17" Winter Wheels for BMW 335i

For winter tires on the BMW 335i, Tire Rack recommends minus sizing to 17" for winter use on this car using a 225/45R17 tire size on all four corners.  There are handful of wheels we carry that will clear the brakes and work well. Two of the more popular choices have been the Sport Edition A7 and Rial Salerno. Both of these wheels accept BMW Original...  Read More

Impressed by New Pirelli Tires for Porsche Cayenne

I just completed testing on Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires, specifically tires for our Porsche Cayenne test vehicles. We tested a Michelin tire and a Kumho tire, but it was the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season tire that really impressed me!  On the road, the Pirellis had great steering response and inspired confidence on the highway.  The ride was a...  Read More

Choose Dunlop tires for a good value!

If you're like many other enthusiasts out there, you are looking to stretch your dollar to get the best performance tires at a low cost.  Enter Dunlop tires. I have two quick picks, one summer tire and one all-season tire.Looking for maximum handling and steering response? Don't mind a little more tread noise and faster wear to get one of the stickiest...  Read More

Too Early to Think About Winter Wheels and Tires?

It's blistering hot across most of the country, but I've been getting more and more calls about...you guessed it from the title...winter tires!  At first, one might think, why now? It's not even August yet!   However, considering the large number of clearance wheels available at Tire Rack and the fact that many winter tires are still available from...  Read More

Cryogenically treated brake rotors?

Like many other drivers, are you looking for long lasting, warp-resistant brake rotors? Look no further than Power Alloy Cryo-Treated Rotors by Power Slot! Whether you drive a BMW, Audi, Porsche or even a sport truck or performance SUV, you can experience the benefits of cryo-treated rotors. What is cryogenic treatment?  Deep cryogenic treatment is a...  Read More

Replacement Tires for Mazda CX-7

Last year, I bought a 2010 Mazda CX-7 that was equipped with Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires. These Original Equipment tires were just okay. Our customer survey data on the tire  shows the tire to be average and I agree with that assessment. For my replacement tires, I was considering three options:Dunlop Signature CSYokohama AVID ENVigor Michelin Lattitude...  Read More

Which Ultra High Performance All-Season tires should I buy?

My top three favorites Ultra High Performance All-Season tires for BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and other high performance cars are: Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus Yokohama Advan S4 All three tires are fantastic choices with subtle differences among them. The RE960AS is the smoothest and quietest riding of the three...  Read More

Bridgestone tires are a great choice for SUV tires

When shopping for tires for your light truck or SUV, be sure to keep Bridgestone tires on your short list! But which one?  If your driving keeps you on paved roads and you would like a smooth, quiet ride with great wet traction and long tread wear, consider the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza.Do you find yourself off the beaten path from time to time?...  Read More

G2 Brake caliper paint for your brake calipers.

Are you looking for a simple and inexpensive way to improve the appearance of your car or your SUVRims? Look no further than The G-2 Brake Caliper PaintSystem set It is more than just a can of spray paint! This kit includes everything you need to add a high-performance look to your brake calipers and rear drums.  Each kit includes: 1 (14 oz.) aerosol can...  Read More

Ate brake pads and rotors for high quality replacement brakes.

Looking to upgrade from conventional brake pads?  The Ate (Ah-Tay) brand has been developed by the Continental Teves' group which is responsible for many outstanding original equipment braking and stability control systems. Among these OE applications are the BMW 3-series and Mini Cooper.   The pads incorporate vehicle specific formulations which provide...  Read More

Want a great value tire? Try Hankook Ventus V12 Evo tires!

Are you looking for a great ultra high performance summer tire for a low price? You've found it! The Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110 combines comfort and control in dry and wet conditions. The Ventus V12 Evo K110 utilizes the latest technology to maximize steering response and improve high-speed stability while the tire's water drainage system ensures safety in...  Read More

Hawk LTS brake pads are a great choice for your truck or SUV brake pads.

Need new brake pads for your SUV?  I recommend the Hawk LTS brake pads. The compound utilizes Hawks Ferro-Carbon material that has proven so effective with the Hawk HPS pads The LTS compound is formulated specifically for Light Truck and SUV applications and is intended for owners seeking:increased stopping power increased fade resistance minimal dust low...  Read More

Quiet and smooth riding summer tires?

Do you love the performance and grip of Ultra High Performance Summer tires, but hate the high noise levels and harsh ride that many of them bring?  Two tires that I recommend for customers in this situation are the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport, and the Continental ExtremeContact DW.Bridgestone Potenza RE760 SportContinental ExtremeContact DW Both of...  Read More

KW coilovers coming soon to the Tire Rack!

When it comes to improving your vehicle's performance, shock absorbers, and springs are an integral part of your vehicle's suspension.   Coilovers combine these two into an integrated and height adjustable system.  The Tire Rack now offers KW coilover supsension products for  BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, and other high performance cars.  Variants 1, 2, and 3 a...  Read More

Which Pirelli Winter Tires should I choose?

Pirelli has a great reputation for producing outstanding summer performance tires.  In fact, some of the highest performance cars and exotics in the world like Porsche and Ferrari models are equipped with Pirelli tires from the factory.  However, did you know that Pirelli also has an equally impressive line of winter snow tires?  Well, they do!  For light...  Read More

New LM60 Bridgestone Blizzak Snow tires

Don't let this happen to you :Avoid this situation by using Bridgestone Winter tires.  Whats new? The popular Bridgestone Blizzak LM25 is being replaced with the new Blizzak LM60 .    What has changed?  While the old Blizzak LM25 was a great snow tire, the the redesigned LM60 is moving the balance closer to the snow traction side of the equation by using...  Read More

General Altimax RT tires for smooth and quiet all season tires.

Today I replaced the tires on my girlfriend's Dodge Caliber.  It takes a bit of an odd size, 215/60R17 so the selection was not all that great.  However I was happy to see that one of the Tire Rack's top rated touring all-season tires, the General Altimax RT is made in the right size and at a very good price.What a difference it made over the loud and...  Read More

Koni Sport adjustable shocks large improvement over old original shocks.

I bought my 1997 Audi A4 with almost 100,000 miles on it.  After replacing the wheels and tires I was shocked at how poor the ride and handling felt.  The problem was the old suspension.  After updating to Koni Sport Shocks and Eibach lowering springs, the car felt just like it should. Noticeable differences :Reduced body roll when cornering Reduced pitch...  Read More

What is the bubble on my tire?

A customer emailed me today about a bubble on the sidewall of one of his Bridgestone Blizzak Winter Tires. He thought it may have been a defect in the tire. What he actually has was a sidewall bubble.What is a sidewall bubble?A sidewall bubble is a bulge protruding from the sidewall of the tire. It is caused by air leaking from the inside of the tire...  Read More

Tire Test in Car and Driver leaves out my favorite value performance tire.

Car and Driver recently performed a test of lower cost performance summer tires using the much more expensive Michelin PS2 as a benchmark.   Great idea.  Several brands were in the test including Kumho, Bridgestone, and Dunlop, but were was the Sumitomo HTRZIII?  In our own testing this tire was simply outstanding and may have won the Car and Driver...  Read More