Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.4
 
 

2014 Infiniti Q50S 3.7
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Shingle Springs, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2014

These are horrible. Loud, stiff, unresponsive junk. They are a Run Flat tire so that's got a lot to do with it. I replaced them in 1000 miles with a set of Bridgestone SP-04s: what a HUGE difference that made in the car! These go into the cellar for the end of lease return.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2011 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2014

I live at 7,000 feet in Colorado on a dirt road (and 100 yd gravel driveway.) We've just been through one of the most extreme winters in decades, with -27 temps and plenty of snow. My wife (a nature photographer) and I also drive extensively around the USA, often in bad weather and to... unusual :) destinations.

These tires have been incredibly wonderful, restoring the sense of rock-solid reliability on any road surface or weather conditions that I used to get in our old Subaru Impreza. I did notice a small MPG hit compared to the OEM tires, perhaps 2mpg, but that's a price I am willing to pay.

Now after 35k miles, I am sensing the tires will not come close to the 80k mile warranty. That would be sad, but I'm not willing to give up the performance for more mileage. I'd rather be able to drive safely and avoid sliding into a ditch or another vehicle :)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

1998 Plymouth Neon Highline Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Everett, WA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

We first bought these tires for my wife's Toyota Yaris. These tires have a bead saver type edge/sidewall and they rubbed on her plastic wheel covers causing a squeak noise on slow speed turns. Kind of annoying. When taking off the snow tires this spring I installed them on the aluminum rims on our Neon and the squeak noise is gone. If you have wheel covers you might choose a different tire.
These tires drive great, they have real good wet traction and have a smooth quiet ride. Minimal wheel weights were used to balance them. This is the start of the second summer for them and they have very little tread wear showing yet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude TourReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2008 Honda CRV EX-L
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Lake Peekskill, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2010

Ok so here is my story...much of like the previous CR-V owners, the stock tires, whether the Dueler's or the Continentals...don't really satisfy the driver or the car. I was stuck with the Dueler's last winter, and instead decided to drive my Honda Civic in the snow. I stretched out the life of my Dueler's to about 28,500 miles. Since then, about November 2009, I've upgraded to the Michelin Latitude Tour.



I am 25 years old, with a 1 year old daughter. My wife and I share the two cars we own. I bought my CR-V in April of 2008 and by the following spring was looking to get rid of it. The tread wear wasn't really bad so I decided to wait until this winter to put a better set of tires on and see if there was a difference...



I can't put into words the improvement. I live in Putnam County, NY about an hour or so north of Manhattan. And recently we've had our fair share of bad weather as has much of the northeast. I have purposely tested these tires in as many adverse conditions as possible. I drive pretty aggressively on a daily basis so I feel confident I can give you a pretty good review of this tire. It handles, dry, wet, slippery, snow and ice, its a world of difference. No more traction light when you accelerate on wet roads...these tires grip. I can also notice a tremendous difference in the comfort of the ride. It feels like the car is brand new again and I drives better than I ever did. Although I have a heavy foot, there are plenty of times I am easy on the gas...especially when my daughter is in the car. So for those times, when I am not so quick to jump on the gas, I have noticed about 2-3 mi/gal better gas mileage.



Bottom line...The OEM tires on 2008 Honda CR-V's (I'm sure all of the one's from 07-11's) are horrible...anything will be better. If you chose to go with the Michelin Tour's, you won't be disappointed!

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

Restore Ride Quality with KYB Shocks and Struts

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

If you're looking to restore ride comfort and replace your worn-out factory shocks, take a look at the KYB line of suspension products. Their shocks and struts are reasonably priced and feature a lifetime warranty when used with factory springs. 

KYB has been recognized around the world as a leader in the design and production of state-of-the-art gas shocks and struts. They employ a process of continuous refinement and improvement of their products since its founding over 50 years ago.

KYB's most popular model, the GR-2, features dampening rates that are similar to factory for a familiar feel and an emphasis on ride quality. If you are using an aftermarket lowering spring and have a need for an adjustable shock up to the task of effectively controlling your high performance car, be sure to check out the KYB AGX Adjustable. Depending on the application, the AGX Adjustable features 4-8 way adjustability that controls both compression and rebound with the turn of a knob.

