Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2002 Ford Taurus SE Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: San Antonio, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 23, 2014

My wife and daughter believed I put shocks on their car because of the varying texture consistency of the ride! Highly recommended to any who rides on highways for extended periods. Fuel economy was enhanced by two miles per gallon. Go for the purchase and save valuable time by going to purchase this product.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2000 Volvo S70
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Winterset, IA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
June 30, 2014

Bang for the buck! If the tires last as long as they appear at this point,(1/32) of wear or less, they will rank up with the best tires I've owned for everyday driving. They are very quite, and smooth riding. Water on the road is of little concern until pooling occurs, then a little grab. My biggest complaint is the slowish response to input. They on my older Volvo, and it's suspension is in great condition, (Koni shocks/struts, IPD sway bars). For comparison, also have an Volvo S60R with Michelin Super Sport's on it, they can't compete, but are in a completely different category. Hankook are still a great tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Marinette, WI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
June 14, 2014

My Jetta Sportwagen came standard with 17" Conti ProContact tires. They were well used up by 50,000 miles. I liked the Conti tires due to good responsiveness and cornering/braking. The Contis were always quite poor in snow, but since I also have a 4x4 available, not a big issue.

The first thing I noticed with the Pirellis is the sudden quiet on the highway! It is difficult to quantify how much quieter the P7s are than those Contis, but the difference is almost shocking. The P7s are great on wet and dry roads and they still provide good feedback in corners. The P7s are obviously better in snow than my worn out tires, but better than the ProContacts ever were in snow. The P7s are NOT great in snow however, so don't think of that as a ringing endorsement. It's more of a "they don't absolutely ----." If you need snow tires, get snow tires people.

I love these P7s because of the quiet, smooth ride, great handling and feedback and somewhat improved snow performance. The P7s are just a better tire in every category in my mind. I thought the Contis were great until I got the P7s.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2005 Cadillac STS V8
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2014

I've only had these tires for a week, but wow what a difference! I got this car with the OE Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 and was shocked by it's poor performance. With traction control on in the rain, it was normal to have the car hesitate as the rear tires fought for traction. With TC turned off, well, it was a wild ride indeed. Lots of fun but very dangerous for the inexperienced. Snap oversteer ruled the day. In the dry the Michelins were a little better but still very overwhelmed by the Northstar's torque. I've been itching to try a good set of Extreme Performance or Max Performance tires on this car since I got it but waited until the Michelins were used up. I can say that these DWs have transformed the car. It's rained several times in the past week so I've had several opportunities to try out the wet traction. Where normally with TC off (that's how I drive) I would get severe oversteer with normal throttle application (meaning no aggression whatsoever) on turns with very slick asphault, these Contis just bite like crazy. I have to get very aggressive to induce some slip, and when I let off, they come back into line beautifully.

On the highway, at speeds approaching 70 - 80 mph, there is a little vibration in the steering wheel, especially as the tire comes up to temp. They are noticably more noisy than the Michelins but that's to be expected. Ride comfort is good but the stiffer sidewalls are definitely felt. Not a bad thing in my opinion but conservative buyers should be aware. I read a recent review from a Jetta owner giving these tires a bad review stating that turn-in is poor and that he can feel the sidewalls squirming and the only thing I can think of is that his width is way off compared to his wheel width. There is no reason why the experience he describes would happen with properly matched tire widths.

I'll update later as I get more miles on these tires but so far so great!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Fuzion UHP

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Fuzion UHP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.14
 
 

2006 Infiniti M45 Luxury Package
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
June 03, 2014

I have had these tires for a few weeks now, they are much better than I expected. Dry traction is awesome. I had to do a emergency maneuver to avoid a accident on the highway at speed, and the tires shocked me how well they held the road, on other tires I would have went sliding. Wet traction is better than average. Cornering is very good. Noise of tires is not noticeable at all until you are coming from at speed to a stop then you hear the some, but it is not over powering as some have indicated. At speed you don't hear the tires. Nice tread design they look way more expensive than they are if that matters to you. Tire Rack was great on shipping as always, great service.

State-of-the-Art Shocks and Struts from KYB

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Founded over 50 years ago, KYB is Japan's largest manufacturer of automotive shock absorbing equipment. Superior steering control is achieved by using Kayaba hydraulic technology to generate smooth road conditions through absorption of road vibrations and leveling for uneven road conditions. The variety and reliability of KYB products have been demonstrated well beyond typical automotive applications in the harsh conditions found in motorsports. Their experience with high performance racing applications is applied to the design of their passenger vehicle line of products. Auto manufacturers such as Chrysler, Ford, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda and many others use KYB as Original Equipment.

AGX Adjustable

  • Designed for sport compacts, sport coupes and sports cars
  • Easily adjustable external dampening rate for the street, strip or track
  • Damping adjustment changes compression and rebound

Gas-A-Just

  • Rugged durability, fade-free performance
  • High pressure, high strength monotube design for better towing control

GR-2/Excel-G Cartridge/Strut/Shock

  • Affordable twin-tube design
  • Smooth ride quality with increased road control
  • Consistent ride even under rough conditions

Monomax

  • Designed with high performance light trucks in mind
  • 1/2" diameter hardened piston rod and large diameter piston for strength

Strut-Plus Assembly

  • Restores ride, handling and control of your vehicle
  • Pre-assembled for a quick and easy install
  • Specifically designed for domestic or import car/minivan applications

Shop for KYB products for your vehicle today!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2006 Honda Ridgeline
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Eugene, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2008

I've had them long enough to have driven in almost every condition on road, including deep snow, ice, heavy rain, dry highway, secondary roads with tight turns, and some highway cruising. I don't have any meaningful off-road experience to report.



These tires transformed the ride and tire noise levels to those of near car tires in our 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL. We had low-profile Toyo Proxes ST, and while the dry handling was great, that was the only joy I got from them.



The Geolander AT-S, the replacement for the AT-2's,is far better for typical driving (I've had the AT-2's), with the extra sidewall casing belt. It steers very well, and generally does what is asked of it. In my case that's a lot. The Ridgeline puts 'sports' into a truck: it has precise steering, high spring and shock rates, and a fully independent suspension. It drives like a quality sedan. Tires have no where to hide with this vehicle and any flaw or characteristic is made apparent.



I'm mostly amazed at the ride quality, and the near absence any noise. These tires soak up most road imperfections extremely well, especially on expansion joints going over bridges. Yokohama has done a great job balancing everything one needs in a AT rated tire, while giving you (me really, until you buy your own!) what you're hoping for.



I drive pretty briskly, and the handling is just great. I've bought performance tires for nearly 20 years (usually the best of the best) and these remind me of how they handle in the wet. Matter of fact I've yet to slide this truck in either wet or dry condition, and haved provoked them, but never unsettled them yet.



For those that are big on tire wear (it's not a selling feature for me at all), I'm happy to report uniform, but hardly perceptible wear. I don't think most people could even see it. Oh yes, one other thing, these tires do seem to balance quite well, too.



Overall Yokohama makes a great tire for the money. I can't see how a ti