Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2005 Mazda MAZDA6 s Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 05, 2010

Previously ran Cooper CS4 Touring on my Mazda, these are almost as comfortable and quiet as those tires but with a noticeable upgrade in the handling department, both dry and wet. Have not been able to max out the car/tire combos capabilities, but feel confident to push them hard in daily driving.



Compared to OEM Michelin MXM4, sidewall is softer on the Hankooks, giving greater comfort with slightly less response to steering inputs. Handling limits are much higher than the Michelin's though. Worlds quieter also.



The Ventus V12 Evo's seem more like a Grand Touring tire in general use, but easily kicks up its game in hard driving. Drives best over asphalt; if you drive a lot of concrete, try to test before buying - my Mazda likes to dodge around a lot more on some concrete highways (not all), but asphalt is smooth and very quiet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

1989 Ford Taurus SHO
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Ooltewah, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

I purchased this tire based upon test results. Tire Rack has always provided great tests, no other tire store that I know of provides this service. They really liked this tire because it gripped like a Summer tire, but was an all-season tire.
Well, the grip is really good. But the tire has two big faults.
1. Tire squeal! This tire squeals loudly way before it starts to lose traction. I can be well under control and people around will look to see who is about to have an accident. The tire grips very well, but complains loudly while doing it. I cannot get anywhere near the limit of this tire without drawing huge amounts of attention to myself.
2. This tire is one of the worst tires I have had with regards to steering responsiveness. This tire is so slow to respond that the car feels like I'm driving a boat. I will admit that I have just come off some of the best tires I have ever had (Bridgestone RE01, this tire was the most responsive tire I have ever had on my SHO. The Bridgestone made my car handle like a Porsche). These Kumos have such a soft sidewall. The response from the sidewall is almost 1/2 second late. Breaking is fantastic, and the tire is hard to spin on takeoff, but turn in is slower than my grandmother! I am having to buy a new tire because I miss judged the response time of this tire and hit a curb and cut a gash into the sidewall. I have been traveling this road for 12 years and this is the first time I have ever hit that curb! Not a happy camper!

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

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2011 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Benton, AR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2014

These Michelins replaced the Pirelli P Zero Nero all seasons that originally came on my GTI and they have exceeded all my expectations. I cannot recommend them enough! I was dead set on summer tires at first, but someone told me to check these out and a month of research later I bought the Michelins.

I started autocross this year and I'm topping the GS class after 2 events with these tires against guys with more experience - some with max performance summer tires! They still can't believe a 500 rated tire can be that sticky.

Ride and noise: The Pirellis were pretty good but the A/S3s are noticeably better.
Dry traction: Way, way more grip than the Pirellis. Just as fast on the track as similar cars with 200 treadwear rated tires.
Wet traction: As good as the Pirellis were IN THE DRY.
Cold temps: No noticeable drop-off in grip compared to warmer temps.
Snow and Ice: I'd call them manageable. In light to medium snow, they were fine. On ice, I can't recommend them. I just barely made it up a ramp to an interstate overpass to get home after a couple hours of freezing rain.

Other than snow and ice traction, the only other negative comment I have is I think the sidewall could be a little stiffer. Even with 45 psi, the front tires were wearing past the shoulder indicator on the track.

If snow and ice traction is a priority for you, choose another tire. If you don't see a lot of snow and just want an excellent all-around year-around tire, look no further.

Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Replaces DZ101

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Dunlop recently replaced the popular (but aging) Direzza DZ101. The new model, Direzza DZ102, retains a similar sporty look to the DZ101 while providing enhanced performance. The DZ102 keeps a similar price-point, making it a very good option for drivers seeking an affordable performance tire.

Direzza DZ102 tires combine sleek styling and impressive handling to deliver head-turning performance in warm, dry and wet conditions. It features a specially formulated Silicarbon Matrix compound (combines silica and carbon black) to enhance traction. This compound is molded into a directional tread design featuring broad shoulder blocks and three notched central ribs to promote responsive handling and stable cornering.

While we haven't tested this tire yet, the initial reviews look good. Take a look at what one customer writes:

"So far I think they are great, road noise is comfortable and what I expected coming from the DZ101. Going through turns I felt the sidewalls held up nicely, the ride was very compliant and felt precise to me. Bottom line, I would recommend them to a friend."