Also, when you purchase any four KYB Shocks, Struts or Strut-Plus before April 30, you can receive a $40 mail-in rebate.

O.Z. Racing Tuner System Wheels

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Spring is here and what better time than now to outfit your vehicle with a set of O.Z. Racing Tuner System wheels. In 2006, Tire Rack became the North American distributor for O.Z. Racing wheels. This partnership includes O.Z. Racing's prestigious, custom 3-piece wheel program -- O.Z. Racing Tuner System. This program helps expand fitment limitations normally found with one-piece wheels. Additional brake clearance and maximum outer lip depth are just some of the benefits this system provides. Applications are available for many of the world's most exotic cars including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, as well as a wide variety of luxury and performance cars.

How does the process work? O.Z. Racing Tuner System's 3-piece wheel components -- wheel center, inner rim section and outer rim section -- are produced in the same facility, with the same machinery and using the same technology as F1 race wheels. Rim diameters are available in 18", 19", 20" and 22" with inner rim widths of 5.5" to 9.5" and outer rim widths of 1" to 4" possible. Tire Rack's complete, in-house inventory of all 3-piece wheel components means quick turn-around with assembled wheels shipping within 1-2 days of order receipt.

Precise wheel assembly is performed at Tire Rack using an exacting process that maintains and enhances the structural integrity originally built into each individual wheel component. O.Z. Racing Tuner System supplies a proprietary fastener specific to its 3-piece wheels to ensure the highest level of structural integrity. These fasteners alone do not guarantee a properly assembled wheel and tightening. Thus, Tire Rack uses a factory-certified Ingersoll Rand DC Electric Fastening System to tighten O.Z. Racing Tuner System's proprietary fasteners.

The assembly torque of these critical fasteners is controlled and repeatable to less than 1/2%. Tire Rack's fastening system produces traceable measurements of torque to spec every time. In fact, wheels custom-assembled at Tire Rack are shipped with a computerized print out that shows in detail the settings used to assemble each wheel. Proper torque (fasteners tightened to spec so they won't break or loosen) and run-out (radial and lateral roundness for vibration-free rides) are recorded.

Once assembled, each O.Z. Racing Tuner System 3-piece wheel gets a unique serial number noted on a sticker placed on the inside of the wheel near the valve stem.

Introducing the Dunlop Direzza DZ102

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

A new release for this spring season is the Dunlop Direzza DZ102. This tire, a direct replacement for the Direzza DZ101, features many improvements to build upon from the mark set by its predecessor. The DZ101 was always reasonably well liked in its category due to its low cost and strong dry grip. However, it suffered slightly because of noise comfort and treadwear.

DZ102 tires feature a higher treadwear rating that should increase the life expectancy of the tire. The tire delivers head-turning performance in warm, dry and wet conditions. It also has a less pronounced, but still directional tread pattern, that aims to cut down noise. Like the DZ101, the DZ102 is classified as an Ultra High Performance Summer tire and retains one of the better price-points in the class. Now through May 31, 2014, when you purchase a set of four Dunlop Direzza DZ102 tires, you can receive a $40 Tire Rack Prepaid MasterCard by mail-in rebate.

With winter finally over, expect test results on this tire and many others in the coming months!

Winter Tires Off and Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires On?

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

It looks like spring has actually sprung! This week we'll get more than one warm day in a row. That's great for us, especially after this winter, but consistent warm weather isn't so good for your snow tires. Their specialized rubber compound will wear prematurely in warmer temperatures. So winter tires off, summer tires on, right? Not necessarily, as you may want to consider an all-season tire. Consider the following factors on whether you should get a summer or all-season tire.

Summer tires, especially on a powerful sporty car with great innate handling, allows you to push your vehicle to its limits. In order to benefit from the higher grip and crisper steering response of summer tires, you really have to love to drive and/or your vehicle is so performance oriented that it needs summer tires to handle correctly.

