Best Brake Pads for 2014? It Could Be Brembo's New Offering

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

All brake pads produce dust as they wear. However, there are some pad materials that create a less noticeable dust and don't make your wheels look like they're covered in tar. A newer form of friction material, called ceramic composite, creates a light-colored dust that's much less noticeable and is less likely to stick to your wheels. Ceramic pads are quieter and easier on brake rotors. These pads can also extend brake life beyond a semi-metallic pad.

New this year are the Ceramic Brake Pads from Brembo. The pads are available to fit most popular sporty sedans and coupes like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Designed and engineered to enhance braking power, Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads minimize braking distances while offering a quiet and safe braking experience on a variety of road conditions. Original Equipment Direct Moulding Pressing Process provides a proper and accurate fit. The positive molding process uses extreme pressure to compress friction materials and provide balanced bonding to the backing plate. Each pad is then thermal scorched following Brembo's O.E. specifications to lessen running-in and fading.

Brembo's multi-layer ESE (Elastomer - Steel - Elastomer) red shim, clearly identifying the pads as Brembo pads, dampens noise and minimizes vibrations. Additional noise dampening is handled by the backing plate which also acts as a heat shield to reduce heat transfer to the caliper.

If you're looking to change the pads on your vehicle and want an alternative to black brake dust, take a look at the Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads. When changing brake pads, it's a good time to change brake wear sensors and maybe time to consider changing your brake fluid. Don't forget you'll get free shipping on all brakes, suspension and other parts and accessories on your order over $50.

Free Shipping at Tire Rack on Parts and Accessories Orders Over $50

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Starting this week, we've made some changes in regards to the way we handle our shipping charges. Free shipping is now offered on all products in the parts and accessories categories (shown below). Eligible products purchased must total $50 or more (not including taxes) to qualify for free shipping.

Accessory items that qualify for free shipping include:

Free shipping offer does not apply to tire and wheel purchases. This offer is valid only to retail customers in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Friday, February 7, 2014 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 Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.15
 
 

2007 Honda Pilot EX 2WD
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Miles driven on tires: 65,000
Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 65,000 Miles on Tires
December 16, 2013

So great, I'd just bought my second set. After spending several hours searching reviews for a better set, I decided to go back with the tires I was 100% satisfied with. Very responsive to braking and accelerating. Okay for side stability/cornering... in part due to worn suspension (shocks, bushings and sway bar links) and the high center of gravity for Honda Pilots. Road noise was hardly noticeable compared to the original Goodyear Integrity. Compared to them, tread lasted much longer on the HTS. One advice: do not let their price tag disguise you.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.22

2004 Volkswagen Touran 1.9TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

Overall, this a very good tire. I am driving a Eurospec VW Touran 1.9TDI in Germany and with it being a Highline, I have the factory sport suspension. Overall, I am impressed with how they handle. Coming from ExtremeContact DWS, it is a slight downgrade, and different class of tire, but a predictable tire. I drive spiritedly some days and easy others. Snow traction is very good in my opinion as the traction control very rarely intervenes. Braking is decent in snow and good in dry. Wet traction is OK, but I trust every tire as far as I can throw it in the rain. Steering response is really good and accurate and with my Touran, I have no problem keeping up with other drivers and/or showing them up. They do not let you know when they are ready to give up though. That could boil down to electric steering though. Most cars lack tactile feedback with electric steering setups, so I won't ding the tire for that. ECO, don't know. I average 42MPG for the most part, so I don't know if I am really seeing the return in my wallet with the ECO rating. As I am on my 5th set of Conti's, I have lots of faith in this brand. I have driven on many different brands, but I tend to come back to Conti. This is my 3rd set in a row as I had the ExtremeContacts on an E39 530d and enjoyed those. With Conti, you really can't go wrong, and why pay more for the other brands. I trust Conti and will stick with them and of course, TIRE RACK. Can't beat the service and knowledge. I have no problem recommending this tire to anyone that is looking for a good all season tire.

What Size Rims Fit My Car?

