Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.83
 
 

2010 Land Rover Defender
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Miles driven on tires: 47,000
Location: Brisbane, AU
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 47,000 Miles on Tires
July 23, 2014

I love these tyres, mud tyres that can do anything and tuff as nails as well. These tyres have been fitted to my daily driver work truck for 3 years now. So weekdays I drive the stop start of the city traffic carring a reasonable load as a tradesperson. On the weekends we go 4x4ing and often run them at 22psi over all sorts of terrain. On holidays to list just two, have driven a GVM 3.5T truck through 2 deserts for 3 weeks at a time on 15psi. Gone cross country with them, have run over tree stumps, sticks, base ball size rocks at 50m/h, smashed them on corrugated roads for hour upon hour. Cut them badly from incorrect pressures on gibber stone and shale, hours upon hours of black top high speed at gvm, and occasionally had to give me everything they have for emergency braking; and never had a puncture or failing of any sort. I would say I still have 10,000 mile left in them with decent usable off road tread, or an easy 15 500 on the black top. They are getting a noisier the balder they become, but I think all muds are the same. I have them balanced every rotation at 6000 mile and use the 4psi rule with them. A big thumbs up from me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29

2008 Ford F150 Lariat Super Crew 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Munster, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
September 19, 2010

PRO’s these are probably the best highway tire I have ever had. I’ve made several 600+ mile trips and am impressed with the highway manners of these tires. They are quite on all road surfaces, the wet traction is excellent (starting, stopping & turning) and these tires will go straight on the highway regardless of the crown. This past weekend we were driving in the middle of nowhere IA in a thunder storm. As we crested a hill, we spotted an accident that required emergency braking. I was looking for a bailout path however didn’t need it because these tires gripped so well, in the rain, we safely came to a stop with room to spare. These tires are slightly larger than the BFG’s that were on the truck which makes them look good. If you drive mostly on the highway or don’t mind a very firm ride, these tires should be on the top of your list.



CON’s, these tires are stiff. I drive on several streets that are more akin to a series of patches than a paved road. These tires will beat up both you and your truck. On roads that are rough you will feel every dip, bump & crack. I have aired my tires down to 34 lbs on all corners hoping to get some cushion from the bad roads. I am worried when the cold weather sets in, these tires will be too hard. If you drive in conditions where a softer or more forgiving tire are preferred, these tires should go at the bottom of your list. The BFG Rugged Trails were better on these roads.



TEST’s, installed the tires had 34.7 lbs front & 37.5 rear. I wasn't happy so I aired up to 40, it was worse it felt as if the axles were welded to the frame and my speedo was off 1.5 mph compared to my gps. I lowered the pressure down (in increments) to 35 (Ford's Recommended Pressure). Now I'm at 34.5. This gives me the best ride for both highway & city driving. This is also the pressure we had when the emergency stop was required. I’ll update after we get some snow and cold.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial T/A

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

1996 Ford Ranger 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Plattsburgh, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

i had these tires on my ranger and they transformed the truck from a something that i hated driving to something that handled great, rode nice and had almost no tire noise unless i was above 75 mph. they held up to the occasional power braking really well and made the truck fun to drive. there definitely going on my new ranger they were oversize for the truck and soaked up the bumps great. and i even used them to get into a friends camp that was two miles of dirt roads that were unmaintained and even a few small mud holes and i didn't have any problems

Is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology the Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire? Our Customers Think So!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The main concern of many crossover and SUV customers is traction, treadlife and road noise, not always in that order. Continental's CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is a tire that rates highly in all of these key areas.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, currently ranked first in our survey results, is Continental's ecologically friendly Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire developed to help crossovers, sport utility vehicles and light-duty pickup trucks perform on the highway and in mild off-road conditions. It's designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces, while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.

 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


Continental uses an all-season tread compound featuring their Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric tread design with notched outboard shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs to blend on-road steering response and straight-line stability with reduced noise and enhanced ride comfort. Four circumferential grooves enhance wet traction while Continental’s Traction Grooves (featuring ridges in the outboard grooves) promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow traction.

To view the performance ratings for the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, take a look at "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire."

Upgrade Your Vehicle's Performance with Brembo Brakes

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Brembo is the brake component manufacturer many race teams, enthusiasts and daily drivers depend on to give their vehicle the increased braking performance they demand.

To Brembo, racing is the most advanced experimental laboratory for assessing the success of its products. Teams equipped with Brembo brakes have won hundreds of automobile and motorcycle racing championships in such internationally recognized racing organizations as Formula 1, CART, NASCAR, FIA World Rally and Superbike.

