moda MD14 Wheels for Your Dodge Challenger

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Mustangs are fun, Camaros are hot, but there is something primal about the Dodge Challenger. Recently, I got to work with a Challenger driver who loves his car, but is less than thrilled with his 18" Original Equipment wheels. When we were discussing new choices for his vehicle, it didn't take long to come across the perfect choice - the moda MD14 machined with anthracite accent.

moda wheels are manufactured using high-tech processes and within strict quality control standards. All their wheels are designed under the watchful eye of our wheel specialists who remain involved at all stages of the production process.

Since the owner's Original Equipment 235/55R18 Michelin Pilot HX MXM4s are in great shape, one of our local installers moved the TPMS sensors over and re-mounted the Michelins on the moda MD14s. The Pilot HX MXM4 provides driving harmony by blending responsive handling with good ride comfort. It also blends the looks and handling of a performance tire with reduced noise and ride comfort associated with a premium passenger tire.

Are you looking for new tires and wheels? Then create a Tire & Wheel Package today!

Get Ready for Winter with One of This Year's Best All-Season Tires

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

If you live in a climate that sees occasional or frequent snowfall, but are only looking to use one set of tires year-round, your selection of an all-season tire is critical. While most tires that aren't dedicated summer performance tires perform well enough in slippery conditions to earn an "M+S" (Mud/Snow) designation, certain tires certainly work better than others.

Currently leading the pack in the Standard Touring All-Season category is the General AltiMAX RT43. This high mileage offering from General features a good amount of biting edge and receives excellent scores from consumers. It's designed to deliver impressive consumer value through even treadwear and extended treadlife. The tire also combines a quiet, comfortable ride with all-season traction.

If your car requires a higher speed rating than what a Standard Touring All-Season tire can provide, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and Continental Pure Contact with EcoPlus Technology are among the strongest in the Grand Touring All-Season performance category. The Pirelli tire is ranked first and has the highest rating in the light snow traction cateogry. It also has top ratings when it comes to ice traction, and ranks second in deep snow traction. All in all, it's an all-season tire that performs well in the colder months.

Shop by vehicle to view all options available for your application.

Is it Too Early to Shop for Winter Tires?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Autumn is nearly upon us and that means that winter is not too far away. If you're planning on purchasing winter / snow tires for this upcoming season, should you start shopping now or wait until the threat of snow is near? The snow may be two months or more from arriving, but in the early fall, we have some of the best winter tires from last season in stock.

To review the top choices from last year, read "Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013." In addition to last year's best, shipments of new snow tires are arriving almost daily.  

Here are some additional reasons to purchase now rather than putting off the decision:

  • Clearance prices are available on some top closeout winter tires, like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
  • Given last year's severe winter, snow tires may sell out more quickly this year. 
  • Inventory is best in the early part of autumn, so purchase early and get the tire you really want.  
  • Install your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package at your convenience instead of being at the mercy of the weather.

Keep in mind that choosing one of our Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages means that you may never have to pay for mounting and re-mounting again. Installing your new tires and wheels is easy. See how easy by taking a look at "How to Install Your Tire & Wheel Package."

What's the Deal with Sumitomo Tires?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Turk Turkleton

The Sumitomo Group is a Japanese company that has many facets to their business. The company began in the 17th century with Masatomo Sumitomo and Riemon Soga, who developed a new method for smelting and refining copper. They began the company in the ore smelting business, and since have expanded their umbrella to include banking, insurance, chemical, rubber, lumber, glass and more.

Just like any tire manufacturer's line of products we carry, Sumitomo makes good tires. Their HTR Z line of summer performance tires offer a great combination of performance and affordability.

If you're looking to find a set of performance tires and don't want to break the bank, the HTR Z, HTR Z II and HTR Z III are all great options. They have good performance characteristics and don't wear too quickly. The Z III has impressive ride quality and handling on the track and road, but isn't the best in wet conditions. The HTR Z II offers an aggressively styled directional tread pattern, which looks great and handles well for the price. This tire does tend to get a bit loud as it wears down, but if you're not terribly sensitive to road noise then this could be a great tire for you. HTR Z tires have a less aggressive tread pattern, but still provide good traction in dry conditions, while also performing pretty well in the wet.