Are you not as intense during your daily commute? Exact attributes will vary from tire to tire, but you might be disappointed with a summer tire's higher tread noise, harsher ride, faster wear and poor grip in colder temperatures. Maybe you'd rather emphasize a quiet, more comfortable ride, with better longevity and cold weather versatility combined with enhanced emergency handling? Then consider options in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category instead of a summer tire.

I'd take a good look at the Michelin Sport A/S 3 for its superior wet and dry grip, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS for its versatility in the face of an unexpected spring or fall snowstorm and the Kumho Ecsta 4X for its combination of decent wet grip, crisp steering response and value.

Ultra High Performance All-Season Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3
Ultra High Performance All-Season Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Ultra High Performance All-Season Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta
4X


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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1
 
 

2000 Volkswagen Golf GL
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Chester Springs, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2014

I have over 220,000 miles on my Golf and have had Goodyear Eagle LS, BF Goodrich Traction TA (twice) and a Kuhmo tire (don't remember which one) and this Yokahama is BY FAR the best tire I've ever had on this car!
I cannot believe the traction it has in not only the wet, but the snow is really good. It feels like a full-blown snow tire to me.
Dry traction and handling is much better than any of the other tires I've had on the car. The sidewall doesn't roll-over during hard cornering (sorry, I'm a licensed SCCA driver so all of my cars go around corners quickly LOL).
Noise is hard to say, it's a 2000 VW Golf so it's not the quietest car to start with. Noise from the tires doesn't seem too bad at all.
All I can say is, this tire is night and day different than any of the other tires I've tried. You really should try them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA6 s Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

Wow. Fantastic. Expectations met and then some. I upgrade from Hankook Ventus V12's and even though these tires are in the same class, the PSS is a revelation. The PSS were a little noisier than I thought they'd be when I first got them, but the noise is of a different quality, lower frequency but not boomy, so it is not an issue. Compared to the V12's, the PSS feel like suction cups going down the road; my car has never felt this planted before. I first put them on the day before I went down to Tail of the Dragon, so they were immediately pushed to their limits. At the limit, they do not squeal; the V12's squealed quite a bit even when they had grip in reserve. Grip was noticeably increased in all situations. I even ran them in a torrential downpour the 4th day I had them; never felt a loss of grip once in heavy rain. Even the reduction in feedback from the wheel during the rain was noticeably less than the loss of feel for the Ventus V12's. These tires are multi-talented wonders. They ride more comfortably, although that could be related to running slightly lower pressures than I ran on my V12's.

The only gripes I have is that for my particular setup, steering response seems dulled. I am going to try slightly higher tire pressures this summer to see if that can remedy that without reducing ride quality or the incredibly planted feel they gave. Also, grip is noticeably less, although still very progressive, when the temperatures head south. Compared to the V12's, grip falls off quicker below 50 degrees. A shame because Michigan can bounce between 30 degree mornings and 60 degree days in the spring and fall. But overall, these are excellent tires I would recommend to anyone wanting to run a summer tire, regardless of price, which is also not bad for a Michelin. This feels like a pinnacle product, I can't wait to see where they go next!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.22
 
 

2008 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Clifton Park, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

The van came with the Michelin LX4's which wore out at 40k. Was very happy with the feel of the Michelins in all conditions except for the snow in which they were dreadful. I use Blizzaks in the winter on dedicated wheels. Purchased the RT43's to replace the LX4's thinking that spring was here and wouldn't you know it, we get hit with a snow/ice storm. The RT43's were quite good in the snow/ice on brand new tires although I prefer a dedicated snow tire for the van.

For regular driving the RT43's are close to the Michelins but I prefer the feel of the Michelins. However, given the price differential between a new set of LX4's (or Defenders) and the all around capability of the RT43's plus favorable reviews, these tires get high marks and were worth a try. If they last 50K for this van which has a reputation for eating up tires, it is a no brainer. If they don't last, back to the Michelins.

