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

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2006 Honda Ridgeline
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Eugene, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2008

I've had them long enough to have driven in almost every condition on road, including deep snow, ice, heavy rain, dry highway, secondary roads with tight turns, and some highway cruising. I don't have any meaningful off-road experience to report.



These tires transformed the ride and tire noise levels to those of near car tires in our 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL. We had low-profile Toyo Proxes ST, and while the dry handling was great, that was the only joy I got from them.



The Geolander AT-S, the replacement for the AT-2's,is far better for typical driving (I've had the AT-2's), with the extra sidewall casing belt. It steers very well, and generally does what is asked of it. In my case that's a lot. The Ridgeline puts 'sports' into a truck: it has precise steering, high spring and shock rates, and a fully independent suspension. It drives like a quality sedan. Tires have no where to hide with this vehicle and any flaw or characteristic is made apparent.



I'm mostly amazed at the ride quality, and the near absence any noise. These tires soak up most road imperfections extremely well, especially on expansion joints going over bridges. Yokohama has done a great job balancing everything one needs in a AT rated tire, while giving you (me really, until you buy your own!) what you're hoping for.



I drive pretty briskly, and the handling is just great. I've bought performance tires for nearly 20 years (usually the best of the best) and these remind me of how they handle in the wet. Matter of fact I've yet to slide this truck in either wet or dry condition, and haved provoked them, but never unsettled them yet.



For those that are big on tire wear (it's not a selling feature for me at all), I'm happy to report uniform, but hardly perceptible wear. I don't think most people could even see it. Oh yes, one other thing, these tires do seem to balance quite well, too.



Overall Yokohama makes a great tire for the money. I can't see how a ti

Raise Ride Height and Go Big with Traxda Lift and Level Kits

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

"How big of a tire can I install on my truck?" This question is one I receive on almost a daily basis. While each truck is different and some can occasionally accept taller tires with the factory suspension in place, the easiest way to insure proper fitment of a taller or wider tire is to increase the amount of travel between the top of the tire and fender well.

Leveling kits increase the amount of clearance on the front axles between one and three inches on average and will often enable the owner to increase tire size without rubbing issues. Most trucks tend to have a rake from the factory that causes the front of the truck to sit lower in the front when the bed is unloaded. With a leveling kit, this rake can be corrected and clearances improved.

Traxda Lift and Level Kits relocate the mounting point of the spring that holds the truck up without changing the location of the stock suspension arms. Installation of this kit allows for use of up to 35" tall tires (17"-26" rims, stock offset, depending on application) without rubbing. Most kits are a direct bolt-on style, simple and easy to install with nothing more than common hand tools and require no modifications to your vehicle. The kits retain stock ride quality.

Lift and Level Kit Features:

  • Precision laser cut solid steel technology engineered to exact tolerances
  • Does not change preload
  • Maintains stock ride quality on most vehicles
  • Requires no disassembly of the strut
  • Depending on application, stock shocks or stock-length aftermarket shocks can be used
  • Shock brackets included where applicable
  • Alignment specs provided
  • Truck can be returned to stock when required
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Made in the USA

Search by vehicle to find a Traxda Lift and Level Kit for your truck.

Free Shipping on Coil-Overs, Pads, Rotors, Springs, Shocks and More When You Spend Over $50

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Most drivers know us for our tires and wheels, comprehensive tire testing and billions of miles of review feedback. However, we offer more than tires and wheels. We've got coil-overs, pads, rotors, springs, shocks and a myriad of other items that are now eligible for free shipping. All it takes is $50 of qualifying products and the shipping's on us.

For example, if your light truck is ready for new shocks and struts, it's hard to beat the offerings from Bilstein. Bilstein makes the HD products for many light trucks, as well as passenger cars. We hear many trucks owners rave about their Bilstein HD shocks and struts.

Bilstein's shocks and struts are built to meet the fitment and performance needs of specific vehicles. And their patented design reduces the need for a compromise between ride, handling and control. Their rigorous development, testing and attention to detail combine to provide exceptional ride comfort and a product that will out last and out perform Original Equipment. Additionally, with Bilstein's aftermarket lifetime warranty, you can be assured they're built to last.

When engineered properly, a strut or shock will exert only moderate rebound damping on the high-velocity damper piston speeds encountered on tar strips and small road imperfections. They also increase rebound damping on lower-velocity damper piston speeds encountered on curvy roads and exit ramps. This leads to a great combination of ride compliance on rough roads combined with handling. One of my co-workers raves about how the Bilstein HD performs on his first-generation 2001 Toyota Tacoma 4WD Double Cab.

