Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

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.

General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2010 Jeep Compass
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Slinger, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2013

SO I live in Wisconsin and I self admit I am a terrible winter driver in my own opinion. The problem is that I have a 55 mile drive one way to work each day so 110 mile trek. In the past Ive gone no snow tires and its been scary many nights on the drive hom.

Now I have a Jeep Compass with 4WD and with the stock tires last year they didn't do too bad, but there was still some scary days. So this season I decided to grab a pair of these Altimax Arctics after much research on here and online in general.

COULD NOT GO WRONG with a purchase of these tires. First, things I were afraid of is the talk of control on dry pavement, road noise because they are snow tires, cornering etc. Now I wouldn't say im a tire enthusiast, and I am not super picky, but these tires are great here. Noise was quieter than the stock all season by FAR, and control and cornering were better as well which suprises me for a snow tire.

Now to control. Its snowed where i am about 18 days of the 27 so far in December. These things are beasts! We've had some light super slippery powder snow and these did not miss. Sure there a few times was a little slip from a stand still, but its remarkable how they dig through. I put them through the paces, pushing hard, sharp turning in 3-4 inches and light powder etc, very good extreme traction. We had some ice days, shockingly though I drove conservative, no issues. So the other night, we had more slipper powder, I found the sharpest grade hill in our city...pretty steep, decided to try it, about a quarter mile stretch...NO ISSUES! Couldn't believe it.

All the above all our other vehicles struggle big time with and tires spin. But not these. At my kids school, parents were getting stuck in parking, not these.

If you have a 4WD vehicle, matched with these, its a snow bobcat now. WIth my conservative driving and these, I feel a lot less stressed.

Purchase from tire rack was smooth and great and got free install based on deal!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8
 
 

2008 Jeep Patriot Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Suncook, NH
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2013

These are excellent tires. My Jeep Patriot is FWD but I want 4wd performance in snow. These tires are as close as I can hope for: very sure-footed in any kind of snow. An acceptable tire in every respect, a bit noisey but I can live with it. No problems in rain. Tread life was a little short compared to a summer tire, but I expected that. Liked them enough to buy my second set of these.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber UHP

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber UHP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Melbourne Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
December 23, 2013

In the past I have run Goodyear, BF Goodrich and Michelin Tires on my SUVs. This tire is far superior to the others with respect to wet traction and hydroplaning in standing water, which living in Florida during the rainy season one encounters on sometimes a daily basis. I got approximately 42000 miles off my last set, never rotated them because they all wore perfectly, and they probably had another 5000 miles left on them when I replaced them. This is a reasonably priced tire, and I am very satisfied with its looks and performance. I would definitely buy them again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

2004 Nissan Titan King Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 68,000
Location: Jenks, OK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 68,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

This is by far the best tire I have ever owned, and it's not even close.

The ride is smooth and quiet. The traction is amazing, on both dry and wet roads. These tires cut through water and all but eliminate hydroplaning. When I need to use 4WD at job sites to get through mud, I have few problems for a road tire.

In snow and ice, no problem. Winter traction is fantastic. One morning I was the first vehicle on the road with 16" of snow, and with 4WD these tires plowed right through it.

I love these tires. I'm at 68k with rotations every 5-6k miles, and will get 5k more before it's time to replace them. Over 70k miles in a full size truck is great.

I'm getting these tires installed on my wife's Jeep Commander tomorrow.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler HP

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2012 Jeep Liberty
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Miles driven on tires: 3,100
Location: Long Beach, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,100 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

These tires came stock on my 2012 Jeep Liberty Latitude. I purchased vehicle new in November 2012 and only have 3100 miles thus far so tires still look new. I don't see why these tires get such bad reviews. I have been very satisfied with the performance of these tires in all weather conditions. Yesterday we got a foot of snow combined with very cold temperatures and after reading all the negative reviews about this tire I was not expecting them to perform as well as they did: I was able to drive out through a foot of snow in 2WD without getting stuck, needing to rock the vehicle or using 4WD, I have the video to prove it but cannot include a link. 2012 Jeep Liberty drives out of foot of snow in 2WD on youtube will let you see for yourself that the reviews stating 4WD was needed in even small snow amounts are exaggerated. My previous vehicle had General Grabber AT2 tires and I wish they came in my size 235-65-17 as the Grabbers are my favorite tire so far. So far I cannot find one reason to replace these tires. If General decides to make the Grabbers in my size I would switch over only because I know how great they are off road but for normal everyday driving in all weather conditions these Wrangler HP's perform very well.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Caribou, ME
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

