Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Ford F150 XLT 4x4
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Tallmadge, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
December 15, 2013

This is the 5th set of tires I've had on this truck. It's a company vehicle that I've driven since it was new. I drive in all weather conditons, and all off-road conditions for the work I do. Putting these tires on was like geting beefed-up shocks. It handles and corners like a mid-sized sedan now. The traction is excellent in all conditions. We had a big snow storm with 35deg temps yesterday, which left 3" of icy slush on the roads. No problem. Today, the temp dropped to 22deg, so the now the slush has frozen solid. No problem. Very happy with these tires, just glad I didn't have to pay for them myself:)

 

KW Variant 3 Coil-Over: Race Technology That's Comfortable on the Street

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Having just purchased a 2012 Ford Mustang GT, I felt that many aspects of the vehicle's performance were phenomenal, however the suspension left me wanting more. While the car provides good lateral grip in corners and performs better than any other generation of stock Mustang, the soft spring rates contribute to excessive body roll and front-end pitch under heavy braking.

To cure this, I pulled out the big guns and installed KW's Variant 3 Coil-Over. While the Variant 1 allows only for height adjustment with KW factory pre-set damping, and the Variant 2 provides height adjustment and adjustable damper settings, the Variant 3 gives drivers independent control of both rebound and compression, along with a wide range of height adjustment.

Installation only took two hours with a lift and a few of my friends. KW even includes vehicle specific install instructions and recommended shock settings. While the car now rides on a much higher spring rate than factory, the dampening takes out some of the harshness associated with lowered cars. It really rides quite nice and shows a huge improvement in handling. The car lays flat into corners with minimal roll and is much more stable under acceleration and braking.

Stay tuned for more changes I'll be making to my vehicle, up next: tires and wheels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09
 
 

2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2013

These came stock on the 19" x 8.5" rims of my 2011 Mustang GT. I drive 6-speed with 3.55 gears, so the rear tires get a bit more shock treatment than that of an automatic.

Brand new, the tires are great. You almost can't get them to break traction short of turning the traction control off and dumping the cluth after reving up to red line. But after doing that a few times, you will find the traction/stickiness of the tire will have depleted.

They are still good all-around tires, but after a few months of driving, they lose their launch traction.

I have already replaced two sets (four tires total) in the two years that I have had the car and am about to replace another set on the rear. That would mean that about every 10,000-13,000 miles, they need replaced. The tread is not down to the cords or anything, but you can feel a major difference in the performance at the 10k wear point.

Road noise is pretty minimal for a low-profile tire and the ride is comfortable as the suspension on the GT with these tires rides very well. There seems to be a bit of roll/softness in cornering, but if you know your car well enough, you know what you can and can't do and the tires stay fairly firm. I will buy them again for all year tires, but I will probably switch to something stickier for Summer track action on street tires.

 

KONI Sport Shocks Now Available for 2011-2013 Mustang GT and V6

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

After a considerable wait earlier in the year, KONI Sport Shocks are again available for the 2011-2013 Ford Mustang V6 and GT. While the rear shocks have the same part number as 2005-2010 members of the Mustang S197 chassis, the front struts utilize a different strut mount and have previously been very difficult to find.

Fitting a firmer shock body to this chassis helps reduce some of the front-end dive during breaking and also reduces some lateral movement. As with all KONI Sport Shocks, these are adjustable and offer a twin tube, low pressure gas design.

Shop by vehicle to ensure you grab the right parts for your pony.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2003 Ford Focus ZTW
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Miles driven on tires: 1,600
Location: Farmington, MI
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1,600 Miles on Tires
November 16, 2012

Pretty new, they still make a little edge noise when veering at all, and when cornering. I assume this is normal for new tires--don't they have to wear down at the sharp outside edges to break in?

They are filled a 2 PSI higher than the door badge to slightly boost MPG. Instead of 32, it's 34. Nitrogen.

