How to Tell if a Recommended Installer Does Road Force Balancing

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by Ben Rooney

For some vehicles, anything less than perfect balancing of wheels and tires can result in unpleasant vibration at certain speeds. One of the best tools for getting rid of this vibration is Road Force balancing. This advanced balancing spins the tire against a roller to account for any variation in stiffness of the tire's sidewall. It's common for there to be a stiff spot in the sidewall, which can cause a ride disturbance even if a wheel and tire are perfectly balanced for weight.

How do you find which of our Recommended Installers offer this service? It's easy. Go to the "Installation" section on our website, which is accessible at the top of our homepage or from this link. You will need to enter your ZIP code to see a list of nearby installers. Next, you'll see a map with installer locations and a list of installers. To the left of the map, there is a series of check boxes under "Product Services". Second to last on the list is "Road Force Balance". Check that box, then hit the "Update Results" button. Now the map and list will be showing only installers that offer Road Force balancing.

To see the cost of Road Force balancing, click on the "Select/More" button for the installer of your choice. Under "Optional Premium Services", you will see a list near the bottom of the page that shows the install cost.

For more information about using our Recommend Installer program, take a look at "Shipping to a Recommended Installer" and "How to Calculate Your Installation Cost at a Recommended Installer."

Lower Your Car and Keep a Great Ride with Eibach Lowering Springs

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by Gary Stanley

Now that fair weather is just around the corner, many drivers are starting to focus on the performance and handling capability of their sporty cars. After upgrading tires, a vehicle's suspension is the next area of improvement that yields great results for the money. For most, a set of lowering springs from Eibach may be the answer. 



Benefits of lowering springs:

  • Lower center of gravity
  • Reduced body roll
  • Reduced pitch and dive when braking and accelerating
  • Better handling and steering feel

Vehicle performance and handing aren't the only reasons to lower your car. The visual difference in closing some of the factory wheel gap can be very appealing. 

   

Some people are hesitant to lower their vehicle due to concerns about ride quality, alignment problems and even compatibility with their shocks. The truth is that ride quality and proper alignment can be maintained with a set of high quality springs such as Eibach's Pro-Kit Spring Set. They're designed to be compatible with a vehicle's Original Equipment shocks. For more information about some of the misconceptions involved with lowering your car, read "Five Common Myths About Using Lowering Springs to Lower Your Car."

Lowering springs can make your car more fun to drive! Shop by vehicle to see which suspension options work best for your application.

Only One Tire Available for My Mazda CX-7?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Turk Turkleton

Many drivers of some Mazda CX-7 models will find that their Original Equipment 215/70R17 tires only have one replacement option when the time comes for a new set -- the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400. When you search by size, you'll also see there's a winter tire option available with Bridgestone's Blizzak DM-V1. While these two choices will cover any season for most drivers, some customers will find themselves wanting more options. 

An alternate size for the Mazda CX-7 is 225/65R17. This size is a little wider and just a little shorter, but it's less than 1/2" change oin both width and height. Therefore, it will fit on the Original Equipment 17x7" wheel.

The 225/65R17 gives you many more options than 215/70R17, and the following all-season options are worth considering.


Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Firestone Destination
LE 2


Shop by size to view all options available in the 225/65R17 size.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 Toyota Yaris Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Miami, FL
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
August 30, 2014

I have read a lot of reviews on this tire. The most notorious aspect of these tires is ride comfort and noise level. When I drove the car with these tires for the first time, I was amazed at how smooth and how quiet the ride is. I see a lot of reviews complaining about the wear. Mine only have about 500 miles on them so I can not comment on that. I had the Bridgestone HP550 and those lasted 4 years. But they were the wrong size 195/60R15 - too big. Those tires were very noisy and the car was using more fuel - but the wear was good. I used to complain my car was not comfortable on long trips. Now I realize it was the noise from the HP550´s that was making me tired. These ECOPIA are worth every penny just for the comfort and noise reduction. I would be willing to give up a little on wear for the improved ride comfort and less noise.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2006 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab SE
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
September 17, 2014

Just got the tires and I can feel the difference. The ride is much smoother and the road noise is gone. I think my gas mileage has improved also. Still need to see how they do in the rain and snow. But so far no complaints. I real like the way the ride feels. I must say tire rack got the tires to me in less than 24 hours. I placed the orders and the tires arrived the next day. Wow. Install was easy with a local tire company.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.12
 
 

2004 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Stuart, FL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
September 19, 2014

I have a set of these on my 2004 S2000. Best tires I have had on it in 8 years. They replaced a set of Bridgestones, which were on the car for the prior 10,000 miles (3rd set, each lasting approx 10k miles). The Michelin's have been a much nicer tire than the Bridgestones in terms of confidence I have when pushing the cornering limits of the car. They are very stable in the south Florida downpours at highway speeds (60-80mph) and I have not had a single case of hydro-planing or fear of losing traction. I do not drive too hard, but it is reassuring to know you can give the car some gas on an exit ramp and enjoy the grip these tires give.

