Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 3, 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.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Wendell, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

I love these tires so much, I'm about to purchase my 3rd set. They're a perfect match for a midsized "family" sedan and spirited driving.

They enhanced the handling, cornering, and steering response of the OEM tires but still provide an impressively smooth and quiet ride. Wet and dry tractions is terrific. On empty country back roads I can push the car aggressively around corners and the tires will hang on. Though the car's suspension plays a role, these tires won't abruptly "hop" around corners if you hit a bump mid turn. They stay planted and when they do break away, they break smoothly with plenty of warning so you can get the rear end in check. Fuel mileage has not taken a noticeable hit with these more aggressive tires. On 5 hour+ highway trips, they're quiet, smooth with no impact harshness over expansion joints and road irregularities. With 5,000 mile rotations and keeping PSI around +3PSI factory setting, they have worn perfectly evenly on all four corners.

The only downside is that I can only get about 30,000 - 35,000 miles out of them despite the 50,000 mile tread life warranty. Around 30,000 wet traction begins to decrease noticeably. While OK in a straight line on wet highways, sudden/hard turns will make the handling squirrelly. But they're still OK to drive and not bad considering 75% of the tread and the top sipes and grooves are worn. With the down pours we get here on occasion, I would rather have fresh tread so I’ll replace them soon. Fortunately they're reasonably priced and a much better value compared to similar tires. Would I put these on an M3 or Mustang? No. But a Mazda 6, Accord, Optima, Camry SE, etc... most definitely a great match.


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

Monday, January 27, 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.

BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29

2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Valrico, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

I just purchased my 2nd consecutive set of these tires in a 275-40/19 for my Brembo package 5.0. My spirited driving consists mostly of lateral acceleration and an occasional downshift around familiar curves. I know for a fact that I'm not pushing the suspension or the tires past their comfort zone, but enough to keep my wallet and I comfortable. Lol

The first time I bought these tires (December '12), I was at 27k miles on factory Pirellis. (Nothing like taking up two lanes with a 3rd gear downshift at 60 on a stock setup.) and immediately felt the difference, even during the break in period. I just purchased my second set (1/8/14 at 56k miles) and it reminded me of how much I love them. Even in Florida's random terrential downpours and nearly bald tires, the car wouldn't act stupid.

Not sure if I got the full experience from the original set either because within 2 weeks of getting them I took a road trip to Maryland/Pennsylvania (Mountains, ice, snow, slush, sleet, salt, the fun stuff. Lol) and they handled suprisingly well. 12/25-12/30 they handled snow suprisingly well. I was very cautious on the mountain (With a line of 4x4s behind me and a little bit of spin going up hills. Lol) Never once lost it or felt as if I would have needed to call the insurance company.

At 420/406 and just an Anti-Roll Bar kit (To take out the wheel hop from having a cheap factory single center mounted UCA.), I pulled a 1.97 60'/12.2 @ 116. Wheel spin expected, but happy for a street tire. Performs just as well on the street with some VHT. They lose their pizzazz after about 15k, but are still reliable for daily commute. From what I've read and experienced with them, they have a decent inner structure that leaves you confident in familiar corners. I say that because you never know what's around the corner and towards the end, my completely worn Brembos could lock them up (Feel the ABS pulse) at 30 mph.

(Running out of space) Great tire. Save yourself $800+ for upgrades.


KW Variant 3 Coil-Over: Race Technology That's Comfortable on the Street

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Having just purchased a 2012 Ford Mustang GT, I felt that many aspects of the vehicle's performance were phenomenal, however the suspension left me wanting more. While the car provides good lateral grip in corners and performs better than any other generation of stock Mustang, the soft spring rates contribute to excessive body roll and front-end pitch under heavy braking.

To cure this, I pulled out the big guns and installed KW's Variant 3 Coil-Over. While the Variant 1 allows only for height adjustment with KW factory pre-set damping, and the Variant 2 provides height adjustment and adjustable damper settings, the Variant 3 gives drivers independent control of both rebound and compression, along with a wide range of height adjustment.

Installation only took two hours with a lift and a few of my friends. KW even includes vehicle specific install instructions and recommended shock settings. While the car now rides on a much higher spring rate than factory, the dampening takes out some of the harshness associated with lowered cars. It really rides quite nice and shows a huge improvement in handling. The car lays flat into corners with minimal roll and is much more stable under acceleration and braking.