These are FANTASTIC. They make my boaty Focus wagon feel like a Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! Mazda! (Well...as much as a Focus can feel like a better, sporty car.) I spun around an empty parking lot for half an hour when I got them, they were such an improvement over my old bald tires! (The old ones I bought used, General Altimax...but my shocks were so worn, I never got good use out of them. They quickly ground down to bald before the needed suspension fixes were done.)

They feel smooth and supple, with very low road noise. The Focus makes a fair amount of noise anyway, but the noise is lower compared with any tire I've had.

They don't smush on turns, but feel firm-- as if they can handle anything. The ride is as comfortable as a Focus can be. Which means a lot of road feel and hard on bumps. Don't try to text on your phone as a passenger in my car!

Well, maybe I'll take them down to the exact PSI. Maybe it'll improve the bumpiness.

Can't wait for winter on my new Sumis! These are a No. 1 rated ("Recommended," in their words) tire by Consumer Reports.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce UVReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.86

2007 Ford F150 XLT Super Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Manchester, TN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
September 26, 2010

I wouldn't normally post a review until I had put more miles on a set of tires, but thought I would in case there's anyone else out there like me not wanting to spend a fortune on tires but still wanting good handling. Frankly, Firestone would have been the last brand I would normally have bought due to my perception that the company has had too many quality problems, but I honestly don't know if that's accurate or not. At any rate, being in a low budget mode right now I went for these due to the incredible price, the outstanding reviews by owners on this site, and with winter coming up. The reviews are what convinced me. Living in middle Tennessee we don't get the serious snows like in other parts of the country, but last year we got several that were pretty heavy for our area and with some serious ice a couple of times. Nice to know reviewers rank these very high for that type driving in case we get some this year. The tread on these is very deep and aggressive, and look great on the truck in the blackwall. A little squirm when cornering but to be expected on a new tire with deep tread. Rain handling is awesome. They do have a little highway hum, to be expected with a winter tire, but I have a louder than stock exhaust so who cares? The ride quality is pretty good, and this truck has a pretty stiff suspension. They make them in an LT (light truck) 10-ply model, but I got the passenger rated ones since I don't haul much or tow anything. And if anyone is considering going one size wider than the stock 255-70/17's on a 2007 F-150, the 265-70/17's I bought fit fine and with plenty of clearance at the rear shocks and the front suspension arms, and a very minor amount taller. I'll come back and do a follow-up after more miles and more weather. (If you're going to order from these guys, check out Spencer at extension 690, a really professional guy . Got the order right and to me in two days.)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/S

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/SReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62

2010 Ford F150 XLT 4x2
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Miles driven on tires: 74,000
Location: Brandon, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 74,000 Miles on Tires
October 14, 2012

These tires were OEM for my 2010 Ford F150. They were remarkably quiet, smooth and finally were ready for replacement at 74,000 miles. If not for a misalignment, I likely could have gone to 80,000. Unbelievalbe. When it came time to replace the tires last month, I chose BF Goodrich radial long trail T/A's based mainly on price but decent reviews as well. I am pleased with the ride quality, noise, and other dynamics of the BF Goodrich tires, noticing very little difference between them and the Michelin's. However, the money I saved on the purchase of the BF Goodrich's over the Michelin's will be negated by additional fuel costs; With the Michelin's, I consistently recorded an average 18.8 mpg on my F150 based on the computer read-out on the dash. After installing the BF Goodrich radial long-trail T/A's, I immediately began averaging 17.6 mpg with no other changes to the vehicle or driving conditions. Perhaps greater rolling resistance? Initially the 1.2 mpg drop appeared insignificant, but after doing some math, I was shocked. I average around 30,000 miles a year and at the current pump rate of $3.65 per gallon, I will spend over $400.00 a year more in fuel with the BF Goodrich tires. So much for saving a couple hundred bucks on the purchase. I'm sure the potential of higher fuel economy had something to do with Ford supplying the Michelin's as OEM tires. Next time I'll buy the Michelin's.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

Monday, October 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.93

2002 Ford F150 SupCab 4wd King
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Centreville, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
October 04, 2012

On the advice of several friends who run them, I purchased a set of these tires 285-70R-17 for my 2002 Ford 150. The above ratings are based on my experience these tires at 50,000 miles and with a variety of other AT and Mud Tires.