Be on the look for upcoming test results to see how this tire compares to other options in the Ultra High Performance Summer category.

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Wapato, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2014

Love these tires. Not too noisy. They are touchy-responsive with a stiff sidewall. Resist to slipping on the road, ultra grippy for people who like to drive swiftly. Handling in fresh snow (FWD) is great, I only had problems when the snow was too deep for my vehicle.

Traction is unsatisfactory in compacted snow or ice, but better than a summer tire. I recommend having studded tires.

My MPG average lowered to 26.9(Sport A/S 3) from 27.9 (OEM, which I deem acceptable.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1
 
 

2000 Volkswagen Golf GL
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Chester Springs, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2014

I have over 220,000 miles on my Golf and have had Goodyear Eagle LS, BF Goodrich Traction TA (twice) and a Kuhmo tire (don't remember which one) and this Yokahama is BY FAR the best tire I've ever had on this car!
I cannot believe the traction it has in not only the wet, but the snow is really good. It feels like a full-blown snow tire to me.
Dry traction and handling is much better than any of the other tires I've had on the car. The sidewall doesn't roll-over during hard cornering (sorry, I'm a licensed SCCA driver so all of my cars go around corners quickly LOL).
Noise is hard to say, it's a 2000 VW Golf so it's not the quietest car to start with. Noise from the tires doesn't seem too bad at all.
All I can say is, this tire is night and day different than any of the other tires I've tried. You really should try them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 20, 2014

I have tried several types of winter tires (including Dunlop and the very good Bridgestone Blizzaks) but these Michelins are the best by far. When first mounted in the late fall while the roads were still clear, it was very obvious that the tires had a deeper and softer tread than all-season tires - in particular the tires felt much more compliant over pot holes and poor road surfaces. I actually checked and rechecked tire pressures thinking that the tires were all down a few psi but they were all right at 34. Turns out that the tires just have a very compliant sidewall and that contributes to their excellent performance in real winter conditions. Wide, high perfomance summer tires with stiff, low-profile sidewalls deliver sharp handling on warm, dry and smooth race tracks but they are a disaster when the road conditions are less than perfect. I belive that Michelin enginneered the x-ice sidewalls to provide a less punishing ride on rough ice covered roads, and in so doing, found that the tread maintains constant contact with the road for better traction. The x-ice tread pattern provides excellent grip with minimal road noise and the rubber compound seems much more durable than that of the competition. I expect to get at least one additional winter out of this set! I live at the top of a hill, half a mile up a 14% grade in a snow belt. Highly recommended for anyone that really needs snow tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2006 Porsche Cayman S With Standard Brakes
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Hingham, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2014

Drove these tires from Spring thru Fall last year including 1 autocross and 6 track days. Performed and wore much better than the Michelin PS2's they replaced. Stiff sidewalls were a big plus at the track, but the ride quality and noise were still acceptable on the street. Very predictable cornering at the track and easy to modulate at the limit although you need to watch tire pressures which rise quickly at the start of each day.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P6 Four Seasons Plus

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P6 Four Seasons Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.9
 
 

2007 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Reston, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 06, 2013

The good news: stiff sidewalls and they are pretty quiet. Bad news: POOR traction! I agree with a previous reviewer here that the tire is not great. Both wet and dry traction leave you wondering if this is how the tire should perform. I was surprised that I could spin the tire in dry weather, and wet weather traction is downright scary! You cannot push these tires at all. It's a shame that I own a sports sedan but can't drive it like one. I do not recommend these tires. My wife's 2010 Passat has Eagle GTs on it and they stick like glue to the road in ALL weather conditions, most notably in the rain. That was my first choice and I regret not buying them. I am highly dissatisfied with the Pirelli P6.

Max Performance Summer Tires for 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Here in South Bend, Indiana we are nearly thawed out from a brutal winter and it is time to start considering what tires to run this summer. For enthusiasts with cars that are driven on the street as opposed to the track, this usually means selecting a tire from our Max Performance Summer category. Max Performance Summer tires feature advanced ultra low profile, high speed options that combine computer developed designs and unique materials with precision manufacturing techniques to provide an unsurpassed blend of dry and wet traction and handling.