Stay tuned for more changes I'll be making to my vehicle, up next: tires and wheels.











G2 Caliper Paint: A Nice Finishing Touch

Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

While I've installed suspension and brakes in the past, it can be some work. This past weekend's task was much easier with the use of G2's Brake Caliper Paint System Set to cover up the factory caliper's tarnished raw casting.

The G2 Caliper Paint System is quite thorough and comes with a can of brake clean, paint color of you choice, hardening resin, stir stick and paint brush. For less than $40 it comes with everything you need to do the job correctly and doesn't require the removal of the brake calipers themselves. While many people resort to spray paint, this method requires masking to avoid overspray and has a finish that isn't temperature resistant to brake heat.

To apply the G2 Caliper Paint System, follow these simple steps:

  1. Properly lift vehicle and place stands.
  2. Remove wheels.
  3. Mix paint and resin, stir for 5 minutes.
  4. Clean calipers using supplied brake cleaned.
  5. Apply paint using supplied brush (Use sparingly as a little goes a long ways.)
  6. Allow a few hours to fully cure.
  7. Install wheels and lower car to ground.
  8. Properly torque all four wheels.

Featuring such an easy installation, anyone that can change a wheel and tire can do this job. While I chose to go with a factory style color (black), a wide range of colors are available to suit your preferences.

G2's Brake Caliper Paint System Set is an easy and cost-effective complement to a Tire & Wheel Package or brake job.

Take a look at these before and after photos of my 2012 Mustang GT to see how much difference the paint can make:


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
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 BFGoodrich g-Force T/A Drag Radial 2

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force T/A Drag Radial 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.17

2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2013

Have these on my Mach 1 that sees a LOT of spirited driving. These tires HOOK!!! I've had M/T drag radials and these far out performe them for much less money. I was very surprised with how long they lasted as well, over 12k miles and they still hook. They are on my weekend car so havent seen rain with them but I think the tread design is good enough for a little rain.

At the track, these things are AWESOME! Very consistant launches and GREAT 60' times as well. My car makes 400rwhp 500rwtg on nitrous and these dead hook out of the hole on the bottle. Constant 1.5x 60's with minimal suspension and weight reduction mods. The sidewalls will even wrinkle like slicks. Will for sure be buying another set of these some time this summer!


New from Hotchkis: Performance Wheels

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Hotchkis has a long and successful history of offering suspension upgrades for domestic muscle cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, European performance vehicles and Japanese sport compact vehicles. Now they're bringing their expertise in tuning for domestic muscle cars to the wheel market. Launching in 2013, the Hotchkis wheel line-up consists of the H-Sport, Y- Sport and S-Sport. These wheels are designed to fit the current crop of domestic muscle cars: Mustang, Camaro and Challenger.

H-Sport wheels come in a black or silver finish and feature a distinctive 13-spoke design. The Y-Sport is the Hotchkis interpretation of the classic motorsport-style Y-spoke design. Finish options for this wheel include matte graphite silver and machined face with matte graphite accent. Finally, the S-Sport utilizes a sporty and classic split five-spoke design. It comes in a traditional silver finish and a machined with black accent.

As I enjoy playing around and putting wheels on vehicles, I'm especially fond of the Hotchkis S-Sport in machined with black accent on a black Dodge Challenger. View all the new Hotchkis wheels and find the one that you like best for your muscle car!

Hotchkis Introduces New Line of Wheels for Modern Muscle Cars

Friday, February 22, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Hotchkis has been well known as a manufacturer of performance-oriented suspension products for a variety of vehicles for many years. Building on their knowledge and quality reputation, Hotchkis is proud to offer a new line of performance wheels available in 20" sizes to fit modern Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers and more.

The H-Sport model features a unique multi-spoke design in both a black and silver painted finish that's available in staggered widths to give you the option of a wider rear tire for that classic muscle car look. All Hotchkis wheels are machined to accept the factory tire pressure sensors. We also offer new sensors for sale if your vehicle requires.

S-Sport wheels have a more traditional five-spoke design meant to show off your brake calipers. They also feature a brushed aluminum face with either a silver or black accent for the barrel and center sections of the wheel. All Hotchkis wheels have multiple layers of clearcoat paint to protect the brushed aluminum from pitting under their one-year limited warranty.

