Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.62
 
 

2004 Porsche 911 GT3
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2014

This is a barely street legal track tire. This is why I buy them. I drive to and from the track, some around town, and use them exclusively on the track. I have even purchased a top carrier to store the second set. You can switch them side to side and they communicate what is happening on the road very well. I have had 15 or 16 sets of Michelin Pilot Sport Cups and they have always performed exceptionally. I do not buy Toyos or Nittos for my car. I drive the Michelin Pilot Sport Cups to the cords, put a new set on and am on my way. If you are buying these tires for local roads and local spirited driving, these have much more capability when they are hot, than what most drivers will ever need.

Getting the Most From Your Competition Tires

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

You want your competition tires to last as long as possible and perform their best when in use. How can you maximize the amount of wear and increase response/handling at the same time? Luckily, Tire Rack offers competition tire heat cycling and shaving for these exact needs.

Any tread design that breaks up the contact patch into smaller elements or adds additional tread depth (required to enhance wet traction) will increase tread block squirm and reduce dry performance. Tire shaving is an effective means of permitting more of a tire's performance capability to be realized early in its life. And in many cases, shaved tires used in competition actually have a longer useful life than tires that enter competition at full tread depth. Full tread depth tires tend to squirm more, which can build up heat that can overwork the tire causing irregular wear or damage. Shaving a tire also reduces weight and provides slightly more footprint on the ground by increasing its contact patch. We shave tires by removing tread rubber from a new tire on a specialized machine that operates as a tire lathe. This service can also be performed on street tires used for competition use. Our tire shaving service ranges between $25 and $35 per tire.

Like many high performance parts, high performance tires will last longer if properly broken in. The first time Track & Competition DOT tires go into service is very important. All tires deflect under load and their tread rubber compounds repeatedly stretch and relax as they roll into and out of contact with the road. This stretching breaks some of the weaker bonds between the tread rubber molecules, generating heat. If a new Track & Competition DOT tire is initially run too aggressively, too hot or too long, some of the stronger bonds will also be broken which reduces its grip and wear. Cycling a tire through an easy heat cycle and letting it cool over a 24-hour period will allow the stronger molecules to bond back together in a more uniform manner than they were originally manufactured. Heat cycling actually makes Track & Competition DOT tread compounds more consistent in strength and more resistant to losing their strength the next time they're used.

Our heat cycling service begins by mounting the tire on an appropriate-width wheel and inflating it to the desired pressure. It's then placed in our heat cycling machine which has three rollers positioned at the corners of a triangle. The tread flexes where it comes into contact with each of the rollers, stretching the rubber compound enough to progressively bring it up to temperature all the way around the tire and across the tread. There is no artificial heat added by an oven, forced air or heat lamp. Tread temperature is monitored with a pyrometer to confirm when the tire has reached the desired 170-180° F temperature. The tire is then dismounted and stamped as Tire Rack heat cycled. Since the minimum 24-hour waiting period typically occurs while the tires are in transit, the tires are ready to use when they arrive! The only thing our heat cycling service doesn’t do is scuff in the tires. Heat cycling service costs $15 per tire.

To learn more about this process, read "Competition Tire Heat Cycling Service."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.2
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2014

2010 4wd Colorado, rural Vermont but plenty of interstate driving too.... These were summer tires which were alternated with Blizzak DM-V1's for the winter. About 15K miles and about 8/32" tread left. Very dependable, quiet, good tracking and solid tires (but not for wintertime use, at all). I was completely satisfied and don't hesitate to recommend for routine applications.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: South Ogden, UT
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

Simply the best performance tires I have ever owned. I have already bought a second set of rear tires as they wear out quicker when driving at Miller Motorsports RaceTrack. These tires have held traction when I have overextended myself entering a corner. Highly recommended summer tire. I have also taken the car on a rode trip to Telluride Mountain Resort in Colorado. I cannot explain the joy in driving with these tires thru mountain passes....just point the car and enjoy. These tires are not meant for cold weather (I garage the car during the winter). These tires are getting much better wear than the Proxes I had before.. Enjoy