As far as fuel economy is concerned, I think that the Michelins are better but time will tell.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2006 Porsche Cayman S With Standard Brakes
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Hingham, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2014

Drove these tires from Spring thru Fall last year including 1 autocross and 6 track days. Performed and wore much better than the Michelin PS2's they replaced. Stiff sidewalls were a big plus at the track, but the ride quality and noise were still acceptable on the street. Very predictable cornering at the track and easy to modulate at the limit although you need to watch tire pressures which rise quickly at the start of each day.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Belington, WV
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 03, 2014

I live on a mountaintop farm in rural West Virginia. The road into the farm is steep and 1/2 mile long. Plus they don't get around to plowing the county roads for several days after a storm. This season, 2013-14 has been a great test of these tires. My wife and I have two identical 2009 Subaru Forester vehicles. Hers has a new set of all season tires and mine has these Goodyear WRTs. I bought these tires based on the good reviews I have read about them. I am glad to say the reviews are correct. These tires are awesome! I have yet to get stuck or even slide around even in the deepest snow and on glare ice. They go in any conditions. I have to remind myself not to get carried away with driving in bad conditions because it feels like I am on dry pavement. I tackle very steep roads in 10" of fresh snow and barely have any wheelspin. On ice I have tried emergency stopping and fooling around trying to break the tires loose and they amaze me with their gripping and stopping power. Compared to the all season tires on my wife's car they are probably 3 to 4 times better. I now consider the all seasons dangerous to drive. Bottom line is that these tires have exceeded my expectations and get the highest rating from me. Going with a pure winter tire like this is the only way to go. Spring for the spare set of rims and run them just in the winter. That also lets you get pure summer tires for max performance during the rest of the year. I have bought my last set of all season tires. Congrats to Goodyear for a job well done on these tires. I hope when they finally wear out that they will still be available. No sign of wear yet but it is the first season. Surprisingly good handling on dry pavement and very acceptable noise level. They run smooth as silk. Buy these!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2008 Land Rover LR2 SE
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Spring Bay, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

After 5 Illinois winters and 5 snowy trips to MN in December, these are shot, but they have served their purpose. No accidents, no property damage, and strong piece of mine when driving on them. We are ready to purchase another set of the same, almost time to swap out for the 20's, summer is finally almost here. It's been a VERY long winter, and we've beaten our all-time snowfall record by almost 5" this year. Measurable snowfall 41 days this winter, also a record. I would absolutely recommend these to anyone with an SUV, and one of my friends has them on his CTS-V as well, and has been surprised by snowfall, and it's controllable with these tires as well.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2011 Honda Insight
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Hastings, MI
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2014

I drive 60-100 miles daily on 2-lane 55mph country roads in Michigan. Having a small hybrid is a challenge in the winter. This is the 2nd winter I have used these tires, and I think that I will use these in the spring this year and ride them until they wear out and then replace them in the late fall with some new snows. I like them enough to replace with the same model from michelin. These performed great in deep snow, this winter has been the snowiest since the 1950's here in michigan and if the frame wasnt dragging, then I would drive to work. Noise is alittle louder than I thought, but they handle well with/without snow, much better on dry pavement than the OEM tires. Wear is fine, just that they loose their winter grip while still having plenty of tread remaining. That is why I will use these as my nice weather tire at the end of their life.

Raise Ride Height and Go Big with Traxda Lift and Level Kits

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

"How big of a tire can I install on my truck?" This question is one I receive on almost a daily basis. While each truck is different and some can occasionally accept taller tires with the factory suspension in place, the easiest way to insure proper fitment of a taller or wider tire is to increase the amount of travel between the top of the tire and fender well.

Leveling kits increase the amount of clearance on the front axles between one and three inches on average and will often enable the owner to increase tire size without rubbing issues. Most trucks tend to have a rake from the factory that causes the front of the truck to sit lower in the front when the bed is unloaded. With a leveling kit, this rake can be corrected and clearances improved.

Traxda Lift and Level Kits relocate the mounting point of the spring that holds the truck up without changing the location of the stock suspension arms. Installation of this kit allows for use of up to 35" tall tires (17"-26" rims, stock offset, depending on application) without rubbing. Most kits are a direct bolt-on style, simple and easy to install with nothing more than common hand tools and require no modifications to your vehicle. The kits retain stock ride quality.

