Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.71

2013 BMW 335i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Crown Point, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
December 13, 2012

I've only had this tire on my car for about 1 month/800 miles. I'm exchanging them for a set of Continental DWS instead. The RE970's have great steering response. The DWS have ok steering response, which gets better with higher PSI.
Why the switch? The 970's are quiet, quieter than the stock Bridgestone summer performance S001 that came on the car.
They are a decent tire but they are directional. My 335i has staggered tires so I can't rotate my tires, but with non directional tires, like the DWS, I can at least swap them left to right, and that made a difference when I had them on a previous 135i.
Also, the RE970's make my 335i's rear end HOP on hard standing start launches.
The worst part of the 970's is their ride. On smooth pavement the ride is excellent, and very quite. But, on moderate to larger bumps or road imperfections these tires 'crash' into bumps and the shock is sent into the cars chassis. I hate that. The stock tires were run flats, which are notorious for having a harsher ride on road imperfections impact. These RE970's feel about the same as RFT's except they aren't RFT's.
On impacts these tires feel heavy, and literally their are. Their weight is about as much as the OEM RFT's. I can see why Tire Rack got a 1mpg decrease with these tires, they are heavy, and more unsprung weight can degrade MPG and performance. I'm surprised these tires received the high praise they did. Granted, steering response is excellent for an all season tire, but ride comfort is not that great. Also, I don't see how the tread on the 970's can be good even in light snow. There seems to be no siping at all and moderate tread. We're not seeing snow reviews and it's becoming clearer that Bridgestone did not improve snow capability. Isn't that why we buy all seasons in the first place? I know I do. I'll give up some steering response for better year round performance, and better ride comfort.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 33,000
Location: Mexico City, DF
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 33,000 Miles on Tires
November 07, 2012

Great cornering ,Michelin MXM4 , in highway up to 120 mph providing an awesome response for dry traction, breaking and smooth cornering, also, I am shocked to see how well they do after hiting many potholes,no issues at all. treadwear is pretty good for a High performance tire, wil probably get 55 to 60,000 miles out of this set of Michelin tires !

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/T 2

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.77

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Sunapee, NH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
November 05, 2012

These Michelins have given great service. There is plenty of tread left and the overall performance is about what you'd expect from Michelin.I have never been disappointed with this brand. I have used them on three of my wife's cars and all have given good value.
On this truck I am primarily looking for good treadwear, low noise and decent wet/snow and dry traction.This tire delivers. Keep an eye on the inflation and rotate them at about 5k miles and they should last a long while. I waited to write this review til I had some time/miles on them and there is still plenty of tread left to get through this and probably next winter.
I replaced 10 ply Goodyear Silent Armor Pros, from a local dealer, that did not go 30k. So trust Tire Rack, (I've bought many winter tires, brake parts and shocks from them), and Michelin.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
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Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: Ogden, UT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
October 25, 2012

These tires are a good match for me.
1) My DWS are not as responsive as the OEM which dulls the Speed3 torque steer and reduces some of the steering corrections (?necessitated by surface bumps?).
2) The Speed3 has little sound isolation, and Tire Racks testing demonstrates that the DWS is the quietest tread on concrete highways which are increasingly prevalent. I found the tread so quiet that concrete road noise is less than engine+wind noise at all speeds!
3) My 2010 Speed3--(my neighbors 2012 feels a little more refined)--has next to no shock absorption; and the DWS is significantly smoother than OEM, but I still my $$$ German cars.
4) Efficiency (combined city highway) immediately improved from 28 to 31 (10%) upon switching
tires and wheels. Rolling resistance and weight are likely the factors (24+21 to 19.1+18). My car definitely feels quicker.
5) The DWS in 1.5 Rocky Mtn Winters have proven very sufficient for me. And they are performance rated for my high speed, high-g driving (when conditions permit) unlike dedicated Winter tires which are faster wearing and less efficient.

I drove the OEM (Dunlop SP Sport 2050) tires 20,000 miles. They had maybe 5,000 miles remaining

when I replaced them.

I would buy DWS for this car again, but in a size (225/45R17) closer to the original. I got 205/55R16 to maximize Winter, mpg, and sidewall. OEM sidewall is so short, a 1" steel plate cut into my and wheels and tires, and a 1" rise to my driveway felt like sledgehammer. I like avoid breaking on off-ramps. 205mm-wide DWS unfortunately have me sliding some at 30 mph on tight turns when the 225mm-wide OEM allowed me 40 mph without any sign of slip. I have slid the rear DWS in many turns, and have squealed the fronts during many starts, not trying to.

