Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88

2006 Audi A3 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 23,000
Location: Hollywood, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 23,000 Miles on Tires
September 24, 2012

This tire started out pretty well with good handling and good noise level, but after it hit 15,000 mi the sound level started getting louder and louder with a definite buzz depending on the speed. I don't know how my wife has put up with it until now but at 23,000 we're ready to change them. I'll be going back to the Bridgestone Potenzas. The RE960AS I had previous were excellent and lasted a good 55,000. I see there's an updated RE970AS so I'll go for that.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Friday, September 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75

2005 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5 GT
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Miles driven on tires: 9,800
Location: Memphis, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,800 Miles on Tires
September 20, 2012

Following a set of Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs, these tires were purchased to be more daily-driver friendly. They were definitely smoother riding, quieter, and better in the rain. They still performed acceptably in spirited driving around town. I was liking them a lot until track day (at which time they had approximately 7,000 miles on them). After five 20-minute sessions on the Memphis International Raceway (fka Memphis Motorsports Park), there was above-average wear (relative to expectations from one track day and from prior experience with different tires) and two of the tires (LF and LR) started separating (cording) on the outside edge! Tires were 37psi of nitrogen on stock rims. The vehicle is a Subaru Legacy with approx. 300 crank HP and Bilstein struts with STi springs - not far from stock and certainly not a track monster.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP422Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2009 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: San Antonio, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
June 18, 2012

I replaced the stock tires with Firestone Firehawks, and was so dissatisfied with them that I replaced them with Bridgestone Ecopias the other day. With the older Firehawks, I averaged 40mpg on my Prius (hence the reason they had to go) and excessive road noise on the highway route I take to work. When I talked on the bluetooth phone with the windows up, people would ask me to roll up the windows up!

The Bridgestone Ecopia's are head and shoulders above the Firehawks in my opinion. Although they are not as grippy or as responsive (they are not sports tires), they create MUCH less drag and seem to have much better gas mileage--although it is early to calculate a tank, the onboard computer estimates 50mpg vs. my last tank had a computer estimate of 45mpg with the Firestone tires (actually my last calculation upon fillup was more like 42mpg--yes, the onboard computer's calculation is off a bit--which was pretty high for those tires).

The biggest difference, however, is the road noise. The Ecopia's hardly make any more noise on the highway than they do at 5mph! They also create much less drag; I can coast along on level ground on solely electric power at 45mph (vs. 25-30 on the Firehawks), without the mechanical engine kicking on.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Thursday, August 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.25

2006 Hyundai Sonata LX
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Wellesley, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
August 15, 2012

I got these for my wife's Sonata. The guy who mounted them thought they were a bit of an overkill but they look good and the car handles well. The only thing that bugs me a little is the noise. While it's not terrible it's definitely worse than the stock Hankooks, which by the way lasted way longer than I think these will. Good value for the price I paid though so definitely not a bad tire. Tread life was expected given the 320 rating.
The other big problem was snow traction. These tires combined with the fairly heavy body of the Sonata and the decently powerful 240-HP V6 rendered the car impossible to drive in the New England winter. Poor snow traction should be expected given the type of this tire though. Just consider a second set of winter tires and you are all set.
I would definitely buy them again for the right price.

How Does the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Stack Up?

Monday, August 20, 2012 by Doc Horvath

Early spring 2012 brought a new and exciting tire from BFGoodrich, the g-Force Sport COMP-2, which I wrote about soon after its release. At the time, our tire techs had been invited to test the tire at an event sponsored by the manufacturer using an assortment of vehicles in various conditions. While the results of the test were impressive, we were anxious to get the tire back home to our track and use our vehicles to get a closer look. Last month, we were able to put the COMP-2 through its paces here in Indiana and found that our initial impressions were correct that the tire can hold its own with the best in its category.

Our extensive Real World Road Ride and test track have always separated the contenders from the pretenders, and both tests provided valuable information yet again when we compared the COMP-2 to the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport, the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 and Yokohama S.drive.

At the track, the COMP-2 came in a close second in the dry to the the Potenza RE760 Sport with its excellent handling. The tire proved to be superior when the track was watered down. At the end of several days at the track, the COMP-2  proved to be a little more responsive and displayed somewhat higher cornering traction compared to the competition.

Out on the road, the COMP-2 was near the top with excellent handling at the expense of a little more road noise. Overall, just a fraction of a point separated all four tires for overall supremacy on the road.

