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 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.

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Hurst Brings Back a Classic With the Dazzler

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Throughout the sixties and seventies, Hurst built a reputation for durability and performance among muscle car and racing enthusiasts. Best known for their aftermarket shifters, Hurst also had a hand in building special versions of production vehicles including the Pontiac GTO, Oldsmobile 442 and most recently, the current generation of Dodge Challengers and Chevrolet Camaros that feature special edition Hurst wheels. Hurst released the Dazzler (a version of these special wheels) in a machined with black accent and machined with gold accent finish. The Dazzler is available in a small range of 15", 17" and 20" sizes.

The 15" sizes are intended for use on:

  • Dodge Challenger
  • Chevrolet Chevelle
  • Chevrolet Nova
  • Chevrolet Monte Carlo (1980's era)

The 17" sizes are intended for use on:

  • F-Body Pontiac Firebird and Trans Am
  • F-Body Chevrolet Camaro
  • Fox-Body Ford Mustang

The 20" sizes are intended for use on modern muscle coupes and sedans similar to:

  • Pontiac G8
  • Chrysler 300
  • Dodge Charger
  • Dodge Magnum 
  • Ford Mustang

(Photo of my Pontiac G8 GT with 20" Dazzler wheels)
 

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

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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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 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.

 

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!

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


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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.

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 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 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2009 Chrysler Town and Country
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Sleepy Hollow, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2013

I put these on my wifes van. She uses this for work and vacations. Last year in Chicago we had a couple of 6" plus snowa and a few lighter snowa. These tires were awesome in the snow. Felt like I had awd. On icy roads the Blizzaks are much better confidence around corners over an all season tire. I highly recomend buying a set of snow tires for winter. They even made my brothers 2013 Mustang GT with a manual better in snow than most front wheel drive cars. My wife thanks me every time it snows!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Mobile, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2012

I bought these tires last week to replace GoodYear F1 (steel belted showing). I bought this car a couple of months ago. The F1 was at the end of their life, so I can't comment on those. The Continental traction is great for everyday driving and accelerating. Handling is awesome even on wet roads. I can't comment on snow because we rarely get snow. It is probably in the 40's now and I raced a Trans Am red light to red light, easily taking him. The traction was great if you don't dump the clutch or drop the hammer. 540 HP at the wheel and something it gotta give. The second round with the Trans Am. I come to a stop because of traffic and he changes lanes. So he gets the jump coming around me. So I dump the clutch and drop the hammer. My brand new Continental extreme contact start spinning, the back end start fish tailing and then it hooks up and lauches me. These are great all around tires for everyday driving. I'm not a track driver but I enjoy the occasional street race. It is evident to me that I require two set of tires. These for everyday travel and a set for road racing. I will look to purchase a set of 555's and rimes for the rear. The supercharger is a beast and so far nothing has fully hooked up. If it ever does this thing will lauch into outer space. I have a stock set of SVT rimes, so no one carries a road racing tire in 19in rimes. I hope this helps your choice on purchasing these tires. Tire Rack purchase was flawless. I highly recommend tire rack and I search for two weeks on line before purchasing my tires from tire rack. Several places advertise no shipping but when you compare prices that is a false statement. My tires arrived in two days with standard shipping. These guys are awesome, even the local tire dealers recommend tire rack. They can't come close to touching these prices.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, January 14, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2007 Ford Mustang GT
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
December 31, 2012

Let me start off by saying that I purchased these tires solely to quieten down the noise level on the highway. What I was not expecting is the mind blowing amount of straight line grip. My car is modified, and nearing the end of my previous tires life (BFG KDW) I would encounter wheel spin in 3rd gear (in cold temperatures). With the Continental DW's on, I can balls-to-the-wall launch the car wide open from a stop. They hook every time, even in cold temperatures. I am not exaggerating, these have to break some laws of physics or something. I have never experienced a tire grabbing the road this aggressively when the pavement is cold. I haven't tested out the braking ability yet, but I suspect it will be face-warping.

As for agressive cornering, I must say my KDW's were better when they still had tread. These Continental's still corner very well, however the softer sidewall is evident. I can feel a bit more tire rollover in tighter corners. It's really not too bad though, and it's certainly not a deal killer for me.