Friday, May 17, 2013 by Colin .

Deciding what size wheels fit a car isn't a simple process. You must consider details, such as bolt pattern, offset, width and diameter. We have made the process easy by already taking these factors into account. When you shop for wheels by vehicle on our site, you'll be able to see all options that fit. Tire Rack's website only shows sizes we know will safely work on the vehicle. We also let users know important information, including the fitment may be aggressive and may require fender modifications for a proper fit. 

To ensure a match for your car, we measure your vehicle's critical components with sophisticated electronic tools that allows our fitment engineers to create extremely accurate drawings of these parts. We do the same for the wheels that we offer and then use Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs to match the wheels to a vehicle. Using these electronic tools helps us verify the numerous different critical areas before a wheel can be listed for a vehicle. The items we measure or verify include:

  • Bolt Pattern
  • Centerbore
  • Hub Interference
  • Load Capacity
  • Lug Hardware
  • Suspension Components

When viewing wheels in our Upgrade Garage, you can filter options by diameter, price, finish, brand and even weight. Some vehicles come from the factory with a staggered wheel size fitment and our fitment listings will indicate if we have larger rear wheels for your car. Even if your car originally came with larger rear wheels, you can elect to use the same size in the front and rear if you don't want to stay with a staggered set-up. This will allow you to rotate your tires. Also in our Upgrade Garage, you can select the option that allows you to view the wheels on your vehicle.

For more information on choosing the right wheel for your car, read "Why Shop for Wheels by First Selecting a Vehicle?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2007 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Bryson City, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 07, 2013

I have always prefered a Michelin tire, and have had great service from them over the years. The prices are high, and I have wondered if part of that is paying for the name? A few years ago, we purchased a new truck with General tires on it, and the tires performed flawlessly. In fact those 11 year-old Generals were are currently on a farm trailer, and show no signs of dry rot, or other problems. After much thought, I decided to give these Generals a try. These tires are very quiet and smooth. They have great resistance to hydroplaning, which is a feature that I like a lot. The tires are not great in the snow, but than a V-8 powered RWD car is not so great in the snow either. I have a designated AWD winter vehicle, so winter traction does not matter to me. We live in the mountains with lots of winding roads, and tires get punished around here. I have the car set up with a stiff aftermarket suspension, so it rides harsh and corners like a sports car. The car no longer handles like a traditional Crown Victoria. Infact this car has seen an AutoCross track more then once... The OE tires where very soft and the car had a tendency to oversteer with them on it. These tires take the curves very well. So far they have passed the test. I plan to purchase three more sets, one for my wife's Crown Vic, and two sets for our two vintage Pontiac Trans AM show cars. For the price, nothing else compares. General seems to have hit the mark!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2000 Mazda Miata SCCA STR Class
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: New Castle, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
April 26, 2013

I bought these BFGoodrich Rival tires for use as Autocross only on an NB miata using 8" wheels. The 205/50R15 size has a slight stretch on this size wheel, making for a stiffer sidewall at lower pressures for better turn in response. I have a limited number of miles on the Rival since it is not driven at all on the street, but have competed in 6 full Autocross events on the tire(6-9 runs/event at an average of 60seconds/run).

The Rival is stiff, but compliant over bumps and does not give a harsh ride. Wear is exceptionally good. When paired with the proper amount of camber, and heat cycled correctly, there is no chunking of the tread blocks it it wears very smoothly and slowly. The Rival is plenty noisy, when cornering, but relatively quiet when traveling in a straight line. This noise is necessary for helping determine the grip available mid-corner.

Turn in is immediate, the low and wide treadblocks reduce tread squirm and the sidewalls are stiff. Traction is very good, and has a very smooth and predictable break-away. The Rival has helped improve my straight line braking ability and trail-braking as well.