Their race-inspired braking systems and components are used as Original Equipment on the world’s finest passenger cars and light trucks. Vehicle manufacturers using Brembo components include BMW, Porsche and Ferrari, along with specific applications for such automobiles as Mercedes-Benz, Dodge Viper and the Ford Mustang Cobra.

 Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
 Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors


Tire Rack offers Brembo pads and rotors for most vehicles which are a simple upgrade to your vehicle's performance and style. We also offer Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads, as well as Brembo Replacement Rotors, Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors and Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors.

Brembo Sport Drilled Rotor:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and highway driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Bold, aggressive appearance

Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and track driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Race-ready look

Shop by vehicle and view the full line of brake products offered for your driving needs. When it comes time to find the best braking components for your vehicle, consider upgrading your performance with Brembo brake pads and rotors.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.9
 
 

2003 Ford F150 SupCab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Dillsburg, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

I Just went through first snowstorm with theses tires and these FREAKING TIRES ARE AWESOME!!! I never even had the need to put my F-150 in 4X4. I tried hard acceleration with virtually no spin. Tried several hard brake applications and truck stopped straight and true with no sliding.
Best tire I ever had !!! You won't go wrong with these.

 

Best All-Season Tires for Winter

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Believe it or not, winter's just around the corner. With the change in weather comes the change of tires. If you're a driver who faces the challenges of winter driving, you're going to want the best tire for your vehicle. A dedicated winter / snow tire will be your best route for handling the elements, but if you opt for using an all-season tire year-round, consider the following options.

When it comes to high performance, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS consistently ranks among the top all-season tires, particularly as it relates to winter traction. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only. Along with good winter traction, this performance tire will hug the road and give your sports car the confidence you're looking for.

Are you looking for more of a touring tire, something that will ride exceptionally well? Then take a look at Pirelli's Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. Designed to to be driven in America's diverse weather conditions, the tire features lower weight, less rolling resistance and reduced noise while enhancing wet braking and year-round traction, even in light snow.

Finally, if you're in need of a tire for your SUV or light truck, one of the top choices with winter in mind is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. This tire is designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces while providing long wear and all-season traction.

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Continental ExtremeContact
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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season
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Continental CrossContact LX20 with Ecoplus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


Shop by vehicle to find the tire that's best for how and where you drive this winter.

Best Brake Rotors for Import Cars

Friday, June 28, 2013 by Gary Stanley

For many drivers, a vehicle's braking system is not something they think about much until the vehicle starts to have problems. The most common problems with brakes are typically brake pad noise and brake pedal vibration. Both of these issues can be linked to worn out brake pads or brake rotors. For recommendations on new brake brake pads, read "Picking the Best SUV, Crossover and Truck Brake Pads."

Centric High Carbon 125 series
Centric High Carbon Plain 125 Series Rotor
Stoptech Sport Slotted Cryo Treated Rotor
StopTech Sport Slotted Cryo-Treated Rotor


For a high quality, value-oriented standard replacement rotor, I would suggest the Centric Plain 120 Series and Centric High Carbon Plain 125 Series rotors. A step up from generic rotors that are typically sold at local auto parts stores, these rotors are a great value and are equivalent to your vehicle's Original Equipment. In addition to being double ground and mill balanced, they feature a durable and attractive black E-coating for superior corrosion resistance.  

If you're looking for an improvement in durability, more resistance to warping and longer rotor life, I would consider checking out the StopTech Sport Slotted Cryo-Treated Rotor. These rotors have more resistance to cracking, warping and brake fade while delivering two to three times the life of a standard rotor. Given that much of the cost of changing brakes is in shop labor, fewer rotor changes over the life of your vehicle can mean these rotors may actually save you money in the long run while giving better performance. 

To help you in your decision making of purchasing the proper brake product, take a look at "Choosing Brake Components."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2011 Volkswagen Jetta S
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
March 29, 2013

These tires are great in the snow. The ABS rarely activated under normal braking, and there was sufficient traction to keep up with 4x4 trucks from a stop. I took the Jetta for a 2 hour drive in 9" of snow and honestly had no problems starting or stopping. My wife even noticed a difference and said she never wanted all-season tires for winter again. I had the choice between my 4x4 Tahoe and the Jetta with these tires, and I picked the Jetta for snow every time.

