Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Friday, November 8, 2013 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.


Bridgestone Blizzak WS60Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

2006 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Portage, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

I purchased a rear wheel drive Mercedes Benz E320 CDI this fall and was concerned with handling this winter. Living in Michigan we see all types of winter driving conditions.
I went online to the Tire Rack website and researched tires for winter driving and with their customer service support selected the Bridgstone Blizzak 225/55R16 WS60 tires. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and would recommend them to anyone. The ride is excellent and quiet. The traction on snow and ice surpasses my expectations.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, November 8, 2013 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.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2004 Jaguar X Type 3.0 V6 SPORT
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Woodbridge, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2013

These are the best ---- tires I have ever used hands down! I never buy tires from a shop because i like to research and collect info before i shell out hundreds of dollars. People tend to not realize the difference a tire makes. I DO!! IF they ever discontinue this tire the buying public will be in big trouble. There's a reason this tire convincing won the comparison test on tirerack. do yourself a favor if your like me that have seasonal weather (rain, snow, Sleet..etc) it doesn't get any better for all season performance. I've never written a review on any website, but I felt that strong about these these tires to let others know. Keep in mind m y car is fulltime AWD but that doesnt change the fact that I can go on and off on-ramps on the highway going 60 without any tire squeal (which indicates the tire is at its limits) same goes in mall parking complex every other tire Ive owned would squeal taking quick rights to go down ramps.....not these

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone FR710

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 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.


Firestone FR710Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55

2012 Toyota Sienna FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2013

The 710s are the OE tire on our 2012 Sienna XLE.

The outstanding characteristic of this tire and vehicle combination is steering response. The steering is so light and easy it is unlike any other vehicle I've driven. It makes this 2 ton+ vehicle seem like a much smaller, lighter vehicle. To call this van 'light on it's feet' is an understatement. We've taken it on one 2,000 mile trip and thought it was great on the highway. There is little noticeable wear after 17,000 miles. We've also driven in quite a bit of snow this winter and, while they're no Blizzaks, they get around just fine. I went through the tire selection matrix on Bridgestone's website and they are recommending the Dueler 422 as the top-of-the-line tire for this vehicle but I love the way this Firestone works so well on this minivan that I'd be worried about any loss of the great driving dynamics from the factory.

Tire Rack Makes Shipping to a Recommended Installer Easy!

Monday, February 11, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Tire Rack has been revolutionizing tire buying since 1979! With the help of our Tire Test Results, Tire Survey Results and Tire Reviews, we provide you the information you need to purchase the right tire for how and where you drive.

Once you've made a decision on the tire that best suits your needs, the next step is shipping your order to either your home, your mechanic or one of our Recommended Installers. We have a national network of thousands of independent Recommended Installers ready to handle your installation needs near your home or office. Here's how it works:

  1. Shop our selection of products for your vehicle and add what you need to your cart.
  2. Take a look at the Recommended installers in your area and read consumer reviews and pricing information
  3. Before checkout, select your installer and save it to your addresses in "My Account" for later. You can also select your installer and choose to ship directly to them while still in the cart.
  4. Call your Recommended Installer to set up an appointment.
  5. Drive in for installation.

The Recommenced Installer Program section of our website provides all the information needed to easily choose the Installer best for you, information like: 

  • Price Pledge - 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.
  • Price Pledge Plus - Price Pledge Plus Recommended Installers not only participate in our Price Pledge program but they also consistently achieve a 4.5-star or above overall ranking in our survey results.
  • Maps and directions to the location
  • Hours of operation
  • Services provided in addition to tire installation
  • Road Force availability

To complete your tire buying experience, take a look at the Recommended Installers available in your area.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 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.


Pirelli Scorpion Verde All SeasonReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12

2009 Nissan Murano
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Miami, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2013

When I bought the car in 2010 it came with the stock Bridgestone Duelers, which had a poor treadwear rating. I bought the scorpions after several inquiries (most of them posted in this website) and I can say that they are much better than the originals in terms of treadwear, comfort, traction and noise level. After 14k miles I made 2 rotations already and I have enough tread for another 1.5/2 years. Will definetely buy these again in the future.

