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

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.9

1998 Jaguar XJR
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2007

This car had OEM Michelin MXVs which let me down during a high performance track day. I went to KDW2s after reading reviews here and found these are a whole new animal. Phenomenal grip for a tire with such good wet traction. I dont even worry about my lead foot wife during rainy runs on high crowned NY highways. The tire is responsive, stable at speed and not especially noisy. But the traction still surprises me wet or dry.

Which Tires Last the Longest?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Gary Stanley

As a consumer shopping for tires, there are many important attributes and characteristics that you should take into consideration. For example, some tires have better wet traction for rainy days, while some are designed to handle winter's toughest conditions. There are tires that focus mostly on maximum dry grip on the race track, and others that are meant to provide a smooth and quiet ride.

Some of these characteristics may be more important to your particular situation than others, but one question that is almost always asked is, "How long will my tires last?" This may even be the most important feature in your tires if you drive many miles on a yearly basis. If you're a driver who has a long daily commute and takes long road trips, consider the following options from a few of our popular performance categories. 

Passenger All-Season

 Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
 Goodyear Assurance ComforTred
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred


Standard Touring All-Season

 General AltiMAX RT43
General AltiMAX RT43
 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender


Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season 

 Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Alenza Plus
 Continental  CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


In order to get the most wear out of your tires, be sure check your tires' air pressures often and keep them inflated to your vehicle's recommended pressures. You'll want to check and adjust the pressure first thing in the morning before rising ambient temperatures, the sun's radiant heat or even driving short distances temporarily warms the tires. For more maintenance tips to increase your tires' performance, life and durability, read "Air Pressure: When and How to Set."

Young African Leaders Visit Tire Rack

Monday, July 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

We recently welcomed over 20 young African leaders from 17 countries as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative program hosted by the University of Notre Dame to our headquarters in South Bend, Indiana. Students listened as Matt Edmonds, vice president, told the Tire Rack story and were given a tour of our facility.

As part of the program, the students learn leadership training, academic coursework and mentoring to create new opportunities in Africa where they can put these skills to work. The students learned how we grew from a small shop in Indianapolis to where we are today and how the entrepreneurial spirit of our founder, Pete Veldman, was key to our success. Matt also explained to the group how integrity and great customer service are our foundation and that both play an important role in building a successful company.

It was clear the students enjoyed their time at Tire Rack. They were filled with energy and loved taking photos in our studio, as well as on our test track.

Where did the young leaders go from here? Most went on to visit other companies across the Midwest, including IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Chicago Cubs. A few will also go on to receive an eight-week internship with an American non-governmental organization or business.

We’d like to thank them for taking the time to visit Tire Rack. It's exciting to see the enthusiasm they displayed during their time here and we wish them all the best in the future!

Low Dust Brake Pad Options

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Does your vehicle have squeaking brakes or pads that produce too much dust? You may want to consider a move to a ceramic pad. Ceramic pads leave a lighter trail of dust than traditional pads with a higher metallic content and are typically very quiet. While ceramic pads do not have the necessary heat range to be used effectively in a track environment, they are still appropriate for some spirited drivers.

Ceramic pads meet or exceed all Original Equipment standards for durability, stopping distance and noise. According to durability tests, ceramic compounds extend brake life compared to most other semi-metallic and organic materials and outlast other premium pad materials by a significant margin - with no sacrifice in noise control, pad life or braking performance.

As mentioned earlier, another characteristic that makes ceramic pads attractive is the absence of noticeable dust. All brake pads produce dust as they wear. The ingredients in ceramic compounds produce a light-colored dust that is much less noticeable and less likely to stick to your vehicle's wheels. Consequently, wheels and tires maintain a cleaner appearance longer.

If you're considering a ceramic brake pad for your vehicle, take a look at the following options:

For more information on using a ceramic brake pad on your application, read "Why Ceramic Brake Pads?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2006 BMW M3 Coupe Competition Package
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
July 02, 2014

I bought these off a recommendation from fellow BMWCCA members as well as the other Tire Rack reviews. Let me start off by saying that these made it a completely different car! I'd had the Bridgestone RE050A Pole Positions on my stock 19" wheels, and combining those with my Hawk Blue brake pads at the track, I was constantly outbraking my tires. Now that I've changed to square sizes, as well as switched to the Michelin, I'm getting faster lap times, and finding a lot more grip into the corners. I've got one track weekend and about 2500 miles on these so far, and I'm super impressed!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
July 01, 2014

