road expansion joints. The most noticible difference is when changing lanes on the highway. When crossing expansion joints when changing lanes, the car would jump sideways hard enough that you could feel it through the steering wheel. With the Michelins, the car just glides across the joints without noticing them. I did buy an aftermarket tire sealer and inflator kit. Sealer isn't supposed to harm tire pressure sensors, and the container is a perfect fit into one of the storage compartmets in the trunk. I'm extreamely happy with these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta SPT

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta SPT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2005 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
August 04, 2011

I was very unhappy when the tires were first installed. Tire noise, slight vibration in steering wheel and the car pulled to the left. After Tire Rack replaced the tire the car is as quiet and handles like it did with the Firestone Run Flats I once had. I am totally satisfied now. Tire wear will determine if I buy the tires again. The price was right, however.

 

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

Monday, October 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6

1965 Ford Mustang 5-Lug
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Newton, NC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
September 30, 2012

I installed these tires on my 1965 289 Mustang along with a new set of American Racing Torq Thrust chrome wheels. I have 225 45 ZR 17s on the front on 17x7 wheels and 235 45 ZR 17s on the rear on 17x8 wheels. What a huge difference over the 15x7 wheels and off-brand tires on the car before! The biggest difference I see is in the turn-in rate. These tires really turn quickly. The car also stops more quickly. And the ride is fantastic for a 17" tire. They are not harsh at all over bumps and on a recent 100-mile round trip where we drove on a 4-lane US highway, they rode so smoothly.
In addition to all of that, the price on these tires is very appealing. They also have a great sidewall appearance and tread appearance. And this may or may not matter to some of you but these tires take Armor All (and other such products) very well. They are as shiny as any tires I have ever seen. That is of great importance to me.
I have had BF Goodrich tires for many years and believe their quality is unbeatable for the price. They are especially well known for their high-performance image and that is a big reason I chose this tire for my Mustang. I like Michelin tires a lot and have them on my Cadillac and my wife's Kia but Michelin does not seem to fit the high-performance mold I desire in a tire for the Mustang.
So I would highly recommend these tires. I have a 2004 Corvette which still has its original tires but when and if I do have to replace them, I will DEFINITELY install the BF Goodrich g-Force Sport Comp 2 tires. You can't beat them on a high-performance car.
Thank you for reading this review.

Get Your Corvette Ready for Summer with Closeout Sport Muscle GS Wheels

Friday, July 6, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Recently, I had a repeat customer from out East that called to get some new Michelin Pilot Super Sports for his 2012 Z06 -- did I mention that the tires were for his 17th Corvette! Seventeen is a lot of Corvettes to have owned, but it's not uncommon to talk to a Corvette driver who's owned several of these vehicles.

Why do these drivers love Corvettes? Because of the big, torque V8 and the Vette's everyday dependability and practicality. Practical? Yes. C5 and C6 models can hold large luggage behind the seats and their tall gearing gives surprisingly good highway fuel economy.
 

 

Are you still in love with your C6 but tempted by the look of another set-up? Maybe a new set of wheels and tires will cure the itch. We're closing out the Sport Muscle GS wheel  and they're marked down from $189 to $59* on the 19x8.5 silver painted option and down to $69* on the 20x11 size in the same color. The machined w/black accent version of the wheel is also currently priced at $69 for both the front and back.

Obviously you'll need 19" and 20" sized tires to accommodate these wheels. The ideal choice is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport with 245/35-19 in the front and 295/30-20 in the rear. Not only has this tire performed well in our testing, our friends at Car and Driver found it to be the number one overall option in a recent comparison test done with our test BMWs here at Tire Rack. Expect to see this test in the August issue of the magazine.

Wheels and tires mounted and balanced with TPMS sensors and the TPMS initialization trigger tool are available for $2,002*.

 

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
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Sport Muscle GS Silver Painted
Sport Muscle GS Silver Painted


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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Monday, June 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP422Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.14

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Edmonton, AB
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
June 24, 2012

I have a Jetta 2.0 so loads of power it does not have. My immediate observation when I had these installed was that the car felt faster on take-off. Not talking corvette fast but it struggled less to get up to speed I was really feed up with this car lugging around its weight but I'm much happier. I'm not affiliated in any way with Bridgestone but the low rolling resistence of these tires are apparent. My rpm on the highway also dropped and I kid you not of about 1000rpm. Yesterday I had to do a fast launch into a intersection and was surprise to not here any slip, also should mention that I did the typical steering wheel side to side when I first drove on them and wasn't expecting that much grip at all from these tires! So in closing if your looking for a wicked deal tire for something with a weak engine so far I can't see how I could of made a better choice. I rarely review but always read then for this I had to. Good job Bridgestone hope you keep these going.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LE Sport

