O.Z. Racing Omnia: Familiar High Quality at a Lower Price Point

One of the hottest new wheels for this spring and summer season is the O.Z. Racing Omnia. It has launched in several sizes, bolt patterns, offsets and offers a large range of application coverage, especially amongst European applications. The bright race grey finish looks tasteful, well done and the wheel itself is synonymous with the quality we have come to...  Read More

Michelin's LTX M/S2 Tire Takes Top Spot in Tire Reviews and Ratings

Back in 2011, the "Michelin LTX M/S Tires Replaced by New LTX M/S2" post was introduced to let people know about the new Michelin LTX M/S2. Fast forward a few years and we can see that this great tire is the top-ranked option in our customer survey and reviews in the Highway All-Season category.   Take a look at what our customers have been saying about the...  Read More

New Website: Using the Installer Search

With the update to our website, the installer search now looks slightly different. In a previous post, we discussed how to select an installer, but there's a new update relevant to the redesigned site. The new installer search from the home page shows a map with installers. Installers with especially high customer survey ratings are highlighted with gold...  Read More

Lightweight Wheels for Your Nissan GT-R

20" wheels are heavy. As we know, weight is the enemy of performance and it is especially marked in the form of unsprung weight. Unsprung weight is everything not supported by your vehicle's suspension like your wheels, tires and brakes. Decreasing unsprung weight will make your vehicle brake, corner and accelerate more efficiently. Opinions vary, but a...  Read More

The Best All-Season Run-Flat Tire for Your TPMS-Equipped Vehicle

Do you or a spouse travel on business? Maybe you have a child just learning to drive or perhaps leaving for their first year of college. If you do, you certainly want what we all want: for them to be as safe as possible. Bridgestone spent a decade developing a tire for just these types of situations. The DriveGuard is the first run-flat tire designed...  Read More

Sticky Tires for Your Fast Car: Tires You Can Drive on the Road and Take to the Track

Are you ready for autocrossing? Looking to do some lapping days at your local track? Participating in the Silver State Classic in September? Maximize your fun by picking the right tire for your car and the events you're going to run. There are essentially four types of sticky tires you should consider for your days at the track:   Extreme Performance Summer Str...  Read More

One of These Things is Not Like the Other!

Often times, you'll see two different listings for seemingly identical tires, but they have two different prices. What in the world is going on with that? Tire manufacturers will give different part numbers to the same model of tires if the tires have a different sidewall styling, speed rating, load index or O.E. designation. These differences in the tires...  Read More

Introducing the Redesigned Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

For the past three years, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS has been the highest overall rated tire in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category. Its blend of all-season traction and predictable handling has made it a favorite among consumers, who over the years have logged over 40 million miles in our consumer surveys. As good as the tire is, its...  Read More

What Does 'XL' Stand For?

Customers are often curious about the 'XL' designation that they see next to the size of certain tires. Because XL is commonly used as an abbreviation for extra large, many of them think that the XL tire will be a different size. When talking about tires, XL really means extra load. These tires can use higher air pressure to support more weight than a...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport

If you were to check out customer survey results for the top two tires in the Max Performance Summer category, you would find that the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is currently ranked number one. I've used a set on my own vehicle and you can learn about my experience by taking a look at "Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires Installed on My Car." The second...  Read More

Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire

Designed with the driver in mind, the ADVAN Sport A/S is Yokohama's newest and arguably best addition to the Ultra High Performance All-Season category.  In a class ripe with fantastic options, the Yokohama proves an able challenger with a very attractive price-point. Our internal testing has proven this tire to be a formidable competitor to category...  Read More

Putco L.E.D. Bulb Replacements

Have you ever looked at your turn signals or brake lights and wished they were brighter? I did recently, and picked up a set of Putco L.E.D. tail lights, front amber turn signals and reverse lights to replace my current bulbs. The difference was really surprising!  In the past, I've tried the 360 style L.E.D. replacement bulbs, and they worked out well....  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3: A Year in Review

Launching last year with much anticipation was Michelin's latest entry to the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the Pilot Sport A/S 3. Having secured a spot in our internal test last summer, we quickly found this tire to be extremely competitive in both the dry and wet. With the sharpest handling and best communication of the group, the tire...  Read More

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Replaced by ExtremeContact DWS 06

Since its introduction six years ago, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS has topped our customer survey data in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category. Its best-in-class snow traction, along with good wet traction and wear has made it the go-to tire for many drivers in the Snow Belt who need more snow traction out of their performance all-season...  Read More

Do I Need to Match Tires? Yes!

How does your tire choice come into play when you experience oversteer or understeer? By matching your tires, you'll maintain the same overall tire grip in the front and back. When you have mismatched tires, you're either adding more grip to the front or more grip to the rear that causes abnormal and/or unpredictable oversteer or understeer. We've literally...  Read More

Best Tires for Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue has been a very popular vehicle since its debut in 2007 with the 2008 model year. This crossover SUV earned Consumers Digest Best Buy award in 2010, as well as NHTSA's highest side-impact rating (5 stars) the same year, propelling them to the forefront of the XUV market. With so many options out there, what tires should you buy to replace...  Read More

Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires: Which is the Best Choice?

The Ultra High Performance All-Season category has seen tremendous growth in recent years and makes a good amount of sense for a large percentage of our customer base. With a focus on both performance attributes and reasonable treadlife, this performance category appeals to enthusiasts who desire balance and year-round use out of a single set of tires....  Read More

Just Installed: PIAA Plasma Ion Yellow Fog Lights

I just finished installation of the PIAA Plasma Ion Yellow bulbs for the fog lights in my BMW. One of my fog lights had gone bad, so naturally it was time for an upgrade. While I enjoy the ultra-bright white of the PIAA Xtreme White Plus bulbs, the yellow-colored bulbs reflect less when used in fog, making them more practical. We do get some mornings with...  Read More

Kumho Ecsta 4X Replaced by New Ecsta 4X II

Many drivers haven't heard of Kumho tires even though they've been sold in the United States for over ten years. If you're shopping for a great value on a performance all-season tire and haven't researched Kumho tires because the brand name seems unfamiliar, you definitely need to reconsider.   Tires like the Ecsta 4X have proven that Kumho manufactures high...  Read More

Sport Edition Daisy: Flower Petal Wheels for the New VW Beetle

Designed under our house brand Sport Edition, the Daisy wheel is one of our longest running wheel designs. For years, it has provided a unique look for the owners of the new VW Beetle. Manufactured in a 16" diameter, the Sport Edition Daisy is a perfect fit for new Beetles produced from 1998 until 2010 and is designed to re-use the factory tire size of...  Read More