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.00
 
 

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth
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Miles driven on tires: 7,800
Location: Agoura Hills, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,800 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2014

this is the oem tire on my car. i will be probably at least shopping for a stickier tire but i just got back from laguna secs for an Abarth track day event (comes free with the car if you're looking for an excuse to buy an abarth) where i drove a standard abarth on standard brakes and tires and the tires gripped wonderfully. i could easily predict and feel the understeer and then feed on the power more correctly. the only time i was ever out of line was more my fault than the tires' and after feeling them maneuver that corkscrew with aplomb, i can safely say these tires are top notch and they kept me on the track, which is more than i can say of other tires, and they are quite talkative (you know when they're going to break away they begin to howl and you feel the slip happen but careful throttle modulation keeps grip easily).

What Makes Your Track Car Stop?

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Race season is near and you've bought a fresh set of competition tires, lightweight wheels and sport suspension, but what about your braking system? Hawk Performance offers a wide selection of performance friction material for your autocross or road race car. Take a look at the following options from Hawk and see if one is right for your vehicle. 

HP Plus Plus Race Brake Pads

Hawk Performance's HP Plus disc brake pads are designed for sports cars, coupes and sedans for driving in autocross, Solo II and many “track day” applications. Also, the Hawk Performance HP Plus Ferro-Carbon compound can take the heat at the track and get you home safely without having to change your brake pads in and out. This compound was designed for the serious street and autocross enthusiast.

Black Track Only Pads

Black Track Only Pads feature an all-purpose competition compound for use on lower temp and torque applications. They're commonly used on the rear axle of vehicles when using Blue 9012 compounds on the front axle. These pads are also recommended for dirt circle track and driving school/lapping days.

Blue 9012 Track Only Pads

Hawk's most popular Motorsport Compound offers excellent modulation and braking power for a wide variety of applications. A strong initial bite combines with exceptional pedal feel to give drivers confidence during road racing and stage rally events. Blue 9012 Track Only Pads are popular with experienced lapping day and driving school participants.

HT-10 Track Only Pads

This pad is for road racing or pavement circle track use that requires more torque than the Blue 9012.

HT-14 Track Only Pads

HT-14 Track Only Pads are designed for vehicles that achieve high top speeds and require repeated high deceleration rates during road race competition. Drivers of Sports Car/GT and higher horsepower, open wheel applications will consider this pad.


Hawk HP Plus Race

Hawk Black Track Only Pads

Hawk DTC-60 Track Only Pads


DTC-60 Track Only Pads

Hawk's latest formulation for excellent torque control and modulation for wheel-to-wheel competition. DTC-60 pads can be combined with the DTC-70 when less torque is desired on the rear axle. Road race and asphalt circle track cars will benefit from using these pads from Hawk.

DTC-70 Track Only Pads

A higher torque version of the DTC-60, this compound is designed for vehicles with high top speeds that require repeated high deceleration rates. It can be used on the front or rear axle or combined with the DTC-60 if split friction between the front and rear axles is desired.

Search by vehicle to see all brake options available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Honda S2000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

My car is set up for the track and these tires are used for HPDE and rain conditions. Wet and dry grip is excellent for this tire class/treadwear, and the car is extremely predictable in corners. The S-04's approach the limit quickly but there is a wide margin of slip angle between driving fast and losing grip. Great tire if you need to drive on them to and from the track or autocross. I'll keep these as a rain backup set, but have moved to slicks for primary use since this is a track-only vehicle.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2009 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Atlanta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