After going off the road twice this winter, I decided to ditch the all season tires in favor of dedicated winter tires. I purchased the recommended wheel/tire package from Tire Rack and couldn't be more pleased. The difference in braking, handling, acceleration and traction was immediately noticeable and dramatic. We have severe winters herein Northern Maine and the roads often remain icy or with hard packed snow for weeks. Temperatures can reach -40F. Do yourself a favor. All season tires don't work in Northern climates even if you have a 4 wheel drive or all wheel drive vehicle. Service from Tire Rack was 1st rate. The wheels arrived in 3 days all mounted and balanced. I couldn't be more pleased.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.42
 
 

2006 Jeep Liberty Limited 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Nixa, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
December 14, 2013

Excellent tire. I live in the Ozark Mountains and experience varied driving conditions and weather extremes. My main priorities for a tire are rain and snow driving. These tires have exceeded my expectations. This Fall I was able to drive a very rocky and rough service road through the Mark Twain Forest near Chadwick, Missouri in two-wheel drive without any wheel spin. This past week we had a seven inch snowfall. Put the Jeep in Full-Time 4x4 and was able to easily break trail on unplowed roads. Did not experience any wheel spin or slippage in the snow. We also had freezing rain - the tires did lose grip somewhat on that, mainly during lane change, and stopping, but the stability control light only came on once. So far they do not show any signs of wear, (I perform a five tire rotation every 6000 miles). Have not noticed any objectionable noise either. All in all, this is the best tire I have driven and would purchase again.

 

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

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.53
 
 

2005 Jeep Wrangler
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Midwest City, OK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
December 24, 2013

If you take your Jeep or truck off-road this is tire everyone gets that have done their research. I got 45,000 out of my first set and I didn't even consider another tire or brand when it was time to replace them. 45K doesn't sound like much compared to street tires but in this class there is no equal. If road noise bothers you this may not be your tire but the traction advantage greatly out weighs a little tire singing. Ice is the one thing these tires don't like but when it comes to snow or mud, the tires are a definite confidence builder! I have never had any issue with balancing unlike many other brands and they have a strong sidewall that holds up well while playing in rocks.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL Edition Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Miles driven on tires: 650
Location: Orchard Park, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 650 Miles on Tires
November 04, 2013

So far, only 650 miles but these Fortera's are great. Came stock on my 14 Grand Cherokee. Winter is a month away and I will update on that performance when I get enough snow driving in.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler Radial

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler RadialReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33

1995 Jeep Cherokee Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1,100
Location: Allamuchy, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,100 Miles on Tires
September 23, 2012

So far I have put about 1,100 miles on this tire. Heavy rain has not been an issue, dry traction is great, nice and quiet at 70 mph. I will see how the snow is soon enough! Not bad for the price... So far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce UV Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2013

1200 Miles on these tires and they perform well. They have tons of grip in the rain. I bought them at the end of the winter and they have yet to see snow or ice. They are a little noisy. I think a lot of people on hear blow the noise out of proportion. I can turn the radio down and still have a quiet ride, you can hear the tires though. A super swamper can be called a noisy tire, that's like comparing a lawnmower engine to a jet engine though. They really are not that loud. They ride excellent. I have yet to spin a tire in the rain.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SR-A

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler SR-AReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.6

2008 Jeep Patriot Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Abington, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2010

These came standard on my Patriot, and while I'm usually not impressed by Goodyear tires (my wifes 2004 GMC had the Wrangler RT/S and they were --- aweful in the rain and snow) these SR-A's have been pretty good. They transmit a lot of road noise and get noisier with age. I figured I'd have swapped these off within a month of buying the Jeep, but two winters later and they still hold the road fairly well, and still have some decent tread life left on them. I do rotate every 6k miles and check/adjust air pressure every week.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67
 
