Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.22
 
 

2007 Ford Fusion SE
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2014

Quite simply, if you live in the snow belt (as I do - Minnesota is roughly Scandinavia West), you MUST keep a set of 4 of these tires on winter rims. Now, no tire will keep you safe in ANY vehicle if you insist on driving 50 mph on packed snow and ice, but these are by far the best Winter ties I have every used. Use common sense and a light foot, and you are basically going to get through anything other than pure glare ice. During the latest major storm which virtually paralyzed the Twin Cities metro, I found myself able to even go UPHILL in my front-drive sedan past SUVs and 4X4s that were unable to move at all. Outstanding Winter tires. John C. - Eden Prairie, MN

All-Season Tires for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

With sophisticated all-wheel drive, traction control and weighing 5,622 pounds, you'd expect the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG to dominate in the snow. Surprisingly, this isn't the case because there are no all-season or winter tire choices made in the vehicle's 275/50R20 Original Equipment size. 

Do you own one of these amazing SUVs, but a few inches of snow have you sliding? It's time to get creative with your next tire purchase. 285/50R20 is about 1/2" wider, 3/10" larger in overall diameter, and meets the G63's Load Carrying capacity requirements and fits on the Original Equipment AMG rims. Going with the 285/50R20 size provides you with many dedicated winter / snow and all-season tire options. Snowbelt drivers who want their G63 to excel in the snow should install a set of snow tires.

Even those who reside in a warmer climate, such as Atlanta, should consider all-season tires for their Mercedes-Benz. For a great combination of wet grip, decent light snow traction and good overall handling, the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is hard to beat. Another great option to consider is the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus.

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Continental CrossContact LX20 $168*
Continental CrossContact LX20
with EcoPlus Technology
Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus $233*
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Alenza Plus


For more assistance in finding a good set of tires for your vehicle, read "Selecting the Right Tires."

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

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Dodge Charger
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Pasadena, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2014

just replaced my old good year F1 super car tires with these and let me tell you it is one -------- of a difference. my F1's didnt even last me more than 6 months but i will have to say i am a agressive driver that might of had something to do with it then ontop the treadwear was 220 so what could had i exxpected. i know its early on but just from riding with the new g maxs i am very happy, the ride is very comfy and smooth and it holds turns very well. now i have a 2011 charger RT Road and track and the F1's made allot of noise as soon as i got them but with the g maz's i cant hear a thing witch i was supprised because of the negative reviews ive seen but for all you charger owners dont be turned away the tires are solid and great looking on a 20 inch rim. i was lucky enough to have 2-3 inches of snow the next morning i had the tires put on and they had no problem at all moving along the traction control light didnt come on once and i didnt feel scared like i did in the F1's.its early on to revoiew and i will post as i go on but these tires are a steal and not to mention that TIRERACK had my tires at my garage at 10 in the morning when i orderd them 6 pm the night before i was shocked to how fast it was. i called around and the cheapest price i could get on this tire even at wholesalers was like 220 a tire compare to tireracks prices its a no brainer plus the added benefit i randomly heard from a friend that Merchant tire had a deal with tire rack to lower the mounting and balancing of the tires get this it was 50 bucks compared to the dealership at 120 or sears at 150 you cant beat that anywhere call arpound because i know i did and this whole set was a steal. Big props to tirerack and general you will continue to have my bussiness for sure and i woul;d recommend them to anyone

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09
 
 

2006 Infiniti M35 Luxury Package
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Manalapan, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

I have 2500 miles on these tires, as this is my winter set up, went from Yokohama S4( great tire)to this as I have another set of rims and tires (20In with General G Maxx, noisy tires)so these would only be winter all season for me. they are VERY quiet, ride very nice and handle ok, the Yoko's were the better but these are ok. I also had Conti DWS Extreme that I did not like and took off the car! These tires are as good if not better than the DWS. The Hankook s really surprised me in this category. I don't think you will be disappointed. we have had 4 major snow storms, ice and frigid temps since I had these.....

