Longest-Wearing Z-Rated Performance Tires

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Gary Stanley

What can drivers of sports cars and high performance vehicles with low profile, Z-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tires do if they want to have longer wearing tires? In the past, the best a driver could hope for, in regards to treadwear, was an option that lasted approximately 20,000 miles. This was the case for so long that it has become a common misconception that all low profile tires or tires with a high speed rating have rapid treadwear. On the contrary, there are options available with long treadwear ratings. Three of the best to consider are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 and Continental ExtremeContact DWS.  

 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
 Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2
Hankook Ventus S1
noble2
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3


The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 has the best dry grip and quickest steering response among the three and comes with a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty. Both the Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 feature 50,000-mile treadwear warranties and perform a little better in light snow conditions compared to the Pilot Sport A/S 3. All three tires are made in a variety of sizes. Now, even drivers of sports cars like the Chevy Corvette and Ford Mustang can find tires with higher treadwear.  

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport 3

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport 3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2011 Ford Mustang Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

Had Pirelli P Zero same size tires which was original equipment for this vehicle.
The Pirelli's had to be replaced at 24,000 miles with a little life left but started to wear down the center as well as overall tread depth.

The Michelin AST 3 Sport are quieter, corner better and are overall sure footed on wet pavement.

I'm keeping up with tire pressure, rotation and balancing (coming up) as I did with the Pirelli's but I am hoping that I will get 45,000 miles out of them as rated.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.71
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

After 2 weeks of driving and one autocross, my reservations about this tire have receded. I read the reviews and felt comfortable enough to purchase them, mainly because they were the only tires that worked for autoX that were in my size. My concern stemmed from most reviews were on light cars and Mustang is much heavier. After an my last autocross, I am very happy with them. The weather changed from sunny and warm to cloudy and overcast and I felt very little change in the grip and feel of the tire. The OEM Pirellis were much more sensitive to weather changes and did not provide the same grip. Needless to say I am very happy with my choice.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 06, 2014

I bought my car, used, with these tires installed on it... They perform VERY well. Plus, they look great too.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2014

I chose the S-04s based on previous reviews and Tire Rack tests and could not be happier. These tires perform far better than the OEM tires that came on the car.

Dry grip is excellent. Breakaway is very controllable and is easy to pull back from slipping. I have autocrossed and tracked the car on these tires, and performance for a street tire in those conditions is excellent.

Where this tire really shines in comparison to the OEM ones is in cold & wet conditions. The stock tires got hard and slippery very quickly when temperatures got below 50 deg or it got wet, which made the car a handful. The S-04s do not do this; they give a lot more confidence driving the car under these conditions.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

2012 Ford Mustang Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
June 19, 2014

GREAT TIRES!!!very quiet, wet or dry. and traction is awesome both wet and dry.time will tell as far as treadwear goes but so far im very impressed. handling is very solid also, corners well and is predictable. will buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (W-Speed Rated)

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Rochester, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

Overall the Eagle F1 All Season tires have exceeded my expectations. NOTE: I purchased them from Goodyear in 2010 but don't see them listed above. I previously had a set of Goodyear F1-GSD3 tires on my 2003 Mustang Mach1 which provided outstanding wet and dry performance at all speeds. After replacing the F1-GSD3s with the Eagle F1 All Season tires, I was pleased to find that they offered performance almost as good under most circumstances. They provide very good road handling for highway and city driving and have enough grip to handle quick cornering. I would definitely consider purchasing these tires again.

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

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2005 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Princeton, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2014

I absolutely love these tires. First off I matched front and rear sizes to 275/40/17. The have been wonderful in all driving. The front tires will out last 2 sets of rears however that is my heavy foot's fault. These tires are sensitive to pressure adjustments. Chalk test them so you have the right air pressure. They do loose some grip the more they wear down. But that being said these tire down to the wear bars still have better traction worn than a new toyo proxies. I absolutely love these tires and I hope BF keeps making them

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

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67
 
 

1993 Ford Mustang
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
May 10, 2014

I had these tires on my 1993 mustang that I use for autocross when it was still in stock condition. My biggest complaint about this tire is the road noise. When compared to a tire like the old Toyo Proxes4, the Comp 2 is terrible for road noise and comfort. However, performance wise for what they are I would say they are the best in the category. I trashed these tires doing autocross. They do not like heat, but no tires at this level do. What impressed me most about this tire is how much grip it still had when it was worn to just about nothin'. I run the Rival now on a very modified 1993 mustang. There is no comparison. The Comp 2 is a very great street tire and can handle more than anyone can throw at it without committing a felony. I can't give these tires a fair treadwear rating because I trashed them, and nearly trashed a set of Toyo proxes4 immediately after just because they are simply not designed for the demanding heat cycles of road racing/autocross. I would recommend this tire to anyone who daily drives their sports car. This is a great tire, just not a track tire. It is predictable and precise.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z II

