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

Monday, April 21, 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.


Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with KevlarReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Saint David, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
August 05, 2009

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 local wash & my 98 GRAND CHEROKEE (ZJ) 5.2 AWD/Auto has never went up that stuff as easy before... They "Dig" & "Float" over the softest sand... Than we headed for the MUD...WOW !!! I thought the old MT/Rs did good, @ 20 lbs, but the "New Tread" @ 36 lbs is WAY BETTER... I hardly hit the skinny-pedal & they were "Flinging" & they track fantaitic, No "Drift" in 6 to 12++ inches of "Sloppy Mud" (That same mud filled the old tread to the point of no control & my JEEP would go where it wanted) We had total control... I would guess with the "Extra Tread" down the center of the tire these will last about 3X longer or more than the old tread... We have 1 more test left for today, "Aired Down" on the "Rocks" (Witch is where we spend most of our WHEELIN time) & if they handle the rocks like the old tread I know I will be very pleased... (I will up-date when we get back if I can) As acting VP. of the local Off-Road club, I will tell everyone I know that these are "The Ones" to buy if they are in need of "New Shoes" for ANY of thier rig's...WOW !!!



...M... VP. S.P.O.R.A.

www.sanpedrooffroad.com

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

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.

Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2007 Lexus LS460
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Austin, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

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 tires all had the same manufacturing date of the 49th week of 2013 from a US plant. Fresh tires indeed!

I was pleasantly surprised by how well these tires balanced out. Road force variation was extremely low. One of them took no balance weight at all, the others only needed minimal weight ( 15, 25 and 35 grams total). This speaks well of the tire quality and the quality of the original equipment Lexus wheels.

The new tires drove perfectly. Absolutely zero vibration, shimmy or directional pulling. That is real important to me. I was the go-to guy for ride and alignment complaints at work. Sure glad I don't have to deal with it on these tires. I replace my own tires at about 5/32" so the old HX MXM4's were in their dry road handling prime. The new Primacy's at full tread depth don't feel quite as grippy or responsive but they are so quiet on textured surfaces and so smooth over surface imperfections that the trade-off is well worth it. I'm sure grip and responsiveness will improve with a bit of wear and scrubbing in. Overall this is an outstanding tire for this car.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2001 Lexus GS430
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Miles driven on tires: 50
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2013

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 competition as the sidewalls are not that stiff, but the ride is ever so sweet, and low rolling friction to boot! Yes it is definitely stable at highway speeds, requiring almost no steering corrections..it knows how to go down the road effortlessly!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

1995 Chevrolet Corvette
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Suwanee, GA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

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 was driving a brand new car. They are considerably quieter. I've only driven once or twice in rainy conditions, since having them installed, but it seemed to me that these tires are very good in the water. Cornering is like being on rails. Steering is much more responsive, and the wheel is much lighter in my hands. They don't look bad either.
TireRack - I ordered the tires on Monday and they were delivered to the shop on Tuesday. No issues whatsoever. I think that could be because there may be a distribution center south of Atlanta. The shop (Wayne's Auto) I go to has done business with Tirerack before and they were surprised how quickly they arrived too.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2007 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Bryson City, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 07, 2013

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 no signs of dry rot, or other problems. After much thought, I decided to give these Generals a try. These tires are very quiet and smooth. They have great resistance to hydroplaning, which is a feature that I like a lot. The tires are not great in the snow, but than a V-8 powered RWD car is not so great in the snow either. I have a designated AWD winter vehicle, so winter traction does not matter to me. We live in the mountains with lots of winding roads, and tires get punished around here. I have the car set up with a stiff aftermarket suspension, so it rides harsh and corners like a sports car. The car no longer handles like a traditional Crown Victoria. Infact this car has seen an AutoCross track more then once... The OE tires where very soft and the car had a tendency to oversteer with them on it. These tires take the curves very well. So far they have passed the test. I plan to purchase three more sets, one for my wife's Crown Vic, and two sets for our two vintage Pontiac Trans AM show cars. For the price, nothing else compares. General seems to have hit the mark!

 

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by Gary Stanley

There are many cases where it can be useful to remove your wheels and tires yourself. 

Regardless of the reason, there are three essential tools that'll make removing your wheels from your vehicle a safe and easy process.

