How Do I Know What Kind of Tire I Need?

Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Doc Horvath

With summer driving season in full swing, many of our customers are looking for the latest and greatest technology in either summer or all-season tires.  Within each family of tires, we use performance categories to help differentiate the level of performance expected from any given tire.

Summer Tires

Extreme Performance Summer - For drivers who want extreme dry street performance and are willing to trade some comfort and hydroplaning to get it.

Max Performance Summer - You want an unsurpassed blend of dry and wet street traction and handling and only tires in this category will do.

Ultra High Performance Summer - Tires in this category provide a good blend of dry and wet street performance when "re-tiring" your sports coupe or sedan. They also offer responsive handling and crisp steering response. 

High Performance Summer - Low profile tires that provide responsive handling and crisp steering in both wet and dry conditions. 

Grand Touring Summer - Are you looking for a blend of dry and wet street performance along with responsive handling, noise and ride comfort? Then this category is for you. These tires are often used as Original Equipment and place more emphasis on handling and high-speed capabilities than Standard Touring tires.
 

All-Season Tires

Ultra High Performance All-Season - Branded with the M+S symbol, these ultra low profile tires provide year-round traction, even in light snow, through tread designs and compounds that remain more flexible in cold weather to help blend all-season traction with good handling and high-speed capabilities.

High Performance All-Season - Tires in the High Performance All-Season category provide all-season versatility to drive your sports coupe or sedan in different weather conditions, including light snow.

Grand Touring All-Season - These tires are capable of providing year-round traction (even in light snow), while blending a performance tire's appearance with passenger tire's smooth, quiet ride. They're often used as Original Equipment and place an emphasis on handling and high-speed capabilities compared to Standard Touring tires.

Standard Touring All-Season - Do you need a tire that can give you all-season versatility along with enhanced handling and treadwear? If so, then take a look at tires in the Standard Touring All-Season category. Tires in this category are typically available in lower speed ratings and higher aspect ratio sizes. They often place more of an emphasis on ride comfort and treadwear than Grand Touring tires.

Passenger All-Season - While the steering response and handling capabilities of tires in this category won't match that of performance or touring tires, these tires emphasize good wear, a plush ride and predictable handling.

For more information on performance categories, review this page to learn more about the type of tire that best fits your needs.

Raised White Letter Tires - How Can I Get the Classic Look Back?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Throughout the sixties and seventies, the popular choice for muscle car and hot rod owners was a raised white letter tire. At that time, 14" wheels were considered the norm, and 15" wheels were the low profile alternative. Now that fewer cars are being equipped with either size wheel from the factory (and as fewer muscle cars are on the road), availability of raised white letter (RWL) tires is getting tough. Goodyear, Firestone and Dunlop have all ceased production of their RWL options, leaving BFGoodrich to carry the banner with the popular Radial T/A

Radial T/A tires feature the familiar RWL design on one sidewall (plain black letters on the other) and a quiet symmetrical tread design to allow for maximum flexibility for rotation. Its all-season rubber compound is designed for predictable handling and light snow traction, but with an emphasis on long treadlife. The high modulus sidewall stabilizers are designed to improve steering response without a sacrifice of comfort. Just like most muscle cars, the Radial T/A isn't intended for ultra high performance driving and handling. 245/55R18 Radial T/A tires feature the classic redline stripe, but just like the RWL tire, there aren't plans for production in additional sizes.

View all available sizes for the BFGoodrich Radial T/A and see if one is a match for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73

2004 Honda Civic Si Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Selden, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2013

I live in Long Island NY and we just got hit by the blizzard, where I live got hit the hardest and we got 34" of snow. I work 40 miles away from home and I left during the worst of the storm. I was passing stuck suv's and trucks left and right. I cannot believe how great these tires are. As I was passing cars that were stuck I can just see them staring at me wondering how is that little civic passing my 4wd suv? well all I can say is winter tires, that's how. I did not get stuck once, going up hills and through deep unplowed roads. I am sold on these tires for life and I will always buy them from now on. If you have a lowered civic, or just a basic fwd car I HIGHLY suggest these. Everyone knows how bad this blizzard was and these tires made it great for me. I was even passing plow trucks that got stuck. I have these tires in low profile 215 45 17 tire size so I can imagine how much better they would be with a larger sidewall but these are the best winter tires money can buy!! Highly suggest you buy them if you have a fwd car or truck!!

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

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2002 Audi S4 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Spokane, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2013

The quietest and best ride quality low profile tires I've owned so far. And the treadwear is by far the best. All that and they're comparable performance-wise to other brands of low-pro's I've used.