Free shipping offer does not apply to tire and wheel purchases. It is valid for retail customers in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. For complete details on our free shipping, visit here.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Ford F150 XLT 4x4
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Tallmadge, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
December 15, 2013

This is the 5th set of tires I've had on this truck. It's a company vehicle that I've driven since it was new. I drive in all weather conditons, and all off-road conditions for the work I do. Putting these tires on was like geting beefed-up shocks. It handles and corners like a mid-sized sedan now. The traction is excellent in all conditions. We had a big snow storm with 35deg temps yesterday, which left 3" of icy slush on the roads. No problem. Today, the temp dropped to 22deg, so the now the slush has frozen solid. No problem. Very happy with these tires, just glad I didn't have to pay for them myself:)

 

Five Common Myths About Using Lowering Springs to Lower Your Car.

Friday, June 21, 2013 by Gary Stanley

If you've already upgraded to performance tires, the next step to improve the handling of your vehicle is to upgrade to a better suspension set-up. Typically, the most cost-effective way to do this is to replace your vehicle's Original Equipment springs with a set of performance lowering springs. Lowering springs lower your car's center of gravity for better handling, but there are many other benefits to using them. To read more about the benefits of using lowering springs, read "Springs for Spring!"

Vehicles also benefit from an improved sportier appearance when lowered. So what stops many drivers from lowering their car? Here are five common myths that often stand in the way. 

Myth 1: If I buy lowering springs, I can't use my original shocks.

Fact: Springs that produce mild lowering of about an inch work well with newer factory shocks. In fact, Eibach's Pro-Kit Spring Set and even their more aggressive Sportline Spring Set are designed around a vehicle's original suspension. 

Myth 2: I will need an expensive alignment kit if I install lowering springs on my car. 

Fact: According to Eibach, a leader in spring engineering and production, most vehicles do not require an alignment kit after installing a set of lowering springs that result in mild lowering of about an inch. 

Myth 3: Lowering my vehicle will hurt the ride quality of the car and make it ride like a truck.

Fact: Some spring sets, like the Eibach Pro-Kit, are designed to maintain much of the car's original suspension travel distance and are only about 15% higher in spring rate to preserve quality. 

Myth 4: Lowering springs will sag and settle in, making the car too low to be practical.

Fact: High quality springs from H&R and Eibach are pre-compressed down to full coil bind and tested before they are shipped. They do not sag. In fact, Eibach warranties their springs for one million miles. 

Myth 5: Upgrading my vehicle's suspension with lowering springs is expensive.

Fact: The price of lowering a vehicle can be as inexpensive as a set of lowering springs, plus the cost of installation. For current pricing of lowering springs for your vehicle, check out our suspension page.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Monday, January 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

1999 Mazda Protege ES
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Hopkins, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2012

I put these tires on my '99 Mazda Protege which I use to commute back and forth to work and leave the truck parked to save on gas. I purchased these in August when Tire Rack had a closeout on them, and Michelin was offering a $75 rebate, which means I got the tires for around $60/ea! Anyway, we had our first couple storms the other weekend. First was just a inch or so which turned into pure ice on most of the roads. Could not believe how well the tire performed. A couple days later we got hit with 13" of snow, along with the ice still underneath. I decided I had better take the truck out since it is 4wd. Was I shocked! I couldn't believe how much better my little Mazda was than my 4wd Silverado. Now, the truck has Destination A/T's on it which are awesome, but have about 50,000 on them so they are down to around a 1/4 tread left. The roads were completly messed up for the next 3 days and I had no problem with the snow tires on the packed snow, honestly driving around other vehicle's stuck on hills. I will never not have a vehicle without snow tires on it again!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce UVReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.86

2007 Ford F150 XLT Super Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Manchester, TN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
September 26, 2010

I wouldn't normally post a review until I had put more miles on a set of tires, but thought I would in case there's anyone else out there like me not wanting to spend a fortune on tires but still wanting good handling. Frankly, Firestone would have been the last brand I would normally have bought due to my perception that the company has had too many quality problems, but I honestly don't know if that's accurate or not. At any rate, being in a low budget mode right now I went for these due to the incredible price, the outstanding reviews by owners on this site, and with winter coming up. The reviews are what convinced me. Living in middle Tennessee we don't get the serious snows like in other parts of the country, but last year we got several that were pretty heavy for our area and with some serious ice a couple of times. Nice to know reviewers rank these very high for that type driving in case we get some this year. The tread on these is very deep and aggressive, and look great on the truck in the blackwall. A little squirm when cornering but to be expected on a new tire with deep tread. Rain handling is awesome. They do have a little highway hum, to be expected with a winter tire, but I have a louder than stock exhaust so who cares? The ride quality is pretty good, and this truck has a pretty stiff suspension. They make them in an LT (light truck) 10-ply model, but I got the passenger rated ones since I don't haul much or tow anything. And if anyone is considering going one size wider than the stock 255-70/17's on a 2007 F-150, the 265-70/17's I bought fit fine and with plenty of clearance at the rear shocks and the front suspension arms, and a very minor amount taller. I'll come back and do a follow-up after more miles and more weather. (If you're going to order from these guys, check out Spencer at extension 690, a really professional guy . Got the order right and to me in two days.)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A

