Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z II

Friday, April 18, 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.


Sumitomo HTR Z IIReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.8

2002 Ford Mustang GT
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Kenosha, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2009

When I purchased the HTR Z II's I was looking for a reasonably priced, well performing tire. I got the reasonable price, but not the performance I was expecting. The appearance is the best quality this tire has. The dry traction is sufficent but even with my wider rims than OEM's, I don't feel 100% that the tire is going to hold. I did get caught in the rain one time and the wet traction was good. The other quality of the tire that should be noted is that performance is definately related to temperature. During hot summer days with road temps into the 100's, the tires feel great. When you drive them below 50 degrees, it becomes a bit sketchy. It's to be expected for this type of tire, but it's a little extreme to me. Overall, I'm OK with my pruchase but would probably go a different tire next time around.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, April 29, 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.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2007 Ford Mustang GT
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Ayer, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
April 06, 2013

Initial review-
Amazing grip, don't have to brake on on/off-ramps, these beat the Nitto 555's and Sumitomo HTZ3 by a wide margin. Added 275-35-18 tires and GT500 SVT rims to a stock GT Mustang, simply amazing tire in the dry. Have not driven in rain yet so will update down the road.
Tire rack confirmed these were date stamped late last fall, shipping in 4 days and balanced very well. Money well spent!! Running at 37 psi currently. These do seem to pick up small rocks and sand and shed it just as fast, no biggie its a max summer tire!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Thursday, April 11, 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.

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
Location:  
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.

 

New Muscle Car Wheels from Hurst and Hotchkis

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Is it time for some new wheels for your Mustang, Camaro or Challenger? New for 2013, Tire Rack offers a great selection of Hurst and Hotchkis wheels for your American classic. In addition to these brands, we still offer American Racing wheels, which has always been a popular choice.

Hotchkis' Y-Sport is offered in a 20" rim diameter with two finish options, matte graphite silver and machined with matte graphite accent. It's also offered in 9" and 10" widths to give you the option to stagger the tire sizes. As a new wheel style that goes outside the muscle car 5-spoke style, it's aggressive looking to give your car some attitude.

If you prefer the classic 5-spoke style, Hotchkis offers the S-Sport. As a split-spoke design, the wheel looks great and will show off your Brembo brakes. The S-Sport comes in a 20" rim diameter and 8.5" and 9.5" widths. Two finish options provide drivers different styles to show off their car the way they want, machined with black accent and silver machined with clearcoat.

Last, but not least, is my favorite wheel, the Hurst Stunner New Version. Also available in a 20" rim diameter, the wheel's finish is machined with anthracite accent. For Mustangs and Challengers, it's available in 9" and 10" widths, and for the Camaro, it comes in 9" and 11" widths.

Hotchkis Y-Sport
Hotchkis Y-Sport
Hotchkis S-Sport
Hotchkis S-Sport
Hurst Stunner
Hurst Stunner New Version


Set your American muscle car apart from the rest by searching by vehicle to find the wheels available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar

Wednesday, March 6, 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.

Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2008 Ford Mustang GT California Special
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2013

Square setup on GT500 rims was a good compromise between cornering/handling and fuel economy; a square set of 285s (of the same tire) were greater traction-wise, but dragged down the MPG. I liked the 255s as a good all-around tire. Sold the car with tires a few months ago, regretfully.

 

Ford Racing Wheels for the Mustang

Monday, June 18, 2012 by Steve Huffman

Are you looking to upgrade the wheels on your Ford Mustang? Why not "keep it stock" and go with a set of original Ford Racing wheels. Tire Rack is an exclusive distributor of Ford Racing and SVT wheels. We offer the exact wheels that come on the new GT, Boss 302 and more. These will make your base model V6 look like a GT or your GT look like a Boss 302.

Available in an 18" rim diameter, the 2010 Mustang GT provides a great look with its machined with anthracite accent finish. With a 10-spoke design, the one-piece, cast Boss 302S features snap-in, exposed lugs for a wheel that provides stylish looks. The wheel is offered in a 19" rim diameter and a machined with black accent finish. And if the 19" size is your preference, consider the Mustang GT Track Package and how its black painted finish can keep your vehicle looking just the way you want it.

