Run-Flat Tire Symbols

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Colin .

Some drivers assume they have run-flat tires because their vehicle didn't come with a spare tire. This isn't always the case and there are letters on run-flats that designate them as this type of tire. The letters will vary from tire to tire and brand to brand. Below you will find examples of the letters or wording on tires that manufacturers use to let customers know they're run-flat tires:

  • Bridgestone and Firestone - RFT
  • Continental - SSR
  • Dunlop - DSST or ROF
  • Goodyear - EMT or RunOnFlat
  • Michelin - ZP
  • Pirelli - Run Flat
  • Kumho - XRP

Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Continental ContiSportContact
5P SSR

Dunlop SP Sport 4000T
DSST


Now that you know if you have run-flat tires on your vehicle, the question becomes: Do you want to keep them, or switch to non-run-flat tires? I receive many calls from drivers asking about switching to non-run-flats tires. Many customers look at non-run-flats because of the higher cost of run-flat tires, limited options and harsher ride quality. However, the comfort of knowing you won't be stranded on the side of the road with run-flat tires brings many drivers peace of mind. On average, run-flat tires can be driven up to 50 mph for 50 miles without pressure. Also, if you're leasing a vehicle with run-flat tires, you will most likely need to return it to the dealership with similar tires.      

Shop by vehicle to view all tires, including run-flat options, available for your application.

Are You Looking to Graduate from Your BMW Run-Flat Tires?

Friday, August 9, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

BMW has a long standing preference of equipping their vehicles with run-flat tires. The benefit of not being stuck on the side of the road with a flat is attractive to a few people. However, the majority feel there may be a compromise in ride quality, noise levels and performance.

Is moving away from run-flats right for you? Since most vehicles with run-flats do not have spares, you must be comfortable with the possibility of having to call a tow truck in the event of a flat tire. If this is beyond your comfort level, you must stay with the run-flat solution. In this case, you should check to see if the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT is available for your vehicle. I believe this tire to be the best run-flat option in the marketplace today.

When talking with customers, many will ask if their original wheels can still be used with non-run-flat tires. They most certainly can!  With some exceptions, such as the PAX system from Honda, your factory original wheel will safely accept a non-run-flat tire. If making the switch to non-run-flats, the installer will need run-flat capable equipment to remove the original tires.

If you decide switching from run-flat tires is the route you'd like to go, consider the following three options.


Michelin Pilot Super
Sport

Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology


Shop by vehicle to view all options available for your BMW.

Best Replacement Tires for the Run-Flats on C6 Corvettes

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by Colin .

Many Corvette owners ask about switching to non-run-flat tires for multiple reasons, including cost, selection and ride quality. For standard C6 sizes, there are a number of excellent non-run-flat options to choose from with the 245/40R18 size in the front and 285/35R19 in the rear.  

The best performance tires in terms of handling and traction are the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. Both options will give you superior handling, cornering, braking and acceleration in the dry and wet. Between the two, our testing showed the Michelin as the reigning king of the Max Performance Summer category.  

If you don't need the highest performance and want more of a value-priced tire, the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110, Continental ExtremeContact DW and Sumitomo HTR Z III would be good tires for your Corvette. Each tire will deliver good performance at a lower price point.

Some Corvette owners need an all-season option and Michelin's new Pilot Sport A/S 3 improves upon their A/S Plus in just about every category. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season is another great choice that offers responsive handing and very good wet and dry traction. It offers confidence-inspiring all-season traction for those who want to drive their vehicle any time of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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TPMS Sensors Available at Tire Rack

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Since tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) haven't been around long as standard equipment on new vehicles, most drivers have never dealt with having to service or replace them until recently. Whether you're replacing an old faulty tire pressure monitor or purchasing a new set for a Tire & Wheel Package, we have TPMS senors for almost any vehicle.

The most common question regarding TPMS is: "When I buy new wheels and tires, do I need to purchase new TPMS sensors?" The answer isn't always easy, however different options are available. In most cases, it's actually less expensive to buy the TPMS senors from us with your new wheels and tires. A benefit of ordering a Tire & Wheel Package is our free Hunter Road Force Balance. When you receive your new tire and wheel set-up, they can be bolted right onto the vehicle.