I bought the Conti DWS after much deliberation and comparison research. I am glad to say these tires still exceed my expectations for most performances even after 10,000 miles – especially considering their price. They do tend to flat spot a little after being parked with hot brakes, but their blend of comfort and street type handling is very good. The steering has a small amount of on center delay, but the rate of steering response off center is actually quite quick, linear and appropriate for a Z rated tire. I am also impressed with the relatively long tread wear life available. DWS traction levels in wet or dry conditions are quite high, but slightly down from the highest priced summer tire levels available, but that’s to be expected from an all-season tire. In other words, the traction levels and long tread wear life available are really pretty darn good. If you want sticky summer tires for the track then look elsewhere. If you want well over twice the wear life of the best Z rated UHP summer tires with better comfort, decent steering, and fairly high traction levels (which should please most folks unless your are heading to the track) then this tire is for you. I have had no problems with irregular tread wear nor hydroplaning, but I did notice some low volume, mild tread pattern noise (hum) when the tires were new. Snow traction is good though be careful not to think your driving on winter tires. I found I still had to feather the throttle at red lights. Keep in mind the DWS is not a winter tire, but is a true all-season tire - rather than a three-season tire (like the other guys sell and yet still call them all-season tires). Based on the tire rack survey ratings, it appears other reviewers have noticed the good level of snow traction available from the DWS. Be advised the DWS uses a single ply body casing to help it achieve ride compliance. After 5000 miles the tires needed to be rebalanced. Best balanced, Z rated, all-season, UHP tire on the market today.

 

Hoosier Tires Made in Indiana!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Gary Stanley

If you're looking for race-winning performance in an autocross or road race tire, look no further than Hoosier Racing tires! Not only are Hoosier tires of outstanding quality, they're made right here in Indiana.

 Hoosier A6
Hoosier A6
 Hoosier R6
Hoosier R6


Manufactured in Plymouth, Indiana, Hoosier's tires are popular for competition use in:

  • Autocross
  • Road Racing
  • High Performance Driving Events
  • Miata Racing
  • Time Attack Racing

While the Hoosier A6 and R6 may look the same, they have different tread compounds. Which Hoosier tire is for you? If you are chasing cones in an autocross event or are a very light road racer, choose the Hoosier A6. This tire heats up very quickly for the short runs that are typical at most autocrossing events.

For heavier cars and most track driving applications, choose the Hoosier R6. It requires more of a gradual warm-up time and provides consistency lap after lap. Two factors that will help steer you to victory!

While Hoosier tires are DOT-legal, they are not intended for highway use. Due to their low tread depth and ultra sticky rubber compound, we recommend that these tires be used on the track only.

Pirelli's New Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

The newest edition to Pirelli's Grand Touring All Season line-up is their Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. Pirelli designed the tire for drivers of touring and luxury cars that seek predictable handling, a comfortable ride and all-season traction. Their low oil and high silica tread compound helps enhance wet and all-season traction throughout the life of the tire. An Ecolmpact icon identifies the tire as a low rolling resistance option, as well as environmentally friendly.

Molded into an asymmetrical tread design, the P7 All Season Plus drives quietly and can be rotated easily. Its outboard shoulder helps promote crisp steering response without the noise. The four circumferential grooves help evacuate water quickly to increase wet traction and reduce hydroplaning. Low rolling resistance is achieved by a progressively flexible sidewall to cut down on deformation and unnecessary dispersal of energy, thereby reducing rolling resistance.

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus:

"This tire has amazed me since it was installed. Immediately, I noticed a difference in decreased road noise and increased ride comfort. It has been a great tire while driving in heavy rain and when taking corners.Thank you, Pirelli!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

"Fantastic tire. These tires are fantastic on wet roads. On dry roads, the response is great and the road noise is minimal. 100% recommend!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Mazda MAZDA6 5-Door i Touring

To see how the tire performed on our test track, read "Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2011 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Woodbridge, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

I've had these tires for a bit over 15K miles and am nothing but pleased with them. They do everything I expected them to do, and do it very well. The biggest surprise/bonus has been the wet weather performance. I drove them through so VERY heavy rain storms over the summer, and I never once hydroplaned or felt unstable. And the grip in the wet was great. In the dry they also perform very well. I save the aggressive driving for the track (dedicated track car), but "having fun" on some on/off ramps and some back roads really shows how well these tires grip in the dry. The only downside I've had was that they were pretty loud when new. Louder than I expected, but quieted down after about 1K miles. They're still slightly on the loud side, but nothing extreme or bothersome. Overall, a great tire for the price and would definitely recommend and buy again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2014 Mini John Cooper Works
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Centennial, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

I have had these tires twice, once on a Subaru and now I put them on a JCW Mini Coupe. The dealer ordered them from Tire Rack for me and put them on before I picked up my new car. It was December in Colorado.