Folks these are rocks star mud tires that can handle highway driving without being too obnoxious. They are not formula 1 tires but they are predictable on-road...I have no complaints regarding their on-road performance.
Off-road is where they shine... On at least 3 occasions, I have driven across fields, stopped and backed up to other trucks that were stuck before putting my truck in 4wd and pulling them out. (Yes I was showing off and yes I couldn't resist coating their trucks in a rooster tail of mud... at least one of these trucks now runs the same tires.) I have driven thru wet woods cutting deep ruts, hitting stumps and loaded with firewood countless times and driven thru snow dragging the undercarriage. I am still amazed at the difference in off-road permformance vs AT tires.

They will last if you rotate them and have good shocks and tight suspension/linkage...50,000 miles with half tread is pretty common. Be warned...Ignore rotations and maintenance and irregular wear will occur.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2005 Ford Expedition XLT Sport 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: St. Charles, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 20, 2012

This is my 2nd set of Revo 2's......I also had 2 sets of original Revo's.......I am shocked that somehow this tire's ratings places it 7th in category...when the last few years it's been 1 or 2? .....As to my experience, simply put these are the best all around tires I have ever experienced. Awesome grip, quiet....yes quiet...of yours aren't have your suspension checked.....great looks.....they have handled everything I have thrown at them. On a Ford Expedition, these tires can take this vehicle almost anywhere. Deep snows in Chicago and Boston, off road through rough mountains passes in Colorado (all rocks), thousands of highway miles in high heat of summer, and cold of winter, Ice in Michigan and Arkansas, rain and storms Midwest....all, no problem......Regular rotation at 5k miles, kept at 35 psi, there just isn't a tire that can perform better than these. For the record, I have very high expectations of most things.....and these have exceeded them over the last few years.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiTrac

Thursday, March 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiTrac Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport V6 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 90,000
Location: Pensacola, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 90,000 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2012

You read it right: 90,000mi! We bought this Escape in '07 used with only 14k miles on it. It had the original tires when we bought it. It still has the original tires today. If you don't believe me, I'll be happy to email you a pic of the tires and the odometer. They have finally worn out. To spite all the negative reviews on this tire, I can't honestly give them a bad review. As a gt mustang owner, I am well aware of how fast tires wear out. I'm impressed to the point of shock. I thought I was going to have to replace these tires 3 years ago based on reviews, but they just kept holding out. I don't know if this was a fluke or not. If there wasn't so much bad noise about them, I'd tell everyone they were crazy NOT to buy these tires. I feel like the exception here.

 

Improve Handling for Your Late Model Ford Mustang

Friday, January 27, 2012 by Hunter Leffel
Eibach Multi-Pro Coil-OverWould you like to improve the look, handling and cornering capability of your late model Mustang? We have the solutions ranging from a single component (just springs or dampers) up to track ready coil-over systems.  

If you're wanting to close up that wheelwell gap, without sacrificing ride quality, a product like the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set would be a great solution. You'll see a mild drop in the 1.0" - 1.5" range which will improve the stance and handling while maintaining a near factory ride.

Are you ready to hit the track while wanting a wide range of adjustments (including your Ford shocks) for your vehicle? It may be time to explore a coil-over kit. Again, Eibach steps up to the plate offering drops adjustable between 1.0" and 2009 Ford Mustang2.4". The Multi-Pro Coil-Over (shown above) features a 10-way independently adjustable compression and rebound which allows for combinations that are near limitless to dial your car in perfectly.

Options are available for most years and models of the fifth-generation Mustang (2005 and up). 