Typically, customers that choose not to buy new TPMS sensors move their existing senors from their old wheels to the new. In this case, we often ship the wheel and tire unmounted and the customer will pay a shop to dismount the old wheel and tire to get the TPMS sensor installed in their new wheels and then mount and balance the tires to the wheel. Typically, once you add up the labor to move your existing sensors to your new wheels and tires, it costs about the same as buying new sensors.

TPMS Sensor
TPMS Sensor
 Band Stlye - TPMS Sensor
Band Style - TPMS Sensor


TPMS as standard equipment on new vehicles has certainly made drivers more aware of their air pressure and roadways safer in the process. Studies have shown that running tires with too little air pressure is not uncommon. It's been estimated that about one out of every four vehicles on the road is running on underinflated tires. This also means that one out of every four drivers is needlessly sacrificing their vehicle's fuel economy and handling, as well as reducing their tires' durability and treadlife.

Tires aren't invincible. They are made of individual layers of fabric and steel encased in rubber. If a tire is allowed to run low on air pressure, the rubber is forced to stretch beyond the elastic limits of the fabric and steel reinforcing cords. When this happens, the bond between the various materials can weaken. If this is allowed to continue, it will eventually break the bonds between the various materials and cause the tire to fail. Even if the tire doesn't fail immediately, once a tire is weakened, it won't heal after being reinflated to the proper pressure. So if a tire has been allowed to run nearly flat for a period of time, the tire should be replaced, not simply repaired or reinflated.

Shop by vehicle to find your dream set of wheels, and if you're purchasing a set with a black finish, don't forget the optional black TPMS valve parts.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, July 18, 2013 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 Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
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Location: Portage, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 29, 2013

When others had written that this tire had "transformed" their Corvette I said "OK, anything is better than the OEM Goodyear F1s,and they're just being enthusiastic". NO, they were being HONEST and ACCURATE!! The Michelin Pilot Super Sports are quieter, have much better traction, and ride far superior to the OEM!! These are the tires that GM should have put on such a capable car as my 2010 Corvette Grand Sport! I did opt out of the run-flats and I know that is where the better ride comes from. I only got 10500 miles out of the OEM tires and the hydroplaned horribly on a cross country trip last August. We drove down to Bowling Green last week for a Corvette Museum event and the new Michelin tires performed perfectly in the rain we got on Friday and Saturday.
If you are looking to put new shoes on your Corvette, the Michelin Pilot Super Sports can't be beat!!

 

Road Trip Season

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Summer is here, which for many of us means a vacation, often in the form of a road trip. If you're heading out by car, make sure your tires and other essential systems of your vehicle are ready for the road. Feel free to take a look at our handy road trip maintenance checklist. It gives a short list of things to check to make sure your car or truck is ready to carry you as far as you want to go.

In addition to the basics, here are a couple other items that might help prepare you for your travels:

Continental's ContiComfortKit - A spare tire is the preferred solution to a flat tire for most people, but there are situations where changing a flat may be uncomfortable, impractical or dangerous. Some vehicles may not have space to carry a spare, especially when packed with gear for your adventures. For a quick solution to minor punctures, seal and re-inflate your tire with this handy compressor and sealant kit. The compressor runs off of the vehicle's 12 volt power supply and can be used for inflation with or without activating the sealant cartridge. The compact (9"x 7"x 4") dimensions occupy a minimum amount of cargo space.

Are those tires worn out? Do they look like they have the right pressure? Exactly how much tread is left? Take the guesswork out of your answers with the new digital Tread Depth/ Air Gauge from Accutire. Reads your pressure from 5-99 psi in 1/2 lb. units and measures tread depth in 1/32" increments. Make sure to check the tread depth on the inside, middle and outside areas of the tread; sometimes alignment settings can lead to uneven wear. A car with too much negative camber may have a tire that looks fairly new on the outside shoulder and is down to the cords on the inside edge.