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.56
 
 

2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen SE
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Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

I have only had these tires a short time, but we got hit with about 8 inches of snow so far this storm. With OEM Continental All Season tires I was skating around in my Jetta Sportwagen in any amount of snow. After the first storm this season I ordered a set of the Altimax Arctic snow tires mounted on new rims. Boy am I glad I did, today's storm was a few inches of fresh powder that turned into hard pack during the morning rush hour. I was able to maintain grip on everything from the hard pack through the six inches of untouched snow in my driveway when I got home. I tested them out on the hill up my street and I was able to make it up without any trouble. I saw the video test for these tires here on tire rack where they put them up against 2 other brands and I am not disappointed in my choice.

I have run them for 2 weeks on cold but clear pavement and was pleased with the tire noise and feel. The road noise from the tires is no more than the OEM tires, likewise I have not had any reason to not be confident in the Altimax Arctic grip on dry surfaces. I no longer drive my cars "like I stole them" so I haven't come near finding the limits on these tires and I don't plan to. Really the only difference I feel with them is on a higher speed tighter curve, like a highway entrance/exit ramp. In that situation I can feel a slight rumble when the deep tread is under lateral stress.

If it wasn't for the holiday shipping crush, I would have had these mounted and balanced and on my doorstep the next day after ordering. The UPS driver was nice enough to disguise the stack of tires with my garbage can.

I am very happy with Tire Rack, their customer service and my new snow tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

I live on the prairies in Canada where the temps are averaging -25* Dec - March. We get lots of snow and lots of ice in town and on the highways. I bought the car in May and this was the first winter. I was nervous to use these tires as everyone here has winter tires due to our conditions. I was blown away by the traction and grip these tires have! I cant speak to what they would be like after, say 30000miles, but now they are great. I still most likely will purchase winter tires largely due to not wanting to ruin my good rims.

Overall I think they are great and I drive in some severe cold, snow, ice and slush 6 months of the year!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2002 Volvo V70 2.4
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2013

Have owned this car for about 7 years and this vehicle has always been terrible in the snow even with brand new all seasons. Various tire shops had tried to convince me to install a set of winter tires and I always thought they were just trying to sell me something I didn't need. Well this Fall in Minnesota the snow came earlier than normal and finally decided to try winter tires. Purchased 4 used rims from a Volvo salvage yard in Wisconsin and bought a set of 4 General Altimax Arctic tires and Wow! the difference is like night and day!! This FWD car just goes through the snow as if it were an All Wheel Drive vehicle. Easily plowed through 5-6 inches of snow without any difficulty. As an experiment stopped on my uphill driveway with about 4 inches of fresh snow on it. Then started again the tires didn't even spin they just grabbed and off it went. Even with new all seasons there is no way this car would have done that. It would have sat there and spun and the only way I might have made it up the hill would have been to back down and make several runs at it. Great tires for winter, worth every penny, totally satisfied!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.33
 
 

2013 Toyota Highlander
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: West Harrison, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

Early review, but as usual Blizzak's always deliver!! Always had them on my BMW's, first time putting snow tires on an SUV. What a difference especially with 19 inch rims. Drove comfortably as I need to be at the hospital everyday. I was rolling through the fast lane with Rovers trying to follow and they eventually bailed when the roads became unplowed. These tires were able to cruise right along comfortably passing all the stopped traffic. Invest the $$$ your safety is worth it!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1
 
 

2013 BMW 335i Cabriolet
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: West Harrison, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

second pair of these tires originally ran on a 2011 335xdrive coupe. The tires were great especially in snow, I used last set for approximately 26k miles, they were still good and had plenty of treadwear left. Just put these on a RWD convertible with an M sport package. Bought the 17 inch wheels to replace the staggered 19 inch summer rims. Couldn't feel safer with my wife driving it in her commute over the Tappan Zee Bridge in the snow. If you live in a cold weather area, snow tires definitely stop quicker in cold weather!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Carving Edge

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Carving EdgeReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36