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LE Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: The Big Easy, LA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
June 12, 2012

i'm using these on front of my 02 Z, with Kumho 285-18s on the rear--smaller than stock but with tremendous steering response;

these tyres grip like ticks, don't spin unless you're willing to put your clutch at risk (i have 175K miles on mine) or stuff the 1960-ish open engine bay with a supercharger (i am);

when they do break loose they tell you way in advance and then only break gradually, so you go EXACTLY where you steer in a turn (no neo-1950s Grand Prix racing style butt-flipping four-wheel slides unless you're just plain stupid...and if you are, you will soon learn why they have trees)--and quickly, because these tyres RESPOND to steering input (read motorcycle-style flicks);

true, they are a tad noisy, but i LIKE that, the same way i like my exhaust to sound, like a 7-litre mid-year (yet another project);

how much do i like these tyres?

i'm ready to sell the set of stock sized OEM Goodyears i bought shortly after the car and never put on--all i need to know is if the rears will hold the 315-30-18 Kumho Eckstas!

my only problem will be whether to put 275 Kumhos on the front ( i'm thinking the front/rear size/profile ratios need to be kept close to stock to aid and abet the active handling system);

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6

2010 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 600
Location: RIVERSIDE, CA
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.

American Racing Torq-Thrust Wheels Offer Many Options

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Steve Huffman

Are you wanting to restore an old muscle car or just give it a new look? Look no further than an American icon, the American Racing Torq-Thrust wheels. These wheels are part of the company's Authentic Hot Rod Wheel Collection. In the late fifties, American Racing introduced the original magnesium five-spoke Torq Thrust. With its unique, tapered parabolic spoke design, it is considered by many to be the most famous wheel of all time.

If you're the owner of a Corvette, Camaro or Mustang, these classic wheels are timeless and will always be in style. With several different finishes available and sizes ranging between 14" and 20" in diameter, the Torq-Thrust offers you many options to customize your ride.

American Racing Torq-Thrust 2.1
American Racing Torq-Thrust 2.1
American Racing Torq-Thrust M
American Racing Torq-Thrust
M
American Racing Torq-Thrust D
American Racing Torq-Thrust
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Take a look at the different Torq-Thrust options and find which style is right for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H725A

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H725A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2008 Chevrolet Malibu
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Miles driven on tires: 73,240
Location: Peoria, AZ
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 73,240 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2012

These tires came with the car when purchased new. OEM tire pressures are low for my liking on the Malibu and we wanted to maximise fuel economy. I adjusted presures to 42psi front and 38psi rear. For comparison only, vehicle was driven in the SF Bay area, in and around northern Cal for the first half of the tire life with the second half in Phoenix Arizona. The 08 Chevy Malibu is not a performance car and is not meant to be driven like one, niether are these tires. If you want a performance car and tires buy a Corvette, Camaro, GT500 Mustang and hit the track.
The Chevy Malibu has been operated as it has been designed along with the tires that were put on it. They handle very good in wet and dry conditions and are very pradictable with good feedback through the steering wheel. In the twisty mountain roads such as driving to Yosemite in Northern Cal or up to Jerome in Northern Arizona these tires performed very well with no issues, even in light snow conditions. At Freeway speeds from 55mph to 80mph they handled great. City mpg was at 23mpg, freeway 31mpg with these tires. Tires have been rotated every 5 to 7k miles and wheel alignment checked if a problem was noticed such as a drift or pull when driving.
If a tire shop tells you not to buy these tires because there are better ones out there, they are just trying to push what they want to sell. Not what's best for you, your car and what it was designed for.

 

Goodyear and the Bondurant School

Friday, February 24, 2012 by Gavin Carpenter

Last week, I had the chance to get behind the wheel of a couple fantastic American sports cars at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving: a 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS, RS package

 

Just as a side note, Bondurant has been using Goodyear tires exclusively for many years on their cars, when applicable. The main exception is with their Corvette ZR1 program, which is in conjunction with GM, where they use the Original Equipment Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP

 

A key point taught during the school was weight transfer. We learned how to use it to maximize the grip of the vehicle's tires. One of the biggest concerns I hear from owners of high-horsepower vehicles is the tires just don't hook up in the corners.

 

Do you have a good car equipped with the right set of performance tires (such as the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar EMT or Eagle F1 Supercar G: 2 RunOnFlat) and drive with the proper technique? Then the car will go where you tell it when the weight is in the right place - if you need to turn, make sure your weight is where it needs to be.

 

Best Original Equipment Replacement Rotor? Stop and Take a Look to See if Centric is Right for You!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Centric Plain 120 Series RotorsMany vehicles are offered with optional sport packages which usually include upgrades to the engine, wheels, tires and braking system. When replacing your current rotors be sure you're getting the same level of performance from your new rotors. Centric takes the guess work out of purchasing Original Equipment replacement rotors.  
 