View our accessories to find the products you'll need for safe travels this summer.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tire Pressure Sensors

Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Starting with 2008 model year cars and light trucks, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) has been required for all new vehicles sold in the United States. While some vehicles (Audi and BMW most recently) use the ABS system (or indirect system) to keep watch for a deflating tire, most use a battery powered sensor (based in the base of the valve stem assembly) to give the most accurate read of your tire pressure. When replacing tires or wheels and tires as a complete package, the presence of these remote sensors can require a few extra steps in the purchase and/or installation process.

Why does my installer charge a "TPMS" service fee for installing new tires?

Many of our Recommended Installers will charge a TPMS service fee as part of new tire installation. When the old tire is being removed from your existing wheel, it's best to remove the TPMS sensor (and the attached valve stem). This avoids any damage caused by breaking the tire bead loose from the wheel as well as seating the new tire onto the wheel. Once the sensor has been removed, it will require a new "O" ring and/or compression ring to seal the sensor properly.

What happens if I do not add new TPMS sensors to my Tire & Wheel Package?

When we sell a set of wheel and tires, we're happy to mount and Road Force balance the tires to the wheels at no cost prior to shipment. Given the TPMS sensors are located inside the wheel (opposite the valve stem hole), the sensors (if requested) need to go in the wheel before the tires are installed. Without the sensors installed, most vehicles will display a warning light and chime upon engine start up (the light will continue to blink as long as the engine is running). Some vehicles may also limit your ability to turn off traction control if you need to "rock" out of a snow drift in winter or even limit engine output. In many states, an active TPMS system is required as part of the state's safety inspection, and any illuminated warning lights may cause the vehicle to fail its annual safety inspection. With your purchase, you can elect to add the correct sensor (at an additional cost) or choose to have your existing sensors removed from your old wheels and installed on the new wheel. If run-flat tires are being purchased with new wheels, new sensors are required.

If I purchase new sensors as part of my Tire & Wheel Package, what else needs to be done before use?

Many vehicles require new TPMS sensors be activated or initialized at an authorized repair facility or dealership. This process normally involves connecting the vehicle to a service computer (via the ODB port under your dashboard) and having a technician load the new sensor's ID codes into the car's computer. Most cars will need to have this activation service performed each time wheels and tires are changed out (like when changing from dedicated winter wheels and tires back to your summer/all-season set). As always, consult your owner's manual or contact your dealer for more information. 

How to Determine If Your Tires are Run-Flats

Friday, May 3, 2013 by Colin .

Run-flat tires have become standard equipment on many vehicles. Some cars of the same general model will have certain versions that come with run-flats while others do not. It can certainly get confusing for people who aren't familiar with different vehicle and tire models. 

All run-flat tires have a designation on the sidewall that indicates they are not standard tires. For example, the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position has a run-flat and non-run-flat model in certain sizes. The run-flat model has the letters "RFT" following the name. You can see this by clicking on the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT photo below.


Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole
Position

Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position
RFT


Different tire companies use different designations for run-flat tires. Continental uses "SSR", Goodyear uses "RunOnFlat" or "EMT", while Michelin designates their run-flat tires with "ZP."

Many customers are convinced they have run-flat tires because their vehicle didn't come with a spare. This isn't always the case, so be sure to check your tires' sidewall to confirm. Now that you've determined if you have run-flat tires or not, you can determine which option you would prefer. To help you make a decision, read "Deciding Between Run-Flat and Non-Run-Flat Tires." 

Popular Run-Flat Tires for Your C5 Corvette

Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Arguably, one of the best bang-for-the-buck performance cars available on the market today is the fifth-generation Corvette. While it doesn't have the power figures of the C6 or the magazine coverage of the new seventh-generation Stingray, this car and its popular LS1 engine is capable of excellent power.