 Tire Rack Aluminum Service Jack and Jack Stand Set
Tire Rack Aluminum Service Jack and Jack Stand Set


1. Lug wrench - Gorilla's Extendable Lug Wrench Set is perfect for the job. The handle smoothly extends and locks to give you the extra torque you need to break those lugs free and loosen them.

2. Floor jack - The wheel and tire need to be off of the ground before you have a chance of getting them off of the vehicle! A floor jack makes lifting the one corner of the vehicle as easy as pumping a lever. We offer a lightweight aluminum floor jack that will be a great addition to your garage.

3. Jack stands - Once you have the wheel up in the air, use a jack stand to secure the vehicle in its raised position. Using solid jack stands is an important safety measure to have in place in case your floor jack fails or is inadvertently knocked out of place. Purchase a sturdy set from your local hardware or auto parts store, or you can purchase them as a floor jack and stands combination (picture shown above).

You can save money and learn more about your vehicle by performing simple vehicle maintenance yourself.

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

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

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 winter weather, the Challenger comes with the 245/45ZR20 Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires on all four corners. If you're in a warmer climate or opted for the performance tires, the Challenger SRT8 would have come with 245/45ZR20 front and 255/45ZR20 rear Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar Max Performance Summer tires.

 Goodyear Eagle RS-A
Goodyear Eagle RS-A
 Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar
Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar


Since the Challenger SRT8 with Max Performance Summer tires are staggered larger in the rear than in the front, you lose the ability to rotate the tires front-to-back. Although the tires are staggered, the wheels are not and the same 20x9 wheel is used at all four corners.

I have had many Challenger SRT8 owners using the factory Dodge 20x9 wheels with Max Performance Summer tires switch to 255/45R20 in the front. Now that the 255/45R20 tire is used at all four corners, you can have the best of both worlds: wide performance tires and the ability to rotate tires from front-to-back to gain overall treadlife and more even tire wear.

Shop by tire size 255/45R20 to view the options available and reap the benefits of being able to rotate your tires.

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

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 as a torsion spring, so as you approach a high speed corner, the vehicle will begin to lean downward toward the outside corner pushing upward on the outside end of the anti-roll bar. The upward movement of the outside end of the anti-roll bar is transferred to the inside end of the anti-roll bar, which responds by also applying the same upward movement to the inside cornering of the suspension. This compresses the inside corner of the suspension while also providing torsion to the anti-roll bar so the outside edge can better resist the upward movement. All this results in a vehicle that'll remain level even while making high-speed corners and keep traction more equal for the inside and outside tires.  

Whether you're looking to increase performance on your daily driver or looking to have the ultimate autocross/road race machine, we offer a wide array of anti-roll bar products

 Eibach Anti-Roll Kit
Eibach Anti-Roll Kit
 H&R Anti-Roll Bar
H&R Anti-Roll Bar
 Hotchkis Sport Anti-Roll Bar
Hotchkis Sport Anti-Roll Bar


Performance Street Anti-Roll Bars:

Eibach Anti-Roll Kit:

  • Further reduces body roll
  • Cold-formed from high strength aircraft grade steel
  • Designed to fit without vehicle modification

H&R Anti-Roll Bar:

  • Perfectly complements H&R springs, coil-overs, performance shocks and cup kits
  • Crafted from spring steel that is stronger, more resilient than other materials
  • Bent on proprietary machines designed by H&R to produce complex curves and a perfect fit

Hotchkis Sport Anti-Roll Bars:

  • Improves handling while reducing body roll
  • Designed for the everyday commuter and occasional road course or track use
  • Includes tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
 Hotchkis AutoX Anti-Roll Bar
Hotchkis AutoX Anti-Roll Bar
 Hotchkis Competiton Anti-Roll Bars
Hotchkis Competition Anti-Roll Bars


Autocross/Track Anti-Roll Bars:

Hotchkis Sport Suspension AutoX Anti-Roll Bar:

  • Improves handling and reduces body roll
  • Track-tested, lightweight, hollow
  • Includes greasable bushings and brackets

Hotchkis Competition Anti-Roll Bars:

  • Designed for the highly competitive road course and autocross course
  • Maximizes tire performance and achieves slight oversteer
  • Tubular front and rear bars with greasable polyurethane bushings, brackets and 90-degree zerk fittings (where applicable)

Shop by vehicle to view all anti-roll bars offered for your daily driver, autocross or road race vehicle. Also, take a look at replacement shocks and struts to complement your new anti-roll bars by reading, "Which Bilstein Replacement Shock or Strut is Best for Your Vehicle?"