2010 Ford Mustang GT
2010 Ford Mustang GT
Ford Racing Boss 302S
Boss 302S
Mustang GT Track Package
Mustang GT Track Package


If you're looking to upgrade your F150, Focus, Fiesta Mustang or other Ford vehicle, take a look at all Ford Racing wheels.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Friday, March 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LX PlatinumReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.3

1994 Ford Mustang GT Conv.
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Miles driven on tires: 46,000
Location: Saylorsburg, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 46,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2012

I have driven these tires until the wear indicators were flat with the tread. I got roughly 47,000 miles out of them (rounding to the nearest 500). I drive a 1994 Mustang GT, and my driving style is very spirited. I was not gentle with these tires, I did not baby them at all and to get as many miles out of them as I did, I'm truly impressed! The only thing I will do differently with my next set of tires is rotate them at EVERY oil change (5k miles). This is most likely due to my driving style. I think I may get some additional miles out of them with the more frequent rotation.

Driving in the wet / rain was excellent in the first half of the tread life. For the second half, and just before they needed to be replaced the wet driving took a little more care. Using common sense and slowing down when water is ponding on the road was necessary as the tread life dwindled.

I also had the opportunity to drive in light snow with this tire. This is obviously NOT a snow tire, but it did get me home before the snow storm was too much to handle.

All in all this is a FANTASTIC tire. I am on my second set for this car and recommend these to my fellow mustang owners. The cornering / handling in dry weather was outstanding. Definitely a perfect match for my driving style. I would like to note that I have 2003 mustang Mach 1 wheels on the car (17x8 rim). The tire size mounted is 235 50 17 which gives slightly more side wall. This did NOT impair performance but it did fill out the wheel well more since the car is not lowered. I also have a set of these tires on a 2005 mustnag v6 with 18x8.5 2008 GT wheels on it and they work perfectly.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta ASX

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta ASX Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

1986 Ford Mustang
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Miles driven on tires: 6000
Location: Spring Hill, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2012

I bought these tires slightly shorter for my 26 yr old bone stock GT so I could autocross and still drive them all over. They are not a race tire but they are a competent tire in all regards and real bang for the buck. I still have 1/2 tread left with no chunking in FL xcross heat and great hook up in rain. I can beat alot of new cars with these tires and the better gear ratio they give me. I got an extra set of factory rims and mounted new RS3 Hankooks for serious racing with 45 series tires Wow. BUT when we want to take a trip back on go the Kuhmo ASX's for another happy ride at 75-80 all day long with never a whimper. Great all around tires. They ride and handle way better than the Firestone 60 series that came on the car. Very pleased. Will be getting a set of these for the 93 Crown Vic next year.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, January 12, 2012 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.

Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14

2002 Ford Mustang
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Miles driven on tires: 1000
Location: Oakland to Fremont, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2011

I don't see my 0mi posting of this tire, but to reiterate, break in time driving is hazardous as I slid down a ramp and but now with 500-1000mi on them they stick like no other... Now I can't really even do a burnout with them after the tires are heated up... Tried doing a burnout from a patch of water and the tires still hooked up though that time I just floored it without using the brakes... Weaving around people going 45 in a 65, the tires hook up well and hold... during U-turns though, my rear tires push my car into under-steer but that's a common trait with all RWD cars... Haven't really driven in rain yet but my GF said it's way better than the last tires, but she's the responsible driver (Not parker though lol)... I can tell you the size I have with the Razor rims I have from this site (275/40/ZR17), at full lock the front tires rub ever so slightly, and you might think your tires have popped or you ran over a water bottle and it popped from the sound, but it goes away, and right now it's just a squeaking rub sound... when people say the tires don't give good feedback, it's really they aren't using the lower profile ones, the ones I have give plenty of feedback... I more than likely will get these again...

Lowering Your Ford Mustang

Thursday, January 5, 2012 by Logan Woodworth
The late model Ford Mustang is fast becoming an extremely popular vehicle for both customizers and enthusiasts. This is partly due to the volume of aftermarket parts available and the demand from consumers to set their Mustang apart from the crowd and show off their personal style.

In addition to custom paint jobs and aftermarket wheels (rims), many Mustang owners are opting to lower their cars for more aggressive handling and appearance. Due to the flexibility of the late model Mustang chassis, there are several ride height and stiffness options available.

Depending on the version of Mustang, there are several options for lowering from standard non-adjustable springs to fully adjustable coil-over kits. Coil-over kits offer the height and dampening adjustability that is not possible with a spring-only application.
Eibach Multi-Pro Coil-Over R2 Kit for 2011 Mustang GT
It's important to note that when changing a vehicle's ride height, alignment adjustments will be needed for your vehicle. For lowering, this typically includes reduction in camber to counter the camber increase caused by shorter springs. For the newer Mustang, a set of camber bolts will do the trick for the front and an adjustable panhard bar or trailing arm for the rear.

When you're looking for Mustang shocks, springs, coil-over kits or other suspension parts for your ride, be sure to shop by vehicle to find the parts that are a great fit.