C5 Corvettes from the factory (non-Z06 models) use a 245/45R17 front tire and 275/40R18 rear. For those looking to step away from run-flat tires, your options are numerous. However, if you wish to keep the car equipped with run-flats, there are not as many choices. Our most popular sellers in the aforementioned sizes are:

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP is designed to last considerably longer than a dedicated summer tire. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tire has a speed rating up to 186 mph and features a responsive sidewall with a harder tread compound than the Original Equipment offering. Buyers will notice sharp turn-in response that is commonly associated with high speed rated tires, but will give up some ultimate lateral grip when compared to a softer compounded summer tire. While these tires aren't intended for track use, they are more than capable for aggressive street driving.

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP has long been a front runner in the Max Performance Summer category. The PS2 is offered in a run-flat fitment for the C5 Corvette and is a great choice for a driver looking for a premium tire with excellent performance attributes. While the PS2 will sacrifice some wear compared to the A/S Plus ZP, its grip limit is exceptional. This tire has been well reviewed for its great performance and excellent road manners.


Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP


Shop by vehicle to view all tire options for your C5 Corvette.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 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.

General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2008 Audi TT 2.0T FWD Roadster
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Itasca, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2013

These tires replaced the OE Dunlop run-flats that were on the '08 TT Roadster when we bought it. What a difference, the ride is much less harsh, traction is much better, and spirited driving is fun again. The control at highway speeds in heavy rain is exceptional due to the directional tread pattern. Due to the fact that I change to my other wheel/snow tires for the winter I can not comment on driving on snow and ice. Tread ware is very good after 15,000+ miles. When I bought these tires I had them sent to KO Tire in Elk Grove Village, IL for installation. They did an exceptional job and were very friendly and informative when I asked questions. These were both a winning experience.
Thanks Tire Rack & KO Tire !!

 

Deciding Between Run-Flat and Non-Run-Flat Tires

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Colin .

Many vehicles come equipped with run-flat tires from the manufacturer. Our sales specialists receive many calls from drivers asking if they can replace their run-flat tires with non-run-flat options. There are a few pros and cons when it comes to changing to a non-run-flat tire.

Pros:

  • Conventional tires are typically less expensive
  • Better ride quality
  • Longer lasting

Cons:

  • Many vehicles don't have a spare, therefore you won't be able to drive when you get a flat
  • When leasing a vehicle, many companies often require vehicles sold with run-flats be returned with them

Switching to conventional tires will not negatively affect the vehicle and will fit on Original Equipment wheels. Also, for those that don't have a spare, take a look at the Continental ContiComfortKit that seals and inflates tire punctures. It's capable of comfortably sealing typical tire punctures that make it possible for you to complete your drive home, to work, an important appointment or a tire repair facility. The ContiComfortKit combines a powerful, high-volume, 12-volt air compressor, integral pressure gauge and a latex liquid sealant packaged in a compact, lightweight unit that's easy to store in your vehicle.

I have experienced first-hand the differences between non-run-flat tires and run-flats. The BMW I owned came with 18" wheels and Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT tires and I switched to 19" wheels and the Sumitomo HTR Z III. Normally, increasing the wheel diameter has a negative impact on ride quality, however I thought the conventional tires on larger sized wheels actually rode a little better than the 18" run-flats. 

To find the tire that works best for your car, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour HP

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 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 Latitude Tour HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 27,000
Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 27,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2013

We have staggered sizes. Center sections on both rear wore to safety bars, requiring replacement. Fronts barely show signs of wear at all. I'm anal on PSI and alignment, and these have worn beautifully and ride/handle even better! Didn't realize they are uni-directional, so I can rotate sides. This is a 3 ton beast with 500lbs of torque and 4-wheel drive, almost always driven hard. Totally sold on these tires (especially over run-flats!), and have replaced with same. Maintained quietness throughout life (hard to imagine with this width), and makes this handle like it's on rails. Can't recommend highly enough.

 

Mixing Run-Flat Tires with Non-Run-Flat Tires? Read This First!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Gary Stanley

A frequently asked question on BMW forums is in regards to replacing run-flat tires with conventional non-run-flat tires. There is much debate about this topic. In fact, I have a blog post titled "Ditching Your Run-Flat Tires for Non-Run-Flat Tires on Your BMW? Read This First!" that you might want to check out if you're considering making the switch to non-run-flat tires.