If you're shopping for a set of tires from this performance category, here are your top picks:

King of the Hill: Michelin Pilot Super Sport

The Pilot Super Sport does everything well: wet traction, dry traction, steering response, braking and even treadlife is better than average for the category. This tire is designed to allow sports cars, sporty coupes, performance sedans and supercars to achieve their full potential in dry and wet conditions. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are competitively priced and usually cheaper than the previous generation Pilot Sport PS2.

Top Tier Value: Bridgestone S-04 Pole Position

The Bridgestone S-04 Pole Position is a leading member of the most recent generation of Max Performance Summer tires. While their raw grip is not quite equal to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, they have excellent traction in wet and dry conditions, are extremely stable and provide confident handling. Bridgestone has been pricing them very aggressively, and in some sizes, you'd almost be crazy not to buy a tire this good at such a low price.

Lots of Grip, Not Yet Hyped: Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105

If you're the type of enthusiast who likes to do things a little differently from the rest, this may be the tire for you. The Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 has not yet made a big splash in the marketplace, but it has exceptional grip. I'm also a fan of the responsive handling that its stiff sidewalls provide. To see how the tire performed during our in-house test, read "New Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 Tested."

View all Max Performance Summer tires we offer and find the one that will make your summer driving a blast!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.18
 
 

2010 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

I use my car to visit customers about ~2 days a week, during those highway trips, I put on about ~200 miles total. The remainder, I have a short commute to the office or work from home. This is an AWD car with a 60/40 rear/front torque split so I kept a careful eye on rear tire wear. Tires were rotated every 10k. After the initial break-in and first 10k, I thought the Conti sidewalls were a little soft comparing to my Pirelli OEM's, but all in all, I determined the tire had a good all around rating.

I live in the Bay Area and when my friends don't feel like driving to Lake Tahoe, I volunteer, though my Audi can only hold 1~2 other schlorks including gear (hee hee hee)... Light/heavy snow performance is a 6~7 out of 10, but that's also due to poor ground clearance (and insufficient space in the wheel wells when they fill with snow). But hey, that's what you get with a good looking sedan with 18" wheels...

Last 10k miles, tire noise has increased slightly. I had a good experience with these and am now in the market for another set. Tire Rack will continue to see all my new tire business. Checking out Michelin PS3's, RE970AS's, and Eagle F1's. Will probably go with the PS3's to try something new and because they are relatively all in the same price range. Thank you Tire Rack.

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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2008 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Warwick, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

Decided to replace my 50% used Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires with a set of these A/S 3's, along with new wheels. I upgraded from the OEM size 205/50/ZR 16 to a set of 205/45/ZR 17's on Sparco Tarmacs. Both the Continentals and the Michelins were W speed rated. While I understand upgrading to larger wheels with smaller aspect ratio tires improves handling, I only reduced the aspect ration by 5%. I say that because the difference between the Continental's and the Michelin's is night and day.

2 weeks prior I upgraded my suspension with the H&R Touring Cup Kit. While it was a significant upgrade over stock, I felt it was still missing something. There was still some roll in hard corners and the steering was a tad mushy. I simply couldn't believe the difference as soon as I bolted up the new wheels with the Michelin A/S 3's! The Conti's have a very soft sidewall that makes the suspension feel mushier than it needs to be. Turn in on the Michelins is simply outstanding. Crisp and precise. Prodigious grip in corners and very predictable at the limit. High speed stability is light years ahead of the Continentals, which were excellent in there own right. Ride quality is actually a tad better than the DWS's as well. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a truly no compromise all-season tire.

How Can I Determine the Age of My Tires?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Recently, there's been a lot of concern about tire age and how long the serviceable life of a tire is. Federal law requires tire manufacturers provide standardized information permanently branded on the sidewalls of all tires sold in the United States. This includes information about the tire’s basic characteristics, capacities and construction, as well as its U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) tire identification number used for safety standard certification and in case of a recall.

A tire's DOT number is ten to twelve alpha numeric characters that help identify manufacturing location, size, specifications and week and year the tire was made. This DOT number also identifies what production batch the tire was made in. Regulations also require the entire DOT tire identification number be branded on one sidewall, while only the letters "DOT" and the first digits of the tire identification number be branded onto the opposite sidewall (shown below). Therefore, it's possible to see a tire identification number that appears incomplete, yet simply requires looking at the tire’s other sidewall to find the complete numbers.

