Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip GW-3

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip GW-3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8

2010 Chevrolet Camaro LT
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Lindenhurst, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
December 25, 2012

Bought these tires 3 winters ago for winter use (as part of a package with rims from Tirerack.com) for our 2010 Camaro LT2 RS as an alternate to the stock Pirelli summer tires. They handle well in the dry, good cornering, stopping and accel. They've worn very well considering they have seen mostly dry conditions (NY-Long Island area). In the limited snow use they do well and I think it would take going over a mound of snow that would be higher than the clearance hight to strand you. I noticed when I first bought them they were used as the winter tires on the Nassau County police cars. Bottom line, I would recommend them. NOTE: Make when you buy a winter tire/rim package that you state whether your Camaro is 6 or 8 cylinder because the Brembo calipers on the 8 cylinder may require a different wheel.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber UHP

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber UHP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.57
 
 

2006 Dodge Magnum RT Rear Wheel Drive
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2013

These tires ar an excellent choice for any LX/LH Mopar (Charger, Challenger,Magnum,300)and are a remarkable good value for the money. They have nice beefy chunky look and are about the biggest you can fit on the OEM 18x7.5 wheels. Ride is quite good and steering response is above average. There is some tread pattern noise but it is mostly low-pitched and not objectionable. My 3" MBRP exhaust pretty much masks it with Hemi motor music. Wheelspin on hard launches is still an issue (nothing short of race tire compounds would stand up to full bore launches in this tread width) and they squeel pretty loudly when pushed really hard. But traction recovery is very good and predictable. Really an outstanding value and a really good choice for this family of vehicles. I'll be getting some wider rims and some drag radials for occasional strip use; otherwise I'll have the rear pair toasted by 10K. Honestly, as cheap as these tires are treadwear is pretty irrelevant...

 

Get a Great Tire and Save Money with Closeout Fuzion Tires

Friday, January 18, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, everyone wants to save money without compromising safety. That's why we test tires and currently provide over 2.8 billion miles of customer feedback to help you select the right tire. With many different options to choose from, you're likely to find an option that works for you and your budget.

In addition to these services, we're also fortunate to have strong relationships with the manufacturers so we can offer you some great tires with closeout savings. At this time, take advantage of the the Ultra High Performance Summer Fuzion ZRi and On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Fuzion XTi at amazing pricing.

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Take a look at the popular 225/45R17 ZRi that's been marked down to $61*. This tire is a good choice for drivers in rainy climates, such as Florida, because of its wet grip capabilities. Developed to meet the needs of sport compact and sports car driving enthusiasts and tuners, the tire provides crisp and responsive handling in both wet and dry conditions. Fuzion ZRi tires also feature Rim Guard rubber ridges on its lower sidewalls to function as bumpers to help protect wheels from curb damage.

Other closeout ZRi sizes include:

Are you looking for some moderate off-road capability and a more rugged look for your Jeep, 1/2-ton truck or SUV? The Fuzion XTi will do the job without bombarding you with mud tire drone. Blending overall performance with aggressive styling, this tire meets enthusiasts needs without compromising comfort or affordability. Even better, you can purchase this tire at a great price! For example, the 225/70R16 option is priced at only $79*.

Other closeout XTi sizes include:

Whether you're ready for cruising the strip or about to hit some trails, take a look at what some customers are saying about their experiences with the tires:

"These tires have proved exceptional. Dry weather cornering is outstanding and very predictable. The main revelation is in the wet where the Fuzion has completely cured the unstable understeer exhibited with my previous tires. The A6 2.7T Quattro is quick, but heavy. It had an unpredictable push on the previous tires, but now it is a joy in both the wet and dry." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Audi A6 2.7T (Fuzion ZRi)

"I really liked the look of this tire for the price. This is the best tire I have ever bought. As an outdoorsman, this tire has been off road for many hunting trips. This tire has outperformed any tire in any condition I have subjected it to. I am on your website today to purchase a new set!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4x4 Regular Cab Long Box (Fuzion XTi)

*Limited stock, prices subject to change

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73

2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Truckee, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2012

One winter in Truckee, CA (High Sierra's) now going on two. Ran over a broken set of tourist cable "chains" and tore my left rear tire nearly off the rim during a heavy snow storm. Didn't even know I was nearly riding on the wheel rim when someone came along side and pointed out I had a flat and it was coming of the wheel rim. Drove to Tire Rack the next day and purchased two more for the rear. Saved the good right rear for the spare and I'm back in business. This tire is the best snow and dry road tire I have ever driven. Buy it and you will love it!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Graspic DS-3