In the performance all-season categories, Sumitomo offers the HTR A/S P01 in a few different speed ratings. Overall, this tire is a great option for the driver who needs an all-season tire, but doesn't put much emphasis on wet or snow traction.


Sumitomo HTR Z II

Sumitomo HTR A/S P01

Sumitomo Touring LS T


When it comes to touring all-season tires, the HTR Enhance line of tires are fairly new. We have found it to be better in wet conditions than previous touring tires from Sumitomo. The Touring LS T and Touring LS H tires leave a bit to be desired when it comes to wet conditions. They take significantly longer to stop in rain than the competition.

All in all, Sumitomo makes good tires. They are often a good bang-for-the-buck option to put on a set of aftermarket wheels in a Tire & Wheel Package.

Which Tires Have the Best Winter Traction?

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Ben Rooney

The easy answer to this question is: winter tires! All specialized snow tires have traction on ice and snow that exceeds the best all-season tires.

How do you know which winter tire to choose? Typically, the Bridgestone Blizzaks have been class leaders in ice and snow traction. Since their introduction in 1993, we haven't found an all-season tire that can match the Blizzak's confidence-inspiring combination of deep snow, packed snow and ice traction.

Blizzak tires feature dual tread compounds consisting of outer tread cap and underlying base compounds. These tires wick away the thin layer of water that often develops on the top of packed snow and icy roads, allowing biting edges to better adhere to the surface for more traction.

However, competitors are offering even tougher competitors to the Blizzak line. For example, Michelin's X-Ice Xi3 gave a strong challenge to the Blizzak WS70 last year. It offers a good blend of traction and road manners. It also meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance by reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions from CO2 gases.

When considering winter tire options this year, be sure to take a look at the new Blizzak WS80. We had a chance to take part in an introductory test pitting it against its rival from Michelin. For a complete recap of the test, read "Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Introductory Test Report."

When purchasing winter tires, also be sure to consider a dedicated set of wheels.

A Simple Guide to UTQG

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Turk Turkleton

Often times, customers ask about the UTQG rating on tires. The UTQG ratings were designed to provide consumers with useful information to help them purchase tires based on their relative treadwear, traction and temperature capabilities.

Treadwear is a rating on how long the tire should last; the higher the number, the longer the life of the tire in theory. Traction is rated on a scale similar to grades in school (C, B, A), but instead of an A+, there's AA at the top. Temperature rating is rated C, B or A (again with A being the highest).

The tests to determine these grades are run in standardized conditions, so every manufacturer runs the same tests on their tires. Treadwear is judged after only 7,200 miles, so there is a good amount of extrapolation done here, and this is all done by the manufacturers on their own tires. The traction grading is based on the straight-line wet coefficient of friction of a tire. The traction grade in UTQG does not indicate, in any way, the dry traction, cornering, or hydroplaning resistance. It only refers to the tire's kinetic friction at 40 mph while attached to a trailer that locks its brakes momentarily and measures braking g-forces. Manufacturers then decide from that measurement whether they give it an AA, A, B or C. Temperature is basically a tire's ability to run at high speeds under load without melting or blowing up. They test it in a lab and see how hot it gets under load to see what speed the tire can withstand without failing due to overheating.

My general rule of thumb for UTQG is unless you're using it to compare two tires from the same manufacturer, in the same performance category, then UTQG isn't something to use for the average consumer. We have several options on our website that can help you compare tires, such as tire tests and consumer surveys.

For a more detailed understanding of UTQG, read "Uniform Tire Quality Grade (UTQG) Standards."

Is the Best Brake Pad the Hawk High Performance Street 5.0?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Hawk is a top supplier of high performance and heavy-duty brake pads. We've had outstanding experiences and customer feedback on their products since we began selling them over ten years ago.  

The Hawk HPS Street Brake Pads offer great braking performance with low noise and low dust, making it a great choice for most enthusiasts' street cars. If you're looking for low dust as a priority and are willing to give up some braking performance, take a look at the Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads. This option produces even less brake dust to help keep your wheels cleaner in between car washes. For owners of light trucks, SUVs and crossovers, the Hawk LTS Brake Pads are an excellent choice. You can learn more about this product by reading, "Hawk LTS Brake Pads are a Great Choice for Your Truck or SUV."