My only issue, much like the prior three sets of Bridgestones, is the tread wear on the rear tires. 10k - 12k on a set of tires is not too great but seems to have done better than the prior sets of Bridgestones. I will be buying another set of these exact same rears from Tire Rack in the coming few weeks.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFT

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2008 Toyota Prius Touring
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Spearfish, SD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
August 31, 2014

Hands down best snow tire on the market! I buy Blizzaks for our entire fleet of taxi cabs every winter. Being in western South Dakota, our winters can be very unforgiving, but I trust these tires among all others to keep both my cars and passengers safe. The only complaint I had about them was how fast they wear on dry pavement, but I'm not going to complain too much, especially seeing how hard these cars are driven, snow or not. I never anticipated that a Prius could be such a reliable car in +6" of snow, but these tires prove it!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Nissan Rogue AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Muscatine, IA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
September 15, 2014

Love! Love! Love! these new Michelin Premier AS tires. I replaced Dunlop Sport tires that came on the car when I purchased the vehicle new. These tires are MUCH quieter and MUCH smoother riding than the Dunlops. I blew a tire at 28k miles and had to replace all 4 because my SUV is AWD. I purchased Michelin for my Corvette and love them on that car so thought I'd choose them again. So far - very glad I did - What a difference!! Don't know how they will wear yet - but love them so far!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance All-Season

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2010 Lexus RX 350
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
September 02, 2014

I have been extremely satisfied with these tires. Although from others that have them on a minivan, the treadwear has not been good. For me at roughly 12000 miles a year they have been great. Good handling and ride comfort.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL Edition Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Miles driven on tires: 7,650
Location: Lebanon, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 7,650 Miles on Tires
September 02, 2014

My new Grand Cherokee Summit came equipped with the Fortera HL. I have had years of Goodyear tire experience on SUV's. Performance has always been good across their wide range of treads. Tread life has generally been not so good across the Goodyear brand. The Fortera HL so far is much better. I notice no tread wear at all to date.

I had the vehicle since 12/13 and experienced one of the worst winters I can remember. We had everything in the book. I live on a very long rural private lane. No PENNDOT assistance. These tires and the best AWD system on the planet got me everywhere I needed to be.

Road noise/quiet, comfort/great, dry pavement/ goes around turns faster than my interest in more, HIGH speed interstate they track like a train on rails, rain/good to 65mph, snow/good to 6" then the tire width is not helpful, ice/ as good as any tire I have owned except the triple tread.

Based on 7650 miles and a nasty winter, I will purchase again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2007 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE
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Miles driven on tires: 1,600
Location: Carnegie, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,600 Miles on Tires
October 04, 2014

I purchased theses tires due to the fact that I couldn't stand the hard, noisy, off brand tires that were on my car when I purchased it over a year ago. I have a set of Michelin X-ice Xi3 winter tires and was highly impressed with them so I just had to come back to Michelin for my all-season tires. I am glad I did. It was a night and day difference compared to the crappy all seasons I took off. They are more expensive, but I am picky about my tires and am a firm believer in "you get what you pay for." These tires are smooth, quiet, and absorb bumps well. I have only driven them in moderate rain showers so I cannot comment yet on how they are in downpours, but I'm sure they will due excellent. I am hoping to get long life out of them and am interested to test Michelin's theory behind these tires in the wet as they are worn down. Not too worried about them in the snow as much since I have a set of winter tires. Very comfortable tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Portland, ME
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
September 02, 2014

Update. I now have over 5000 miles and I am very impressed. Wet traction and control is right on par with my beloved discontinued Michelin Pilot Exalto AS. Very quiet compared to oem junk. Dry handling and braking is excellent. Have not driven in snow yet. But based on wet handling I am hoping they will be adequate. Overall a great tire for the money. I would recommend and buy again without hesitation. Great job Continental awesome tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2007 Toyota Camry LE
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Sorel, QC
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
August 22, 2014

Just replace Yokohama P7 Cinturato A/S plus (215-60 R16 H speed rate )on my Toyota Camry 2007 V6.

Put Michelin Primacy MXV4 ( 215-60 T-speed rate)!!!!!!!!WOW !!!!!!!!!

Ijust want comfort and no noise.......and Bingo!!!!! these tires rock . and if you can put low rated speed tire.....sidewall are more smooth.Good for the ride and ride. and the handing is OK for me.