2012 Fiat 500
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Miles driven on tires: 2,700
Location: Shrewsbury, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,700 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

Great purchase in terms of total cost (tires and rims). I drive 110 miles round trip per day (mixed highway & street) to work. These tires are the difference between being off the road in a ditch (calling AAA for roadside assistance) and motoring down the highway while others sturggle to make progress in poor conditions. As for the last 6 weeks we have had 60 to minus 5 degree weather and two significant snow storms. The first snow storm I took to the the road with these tires and was impressed with my ability to climb hills, corner, stop and plow through drifts. The best part was when I came home to a 20 plus inch snowbank at the end of the driveway and hit it at a reasonable speed breaking through without even slowing down (snow fying cover the hood, windshield and roof). The wife commented "please do not hit the garage door", and we came to a dead stop 6 feet away like we were on dry pavement in 10 inches of snow. I knew then and there these tires were excellent. My other car is an Audi A4 with winter Nokians, and these Pirelli's are on par in terms of performance (except for slight increasee in road noise, and this very likely a funnction of the sound dampening material betweeen a Fiat & an Audi, along with the size of the vehicles). Overall, great tires, I feel safe and in control when I hit the street, and look forward to taking on the winter conditions without a worry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2000 Audi TT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 35,575
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,575 Miles on Tires
November 30, 2013

I drive larger rim summer tires but for winter now on my 4th of the Dunlop so I am a believer. Get about 35,000 per set. The perfect compromise: excellent in snow, slush, very very good on dry highway, good on ice. Great price. However, I have Blizzak on my wife's SUV since most of her driving is local and my primary concern would be stopping at icy intersections. Both seem the equal in snow, hwy handling easily goes to the Dunlop, ice capability to the Blizzak

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2007 Acura RDX
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Florissant, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

Going through 3rd winter with these tires on OEM rims (only used during winter months). Just traveled through the middle of winter blast 4 days ago (had total of 10+ inches of snow by end) with no problems (slower driving of course) compared to all seasons. Confidence increased when traveling during snow and ice with these tires. Great tire!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2008 Honda CRV LX
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Towaco, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2014

The perfect winter tire. I replaced my all-seasons with a set of these and now I can drive with confidence in the snow. I researched snow tires to death before I decided on these and it was a great decision. When I'm buying tires I spend almost too much time researching online because of the high expense and I want the best for my money. You cant beat the price for the performance. I priced out local shops for 17" tires for my CRV and I ended up saving money by downsizing the wheel to a 16"and going with a rim/wheel combo from tire rack. So far the performance is perfect given the limits of my FWD car. Driving up steep hills with these in FWD will still spin your tires but I can at least pass people that don't obviously have winter tires. My biggest concern with snow and ice driving is cornering and BRAKING! Last week I had to brake hard at a stop light on snow and the ABS didnt even activate. The tires did their job. On the cornering, I still use great caution but I have not had any problems with these so far. If your trying to decide on which snow tire is better than the other and are stuck on a few different brands, stop wasting your time and but the Arctic's!.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2010 Infiniti FX35 AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Brookfield, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 19, 2014

So far the tires are great. They have excellent grip when accelerating in the snow and surprising very good on dry roads. One of the better winter tires I've driven. Stopping power on snow has been excellent and a great improvement over the Bridgestone All Season. Ride comfort is great but I'm coming from 20" all season rims. Road noise I think is normal. I typically have the stero on so I'm never to worried about noise. For those interested these are meant for winter time only. I personally will be switching back to all seasons for the spring. So far so good and Extremely pleased with my purchase. I will buy these again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2013 Acura TL SH-AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 1,800
Location: Roseville, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,800 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2013

I could not stand the lacking quality of OE tires (Eagle RS-A) So after I bought my car, I sold off my OE (40 miles on them) and bought a new set of tires. I ended with Bridgestone Turenza Serenity Plus and could not be happier.

There is a huge difference between Ultra High Performance and GT(grand touring) All season tires with 19" rims. You are trading off nimble and aggressive traction for a far better ride and sound characteristic. Since I have AWD I figured I was not losing much.