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Graspic DS-3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

2004 Chrysler 300M
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Miles driven on tires: 9,500
Location: Nelliston, NY
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 9,500 Miles on Tires
December 08, 2012

Great comfort, very low noise, great traction & good economics. Beginning third season with ample tread. I have an undersized tread width application for better traction as recommended by Tire Rack, and maintain higher tire pressures (34-35 lb/in2) for good freeway stability. I chose this tire because it's bi-directional like the no longer available Blizzak WS-50 and can be rotated from side to side, with out reversals on the rim. I found that living 3 years with directional WS60 tires to be expensive and rough on the custom wheel finish for required rotations and re-balancing. I hope that Dunlop and Tire Rack will continue to provide this tread style.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55

2011 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Boston, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
December 16, 2012

After over 15 years of exclusively 4WD vehicles we finally added a FWD family sedan. As we bought the car in the fall, I used Tire Rack's database to check the winter-worthiness of our OEM tires. The red and yellow winter ratings made me decide that we needed a second set of wheels with Winter tires mounted, just like I used to do with my sports cars in the 80's (Conti Contacts back then). I am absolutely amazed that winter tire technology has advanced this far! I would say our FWD car with the Michelin X-Ice XI2's equal the snow traction of our 4WD with All Season/Highway tires (Yokohama Geolander HT/S) and EXCEEDS our 4WD in lateral roadholding AND braking, which I guess is what they're designed for. I'm so impressed that I will even consider outfitting my 4WD vehicles with Winter tires from now on. Except for ground clearance in very deep snow, you almost don't need an SUV anymore for on road winter driving. I'm equally amazed at how compliant the tires are on dry roads and how quiet they are on the highway. Last year about this time when I had these tires and wheels mounted for the first time, I was astounded how they were immediately more comfortable and grippier than the stock tires in the cold. I did minus 1 rim size and two sizes down in width, 215/55-17 to 205/65-16. The sales pitch is that winter tires give you an advantage in every condition below 45 degrees F, which seemed like a bold claim. After 1 winter, I'm convinced. Just mounted them yesterday for winter #2. Nice job Michelin and GREAT job Tire Rack for assembling the data, surveys and tests that convinced me. The way I figure it, if these tires save me even one accident, they pay for themselves. Toward the end of last winter a woman in a mini van spun out in front of me on a four lane divided 40mph road. She instantly was a spinning top across both lanes of the curve. I just came to a quick controlled stop on the curve and put my flashers on to alert other drivers. All Paid for.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Signature (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Signature (W- or Y-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.29

2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
November 21, 2012

I ran Falken summer tires for years for good dry traction. I got tired of worrying about an early season snowstorm, and plus I wanted better tire life and MPG. So, I tried these.

Pros:
They are much quieter than the summer tires, and the car rides noticeably better. I'm sure the tread life is better than the summer falken's by far. The deeper tread seemed to work well in rain storms so far. They have a rim guard, which I need since I parallel park daily. They do seem like a good value. These tires track better than my summer tires, an important consideration in any Sonata. These tires are bi-directional, and can be rotated about all four wheels. That should help tread life (hopefully)

Cons:
These tires had a noticeable dropoff in cornering traction . I was expecting a max performance all season to approach the dry handling characteristics of a summer tire... but I was wrong. They are not much better than the stock OEM hankook tire, disappointing. Don't get me wrong, they're still better than your typical all season V rated tourer. MPG no better than my summer tires (seriously?) and in fact seem worse. How is that?

I never drive these tires in snow, since I use winter tires. Too early to tell about tread life.

Lightweight, Strong and Good Looking: Enkei Racing Series PF01

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Selecting wheels for a vehicle is subjective based upon one's taste and ultimately up to each individual customer. Here at Tire Rack, we offer many different brands to suit the various tastes of our customers.

While I'm frequently asked, "What wheel would look best on my car?", I must admit it's a very difficult question to answer. Even though I've been customizing cars for years and certainly have my thoughts as to how things should be done, my feelings don't always match that of the consumer. 

When I do weigh in, I try to recommend wheels that aren't overstated, of good quality and are as purposeful as possible. For customers looking for a wheel that is durable, good looking and extremely lightweight, one of my favorite choices is Enkei's PF01

Part of the Enkei Racing Series family, this product weighs as little as 10 lbs. in certain sizes and maintains a much lower price point than other high-end wheel manufacturers. The broad range of bolt patterns and sizing of this wheel allows it to be used on a wide variety of vehicles.