Monday, December 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2010 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Bluemont, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
December 20, 2012

Bought these as replacements to the OEM rugged trails and the rugged terrains are so far, far superior. Wet and dry traction is superb on highway and I use my truck off road in the woods around the house to tow a firewood trailer, cross horse pastures, and travel plenty of dirt/gravel country roads. I would say the truck is actually smoother with these on vs the R Trails's and possibly even quieter, but that might be due to the mileage on the R trails which I replaced at 30K. I did not want to venture the winter with the remaining tread on those. We should be getting some light to mod snow around Christmas and am looking forward to seeing how the Rugged Terrains do in the white stuff. And we'll be taking the tacoma down the OBX again this summer and i'll get to test these in the sand. The R Trail's managed OK this past trip to the beach, even allowing us to pull out a stuck Tacoma & a range rover, but I think that was mainly due to the Tacoma's 4 wheel drive systems. But the perfect application should come in September when I need to drive the truck from the east coast to Colorado and then up into the mountains for an Elk hunting trip. BTW, at 70 mph on the interstate, these tires run very smooth and quiet with no vibration or chatter...If your experiencing this I would take them back to the shop for a re-balance and get your shocks and alignment checked, its not the tires, unless in the very rare case you got one with a broken radial, which I have experienced with another Brand, but not with BF Goodrich. I hope Michelin lets BF G continue to put out the quality they have in the past... I used to run BFG AT's on my old truck and never had a problem at all, but since I'm now using this truck as a commuter and weekend off roader, the rugged terrains seems to be the perfect solution so far.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/T 2

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.77

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Sunapee, NH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
November 05, 2012

These Michelins have given great service. There is plenty of tread left and the overall performance is about what you'd expect from Michelin.I have never been disappointed with this brand. I have used them on three of my wife's cars and all have given good value.
On this truck I am primarily looking for good treadwear, low noise and decent wet/snow and dry traction.This tire delivers. Keep an eye on the inflation and rotate them at about 5k miles and they should last a long while. I waited to write this review til I had some time/miles on them and there is still plenty of tread left to get through this and probably next winter.
I replaced 10 ply Goodyear Silent Armor Pros, from a local dealer, that did not go 30k. So trust Tire Rack, (I've bought many winter tires, brake parts and shocks from them), and Michelin.

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

Monday, October 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.93

2002 Ford F150 SupCab 4wd King
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Centreville, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
October 04, 2012

On the advice of several friends who run them, I purchased a set of these tires 285-70R-17 for my 2002 Ford 150. The above ratings are based on my experience these tires at 50,000 miles and with a variety of other AT and Mud Tires.

Folks these are rocks star mud tires that can handle highway driving without being too obnoxious. They are not formula 1 tires but they are predictable on-road...I have no complaints regarding their on-road performance.
Off-road is where they shine... On at least 3 occasions, I have driven across fields, stopped and backed up to other trucks that were stuck before putting my truck in 4wd and pulling them out. (Yes I was showing off and yes I couldn't resist coating their trucks in a rooster tail of mud... at least one of these trucks now runs the same tires.) I have driven thru wet woods cutting deep ruts, hitting stumps and loaded with firewood countless times and driven thru snow dragging the undercarriage. I am still amazed at the difference in off-road permformance vs AT tires.

They will last if you rotate them and have good shocks and tight suspension/linkage...50,000 miles with half tread is pretty common. Be warned...Ignore rotations and maintenance and irregular wear will occur.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Alexandria, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
June 27, 2012

2001 Camaro SS
Performance Springs, Koni Shocks & Struts, Performance Tubular Lower Control Arms, Performance Tubular Panhard bar, 35mm Front Sway Bars/22mm Rear sway bar, Subframe connectors.