What I was after, that OE tires did not supply, was a smooth/quiet ride with solid all-season traction without changing to 17" or 18" rims. I was told that was impossible with AWD car however those bloggers were wrong. My stock size was 245/40 r19 so I went with a plus 0 size, 255/40 R19 to gain better ride. I gained maybe 7mm of sidewall and whammo it worked.

First off 255/40 R 19 recommended rim size was 8.5 to 10" and my stock rims were 19x8. I checked with numerous resources and posts/discussions of people that did the same thing, what I found was that it was fine.

Initially I tried Continentals DWS 245/40 R19 (was no 255/40 option) and loved their traction. Yet the ride was too sporty, granted they were far better than OE tires. Then I was talked into Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus in 255/40 R 19 (Ultra High Perf All season) - Traction and control were great however the tires were noisy & ride quality was not quite what I wanted.

So I then tried Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus (Grand Touring All-Season) in 255/40 R 19. Talk about night and day, these tires have solid dry, wet and snow traction with unbelievable silent/silky smooth ride. My wife could not believe it. She said, "I felt like I was driving a totally different model of TL!" Seriously, I highly recommend these tires.

Sidenote: 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD Advanced package - If you want a far smoother ride, change your stock 245/40 R19 tires to these Bridgestones in 255/40 r19. Trust me, pure silky awesomeness.

 

Best Nissan Murano Tires for All-Season and Snow Traction.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Gary Stanley

My in-laws recently purchased a 2010 Nissan Murano SL. They were looking for a crossover SUV to use for traveling and daily driving and this vehicle fit the bill perfectly. While the Murano was in excellent condition, the tires were not. The tires' remaining tread depth measured at 4/32" in the rear and closer to 2/32" in the front. With winter fast approaching, this is not an acceptable tread depth for reliable snow traction that we need in this part of the country. We recommend a minimum tread depth of 6/32" to begin a winter season. Below this depth and the tire is reduced to "nibbling" at the snow rather than biting through it to find traction. 

I prefer winter / snow tires for our area, especially due to the heavy lake effect snowstorms that frequent during the winter months. Winter tires, like the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, have much better winter traction than an all-season option. You can view my experience with this tire on a crossover vehicle by reading "My Story on Winter Tires."

However, my in-laws only to want purchase a single set of tires to use year-round, so I needed to find them an all-season tire with especially good snow traction. Affordable tires with great ride quality, treadwear and wet traction were also high on their priority list. Rather than purchase aftermarket rims, these were to be installed on the factory aluminum alloy wheels. Based on their situation, I recommended three tires, the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia and Firestone Destination LE 2

 CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
422 Ecopia
 Firestone Destination LE 2
Firestone Destination
LE 2


Which tires did they choose? It would be hard to go wrong with any of these tires as they're all very highly ranked in our customer survey results. After looking over our data, customer reviews and tire tests, they chose the Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology for its winter traction and 70,000-mile treadwear warranty.   

To see if your tires are appropriate for winter driving, read "Tread Depth - Why Too Little is Never Enough."

Which Wheels are Best for Winter Use?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Many drivers seek plain black steel wheels (also called steel rims) for winter use due to their low cost and durability. In many cases, steel wheels aren't available for a vehicle due to brake caliper clearance or another reason, and therefore an aluminum alloy wheel must be used instead. For a comparison between the two options, read "Steel Rims vs. Alloy Wheels for Winter Use."