New Wheel from Hurst

Thursday, December 29, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Tire RHurst Stunner (Machined w/Anthracite Accent)ack is excited to offer Hurst wheels for the new Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang.

The Stunner is a new custom wheel (rim) that is exclusively engineered for the late model Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The wheel is available in a 20" diameter for either staggered or non-staggered applications.

Designed with a durable, machined/clear-coat finish to protect the wheel from corrosive elements, this new wheel is the perfect complement to your Mustang or Camaro tires.

Shop by vehicle to see if the the new Stunner is a fit for your vehicle.


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta ASX

Friday, December 16, 2011 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.

Kumho Ecsta ASXReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73

2005 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 30000
Location: Niantic, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30000 Miles on Tires
December 09, 2011

Bought these in the 255/50-17 size replacing the stock 235/55-17 Pirelli P Zero Nero. This size fits the stock 17 x 8 wheels and is the same diameter so no speedo correction necessary. First off, the wider tire looks much better on this car than the relatively narrow stock tires. The sidewalls bulge slightly with the 8" wheel, but this rim width is well within the tire manufacturer's specifications.

As far as performance, these tires may not be as soft and sticky as the OEM Pirellis, but the extra width provides just about the same overall grip and maybe more. My car is a daily driver, but I have also taken it to 4 road course race tracks for HPDE track days. These Kumhos have been on the track at Watkins Glen now twice, for 2-1/2 hour sessions each, roughly 100 hard laps around the 3.5 mile track. Ideally for track use you want to use ultra performance summer tires, but even being all-season tires the Kumhos performed predictably and solidly. See lap here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzxOGIeYuqQ

After 30,000 miles these tires are about ready for replacement. The original Pirellis lasted 37,000 and I have no doubt the Kumhos would have gone that long too, if not for the abuse at the race tracks (probably the equivalent of 5,000 normal miles). For a high performance tire like this, that is an excellent life span! I'm planning on buying another set.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, December 8, 2011 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.

Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14

2011 Ford Mustang Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 6200
Location: Hobe Sound, Fl
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6200 Miles on Tires
December 04, 2011

Living in South Florida we get our fair share of rain and these are the best wet weather tire I have ever owned. The wet handling characteristics are excellent, my traction control system would kick in on spirited starts with the stock tires now with the Continental Extreme Contact DW's the traction control system has not kick in at all. I've used the tires in two auto-crosses (F-stock class) and one track day, so far, and while they are probably not the best tire out there for these purposes they did do a fairly good job, better for track days than auto-crosses (but tire pressure might not have been right for the AX). Since I don't have two sets of rims I wanted a tire that I could use on the track but still have a good ride and wear on the street. So far I think I got what I wanted and I am extremely pleased with these tires. The wear rating is a little higher than most other tires in this class and the price was less so I think this was a good all around choice of tire for what I use them for. I definitely will buy another set when the time comes.

Take it to the Max with General Tire

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 by Steve Huffman
EarlGeneral G-MAX AS-03ier this year, General introduced their new Ultra High Performance All-Season tire, the General G-MAX AS-03. Designed for the drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance sedans, this newer radial combines performance handling with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, even in light snow.

During testing, we were impressed with the tire's traction, especially on the wet track. Its directional tread design not only looks cool but functions very well as it channels away water. It had relatively good handling and responsiveness and the noise level was acceptable for an ultra high performance tire.

The tire is attractively priced for those drivers looking for good value to go along with performance. Available in many sizes ranging from 15" rim diameter up to 20", this tire also comes with a 40,000 mile treadlife warranty and 45-day customer satisfaction trial. The G-MAX AS-03 is a great choice for owners who drive a Subaru WRX, Honda Civic, Ford Mustang or Chevy Malibu. 

Boss 302S Wheels Available for Your 2005+ Ford Mustang

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
Ford Racing Boss 302S If you're looking to spice up your Mustang with a little bit of factory induced flair, take a look at the new Boss 302S wheel from Ford Racing.

The new Boss 302 has been heralded by many as the baddest Mustang ever built. With 444 horsepower on tap, a track-tuned suspension, aggressive Mustang rims (wheels) and tires and monstrous brakes, it's hard to find fault with these claims. Unfortunately, while the new Boss 302 may turn blazing fast lap times and turn heads while doing it, the cost for such pleasure is a staggering $45,000. No doubt still a tremendous performance bargain, but this price tag sadly puts it out of range for the large majority of buyers considering the purchase of America's iconic pony car.