BFGoodrich g-Force Rival: First Test and Impressions

Monday, January 28, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

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 in stock (along with freezing temperatures in Indiana) to complete a full test on our track, my initial impressions were very favorable. It was composed, stable under lateral cornering load and had the grip level expected of an Extreme Performance Summer tire.

The tire was also very quick to respond to changes in steering input and extremely stable under high speed braking. After my brief time with the tire, it looks to be a front runner this year in its category. We were impressed with how well the g-Force Rival fared against its competitors while in New Orleans. 

Pre-orders have now begun for this new tire, which will debut with 15 sizes with rim dimensions ranging between 15 and 20 inches and 205 and 335 section widths. Per BFGoodrich, "The tire will help BFGoodrich target a growing market of drivers seeking extreme performance tires which are versatile enough to be used in auto-cross and track-day events then driven home. The tires have a 200 UTQG Rating (Uniform Tire Quality Grade) which allows them to be used in racing where drivers must compete on 140+ UTQG tires."

If you're in the market for a solid track-ready tire that is still street friendly, give the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival a close look. They are scheduled to ship this coming month for many sizes. Place your order today! 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2011 Chevrolet Camaro LT
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Miles driven on tires: 39,750
Location: Florence, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 39,750 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2013

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 like to tell you about my Wonderfully easy experience with buying tires from Tirerack.com and having them installed at my local SEARS Auto Center in Burlington New Jersey. Ordered on Thursday night,they got to SEARS Monday morning, I stopped by, they had me bring the car right in. One hour later, BAM, new tires, installed for $14 each. EASY!! That's what I say about Tirerack.com and SEARS!!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

Monday, January 14, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus R-S3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

1987 BMW M3
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Napa, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2013

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 about 70 degrees yet it was like driving on ice. Myself, both drivers in a 240Z, a couple people in EVOs and I think someone in an STi all had the same issue that day finishing well down in our respective classes.

In the rain when the tires were new I couldn't break the back end of the car loose no matter what I did. It wasn't till I was autocrossing in the rain after the tires had 14K miles on them that I managed to spin the car for the first time.

Overall I'm very impressed by these tires and will buy another set.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KR21

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KR21Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
July 08, 2010

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 handling the big snow storm in Dec '09 that hit the Interstate(s) 64, 81, 66 area in Virginia & West Virginia. Seemed like everyone pulled off the road... we kept going right through it and even crossed WV on US 50. It looked like we were the only 2wd I saw moving all day. But I don't credit just the tires; some was my experience and some credit goes to Hyundai.

At 30k on the KR21s started to get a little vibration above 70mph. Rebalanced on the next rotation and NO MORE vibration! 35K Right now and the KR21s are measuring 50% tread from when my UPS guy dropped them at my door. I [faithfully] rotate every 5k and measure tread deapth across all tread grooves in two (2) places on every tire. I use those masurement results to adjust the air pressure as needed to ensure even wear across the tire. I don't go to tire shops--I mounted them, balanced them and do all my own work since the nearby military base has a fully equipped auto hobby shop that I can use.

I've (wife and I) have worn out lots of tires (all brands) over the last 30+ years and these KR21s are now starting to look better than any we've ever owned. The paperwork that came with them said they were rated at 85K for mileage. I doubt we get that because I don't run tires down to 2/32nds (the wear bars.) I start shopping 'bout 5/32s and buy around 4/32s. I'll get 60K and be a very happy camper!

It's a shame an American company can't produce someting like this--at this price point. Unless they pull a rabbit out of their hat(s)... I'll likely hit-up TR for another set of KR21s next summer... or sooner if the wife doesn't let-up on the mileage.

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

Monday, December 10, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

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 your family with airbags in the front, side and also at knee level. If you live in an area that experiences harsh winter conditions, four dedicated winter / snow tires will give you the traction, confidence and safe feeling you need to handle roads covered in snow and ice.