The tires are slightly squirmy compared to the O.E. tires but that is to be expected from a winter tire. Noise was similar to the O.E. tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Florissant, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2013

Deep snow In 4WD mode: Good traction for take off, cornering and braking are not as good as take off. To be fair braking and cornering are far better than the other traffic on the road in deep snow, it's easy to accelerate past other traffic and to stop and turn. It's just the traction afforded during take off doesn't match the cornering and stopping (probably the 4WD engaged vs 2WD mode). I found my self sliding off the road in deep snow when traveling much faster than traffic. If I slowed to slightly faster than the average traffic I didn't slide in corners and had no braking lockups at all.
Wet conditions 2WD: No hydroplaning through the life of the tread, good braking and cornering in the wet, take off will spin the tires pretty easily but it's a pickup truck so that's expected.
Dry conditions: Good traction for take off, good braking and cornering. In the dry it's a very good tire. Under emergency braking to the point of activating the antilock system the tires tracked straight with no extra input needed maintain directional control. To be fair stability control in the Tundra may have played a part but, in the particular instance a lady pulled out of a gas station in front of me and the guy in the lane next to me. We were both a 40 mph and slammed on the brakes as we fully expected to hit her. She froze when she realized a truck and car were coming at her and that she was about to be hit. We both stopped about 3 to 8 inches from hitting her. The Tundra and Bridgestones didn't slide or slew and no one was hurt. I heard the tires from my truck and the car next to me skidding as the antilocks pulsed on both vehicles.
Ride comfort is very good, steering response very good, tire noise is good but sometimes on concrete the noise is a little louder than asphalt. Tire wear has be good 50,000 miles and there is still some left before the wear bars. Now that they are near the wear bars there is some hint of hydroplaning but they are all but worn out. Light Offroad good

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T D695

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T D695 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.25
 
 

2009 Toyota Tundra CrewMax
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Miles driven on tires: 24,000
Location: Oceanside, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 24,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2013

OEM tires- great on the hwy, great ride comfort, low noise, very good in the rain and excellent braking, not so good in mud "duh" it's not a off road tire! The only weakness is tread wear replaced at 22,000. On a lighter truck with less power-as rear tires wear faster on the 5.7 ltr engine, though my sister has the same tire on her 4x4 Tundra short cab, 5 ltr engine and looks like she will get 40 to 50k miles on them. If it was not for the high wear I would have bought a second set with no hesitation!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-SReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.69

1992 Chevrolet S10 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: York, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2013

Great tire for a good price. Smooth ride and quiet. Wet traction leaves a little to be desired but my truck is very light on the rear tires. Braking is good as well. I would buy these tires again. These tires to collect a lot of stones though due to tread design.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2011 Infiniti G37x Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Ottawa, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 08, 2013

I live in Ottawa, Canada where the average snowfall is measured in yards rather than inches. We have had freezing rain storms given the global warming and the Michelin X-i13 tires performed almost flawlessly in every situation. Their only weakness in my opinion is the softer sidewall designed and used for comfort rather than for immediate response on my Infiniti G37x sedan. It is a most worthy compromise because there is always secure traction and spirited driving is only done with controlled and very predictible power sliding. While this is not my ususal style of driving especially on congested streets, the tires always offered exceptional traction, control and feedback.
The best return on using these tires was during heavy snow and ice storms. Their comfort and positive traction only reinforced my confidence and security on the roads. This was very noticeable when arriving at stop signs and the glazed ice from other cars and trucks without proper and sensitive brake pressure. The X-i13 always provided greater traction during those stops and never with the worries of drifting into a busy intersection.
I greatly support and highly recommend these tires for any and every car driven in varying winter conditions and temperatures. The control and comfort are simply exceptional and a great improvement on my previous Michelin X-i12 and Blizzak tires used on my Nissan Maxima.
These are the best all-round winter tires on the market today.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09

2011 Toyota Highlander
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: St. Paul, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
February 01, 2013

I running the Blizzak DM-V1 on a 2011 AWD V6 Toyota Highlander and have for four years, same set of tires (about 3,500 miles a season). They have been and continue to be unbelieve in snow, ice, slush and wet payment and perform well even when -15 degrees. Case in point, 13" snowfall in St. Paul on 12/9/2012. Out running errand and came upon a Ford Superduty snowplow stuck in a business parking lot. I offer to pull him out...he was skecptical and didn't even get out of the truck to hook up. I eased off the brake and applied a little power and pulled him out. He then jumped out of the cab and ran back to ask my about my Highlander...I gave 90% credit to the Blizzaks. Yes, they are a little noisy, but when the going gets slick, these things stick!