OK for all you people who bought this tire for track or autocross, THIS IS NOT A TIRE DESIGNED FOR THAT SO YOUR REVIEW IS MUTE AND POINTLESS! Now on to a real review. This tire at first was noisey, however after about 200 miles its very very quiet. This is the most comfortable tire I have ever owned. Driving a sports car with very aggressive driving I can say that I am truely amazed by this tire. I know its early for a review. But not as early as some people only having driven 500 miles on a tire. Thats not time enough to really write a review people. I have taken this car on the twisties of the mountians here in Southern Califonia and I have to say it never breaks loose even when trying to push the tires past their limit. As I stated above its not a track tire, but putting it through the aggressvie driving I do with AWD punishing them. Even when they get hot they dont lose grip. I know someone on here said they get greasy but that was on a track. On the highways and back roads this tire is the one you want. They help with fuel economy as well with their minimal rolling resistance. They even beat some Ultimate Summer Tires. The OEM tires were Dunlops and these tires beat them in all catagories. I have no rain reviews because it hasent rained here and I wish they would let me give a dirt review because these tires held up very well on the sand and dirt this past weekend when I did a lot of time attack runs on the salt flats. If you have an AWD car like the Evo or STI then this is the summer tire you want.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2012 Audi S4 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 30, 2014

BLUF: I think these tires are awesome. The OEM Continental Sport Contact 3s got a flat; and also were wearing a little weird too at around 20k. So I told the wife since I was deployed to get them replaced with these (new for 2013) Michelin Pilot Sport AS/3s. Since I was away from home I had her send me some pics of them mounted and I was happy with how they looked. She said that she couldn't tell a difference from the Summer Tire Contis. I got home in February and took the S4 for a spirited drive and was extremely satisfied. Tire rack stated these were as close to a summer tire as an all-season could hope to be and they were right. Clearly not as sticky as summers but I'm not tracking or auto-crossing anyway so it didn't matter to me. The ride is great, handles great, and they have been quiet so far. I'm hoping the 500 Tread wear rating holds firm as I'd like to get more than 20k from a tire on this car. I plan on rotating every 5k, front to back and I will update a the 20k mark.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2013 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 450
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 450 Miles on Tires
July 16, 2014

I was going to report on this tire at 1000 miles but now at about 450 miles there is much to say. The ride continues to improve and is getting quieter. Handling especially in the dry is also better and the Outback is approaching "tossable" when it comes to going through curves. For those who know the DC beltway (I-495) near the Moron Temple, I can now take those curves at near 70 MPH and the car tracks beautifully.

My first experience with wet braking was good. The tires slid but much less than the OEM Continentals. Dry braking is better and the stopping distances are shorter.

Fuel economy has suffered a bit down about 1 MPG but this is a fair trade off to significantly improved handling and a car that is more fun to drive.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6
 
 

2000 Porsche Boxster S
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Florham Park, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
July 01, 2014

Please note that all my ratings are relative to other tires in class - street legal track/AX tires. note also that the form does not allow me to reflect the proper stagger for this car. Finally, mileage is irrelevant - these have seen 6 track events. in Advanced run groups.

I had very high hopes for these tires from their AX reputation. however, what i found was a tire that had very odd/vague turn-in response, and such a soft overall feel that i did not get a lot of feedback - necessary to push to near the limit. I also found that it did not handle long runs and high heat well. All this says it could in fact be a great AX tire, but not so good track tire. My wear has been good "considering" , but not as good as the similar Yoko AD-08 (which also has better feel and responsiveness, but maybe a touch less grip). While this is - in objective measures a pretty good tire, it has drained my confidence and held back my lap times - so for me its a non-starter. Too bad since i liked the g-force sport-2 so very much, even on track!

Marketer Becomes Tire Tester

Monday, July 14, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

After three-and-a-half years on the job, I finally got the call I was waiting for: a chance to be a Tire Rack tire tester! Along with other members of the Tire Rack marketing team, this was OUR opportunity to get behind the wheel of our test BMWs and develop our own opinions on tire performance and truly understand what it takes to get our findings out to our customers.

Having already experienced the Real World Road Ride portion of our tests, I was prepared to look for a tires’ ride, noise and light handling qualities across a variety of conditions. The second part of testing, the Performance Test Track Drives, occurs on our track, and was what I had been waiting all these years to do.

We can see the track from our offices in marketing, we thought we knew what to expect, we were both nervous and excited. As one of our designers said, “I see our testers driving faster than I would want to go. The unfamiliarity of driving another’s car with someone else riding alongside me makes me uncomfortable.”

No worries. We weren't going to be competitive. (The photo at right proves we did take it pretty seriously though)

We got into the cars, we were told to drive at a level that made us comfortable. What made ALL of us comfortable was driving on the set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports. The tire allowed us to feel like we were in control of the car and have some fun behind the wheel as we slalomed a few cones, took some turns at speed and navigated the skid pad (And did I mention this was all done while our track's sprinkler system kept the course covered in water?). When it came to the Sumitomo Touring LS T tires we also tested, it was a completely different story. We were able to feel the vast difference in performance and gain a deeper respect for the testers out there all season doing what they do while listening to the car and the tires so they can accurately report on performances wins and losses.

Here's my rookie review of the two tires.

When driving on the Pilot Super Sports, I felt as if I could driver faster and take turns at speeds I typically don’t, as the tire gave me that much confidence. Now on the Sumitomo, I was braking much sooner to prepare for a turn. If I didn’t I would end up in the grass (even though I didn’t end up in the grass, I can’t say the same for some of my co-workers).