Winter / Snow Tire Sizes

The Fusion's Original Equipment tire comes in one of the following sizes: 215/60R16, 235/50R17, 235/45R18 or 235/40R19. With a curb weight of 3,615 lbs. (2.5 liter Auto S), most Fusion drivers are best served by a 215/60R16 tire size. 215/60R16 is narrow enough to cut through moderate and deep snow, but wide enough for packed snow, ice and dry roads.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Ford uses the valve stem direct TPMS system, which you can purchase sensors for $32 per wheel. Your Fusion won't automatically learn the new sensor codes, therefore a Ford dealer will have to initialize them as you switch back and forth between your winter and all-season/summer tires. Are you installing the wheels and sensors yourself? Then the the optional Ford TPMS Triggering Tool is really a must as it allows you to initialize the sensors.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package (Steel Wheel)

While it's a close decision, I prefer 215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Studless Ice & Snow tires on 16x6.5 50mm offset steel wheels at $860* plus shipping.

215/60-16 Michelin X-ICE Xi3 Studless Ice and Snow
215/60-16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
$125*
16x6.5 50ET Black Painted Steel Wheel $58*
16x6.5 50ET Black Painted
Steel Wheel $58*


Winter/ Snow Tire & Wheel Package (Alloy Wheel)

For those who prefer a little more style for winter, I'd recommend the 16x7.5 5-108 48mm ET silver painted Sport Edition SE-16 on the same 215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 at $1064* plus shipping.

215/60-16 Michelin X-ICE Xi3 Studless Ice and Snow
215/60-16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
$125*
16x7.5 48ET Silver Painted Sport Edition SE-16 $109*
16x7.5 48ET Silver Painted Sport Edition
SE-16 $109*


With the weather changing, be ready by creating your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today.

*Prices subject to change

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L

Tuesday, December 4, 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.


Bridgestone Dueler H/LReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27

1998 Oldsmobile Bravada
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Miles driven on tires: 14,500
Location: Severn, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 14,500 Miles on Tires
October 03, 2012

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 these with when I get my suspension fixed, but these are no longer available. Only hope the next set of whatever will be half as good as these were.

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

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.00
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe with 5 Lug Wheels
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Port Orchard, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
September 22, 2012

For what its worth some thoughts on my 4th set of tires for the Cobalt SS/tc the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All Seasons:

Cornering wet or dry it infinitely better than the Continental Extreme Contact DWS

Similar dry launching compared the immediately outgoing ContiSportContact2 when they were new and slightly better than the Eagle GT memory in this cold of conditions

Much nicer, smoother break of traction taking off wet, shorter loss with similar throttle input vs any of the aforementioned and very sweet resync with the road. Understersteers less with more throttle input or fast through a corner wet or dry very smooth, predictable, and responsive action.

Measured by car accelerometer and on the phone's it's holding similar lateral g level wet and dry through very commonly driven corners for me to the CSC dry and superior to everything else wet.

Very relaxed feel in comparison to the Eagle GT and CSC2 at low speed, similar to the ExtremeCOntactDWS but with much better precision at low speed, at higher speeds (60+ and only took it to 90 twice today) this tire retains the granularity of steering input control of the CSC2 at every point of its life (one of many reasons why I love it and recommend it to anyone not regularly autoXing or "tracking" it) with the relaxed personality of the DWS. The Eagle GT falls somewhere in the middle in this regard

does not bump steer nearly as bad as the conti's and superior to the Eagle GT. Best tires I have had yet on this car in that sense.

That sums up what I gathered in 50 miles. Haven't even worn off the mold break compound.... I think I am gonna love the next 45K all season miles

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6

2011 BMW 335i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
June 15, 2012

One thing I didn't realize about my 335 was that I'd be changing the rear tires every 15K. Then I was even more scared when I realized that the stock Brigestone Potenza RFT's were 860 bucks for two tires. I started researching and found a bunch of tires that were non run flats that were much cheaper. Great! Then I found some that people love to AutoX with and were only 200 bucks a piece! Awesome! I autox from time to time and was stoked. I debated on the whole run flat thing, but the consensus among anyone that knows anything is that run flats ----. So I jumped. I put the Hankook Ventus V12's on.

I was pumped, it was supposed to be a superior sticky AutoX tire that was quieter and softer for 50% the cost. WOW. So I started driving on my new tires. Definitely quieter. Definitely good grip. Pulled on to the highway. All of a sudden the car starts tramming hard. Then the back end starts flapping in the wind like I had marshmellows on the back. They were terrible. I had no idea how anyone under the age of 65 liked those tires. Horrible. I was then told that nothing will suit my fancy other than run flats if I wanted that stiff responsiveness. So I researched and found these guys.