Anyway, back to ride comfort. Umm, it's excellent. These tires take pot holes like a CHAMP. Rough roads are no longer rough. A significantly less amount of road vibrations make it into the cabin. I also immediately noticed how much more responsive and "lively" the steering feels in everyday low-speed maneuvers. The steering wheel feels much lighter when turning around town compared to my previous KDW's. The ride comfort as a whole is very much improved. I would highly recommend them. Providing the tread doesn't wear out too soon, I would definitely buy another set.

 

Hurst Gives Your New Mustang or Camaro That Old School Look with the Shaker

Friday, December 28, 2012 by Doc Horvath

Ever since Detroit restarted the muscle car war with the new Camaro and Mustang, many people have looked to give these vehicles a retro look with classic five-spoke wheels. In an effort to mix old school looks with modern finishes, Hurst has introduced the Shaker in 20" staggered width fitments for both vehicles. The wheel is also a fit for the following applications:

  • Pontiac G8
  • Chrysler 300
  • Dodge Charger
  • Dodge Magnum
Hurst Shaker
Hurst Shaker
Hurst Shaker
Hurst Shaker


Shaker wheels retain the classic five-spoke design with an innovative design that allows the owner to use either black or gold inserts in the center of the spokes to personalize the application. The inner barrel and sides of the spokes are painted black and clearcoated to hide brake dust, while the edges of the spokes are machined to expose brushed aluminum underneath for contrast. Available in both 20x8.5 and 20x10 sizes, the Shaker wheel is perfect for either a square set-up with the 8.5" wide wheel on all four corners or a mix of the two widths to put the wider tires and wheels on the back axle only. 

To see if the Shaker is a fit your vehicle, visit our Upgrade Garage.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2012 Ford Mustang Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Hamilton - Steel Town, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2012

My 2012 Mustang V6 is equipped with 235/50/18 all season tires. I was sure that installing a narrower 225/60/17 and higher profile snow tire would result in the typically squirmy and soft performance which many poorly constructed snow tires are afflicted with. I can confirm what several reviewers have claimed about dry performance, and after a few days of spirited city/highway driving, I am amazed that I can barely tell the difference from my higher performance Pirelli Pzero All seasons, and the xi3 tires.

I will be in no rush for winter to end as I've been in the past. Will update once I test in the snow. I considered higher performance snows such as the Aline series but I'm glad that I've gone this route, knowing I have a tire that can actually handle snowy/icy conditions. I have no experience with the Alpines, but the common criticism is that they do not perform much better than stand all season tires in bad conditions. That is a deal breaker for this beaver loving Canuck!

If you drive a sport coupe and are worried about driving in dry conditions, don't be. Similarly if you get some snow during the winter, consider passing on the tires marketed as "performance", and get a tire which can keep you safe!

I purchased the xi3 tires with the Elbrus I02 silver painted wheels and they look really great!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-SeasonReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Pelham, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
October 23, 2012

'13 GT (brembo / track pack) Car came with PZero summer only, which worked tremendously as long as temp is above 50F. No plans to drive car in any snow however in NH we have quite a few days in the fall and spring that are obviously below 50. Wasn't ready to "park it" for the winter so ordered these with a set of ford track pack wheels.

Steering and handling - no noticeable change. Progressive break-away, recover nicely as well. Steering response / turn in just as immediate as the PZeros. Does provide a bit more feedback information through wheel (mostly because of stiffer sidewalls)

Braking - Under hard braking tire does induce more ABS action however still can generate similar braking #s. Wet road braking is probably better than PZeros

Ride / Comfort - Do ride stiffer than the PZeros. Road noise is lower. No change in tracking for car

Wet traction is great; equal to PZero. Zero issue with hydro-planning.

Dry traction is more than adequate but not nearly the bite that PZeros have (provided it was 50 degrees out). My best 0-60 time on Pzero was 4.2 with these it's 4.5 (according to onboard track app)

Overall = Good looking tire, tremendous in wet conditions, rides very quiet. Ride is stiffer and dry-road traction is 90% as good as summer only tires.

Tire-Rack Service : Ordered tires at 3:00pm on monday afternoon. Had them on my car by 10AM tuesday (next day). Wheel balance is spot-on.. no shakes or vibrations on speeds fast enough for a few week stint in the pokey ;)