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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Fuzion ZRi
Closeout On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Fuzion XTI*
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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

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Changing Wheel Size

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Often times I receive calls from customers who are curious about changing the wheel size on their vehicle. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about the difference in wheel sizes:

Can I use a different wheel size than what came on my car? Yes. There are often sizes that'll work very well on a vehicle even though they were not originally installed on it. When you search by vehicle on our website, all the options listed have been verified to fit. This also allows us to show you the specific price for the wheel you need for your vehicle.

Why do you need to know my vehicle? We need to know your vehicle to ensure a proper fit. Experience has taught us that searching by wheel size, offset and/or bolt pattern alone aren't specific enough criteria to ensure an exact fitment. Attention to detail prevents vibration, wheel and tire interference and unbalanced handling. Read "Why Shop for Wheels by First Selecting a Vehicle?" to see what we check so the wheels you order are a fit for your car.

How does Tire Rack know what will fit my vehicle? So glad you asked! Because there are numerous wheel/vehicle combinations, this often means each wheel has to be individually tested on the vehicle either manually or electronically using Computer Aided Deign (CAD) data. Some of the items we verify to ensure a proper fit include:

  • Bolt Pattern
  • Centerbore Diameter
  • Hub Diameter
  • Load Capacity
  • Lug Hardware
  • Suspension Components Clearance

Take a look at "How We Know What Fits" to see how we offer Tire & Wheel Packages that are specifically designed for your vehicle.

Will the new size throw off my speedometer/odometer? No. If you stick with a proper plus- or minus-sized tire, the speedometer and odometer will still function correctly. To learn more about this topic, check out our tech article, "The Plus Concept."

Will I have to change anything else on my vehicle? Typically, the answer is no. The vast majority of our wheel fitments will bolt right on. We do list some specialized wheel fitments that are designed for vehicles used in racing, with lifted suspensions or modified fenders. Any wheels requiring modification are noted as such. 

Will my vehicle's ride or handling be affected? It depends on the size. Plus or minus one inch from the original wheel is not usually very noticeable. Bigger wheels generally have sportier handling but a harder ride. Smaller wheels have a softer ride and more flex in the tire's sidewall.

I shopped for a Tire & Wheel Package, but I only see wheels. What's going on? Creating a Tire & Wheel Package is a two-part process. First, you choose the wheel you want, then you choose a tire to go with it. As tire enthusiasts, we don't believe that the same tire is right for every driver, so we let you choose the tire that's best for you.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial Long Trail T/A

Monday, January 7, 2013 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.


BFGoodrich Radial Long Trail T/AReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2006 Nissan Xterra S 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 75,000
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 75,000 Miles on Tires
December 07, 2012

I bought a new Nissan Xterra in 2006 which came OEM with BFG Long Trail T/A's and I rotated them no more than twice if that many times. This year (2012) I replaced the front tires at 70K and the rear at 80K. I still have the old tires and they still have an acceptable amount of tread on them for the amount of miles they have on them.

I was so impressed with this tire that I replaced them with another set of BFG Long Trail T/A tires. I live in the deep South so the tires were never exposed to anything other than summer heat and rain; and 100% of my driving is either city or interstate.

I have never had a set of tires last me this long or give me the quality service that these tires did; I am super-impressed with them. Of course, to be fair, my Nissan has the Federally mandated tire pressure sensor installed and when it indicated a low tire I would check them all and adjust them to 35 PSI. So, that may account for the long life that I got from them because everyone knows running a tire under-inflated is a death sentence for a tire.

I read several negative reviews on this website about this tire so I wanted to throw in my two cents to even the score. I thought about taking pictures of these tires and send them and a thank you note to BFG for making such a splendid tire.

I am well pleased with these tires and can't say enough good things about them. Of course, everyone's driving conditions, experience, and habits are different but for my money there is no better tire for my vehicle, environment, or money. Thanks BFG!

Can I Arrange To Pick-Up My Order at a Tire Rack Distribution Center?