We didn't do a full test on the wet and dry course. And we're by no means expert testers like our sales specialists (who are our test drivers). But rest assured, you're in good hands when you're relying on the test results you read on the tires we offer. Our testers do this all season long and they've got my respect. And trust.

Here are our expert test results and more about our testing program.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Aurora, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
July 03, 2014

I am now on my second set of these tires on my 2005 WRX wagon. Unfortunately I hit a big pothole with my first set and one of them was damaged so I had to replace them prematurely. They were at 7/16ths tread depth and I was on my third summer season with that first set. I just had a new set installed today. I didn't think twice about buying these tires again.

These are my summer tires in Colorado, and I commute over 50 miles per day. I absolutely love these tires. To sum them up, they are comfortable and quiet on my daily commute, but when I go for spirited drives they provide all the performance I need. Sure they're not track tires, but they are grippy and responsive, and they communicate their limit well. For me they are the perfect summer tire for a commuter who likes to have fun driving without worrying about their tires. And I've never had any issues in the rain either. I highly recommend them!

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Since its release a few years ago, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport has dominated the Max Performance Summer category, garnering praise from many drivers of high performance cars. Its combination of handling, grip, responsiveness and road manners make it a top choice for the discriminating enthusiast. So much so, that I decided that it was the right choice for my own personal vehicle. Take a look at "Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires Installed on My Car" and "Michelin Pilot Super Sport: 5,000 Mile Update" to learn more about my experience with this top-rated tire.

Last year, my Michelin Pilot Super Sports were due for replacement. While I enjoyed their performance and handling for three years, I was impressed with a recent test of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. In this test of four top Max Performance Summer tires, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport finished on top. To many, this was no surprise. 

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
 Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport


However, many in our test were surprised at how close the Bridgestone compared favorably to the Pilot Super Sport. On the street and track, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport had faster steering response and a bit more dry grip than the S-04 Pole Position. However, I felt that the Bridgestone summer tire had a bit softer ride quality on the street, while still giving excellent cornering grip and road feel. Many may feel that the S-04 Pole Position has a better balance of ride quality and handling that would suit a vehicle that's driven spiritedly.

My conclusion? The Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position is great alternative to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport for those willing to give up a little in terms of ultimate handling and grip for a bit softer ride and lower price-point. Shop by vehicle and see if this Bridgestone tire is available for your application.

How Does Ordering Tires Online Work? Find. Deliver. Install.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Here at Tire Rack, we're always thinking about tires! We make it easy to find what's right for your vehicle, get it delivered fast and we'll also help you choose an installer.

Find

  • Our test track is truth serum for tires and allows us to provide reliable data, test results and reviews.
  • In addition to tire tests, we have maintained an independent consumer survey to allow drivers help each other by sharing their long term tire experiences.
  • With our large selection of tires, wheels, suspension products, brakes and more, we have something for almost every driver.
  • Side-by-side comparison of tread patterns, consumer survey results, reviews and independent test results are available so you can research and find the tires that are right for how and where you drive.
  • Shop by vehicle and view the exact fitments available for your application.

Deliver

  • Most deliveries are made within one business day.
  • Shipping quotes are available online and via phone.
  • Free shipping for all brakes, suspension and other parts and accessories orders over $50.

Install

  • We can ship directly to your home, office or one of our 8,000+ Recommended Installers.
  • Per our Price Pledge program, all independent Recommended Installers agree to display exact quotes for installation services based on tire aspect ratio. Additional or optional related installation fees are also displayed. 

The Continental ContiForceContact Now Available in United States

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

This year, we've added another Streetable Track & Competition tire to our line-up and are pleased to introduce the Continental ContiForceContact. Designed to compete with popular tires such as the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup and Toyo Proxes R888, the ContiForceContact (80 treadwear) has a compound that's soft enough to be competitive in a track environment, yet suitable for light street use.

Unlike extremely soft race-only applications, such as the Hoosier R6, the ContiForceContact is less likely to pick up road debris and comes up to temperature slightly slower, allowing it to be driven to and from the track. The tire's tread void areas also allow it to be used in the wet. However, while designed to resist hydroplaning, ContiForceContact tires are not recommended for high-speed driving on extremely wet roads with standing water where there is the risk of hydroplaning. This is especially true of shaved or worn tires. Drivers should drive cautiously at reduced speeds in these conditions.

We had an opportunity to test the tire back in March and determined the tire delivers an impressive blend of dry track performance and wet traction. It can also thrill drivers during hot laps with its precise handling and confidence-inspiring demeanor. For a complete recap of our test, read "Continental ContiForceContact: Track Day Magic."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88
 
 

2011 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Enola, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
June 17, 2014

I had this tire's predecessor on my 05' Evo MR and currently on my Eclipse GSX and on those two vehicles, these tires have performed very well! This new iteration performs very well as well on my BMW. They handle so well. But my other two cars are not what I would call quiet riding cars. So tire noise was not very noticeable. But on my BMW 335Xi M-Pkg., the tire noise is very noticeable. Since I do not use this car at the track, they may be overkill for street use, but I'd buy these tires again when I replace my track car tires.