 

2004 Jeep Liberty Sport 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 66,000
Location: Swanton, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 66,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

I drive a 4 inch lifted Jeep Liberty with aftermarket bumpers etc, so lots of extra weight. The Duratracs have been an excellent all around tire. They are fantastic in snow, do everything well except deep mud, but then they are not a mud tire. Wear has been great, installed at 129,000 miles now have 195,000 miles. As long as you keep the air pressure checked and rotated every 4,000 miles they wear really well. I would and do recommend these to everyone.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL Edition Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.09
 
 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Sidney, MT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

I live in western North Dakota and these Goodyears are the worst set of tires I've ever had the misfortune of owning. I live on a gravel road and after 14,000 miles I've had 4 flats and had to replace two tires. Should've opted for the off-road tires at vehicle purchase time. Will be getting 10 ply-rated tires shortly. These tires are for paved roads that are in good condition only. On the highway the tires are extremely smooth and silent. Off-road and in snow and ice they are horrible.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Signature (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Signature (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

2011 Jeep Patriot
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: West Caldwell, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
November 09, 2013

After wearing out the stock Firestone Affinity Touring 215/60-17 tires in 28,000 miles
I switched to Dunlop Sport Signature in the 235/55-17 size. This is roughly the same
diameter as stock and a bit over 3/4 inch wider, but there's plenty of fender clearance,
doesn't protrude past the outer fender, and fits the stock 17 x 6.5 inch wheels
perfectly. The first thing I noticed is the Dunlops are a bit stiffer than the Firestones, this is to be expected since they are in the Ultra High Performance All
Season category vs. Standard Touring. This doesn't translate to a rough ride as much as
a slightly "busier" ride because the roughness of the road surface is transmitted to the body. Bigger disturbances like lane markers don't get transmitted at all ( you hear
them but don't feel them through the steering wheel ) so it must be sidewall stiffness transmitting high frequency road roughness. That said, they are just as comfortable,
corner better ( better feel ), and are more stable in the rain due to the larger
channels. I've used Sport Signatures on my Sebring JX Convertible and PT Cruiser with
similar excellent results, so trying them on my Jeep was a natural choice even though
they weren't available in the exact size. I'll update the review after the snows come,
but it should be fine given my earlier experience with my PT Cruiser and the fact that
the Firestones are so abysmal in the snow.

 

Black Rock Steel Wheels are Perfect for Your Truck

Friday, January 17, 2014 by Gary Stanley

We're proud to announce that we carry Black Rock steel wheels. Manufactured in California, these wheels are specifically engineered for serious off-road and rock climbing applications with fitments available for Jeeps, SUVs and lifted trucks.

Black Rock offers heavy gauge steel wheels that are clear coated and painted black with center caps included at no additional charge. The wheels won't chip or crack and provide a rugged style that also looks great. Some of the more popular fitments for these wheels include the newer Ford F-150 trucks, Ford Expeditions, Chevy Silverado trucks and the Dodge Ram. Also, we offer some of their wider, low offset off-road fitments.


Black Rock 937 Type 8P Steel

Black Rock 942 Type D Steel 17x8


For more steel wheel options for your vehicle, take a look at "Steel Wheels Available at Tire Rack."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination M/T

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination M/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2001 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Bremerton, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2013

Great tire. I drove it in snow and ice when i bought them, then had the center lugs siped, huge difference and unstoppable. I aired to +/- 26 psi and got over 45,ooo mi out of them, still sold them for $400. A friend over aired his in our jeep club and didn't get half the life from uneven tread wear. Bigger tire with the same weight needs less air. I painted across the tread and drove a block, adjusted pressure, retest until full road contact. Now that there is less tread, they are noisy like the rest, but bearable still with a soft top. Now that the siping is gone from the center lugs, they are lacking. I'd say center lug siping is a must with large block tires. These never chuncked from siping. I would buy them again but they don't go as big as i need unfortunately. I'm off to try the km/2's in 35's!