I absolutely love these tires. I have used the Blizzaks and Michelins on other vehicles and this is my favorite. The primary thing I like is that the snow traction is terrific but what makes it exceptional is the dry traction. In this season I have used the tire on every type of snow and ice possible in Colorado. Outside of slush which no tire does well the tire is excellent. I will also tell you that if you drive a stiff suspension sports car you will like the ride with the non runflats. I believe that I could drive this tire competently in virtually all conditions short of track work.

With a front wheel drive and these tires you can drive with confidence. I went out to unplowed lots and put the tires to the limits, even turning off traction controls. I would purposely cut hard, throw up some rooster takls and try to slide and recover. It was easy.

I strongly and confidently recommend these tires to my fellow enthusiasts.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2012 Ford Flex Titanium
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Clarkston, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

First reaction to these tires was, why is my car so much quieter? Apparently the OE Goodyear tires contributed more noise than I realized. Ride conform was also noticeably improved. If this were the only reason I purchased these tires, then this would be enough. But I was even more impressed with winter driving experience as I drove immediately to northern Michigan for the Sno*Drift rally which lead me down many snow and ice covered two track roads, which it handled with ease. Temps were in the low single digits and below zero and traction in snow or on pavement was excellent. The return trip south on expressway, I was able to use the snow covered left lane with confidence. At this early stage of ownership, very happy. Looking forward to judge performance on dry roads in warmer weather.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 32,857
Location: Avondale, AZ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 32,857 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

I’m getting ready to order my second set of these. They’re much better than the Goodyear OEM tires. They’re quieter, they track rock solid (on the highway, the Goodyears required continual steering input to keep on track), very good wet/dry traction, and impressive tread wear (I’ll have over 33,000 miles on them when they’re replaced).

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.75

2005 Dodge Magnum RT Rear Wheel Drive
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: LaFargeville, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
December 23, 2011

10000 miles on them and four tries at getting rid of the incessant thump at 65 to 75 mph, My car has 265,000 miles. I have had 8 sets of four tires ALL BOUGHT THROUGH TIRE RACK!!! I have never and I mean NEVER had an issue with Tire rack, and still don't. I conceded, it may be the car so I changed the prop shafts ($600 they had 90,000 miles and some wear), no change in the Thump, Thump, Thump. Ok maybe the one U-joint or the carrier bearing, swapped them (I ALWAYS use OEM, no cheap parts as this is my track car as well and the thought of a cheap knock off part letting go in a corner at 100mph makes me ill). No change. Its the tires, no doubt in my mind.

I envy the folks that got smooth quiet ones, but it seems like a crap shoot that is not worth taking.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2001 Infiniti I30
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Miles driven on tires: 15
Location: Hartford, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2011

Just had these installed this morning with a fresh coating of light, slick snow on the roads. My drive to the shop on my old, severely worn Michelens was putrid. The car spun its wheels with the smallest of acceleration, even on just wet roads...the snow was like an ice rink. After getting the General's put on, the difference is unbelievable. Even on steep inclines with slippery hard pack, I didn't loose traction at all even under heavy acceleration. For a car with no traction control, I was in dire need of a good performing snow tire and these have initially proven to exceed my expectation. Compared to the Firestone Winterforce tires I ran the past two winters on my previous vehicle, I can tell already these out-perform them, at least in terms of traction. The Firestones were on a car with T/C and even still had troubles finding grip in slick conditions on accelerating from a dead stop. Still have yet to try the Generals in anything deep, but I have every confidence they will handle it with ease.

The only thing I have noticed thus far that I would take away points for is that the car doesn't track quite as well with these on it. Going on a straight line there is some sway to adjust for, though nothing overly worrisome, and the steering response is a bit loose. However, that said, these are snow tires and my only expectation from them is to handle winters worst, not win races.