As a final comparison, I had been competing in the STR class at my local Autocrosses and finishing regularly between 5th and 10th place overall on a summer tire. On the BFGoodrich GForce Rival, I have been consistently part of the top 3. The Rival is just that good. And it will be even better when paired with a properly stiff suspension.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

1986 Toyota MR2
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Burlington, KY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 25, 2011

I purchased this tire to replace a pair of worn Blizzaks on my daily driven MR2. The tires were mounted on the stock rims on a car with a refreshed and slightly upgraded suspension setup (stock height), all parts replaced and aligned. Even though the stock tire size is 185/60/14, I went to the 195/60 in hopes of getting a bit more comfort, but still great traction, with this car that I DD (highway) and still hit up the backroads with on the weekends.

Based on reviews and ratings (price wasn't bad either), I opted for these Bridgestones. I haven't really done too much serious driving, but I can say that the tires are much quieter than the old Blizzaks and just as much so as the 215/45/16 Hankook RS2s (great tire, but not much creature comforts) I had last summer. Also, these Bridgestones are predictable and direct with inputs. On the highway they ride smooth, as a new tire should but, again, they are nice and quiet.

Just this evening, I took them down one of my favorite stretches of backroads, and for a tire so comfortable, they just blew me away! Very direct, predictable, and firm. I didn't feel any squirm or "mushiness" from the front to the back, even through some interesting set of turns. They catered amazingly to my mid-engined coupe's unique handling characteristics, and had me having to throttle down a bit because of how fast I was going with the car still feeling so secured to the road... Frankly I was shocked! I look forward to making these tires last, all while getting the best use out of them. I hope to report back in the future!



A note about a previous review; perspectively good tires don't make your car lose control, but a poor alignment might. Proper alignment is important when judging how well a tire performs. Side note, I was surprised at the number of Porsche owners who commented on how well these tires performed for them, certainly in the pursuit of comfort from day to day, and performance from weekend to weekend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LX PlatinumReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75

2010 Toyota Camry
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Lancaster, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2013

This is a very good tire I must say. I have used Kumho before on track cars, and I have to say for a street tire this is a very descend and affordable tire. They seem to be wearing very even and fair (with a good alignment of course). I admit, the tire is slightly noisier, but you can't really tell. I do appreciate the cornering characteristics on the car, the steering is very responsive, and even when loading the tires heavily, the tires allow for good steering control, and the tires still act the way you want them too. In one instance I had to make a quick dodge to the left, because a car decided to change lanes without looking. When loading the front tires and reacting with the steering, the car was able to maneuver quickly and safely, the interesting part is the tires allow you to control the car well, and in turn translate this reaction quickly to the road. I have tested tires in the past, when the car did not produce enough grip, and when you quickly turned the wheel to one side and back, it was almost just as the suspension reacted but the tires really didn't. these guys make sure your very movement is in fact translated to the road, and that is something I can appreciate. I think they are great all season tires, I have not had too much experience in the wet with them, but they hold themselves well during light rain. The Toyota Steering is very smooth, but also very loose, these tires seem to cope with that well, so you they give you good confidence when it comes to controlling the car. I am happy with the purchase.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce UVReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.86

2007 Ford F150 XLT Super Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Manchester, TN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
September 26, 2010

I wouldn't normally post a review until I had put more miles on a set of tires, but thought I would in case there's anyone else out there like me not wanting to spend a fortune on tires but still wanting good handling. Frankly, Firestone would have been the last brand I would normally have bought due to my perception that the company has had too many quality problems, but I honestly don't know if that's accurate or not. At any rate, being in a low budget mode right now I went for these due to the incredible price, the outstanding reviews by owners on this site, and with winter coming up. The reviews are what convinced me. Living in middle Tennessee we don't get the serious snows like in other parts of the country, but last year we got several that were pretty heavy for our area and with some serious ice a couple of times. Nice to know reviewers rank these very high for that type driving in case we get some this year. The tread on these is very deep and aggressive, and look great on the truck in the blackwall. A little squirm when cornering but to be expected on a new tire with deep tread. Rain handling is awesome. They do have a little highway hum, to be expected with a winter tire, but I have a louder than stock exhaust so who cares? The ride quality is pretty good, and this truck has a pretty stiff suspension. They make them in an LT (light truck) 10-ply model, but I got the passenger rated ones since I don't haul much or tow anything. And if anyone is considering going one size wider than the stock 255-70/17's on a 2007 F-150, the 265-70/17's I bought fit fine and with plenty of clearance at the rear shocks and the front suspension arms, and a very minor amount taller. I'll come back and do a follow-up after more miles and more weather. (If you're going to order from these guys, check out Spencer at extension 690, a really professional guy . Got the order right and to me in two days.)