New this year is the Hawk Street High Performance Street 5.0 Brake Pads. The improved pad friction material in this new pad offers more pedal feedback and more consistent performance. Stopping power, brake pedal feel and modulation have been increased, all while keeping the low dust levels of the popular Hawk HPS Street Brake Pads.  


Hawk HPS Street Brake
Pads

Hawk High Performance Street 5.0 Brake Pads

Hawk Performance Ceramic
Pads


The brake pad combines the safety and quality of aerospace design with the braking technology of motorsports for improved performance under heavy braking situations. They are gentle on rotors while still meeting the demands of today's drivers. Shop by vehicle to see if the Hawk High Performance Street  5.0 Brake Pads are available for your application. And don't forget, free shipping is available on brake orders over $50!  

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H725A

Monday, September 8, 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.

Hankook Optimo H725A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.82
 
 

2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 36,000
Location: Sparks, NV
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 36,000 Miles on Tires
September 03, 2014

I've had this set of tires for 36000 miles and am nearing the wear bars on the back tires. There is still 4/32 left in the front. I would not call them unsafe, but they don't inspire confidence at all. They have enough feedback in the dry to let you know when they break traction. MPG has been as advertised. Snow/Ice traction is very low but have not got me stuck during the usual dusting of snow.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, September 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Lawrence, KS
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
September 05, 2014

I drove with these tires on a GP racetrack and also on the Nurburgring Nordschleife and the tires did really when when pushed to the limits. Some wear improved the precision considerably, as for the first few thousand miles the steering response felt not so precise. These are awesome tires if you do not want to bother with a dedicated set of winter and summer tires. Highly recommended.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, September 8, 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.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2012 Dodge Charger RWD
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Shreveport, LA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
September 05, 2014

I just put on my 5th set of tires on a 2012 charger srt8. These tires out handle anything I have tried. This is a very fast heavy car. My son and I have done 3 power tours and several trips to regional tracks. 2.5 mile, scca, nhra. As the tires wore down the hydroplaning began. The dry traction only gets better. In this size there is a resonance on concrete that can be loud. I was told that it was specific to this size on this car.??? They are the best tire but loud in this size

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Fuzion UHP

Monday, September 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Fuzion UHP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

2002 Honda Civic Si Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 750
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 750 Miles on Tires
September 05, 2014

I wasn't sure what to expect from my first set of all-season tires in decades. They are good for the money and have good stability and low rolling resistance compared to "extreme" performance tires. The grip is good, but in the rain their only real benefit is that they resist hydroplaning very well. The wet weather grip in my lightweight car is not impressive. I am looking forward to them lasting a long time!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, September 8, 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.

Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: O Fallon, MO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
September 05, 2014

I was a little taken aback when my Genesis 3.8 HTRAC was delivered with Hankook tires. I just didn't equate Hankook with luxury - but then again there are a lot of people who don't equate Hyundai with luxury. So like the Hyundai Genesis is a luxury car by any standard, the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble 2 (quite a name there!) needs to be evaluated by what it does not what it's name is. So as to the big questions: ride, noise, dry traction, wet traction, snow traction - here goes.
Ride - Excellent. Inflated to the 35 psi noted on the tire placard the ride is composed and the tires soak up impacts quite well. As good as any tires I have had before and better than many.
Noise - Very quite. That may be more a function of the car as Hyundai engineers put sound deadning material throughout the Genesis.
Dry Traction - Great. Corners well. With the drive mode set to "Sport" handles on and off ramps at speed with minimal body roll and no tire squeal.
Wet Traction - Had a couple of real "gully washers" the last couple of weeks and the tires did very well. Felt very stable at highway speeds with no drama and no evedence at all of hydroplaneing. Corners well and accelerates extremely well. I like these in the wet.
Snow Traction - Unknown. It was 95 degrees when I bought the car in late June and it's been in the high 80's and 90's ever since. Not much chance for snow yet. But in three or four months that will change. I will report back after I have a chance to drive it in the snow.
Would I buy these tires again. Most probably I will since they are a "known quantity". At my age I do not like a lot of drama. That's why I bought a Genesis Sedan instead of a Mustang GT

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2

Monday, September 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2003 Porsche Boxster S
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Miles driven on tires: 72,000
Location: Dunwoody, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 72,000 Miles on Tires
September 05, 2014