Time will tell the ultimate conclusion on these things, but initial impressions indicate that these tires are the real deal...and at a price that you can't complain about. Buy them, you wont regret it!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

2002 BMW 330i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Rutger U. Area, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
August 20, 2012

Used two sets of this tire on track. Tire response fairly predictable from new to worn. However if you exceed more than 10 heat cycles, the rubbers do get harder and become "more interesting". For the price and availability (I can't really beat it. I get no more than 1000 mile use with this tire. *Noted - tires not use for street driving

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.13
 
 

2003 GMC Sierra K2500 Ext Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: New Port Richey, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 01, 2011

Bought as replacement for my OE Bridgestone 265 tires when they wore out. These tires are great and cost effective. They are quiet, responsive, wear well and track like they are on rails. No unexpected skids or loss of control even when towing a 4500 LB boat to MA from FL several times. Highly recommend them to anyone who needs a "E" road tire and doesn't want to spend a fortune on a set.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle RS-A

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle RS-A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5
 
 

2010 Nissan Maxima 3.5
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 59,000 Miles on Tires
August 19, 2013

RSA tires are a dichotomy (extreme good/bad). I am writing to warn that GY must have changed design, manufacturing process/location or materials for the RSA for the worst. Our 2010 Nissan Maxima SV-Sport originally came with the GY RSA tire & we loved it for what it was (all-season performance style tire for family 4-door sports car). It was smooth comfortable relatively-quite cruising tire, and yet handled at 8/10ths of a hard core tire on this 4-door sports car (Note I own a 2008 Corvette Z06, so I know what hard-core cornering cars can do). The RSAs had excellent dry/wet traction with a confidence-inspiring heavy rain stability. It lasted 59,000 miles with even wear!! I only changed them then, as my wife began to notice stability issues in torrential downpours. Tire Rack had 4 different RSAs available in the size listed for our car. As an engineer, my wife has accused me of "modifying" her cars in the past. Normally, I found GY performance tires to be inferior over 20 years, but the RSAs were so good, that I paid extra to get the exact same tire. The new RSAs remained smooth and balanced, but suddenly the car would just not track straight down the road. At speed above 50 mph, driving became exhausting (constantly correcting for wandering). At slower speeds in parallel traffic on uneven roads, it wandered/veered so bad, that I was afraid I would sideswipe cars. It did not pull to one side, so was not 1 tire. Tire pressures correct & I paid for an alignment, although prior tire wear was perfect. Tried rotating tires. Still wandered. If these new RSAs had come with the Maxima, I NEVER WOULD HAVE BOUGHT IT. THAT BAD! Then I read the TR reviews. Early reviews (Maxima model came out in 2009) were great on RSAs, but I noted a # of complaints after mid-2010. I felt sick about having to live with the RSAs, that I would go crazy. Tire Rack took them back for a full refund thru GY. TR sent Michelin Pilot Super Sports & problem immediately gone! MPSS=outstanding!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.57
 
 

2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
October 02, 2013

I just purchased these tire to replace the OEM Bridgestone RE050 summer performance. I have never purchased Hankook before. The OEM tires were in a different category so I know I can not compare them as it's more apples to oranges. My goal was to achieve all season drivability with minimal loss in performance. The Hankook did not have any reviews when I purchased so I took a chance. I only have 500 miles on the tires but here is what I can tell you. First, the tires are kind of ugly in my opinion, the sidewall is very busy with large lettering, a little NASCAR to me. Tire noise is low, and the tires are light, six pounds lighter than the OEM. The side walls are very soft, almost feel like neoprene, very odd. Tramlining from the OEM tires are gone, they track very straight. The tires do not react very quickly to steering inputs. The turn-in is liner. If you are taking a long turn under acceleration, you can feel the rear end squat and shift reducing driver confidence. I have noticed a significant increase in MPGs in both city and highway driving. Straight line performance is decent, grip fairly well. Decent tire if you are not performance driving, but slightly better than just all season, but not UHP A/S. I will update as the tires break in and/or break down.