Frequently Asked Questions About Changing Wheel Size

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Often times I receive calls from customers who are curious about changing the wheel size on their vehicle. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about the difference in wheel sizes:

Can I use a different wheel size than what came on my car? Yes. There are often sizes that'll work very well on a vehicle even though they were not originally installed on it. When you search by vehicle on our website, all the options listed have been verified to fit. This also allows us to show you the specific price for the wheel you need for your vehicle.

Why do you need to know my vehicle? We need to know your vehicle to ensure a proper fit. Experience has taught us that searching by wheel size, offset and/or bolt pattern alone aren't specific enough criteria to ensure an exact fitment. Attention to detail prevents vibration, wheel and tire interference and unbalanced handling. Read "Why Shop for Wheels by First Selecting a Vehicle?" to see what we check so the wheels you order are a fit for your car.

How does Tire Rack know what will fit my vehicle? So glad you asked! Because there are numerous wheel/vehicle combinations, this often means each wheel has to be individually tested on the vehicle either manually or electronically using Computer Aided Deign (CAD) data. Some of the items we verify to ensure a proper fit include:

  • Bolt Pattern
  • Centerbore Diameter
  • Hub Diameter
  • Load Capacity
  • Lug Hardware
  • Suspension Components Clearance

Take a look at "How We Know What Fits" to see how we offer Tire & Wheel Packages that are specifically designed for your vehicle.

Will the new size throw off my speedometer/odometer? No. If you stick with a proper plus- or minus-sized tire, the speedometer and odometer will still function correctly. To learn more about this topic, check out our tech article, "The Plus Concept."

Will I have to change anything else on my vehicle? Typically, the answer is no. The vast majority of our wheel fitments will bolt right on. We do list some specialized wheel fitments that are designed for vehicles used in racing, with lifted suspensions or modified fenders. Any wheels requiring modification are noted as such. 

Will my vehicle's ride or handling be affected? It depends on the size. Plus or minus one inch from the original wheel is not usually very noticeable. Bigger wheels generally have sportier handling but a harder ride. Smaller wheels have a softer ride and more flex in the tire's sidewall.

I shopped for a Tire & Wheel Package, but I only see wheels. What's going on? Creating a Tire & Wheel Package is a two-part process. First, you choose the wheel you want, then you choose a tire to go with it. As tire enthusiasts, we don't believe that the same tire is right for every driver, so we let you choose the tire that's best for you.

How Can I Tell if a Smaller Wheel Will Fit My Car?

Friday, December 21, 2012 by Doc Horvath

For Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages, it's often beneficial to use a smaller diameter wheel (combined with a taller profile tire) compared to your stock wheels. In many cases, an expensive, low profile tire size and wheel combination can be substituted with a more cost-effective tire and wheel set that'll also afford added sidewall height to minimize pothole damage. With more and more vehicles coming standard with 19" and 20" wheels and tires, "minus sizing" has become very popular. 

How do we know which wheels will fit your vehicle? By measuring your vehicle's critical components with sophisticated electronic tools that allows our fitment engineers to create accurate drawings of these parts. This also helps us check for any interferences. Items we measure or verify during the process include:

  • Bolt Pattern
  • Centerbore
  • Hub Interference
  • Load Capacity
  • Lug Hardware
  • Suspension Components

Once a wheel is guaranteed, we can develop the corresponding tire size that will both maintain proper load capacity and overall diameter for accuracy of the vehicle's electronic instrumentation and safety systems. Proper fitment engineering allows us to offer Tire & Wheel Packages that are specifically designed for your vehicle. Our attention to detail prevents vibration, wheel/tire interference and unbalanced handling that can result from improperly designed packages.