What should you do if you only need two tires? Can you replace just two tires with non-run-flat options while keeping the other two run-flat tires on the vehicle? The best advice I can give is to avoid mixing run-flat tires and non-run-flat tires. The consensus between tire manufacturers, automobile manufacturers, customer feedback and real life experience is that mixing run-flat tires with non-run-flat tires often causes very unstable handling. This is especially true at highway speeds and when making turns with the vehicle, even at moderate speeds. 

 

Why does this occur? Most run-flats have stiffer sidewall construction to maintain stability during an air pressure loss. Stiff sidewall designs are what primarily give run-flat tires their quick steering response and firmer ride. Installing tires on the front of a vehicle that has handling characteristics very different from the rear tires results in a vehicle that feels loose and not planted to the road. This is similar to a person trying to jog a few miles while wearing a snow boot on one foot and a tennis shoe on the other.

For further information, read "Mixing Tires."

 

 

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 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 Pilot Sport A/S Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2007 BMW 328i Sedan Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: St Albert, AB
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2013

I drive my 328i to work most days, and live in Edmonton, Canada - where we can get all four seasons in an afternoon, and our winter takes its toll on everything. I bought the Michelins because they were held out to be a great combination of ride, handling, traction and wear. They replaced the rock hard run flats that came stock with the BMW - yikes... Anyways, I was very impressed with the Michelins on everything, from dry straight to twisty wet - except the ice. At anything below freezing, the Michelins turn into hockey pucks. It makes driving more fun, but less safe!!!

I would absolutely recommend these to fellow BMW drivers, but would also recommend that they look at some of the lower cost alternatives - like the Pirellis, Contis or even the Kumho Ecstas. I will likely take a look at replacing these with a 4 Season (NOT all season) tire like the Pirelli or Kumho 4S - just so long as I don't have to take a huge hit on performance. As it is, the Michelin is a fantastic "almost" all season tire, and if I lived in Europe or south of the Snow belt, I'd buy it again. Or maybe I should just move to So Cal...

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 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 DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67
 
 

2007 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Middletown, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2013

Went from 205/45/17 run flats which are horrible tires. you feel every crack on the pavement and the ride is terribly noisy. i wanted to address the ride comfort first and foremost and put a bit more beef in the side wall by going to a 205/50/17. No exageration but the ride is like that of a Town Car. And very quiet. The steering feels softer but that should be expected. No rubbing on the wheel wells by going from a 45 to 50 profile. Can't wait to try it on rain and snow. If you hate the ride of your Mini Cooper S get these tires you wont regret it.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 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 Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2008 Lexus SC430
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Bradenton, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2013

Removed run flats and installed Michelin Pilot Super Sports on my 2008 Lexus SC430. WHAT A GREAT TIRE.

The ride is now silky smooth, very low road or tire noise, top up or top down.
 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 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.

Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

2010 Mazda RX-8
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Miles driven on tires: 750
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 750 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2013

This is basically a fun HPDE / Autocross tire for me. I plan to switch to a different set of wheels/tires for daily driving. Last year I used Conti DW and Michelin Supersports for daily, autocross and HPDE use, howevever that was with a different car, so I can't make a direct comparison.

Ride quality is actually pretty reasonable given the "extreme" nature of this tire. Actually, ride has improved over the oem Dunlop SP Sport 2050 tires, however, some of that may be due to the smaller and lighter wheels. I'm sure a more recent max performance summer tire will ride better, and a gran touring tire better still, but these are quite reasonable for what they are, and not at the level of harshness of a run flat tire.

Noise is deeper and a little louder than oem, but still not bad. It is more noticeable at lower speeds (40-50mph) now. Smooth tarmac is still quiet, but rough tarmac, or concrete is where you will hear them.