What a difference. Better performance than runflats, quieter, grippier, excellent steering response and cheaper. Not by much, but cheaper. A definite no brainer. Best tire for the money.

A 2012 Street Tire Auto-X Favorite: Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Although the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec's name is a bit taxing, its popularity and test results have been quite clear. As one of the top Extreme Performance Summer tires, the Z1 Star Spec has been a hit among drivers looking to be competitive in street tire racing classes which demand a treadwear of 140 or higher.

It seems that the creation of a new class, dubbed Street Mod Street or SMS for short in SCCA's SOLO II category, has added to the Dunlop's popularity. This class allows drivers of highly modified vehicles to use the Star Spec as a more cost-effective alternative to R-compound tires. Where as before in Street Modified, the only way to be truly competitive was to run a low tread depth tire (2-4/32") and extremely soft compound (Hoosier A6). Now drivers can enjoy tires that can be driven to the event, wear much longer and are easier on the budget -- all while staying class competitive.

Recently, I went to a SCCA event in Fort Wayne, Indiana and counted approximately 15 cars using this tire. The types of cars varied greatly and included the SMS class winner in a well-prepared Acura Integra, as well as two newer body style Mustang GTs, an E46 BMW M3 and a handful of Miatas. Given the large amount of available sizes ranging from 14-18", the tire's low price point and phenomenal track times, I can't say that I was surprised at what I saw.

If you're looking to outfit your sports car, sports sedan or grassroots racer with a competitive street tire, then watch "Testing the New Extremes of Extreme Performance Summer Tires" and see how this tire can help you enjoy driving more.

Installation is Even Easier!

Thursday, March 15, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Concerned about where to have your new tires installed? No worries, we have an extensive list of Recommended Installers who are ready to handle your installation needs at a great price. Also, this list just got quite a bit larger! 
 

We are pleased to announce that all 800+ Sears Auto Center locations have joined our Recommended Installer program as of February 1, 2012.

This addition represents the first time we'll have an installer group strategically located within mainstream shopping destinations, as Sears Auto Center locations are directly connected to shopping malls. These new locations to our program will add to the convenience of getting your tires installed, but also help you pass the time with many stores and shops near Sears Auto Centers. 
 

Not only will these new locations be convenient, but they also offer a very competitive price. To see prices, view the chart below. Note that the "Series" of the tire is the second part of the tire's size. For example, a 205/65R15 is a 65 Series tire. More information on sidewall aspect ratio can be found by reading "Tire Size Guide."

  • 60 Series and up        $12.00
  • 50-55 Series               $12.00
  • 40-45 Series               $15.00
  • 35 Series and lower    $19.00

We have also added an enhanced map feature showing the locations of each installer along with the corresponding number of where they rank in the listing based on ratings and distance. Also, you can link directly to MapQuest for exact directions to the installer’s location. This new feature will help ensure that the installer you choose is close to your home or office.

 
 

 

 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Wednesday, March 7, 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.

Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2009 Audi TTS 2.0T Quattro Roadster
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Laguna Niguel, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2012

Great tire - I have a long commute and was looking for a tire that had high performance characteristics but with a bit more mileage since I tend to accumulate miles quickly on this car.. Nice compromise. Handling sharpness and steering response is a step down from the oem conti sport contact 3's that came on this car when new. However, these are super quiet, smooth, handle rain very well, and have barely worn 10000 miles in.. I probably wouldn't like these if i auto crossed this car - but for a fun commuter, these are perfect..

 

How to Get Your New Tires Installed

Friday, March 2, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis

We offer many options when it comes to shipping destinations. Many customers prefer to receive their order at home so they can take their tires to an installation facility. We are able to ship to your place of work, home or alternate address. There's also the option of shipping directly to your local garage.
 

If you don't have a garage in mind, be sure to find one of our independent Recommended Installers near you. We've carefully screened each facility to ensure they have the right equipment and experience to satisfactorily serve our customers. In fact, to become a Recommended Installer a company must:

  • Use proper mounting and balancing equipment including touchless or rim clamp, European-style tire changers and high-speed computer spin balancers.
  • Employ properly trained technicians capable of safely performing damage-free installations.
  • Be an automotive business that can offer additional services to customers (alignments, complete repairs, auto detailing, etc.)
  • Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack's customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.

Only after these criteria are met is a company approved to be a Recommended Installer for Tire Rack. So go ahead and find one near you.