For further information on how we verify what wheels are a match for your vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

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

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2007 Honda Accord Coupe EX 4cyl
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Location: Biloxi, MS
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
October 22, 2012

Not many miles driven on these yet, but so far, very impressed. Handling, wet traction, stability have significantly improved from the OEM tries (Bridgestone Trunza). Can't comment yet on tread wear or hydroplane resistance. For the most part, these new tires have made the handling of this Accord effortless (this is the "sport" version with the V-Tech engine and double wishbone independent suspension)! Will update as I get more time on these tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.11

2010 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 67,545
Location: COVINGTON, KY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 67,545 Miles on Tires
September 23, 2012

Good tire and good price. Little noisy but acceptable. Tire lasts about 80 to 90 thousand miles as long as you keep rotation, alignment and check your suspension parts. Definitely, I will buy this tire again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HPReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14

2005 Ford Freestyle
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Bloomfield, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
September 05, 2012

Only had these tires for a few thousand miles, but so far I am impressed. We have had some rais stormes, and the tires do very well on wet pavement. Previous set of tires were Continental ContiPro Contact and they were horrible. The Altimax's softer compound gives a much smoother ride. Handling is also improved. They are rated for 55K wearout, but from what I've read, they may not make it that far. it's all relative because the Continentals were rated for much longer, and they crapped out before 25K miles.It feels good driving down the road not thinking every suspension part is broken.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LE Sport

Monday, June 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LE Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.14
 
 

2000 Mercedes-Benz E55
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Southeast , MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
May 31, 2012

Just installed these tires today. So far I've been able to experience dry and wet conditions. Please note: I put in "Average" for my driving style as that is how I drive most of the time with the occasional "Drive crazy" blast, which most people would consider to be A LOT more than spirited.
First thing I noticed is how smooth the ride felt. Nice and smooth all the way up to speeds well above the posted limit on the freeway.
Second is noise. These tires aren't as quiet as I was hoping they'd be. They're still audible inside the car but they're not annoyingly loud (my E55 is SUPER quiet inside). However, given the size of the tires (245/40/18 Fr, 275/35/18 Rr)and how tight the suspension is, it is to be expected that there will be some road noise.
Third is dry traction. Dry traction is good overall. The traction control only kicks on when going over the stop line at a light. Other than that, no surprises.
Dry cornering is also very good. The tires feel like there's some give in the sidewall, so they're not quite as responsive as I'd like, however, it's very predictable. I'm sure pumping these things up more would firm them up. Dry stopping is also phenomenal.

Finally --wet traction. Wet traction is, for the most part, very good. Braking is excellent, even hard braking in the rain didn't activate the ABS. Wet cornering is very good overall. Definitely very confidence inspiring when driving in the rain on curvy roads.
The ONLY gripe I have with these tires is wet acceleration. From a dead stop, with slightly less than half throttle, the traction control was on the whole time until I reached the speed limit (55 MPH). However, given the torque output of the car (400 ft./lbs), I doubt there's a tire that could keep traction in the rain.
So far these seem to be great tires for the money. I'll post a follow up after I get another 1000 miles on them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 S8

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 S8Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09

2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX V6
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Miles driven on tires: 44,790
Location: Sterling, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 44,790 Miles on Tires
April 13, 2012