 

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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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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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.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Sedan Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 37,000
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 37,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2013

Absolutely the best low profile tires I have owned. The noise level is almost non existing, the tread wear is the best I have seen in nearly 15 years of driving.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.83
 
 

1997 Jaguar XJ6
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Miles driven on tires: 270
Location: San Jose, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 270 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2013

An extremely comfortable "V" rated tire that is quiet and handles wet to dry asphalt without issues. Rolling resistance is excellent,not much pedal needed to get car going. Was going over 2 inch pot holes with NO drifting into the other lanes. Solid as expected but the sidewalls could be a tad tighter for unexpected corners. Overall I turned down the Avid s4 due to comfort, Michelin pilot sport no low profile on this heavy car and the michelin primacy MXV4 was not in the price these were for the same performance. The Bridgestone RE97AS is exactly what I was looking for in a Cross Touring tire. Will buy again in 2-3 years since they are priced extremely well.

 

What Are the Longest Lasting Run-Flat Tires for a C6 Chevrolet Corvette?

Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

In 1953, Chevrolet introduced America's first true sports car with the revolutionary sleek look of the Corvette. American's have been enamored with this vehicle ever since its humble beginnings when there was no manual transmission made that could handle its unbelievable 150hp. Things have changed since every model came with a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission to the roaring 430hp V8 used in today's C6 models. Most current C6 Corvette (2005-2013) models are equipped with run-flat tires.

 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus
ZP
 Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT


Frequently I hear from C6 Corvette owners: "What are the longest lasting run-flat tires?" Switching to an all-season rubber compound can significantly increase treadlife. For instance, the Max Performance Summer Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP has a UTQG rating of 220, while the Ultra High Performance All-Season Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP has a much higher UTQG rating of 500. Many C6 Corvette owners are willing to give up a bit of ultimate grip in order to switch to run-flat tires that can wear upwards of 30% longer. The two most popular Ultra High Performance All-Season run-flat replacement tires are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP and Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

The Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP (Zero Pressure) is the Ultra High Performance All-Season run-flat tire member of Michelin's Pilot family of low profile, high-speed tires. Developed in the Original Equipment sizes for Chevrolet Corvette C-5 and C-6 coupe and convertible sports cars, the Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP is designed to temporarily support the weight of the car even after a loss of air pressure, as well as combine enhanced all-weather performance, wet grip and treadwear along with year-round traction, including in light snow.

Bridgestone's Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT tire is developed for drivers looking for enhanced ride quality and all-season traction for sports cars, sports coupes and performance sedans originally equipped with O.E. run-flat tires. It features Bridgestone 3G RFT Technology designed to offer almost the same riding comfort as conventional tires while providing temporary extended mobility for a distance of 50 miles at up to 50 mph even after a puncture has allowed complete air pressure loss. Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT tires provide year-round driving flexibility by offering predictable handling, traction and control on dry and wet roads.

When it's time to replace the tires on your Chevrolet C6 Corvette, be sure to shop by vehicle and view the list of longer wearing all-season run-flat tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2004 Mercedes-Benz E55
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Miles driven on tires: 7,500
Location: Helena, MT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
March 16, 2013

I am starting on the second season with these tires. My car is stored most of the cold months. I am happy with how these tire hold up to rough roads and very aggressive driving I do. These are very low profile tires in a staggered formation on my AMG- 245/35/19 front and 275/30/19 rear. The quietness and traction they provide is outstanding. I have been in a few hard rain storms and maintained 75-80mph to test the traction, hydroplaning, and they felt very capable. The Michelin's feel very confident at high end speeds. I believe the warranty on these is 30,000 miles. I don't expect them to last that long with my driving style, though if i were to get 20,000 on them, I'd be happy. I will most likely try these tires on a track day in the future. They are worth the money!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.36
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 32,105
Location: Westville, IN
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 32,105 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2013

These tires came as OE on my 2010 VW Golf TDI. They were smooth and very little noise for a low profile tire. After about 25,000 miles noise and poor wet weather handling came to play. At 32,000 miles I had to replace them due to wear. I have always achieved 50,000 to 70,000 on different sets of tires. I thought this was odd but after reading some of the other views, I am not alone. I am a very conservative driver so I was surprised. After reading reviews on TireRack I am trying another set of Continentals, the PureContact DWS. They are rated as a best seller and the ride after 3,400 miles iis great. Night and day ride quality. I will have to post how they perform on mileage at another time. I would not recommend the Continental ContiProContact to anyone looking for tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2013

