Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

1991 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 65
Location: Westport, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 65 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

Fantastic tire. Very, very sticky in the dry. If your temps are near 40F, they're just blocks of rubber; but you already knew that if you're researching summer tires. An astonishing amount of grip in aggressive off & on ramp and back roads carving. Haven't taken the car to auto-x yet with the tires, but I'm looking forwards to it since the street driving hasn't been anything but rewarding so far. Looking forwards to seeing how quickly I can find their limit on the course.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 548
Location: Naples, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 548 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2014

This is my 3rd set of tires on my 2007 Mazda Miata (51,500 miles). My MX-5 feels and responds better than it ever did. Drives better than when it was new. I love these tires. They have made driving hugely fun again. Cornering is great, acceleration is improved, ride comfort is much better (my wife even commented on this) and they are relatively quiet. Highly recommend these for a Miata.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2003 Mazda Miata LS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Knoxville, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2014

This set replaced a set of RE01R's. I drive them very aggressively in the east Tenn/NC mountains. Incredible traction off the line and in the corners. Have been caught out in deluges without problem. After sitting for a while they do need a few miles to even out. I've pretty much worn them down to slicks after 5000 miles but I expect that with my driving style with these tires. I am ordering another set. I do have a set of more "reasonable " all season tires for daily/off season driving. My car is supercharged with moderate suspension upgrades.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

1996 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 33,000
Location: Lawrenceville, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 33,000 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2014

I bought these as a replacement for the used 1996 Miata, I bought on ebay in 2008
(installed at 122,000 and currently 155,000 [2014] - expecting another 15,000 miles). Very happy, great in the wet and never caught in snow, but I don'yt drive it in snow deeper than 6 inches. I don't race in the rain, but I feel confortable doing 65 on the Turnpike. Going to get another set if the car lasts that long !!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Freeburg, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

I have these on my 2011 Miata, with a 6-speed manual and LSD. While their dry pavement traction is not quite as good as the Bridgestone summer tires that came with the car, these are probably the best all seasons I've ever had on a Miata (and I've been driving Miatas since 1996). I've previously used Bridgestone, Firestone, and Toyo all-seasons. My Miata is my only car, so parking it in bad weather isn't an option. I haven't had them long enough to truly judge wear, but they seem to be ok so far. While they were fairly quiet when brand new, I agree that they are becoming somewhat noisy. The ride is much less harsh than prior tires, probably due to somewhat softer sidewalls, but I still have a great amount of grip, and feel confident during hard cornering. This winter is the worst we've had in years, but I've never had any real trouble with traction. At about 45 mph on packed snow and ice, I tried to get the car out of shape using only the steering wheel, but was unable to do so. When I did break loose using the throttle, it was very controllable. In about 7 inches of snow on an unplowed parking lot, I had no trouble moving the car at all. I have never tried winter tires, so I can't do that comparison, but as long as you don't get too rambunctious, these tires do the job. I will also say that I really like their grip on both wet and dry pavement. When reading some of the negative comments on this tire, I almost wonder if they're reviewing the same tire, unless this tire performs that much differently from car to car. All I can say is that I'm very pleased with this tire. If this winter becomes the trend, I may get a set of winter tires, but barring that, I feel these are a really good tire for those who want to stick with all-seasons for their car.

Hoosier Tires Made in Indiana!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Gary Stanley

If you're looking for race-winning performance in an autocross or road race tire, look no further than Hoosier Racing tires! Not only are Hoosier tires of outstanding quality, they're made right here in Indiana.

 Hoosier A6
Hoosier A6
 Hoosier R6
Hoosier R6


Manufactured in Plymouth, Indiana, Hoosier's tires are popular for competition use in:

  • Autocross
  • Road Racing
  • High Performance Driving Events
  • Miata Racing
  • Time Attack Racing

While the Hoosier A6 and R6 may look the same, they have different tread compounds. Which Hoosier tire is for you? If you are chasing cones in an autocross event or are a very light road racer, choose the Hoosier A6. This tire heats up very quickly for the short runs that are typical at most autocrossing events.

For heavier cars and most track driving applications, choose the Hoosier R6. It requires more of a gradual warm-up time and provides consistency lap after lap. Two factors that will help steer you to victory!