OK, now for the performance aspect. So far I have just 2 days on track with these tires, 1 dry and 1 wet. I was very happy with them in both conditions. In the dry, these held up well for a 25 minute session. They did get slightly greasy feeling after a few hot laps, but much less so than the Supersports I last ran at this track and adjusting tire pressures helped dial that out. There is another comment on here saying that the traction is harder to judge for the beginner due to the lack of audible feedback. I did find it hard to judge traction in my first session, however once I had learned to understand the feedback after that first session, I found them to be very communicative and was able to push up to the limit of traction. I'm not a complete beginner, but neither am I that experienced yet. In the wet, they worked well on track and I also drove through some storms on the way home with no aqua planing.

Overall, I am very happy with these tires and would recommend them for anyone who wants an aggressive street tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour HP

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 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 Latitude Tour HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.18
 
 

2011 Honda Accord Crosstour
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Miles driven on tires: 13,500
Location: Pioche, NV
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 13,500 Miles on Tires
March 20, 2013

The main problem with this tire, flat tires. I have had to flat tires in 13500 miles. Both flats were from running over small pebbles on the highway. The tires came on the car.

 

What Are the Longest Lasting Run-Flat Tires for a C6 Chevrolet Corvette?

Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

In 1953, Chevrolet introduced America's first true sports car with the revolutionary sleek look of the Corvette. American's have been enamored with this vehicle ever since its humble beginnings when there was no manual transmission made that could handle its unbelievable 150hp. Things have changed since every model came with a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission to the roaring 430hp V8 used in today's C6 models. Most current C6 Corvette (2005-2013) models are equipped with run-flat tires.

 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus
ZP
 Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT


Frequently I hear from C6 Corvette owners: "What are the longest lasting run-flat tires?" Switching to an all-season rubber compound can significantly increase treadlife. For instance, the Max Performance Summer Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP has a UTQG rating of 220, while the Ultra High Performance All-Season Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP has a much higher UTQG rating of 500. Many C6 Corvette owners are willing to give up a bit of ultimate grip in order to switch to run-flat tires that can wear upwards of 30% longer. The two most popular Ultra High Performance All-Season run-flat replacement tires are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP and Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

The Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP (Zero Pressure) is the Ultra High Performance All-Season run-flat tire member of Michelin's Pilot family of low profile, high-speed tires. Developed in the Original Equipment sizes for Chevrolet Corvette C-5 and C-6 coupe and convertible sports cars, the Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP is designed to temporarily support the weight of the car even after a loss of air pressure, as well as combine enhanced all-weather performance, wet grip and treadwear along with year-round traction, including in light snow.

Bridgestone's Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT tire is developed for drivers looking for enhanced ride quality and all-season traction for sports cars, sports coupes and performance sedans originally equipped with O.E. run-flat tires. It features Bridgestone 3G RFT Technology designed to offer almost the same riding comfort as conventional tires while providing temporary extended mobility for a distance of 50 miles at up to 50 mph even after a puncture has allowed complete air pressure loss. Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT tires provide year-round driving flexibility by offering predictable handling, traction and control on dry and wet roads.

When it's time to replace the tires on your Chevrolet C6 Corvette, be sure to shop by vehicle and view the list of longer wearing all-season run-flat tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 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 DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.22
 
 

2009 BMW 335i Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 18,100
Location: Greenville, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,100 Miles on Tires
March 20, 2013

I have a 2009 BMW 335i, purchased these tires to replace the run flats.. Best decision ever! The DWS emblem on the tire vanishes over the life of the tire, letting you know when your traction is gone. After 18000 miles on all 4 tires, my fronts still have DW, (Good dry and Wet traction) and the rear two have faint symbols of the D left.. (Meaning I probably need to replace them soon, dry traction is fading. Overall I would give these tires a 9/10. I really don't have much to compare them too except the horrible run flats that came with it when I bought my car. I balanced and aligned my car after about 12000 miles on the new tires. So I believe I got good use out of them. I haven't bought new ones yet, I am going to try and get 20000 out of the rear tires. Most of my driving has been around town and short trips on the weekends. So for the price, I cant complain at all!