The 4x100 bolt pattern is a popular choice for Honda and Mazda Miata owners, while the 5x114 option has proven to be very popular on countless other makes and models. Besides the physical allure of this wheel, it's proven quite handy when trying to clear Big Brake Kits due to its large amount of spoke clearance.

When considering aftermarket wheels or aftermarket rims as they are commonly called, take a look at many of the various wheels from Enkei. With many wheels to chose from, your tastes doesn't have to exactly mirror my own.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2011 BMW 335d Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
November 09, 2012

my 2011 335d w/sports pkg shipped with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP rft summer tires, an amazing tire (my favorite rft for summer) but harsh on the ride quality in terms of impact when hitting bumps and such. it was time for new tires and i wanted an all-season tire that i could use in cold conditions (35F-60F), rain, and possibly light snow. i also needed an rft tire as my car does not have room for a spare. i got very frustrated in my search and was close to just buying non-rft tires, Continental ExtremeContact DWS to be exact, because i couldn't find any high performance all-season rfts that had a softer ride and positive reviews. the only tire i could find were the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT, which i read had harsh ride quality and they were not all-season.

i hesitantly ordered these Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT tires hoping that i would not have wasted $1200. they were very new and i couldn't find any specific reviews concerning these tires on an E90 335d. boy was i pleasantly surprised when i drove away with these tires. they honestly feel/act like non-rft tires!! the ride is just perfect, not too soft, not too harsh. with the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP, every time i hit a bump, i clenched my teeth and my body would tense up because of the impact on my car...i felt like every bump was damaging my rims or suspension...i hated it.

i have driven in rain and cold ( 34F-104F wet and dry) at both city and highway speeds, and these tires have done great. i don't feel like i have compromised the awesome performance characteristics of my car, yet i get a little bit softer rft ride quality. honestly, these tires don't ride like other rfts. again, they ride like non-rft tires. i gotta hand it to Bridgestone….fantastic engineering with these tires. the only thing i have not done is drive in snow with the new tires, and i'm not sure i feel safe doing so with 425 lb of torque at the rear wheels. i highly recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HPReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

2005 Dodge Magnum RT Rear Wheel Drive
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Fultonville , NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
June 16, 2010

Hand them on the car a week and so far I am happy. The ride is smoother than the previous tire and MUCH quieter. The trade off is a little more 'numb' feeling in the steering, but that is expected on a tire in this category. I was suprised to find that there was not a rim lip guard on the tire in this size as I thought it was standard on most tires these days. I do feel that the tire is a little narrower than a standard 225 tire, looks small on the car.

Steel Rims vs. Alloy Wheels for Winter Use

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Gary Stanley

If you're shopping for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, you'll notice that steel wheels are offered for many vehicles and are more economical than aluminum alloy wheels. Keep in mind that price only tells part of the story. While they may be the right choice for you, be sure to consider the advantages and disadvantages of using steel wheels versus alloy wheels.

Steel Wheels

  • Meet the basic needs of drivers who want the convenience of a winter tire package without the additional cost of an alloy wheel
  • Typically available in black or silver finish depending on the application
  • Basic styling can often be updated with wheel covers
  • Cost less than alloy wheels due to ease of manufacturing and lower material costs

Since steel wheels aren't the sportiest addition to your vehicle, wheel covers will hide the wheels while enhancing your vehicle's appearance. If a good look is especially important to you, alloy wheels may be the way to go! When creating a Winter Tire & Wheel Package, why should you consider an aftermarket alloy wheel? What are the benefits of alloy wheels over steel?

Alloy Wheels 

  • Enhance the look of your vehicle
  • Are manufactured to precise standards to meet exact fitment and performance needs
  • Weigh less than steel wheels and have often have superior strength
  • May be the preferred option for your vehicle based on fitment requirements
  • Will allow for better brake clearance (depending on wheel style and brake components installed)
  • Some may require proper maintenance as finish damage may result in the harshest winter climates where salt and sand are routinely used
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Sport Edition A7
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It's important to remember that alloy wheels may be the only option for your vehicle since steel wheels aren't made to fit every application. To learn more about the benefits of an alloy wheel, read "What is an Alloy Wheel?"

How to Find Winter Wheels (Rims) for Your Vehicle

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Whether you're looking for steel or alloy wheels, finding an option for winter driving at Tire Rack is easy! The winter section of our site is setup for quick and simple searching of all wheels that'll fit your vehicle and are appropriate for winter use. 