Lift and Level Kit Features:

  • Precision laser cut solid steel technology engineered to exact tolerances
  • Does not change preload
  • Maintains stock ride quality on most vehicles
  • Requires no disassembly of the strut
  • Depending on application, stock shocks or stock-length aftermarket shocks can be used
  • Shock brackets included where applicable
  • Alignment specs provided
  • Truck can be returned to stock when required
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Made in the USA

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Looking for Lightweight Track Wheels at a Great Price? The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is Your Answer

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Autocross and track season are quickly approaching and many racers have already begun to plan for upcoming races and events. As most enthusiasts know, switching out your vehicle's heavy, factory steel or alloy wheels is one of the easiest performance upgrades to your track vehicle. By switching to a lighter weight wheel, your car will instantly feel quicker and respond better compared to your stock wheels. The rotational force to get a lighter weight wheel to move and stop is less, therefore the engine and braking system of the car can respond quicker. Reducing the unsprung weight will also reap benefits when cornering, as the shocks and springs will have less weight to dampen during rebound and compression.

Typically, the answer to a lighter wheel is purchasing a fully forged alloy wheel, however, this option can become expensive for some. There are many highly engineered cast alloy options that are more affordable and provide a great bang for your buck.


Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Black Painted

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Bright Silver Paint

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Gold Painted

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Special Brilliant Coating


Enkei Racing Series' RPF1 uses a revolutionary MAT Process to make lighter weight wheels. MAT is a technology for producing an aluminum wheel by combining Enkei's MAP (Most Advanced Production) and flow-forming forging technology. MAP is a highly automated system. Each process is connected in a single-piece flow system that transports wheels from the melting process, through heat treatment and on to machining. The process of spinning the rim vs. casting it to both shape and elongate it produces a finer, more even aluminum structure and ensures the wheel will remain lightweight and strong. The complete MAT process has a drastic impact on the microstructure of aluminum and results in outstanding improvement of the mechanical property of the material.

As wheels and tires become larger, use of the MAT process to manufacture wheels becomes even more important. In order to reduce weight under a vehicle's suspension, larger wheels must remain light. Enkei Racing Series' new generation of 10% - 15% lighter weight, forged MAT wheels are strong and retain optimum anti-flex properties.

The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is offered in black painted, bright silver paint, gold painted and special brilliant coating finishes for a wide assortment of vehicles like BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Honda. Shop by vehicle to see if the Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is offered as a performance upgrade for your track car.

Introducing the New O.Z. Racing Leggera HLT

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Spring will be underway shortly and that means many new wheel styles will be available. While there are many fresh designs that have caught my eye, none has impressed me more than the new Leggera HLT from O.Z. Racing.

The Leggera HLT, with its split 5-spoke design, is clean, well made and has an excellent bright race grey finish. It's also light, something we expect after having carried O.Z. Racing's Ultraleggera and Superleggera wheels for quite some time. The Leggera HLT is available in 17"-20" rim diameters with most of the popular widths, offsets and bolt patterns being represented.

O.Z. Racing never compromises on quality and complies with all official regulations, including the stringent rules of T.U.V., the German control office. They constantly submit their wheels to multiple comprehensive testing to measure road stress. And to detect minute flaws, wheels are put under pressure in a specially designed water tank and scanned for hidden flaws by X-ray. Further examination is done by computer and electron microscopes. Finally, an anti-corrosion treatment is given, followed by a protective lacquer coating and final cleaning.

Search by vehicle to see if this new O.Z. Racing is a fit for your car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

1998 Volkswagen Beetle
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
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Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2014

Bought a set of Blizzaks for my daughter's New Beetle in November. Her first reaction was, these tires are great and I don't slide or spin anymore when it rains. Then she drove in the snow and was thrilled that the car ahead of her was spinning wheels trying to get up a hill and she didn't slide or spin once, just went right up the hill. With the winter we've had here in Maryland, this was the perfect winter to have a set of dedicated winter tires. And if SHE notices the difference, they have to be an incredible tire for winter driving. We will go back to all-seasons for spring, summer and fall, but these tires will be on my "snow" vehicles from December through March every year.