While many aftermarket wheels work quite well for winter use, not all wheel finishes and sizes are appropriate or ideal for driving on snow-covered roads. Here are some examples of finishes and/or fitments that you should try to avoid if possible: 

  • Lower offset wheels that will stick out. Wheel and tire combinations that stick out will throw more snow, ice, sand and other debris up against the side of the vehicle. Some aftermarket rims can stick out too far and cause this problem. When possible, try to be more conservative by selecting wheels with higher offsets to keep the wheel and tire set-up within the vehicle's fender wells.
  • Polished and chrome wheels. These types of wheel (including those with chromed lips) finishes either have no protective clearcoat or a very light clearcoat and aren't going to hold up well for winter use. The salt, ice melt chemicals and sand used on winter roads will quickly destroy the finish on these wheels.
  • Some wheels with machined faces and lips with thin, sprayed, clearcoats. Just like fully polished and chrome wheels, these types are vulnerable to salt, ice melt chemicals and sand. It's best to keep them away from these to maintain a good looking wheel finish. Remember, not all clearcoat finishes are the same.

Are you not sure which wheel to choose? Don't worry, we work closely with wheel manufactures to assure the finish of the wheels we have listed with our Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages can hold up in harsh winter environments. When you shop for wheels on our site, the wheels and sizes listed are pre-filtered to avoid possible finish problems, as well as fitment issues. You can rest assured that the wheels you purchase will be great for winter use and will go well with your winter / snow tires!

I Have a Staggered Vehicle, Can I Go Back to a Square Set-Up?

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

The industry's trend of offering vehicles with different size tires in the front and rear (staggered) continues. This can be a frustration point for some unsuspecting consumers. First, tire choices can be fewer than hoped when trying to find two different sizes that match in the same brand. Second, prices on the larger rear pair can be more than expected. Third, tire rotations are either non-existent or limited to a side-to-side scheme.

What are your options besides staying with the staggered set-up? One option is to square up the vehicle. This is very common when running a dedicated Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. In most cases, this can be accomplished as the front and rear size difference lies in the width only, and not the height. Therefore, by simply using the front size on the rear, or possibly an intermediate size, you accomplish this goal.  

There are some things to watch out for before venturing down this road. You must make sure it is in fact only a difference in width. If there's a significant difference in height, you will not want to square up. This could cause the vehicle's electronic systems, such as ABS and traction control, to become confused.

The second thing to consider is the rims' widths of your wheels and whether or not the narrower tire will fit on the wider rear wheel. If not, there may be an intermediate size that will work on both the front and rear wheel widths.

You can get a tire's overall diameter and rim width ranges from our website by checking the "Specs" page for the tires you're interested in. The widths of your current wheels may require a conversation with the dealer.

For more information on properly rotating your staggered or squared set-up, read "Tire Rotation Instructions."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.18
 
 

2001 Chevrolet Suburban 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Fairmont, WV
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2013

I'm going on 3 years with these tires and getting ready to rotate for the second time. With just over 12,000 miles on them, I am halfway to the wear bars, so I expect less than 25K miles out of these tires. I am really dissappointed with the life of these tires.

I think these tires might have a too weak of a sidewall for in-town driving that requres a lot of sharp turns in a Suburban as I find the outside edges of the tread are really chewed up after extended driving that doesn't involve highway miles. Any hard cornering feels like the tire is going to roll off the rim.

Straight line/highway driving is where these tires excel. These tires are really quiet and have great traction in all conditions, including snow.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, April 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2012 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,837
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,837 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2013

I ordered 2 sets of these tires ( both studded, hence the lower dry traction score and noise ) with new steel rims, one set for my brother who has the identical vehicle. I have just over 7780 kms on these, ordered October 15th, installed on the 22nd of October.

These tires are AMAZING in the snow, and equally competent on ice with the carbide studs. Wear seems to be non-existant, however I haven't measured the tread depth. The only downside to having studded tires though is the noise, which is more annoying at lower speeds in town, as well as reduced traction braking and accelerating on dry road in the winter.

With the traction control off, you can break them loose in wet snow, but it takes a bit of throttle to do so. With traction control on, this car is like a 4x4, I managed to climb about a 25 degree incline with about 5 inches of fresh wet snow ( back lane that didn't get plowed ) without losing forward momentum, although the traction light was flickering.

If you live in the snow belt, you need these tires. If you also have a lot of ice in the winter ( melt/freeze cycles + rain and snow ) you need them studded. What a difference over driving most of my life on all seasons.