Follow these simple steps to find the right winter wheel for your vehicle:

  1. Search for winter / snow tires in the winter section of our website
  2. Enter your vehicle's make, model and year
  3. When building your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, select the size of wheel you'd like to purchase
  4. This results in you seeing tire options for your vehicle and you can click on "Skip to wheels" to view all wheels available for your application

That's it! From there you can see if steel wheels are available for your car and also view different alloy styles. Up-to-date pricing and availability are also shown on the results page. If you need help choosing between steel and alloy wheels, take a look at "Alloy vs. Steel Wheels in Winter Tire & Wheel Packages."

You can even view minus size fitments. What are the benefits of downsizing and how can it help you when driving this winter? Benefits can include increased ride quality, better winter traction and a lower cost. 

For more information on this topic, read "Downsizing to Smaller Diameter Wheels."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2009 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Sugar Land, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
September 25, 2012

The OE tire, Michelin Pilot HX MXM4, has the same UTQG (300) but has far less traction than this tire. I was able to get 44k miles from the OE tire. If this tire yields the same wear I will be extremely satisfied with it. I did go up in size from a 215 to a 225 which fits the rim/wheel well fine. I do not autocross or otherwise race so a quantitative comparision is not possible but overall my seat of the pants test says it is much better than the OE tire in every respect.

Tire Rack Locations and Recommended Installers

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by Gary Stanley

As you may know, Tire Rack is a mail order company, so we don't have traditional local retail locations where you can shop for our products. However, we do have a handful of distribution centers across the country where we ship our products from, and you can also pick up your order in person.

Orders can be picked up at the following distribution centers:

Note: With the exception of our South Bend, Indiana facility, our distribution centers do not offer installation. Local sales taxes do apply to any purchase that is picked up. Also, the credit card holder must be present at time of pick up along with a photo ID. 

Do you live in an area that's not near one of our distribution centers? No problem. We have a list of nationwide Recommended Installers that can provide professional and affordable installation of the tires, wheels and other products you purchase from Tire Rack. All of our Installers are carefully screened to ensure they have the right equipment and experience to satisfactorily serve our customers. In fact, to become a Recommended Installer a company must meet our uncompromising criteria:

  1. Use proper mounting and balancing equipment including touchless or rim clamp, European-style tire changers and high-speed computer spin balancers.
  2. Employ properly trained technicians capable of safely performing damage-free installations.
  3. Be an automotive business that can offer additional services to customers (alignments, complete repairs, auto detailing, etc.)
  4. Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack's customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.

Only after these criteria are met is a company approved to become one of our Recommended Installers.

You can see exact quotes for installation by choosing a Price Pledge Installer while in search results. Price Pledge Plus Recommended Installers not only participate in our Price Pledge program but they are also Installers who consistently achieve a 4.5-star or above overall ranking in our survey results. Installers who participate in the Price Pledge program agree to display exact quotes for installation services based on tire aspect ratio. Additional or optional related installation fees are also displayed.

For more information on tire aspect ratios and installation, check out one of my previous posts, "Installation is Even Easier!"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82

2009 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 29,000
Location: Joliet, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 29,000 Miles on Tires
August 13, 2012

OEM tires on my car. They will probably last 40,000 miles, but I want to upgrade wheels/tires before my next trip to Tail of the Dragon. The o.e.m.'s have done two Dragon runs and two HSAX track days. Have been shopping Tire Rack for a grippier 4-season tire based on UTCQ rating (300). Can't find one. This confirms my subjective experience: the best 4-season sporting tire I've driven. They stick and stick with excellent feedback about the slip angle.

I will re-up for these o.e.m. tires mounted on OZ 15-lb. rims from Tire Rack in September. The negative reviews astonish me. I can back through 4" of new snow in my driveway. Winter traction is average for a 4-season performance tire, a small price to pay for summer fun.

No hydroplaning problems. In fact, they track better through deep water than other high-performance tires I've owned. Superb on rainy Interstates at high speeds. Can spin 'em from a dead stop at a greasy intersection. Would be disappointed if a Civic Si couldn't!