OEM tread noise was horrendous when new, and then worsened. Radio vol@ 45 to hear over concrete hwy. Other surfaces were quieter but even on smooth asphalt @75 mph when tires were new, I could barely hear cell phone ...

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.64
 
 

2004 Volvo V70
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Rutland, VT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
October 26, 2012

I was shocked at how good these tire are. I was expecting a low performing tire for the money but found them comparable to tires costing much more. Granted, last winter in VT was a winter that wasnt but we had plenty of slush and ice. I would not hesitate to buy these tires for any vehicle.

 

Seek Out More Curves to Conquer with Bilstein's B12 Pro-Kit

Thursday, October 25, 2012 by Doc Horvath

Looking for a complete lowering spring and damper kit that'll add improved handling without a big sacrifice in comfort? Then take a look at the Bilstein B12 Pro-Kit. By combining Eibach's proven Pro-Kit springs with specially tuned Bilstein shocks and struts in one complete package, you can get the best that both companies have to offer for the following vehicles:

  • Late model C- and E-Class Mercedes-Benz
  • Fifth-generation Volkswagen Golf
  • Fifth-generation VW GTI

In nearly all cases, the use of a lowering spring requires replacement of the Original Equipment struts and shock as the higher spring rates are more than the O.E. units can handle. For best durability, switching to a performance oriented shock with heavy duty components will maximize the performance of the spring and eliminate the chances of premature wear. Eibach went to one of the best in the suspension industry and asked them to design a durable and responsive companion for their Pro-Kit spring.

Key Features & Benefits of Bilstein's B12 Pro-Kit:

  • Professional Cornering System
  • Lowers up to 40mm
  • Bilstein monotube gas pressure technology
  • Eibach Pro-Kit application-specific progressive rate performance springs

To see if the Bilstein B12 Pro-Kit could improve your vehicle's performance, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

Monday, October 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.93

2002 Ford F150 SupCab 4wd King
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Centreville, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
October 04, 2012

On the advice of several friends who run them, I purchased a set of these tires 285-70R-17 for my 2002 Ford 150. The above ratings are based on my experience these tires at 50,000 miles and with a variety of other AT and Mud Tires.

Folks these are rocks star mud tires that can handle highway driving without being too obnoxious. They are not formula 1 tires but they are predictable on-road...I have no complaints regarding their on-road performance.
Off-road is where they shine... On at least 3 occasions, I have driven across fields, stopped and backed up to other trucks that were stuck before putting my truck in 4wd and pulling them out. (Yes I was showing off and yes I couldn't resist coating their trucks in a rooster tail of mud... at least one of these trucks now runs the same tires.) I have driven thru wet woods cutting deep ruts, hitting stumps and loaded with firewood countless times and driven thru snow dragging the undercarriage. I am still amazed at the difference in off-road permformance vs AT tires.

They will last if you rotate them and have good shocks and tight suspension/linkage...50,000 miles with half tread is pretty common. Be warned...Ignore rotations and maintenance and irregular wear will occur.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, October 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2005 Mazda RX-8 6-speed
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Riverview, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
September 25, 2012

So far 100 miles on these Michelin Pilot ss barley broken in and they feel like champain quality in every performance area.They are almost too good for my RX-8 like a class up on it. Might be because I have 100,000 miles on it. I put 4 of these tires on with new Mazdaspeed shocks, Mazdaspeed lowering springs and a cold air induction K&N intake system all at once. The car runs and handles like new.I highly recommend doing this even a little at a time. These are better than the PS2 tire 235/40/18 do fit all around. Still havent put these through some real hard driving yet, will report back with some feedback in time. Did shift across two lanes hard with just two fingers on the steering wheel and it was amazing! steering response that is. It felt like my internal abdominal organs suddenly shifted!I was there in a second! Total control is outstanding! 6-speed 2005 RX-8

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.71

1999 BMW 323is
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Omaha, NE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
September 17, 2010

Prior to this tire, I had Continental ContisportContacts. Those tires were getting to the wear indicators but I didn't notice any drop in performance. I had excellent, very crisp feel with those tires. I have Bilstein Sport shocks & struts and H&R Sport springs. The ContisportContacts are a very good tire for on Bilstein Sports.