Ok people I am going to be straight forward as I see people complaining about this tire. Look it is pretty much the cheapest tire you will get off tire rack. If you want quailty then pay more. You get what you pay for. Overall it is a good tire. I have only put 100 miles on them so this is a glimpse and I will do another review in the furture. It performs great during the dry but have not had them in the rain yet. It does not snow too often where I live so I cannot say about its snow ability. The tire is a little loud when driving and is not the smoothest of rides. I have even babied them and its still a rough drive. I'm not the best driver so I am used to it. C'mon people its a low profile tire of course its not going to be smooth. I am just hoping I get better tread wear than the other reviews. The way I drive I am probably going to eat through the tread anyways. I think it is more of a track tire than a daily driver. It would be perfect for a car that is only driven on the weekends. Just my opinion.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 11,178
Location: Montville, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 11,178 Miles on Tires
March 03, 2013

After 9 months and less than 12K miles, both front tires blistered on the sidewall. Potholes are the norm in the northeast, however in forty-nine years of driving, I've never had side-walls fail. I've had lots of low profile tires, but these side-walls are dangerous. The tires performed fine otherwise, but I would not buy them for use in the northeast.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73

2007 Chrysler 300C All Wheel Drive
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Binghamton, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2013

Pros: Amazing on wet roads, even on driveable flodded roads, it feels like no water at all; amazing winter traction for an all season tire; amazingly comfortable ride for a low profile tire; very nice physical appearance.

Cons: Went 5 times for tire balancing; still no luck. Got no problem with my car whatsoever. Tends to bounce and shake on high speeds.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 2.09
 
 

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 8,700
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,700 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2013

After 8700 miles on the OEMtire a bubble grew on the sidewall. VW sent me to dunlop sent me to just tires and it was a big cluster and no warranty coverage. Worst experience with a tire in my life. Dunlop and VW are pretty much worthless in working things out. I have low profile potenzas on my other car and I've never had a problem with those. Dunlop tires are not worth your time

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, January 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

2008 BMW 550i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location: Arlington, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2013

Just had service done to my car and was told that the inside of my current Hankook Ventus rear tires are worn to the belts after 16K miles. Absolutely not surprised considering the low tread rating and the excessive camber of the BMW's sport suspension setup. Front tires still have enough life left to probably last as long as the 2 new rears. Performance-wise, these tires are outstanding. Very quiet ride and they provide very good feedback. The soft compound really does strike a good balance between a compliant ride with a low profile, quite operation, and fantastic grip, unfortunately at the expense of tire wear. I plan on adjusting out some of the camber to as neutral as possible but still within spec for my replacement tires and I should see an improvement in tire life. Otherwise, you can't beat this tire for the price. I may try something different next time (Continental or Michelin, both with better treadwear ratings and equal performance, but more $$), but I'll always keep these as an option.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Clinton Township, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2013

These tires are on my wife's Chevy Cruze and she is very happy with them. We have already had a couple of heavy snows this season and the Michelin X-Ice tires have performed well (better than the Bridgestone Revos on her previous car). They are pretty much indistinguishable from the OEM AW Michelins that came on the car in the noise & handling departments and may actually ride better as the originals are low profile tires. Hopefully these tires will wear better than the Revos, but it is too early to tell......

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle GT (W-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle GT (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.9
 
 

2004 BMW 530i Sedan Sport Pkg
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Detroit, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2012

Excellent tire! Living in Michigan, I wanted a sport orientated tire that would still get me to work during the two or three snowstorms we have a year in Michigan. These fit the bill. They handle great for an all season, good wet and dry performance and really compliment the excellent handling characteristics of a 5-series BMW. With a semi-powerful RWD car that has the sport package (Lowered by an 1" and low profile tires) I was pretty concerned about winter performance and debated getting dedicated snow tires, but I'm glad I didn't. These are VERY adequate in snow. We just had a 6" dumping here and the car was fine. Don't get me wrong, I had to take it slow, drive carefully, and be gentle on the throttle and brakes, but for ultra high performance all seasons + RWD, these are a great tires. I even made it though some major drifts without an issue. If you do your part driving, these tires will do theirs. At the end of the day yes, all season tires are a compromise, but for someone like me who drives a sports sedan in an area that sees serious snow only a few times a year, and someone who doesn't want to deal with the hassle and extra expense of doing summer and winter tires and wheels... these tires are a perfect compromise.

 

Tire Rack's Best Max Performance Summer Tires

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Steve Huffman

Are you looking for the ultimate performance street tire? Do you need to get as much grip as you can to handle all the horsepower and torque your vehicle puts out? Are you the driver that'll take nothing but the best for your sports car? Here at Tire Rack we know what serious drivers demand out of their tires and know what they want - and that includes Max Performance Summer tires.