Hotchkis' Y-Sport has the more modern split-spoke look associated with European sport sedans and coupes. The wheel is available in a matte graphite silver finish with or without the brushed aluminum face. Like the other models, the Y-Sport comes complete with all new lug nuts and center caps at no charge for a complete and hassle-free install. 

Hotchkis H-Sport
Hotchkis H-Sport
Hotchkis S-Sport
Hotchkis S-Sport
Hotchkis Y-Sport
Hotchkis Y-Sport

Take a look at all the Hotchkis wheels available and find one that's right for your vehicle.

Upgrade the Look of Your Ford Mustang with Ford Racing Wheels from Tire Rack

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The quickest and easiest way to upgrade the look of your Mustang is to swap your factory wheels to an upgraded option from Ford Racing. Authentic Ford Racing wheels are developed by the Special Vehicle Team (SVT), which was founded in 1991 when Ford saw the need to investigate niche vehicle opportunities. The SVT division has continued with a strong presence within the Ford vehicle lineup, including the F-150 Raptor, Focus, Fiesta and Mustang.

Ford Racing wheels have been specifically designed for your Mustang and are offered in many cast and forged options. My favorites include the Boss 302R which is offered in a black painted finish and one-piece low pressure cast construction manufactured in a partnership with BBS. The Mustang GT Track Package in black painted finish also features a cast alloy construction. Finally, I enjoy the Mustang GT Forged wheel in light grey paint developed with a lightweight fully forged construction. The fully forged construction of the Mustang GT Forged wheel will not only upgrade the appearance of your Mustang, but also increase driveline and suspension responsiveness by reducing unsprung weight.

 Boss 302R
Boss 302R
 Mustang GT Track Package
Mustang GT Track Package
 Mustang GT Forged
Mustang GT Forged

To view all of the SVT Ford Racing wheels available for your Ford, be sure to shop by vehicle today!


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2

Wednesday, December 19, 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.

BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

1989 Ford Mustang
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: LaPorte, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2012

great tire car has a lot of suspension work can't really notice road noise since i have no tailpipes just dumps i have had these on the car for almost two summers and the wear is great


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport PS2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2005 Mazda RX-8 6-speed
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Miles driven on tires: 33,000
Location: riverview, fl
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 33,000 Miles on Tires
August 14, 2012

Theses PS2 tires are excellent. They are the Michael Phelps of max performance tires. Great performance in all areas. The first thing I noticed was the extreme ride quality and low road noice like a well rounded quality wine. Balence! My RX-8 handles more precisly.Diver confidence more improved than before. Every tire may perform slightly different on different cars but this performance report I'm giving is very true when placed on a stock 6-speed rx-8. 225/40/18 are the ones I used. Very low unsprung weight.Excellent in the rain too. Tight and planted to the road. Acceleration feels improved as well. The ratings on tire rack do reflect the real world performance when placed on the rx-8. The only thing I disagree with is the tire treadwear ratings. My ps2 tires have 33,000 miles on all four and had mazda's mechanic measure their remaining tread depth. The lowest tire depth is a 4 mm, two more at 5 mm,and one at 6 mm a 10 mm means new tire. What this means is I still have about 30 % or 1/3 tire life left, even after having 33,000 miles on them. Amazing! They could last as long as 40,000 milesor a total of three years. This is because the rx-8 has a good balance suspension 50/50 weight distribution, low cg. and lower torque than other sports cars 161 pounds at best. If it were a mustang, camaro etc. we are talking more than twice the torque which wears down the tread faster. They are heavier too. less weight helps. So if you drive a car simular to in size weight torque amount say like a scion FR-S / RX-8 get these these are a steel. They last long, for champaign quality performance in all of tire rack's rating areas. I just bought the PSS which I understand, in theory, they perform even better in all areas. Will send an honest, true report about them soon. Stay tooned! lol!

Improve Handling for Your Late Model Ford Mustang

Friday, January 27, 2012 by Hunter Leffel
Eibach Multi-Pro Coil-OverWould you like to improve the look, handling and cornering capability of your late model Mustang? We have the solutions ranging from a single component (just springs or dampers) up to track ready coil-over systems.  

If you're wanting to close up that wheelwell gap, without sacrificing ride quality, a product like the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set would be a great solution. You'll see a mild drop in the 1.0" - 1.5" range which will improve the stance and handling while maintaining a near factory ride.