Noise and ride harshness not a problem; no worse than other high-performance 4-season radials I've owned. But the grip is better. Seems to me that if these factors are more important to a user than dry/wet summer grip, should not be on these tires in the first place.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36

2006 Nissan Murano AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Raymond, AB
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
July 10, 2012

Mounted on separate rims, so they will only be used in winter. Expect several season's use from them. First time I have used snow tires (all 4 wheels) on this car. Don't rightly know how to compare them with any other experience, but I am pleased.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta AST

Monday, August 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta ASTReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12

1995 Toyota Tercel Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Aiken, SC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
July 08, 2012

These tires are tough! They look good too. I thought I messed up a nice rim trying to take a short cut around a red light. I expected serious damage by the sound, but there was...NONE. I bought this car for $300. It's a cheap gas saver for work. I paid more for the rims & tires than the car. It's a cheap mule for work and I drive it that way. Wide open, and no mercy on the curves. I wore out the brakes and replaced them this week. The tires still look like new! When I sell this car, I'm taking the wheels off first and putting them on the next mule!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, July 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2

2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Carmel, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
June 26, 2012

Just got this installed yesterday. Thanks Tirerack for quick shipping! Coming from Goodyear Eagle GT in 235/40/18 with 21k miles, these Kumho's are a little quieter and seems to be softer riding (softer sidewall maybe?)
Can't really speak to their handling as I've only put about 50 miles on it.

One thing I noticed is the lack of a rim guard on the Kumho. On the Goodyear, there is a thick piece of hard rubber sticking out near where the tire meets the rim, this is suppose to protect the rim from curb damage. and it has done a pretty good job over the last 3 years keeping my wheels in good shape. With the kumho, it doesn't have that rubber rim guard, so the rim now stick out a little where it meets the rubber. I'm going to have to be super careful when I park now, or expect lots of scratches to the 18" rims.

Overall, on the first day, they aren't too different from the Goodyear Eagle Gt's. I wasn't displeased with the goodyear, and would have continued to use them if it weren't for a nail near the sidewall. They lasted me 21k and still had around 4/32" to 5/32" tread left, so I expected to get around 30k miles out of that set.
Hope the Kumho's will last 30k, they do feel a bit softer (ride wise) so maybe its a softer rubber compound.

Sizing Hints for Staggered 16" Wheels

Thursday, July 12, 2012 by Ben Rooney

We recently took a look at 16" sizes for the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11, the only tire we currently have that covers sizes 205/55R16, 225/55R16 and 245/45R16. These are popular sizes for older sports cars, but they have become somewhat limited in availability. The RE-11, with its focus on maximum dry weather traction, predictable wet handling and exceptional steering response is an excellent tire for enthusiasts who want to enjoy their classic performance cars.

Since many performance cars use staggered tire sizing, we looked at each of these sizes on its measuring rim width, which would be considered the "standard" wheel width for a given tire size:

Tire Size               Measuring       Rim Width
                               Rim                  Range

205/55R16           16X6.5              5.5 – 7.5

225/50R16           16X7.0              6.0 – 8.0

245/45R16           16X8.0              7.5 – 9.0

We discovered a slight anomaly in the RE-11 sizing:

The 205/55R16 and 225/50R16 both run a bit large for their size and when used together will provide a noticeably staggered appearance. The 245/45R16 runs a bit more 'true' to size and when compared with the 225/50R16 doesn't appear substantially wider when mounted on the standard 8" wheel width. 

Drivers looking for a distinct visual difference in appearance from front to rear should use either 205/55R16 on the front and 225/50R16 on the rear, or 205/55R16 on the front and 245/45R16 on the rear. Using the 225 width in the front and the 245 width on the rear will still give good performance, but will not give as much of a staggered appearance.

This information is most relevant for drivers who have 7" wide front wheels and 8" wide rear, and want to ensure that there's a noticeable difference in width from front to rear. Looking purely at the numbers, one would think that 225/50R16 and 245/45R16 would be the preferred combination, but in fact the 205/55R16 would still fit the 7" wheel quite well and would give a more staggered appearance. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE92A

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE92AReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.45

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 54,000
Location: Tehachapi, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 54,000 Miles on Tires
June 29, 2012

Came as OEM on 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T base. Was not expecting much life but kept them at 33-35 psi and rotated every 10K miles which on the turbo Gen Coupe is every other oil change (side to side rotation per owner's manual since front and rear rims are different widths) The rears hit the wear bars at a little over 54K miles with very flat wear, no cupping, no block noise (a little more carcass noise but not annoying), no balance issues or steering wheel shake. Did very well in a majority highway driving southwest desert environment. I realize other reviews are pretty negative but they did pretty well for me. One thing with them is they aren't directional like most other higher end tires for this rim size which allows them to be rotated side to side.