Awesome tire. I have put 3 sets of these on the rear (40k, 30k and the currect set) and 1 set on the front (72k miles). Treadware is outstanding as is stability. Highly recommended.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, September 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.7
 
 

2008 Lexus ES350
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Liverpool, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
September 05, 2014

These tires are excellent...very quiet and smooth ride. I can actually feel them gripping the road and I have not hydroplaned in them, even through deep water. I am also very please with the warranty, Continental includes road hazard for the first year or 2/32 of tread wear.... they do not just repair your tire, they actually replace it with a brand new one during this period. So far I have picked up a nail twice and had both tires replaced at no charge, this saved me $300+ dollars so far! I am not aware of any other tire manufacturer who includes this warranty on all of their tires at no charge.... thanks Continental! I will definitely continue to purchase and recommend Continental tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Monday, September 8, 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.

Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.70
 
 

2012 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 43,000
Location: Springfield, MO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 43,000 Miles on Tires
September 08, 2014

I drive about 6500 miles a month as a courier, in all weather conditions. This tire is superb in wet and dry conditions, including heavy rain. I drove these one day (slowly) in light snow upon ice from freezing rain the night before, all around Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, without incident, but I could not recommend these tires for those who have to deal with significant winter weather. I drive through hills with plenty of curves almost daily, and cornering and steering is more than adequate, even if this isn't a high performance tire. Comfortable and quiet ride; I can listen to music played at a low level. As ridiculous as it seems, the two tires with 43,000 miles on them still have 7/32 tread left; the two with 33,000 have 8/32. They started out with 9.5/32. The only reason I probably won't put them on next time is because I want an all weather tire, . But this is an outstanding 3 season tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Monday, September 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.91
 
 

2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
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Miles driven on tires: 60,800
Location: Holland, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 60,800 Miles on Tires
September 07, 2014

Great tire; another home run from Michelin. Am also running MVX4s on two other vehicles: the wife's Toyota Avalon and my son's Dodge Charger SXT. over 150,000 miles on all three sets of tires without so much as a hiccup !! Although the mileage on my set has surpassed all expectations, including 60K+ of trouble-free wear, in the interest of maintaining the best performance available, I'll be swapping these out for an identical set in the October/Novemeber timeframe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Differences Between the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and WS80

Friday, September 5, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

After a few very popular years, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 has been discontinued and now makes way for the updated Blizzak WS80. The WS70 was always well liked for its traction on ice and packed snow and is considered by many to be one of the most pure Studless Ice & Snow tires on the market. While its strong performance on ice and snow was tough to dispute, the tire was never known for dry road performance.

As inventory begins to filter into stock, we are seeing a new WS80 that has a slightly less directional pattern, but over 20% more sipes and blocking edges than the previous generation. While many tires in higher profile sizes will retain a T-speed rating, many sizes will feature an H-speed rating that will correlate to better on-center feel and responsiveness.

Given the severity of the last winter season, we will begin our ice rink testing slightly earlier than normal and will have a full report detailing stop and start distances in the coming weeks.

While it is too early to jump to full conclusions, I would expect this tire to meet or exceed the grip levels set forth by the WS70 and improve slightly in other areas. Shop by vehicle to see if the WS80 is available for your application.

Winter Tires for Volkswagen Jetta

Thursday, September 4, 2014 by AJ Vest

As Volkswagen continues to gain momentum in the North America market, winter / snow tire selection for these vehicles has become a very hot topic. We often get the question, "What winter tire should I install on my VW?"

My family vehicle is a VW Jetta TDI, and living in Northern Indiana, I need to be prepared for ice, snow and all of the fun that comes with driving in the harsh conditions. White knuckles are something that should not be a part of winter driving and changing tires can make a dramatic improvement.

Like all vehicles, we offer many configurations for Volkswagen applications to meet any winter condition. I always recommend winter tires for the worst driving conditions you may encounter, and most of the time, my recommendation for the vehicle comes from the Studless Ice & Snow category.

For my Volkswagen, I use the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on the factory 16" wheel. I use this wheel because I use a BBS SR as part of my summer package. Last year, during one of our worst recorded winters in history, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 always got me to where I needed to be without issue. While the ride quality may not be to the level of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, the grip levels are superior. Our test results say the same. Today, the new Blizzak WS80 is replacing the Blizzak WS70 and we will be testing the new tire soon.