Our experience has been that when properly stored and cared for, most street tires have a useful life in service of between six to ten years. And while part of that time is spent as the tire travels from the manufacturing plant to the manufacturer's distribution center, to the retailer and to you, the remainder is the time it spends on your vehicle.

To learn more about the age of your tires, read "Tire Aging - Part #1" and "Tire Aging - Part #2."

New Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Versus Dueler H/L Alenza for Crossovers and SUVs

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Back in 2004, the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza was introduced to premium crossover and SUV drivers as the premier tire of choice. Always a good performer in our Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category, it has been praised by our customers for its quiet ride, great wet traction, wear and good looks. Appropriate vehicle applications and Original Equipment fitments include the Cadillac Escalade, Acura MDX, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML Class, Lexus RX, Buick Enclave and the new Cadillac ATS and ELR. For more on this tire's great reputation and feedback, take a look at "Best Tires for a Street-Driven SUV." 

Bridgestone is known for continually pushing the envelope, and ten years later, has introduced a new and improved version of the H/L Alenza. This new tire is the Dueler H/L Alenza Plus. 

This new version maintains the same appearance, popular sidewall design and efficient tread pattern of the current Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. That is where the differences end. H/L Alenza Plus tires have a new tread compound that Bridgestone states will improve on the tire's fuel economy by reducing rolling resistance by up to 10% compared to the previous version of the tire without sacrificing wet, dry or snow traction. Bridgestone has also upped the ante for treadwear by offering the tire with an 80,000-mile limited treadwear warranty!

If you're in the market for a premium, quality replacement tire for your crossover or SUV, don't overlook the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2004 Mazda MAZDA3 s 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Ponca City, OK
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

Replacing Yokohama S.drive summer tires that were old on my lowered Mazda3 5-door. I tend to accelerate and brake rather hard and take my turns quickly.

The Yokohama's were like driving on railroad tracks: direct and instantaneous response to all input. From what I've gather reading the comments, this is due to very stiff sidewalls. I liked this quality because it gave me supreme confidence at speed and in traffic conditions.

Moving to the Hankooks I was first impressed with the complete and utter lack of noise and the vastly smoother ride. This is a trade-off, and overall a positive one. I liked the directness of the feel of the S.Drives, but I also find the slightly muted road feel doesn't isolate me too much on the Hankooks, and the quiet in the cabin makes it easier to hold conversations on dates (other car is a van and my wife and I like pretending we're still young on dates, hence my car's the one to take) and allows me to run the radio a few clicks lower.

Quick slalom moves at speed are perhaps the biggest change, and the one I like least. While the Yokohamas would quickly and surely change the car's direction, the Hankooks see to lag rather substantially, and with repeated left-right-left-right swings, they average out the trajectory rather than making each directed turn.

As others have noted though, normal turning is still OK, and the lag is minimal in normal turning. Right now, as I'm still trying to get a feel for the Hankook's handling, I haven't been as brave taking some of the smaller-radius turns on my commute at previous speeds. However, I have not felt any lateral slip, none whatsoever, so once I get the feel down, I anticipate being able to take these curves at effectively the same speeds as the S.Drives.

In short: They're softer than Yokohama S.Drives, mostly in a good way if that's what you need. If you value absolute handling precision above all else, these are not for you. But the Hankooks are quite nice if you value the tradeoff.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2007 Dodge Caravan SXT
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Miles driven on tires: 86,000
Location: Saint Michaels, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 86,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

One of the best all round tires I've seen for passenger cars and minivans. I've had this tire on 2 minivans, a 1994 and 2007 Caravan and a 2002 Subaru Outback. On the Outback, they would pull through 8" of snow with no problem. Have never had an issue with wet traction or hydroplaning on any of the vehicles. I have 86,000 miles on them on the 2007 Caravan, and even at that point in their life they were OK in light snow and the slush left after snowplows went through. The tread wear indicators still aren't showing. My only complaint, and it's really not issues with the vehicles I've mentioned, is a slight lack of responsiveness in the steering, something I attribute to the rather soft sidewalls. So I would not recommend them for a car which is intended for (cough, cough) spirited driving. For instance, I would not put them on my Infinity G37, even if they were available in the right sizes and speed ratings.