 

Expanded Steel Wheel Offerings at Tire Rack

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

One of the most requested items during the colder months is steel wheels for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. While we attempt to cover as much of the demand as possible, unfortunately as more new vehicles are standard equipped with alloy wheels, the availability of a steel wheel has become difficult over the years. There's some good news as we have been able to add some steelies for vehicles we have previously been unable to accommodate. Also, remember that while steel wheels provide basic styling, you can update the look with a set of wheel covers. Steel wheels are now available for the following vehicles starting in the winter of 2013:

  • 2008 and newer Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 2009 and newer Dodge Journey
  • 2011 and newer Jeep Wrangler

To discover if we have steel wheels for your specific car, start by shopping by vehicle. This process will present tires first, followed by the option to view available wheels, including steel wheels (if applicable), for your application. 

General Gives Your Truck Off-Road Capability and Great Looks with the Grabber

Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Based on their experiences in the Baja 1000 and other races in the Team GT Trophy, General has introduced the Grabber DOT-approved off-road tire in many popular sizes. The aggressive all-terrain tread pattern is complemented with the distinct red "GRABBER" lettering on the sidewalls, just like you see on the Trophy trucks!

Red Letter Information and Care Instructions:

  • Do not use gas, alcohol or petroleum based solvents.
  • Do not use direct high-pressure water.
  • Avoid rough brushes or any other abrasive materials.

Grabber's vertical-edge shoulder blocks (which alternate between being stepped in or out) and multi-angled sidewall protectors provide excellent side bite and puncture protection for the three-ply reinforced casing. Its tread design is refined with General's Acoustic Modulation Sound Technology (AMST), a sound wave suppression technology that helps lower tire noise on the road and avoid the "howl" that many off-road tires produce on pavement.  

Take a look at what our customers are saying about their experience with the General Grabber.

"The level of grip on dry pavement and dry dirt road is unparalleled to anything else on the M/T tire market. The traction is like a 200 treadwear, max performance summer tire on dry pavement. But they really come alive on dry dusty dirt roads. These tires can dig down through loose rock and sand to find traction where there is none. I blasted through many back country dirt roads with these tires at speeds I wouldn't feel comfortable with any other tires. While other M/Ts leave tracks, these tires leaves ruts of disturbed dirt at the same speed." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 QuadCab 4wd

"I have these tires on a 2013 Jeep Rubicon with a 2.5" lift. They are quieter than the Original Equipment. Ride is good and they are surprisingly quiet and the traction off-road is amazing! These are great tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

View all sizes available for the General Grabber and see if one is right for your vehicle.

Performance Engine Upgrades for Your Car, SUV and Pickup

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Not only do we offer the best performance wheels, tires and suspension selection for your vehicle, but we also offer performance engine upgrades. I receive many calls from enthusiasts who are overall quite happy with their vehicle, however are looking for a little more power. Hypertech Power Programmers and AIRAID air intake systems are a great addition for the individual looking for safe and reliable horsepower gains.

Founded in 1985, Hypertech has been an industry leader in increasing engine efficiency, horsepower and torque for cars and trucks. Their Max Energy Sport Power Programmer is developed specifically for late model imports, while the Max Energy Power Programmer tunes late model cars and trucks. Some of the expected improvements you'll see from using these products, include:

  • RPM “rev” Limiter
  • Top-Speed Limiter
  • 0-60 mph Electronic Throttle Restriction
  • Read and Clear Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)
  • Return to Stock or Change Option Settings
  • Internet Updateable

Founded in 1997, AIRAID started developing and manufacturing air intake systems for light trucks and SUVs utilizing the cotton-gauze filter technology. Since then, AIRAID evolved to the next level with the introduction of SynthaMax filters. These 100% synthetic, non-oiled and washable filters are easy to maintain and can be reused by simply washing the filter with a mild household detergent and rinsing. AIRAID offers a wide selection of cold air intakes and air box/air intake tube combinations for your gas or diesel pickup and Jeep. Their QuickFit line has shown to increase airflow between 20% to 200% with horsepower gains from 6hp to 18hp, depending on vehicle.

Industry proven safe power gains from two industry pioneers for your vehicle. Which one is right for you?