One of These Things is Not Like the Other!

Often times, you'll see two different listings for seemingly identical tires, but they have two different prices. What in the world is going on with that? Tire manufacturers will give different part numbers to the same model of tires if the tires have a different sidewall styling, speed rating, load index or O.E. designation. These differences in the tires...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport

If you were to check out customer survey results for the top two tires in the Max Performance Summer category, you would find that the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is currently ranked number one. I've used a set on my own vehicle and you can learn about my experience by taking a look at "Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires Installed on My Car." The second...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

If you don't believe the hype with these tires, then you need to try them and boy will you be a believer. After having the front suspension components replaced on my 650i equipped with 19 genuine BMW Style 167(M6) wheels(245/40ZR19 and 275/35ZR19) along with a weighted alignment, it is literally like day and night when it comes to responsiveness and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact UHP

I will update this as they wear but I am pleased with these so far with only a few hundred miles. My Michelin Latitude Sports lasted 21k and were at the end of their life. They wore well and did better than many of the other choices compared to what I have used on the two different CTT's I've owned. The Mich's were a quiet tire with negligible noise change...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Replaced my Bridgestone Potenza RE 50's ( they were 10 years old) with approximately 8500 miles on them. 285 30 18 rear, 235 40 18 front. These were really good tires but the road noise and ride was a little harsh. I think age and size played a role.I purchased the Michelin Pilot Super Sports based on reviews on line and from speaking with other owners, (...  Read More

New Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R vs Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A

Bridgestone is a leader in the area of research and development in the tire industry. It's no wonder that their Potenza RE-11, and its successor, the Potenza RE-11A have been top-rated Extreme Performance Summer tires since their initial releases. If you aren't familiar with this category of tires, take a look at "What are Extreme Performance Summer...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

We live in a suburb of Seattle, so we do not get much snow ... but we do go up into the mountains in the winter, over two of the higher elevation passes. We have excellent Pirelli all-season tires for 8 months of the year, but wanted 'real' snow tires for the additional safety during December-March. Based on the reviews, we selected the Dunlop, although we...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Sport

This is the third set of these tires for my Cayenne. The OEM tires lasted about 15,000 miles. I changed the second set out at 16,000 even though they were not down to the tread wear indicators yet. This third set is performing like the first two. Excellent in the rain, smooth ride, and handle great at all speeds wet or dry. Nothing will make a five thousand...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Signature (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I just ordered by second set of these tires for my Cayenne. All other tires for my high performance SUV cost at least double the cost of these and many of them perform much worse. I have almost 150k miles on my Cayenne. I have purchased Porsche NXX OEM tires, Pirelli, Michelin, and Continentals during the time I have owned this SUV. I drive a 911 during the...  Read More

Staggered Tires: Why or Why Not

I had a question from a customer that surprised me the other day. After doing this for as many years as I have, I tend to think that I've heard it all. We were talking about an older BMW, and he asked me if the original tire sizes were staggered. I replied that they were not. His follow-up question was, "Well, why not? It's not like the car is all-wheel...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

My 911 is a daily driver; dry, wet or snow it gets driven (Porsche's do actually come with outdoor paint, it's okay to drive them when the sun isn't shining..hehe) I used to always run Summer wheels and super sticky Summer tires and then switch over to a winter wheel with snow specific tires come winter, that is until the winter of 2013 when I figured I'd...  Read More

Tires and Wheels for Your 2012+ Porsche 911 Carrera S (991 C2S)

There may not be a substitute for a Porsche, but if you're taking your new 911 to track, there's definitely stickier tires that will help you achieve faster lap times. Streetable Track & Competition tires, like the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, let 911 drivers run great times at the track without the hassle of switching tires or towing. The Michelin Pilot...  Read More

Are Sport Edition Wheels Good?

Yes! They may not equal the high style and lightweight of the more expensive wheel lines like BBS, O.Z. Racing and Enkei Racing Series, but for many drivers, the Sport Edition wheels are a great lower cost option. Sport Edition offers aluminum alloy wheels that have durable painted with clearcoat finishes offered in a variety of colors and styles.   One...  Read More

Make Winter Driving Easy for Your 2015 Porsche Macan

Many purists called foul when Porsche introduced its first SUV, the 2003 Cayenne S. Ultimately, the Cayenne brought new drivers to the market. Have you always liked the Cayenne but wished it was smaller? Say hello to the 2015 Porsche Macan S and Macan Turbo. The 2015 Porsche Macan has it all with speed, handling and utility - but how does it perform in the...  Read More

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

Only had just over 30k miles on the OEM Contis, but since they were 8 years old, got a new set of AS3s based upon press reviews and early consumer reviews. Very pleased, the Jag is ultra quiet, and remains so with this tire. I like the response, the aluminum body is stiff, and occasionally do some spirited driving when the road is clear, etc, and this tire...  Read More

Winter 2014/2015: Detailed Updates for E9X M3

If you are looking for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your M3 this year, take a look at the latest information on what is available this year: Sport Edition A7 wheels are available in both black and silver. It's still the go-to wheel for a practical winter package. They are a direct fit with no spacer. They will even use the original bolts and can...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

I use this set of tires for both driving to work and track days at Miller Motorsports Track (HPDE). This is an excellent set of tires. I have tried the Toyo Proxes but these are much better for overall traction and for tread life. I burn up two sets of rears to one set of fronts. I have seen a lot of other Porsche owners switch to these tires. These are not...  Read More

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

Well, I read a lot of reviews and finally settled on this Bridgestone Pole position SO-4 for my 2003 Boxster S - Before these I had some real cheapo tires that came on the car - i did not trust them but as it turns out they actually were better than these new SO-4'sMy main complaint with the SO-4's is that at times they feel a bit loose or it seems like they...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

What an amazing tire! Put a set (265 rear, 225 front) on newly bought used Porsche 911 cabriolet. Only 4000 mi so far but great performance. Amazing stability on wet roads (I mean Florida downpour wet).Found myself at 70+ mph with no hydroplane feeling. Wouldn't recommend it though for general safety. This is my 3rd 911. Have had them all. Yokohama, Parelli,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Believe it or not I drive my 911 year round. The factory Dunlop tires performed well in the dry, decently in the rain, but wear very quickly and were quite noisy. I had the Michelins installed on an aftermarket set of forged wheels lighter than stock. Right away the noise level was drastically reduced. Also, I could get the Dunlop tires to break away if I...  Read More