Moving to the V12 K110's, it was immediately obvious that responsiveness was not as good. This gave the handling characteristics a "rubbery" feeling. Transitioning in turns really brings out this negative characteristic for this tire, in this size, on this suspension.



That said, the overall dry grip is very good. Wet grip is completely acceptable, but I definitely could feel some hydroplaning in heavy rain. They are more comfortable and much quieter than the Conti's (I don't recall how comfortable/quiet the Conti's were when new).



Due to the rubbery response I now have, I won't get these tires again. Other than that, the price was great, they have great traction, and they're comfortable and quiet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2009 Mini Cooper S Clubman
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Miles driven on tires: 3,450
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,450 Miles on Tires
August 29, 2012

Please ignore phrases like: "great tire for the money". This is a great tire. Period.

I went from Dunlop SP Sport Signature non-run-flates and then Michelin PIlot Sport A/S to these Kumhos, and he Kumhos are easily as good or even better than both of those much more expensive tires, all on my slightly modded MINI Clubman S. Haven't had a chance to push them when it's wet yet.

A TireRack salesmen recommended these, even after I told him that price was not an issue. They handle great, have low noise and a good ride for a performance tire, though I can see that tread life will be lower than advertised. The only reason these are cheaper is probably because they are made in Korea...the 4Xs definitely outperform the Dunlops on most levels, and are as good as the Michelins (even better as far as road noise). There is very little tramlining, and I feel confident pushing them.

It's strange to see some people complaining that they feel floppy -- this must be very car and suspension dependent, because on my Clubman S (with Koni FSD shocks and a stiffer rear sway bar) they feel as or more strong than the Dunlops or Michelins that I had, when it comes to sidewall stiffness.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S PlusReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29

2009 BMW 750Li
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: jarrettsville, md
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
August 23, 2012

I bought these to replace my continentals which were wearing great, but the sidewalls rolled, steering response was not good. I actually took my 750Li to a BMW driving school. These tires ROCK! my 5000 lb beast surprised everyone! I was passing all but two of the other cars. It was a shocking performance(mostly to me) These tires held in there through 60 mph 90 degree turns! They were screaming, but held well enough to let me pass Porsches, 3 series, and one of the corvettes that showed up. The fact that this car was even close to the other cars was amazing. The tires held up to dozens of 130mph - 40mph then being thrown into a hard turn. Even the treads held up well, i did not have to replace the tires after two days of racing. On the street, they are very civilized. Almost as quite as the continentals. the ride was tighter than the continentals, but steering response more than makes up for it. I have had these tires on other cars, They are not great in snow. I am very happy with their performance in rain. I am taking them to another track event which will probably finish them off, so i can't talk about wear, that would not be fair.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P ZeroReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62

1993 Mazda RX-7
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Toronto, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
August 13, 2012

This set of tires came on my Mazda dealer-installed set of 18" RX-8 wheels (they are a Pirelli dealer). Ride quality is acceptable on these low-profile tires; I would have preferred the stock 16" RX-7 wheels, but this rolling stock does give the car a more modern appearance. Driving on broken pavement is harsh with my suspension setup, but that is mainly because the car's previous owner installed performance springs and adjustable shocks for road racing.

On new, smooth roads, the Pirellis ride quietly and smoothly. They steer responsively and stop quickly on hard braking. Dry grip is plentiful and the breakaway characteristics are progressive and easily controllable. Wet grip is adequate, but you can get better rain tires for the money. Fuel economy is also surprisingly good on long freeway stretches – I am getting close to 30 mpg in my RX-7, which is near its theoretical ideal. I'm expecting to get about 15 - 20,000 miles on these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Alexandria, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
June 27, 2012

2001 Camaro SS
Performance Springs, Koni Shocks & Struts, Performance Tubular Lower Control Arms, Performance Tubular Panhard bar, 35mm Front Sway Bars/22mm Rear sway bar, Subframe connectors.

My suspension is tuned for corner carving performance and these tires are TERRIBLE! It felt as I was driving an old land boat! My stock truck felt safer than my car. These tires felt dangerous to drive on in corners and any speed on the highway. Enroute to work I take a curve at 85mph safely with good tires and I could barely drive 60mph with these on the same curve.