In the end, here is how they stacked up:

  1. BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2
  2. Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
  3. Yokohama S.drive
  4. Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

If an Ultra High Performance Summer tire is in your future, check out our full test report before making your decision.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT

Monday, August 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: BELLEVILLE, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
August 01, 2012

Good replacement for the short wearing OEM Goodyear's on the Z51 equipped Corvette in moderately aggressive street driving use. 12,000 mile wear out on front with rear tires approaching 20,000mile wear out seems disproportional. The Firehawks work well and are exhibiting much better wear characteristics.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (W-Speed Rated)

Monday, August 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Canton, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
July 22, 2012

the only other tire i would ever buy other than a bridgestone potenza great grip low road noise hardly any wear on tread and i drive it like i stole it no complaints here

 

Wider Tires on Your BMW 3 Series

Friday, July 27, 2012 by Gary Stanley

While moderating the BMW forums, one of the most common questions I answer is in regards to upgrading tires to a larger size. Using a wider size on the same wheel while maintaining the same overall diameter is known in the tire industry as "plus zero" sizing. This is typically done to get a larger contact patch and for an improved cosmetic appearance.

Here is a list of common plus zero sizes on two popular generations of BMW 3 Series vehicles:

E36 (most 1992-1998 BMW 318i, 325i, 328i, 330i models):

  • If you have factory 16" wheels with the Original Equipment size of 205/55R16, you can install 225/50R16 tires with no problem. This is a very common upgrade and fits the wheels well. The plus size maintains the correct overall diameter and load requirements. With this change, you'll gain about an inch in tire width.

Below are two Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 tires. The tire on the left is a 205/55R16 and the one the right is size 225/50R16. 

E46 (most 1999-2005 BMW 323i, 325i, 328i, 330i models):

  • With the Original Equipment size of 205/55R16, you can use the plus size of 225/50R16.
  • Owners with the O.E. size of 225/45R17 you can plus size to either 235/40R17 or 235/45R17. With the 235/45R17 size, it's a fit in a vast majority of cases and typically only rubs on a lowered vehicle or a car with worn suspension components.
  • For the Original Equipment size of 225/40R18, the plus size of 235/40R18 will work. This is also a case where the plus size fits in the vast majority of cases and typically only rubs on a lowered vehicle or a car with worn suspension components.

For more information on this topic, read "Plus Size Wheels and Tires."

 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

1994 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Erie, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
July 18, 2012

Have had these on the back of my camaro z28 an love them for the price. A great buy for a spirited car enthusiast!! Just received my front set and can't wait to put them on. With 2000 miles on these tires it looks like hardly any tread has been used! In my opinion this is the best set of tires for the price and responsiveness on dry and wet roads.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2006 Toyota Matrix XR
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Miles driven on tires: 1,100
Location: Hartford, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,100 Miles on Tires
July 10, 2012

no snow here...yet!! these tires are very impressive for the price....great value. Ride smooth as a baby's bum...quiet ride..lets you know before it breaks loose so you can ease off a bit...like em lots

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25

2007 Saturn Sky
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Miles driven on tires: 3,200
Location: Navarre, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,200 Miles on Tires
June 20, 2012

This was one of my finalists while shopping. Honestly I liked the Indy 500 logo. But after 3200 miles I am totally impressed. The car handles better than the Goodyear OEM tires. I love them. I do tone down my driving in the rain, but I have had no issues so far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.91
 
 

2003 BMW 325xi Sed Sport Pkg
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Littleton, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
June 18, 2012

Tires were fine when new, although fairly noisy. Did fine for the first winter in colorado, but a year later they were useless in deep snow. Tires get noisier as they age and they do not handle corners well at all (lot's of squealing and slipping). They seemed to last pretty long, I replaced with them when they had 5-6/32nds left because I got a flat (drove about a mile before realizing it was flat) and the tire was ruined. I have all wheel drive and needed to replace all tires at the same time. Tires made the car ride rough (didn't realize how bad these tires were until I replaced them with something else) I bought snow tires and wheels for the winter and replaced the G019's with a summer tire (firestone firehawk wide oval indy 500) - Night and day difference! Love the firestones so far.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.17

2003 Infiniti M45
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2012

I've always purchased all season tires mostly. In NC, we may have a few really cold days every year. Before I had the BF Goodrich G-Forces and I loved them, also had the Michelin Pilot Sports AS. These tires really have transformed my car thus far. I can tell the gas mileage will be better. So overall impressed with the tire for the money I spent. If you have a nice car, purchased a good set of tires if you can afford, definitely makes a difference.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT

Thursday, May 17, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2012

I have really loved this last set. I will definately go back with these. I have 2006 corvette and the factory tires were extremely loud. these have been very quite up till now and they are still better than the original foctory tires. Traction was awesome off the line. I have nitrogen in my tires and this stiffened up the cornering so it is hard to say about the handling but i love them on my car. I have never lost traction in the rain or on wet surfaces. I would highly recommend these tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Friday, May 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5

2005 Mazda RX-8 6-speed
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Abingdon, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 24, 2012

So far the tires have performed to my expectations. If I had it to do over again i would have gotten the same tire in a 245 section as there was hardly any price difference. They were good at the last Autocross, we had nice weather and they felt responsive and predictable, good overall grip level. Wear has been unnoticeable at 3000 miles. I started Autocrossing on All seasons and these are a good stepping stone to the higher class Continental ExtremeContactDW max performance summers I plan to move on to. But I don't regret these, I may buy again, but in the 245/40R18 size.

Kosei K1 Racing Wheels for Mazda Miata

Friday, April 20, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Since the warm weather has come upon most of the country earlier than normal this year, I've recently been receiving many inquiries for new performance tires and alloy wheels. While much of your wheel choice comes down to your own cosmetic taste and price, wheel weight and quality are also important factors to consider. 

 

Lighter wheels can make a noticeable difference in the handling of low torque, lightweight vehicles, like my 1994 MAZDA Miata. Looking for a light, high quality and attractive performance alloy wheel for my vehicle, I took a look at the options available from Kosei. While many of their styles look great, I chose the K1 Racing. Below is a photo of my vehicle with the wheels.

Many racers, autocrossers and drivers in the SCCA STR use this wheel due to its great combination of durability, weight and affordable pricing.

 

When it came time to choose the right tire, I went with the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 due to its impressive ratings in our Tire Survey Results. I'm going on my seventh year with these wheels, and the silver paint with clearcoat finish still looks like new. I haven't had any issues with bent wheels and to me, the style still looks fresh. 
 

The warm weather is here, so enhance your vehicle's look with a Tire & Wheel Package today!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk GT

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk GTReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.75

2002 Honda Accord Sedan EX V6
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Norfolk, Va
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
April 12, 2012

This tire was recommended by the salesman at the store I purchased them from. He really made them sound awesome. The tire was not a good choice for my vehicle, but was a good sale commission for him. Over the life of these tires, first thing I noticed was a drastic drop in fuel efficiency. Second thing was noise. Third was how quickly the tread lost depth. For my car, the tires were so loud, that after a qualified mechanic has replaced a wheel bearing, the test drove the car, then checked all the other wheel bearings. The noise of the tires was much like the noise of a bad wheel bearing. I didn't want to be disappointed, however I was. I have replaced them with the Yokohama AVID ENVigor. Where have they been all my life!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.17
 
 

1977 Porsche 911
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2012

I purchased this set based only on others reviews(here and on other forums) and am happy with this set. Great tires and based on tread wear I find them almost unbelievable how good the traction/stickiness they provide. I was going to buy some with a much lower tread wear number to get high performance but based on the price and reviews I tried these and I'm happy I did. These plant my car very confidently into corners and grip the whole way through. My car can be difficult to drive but with these it's less difficult and rewarding every time I drive it. They also hold the power of my turbo 911 better as well. I'd recommend these tires to another Porsche 911 driver.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.62

1999 Honda Prelude
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Mattapoisett, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2012

Well I have to be honest, The Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 tires are the best tire I have ever used in dry warm weather. They are a little noisy at cooler temps and the wet traction is not very good. But when the temperature gets above 75 degrees they get stickier and very responsive. I'd say that it is not a New England tire since its mostly wet and cool up here, but definitely meant for a place down south. I bought the Yokohama S-Drive tires to replace the Firestone's. I will let you know my results in June. Today is 4/8/2012

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75

2006 Ford Mustang Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2012

I have a 2006 Mustang V6 with the GT wheels, I purchased the Firehawks because I liked the style of the tire and the other reviews based on the tire. I have also checked out the Firestone Website about this tire. I'm very happy with the performance on dry and wet roads with this tire, cornering is amazing and from a stop the tires just GRIP! I have complete confidence in these tires. THe only other tire I was considering where the Pirelli's but I don't think I will ever change to them with the way these tires have performed. Extremely Happy with these tires. I will buy them again and again.