While Hoosier tires are DOT-legal, they are not intended for highway use. Due to their low tread depth and ultra sticky rubber compound, we recommend that these tires be used on the track only.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Belcamp, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2013

Right now , I only have the rear tires for my car , they've proven to be an excellent choice. I received them 3 weeks before Maryland had it's first snow. I also have a better understanding on why we're not to mix tires,. You see, I still have the OEM Pirelli's on the front and while driving in the snow I was making a left turn at an estimated 5mph , when I found myself sliding toward a foot high curb.
I was about 2ft from hitting it, before I was able to make corrective action (while praying). While continuing my remaining 15
MIle journey home, I saw several other camaros, chargers and even a Miata that wasn't able to move on on some of the flat surfaces on route 40 east let alone the steep hill in Joppa, md. I also saw a 2013 camaro on a rollback with no notable damage. I just figured he still had the factor OEM's. All in all a good tire (AS-03's). So are the Pirelli's for the summer.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2004 Mazda Miata LS
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Lakewood, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
January 06, 2014

Needed to get some good all-season tires for my Miata. I was previously on the original tires (2004 LS) which were basically racing slicks. Had zero traction, and was petrified of driving in any snow. I needed something for the brutal Cleveland winters.

Once the General AS03’s were on my car, my new found fear of driving in the snow was gone. I drive carefully in the winter (and like a demon in the non-winter), and as much as everyone thinks a Miata is an awful car in snow, it’s 100% what you have on the wheels. These tires are very grippy in packed snow, very stable in the brown slush, and do not waver on the packed ice the freeways get when it’s super cold. Yes, you can still do donuts and fishtail around the corners when you want to. But if you are an adept driver in awful conditions, this all-season tire is nearly as tight as the Graspix. I say nearly, because those tires are specifically winter tires and their tread is far more snow friendly.

What I do like about the AS03’s is that they are a fantastic middle-ground between winter and summer tires. My previous miata’s Pirelli tires were firm, and the ride was definitely abrasive. If you like that sticky, tactile, feel every bump kind of drive, the AS03’s are not it. The Graspix were absolutely terrible for summer driving, being very spongy in the corners and just basically a “mushy” drive. The AS03’s are right in between; far smoother a ride on dry pavement than the stock tires, but they feel like they handle well in the corners, firm enough sidewalls to take on-ramps twice the speed, but a tread that will let you take that same on-ramp at nearly posted speed in bad conditions.

Granted, I’m only a week in on these tires, I hear they wear pretty quickly, but at this price point it’s far easier for me to replace them every couple/few years than ripping through two sets of tires. Summer will tell when I get back to driving driving again, but for winter performance, these tires are very reliable.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.11
 
 

1995 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

Compared to the other Dunlop, Bridgestone, Hankook and current Continental ExtremeWinterContacts I've used on various RWD sports cars, these are without a doubt the worst winter tire I've purchased in the last 15 years.

They're completely adequate in snow and I don't have any complaints. I might go so far as to call them pretty darn good.

The problem is that on cold (<40F), wet pavement they have no grip and are completely unpredictable. If you've driven a pure high-performance summer tire on cold wet pavement, these feel even less secure. Worse, once the car starts to slide, it really doesn't want to stop. In three weeks I've had more "OH SPIT!" moments than in my past 5 years of driving combined.

My Miata on these things makes my more-than-twice-as-powerful M3 on Continental ExtremeWinterContact tires feel like a Subaru. On wet pavement, it's gone from a car that can be tossed and caught ad infinitum to a total widow-maker that starts to squirm around even under normal driving.

In short: good in the snow, remarkably horrible in the wet. Better than an all-season, I'm sure, but there are MUCH better tires for the money.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1
 
 

1990 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Canton, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

Tire is excellent, had them on for the second major storm and the difference is night and day between them and all seasons. After the storm it iced up, they have a hard time getting started on the ice (no studs) but seem to handle ok. No opinion on wear yet, but I intend to rallyX the tires so I'm not expecting much there.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.83
 
 

1991 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Natick, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
April 09, 2013

Have used RE11's for the past 4 years and the upgrade to the RE 11A's is amazing.They are a match made in heaven for my Miata and have brought handling and enjoyment to a new level. Single most significant upgrade to the car's performance in the past 21 years.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Chelsea, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 16, 2013

I am very pleased with Bridgestone for my Miata. I have the snow tires also.

 

All 15 Sizes of BFGoodrich's g-Force Rival Now In Stock

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

After a strong initial release and promising first test, many of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival sizes seemed difficult to get our hands on. While we were able to receive many of the higher volume sizes quickly, some of the more specialized sizes remained out of stock.