The size is 275/40 17 on my car. Different size tires might have a better performance.

Road noise is virtually not there. Didn't drive in snow or rain.

These do have a 30 day return policy which I took advantage of.

Good luck in choosing the correct tire.

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

Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
July 05, 2012

I replaced a NEW set of Continental DWS tires as I had the feeling that they were just a bit to soft for the suspension set-up on the Mazda3 GT which for anybody out there that dosent know Mazda -this suspension is very very firm .in 2010 it was revised to be more ameniable to regular driving yet still has its roots in a performance setup .
Given that the DWS are great tires but fro the right car/ and proabably Truck/ Minivan even better . They were all-around dry-wet-snow hence DWS so I saw that Bridgestone had a new tire the S-04 and the metamorphisis was immediatly noticeable and I cringed while waiting to hit my first road imperfection or pothole because the car is unforgiving with performance tires , alas --I hit road damage and it ate it up without a jarring hit as if I had rolled over a small grenade . My pervious experience with some Yokos that were very hard gave me to blowouts from pothole hits while relatively new ......but these S-04s have been prerforming far beyond my expectations ---gripping like a cat in panic mode and forgiving enough to let you drive in urban enviroments without constant fear of that imminent pothole from -------- that leaves you wondering how much damage that did to the bushings , alignment or tires? These hold like glue and make me pine to get out and just drive even to work ---It makes the car handle like I believe it was engineered to by the Mazda techs . Many may laugh that have thier "bmws" or audis or other cars that people just assume are the best handling cars out there , but those that know Mazda know what I talking about .
I had a chase thru a nasty set of chacanes near the ocean with a Lambo G and the guy could not shake me as he clearly forced me to yield and let him pass as I did --but he never got away from me til we hit the straights where the extra 450hp made the diffirence ,,,but in the twistys he was sweating bullets in amazment or shock ? great tires.

 

My Experience with H&R Coil-Overs

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Gary Stanley

There are many ways to upgrade your vehicle's suspension. You can simply replace the existing shocks (or struts) and springs to lower your vehicle. Sway bars (sometimes called anti-roll bars) can also improve handling and reduce body roll. However, many enthusiasts feel that the pinnacle of complete suspension upgrades is to install a set of coil-overs

What is a coil-over? While many think that a coil-over is simply a shock and spring put together, there's more to it than that. A typical coil-over set-up, such as the H&R Street-Performance Coil-Over (pictured above), is specifically tuned and designed for each vehicle application. It features a threaded body so the spring perch can be adjusted up or down to change the vehicle's ride height. This kit uses progressive rate springs that assure an acceptable ride on the street while dramatically improving handling, reducing body roll and brake dive. For more information take a look at "A Look at Lowering."

For all their benefits, one would think they would be much more common. However, two main stumbling blocks come between most enthusiasts and coil-overs. The first is price. Coil-overs are more expensive than simply replacing the springs on a vehicle. The second hesitation many have is a concern about ride stiffness.

I personally used an H&R coil-over kit on my E36 BMW M3 for the last seven years I owned the car. The increase in handling and cosmetic appearance was quite dramatic. Myself and others who drove the car found that the ride wasn't as stiff as expected from a coil-over kit. In fact, the ride was comparable to a standard performance shock and lowering spring set-up. 

Shop by vehicle to see which suspension options work best for your vehicle.

 

Factory Style Shock at a Reasonable Price: KYB GR-2/Excel-G

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Not everyone is looking for or needs a stiffly valved adjustable race shock. For those looking for comfort and a return of factory ride quality, an Original Equipment style replacement shock will do just fine. These shocks and struts feature a lower price tag due to a lack of adjustability and features, but aim to stop the bouncing associated with old, worn out or leaking factory pieces.

Of the shocks that fit this criteria, my favorite is the KYB GR-2/Excel-G.  Featuring shock valving that is typically no more than 10% stiffer than factory, these shocks add a splash of performance without over-doing it. Add in a cost-effective price point and an industry leading warranty and you have a combo that is tough to beat.

It should be noted that the KYB GR-2 is not intended for use with aftermarket lowering springs. If you have these springs installed on your vehicle and are looking for an alternative to a KONI or Bilstein product, I suggest you check out the KYB AGX Adjustable. It features more aggressive valving and 4-8 way adjustability depending on the application.

