Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 7,500
Location: Kansas City, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2013

I bought Blizzaks for my Mustang GT because it's my daily driver and my only car. I didn't want to have to worry every time I left the house about the weather and whether I'd be able to make it home or not in the winter around here (midwest). I've had them on my car for two winters now, and they are every bit as great as I expected. The traction, handling and braking in snow is remarkably good for a sports car. Starts on a hill, on hard packed snow/ice, etc. are all manageable even with 412 horses trying to spin the rear tires (though I would still recommend having sandbags in the trunk for weight). I don't fear driving in winter, which is what I needed. Bonus: the tires seem to be wearing very nicely as well. I expect to get 2-3 more winters out of them minimum and eventually have to replace due to age rather than wear.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2002 Ford Mustang GT
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Stormville, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

These tires do it all. Snow within reason but I had a set of Comp TA BF, Noisey, not good traction and melted away. Set of Cooper Zeon, Noisy and melted away. Worst tire I have ever had.

These Conti's lasted 10K more than the other two and are still on the car. Going to try and get 40000 where the other two were garbage at 25k

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, July 5, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2009 Dodge Charger
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Miles driven on tires: 29,000
Location: Newport, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 29,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2013

Awesome Tires, replaced the OEM Goodyear RSA's worst tires for Charges, worn out at 29000, replaced with DWS, night and day difference, great all around tire, great in the snow and ice in a Michigan winter, car felt glued to the road, I put 30,000 them when I traded the car in and could have easily gotten another 25,000 more from them. If you have a Charger, Challenger, 300, Camaro or Mustang and you live in a four season state you need to consider these tires.

 

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 Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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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

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 4,800
Location: Akron, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,800 Miles on Tires
April 09, 2013

OEM on my '13 Mustang GT Premium Convertible. Aquired the car just after the New Year and drove it hard in Jan-Feb on snow and ice. Exceeded my expectations. Now that it is warm again I am finding how great these tires are in the wet and dry. I feel confident in all weather conditions with these tires. Highly recommended! This GT replaced an '08 CTS that was equipped with Continental DWS. I'll take the P Zero Nero over the Conti DWS any day.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Monday, April 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

1998 Ford Mustang Cobra Conv.
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
April 13, 2013

I have a 1998 Mustang Cobra with 280 HP at the rear wheels. I had a set of BFgoodrich g-force sports in 245/45/17 and would spin through 1st and 2nd gear and slide in most hard corners. To be fair, I impacted weight transfer with an Eibach kit that included lowering springs, sway bars etc.(Love the kit) and then I added caster/camber plates and set camber for cornering. That said, the 255/40/17 Potenza RE-11 is a dream come true. Better ride, no wheel spin, no slide in corners. If tread wear isn't a concern (no wear claim or warranty.)Then this is the only tire to consider. I went from years of un certain launches and corners to feeling like a pro behind the wheel. This is the only street tire I will purchase.

 

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
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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!

 

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Akron, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

Amazing Snow and Ice performance out of these OE tires on my '13 Mustang GT. I had a CTS prior to this that I had equipped with Continental DWS high Performance All Season. The Caddy had to be parked if 2 snowflakes fell. I can drive the Mustang GT equipped with thes P Zeros all day in any weather (including light to medium SNOW) !

 

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

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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.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G: 2

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G: 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.62
 
 

2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
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Miles driven on tires: 2,600
Location: Victoria, BC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,600 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2013

On the dry and when they are warmed well they are excellent. NOTE: tire pressure is very important with these - don't rely on a cheap tire gauge. When the correct tire pressure was used the handling improved measurably (3 lbs to hard not good).
Steering response is the best I have ever experienced and would imagine these tires shine on the track as I have not been able to find my personal limits which on my favorite twisties - I have many times with previous tires on different cars.
In the wet I have not found a comfort level yet and will do a follow up after I do ..

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport PS2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2003 Ford Mustang Cobra
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Lynnwood, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 13, 2013

This is the 5th different tire that I have tried for my 2003 Cobra which is upgraded to 500 HP and 600 Ft-Lbs at the rear wheels, so finding a tire that can get going off the line has been a struggle. I can say that OVERALL, these are the best tires I have ever owned, but they are also the most expensive. The responsiveness and ride comfort/noise level are better than the two different Kumho and Goodyears that I have had. The Kumho XS had a bit better traction from a dead stop, but they are softer so that is to be expected. Cornering grip and off the line grip is great for a tire that should last 20,000 miles, however, like the description says, these tires DO NOT WORK WELL IN COLD TEMPS!!! When it is below about 40 to 45 degrees it's like driving in the wet until the tires are warmed up which can take a few miles, and even then the performance is FAR lower than when the temps are above 50 to 60 degrees. Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase, and had I not upgraded the car to a 208 ZO6 Corvette I would have purchased them again. I had put about 10,000 miles on the tires when I sold it and there was about 65% treadlife remaining on the fronts (265-35-18), and about 50% left on the rears (315-30-18), and that is with quite a few smokey take-offs... 20,000 was what I was hoping for and would have gotten there no problem. The only other tires I had for the car that lasted that long was the Kumho XS, which I would rate as a close second, (probably a tie in performance ratings) but I could never get them balanced so there wasn't a shake over 100 mph, and once the treadlife was below 50% they were a bit sketchy in heavy rain, but that is somewhat to be expected for that type of tire.

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64

2001 Ford Mustang
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Findlay, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2013

I bought these tires to replace my all season tires because living in Ohio the weather is strange it will be warm one day then snow and freeze the next day. One day my whole parking lot at apartment complex was covered in ice and my Mustang couldn't even leave the driveway, so I said it's time to try out some winter tires. Since I've bought these it hasn't even snowed once and I'm really anxious to try them out on the ice and snow. I have tested out the dry and wet traction though and you can not tell that they are made for winter only they feel like an all season tire. My car rides smooth I do not hear the tires and they respond at an all season tire rate. So I would definately recommend these tires. From the looks of them on your car you can tell that they are winter tires from the tread pattern.

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All SeasonReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.78

2010 Ford Mustang GT
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Greenville, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

OEM tires for my 19" wheels. Always impressed w/ traction and handling of these tires. Have worn them down to racing slicks at just under 20,000 miles though..but I do like to drive her hard. This is a performance tire. I have no idea how anyone could get much more than 25-30,00 miles out of these tires..and you should not expect to. Tires have always seemed quiet to my expectations. Didn't have any issues w/ hydroplaning until I got to the wear bars. FYI, don't drive your Mustang in the snow much..not fun. I will almost certainly go w/ these tires again. Tire prices have gotten ridiculous, still these are about the best deal out there.

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62

2001 Ford Mustang
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Manassas, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

This is the second set of directional tread tires I have had on this car. The BFG g-force doesn't corner as well as the the Michelins I had previously but these BFGs are a great tire for the price. Driving in 4 inches of snow takes some skill, but then I was told by the BFG these are not winter tires. Very happy with the performace of these tires. Last week I was driving down the Highway and leaving everyone behind, as I kept my speed about 60 nph in the bad snow storm. Guess all those other drivers bought cheap tires. I'm not disappointed with these BFGs. And Yes I have taken them up to over the century mark on the speedometer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.14
 
 

1998 Ford Mustang Cobra
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Miles driven on tires: 225
Location: Tulare, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 225 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2013

I was looking for a tire with decent tread wear that is also quiet. These tirea are definetly quiet! As for tread wear... I won't know for some time, as the time driving this vehicle is very limited.