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.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2003 Mazda Miata SE
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2013

There was no snow for the first month of the tire use, so when we got a few inches, I took the Miata to a parking lot to see how the tires would perform. Donuts, quick stops, quick acceleration were all tested. It's a rear wheel drive roadster so there was fishtailing, but the Miata does that with the forecast of snow. I was really impressed with the Continentals. I was able to control the slides and was able to recover every time, no matter how hard I pushed the car. I have had all season/mud & snow tires from Pirelli (P Zero Nero's), Dunlop, Goodrich (Super Sport M/S)...the Continentals beat them all. We'll see how they do in deep snow, but so far, so good!

 

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 Kumho Ecsta AST

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta AST Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33
 
 

2000 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Harvard, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2013

Initially there is a tire pull or torque steer with these tires upon acceleration and deceleration. I had them rotated and most of that issue is gone. These are directional tires so it's hard to figure out which tire has the manufacturing issue causing the tire pull. The Sumitumos that were on it before dd not have this issue.

 

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2005 Mazda Miata Mazdaspeed
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Miles driven on tires: 8,500
Location: Huntsville, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,500 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2013

Great tire. I have had Toyos, Yokohama, and Generals on this car. (Daily Driven)
I have moded this car with suspension change, springs, shocks, sway bar, and alignment. Oh yeah, the power is up another 60+ hp
Previous tires just did not work as well, These Michelin's are wonderful on this car. Grippy, predictable, reasonably quiet, they hold the road. I have tried them, more than once in the mountains of Georgia, Tenn, and the Carolinas. Jan 2013 Here in North Bama we had 7" of rain and 3" of snow. I put on ~250 miles and not a problem, went through some serious standing water and slushy roads. Wear is great, much better than previous tires. If I had to find a fault is the ride comfort is not like your 15 inch tires. But they are pretty darned good for a performance tire.

These are with out a doubt the best tire I have owned. Yes I have had several Cars prior to the MSM, Porsche, BMW, Mazda

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55

2001 Mazda Miata LS
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Reno, NV
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2013

Wow...only had these tires for a short time but they are a great snow tire for my car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Dallas, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2012

My daily commute is about 40 miles, all highway, in Dallas, Texas. I am also a HPDE instructor for about nine weekends a year. These tires replaced Bridgestone RE-11s after about 20,000 miles of highway and frequent track use. The RE-11s replaced the OEM Bridgestones (7,000 miles). The Michelins are my daily driver and track rain tire. I occasionally use them for dry track days if I am unable to transport my track tires to the venue. I'm impressed by the tires' exceptionally low weight compared to the RE-11, Advan Neova AD08, and Star Spec. I also appreciate their excellent combination of dry/wet handling. On the track in dry weather (TWS and MSR-Cresson) they do not overheat, and they are very progressive and predictable. They do not feel greasy when hot, like the RE-11. In the wet they are exceptional. MSR-Cresson is like ICE on the old 1.7 mile section, and on the wet line these tires maintained grip better by far than did the RE-11s. After re-aliginging my car for negative camber of 1.7 all around, max. postive caster, total front toe out of 1/16", and total rear toe in of 1/16", I found these tires to have excellent turn-in grip, and they held very well at the limit in mid-corner with no excessive slipping during mild oversteer. On rotation corners with trail braking I again found them very predictable with a good combination of slip and grip. I would definitely buy these tires again. What sold me on them was the August 2012 Car & Driver article comparing these tires to my other favorites and seeing their overall superior rating. I can now say that I completely concur with the results of the testing, as the article states.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

Monday, December 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama S.drive Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

2002 Mazda Miata LS
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Montgomery, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 22, 2012

I ordered these tires on 12/12 and the were delivered to the local Goodyear dealer on 12/14, as promised (they have an excellent relationship with Tirerack). I had to have all weather tires since this is my daily driver and living in the South we get quick, short notice rain showers, especially in the warm months (10/12 months). This car weighs 2500 lbs...there in NOTHING that will keep it from hydroplaning; you just have to slow down. I looked for weeks at LOTSA tires and tire reviews. On paper, the Yokohamas were the best, by far. Well, they are better than expected. When these wear out I will buy another set! Graet tires, great service, great price ($600;
ordered/installed/lifetime B/R).

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z III

Friday, December 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z III Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
December 21, 2012

The tires are great for the price, but just not as sticky as I thought a max performance tire would be which is why I wouldn't buy them again. They are pretty predictable as far as break away, but there isn't much noise from them when you are about to break them loose. Wet traction is fine, but nothing to write home about.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 21,000
Location: Santa Clara, UT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 21,000 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2012

This is my third set of tires since new, and I replaced Hankooks with the BF Goodrich and thinking I was getting a more superior tire. In some respects they are. Handling was better with the Hankooks, especially in the spirited corners. Milage is better with Goodrich's. I have been averaging 22,000mi with the Hankook and Michellins, and I should get 28,000 mi. from the Goodrich's. Even thou the Goodrich tires make better milage, I will probably hit Hankook again for the performance feel.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Monday, December 17, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25

2001 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Selah, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
December 15, 2012

I drive my MX-5 Miata LS Sport at 8/10 - 10/10 all the time, as it is my weekend toy. These tires are excellent all around, with catchable, progressive grip. Plus, they ride quietly and comfortably and wear like iron (so far). Wet traction is great, and I am driving around in 28F temps without appreciable lose of traction. But forget snow/ice.