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

With six strategically located distribution centers across the country, Tire Rack is able to offer fast shipping service options to our customers. In fact, most customers are within one to two business days of our Indiana, Nevada, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana or Georgia distribution centers.

When talking to customers who live near one of these locations, I am often asked if they can arrange a pick-up of their order. Customer pick-up is available at all locations, except for Delaware. Below you'll find the order pick-up times (local time) for each location:

  1. South Bend, Indiana - Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, and from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday
  2. Windsor, Connecticut - Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  3. Midway, Georgia - Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  4. Shreveport, Louisiana - Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
  5. McCarran, Nevada - Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Customer pick-up is available at these locations only on orders placed via telephone. The option isn't available on orders placed through our website. Sales tax will also be included in your purchase price when finalizing your order for pick-up. Some additional customer pick-up information includes:

  • The credit card will be charged at the time of pick-up
  • Credit card holders must be present and show the credit card used to pay for the order at time of pick-up
  • Additional photo ID is also required
  • Installs are available only at our Indiana location

You can use the shop by vehicle feature on our website to research the products you're interested in purchasing before calling in to place your order. One of our sales specialists will place the order and arrange a convenient pick-up time. If ordering a Tire & Wheel Package, we'll need approximately four to six hours lead time to mount and balance and prepare them for pick-up. Most other items that are in stock will be ready shortly after your order has been placed.

Payment methods accepted include Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Cash payment is also accepted all locations except for Georgia.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S

Monday, December 17, 2012 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 LTX M/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,500
Location: San Ramon, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,500 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2007

Michelins LTX M/S replaced the Goodyear Fortera Triple Treads that had only 8K miles on them. The Michelins are "as advertised" from reviews on the online tire review websites and tire installer website reviews. This tire is an "all around" excellent tire. Queit, handles well, basically does everything well. No snow experience to report, mainly highway. Owners with large SUVs said they are having great results from these tires even though the tire technology is aging. If it works then no reason to change it. After two sets of Goodyear TTs these tires I can live with. You wont be disappointed.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 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.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2002 Cadillac Seville STS
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Manhattan Beach, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2012

I purchased these replacements for the oem Goodyear LS tires when my Cadillac STS hit 70,000 miles. I drive the STS with alacrity through the pot holed, cracked, cratered, and earthquake-heaved streets and freeways of greater LA, as well as on extended road trips / ski trips throughout the mountainous regions of the western states, and I found the oem LS goodyears to be an appropriately balanced tire for those varied conditions.

Therefore, I was seeking replacement tires having similarly broad and balanced capabilities.


Following a significant amount of research (tire rack & the mfgr websites), I selected the comfort tread goodyears and have been delighted with the results.

As compared to the oem Goodyear LS tires, or the comparable Micheliens, I've noted two elements of notable difference:

1). The comfort treads have slightly slower turn-in response which I attribute to the more flexible sidewalks. While this would be problematic on a sports car, this is a minor issue for a heavy fwd sedan.

2). The comfort treads are able to very effectively attenuate road noise transmission. I ran the oem LS tires at 35 lbs, and am doing the same with the 18 month old (15,000 miles) comfort treads. Upon instalation, I requested the installer to inflate all four tires to 35 lbs cold. However, after 5 minutes on the freeway heading home from the installer, I exited the familiar freeway to check the tire pressures again fully convinced by the remarkedly reduced road noise inside the already very quiet STS that the new tires were under inflated by at least 5 lbs. lo and behold, both my ears and tire gauge we're consistent: the new comfort treads were very effectively reducing noise and ride harshness. Simply amazing.

The STS's favorite cruising speed is 85 mph, which we're able to do for hours at a time on I-15 through southeast Utah in various weather comditioms. Wander and "nibble" are minimal, so the new comfort tread tires are superb all weather touring tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 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.


Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5

2007 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Bensalem, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
November 25, 2012

After much research and review reading I finally purchased a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS to replace the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4s that were the original equipment on my 2007 Acura TL and I couldn’t be happier. The Michelins are a grand touring tire that had decent wet traction and a quiet ride but were absolutely horrible in any depth of snow. They were also a little stiff on concrete highways and had a definite ‘ring’ sound when hitting the seams, bumps etc. (which I had always attributed to the stiffness of my car’s suspension).
Believe it or not even though they are an ultra high performance tire the Potenzas are almost as quiet as the Pilots and actually have a little softer feel on concrete roads. There is a little more hissing sound on macadam, especially under hard acceleration, but I suppose that that is to be expected with any tire with superior traction. As far as the traction, the improvement with these new tires is just amazing. I recently drove home from work through a 3 inch slushy snowfall and you would have thought that the road was actually dry. In all conditions the road feel and responsiveness are top rate. There is a quickness and predictability to these tires that I had not felt with the Michelins.
The bottom line is if you want superior handling, excellent traction in wet and dry conditions and don’t mind a little additional road hiss then these are the tires for you.
Kudos also to Tire Rack for their unbeatable prices, excellent website and for having a network of local installers to get me and my new tires quickly and affordably on the road.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 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 Alpin PA3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57

2004 Chevrolet Impala
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Hamilton, On
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2011

Well, I wanted to buy another set of Dunlop Winter Sport M3's but they are not availabkle anywhere - only reason I can guess is that the sunami screwed up this summer's shipments... so I needed something else. After considerable research on both Tirerack and Consumer Reports websites, I just bought a set of 4 of these. Despite misgivings about the unaggressive tread design, I have read nothing but favourable reviews. My summer tires are Michelin Primacy MXV4s and are also V rated. In just switching tires recently there has not yet been any real snow or ice to test them in, but there has been slush and rain. Snow is coming soon - an inevitability here in Canada. My initial impressions? Well, the tread doesn't look very aggressive (what you would think a winter tire should look like), but the other reviews said `not to worry'. The overall ratings are quite impressive and hard to ignore.
In driving down the road with these I forgot I had switched off of the Primacys and to the Alpins... feels almost the same for handling and driving along. Noise is the same... cornering abit less rigid but not much. So - so far so good! One thing to remember is - yes - I am the only Chevrolet using these it appears, but my vehicle is tweeked with the police package pretty much - I have an Impala LS with the 3.8L engine and run V rated tires, have put in the police HD quickstruts, have larger heavier brake rotors (tres expensive) and pads, and stiffened up the suspension in other little ways (I do some trailering as well). I will update this review at the end of the winter to let people know my official verdict.

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."

Why are Narrower Tires Better for Winter Driving?

Friday, October 19, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

As you're shopping for winter wheels and tires, you'll likely come across the recommendation of going to a narrower tire. This is the exact opposite approach that you would take for summer traction, where wider is better. If you're likely to drive through deep snow this year, you'll want winter / snow tires and wheels in sizes that help put the laws of physics on your side.

The reason for this is that traction is achieved in winter by cutting through the ice and snow. With wider tread, you're more likely to start snow plowing or floating on top of the surface instead of pushing down and through. This floating will result in loss of traction sooner than with a thinner or narrower option. A good way to picture this is imagine a pizza cutter slicing through a pizza.

Another way to think about this is from the perspective of the contact patch. A tire's contact patch or "footprint" greatly influences its performance and is dependent on its profile. The narrower the width, the smaller the contact patch will be. This is the area that makes contact with the ground as rotation occurs.  With the vehicle still weighing the same, a smaller contact patch results in more pounds per square inch. This will produce more force on the tire to help it cut into ice and snow and deliver optimum traction for the worst winter will throw at you. 

You can try to achieve a narrower solution for your vehicle in different ways:

  • Shop by vehicle in the winter section of our site and we'll list alternate sizes if applicable. You can also refer to the owner's manual found in your vehicle. Sometimes you will find recommendations there on different tire sizes. For example, it may list the alternate size for the base model of your vehicle.
     
  • Most vehicles will allow for minus sizing, too. Minus sizing is where you purchase both a wheel and tire by dropping the wheel diameter by an inch. This will typically lead you to a narrower tire in the process. Build a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for optional minus sizes after entering your vehicle's year, make, model and trim level on our website.

For more information on selecting a narrower tire, read "Size Selection of Winter / Snow Tires."