Fear not, as parts exist to freshen up the pony already in your stable. Whether you own a 2005-2010 4.0L V6, 2005-2010 4.6L V8, 2011+ 3.7L V6 or a 2011+ 5.0, the new Boss 302S wheels are designed to fit all members of the S197 chassis team. Designed for use with Brembo brakes, these wheels will even fit the 2011+ 5.0L GTs equipped with the optional Brembo package and any 2007+ GT500. This truly is a versatile wheel that can be used with a large range of applications. What's more is these wheels can be used in a 19x9 at all four corners or with a 19x9 front and 19x10 rear stagger. 

So if you're in need of new Mustang wheels, search by vehicle to find the set that works best with this American legend. 

Introducing New Wheels from Advanti Racing

Monday, September 12, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Tire Rack is excited to offer a new custom wheel (rim) line from Advanti Racing.

Established in the mid-1990's, Advanti Racing custom wheels offer wheel options for a variety of tastes. Advanti wheels are available in diameters ranging from 15"- 22" and in several finishes including silver, gunmetal, black and hyper black.

Advanti Racing wheels are available in 11 styles ranging from classic 5-spoke to more modern 20-spoke designs. These wheels are aggressively priced from $103.00* each for 15" wheels to $270.00* each for 22".

Some popular vehicle fitments include: Chevrolet Malibu, MAZDA 6, Ford Mustang and Pontiac Grand Prix.

Advanti Racing 15 Anniversary
Advanti Racing 15 Anniversary
Advanti Racing A2 Traktion
Advanti Racing A2 Traktion
Advanti Racing A9 Costola
Advanti Racing A9 Costola

To find out if there is an Advanti Racing custom wheel for your car, contact one of our knowledgeable sales specialists.

*Prices subject to change

Drive like a "rockstar" with these KMC Wheels.

Thursday, July 15, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
The 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe at right is a sleek and powerful vehicle. But when you add an equally impressive set of aftermarket Mustang rims, it's hard to believe, but the vehicle manages to look even sleeker.

The particular wheels you see at right are Rockstar Car wheels from KMC, so named because the brand gets its inspiration from an elite group of famous musicians and actors. The Rockstar Car is a new wheel at Tire Rack, and we're very excited about its aesthetics.

In fact, we are so excited that we decided to carry it in a version made specifically for lifted trucks and SUVs, too. The Rockstar is part of KMC's XD line, which focuses on creating aggressive wheels that work on and off the road.

Shop by vehicle today to see if KMC can outfit your vehicle.

Villian and Santa Cruz: Two New American Racing Rims

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 by Tire Rack Team

If you're looking for Mustang rims, or rims for any modern muscle car, you just might be interested in two of Tire Rack's newest American Racing rims:
Villain (left) and Santa Cruz (right, also available with Chrome finish) wheels embody the aggressive, impressive and high-performance attitude found in every other American Racing wheel. The brand designs with staggered fitments, modern finishes and competitive characteristics in mind. Again, the perfect approach for today's modern muscle cars.

Use our Upgrade Garage to see exactly what these, and many other American Racing wheels, might look like on your vehicle. Or click here to see all of them at once.

American Racing Rims

Monday, April 5, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Gran Torinos and Firebirds will always be classic muscle cars. Today, new versions of old favorites like Chargers, Corvettes and Mustangs carry on the muscle car tradition. And just like any vehicle out there, you can never deny a good muscle car a great set of wheels.

That's where American Racing wheels come into play. In fact, they've been around for years.

All American Racing rims are manufactured to be aggressive performance wheels, which is perfect for the aggressive muscle car. With staggered fitments, modern finishes, larger diameters and design elements taken from racing wheels—there's a reason American Racing rims are so often considered to be standard equipment.

This spring, Tire Rack has two new American Racing wheels:
Shop by vehicle to see if they'll fit yours.

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You've got the Mustang, now get the Mustang rims.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Ford Mustangs have been rolling down our streets since 1964, impressing us all with their power and their style. Though Ford has made a few improvements over the years, it's as classic a car as ever. Why change a good thing, right? We only disagree with that statement when it comes to the Mustang wheels.

It's not that we dislike the Original Equipment, we only aim to exhibit how the installation of aftermarket Mustang wheels provides performance and aesthetic benefits. And there are a number of excellent aftermarket Mustang wheels.

The 2010 Ford Mustang GT Coupe above features 20" Sport Muscle Tach wheels that are machined with an anthracite accent. Other Mustang wheels that would look just as good include:

Enkei Performance Series LS-5 (Black Painted)
Sport Edition KV5 (Silver)
TRMotorsports MT1 (Matte Grey)

Use our Upgrade Garage to see what these and other Mustang wheels would look like on your vehicle. You'll also get access to Mustang tires, Mustang brake pads and Mustang suspension products, including Mustang shocks.