The All-New 2016 Mazda MX-5 Tested on Our Track

As a longtime owner of a first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, I have been very excited about the upcoming 2016 model. The new 2016 MX-5 is often referred to by its production code "ND" in the automotive community as opposed to the previous generation 2006-2015 model's production code of "NC". The design of the new generation MX-5 has been impressing drivers...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ102

I went with these tires for my FRS in an attempt to maintain the fun factor. I had gone with the Dunlop Z2's or Hankook RS3's on my more powerful 240sx and loved them. However with only 200hp on tap I wanted a less grippy tire to make sure I could still slide around if I wanted. I put these tires through 3 autocross events and a track day at Watkins Glen and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec

I picked up the first set sold by TR. They replaced my Z1 Star Specs that handled a dozen high speed auto-x and 4 DEs, along with 2000 street miles. Loved them and they would still be with me but I managed to cord a shoulder at Heartland Park. Only one auto-x on the new skins and I'm not disappointed. Strong grip and crisp turn-in on my set-up BMW E30 325is....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

BLUF: I think these tires are awesome. The OEM Continental Sport Contact 3s got a flat; and also were wearing a little weird too at around 20k. So I told the wife since I was deployed to get them replaced with these (new for 2013) Michelin Pilot Sport AS/3s. Since I was away from home I had her send me some pics of them mounted and I was happy with how they...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO

I purchased these tires used from a friend who is a very reputable auto mechanic. I didn't know whether they would be very good to run in the winter as the tread was down to only about 25%. However after going through one of the worst winters here in Wisconsin. I was very surprised how well they performed. I would have preferred more tread but they pulled me...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

My car came oem equipped with 225/50/17 tires. To give my car a better 'stance', I up'd the tires size to a 55 series so the 'fender-to-tire' distance wouldn't be so large. In doing so, the Optimo727 was my pick of choice since it was a well rated cheap tire that had good wear numbers. Boy am I glad I did! The factory Michelin tires couldn't even start to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar

WOW... WOW... 1 more...WOW !!! Just got them yesterday (33/12.5/15's/Kevlar) & they have passed every test w/flying colors... Replaced the Old-Tread w/the new Kevlar & could not be happyer, We could hardly hear them at all @ 75 mph on the Hwy ... Had a Monsoon in the afternoon & went for a Test-Ripp... Great over standing water on road... Than we went to the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Just installed these yesterday so this is an initial review. I'm recently retired from the tire and auto service business so you can bet I'm pretty picky about tires. These Primacy MXM4's replaced a set of HX MXM4's that had given good service. I found a great installer through Tire Rack that had a Hunter road force balancer and a clean, modern shop. The new...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

These tires will make you think you bought a new car! Difficult to compare to other tires...these tires are in a class all by themselves! They are so quiet as to be almost unbelievable! You will hear your cell phone now easily even at highway speeds. It has very good ratings too for dry AND wet traction. No...it is not a serious competitor for auto-cross...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Review is for front (255/45ZR17 Continental ExtremeContact DW) and rear (285/40ZR17 Continental ExtremeContact DW) This is one of those cases where I immediately noticed a huge difference in ride, sound, responsiveness.... everything. Granted, the tires I had on the car before were passed their prime and weren't that great to begin with, but it felt like I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

I have always prefered a Michelin tire, and have had great service from them over the years. The prices are high, and I have wondered if part of that is paying for the name? A few years ago, we purchased a new truck with General tires on it, and the tires performed flawlessly. In fact those 11 year-old Generals were are currently on a farm trailer, and show...  Read More

Do You Have the Three Tools Needed to Remove Your Wheels and Tires?

There are many cases where it can be useful to remove your wheels and tires yourself.¬† Installing your new Tire & Wheel Package from Tire Rack Performing your annual change over from your winter wheel/tire set-up to your summer wheel/tire set-up or visa versa Changing brake pads, brake rotors or brake lines Inspecting or maintaining axle hubs Rotating your ti...  Read More

255/45R20 Tires on the Front of a Dodge Challenger SRT8

The Dodge Challenger SRT8 is the epitome of the new age American muscle car. A massive HEMI V8 and performance-tuned suspension make the Challenger a top choice among auto buyers looking for vintage-inspired good looks. There are two versions when it comes to the tire¬†packages offered on the Challenger SRT8.¬†Typically, if you're in a region that sees...  Read More

Anti-Roll Bars for the Street and Track are Available at Tire Rack

The anti-roll bar, also called an anti-sway bar, connects the left and right suspensions together and anchors to the vehicle frame. Typically used at the front and rear of the vehicle, the anti-roll bar is commonly used to adjust the handling balance of the vehicle and limit the amount of sway or body roll during cornering. In essence, an anti-roll bar works...  Read More

BFGoodrich g-Force Rival: First Test and Impressions

Last week, a few fellow Tire Rack sales specialists and I had the opportunity to test the new BFGoodrich g-Force Rival at its official release. The event was held at NOLA Motorsports Park outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. Testing involved low-speed and high-speed autocross, as well as open track testing on a road course. While we haven't received the tire...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

After 39750 miles on the OEM Pirelli P-0 that came on my Camaro when I bought it. My son said,Dad stick with what you know,great tread life,handling,ride. Because after reading reviews of other tires and brands,some newer, some cheaper, Pirelli is what I came back to. Quiet! Most of the reviews of other tires said they were noisey. Not These! I would also...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

Ive used these tires on my M3 for the past year. Lots of spirited driving, 2 autocross schools, one where it was dual driven (about 100 runs just that day.) 6 autoX events where I won class 3 times.I did have one event that was very odd. Everyone running these tires that day (about 6 of us) all had the same issue with no grip what so ever. It was sunny and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KR21

Had the KR21s on a year. Bought these on price and the treadwear number. The wife put 42K on our new '08 Santa Fe in the first year and the factory Brigestones were junk (little tread remaining, max noise and no traction) by then. The KR 21s were a world apart! Smooth quiet ride, very good wet & dry traction, suprising winter traction too. Had NO PROBLEM...  Read More

Keep Your Fusion Moving Even When It's Freezing: Winter / Snow Tires for the New Ford Fusion

Although it's no DB5, the new 2013 Ford Fusion sure has a luxury vibe. Initial reports from the automotive press indicate this vehicle performs as well as it looks. Have you just picked up a 2013 Ford Fusion? In addition to its styling and performance, I'm sure you're impressed with the Fusion's safety features. In a collision, your Fusion protects...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L

Purchased this tire in 2004 and still would have had enough tread on them to make it though another winter had I now had an suspension problem that made the fronts wear quicker than they should have. (Changed auto service shop due to old one closing, and the new one wasn't very good at noting such things. :( )Wanted to find. something comparable to replace...  Read More