Lightweight, Strong and Good Looking: Enkei Racing Series PF01

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Selecting wheels for a vehicle is subjective based upon one's taste and ultimately up to each individual customer. Here at Tire Rack, we offer many different brands to suit the various tastes of our customers.

While I'm frequently asked, "What wheel would look best on my car?", I must admit it's a very difficult question to answer. Even though I've been customizing cars for years and certainly have my thoughts as to how things should be done, my feelings don't always match that of the consumer. 

When I do weigh in, I try to recommend wheels that aren't overstated, of good quality and are as purposeful as possible. For customers looking for a wheel that is durable, good looking and extremely lightweight, one of my favorite choices is Enkei's PF01

Part of the Enkei Racing Series family, this product weighs as little as 10 lbs. in certain sizes and maintains a much lower price point than other high-end wheel manufacturers. The broad range of bolt patterns and sizing of this wheel allows it to be used on a wide variety of vehicles.

The 4x100 bolt pattern is a popular choice for Honda and Mazda Miata owners, while the 5x114 option has proven to be very popular on countless other makes and models. Besides the physical allure of this wheel, it's proven quite handy when trying to clear Big Brake Kits due to its large amount of spoke clearance.

When considering aftermarket wheels or aftermarket rims as they are commonly called, take a look at many of the various wheels from Enkei. With many wheels to chose from, your tastes doesn't have to exactly mirror my own.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33

2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Land O Lakes, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
October 20, 2012

Decided on these based on past experience with Kumhos and price. We are just average drivers, not spirited, but we are aware of handling. We have only 1k miles but initially the tires seems kind of "floaty" to me. Steering response is not immediate but adequate. These tires are VERY QUIET to us and we are extremely satisfied so far - no experience in heavy downpours or snow/ice. Only other thing I can add is that with similar Kumhos on a 2000 Miata up north, they tended to have a SET or flat spot in cold weather that would thump-thump for a while (less than a mile), before warming up in cold weather (after sitting overnight). This is probably my fifth set of Kumhos on various cars - Mazda5, Honda Accord and Miatas - never had a problem with any of them.

Need a Separate Set of Wheels for the Track? Take a Look at TRMotorSports Wheels.

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Doc Horvath

For many enthusiasts, their car is not only a means of transportation but also a source of recreation, too. With vehicles that see double duty as a daily driver and track car, many find that a separate set of track-only wheels and tires are a great luxury to have. Sticky track tires can greatly improve handling, however they can wear quickly to the point they aren't an option for daily use. This causes many drivers to have a second set they can install separately for each dedicated use. For best results, a track wheel needs to be lightweight and strong. And if you're looking to combine these characteristics at a great price, consider the line of wheels from TRMotorsports.

Ranging from vehicles such as older BMWs to the Mazda Miata, TRMotorsports wheels reflect form and function by using race-inspired styles with a focus on maintaining minimum mass to obtain the required strength. Many of their wheels are vehicle specific.

The C1M is a 4x100 bolt pattern wheel intended for the Mazda Miata and features a lower offset than a factory wheel to allow for larger brake calipers. More importantly, this allows for the wheel and tire to be moved out to the very edge of the body for better handling. This lower offset does require that the fenders be modified to avoid rubbing, so they aren't considered to be very street car friendly. 

MT1 wheels are primarily offered in a 4x120 bolt pattern aimed at BMW E46 (3 Series) applications. They run much wider than factory wheels to allow for a wider tire option. The ultra wide tire on the vehicle's front can affect directional stability, therefore they are also not considered to be appropriate for street car use.   

TRMotorSports' F1 is a Lotus Elise and Exige specific wheel that mirrors the 16" diameter front and 17" diameter rear wheel sizes used as Original Equipment with similar offsets. F1 wheels are also unique because they accept the O.E. Lotus center cap to give that factory look.

TRMotorSports C1M
TRMotorSports C1M
TRMotorSports MT1
TRMotorSports MT1
TRMotorSports F1
TRMotorSports F1


TRMotorsports wheels are also available for many Subaru, Audi and Mitsubishi applications, so be sure to shop by vehicle to see which option is a match for your car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Monday, October 15, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5

2001 Mazda Miata LS
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: RACINE, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
October 13, 2012

I'm very pleased with with these tires. I like them much more than the original Stones. Rudy was right on with his description of these tires. I had them installed and did a 1800 mile weekend drive for a wedding in southern Virginia. They performed as described.

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

1994 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Franklin, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
October 06, 2012

I bought these after reading many reviews. They are mounted on extremely light 15x8 rims. I was astonished with the dry grip these tires have, even when they are cold. They are good in the rain, but not as good as the Toyo T1-R were. They ride well and are surprisingly quiet, something I didn't expect. I won't be using these in the winter, so I cannot comment on their abilities in the snow. The reviews were correct. These are without a doubt the best tires I have ever had on my 1994 Supercharged Mazda Miata.