In Québec, Canada speed limit are slower than USA.....and roads are awful......

Best tire i ever had in 40 years.

THANKS to Reggie Bourlier | Sales Specialist and Tirack Team.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Boca Raton, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
October 14, 2014

Supersports provide THE best combination of ride, handling, tread wear, and price of any tire I can recall.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10.00
 
 

2014 Scion FR-S
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Atlanta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
October 08, 2014

I UPGRADED FROM MY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT 17" WHEELS AND TIRES TO THE 18" WHEELS AND TIRES ON MY VEHICLE. I ALSO MADE UPGRADES TO THE VEHICLE BUT NOTICED RIGHT AWAY THE TRUE DIFFERENCE THESE TIRES MADE, THEY STICK LIKE GLUE TO THE ROAD AND ALLOW THE VEHICLE TO COME ALIVE!!!!. I JUST PUT THE ORIGINAL WHEELS AND TIRES BACK ON FOR THE WINTER AND NOTICED A DEFINITE DIFFERENCE IMMEDIATELY. LOVE THESE TIRES.

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

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2007 Toyota Yaris Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Garden Grove, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
October 16, 2014

I love these tires because of ride comfort and handling. The noise level is a bit high but that could be the car in itself. Buy these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour HP

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2002 BMW X5 3.0i
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Londonderry, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
October 22, 2014

These were very quiet on my X5, comparable to the MXV4 Pluses that I took off, but offered better dry grip and snow traction. I did not have the Green X version and did notice a drop of about 1 mpg coming off the MXV4 Plus.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiSportContact 5P

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiSportContact 5P Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33
 
 

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: City of Industry, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
November 11, 2014

Continental never disappoints, but for the price I think the Michelin Super Sports are a much better value. The tires wore out very quickly but the performance was superior. The car would barely make a sound when being pushed but the Michelin's are now close to that level after about 1.5k miles. The 5p offers initial higher performance but the Super Sports seem like they will last longer and are also a little more comfortable over bumpy road conditions. Steering response is also a little numb, which is a characteristic of most continentals.
Saved about 200 bucks going with the Michelins and that is why I cannot highly recommend this tire because of its high price. The tire is one pound lighter as well than the Michelins but the steering response and performance more than make up for that extra sprung weight. You can't go wrong with the tire but you can definitely save money and go for the number one rated tire on tirerack for Max performance summer tires. If you decide to get this, you won't be disappointed. Just make sure to keep the tire pressures up and remember to rotate early. I say about 2k miles if you drive aggressively.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone DriveGuard

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone DriveGuard Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2011 BMW 328i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
November 16, 2014

Just got these tires. Would normally wait for but since there is no review with winter driving thought would add my .02. Tires handle well in number of snow ice conditions. Very good in slush and wet. Adequateo on hard pack

and deeper snow, lot of that is AWD though. So so on ice but predictable in recovery so slow down.


Better winter than oem Continental SSR's also better regular handling, ride and noise. Don't get the negative reviews on that. Have 17 inch wheels maybe they behave different at different sizes

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.33
 
 

2008 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Campton Hills, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2015

These are excellent performance summer tires with emergency all season ability. I would not buy them and plan to drive in snow.

I purchased these tires as dedicated summer tires, as I typically run X-Ice on winter wheels. I put them on bright and early in the spring, since they are advertised as all season tires. My initial impressions were great. Dry / wet performance is great, and I see how in those initial head to head tests they ran with proper max performance summer tires in auto cross. This weekend, I had a chance to drive some Pilot Super sports head to head with my car, and I must say, they are better, but it really didn't seem to be MUCH better. Over all - for summer tires, I am VERY impressed with these tires!

NOW - today here in Chicago, we are having a Decent early spring snow. I think they put all the plows away, and we have about 3-4 inches of wet, heavy sticky snow / slush all over our roads - So I really got to put these tires to the test.
In wet snow, and slush these treads do NOT clear themselves what so ever. I was wondering why my ride into work was so noisy and vibration filled. When I parked, and got out to observe the tread at work, I noted that the snow & slush packs in the tread pattern, and sticks to other snow pretty well, leading to almost like studs of snow that stick out past the tread blocks, which causes the NVH, as well as subpar performance for an all season. I can say little good about the snow performance of these tires.

That said! The AS3s got me to where I need to go safely, which cannot be said of any other performance tire that I am aware of with this summer performance. They likely would have done much better in dry powder snow, that would have been easier to clear form the tread blocks as well.

Michelin, if you read this - it is NOT to be taken as an insult, or request for development. If you redesign these with an all season performance bias, I will not buy again. With appropriate expectations these tires are ideal!