Whether you're looking to buy shocks online or purchase a coil-over kit, shop by vehicle to find the right suspension products for your vehicle. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce LT

Friday, January 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce LTReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2

2005 Chevrolet Silverado C1500
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Miles driven on tires: 2000
Location: Cleveland, Oh
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2000 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2012

This is my second set of WinterForce tires for a pickup truck.

My first set was installed on a 1999 Ford Ranger. They were fantastic, but as the seasons wore on I did have trouble balancing them.

We eventually had to use a Hunter Road Force to get a acceptable balance.

On the 2005 Chevy, these tires were as quiet as the all seasons I had on (Bridestone).

They balanced perfectly on a standard Coats 950 wheel balancer.

So say these are great tires in heavy snow is an understatement. Plus, I was shocked at how quiet they are. Firestone made some good strides since I purchased my first pair maybe 5 years ago.

Would I but them again? You bet. In heavy snow, they can't be beat.

I will see in the coming years how they hold up overall.

Lowering Your Ford Mustang

Thursday, January 5, 2012 by Logan Woodworth
The late model Ford Mustang is fast becoming an extremely popular vehicle for both customizers and enthusiasts. This is partly due to the volume of aftermarket parts available and the demand from consumers to set their Mustang apart from the crowd and show off their personal style.

In addition to custom paint jobs and aftermarket wheels (rims), many Mustang owners are opting to lower their cars for more aggressive handling and appearance. Due to the flexibility of the late model Mustang chassis, there are several ride height and stiffness options available.

Depending on the version of Mustang, there are several options for lowering from standard non-adjustable springs to fully adjustable coil-over kits. Coil-over kits offer the height and dampening adjustability that is not possible with a spring-only application.
Eibach Multi-Pro Coil-Over R2 Kit for 2011 Mustang GT
It's important to note that when changing a vehicle's ride height, alignment adjustments will be needed for your vehicle. For lowering, this typically includes reduction in camber to counter the camber increase caused by shorter springs. For the newer Mustang, a set of camber bolts will do the trick for the front and an adjustable panhard bar or trailing arm for the rear.

When you're looking for Mustang shocks, springs, coil-over kits or other suspension parts for your ride, be sure to shop by vehicle to find the parts that are a great fit.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H725

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H725Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.78

2010 Ford Focus SE Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 27000
Location: Nashville, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 27000 Miles on Tires
November 10, 2011

I was very disappointed in the handling, noise and treadwear of these 195/60/15 OEM tires on my 2010 Focus. It is already time to buy a set of tires (at least two).

I was shocked to see that this tire is at the same price level as the excellent Yokohama Avids that I have purchased from you in the past as replacement tires for other vehicles. I'll be ordering the Avids again shortly. Hopefully one of the improvements Ford made in their 2012 Focus is ditching this tire as original equipment.

The Necessity of Aftermarket Shocks / Struts

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
Since their inception into the market, the 2011 Mustang GT and the 5th Generation 2010+ Camaro have attracted much attention, and I must note I too fell prey to their new designs.

In February, I took ownership of a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 6-speed. The only options on my car were the Brembo performance brake and wheel package and the 3.73 rear gears. I wanted the fastest base Mustang GT I could buy, but yet even that was not without room for improvement.

My first step toward correcting the lackluster steering response and turn-in feel was to replace the spring and strut / shock assemblies. My components of choice were the off-the-shelf 2011 Mustang GT Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set and a set of 2010 Mustang GT model Bilstein struts and shocks. Although Bilstein does not yet have a 2011 Mustang GT specific fitment at this time, the use of 2005-2010 Ford Racing strut mounts and the 2010 model Bilstein struts allowed me to successfully use the components. For a more plug and play application and a user friendly guaranteed fitment, consumers can purchase the matching Eibach Pro-Damper Kit which is specifically tuned for Eibach springs on the 2011 models and bolts up without any modification to the strut mount units.

