Survey data part 2: Great idea, but not foolproof...

I have seen some interesting anomolies. If a tire is the stock tire on your car, it almost allways rated more harshly. The same exact tires can be purchaed aftermarket - as an upgrade. The reviews are much more favorable in this case. I am not sure why this is, but I have seen it in many circumstances.Survey data tends to be extremely favorable on the best...  Read More

General Altimax RT tires for smooth and quiet all season tires.

Today I replaced the tires on my girlfriend's Dodge Caliber.  It takes a bit of an odd size, 215/60R17 so the selection was not all that great.  However I was happy to see that one of the Tire Rack's top rated touring all-season tires, the General Altimax RT is made in the right size and at a very good price.What a difference it made over the loud and...  Read More

Survey data part 1: Great idea, but not foolproof...

I get lots of questions about our customer survey data and making sense of it. Here are a few examples. Can I cross compare survey categories, or tires? Sure you could, but bear in mind different customers have submitted each survey. What tire did they have before as a bench mark? Tire reviews can be skewed and are one individual’s experience.What vehicle do...  Read More

Hello

My name is Colin  I am an automotive enthusiast and Sales Specialist with the Tire Rack.  My main role is to help people match their needs with the products we offer.  I also participate in our tire testing program which gives me a unique perspective on the pros and cons of many of the tires we sell. My blog represents my own personal take on the products I...  Read More

Choosing A Tire For My Mom

How did I choose a tire for my Mother's 2006 Honda CRV?  Very carefully!  My Mom can be difficult to please and I did not look forward to the task.  She wanted a high quality tire with excellent all-season traction, long tread life, and a reasonable price.    It is difficult to find a tire that can do all those things well and still be a great value.After...  Read More

How Fast Do Tires from Tire Rack Arrive in Florida?

I received a call back from a customer Wednesday about his tires he ordered on Tuesday from Tire Rack.  Here are a few points of interest about the order:Shipped 4 of the 225/55R16 Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum tires For a Lexus SC300 Order time 2:20 PM Shipping time 4:04 PM Shipped from our Tire Rack distribution center in Midway, GA Shipped to the customer in Lake...  Read More

Accutire a Cool new Digital Air Gauge

Just picked up the Accutire Digital Set Point Programmable Air Gauge and so far it's been a good buy. Compared to the older gauge I had been using this air gauge is pretty cool.  A few of the features I found helpful. Large easy to read numbers LED flashlight Fits perfectly in my hand 5 year warranty The LED flashlight and the blue backlit LCD screen came in...  Read More

Koni Sport adjustable shocks large improvement over old original shocks.

I bought my 1997 Audi A4 with almost 100,000 miles on it.  After replacing the wheels and tires I was shocked at how poor the ride and handling felt.  The problem was the old suspension.  After updating to Koni Sport Shocks and Eibach lowering springs, the car felt just like it should. Noticeable differences :Reduced body roll when cornering Reduced pitch...  Read More

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades, A Personal Experience

After using the PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blade for a few months.  I am impressed with the performance they offer.  Compared to the original equipment wipers that came on my General Motors vehicle the PIAA aftermarket wipers are a nice improvement.  I have had them for 3 months now so it may not be a fair comparison to the original equipment blades, which...  Read More

Are They Winter Tires or Snow Tires?

This is a common discussion in our marketing department. We know that most of the public refer to dedicated winter tires as snow tires.  But, we also know that the purpose of these types of tires is to offer improved traction in both snow and cold.  Under 32 degrees Farenheit, tires designed for summer performance become very hard and have little traction...  Read More

Facts about Connor

Hello to all. My name is Connor Klink and I have been working in the automotive industry for around 19 years. My experiences range from selling tires and parts to managing service centers and automotive retail stores. I have more automotive certifications than i can count from various automotive parts companies as well as an ASE certification.One of the...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 - King of the Max Performance Tires

 For the past 5 years, most performance enthusiasts have agreed that the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's are the best tires for your warm weather driving needs.  Between then and now, many other companies have taken their best shots at the PS2 tires and few managed to reach its level.  I have run the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires on my 2004 Audi S4 Cabriolet...  Read More

KONI Damper Set Improves the Mini

After hitting 60,000 miles on the my Mini Cooper S, I could tell it was time (and maybe a little late) for replacement shock absorbers.  The car wasn't settling as quickly after dips in road and small bumps were becoming much more noticeable.  I considered shocks from a few different manufacturers like KYB, KONI and Bilstein.  But after reading the shock...  Read More

Tried and True Michelin LTX M/S Gets the Job Done!

One example from a small business owner that is very happy with the performance he received from his Michelin LTX M/S.  He runs a hardscape company down in the Carolina's so he is always pulling heavy loads of paver bricks or a skid steer-er or some times both.  The tire of choice for his business has been the Michelin LTX M/S for a few years now with...  Read More

What's the "Best" mod for my car?

    A question I hear quite often is exactly that "What is the 'best' mod for my car?".    It is asked with full expectation to hear something like "get some new tires and wheels they'll look great and really handle the corners" or "an AEM cold air intake will up the performance of your car and that would be really cool". While both of those statements are...  Read More

Quick Delivery

The Tire Rack Customer Service team received a call Thursday, from our customer thanking us for the quick delivery of the new tires that he ordered, the General Grabber UHP.  He told our rep that he plans to order more tires from us in the future.  Ordered Tuesday, 12:37 pm, at tirerack.com.   Delivered by UPS Ground, Wednesday, 10:54 am.   Read More

Custom wheels for Hot Rods and Muscle cars.

Greetings fellow Rodders, I’m talking to you with the ’34 Ford or the ‘50 Kaiser. And you with the '67 Plymouth and even you with the V-8 Mazda. I know its hard to find wheels and tires that fit just right after you replaced your rear axle with a Jag  independent suspension. Welcome to the first part of a 5 part series intended to help you get the best fit,...  Read More

What is the bubble on my tire?

A customer emailed me today about a bubble on the sidewall of one of his Bridgestone Blizzak Winter Tires. He thought it may have been a defect in the tire. What he actually has was a sidewall bubble.What is a sidewall bubble?A sidewall bubble is a bulge protruding from the sidewall of the tire. It is caused by air leaking from the inside of the tire...  Read More

Alex@tirerack.com: Tire testing makes for great tire recomendation!

Tire testing: The best part of my job.  I relocated in 2001 to South Bend Indiana to work for the Tire Rack.  Years of autoX with Windy City BMW club, in my 1976 BMW 2002. I knew about the Rack, but I had no idea how much fun I'd have.Lets take the company's sedans and SUVs out on the test track both in wet and dry conditions, and test many of the tires we...  Read More

Winter Tires

    I know it's early but now is the time to start thinking about winter tires for your passenger car.  Winter tires are only made in the summer and then released late summer early fall and the inventory goes quickly. So if you are a person who needs winter tires I would like to tell you a little about the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60. If you have driven on...  Read More