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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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 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Cohoes, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

This review is of my WS70s bought this winter, but also my WS50s which I bought in 2007. Both sets of Blizzaks have been absolutely awesome and to be honest, I can't tell the difference between them. If you have never driven on proper winter tires then you will be astonished. When I bought my Mustang (305bhp/320lbft rear wheel drive) to use in upstate New York, everyone said I would need another vehicle for the winter. One lone friend told me that all I needed was good winter tires. He directed me to Tirerack. On my all-season (Ha) tires, the car was pretty much undriveable on ice and snow. With these studless ice and snow tires I have NEVER had any problem, and I'm a skier, so that means getting to the Mountains just after the storm. In six winters, I have seen at least ten accidents unfold in front of me in snowy or icy conditions and have never been concerned that I was going to become part of the accident. The car steers, accelerates, corners and brakes with great confidence. It would be a lie to say they have the ultimate grip of a summer tire, but they turn an unuseable car into a very good winter vehicle.

The only time these tires have caught me out is on wet pavement. On two occasions (in six years) they span up unexpectedly whilst accelerating pretty hard in second gear (The car is a Standard), but that was really my fault.

It is worth noting that in retrospect, I should have replaced them last year. The WS50s did about 30,000 miles and I expect the WS70s will be similar. The performance in ice was undiminished, but they started to struggle in snow because of insufficient tread-depth. I replaced them with about 3/16 of tread remaining. I'm sure this is less than Bridgestone recommend.

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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Harleysville, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 19, 2014

I have these mounted on a 2013 Mustang GT, with 245front, 275 rear. For the most part, I am very pleased with the tire. My only concern is in wet weather, during spirited acceleration, these will break loose pretty quickly. Not just during active rain, just on wet roads, these will start spinning if I am not careful. Wet braking is very good, and if I had to choose, I would much rather have the tires hold during braking. Having the back tires break loose when you hit third gear on wet roads reduces trust in the tire. I have had other high performance cars and tire, but never one with 420 hp, so that could be part of the problem(?) Tires look great, would buy them again.

Tire Advice for My Cousin's Dream 2011-2013 Ford Mustang V6 Manual

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

My cousin is in the market for a new car. What should he get? He's looking for a muscle car big enough to fit his 6'3" frame and at a price around $17,000. Unfortunately, the 2015 Ford Mustang (pictured below) won't make the cut.

Since he needed to move on from this dream car, he started looking at the 2014 model. He checked out a lot of cars at the show, but kept going back to the Mustang. It just felt right!

With many pre-owned Mustangs in the market place, we needed to narrow it down further. In 2011, Ford switched from the old 4.0L V6 and 5-speed to the 3.7L V6 coupled with a 6-speed. Power went up to 305 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs of torque, so he needs to be looking for 2011-2013 V6 Mustangs. I know he'll end up finding the right one.

However, if he stays in Chicago, his middleweight, powerful rear-wheel drive Mustang is going need help in the winter. If he goes with a 2012 Mustang, I would advise purchasing the 225/60R17 Studless Ice & Snow Michelin X-Ice Xi3 on black or silver 17x8 45ET MSW Type 19 wheels.

225/60-17 Studless Ice & Snow Michelin X-ICE Xi3 $135*
225/60R17 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
17x8 45ET Black Painted MSW Type 19 $104*
MSW Type 19 Black Painted
17x8 45ET Silver Painted MSW Type 19 $118*
MSW Type 19 Silver Painted


I like the X-Ice Xi3's blend of ice, packed snow and dry road grip and the MSW Type 19 matches the Original Equipment width and offset. Its solid 5-spoke angular design is a good match for the car's temperament. With a little winter driving advice and the right tire, he'll do fine handling Chicago's rough winters.