We are pleased to report that all sizes of the tire have now been received into stock and are ready for shipment. This includes the larger Pro-Touring sizes with widths up to 335mm. This comes as excellent news to autocross enthusiasts in street tire categories who have the Solo Nationals knocking on the door in September.

The tire was created with razor-sharp reflexes to raise the limits by delivering extreme grip that's extremely predictable. It's been an early hit in the Extreme Performance Summer category and well received by drivers. Take a look at what some of the first to own this tire are saying about their experience with the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival.

"We have a 1966 Chevelle that we drive to local and distant track and autocross events and the g-Force Rival has been working tremendously for us since we switched to it in June 2013. The tire responds to steering input very quickly and is very predictable in all conditions. I'm looking forward to running Rivals for years to come!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

"I am in love with these tires. Great on the track and on the street." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1991 Mazda Miata

Read "Testing Extreme Performance Summer Tires: The Boys of Summer Are Here" and determine if the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival is right for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1996 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 110
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 110 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2013

These things must be made of pixie dust, rainbows and unicorn farts, because BFG somehow combined the magical properties of velcro-like grip, the durability of iron, and a complete disregard of ambient temperatures, into a tire that communicates telepathically and recovers from over-the-limit excursions without any fuss. We punished these tires through 14 autocross runs on USAF concrete, in ambient temperatures barely into the 50's, and they just kept on gripping with barely any visible wear at the end of the day.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2000 Mazda Miata SCCA STR Class
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: New Castle, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
April 26, 2013

I bought these BFGoodrich Rival tires for use as Autocross only on an NB miata using 8" wheels. The 205/50R15 size has a slight stretch on this size wheel, making for a stiffer sidewall at lower pressures for better turn in response. I have a limited number of miles on the Rival since it is not driven at all on the street, but have competed in 6 full Autocross events on the tire(6-9 runs/event at an average of 60seconds/run).

The Rival is stiff, but compliant over bumps and does not give a harsh ride. Wear is exceptionally good. When paired with the proper amount of camber, and heat cycled correctly, there is no chunking of the tread blocks it it wears very smoothly and slowly. The Rival is plenty noisy, when cornering, but relatively quiet when traveling in a straight line. This noise is necessary for helping determine the grip available mid-corner.

Turn in is immediate, the low and wide treadblocks reduce tread squirm and the sidewalls are stiff. Traction is very good, and has a very smooth and predictable break-away. The Rival has helped improve my straight line braking ability and trail-braking as well.

As a final comparison, I had been competing in the STR class at my local Autocrosses and finishing regularly between 5th and 10th place overall on a summer tire. On the BFGoodrich GForce Rival, I have been consistently part of the top 3. The Rival is just that good. And it will be even better when paired with a properly stiff suspension.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

1991 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2013

i am in love with these tire, will buy for a next pair, great on the track and on the street

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ101

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza DZ101Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

1994 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Houston (Clear Lake), TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 05, 2005

They are a predictable tire when throwing it around. The lateral grip isnt what Im used to, though it should last longer than my previous tires. I am certain I cant get over 1g of lateral grip on these liky my Azenis, but they are fun. They step out in a very predictable manner then pushed hard on the Miata.



Just put them on my wifes Protege and they are a lot of fun on that. Lift throttle oversteer is beautiful on this tire. For the price you cant go wrong.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2004 Mazda Miata Mazdaspeed
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Bel Air, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2013

Excellent Summer tire, good dry grip, reasonable in the wet. Autocrossed a few times with these instead of usual A6's and found them to have an easy and progressive break away. May go to a bigger size and run the road tire class this year. Les

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2003 Nissan Maxima SE
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Fairfax, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2013

I've been very pleased with these tires and feel that they are a great value. I liked them so much that I also put them on my 99 Miata.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce UVReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57

1997 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Milford, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2013

Last tires were blizzacks and I was sad when they no longer made them in my jeeps size. Worried these cheaper tires would be worse but they ROCK. Just got through Blizzard nemo in ct where my city got 38" of snow. Plows were not equiped to handle this and streets were a mess...yet I was out there no matter what, even when the the state closed all roads to get supplies for an elderly neihbor. I drove mostly on at least a foot of packed snow/slush...and not only did I get through no problem, I never slid when braking or cornering...and always kept strait. In fact I never felt the limit of these tires. Of course Jeep 4x4 helps but still. Haven't gotten a chance to test on black ice yet..I assume they'll be a bit worse than a fresh set of blizzacks. My old steering seems "squishier" than ever with these tires though.