Are you ready to hit the track while wanting a wide range of adjustments (including your Ford shocks) for your vehicle? It may be time to explore a coil-over kit. Again, Eibach steps up to the plate offering drops adjustable between 1.0" and 2009 Ford Mustang2.4". The Multi-Pro Coil-Over (shown above) features a 10-way independently adjustable compression and rebound which allows for combinations that are near limitless to dial your car in perfectly.

Options are available for most years and models of the fifth-generation Mustang (2005 and up). 

Whether you're looking to buy shocks online or purchase a coil-over kit, shop by vehicle to find the right suspension products for your vehicle. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta ASX

Thursday, January 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta ASXReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.1

1998 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 30000
Location: Alexandria , VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30000 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2012

A prior review for 2005 Mustang GT could have been written by me. I bought the tires for the price advantage on a car I do not drive much, but which I drive through a variety of conditions: commuting in DC rush hour, crossing the hills to PGH from DC and tracking. My car is set up for "spirited" driving with mods to engine and suspension. Tires MIGHT be loud, but so's my exhaust. Ride MIGHT be stiff, but so's my set up. That said, I find them as comfy as can be on the highway, until a pothole intrudes, but again, that's probably the set up. On the track (VIR)these were wonderful - very good communication and controllable, comfortable drift. As others say, there might be better tires for each of these purposes, but my days of spending $200-$300 per tire are over. I also just bought an E39 540 for highway duty. Comfort, wet/dry traction, noise would probably be better tested on that car, when current Toyos wear out. I am looking forward to this replacement.

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.

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. 

The Necessity of Aftermarket Shocks / Struts

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
Since their inception into the market, the 2011 Mustang GT and the 5th Generation 2010+ Camaro have attracted much attention, and I must note I too fell prey to their new designs.

In February, I took ownership of a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 6-speed. The only options on my car were the Brembo performance brake and wheel package and the 3.73 rear gears. I wanted the fastest base Mustang GT I could buy, but yet even that was not without room for improvement.

My first step toward correcting the lackluster steering response and turn-in feel was to replace the spring and strut / shock assemblies. My components of choice were the off-the-shelf 2011 Mustang GT Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set and a set of 2010 Mustang GT model Bilstein struts and shocks. Although Bilstein does not yet have a 2011 Mustang GT specific fitment at this time, the use of 2005-2010 Ford Racing strut mounts and the 2010 model Bilstein struts allowed me to successfully use the components. For a more plug and play application and a user friendly guaranteed fitment, consumers can purchase the matching Eibach Pro-Damper Kit which is specifically tuned for Eibach springs on the 2011 models and bolts up without any modification to the strut mount units.

Strut Rod Diameter
Although the Eibach springs are not the stiffest available, their progressive rate is far beyond the factory rate of 150lbs/in. For that reason, it is important to increase the compression and rebound rates of the shock assemblies, not only to increase the life of the shock, but also to increase performance while cornering, and reduce unfavorable motion on transitions and rough surfaces.

At left is a picture of the factory 2011 Mustang GT front strut and its Bilstein rival. The differences in shaft size should be obvious. Upon installing this aftermarket suspension package, my 2011 GT feels like an entirely new car. It doesn't exhibit the floating feeling associated with the stock pieces, and generally feels firmer and more responsive. The steering inputs are met with crisp turn-in and the car behaves very neutral at the limit, which left me quite surprised.

For questions on suspension and more, contact one of our sales specialists.

Eibach Now Offering New Products for Modern Muscle

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
New suspension products available for 2011 Eibach Pro-Plus KitMustang GT and Camaro SS!
One of the many challenges faced by purchasers of brand new vehicles is the lack of support from the aftermarket. Although these newly purchased vehicles still contain that desirable new car smell, transmit a comfortable ride and run without hesitation, they often leave much to be desired in terms of performance. 
One of the most basic and popular changes to new vehicles is that of their suspension setup. Whether the intent is to lower vehicle height, raise vehicle height, improve handling characteristics or improve ride quality, Tire Rack offers products from several world renowned manufacturers to build a set-up that works for you. 
Perfect examples include the 2011 Mustang GT and 2010 Camaro SS. Despite having many desirable traits from the factory, including punchy V8 engines, test results show they are not without improvement.

For more information and test results featuring both the new 5.0 Mustang GT and Camaro SS, watch Eibach 2011 Mustang GT Shoot-Out.

Shop by vehicle to see which suspension products work best for your vehicle.