Create a Tire & Wheel Package for your dream vehicle today!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.64
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

I have Michelin X-Ice 2 on my other 2011 Mustang, I prefer these to the Good Years especially on ice, however on snow covered roads the Good Years are as proficient as the Michelin, while costing a lot less.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2012 Ford Mustang Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 08, 2014

This is my daily driver so I had to buy a set of snow tires after going through a rough winter last year without them. There is a lot more snow here than back home. I decided to invest in snow tires and boy was I surprised when I first got to test these bad boys in fresh snow. Initial reaction was joy and amazement. I had them mounted on right before a big storm hit. I had traction like crazy. I was the only one on the left lane able to conquer the storm. But that snow was not as bad as recently where it actually snowed hard and stuck to the ground. Since my car is low by default, I was able to clear snow up to about 8-10 inches of snow before the rear axle was blocked by thick snow. This was my no fault of the tires. I was able to go drifting in snow with precise control with these. These tires love the cold weather as well as the snow. I strongly recommend these to anyone interested in snow tires. I chose these over the Xi3 from Michelin due to price. I know granted that my car is RWD and has a good amount of horsepower, there was some slippage if you don't feather the throttle. By no means is this tire perfect in the snow, but it does give you good tread life.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2006 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 28,000
Location: Kuna, ID
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 28,000 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2014

After burning thru the Pirellis PZeros that originally came with the care in 10k miles and checking out the price and availability of those same tires I decided to try an alternate brand and ran with BFG G Force TA’s which I was able to get 15K out of. I was afraid that I was going to be stuck with budgeting $2000 a year for tires, until a friend recommend I try the Michelin Pilots. Yes they too were expensive but I have been able to put over 28K miles on these tires and I am very pleased with the performance. Are they Racing Tires? No, but they do perform very well for everyday driving and cruising. I believe that we could have gotten another 8k miles out of the tires except that we took a long road trip thru AZ and NV and the continuous hot pavement driving really ate up the tread. The Michelin Pilot SuperSports were by far a better value than my other options to date.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 18, 2014

Purchased these from Tire Rack with studs after trying and not liking a set of Blizzaks last winter. FAR superior on ice, especially steering and braking, quieter at speed despite the studs, and much much better steering response than the Blizzaks. Quiet once above parking lot speeds, but can hear the clicking of the studs on dry pavement if the windows are down.

They aren't great in deep snow, or maybe my Mustang isn't once the snow gets above the bottom of the bumper, but on hard pack and ice they can't be beat. So long as I live in Alaska, I'll never go without studded tires in winter again. As a bonus, these seem to be wearing extremely well so it'll be a couple years before I have to think about buying another set!

 

Upgrade Your Vehicle's Performance with Brembo Brakes

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Brembo is the brake component manufacturer many race teams, enthusiasts and daily drivers depend on to give their vehicle the increased braking performance they demand.

To Brembo, racing is the most advanced experimental laboratory for assessing the success of its products. Teams equipped with Brembo brakes have won hundreds of automobile and motorcycle racing championships in such internationally recognized racing organizations as Formula 1, CART, NASCAR, FIA World Rally and Superbike.

Their race-inspired braking systems and components are used as Original Equipment on the world’s finest passenger cars and light trucks. Vehicle manufacturers using Brembo components include BMW, Porsche and Ferrari, along with specific applications for such automobiles as Mercedes-Benz, Dodge Viper and the Ford Mustang Cobra.

 Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
 Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors


Tire Rack offers Brembo pads and rotors for most vehicles which are a simple upgrade to your vehicle's performance and style. We also offer Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads, as well as Brembo Replacement Rotors, Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors and Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors.

Brembo Sport Drilled Rotor:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and highway driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Bold, aggressive appearance

Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and track driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Race-ready look

Shop by vehicle and view the full line of brake products offered for your driving needs. When it comes time to find the best braking components for your vehicle, consider upgrading your performance with Brembo brake pads and rotors.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2007 Ford Mustang Pony Package
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2014

In 2000 miles I have had no problem with them. I do a lot of driving in the Seattle area where it rains a lot It's nice to not slip and slide. I highly recommend these tires.

 

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

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2000 Ford Mustang GT
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Lawrenceville, GA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
July 31, 2013

Beware! These General G-Max AS-03 tires have very weak sidewalls that rupture easily! I have a set of these tires that are only four months old with 3000 miles on them. I was turning into a parking lot and bumped the curb with my right rear tire. I parked my car and went to inspect the tire expecting to see curb rash. What I found was a flat tire with a punctured sidewall. The impact with the curb was minor and at low speed. I have been driving for 30 years and have bumped curbs in the past but have NEVER had a tire rupture from it. My tire dealer covered 2/3 the cost of a replacement under their road hazard warranty. However, I was very displeased that I had to spend any money to replace a tire that should not have failed. I contacted Continental Tire (they own General Tire) and asked them to cover my cost of the replacement tire. They simply told me that they don't a provide a road hazard warranty on their tires and refused to do anything about it.