Finding Smaller Wheel Sizes for Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages

Monday, October 15, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Many of our customers know about the potential advantages of going to a smaller wheel size when selecting a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. When minus sizing, not only would deep snow traction be enhanced, but the cost of a winter package is usually lower than a package maintaining your vehicle's original size tires and wheels. An additional advantage higher profile tire sizes offer is they feature taller sidewalls and smaller diameter wheels that more easily resist damage associated with winter road hazards and early spring potholes. However, we often receive questions from customers looking for wheels who only see equal or larger sized wheels when shopping, and nothing smaller than what is Original Equipment on their car.

In some cases, the size that's on your vehicle may be the smallest size possible that will still clear your vehicle's brakes. For most cars, it's possible to go smaller, you just have to know where to look. One way is to shop for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package rather than searching for wheels in our website's wheels section. Tire Rack's Preferred Winter Package often feature alternate sizes that combine smaller diameter wheels with narrower, higher profile tires that have equivalent load capacities and overall diameters. Unfortunately, wide, low profile tires have to "plow" a wide path through deep snow, where narrower tires have an easier time. So if you're likely to drive through deep snow this year, you'll want winter / snow tires and wheels in sizes that better help you.

Your winter tire and wheel sizes should be based on one of the following:

Your Vehicle's Original Equipment Tire and Wheel Size

While not a dimensional advantage, winter tires and wheels in the Original Equipment size to replace your all-season or summer tires will offer more traction in cold temperatures, slush, snow and ice.

The Tire and Wheel Size from Your Vehicle's Base Model

This is often an easy way to select an appropriate narrow tire for your car, van or truck. While this may only provide a small dimensional difference, a smaller combination (for example, 225/50R17-sized tires to 215/60R16-sized tires on 16" wheels) will reduce your cost while increasing your vehicle's wintertime traction.

A Minus Size Tire and Wheel

Minus Sizing combines taller profile tires with smaller diameter wheels.

Begin finding a smaller diameter wheel for your winter driving by searching for Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package!

New 2012 F30 BMW 328i and 335i Winter Wheels and Snow Tires FAQ

Thursday, October 4, 2012 by Gary Stanley

The new 2012 / 2013 BMW 3 Series sedans (known in some enthusiast circles by the chassis number "F30") will be going through their first winter season this year. Like previous BMW 3 Series cars, the 2012 sedans are available in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive models. 

The Original Equipment tires on the car are either summer performance tires or high-speed rated all-seasons. If you live in an area that sees snow during the winter months you should be considering a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package.

How can I see which wheels will fit the new 2012 BMW 3 Series sedans?
  1. Go to the winter section of our website.
  2. Select the make, year and model of your vehicle using the drop down menu under the heading titled "Shop vehicle make and year".
  3. Select the size of the wheel that you would like under the heading titled "Build Your Own Package". 
  4. The resulting page will show you winter / snow tires. To proceed to the winter wheels, click on the text towards the right side of the page that reads "Skip to wheels". 
What are the recommended Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package sizes? 
  • A large selection of 18"  diameter wheels fit and work well with the tire size 225/45R18.  Both run-flat and non-run-flat winter tires are made in this size.
  • Even if your vehicle came with 18"  or 19" wheels, you may want to consider minus sizing to 17" wheels with the tire size 225/50R17 for more effective winter traction. Run-flat and non-run-flat winter tires are also available in this size.
  • If you own a 328i, you can even minus size to 16" with the size 225/55R16, although only non-run-flat options are made in this size.  
Did the TPMS sensors change from the previous 3 Series?
 
Yes. BMW changed to a different TPMS sensor for the new F30 2012 BMW 3 Series. This means that new sensors will need to be purchased unless you're reusing the sensors from the original wheels on your new F30. No worries, Tire Rack has the correct sensors available for sale. 


I kept my old wheels from my 2007-2011 BMW 335i, will they fit my new 2012 3 Series sedan?

Most winter wheels that fit the E90 335i will also fit the new F30. Just keep in mind that the new F30 does use taller tires than the E90 and uses different TPMS sensors. As always, be sure to test fit to check for clearance before driving on them.