We also offer many wheel options for the Volkswagen model vehicles. I am partial to the Rial and Anzio brands because of their low pressure cast construction. This manufacturing technique makes for a wheel that is slightly stronger, which is better for winter use. Their finishes also make for a durable winter wheel.

Search by vehicle to view the winter / snow tires available for your application.

Custom Wheel Fitments

Thursday, September 4, 2014 by Turk Turkleton

Do you have a classic vehicle but don't see any aftermarket wheel fitments for it on our website? Looking for aftermarket rims that you know we carry, but they aren't listed for your vehicle? We get calls all the time from people who are trying to fit a wheel to their vehicle for which we don't have fitment data. However, you're not out of luck!

You always want to check, before you do anything else, to see if we have wheel fitments for your vehicle - you might be surprised.

  • Visit our Upgrade Garage 
  • Enter your vehicle's information in the drop down menu
  • Select "Wheels"

Bolt Pattern (Bolt Circle):

You will need to figure out the bolt pattern of your hubs, which may be found online or by measuring.

To measure your bolt pattern, establish an imaginary circle that passes through the middle of each stud and measure the diameter of the circle. For hubs with an even number of studs, simply measure across from the middle of one stud to the middle of its opposite.

NOTE: When measuring a 5-lug wheel, the measurement is only an estimate unless accurately measured using a bolt pattern gauge. A bolt pattern gauge is a specialty tool and is not widely available. 

Wheel Size:

You will also need to know the diameter, width, offset and backspace of the wheels. Backspace measures the distance from the mounting plate of the wheel to the back edge of the wheel, where offset measures the distance from the mounting plate of the wheel to the center of the wheel barrel. The higher the backspace, the further back into the fender well it will sit. To help you understand offset and backspacing, take a look at the diagram below:

Centerbore:

Centerbore is the machined opening on the back of the wheel that centers the wheel properly on the hub of a vehicle. This hole is machined to exactly match the hub so the wheels are precisely positioned as the lug hardware is torqued down. Keeping the wheel centered on the hub when it is mounted will minimize the chance of a vibration. Certain wheels are vehicle model specific and will come from the factory with a bore machined to match that vehicle. Some wheels are designed to fit several vehicle models and will use a centering ring system to reduce the bore size to match the hubs of different vehicles. These rings keep the wheel precisely positioned as the lug hardware is torqued down.

Some wheels are non-hub centric by design. These are known as lug centric wheels. With these wheels it is critical to torque the lug hardware with the vehicle on jack stands, off the ground. This allows the nuts or bolts to center the wheel and torque down without the weight of the vehicle pushing them off center.

Wheel Weight Capacity:

Just like tires, all wheels have a maximum load. If you have a heavy vehicle like a truck, you may need to try and locate the GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Ratio) and make sure that for each axle, the max load of two wheels will hold the load of the vehicle.

To learn more about which wheels will fit your vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

Sneak Peek of New Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

Thursday, September 4, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Since the original Bridgestone Blizzak tire was introduced in 1993, Bridgestone has all but dominated the Studless Ice & Snow performance category with their Blizzak line of winter / snow tires. Their multicell winter tread compound dramatically increases winter traction in slippery conditions so much, that it changed perception of what a snow tire can do. These tires actually outperform traditional studded tires without the drawbacks of using metal studs.    

Rather than rest on their laurels, Bridgestone has continually improved each successive generation of their flagship winter tire. Snow and ice traction is job number one when designing a winter tire and Bridgestone has pushed the envelope even further with increased snow and ice traction with the new Blizzak WS80 which replaces the Blizzak WS70. This tire features redesigned zig-zag sipes and new tread compound that increases traction on ice.  

Speaking of ice, I recently had the opportunity to drive on the new Blizzak WS80 on ice at a local ice rink for testing against some other top winter tires including the Michelin X-Ice Xi3. The WS80 delivered results with outstanding ice traction in braking, acceleration and cornering. Stay tuned for complete test results in the near future.  

 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-80
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80


Bridgestone Blizzak tires aren't just made for cars. If you have a light truck, SUV or crossover, be sure to check out the Blizzak DM-V1. I use this tire on my family crossover vehicle and you can read about my experience with it by checking out, "Best Winter Tires for Snow for Crossovers and SUVs."