These technologically advanced low profile, high speed tires combine computer developed designs and unique materials with precision manufacturing techniques to provide an unsurpassed blend of dry and wet traction and handling. Currently, two tires stand out in the category and are ranked first and second in our Tire Survey Results.

The tire at the top of the list is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. No tire offers as good a combination of wet and dry traction as this one. Initially introduced as Original Equipment on several of the world's most sophisticated performance vehicles, including the exclusive Ferrari 599 GTO, Ferrari's fastest road car ever, this tire delivers durability, handling and traction while increasing tread life. Pilot Super Sport tires are what you would expect from Michelin, and is designed to allow sports cars, sporty coupes, performance sedans and supercars to achieve their full potential in dry and wet conditions.

Bridgestone's Potenza S-04 Pole Position is ranked behind the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, but is a great alternative and is often available more often than the Michelin and is usually at a lower price point. The tire provides drivers of ultra high performance sports cars, coupes and sedans the rush of driving their vehicle. Designed to perform in warm, wet and dry conditions, Potenza S-04 Pole Position tires aren't intended to be driven in near freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position


We tested these two tires this summer and both performed very well. Read "Testing Max Performance Summer Tires" to see how each option can improve your driving!

How Can I Tell if a Smaller Wheel Will Fit My Car?

Friday, December 21, 2012 by Doc Horvath

For Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages, it's often beneficial to use a smaller diameter wheel (combined with a taller profile tire) compared to your stock wheels. In many cases, an expensive, low profile tire size and wheel combination can be substituted with a more cost-effective tire and wheel set that'll also afford added sidewall height to minimize pothole damage. With more and more vehicles coming standard with 19" and 20" wheels and tires, "minus sizing" has become very popular. 

How do we know which wheels will fit your vehicle? By measuring your vehicle's critical components with sophisticated electronic tools that allows our fitment engineers to create accurate drawings of these parts. This also helps us check for any interferences. Items we measure or verify during the process include:

  • Bolt Pattern
  • Centerbore
  • Hub Interference
  • Load Capacity
  • Lug Hardware
  • Suspension Components

Once a wheel is guaranteed, we can develop the corresponding tire size that will both maintain proper load capacity and overall diameter for accuracy of the vehicle's electronic instrumentation and safety systems. Proper fitment engineering allows us to offer Tire & Wheel Packages that are specifically designed for your vehicle. Our attention to detail prevents vibration, wheel/tire interference and unbalanced handling that can result from improperly designed packages.

For further information on how we verify what wheels are a match for your vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

Performance Winter / Snow Tires: The Best of Both Worlds

Monday, December 17, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Tires found in the Studless Ice & Snow performance category are best designed to work under the harshest of conditions. Their super soft compounds and aggressive tread patterns do an excellent job of evacuating large volumes of snow and slush and adhering to glare ice. They're often low speed rated and place all of their focus on that one important task of providing the highest amount of traction possible. Two popular options in this class are the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3. Both tires have received praise from our customers, too:

"My home is at 7,000 feet elevation in a subdivision with steep, narrow, curved roads. Winter tires are essential for my family since snow removal is inconsistent and a normal overnight snowfall is about 12". Blizzaks always get me through deep snow with control and confidence. The WS70 is significantly improved for both snow, ice and dry traction." Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5 XT Limited (Bridgestone Blizzak WS70)

"Just drove through a major snow storm and the vehicle handled like the storm wasn't happening. Awesome!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2013 Ford Focus 5-Door (Michelin X-Ice Xi3)

While all this may sound appealing, Studless Ice & Snow tires aren't for everyone. While some drivers prefer a basic approach to winter / snow tires, others prefer to preserve some of the handling traits their vehicles came with from the factory. In general, Performance Winter / Snow tires are not as aggressive as Studless Ice & Snow tires. They do an excellent job of blending a dedicated snow compound with a high speed rating that preserves dry road handling and turn-in response. Such tires may also feature a tread pattern that is more tied together to provide a reduction in tread noise. An example of this can be seen in the photo above of the new Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4.

If you are looking to run a dedicated winter tire without making many handling sacrifices, take a look at the growing number of tires in this popular class. Performance Winter / Snow tires are low profile, H- or V-speed rated tires designed to suit winter driving on European highways. They are available in many of the low profile sizes used as Original Equipment on sporty imported and domestic cars. Shop by vehicle to see if a Performance Winter / Snow tire is right for your application.