Get a head start on safe driving this winter by building your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today!  

 

Tire Rack Has a Hall of Famer!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Team

Pete Veldman, Tire RackAt the 2012 SEMA Show/Global Tire Expo in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan on October 29, 2012, Tire Rack's Pete Veldman will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Tire Industry Association (TIA).

While initially skeptical about starting a mail-order tire company, Veldman quickly saw a need for customers to acquire specialty tires easily and efficiently. Thus Tire Rack was founded in 1979 and has established itself as the leader in the direct-to-consumer tire business. Veldman's forward thinking ensured Tire Rack was one of the first tire companies to have an online presence in 1996 that today provides over 50 million annual website visitors the test results, tire selection, reviews and fast shipping options they need to make an informed tire purchase.

His hard work and dedication to giving customers optimum customer service and convenience has led to the announcement that he will be inducted into the Tire Industry Association Hall of Fame. "The TIA Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of innovators and leaders who have shaped the tire industry over the past century," TIA stated. "By honoring the individual accomplishments of manufacturers, dealers, retreaders and suppliers, TIA celebrates the diversity and rich history of the tire industry."

Tire Rack and all of its employees would like to congratulate Pete on this well deserved honor!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 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.


Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8

1999 Ford Ranger Super Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: ANDERSON, SC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
August 12, 2012

I am big fan of these tires and of TireRack. The info provided on the website is invaluable - really helped me choose not only the correct tire (specs and ratings) but also the best tire for me. I had previously bought a set of 235/70R15 Yokohamas ATs for my 98 std cab 2wd Ranger (love those too!), and now these 245 SAT Khumos are doing great on my 99 ext cab 4wd Ranger. I wanted to get the correct size and duty rating tire for each of these trucks because I specifically did not want a heavy, over-sized, and unresponsive tire that would hve a negative impact on mileage. Being able to research specs and compare other user's experience, at my convenience, was invaluable to me.

So far both my Khumo and Yokohama sets are doing stellar. No problems what-so-ever. I don't do any off-road muddin', though, but I think my son did once and he came back in one piece. I would not hesitate to take these tires anywhere they are intended (hence, All-Terrain). They are a quality, competent, very respectable tire. And I am huge fan of Michelin tires. I run them on my 2000 Dodge Caravan, and Michelins LTXs are what I replaced on my trucks.

After speaking with my Customer Service Rep Rudy, he told me the Khumos are probably 75%-80% of what Michelin a tire is. I too was a little concerned with how Khumo tires would hold-up and perform. But I decided I would take 75%-80% of Michelin for probably 60% of the cost of Michelin. I haven't regretted it for a moment. Besides, as far as I'm concerned, these Khumos and Yokohamas seem closer to 90% of Michelins. Don't get me wrong, I love the Michelin Harmony tires I have on my Caravan - best tire I've ever driven on - in rain or on curvy mountain highways along side semi-trucks.

I saved a good bit of dough with these tires, and I couldn't be happier with their performce.

Thanks TireRack.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 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.

General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2007 Dodge Ram 3500 MegaCab 4wd Dually
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Clarksville, TN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
September 03, 2012

Overall this has been a great tire. I bought them following an accident resulting from poor traction OEM tires in a snowy environment and I have to say they have performed extremely well. My truck is heavy (8K), and has tons of torque. These tires never let go of the road and have worn suprisingly well considering I pull a 14K horse trailer with them. As it stands I think they will make it to the 45K range before I absolutely have to change them. I am down to 4/32 now with 33K on them now. They never even break loose on wet pavement which is something all diesel owners can appreciate. As for snow traction, they were pretty amazing. My wife was stranded on the highway in a snowstorm shortly after I bought them and I was able to get to her with almost no slipping. I also pulled 4 other trucks out on the way to her. Were I not finding myself spending more time off road now than on it, I would definately buy these tires again. They have been so good, in fact, that I have talked many of my relatives into getting them. Additionally this is the first set of tires I have bought from tirerack, and I expect I will continue to use this website for future tire purchases.