Had them on my new 2003 Honda Accord EX V6. They performed well for the most part, with the exception of deep snow. The car handling is fine but the tires do not like hard cornering, they start to loose grip way before the car suspension gives in. These tires are also very quiet, unlike my last set of Dunlop on my old '93 Maxima. Granted, this car is no BMW but its handling is the best among the Japanese contemporary comparable mid size cars. Even some unsuspected underpowered bimmers and audi's will smell my exhaust in a hurry in a straight line start or on highway. I was fairly unlucky with this set as I lost two before their due dates. I lost one tire due to the ----ed pot hole on VA street that take out the tire sidewall at 4K. I had to replace a pair ($300) in 2004 to get matching traction at the front end. I lost another at 44K because some idiot dropped a large 2.5" bolt on the road and it went into my side wall, puncturing a big hole. The guy replaces my tire found the bolt inside the tire as I did not know why the tire blew out at 45mph. I think I will probably get another 5K out of this set before I had to replace it for the next winter. For V rate tires, they are not bad in terms of wear but I will probably replace them with the newer Primacy H rate. Some other reviewers actually got better than 50K mileage with these tires, I assume they only got the H rate tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55

2003 Mercedes-Benz E320 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Boise, ID
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2012

This is my second set of studded Altimax Arctics. the first is on my 1999 E320, and those also are holding up well after 5 seasons. They are noisy as are any studded tires, so the noise rating is relative to other studded tires, not to plain rubber. The handling is surprisingly stable on freeways and mountain roads. These tires get me around as well as most AWD vehicles, on miserable roads driving to and from ski areas in Idaho and Utah. I'm surprised at how comfortable these are on the 2003, more so than on the 1999. I'm guessing that difference may be related to the age and mileage on the '99 compared to the '03 and normal deterioration of rubber parts in the suspension. Having the studded tires is a must for night time driving in high river valleys where cold temps and any humidity turn instantly to black ice.

Suspension Shopping for my BMW 740i Part II

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Having already chosen the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set for my 1997 740i, it's time to turn my attention to the the shocks and struts, known collectively as dampers. The available options include the Bilstein Touring Class, Bilstein Sport and KYB GR-2. 
 

The Touring Class and GR-2 are similar to one another in that they're both premium quality replacements for the stock dampers. They are valved about 10% firmer than the originals to account for the wear that accumulates in other suspension components over time and their goal is to provide ride and handling that equals or exceeds the Original Equipment.
 

The Bilstein Sport is a high-performance shock absorber designed for use with lowering springs. The mono-tube design, while more expensive to produce, has advantages for heat dissipation, longevity and consistent performance. 
 

Do I spend the money on the Bilstein shocks or save some cash and go back with a factory-equivalent part? The Bilstein Sports are the only replacement shock absorbers that are officially recommended to use with the Pro-Kit springs. Using the Touring Class or GR-2 with lowering springs would void their warranties. While this wouldn't be the first warranty I've ever voided when modifying a vehicle, I think that if I'm going to go through the trouble and expense of replacing them, it's worth doing it right. The Bilstein Sport was the winner and will make a great addition to my BMW 740i.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.33
 
 

2012 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Vancouver, BC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2012

This is a follow up to the review I wrote a few days ago. My Cooper S came with Bridgestone RE050A RFT "run flats" and the ride was awful. I have just put these "conventional" Continental Extreme contact DWS tires on and the difference is huge.
1) The steering is now lighter when making corners at low speed and roundabouts
2) The "roar" from the tires is much quieter.
3) The Mini doesn't "crash" and "bang" into pot holes and ridges like it did with the Bridgstones. Don't get me wrong, it's not Lexus smooth, as the mini still has a sport suspension (i.e. firm) and large'ish 17" tires, but I drove the same route to work this morning over a section of badly surfaced road and I wasn't gritting my teeth and grimacing all the way. Sure you could feel the surface, but I now feel like the tire is part of the suspension not excluded from it.
4) Best of all, the tramling has all but gone. Its pouring here in Vancouver and worn inner city grooves in the road are everywhere, but the Mini now tracks straight and true, I can drive with one hand on the wheel instead of bracing myself with two and wrestling it in the direction I want it to go. Vast improvement - worth the upgrade for this alone. I noticed the same effect on my Mazda 3 sport when I changed from Goodyear Eagles to these Continental.

Based on experience in the Mazda, I know they will be good in the dry too, but I wimp out in the snow and leave the car in the garage so I don't have any experience of that.