What Causes Tire Bubbles?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

After this year's harsh winter, the roads are worse than ever. I've not only seen many stranded motorists parked next to potholes they've hit, but single replacement tire requests have been more frequent lately. While a bubble can be caused by a handful of scenarios, the most common is impact damage such as hitting a pothole.  

Tires are made of specialized rubber compounds reinforced by plies of fabric cords and wires. The underlying fabric cords and wires actually define the tire's shape by limiting stretching. In order to bond these dissimilar materials, the cords and wires are coated with adhesives and/or rubber before the other components are bonded to them during curing. This bond can be compromised by contamination during assembly, damage by underinflation or being overloaded and finally by blunt force trauma or impact from potholes, curbs or other road hazards. Any one of these scenarios can cause a sidewall bubble.

Typically, incomplete bonding caused by contamination during assembly will appear within the first six months of service. These types of bubbles are small in size and usually appear before the tire's strength is significantly compromised. However, since typical tires roll about 800 times every mile and the air pressure inside the tire is greater than outside, tire separations/bubbles that are unseen or ignored will continue to grow in size and further reduce strength, while generating noise and vibration. This ultimately leads to tire failure as the tire stretches under load. If a sidewall bubble appears six months after service, prolonged driving on overloaded/underinflated tires or a road hazard impact are the most likely causes. It can sometimes take weeks or even months after an impact for a separation or bubble to appear. The varieties of possible causes make it necessary to inspect the tire while mounted on the wheel, as well as dismounting it to inspect the inner liner for damage.

While taller profile tires can be damaged by more severe impacts with deeper potholes and sharper curbs, low profile tires mounted on large diameter wheels are the most susceptible to this type of damage. The driver of vehicles equipped with low profile tires should make special efforts to avoid potholes, curbs or other road hazards.

If you do experience a road hazard, be prepared with a Continental ContiComfortKit and Accutire Excursion Road Kit.  

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 5,500
Location: Champlin, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,500 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

I was torn between these tires and and the Firestone Winterforce. I had the Winterforce tires on another vehicle of mine which was a Buick Lesabre the Winterforce made my Lesabre a tank in the snow I always felt safe and in control in any winter driving condition but the tires had to be switched out after winter. I wanted a winter tire that had some all season characteristics so I took a chance on these Goodyears and was immediately impressed they were quieter than the BF Goodrich tire that I had just taken off the car the sidewall is softer than an all-season tire but that is to be expected. I previously had Michelin's winter ice tires on this car for twice the cost the only thing I can say that was better about the Michelins they had a stiffer sidewall. These Goodyear tires so far have more then met my expectations.We have been hammered with lots of snow and sub zero temps in Minnesota this year and the Goodyears have performed flawlessly. I can't recommend these tires enough!

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2013 Audi A4 2.0T FrontTrak
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2014

This is a fantastic tire and I got an opportunity to test it in a controlled environment on an Audi A4. I was able to compare it against other competing tires (Continental, Goodyear, and others). The difference was amazing. These tires performed beautifully on the test track and provided a level of grip I had not experienced every before. After an entire da of controlled testing and comparison, they held up beautifully with little or no sidewall deterioration. At least one set of the competing tires had horrible sidewall damage. These tires are well worth the money and help make a regular drive an exciting adventure on the road. They are fantastic tires and I will be putting them on my car soon.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

1993 Mercedes-Benz 300D
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Seattle, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

This tire has incredible dry and wet grip, and it is very resistant to hydroplaning so far with about 14,000 miles on them. They are also very responsive to steering input and give a stable ride. Be aware that these tires do have stiff sidewalls though, so they will firm up the ride and they are a bit more noisy than a touring tire, so if you want something totally smooth and cushy, they might not be right for you. I think they're great. I have only driven them at very slow speeds on ice/snow (I have dedicated winter tires too), and they were a bit slippery, but serviceable at slow speeds and with caution. I did not purchase them for snow driving though and the only reason I got to try them at all is because I accidentally took my snow tires off a week too early. At 14,000 there seems to be enough tread left to get another 10-15K on them before the reach my wear limit, which is typically before they would legally be considered worn out. I am fine with that...I buy my tires for traction and safety first. I run them at 31 to 32 psi.