Strut Rod Diameter
Although the Eibach springs are not the stiffest available, their progressive rate is far beyond the factory rate of 150lbs/in. For that reason, it is important to increase the compression and rebound rates of the shock assemblies, not only to increase the life of the shock, but also to increase performance while cornering, and reduce unfavorable motion on transitions and rough surfaces.

At left is a picture of the factory 2011 Mustang GT front strut and its Bilstein rival. The differences in shaft size should be obvious. Upon installing this aftermarket suspension package, my 2011 GT feels like an entirely new car. It doesn't exhibit the floating feeling associated with the stock pieces, and generally feels firmer and more responsive. The steering inputs are met with crisp turn-in and the car behaves very neutral at the limit, which left me quite surprised.

For questions on suspension and more, contact one of our sales specialists.

Consider KMC aftermarket wheels for your Ford Mustang.

Friday, July 30, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
If you're looking to spice up a Ford Mustang with some aftermarket wheels, consider KMC wheels—they're "like no other." Point proven in the image at right, where we've chosen to install the Nova style. They feature a machined finish with black accents, and they're mounted on a set of Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 tires. These Ultra High Performance Summer tires promote excellent steering on dry roads. Together with the KMC Nova wheels, they make one pretty (literally) impressive tire and wheel package.

Click here to start building one for your Mustang. Or, you can start by shopping our entire collection of KMC aftermarket wheels. And if you're feeling really adventurous, enter our Upgrade Garage and find an entire list of aftermarket products—like Mustang brake pads and Mustang suspension components, even Mustang shocks—for your vehicle.

It's time to "focus" on a new set of Ford tires.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
With all the Special Offers we're currently running, odds are good that you'll find a new set of Ford Focus tires. And if you shop in our Upgrade Garage, you might even decide the time is right for a new set of wheels or maybe some Ford shocks—it's fun to upgrade, and also quite beneficial.
The Upgrade Garage lets you create a near-perfect representation of your Ford Focus. Click on the suitable wheels and you'll be able to see what they'd actually look like on your Ford Focus.

Take, for example, the Focus at left. It's very simple and sleek, but with a splashy set of black wheels, it gains a sporty...almost tough appearance. To get the look, we clicked on 17-inch Motegi Racing MR281 wheels and added Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Ultra High Performance Summer tires.

Maybe this Tire & Wheel Package will work for you—shop now.

You've got the Mustang, now get the Mustang rims.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Ford Mustangs have been rolling down our streets since 1964, impressing us all with their power and their style. Though Ford has made a few improvements over the years, it's as classic a car as ever. Why change a good thing, right? We only disagree with that statement when it comes to the Mustang wheels.

It's not that we dislike the Original Equipment, we only aim to exhibit how the installation of aftermarket Mustang wheels provides performance and aesthetic benefits. And there are a number of excellent aftermarket Mustang wheels.

The 2010 Ford Mustang GT Coupe above features 20" Sport Muscle Tach wheels that are machined with an anthracite accent. Other Mustang wheels that would look just as good include:

Enkei Performance Series LS-5 (Black Painted)
Sport Edition KV5 (Silver)
TRMotorsports MT1 (Matte Grey)

Use our Upgrade Garage to see what these and other Mustang wheels would look like on your vehicle. You'll also get access to Mustang tires, Mustang brake pads and Mustang suspension products, including Mustang shocks.


 

Outfit your Ford F150 with some new tires.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 by Tire Rack Team


Buying Ford F150 tires shouldn't be a big challenge. You need 'em, Tire Rack makes it easy for you to buy 'em.

Shop by vehicle, and we'll show you a list of potentials. You'll find consumer reviews, tire tests and detailed specs—all of which help throughout the buying process.


Here are a few best-selling Ford tires for the F150 XL 4X4, for example, featuring an Original Equipment size 235/75-17:In addition to Ford tires, Tire Rack can help you find Ford wheels, Ford shocks, Ford brakes...you name it, we just might have it.