If you own a performance vehicle like the Audi RS4, Porsche 911, Corvette or BMW M3 that came with factory cross-drilled and vented rotors, the Centric Plain 120 Series Rotors will be made to the exact specifications.
 

Plain 120 Series Rotors feature a layer of Electrocoating that provides long lasting corrosion protection. The black Electrocoating is applied to the entire rotor with the exception of the braking surface which gives a more attractive rust-free appearance when compared to your Original Equipment rotors.
 

Centric also offers value-added benefits such as balancing, split castings for better heat transfer and a double disc ground braking surface for a non-directional friction area.
 

When looking for brakes online, be sure to shop by vehicle.

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position RFT

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 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.

Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1000
Location: Vancouver, BC
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1000 Miles on Tires
December 08, 2011

I replaced the OEM Goodyear after 18,000 miles and found, to my delight, that the Bridgestones transformed the feel and enjoyment of driving. In particular, I no longer have to grip the steering wheel with two hands to keep the car on course; Goodyear OEM were scary with their tendency to wander across the lane even on relatively smooth surfaces. Noise levels have been reduced significantly albeit I conceed that near end of life most performance tires get noisier as did the Goodyear OEM. All in all I highly recommend for any corvette owner looking to switch from Goodyear OEM

What Are My Options with Run-Flat Tires?

Monday, July 25, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Continental Tire ContiComfortKitMany drivers who have run-flat tires on their vehicle want to know if they can switch to a regular tire? While technically there is nothing preventing a non-run-flat tire from being mounted on the wheel, there is one thing you must consider before making the change. Most run-flat equipped vehicles do not have a spare tire. I highly recommend giving some thought to the course of action in the event you get a flat.

One option to consider is Continental Tire's ContiComfortKit. Developed to seal typical tire punctures making it possible for you to complete the drive home, to work or a tire repair facility, the ContiComfortKit is suitable for use with passenger car tires, including run-flat designs. The other option I hear customer opt for is carrying a full-size spare in the trunk to use in case of a blowout.

With more and more vehicles such as some Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Corvettes and minivan applications equipped with run-flat tires as Original Equipment, this issue affects more drivers on a daily basis. To gain a better understand of maintaining vehicle mobility after a puncture, read "Run Flat Tires."

Shop by vehicle to find the tire that works best for your vehicle.

Wheel Construction: Not All are Created Equal

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
The Custom Assembly of O.Z. 3-Piece Wheels Are you in the market for custom wheels? Other than wheel size, style and price, you may want to research how your new wheels are made. Buying new wheels can be a significant investment and you want to be sure to get your money's worth before spending your hard earned cash.

Consider Use: Vehicle demands, road conditions and driving style are all important considerations. If you are driving a sports car such as a Porsche, Corvette or BMW and enjoy track days from time-to-time, you may need a lighter/stronger wheel.

Construction Methods: The reality is that not all aluminum wheels are created equally. Strength and weight of a wheel are partly determined by how a wheel is made, not only the material it is made of. The three primary methods of O.E. and aftermarket wheel construction are gravity cast, pressure cast and forged.

Gravity Cast: Gravity casting is the most common and least expensive wheel manufacturing process. This is the process of pouring molten aluminum into a mold using only gravity to assist. This results in the heaviest and weakest of the manufacturing methods. 

Pressure Cast:
Pressure casting is the process of introducing positive pressure to assist in the flow of molten aluminum through the mold. This creates a lighter/stronger product due to higher density than gravity cast at a minimum cost increase. Tech Article on Wheel Construction

Forged:
 Forging is the process of forcing a semi-solid piece of aluminum between the forging dies under extreme pressure. This produces the lightest and strongest product of the three primary methods. Most of the 2- and 3-piece custom wheels and race wheels in the market are forged. The downside is that due to the extensive tooling required to create a finished wheel, forged wheels are considerably more expensive than either pressure or gravity cast. 
 
Bottom Line: I have spoken to many customers who wish they would have invested in a higher quality product after bad experiences with lower quality ones. The key to making an informed choice is to understand the advantages of each. To ensure you are getting the best product for your needs, consult a sales specialists to find out how the wheel you are interested in is constructed. 

Corvette C6 and Cadillac XLR Tire Pressure Reset Tool

Friday, March 4, 2011 by Chad Hocker
ATEQ VT5ATEQ has designed a tire pressure reset tool to save time and money.

The VT5 allows the driver to avoid returning to the dealership to reset the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) after switching tire and wheel sets. The ATEQ TPMS Sensor Trigger tool enables the vehicle to recognize a newly installed sensor and is great for C6 Corvette and Cadillac XLR owners who have two sets of tires and wheels and need to register their TPMS sensors when changing from one package to the other.

The VT5 is a one-time cost item complementing your Tire & Wheel Package

ATEQ TPMS Sensor Trigger Instructions:
Download step-by-step triggering instructions (download PDF)