KYB products are manufactured for a wide range of light-duty passenger vehicles including cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans. Find a KYB product that's right for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.33

2002 Chevrolet Suburban 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Long Beach, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
May 24, 2012

Purchased these tires from Tire Rack about 5 years ago since my vendor (I have a shop) does not carry this brand & I wanted to try them out. Very easy to balance & have not had any problems with tires going out of balance. Fantastic performance on rain, snow & ice, drove in 2 large snow storm 19” & 32” & never got stuck or felt any slipping in fact they push so hard in the snow that even in 2wd I managed to rip off my fog lights from all the snow my bumper was pushing. On a trip to Canada I got caught in freezing rain & kept seeing cars sliding off the highway, it wasn’t until I pulled over to help a driver and fell on my backside that I realized how bad the road was. Hit a very large puddle on the highway at speed & I was shocked at how well they dissipated the water. Loved them so much I put them on 3 other trucks. Very quiet on the pavement for an A/T tire. Used them only once on mud, sand & dirt but so far very happy although they do grab small pebbles and fling them out when back on the pavement. 35k miles on them and still 80%+ tread remaining. Best A/T tire I have owned so far.

Bilstein versus KONI Shocks

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Gary Stanley

As many sports cars have been coming out of storage and back into their summer wheel and tire set-ups, I've been getting a lot of inquiries about replacement performance shocks. Shocks play a vital role in a vehicle's handling characteristics. Replacing worn shocks with a new set of performance shocks not only will increase handling, but also improve the responsiveness and shorten braking distances.

Looking at the options offered by KONI and Bilstein is a good place to start your search. With lifetime warranties offered and decades of producing durable and rugged shocks, you'll be very excited with the performance they bring your vehicle.

While both brands produce great products, KONI's shocks have the added benefit of a product that's adjustable for rebound. Stiffer settings mean more responsive handling, while softer settings give a smoother and more comfortable ride. This allows the enthusiast to tune the shock to their personal preference in regards to this compromise.

And if new tires are also needed, take a look at all our special offers available.

If you're looking to buy shock absorbers online, be sure to shop by vehicle.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2005 Ford Expedition XLT Sport 4wd
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Location: St. Charles, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 20, 2012

This is my 2nd set of Revo 2's......I also had 2 sets of original Revo's.......I am shocked that somehow this tire's ratings places it 7th in category...when the last few years it's been 1 or 2? .....As to my experience, simply put these are the best all around tires I have ever experienced. Awesome grip, quiet....yes quiet...of yours aren't have your suspension checked.....great looks.....they have handled everything I have thrown at them. On a Ford Expedition, these tires can take this vehicle almost anywhere. Deep snows in Chicago and Boston, off road through rough mountains passes in Colorado (all rocks), thousands of highway miles in high heat of summer, and cold of winter, Ice in Michigan and Arkansas, rain and storms Midwest....all, no problem......Regular rotation at 5k miles, kept at 35 psi, there just isn't a tire that can perform better than these. For the record, I have very high expectations of most things.....and these have exceeded them over the last few years.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S PlusReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2008 Acura TL
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Location: Norwalk , CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 42,000 Miles on Tires
May 20, 2012

I purchased my TL Type S new and have 66,000 miles on it. The OEM were awful. Too stiff, slippery and just plain bad.I only got 22,000 miles out of them. I couldn't wait to replace them with better set of tires. I purchase the Michelins Pilot Sport A/S for their overall better performance abilities. They are far superior than the OEM. They have a softer ride which I love due to my car already stiff suspension. I felt everything on the road before and a long distance ride was uncomfortable. These Michelins are great in the rain/ dry and light snow with a better softer ride without losing any performance capabilities.I drive very fast and aggressive, really punishing the tires and got 42,000 miles before the tires needed to be changed. I recently tried out the Bridgestone Potenzas for the Michelin replacements. They lasted 6 days before I switched back to a new set of Pilot A/S. The Potenza's were too hard, sending any bump or road roughness through my lower back. They are good, but not comfortable for my car's already tight suspension. I love the Micheline's ride , incredible handling, durability and how their aggressive look on my black TL. They look like something the Batmobile would have on it. They are more expensive than the Bridgestones, but their ride and their durability even out their cost. I was shocked they lasted almost 42,000 miles and already have 2,000 miles on the new set.
The Michelins are worth their price. I couldn't be any happier and I believe you won't either.