My suspension is tuned for corner carving performance and these tires are TERRIBLE! It felt as I was driving an old land boat! My stock truck felt safer than my car. These tires felt dangerous to drive on in corners and any speed on the highway. Enroute to work I take a curve at 85mph safely with good tires and I could barely drive 60mph with these on the same curve.

The size is 275/40 17 on my car. Different size tires might have a better performance.

Road noise is virtually not there. Didn't drive in snow or rain.

These do have a 30 day return policy which I took advantage of.

Good luck in choosing the correct tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta ASX

Friday, July 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta ASX Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

1995 Pontiac Trans Am
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Bedford, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
July 03, 2012

well I never buy tires to last on my trans am with 400HP to the rear wheels but unlike most every other tire these still have grip at 20K miles, about to run out of tread and hydroplaning becoming an issue at speed due to lack of tread, but when I bought them and they said they had a 30K mile warranty I laughed. Well I got 20 and that was a shock. As my driving leave rubber in alot of places . Wish they made a tire to fit my truck.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2005 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Without TPMS
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Miles driven on tires: 10
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10 Miles on Tires
July 04, 2012

Best tires available, period. Expensive, but the smoothest riding tire out there by far. 2nd set of Michelins (got 75,000) from the same first set) and can't believe the increase in ride comfort, quietness and overall handling improvement. I drive both city and highway, and frequently tow a 2500lb work trailer with an 85,000 mile Toyota Tacoma double cab. Also installed the Bilstein 5100 shocks at the same time and wish I did it all sooner; I really believe the truck rides better than new!

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

Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
July 05, 2012

I replaced a NEW set of Continental DWS tires as I had the feeling that they were just a bit to soft for the suspension set-up on the Mazda3 GT which for anybody out there that dosent know Mazda -this suspension is very very firm .in 2010 it was revised to be more ameniable to regular driving yet still has its roots in a performance setup .
Given that the DWS are great tires but fro the right car/ and proabably Truck/ Minivan even better . They were all-around dry-wet-snow hence DWS so I saw that Bridgestone had a new tire the S-04 and the metamorphisis was immediatly noticeable and I cringed while waiting to hit my first road imperfection or pothole because the car is unforgiving with performance tires , alas --I hit road damage and it ate it up without a jarring hit as if I had rolled over a small grenade . My pervious experience with some Yokos that were very hard gave me to blowouts from pothole hits while relatively new ......but these S-04s have been prerforming far beyond my expectations ---gripping like a cat in panic mode and forgiving enough to let you drive in urban enviroments without constant fear of that imminent pothole from -------- that leaves you wondering how much damage that did to the bushings , alignment or tires? These hold like glue and make me pine to get out and just drive even to work ---It makes the car handle like I believe it was engineered to by the Mazda techs . Many may laugh that have thier "bmws" or audis or other cars that people just assume are the best handling cars out there , but those that know Mazda know what I talking about .
I had a chase thru a nasty set of chacanes near the ocean with a Lambo G and the guy could not shake me as he clearly forced me to yield and let him pass as I did --but he never got away from me til we hit the straights where the extra 450hp made the diffirence ,,,but in the twistys he was sweating bullets in amazment or shock ? great tires.

 

Which Bilstein Replacement Shock or Strut is Best for Your Vehicle?

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Has your vehicle become bouncy and uncomfortable? Or have you recently lifted or lowered your vehicle? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then chances are it's time to upgrade your shock or struts. Depending on your desired result, Bilstein offers a wide assortment of shocks and struts that could be a match for your application.
 

Bilstein HD Shock
Bilstein HD Shock
Bilstein Touring Class Shock
Bilstein Touring Class Shock
Bilstein Sport Shock
Bilstein Sport Shock


For full-sized sedans, SUVs and trucks that are stock ride height and looking to maintain the vehicles original ride qualities, the following options are a good match:

  • Bilstein HD Shocks, Struts or Cartridges
    • Improved handling and ride control without sacrificing comfort
    • Fade-free, high gas pressure monotube design
    • Lifetime warranty
       
  • Bilstein Touring Class Shocks, Struts or Cartridges
    • For driver who want to restore their vehicle's original ride and handling
    • Valved about 10% firmer than stock
    • Same German engineering and quality as Bilstein's monotube gas pressure shocks, but in a competitively priced, twin tube design
    • Limited lifetime warranty

For driving enthusiast and/or owners of lowered vehicles take a look at the following option:

  • Bilstein Sport Shocks, Struts, or Cartridges
    • For the enthusiast who demands superior handling
    • Bilstein's highest level of control
    • Excellent match for vehicles with lowering springs or upgraded anti-roll bars
    • Superior monotube design provides strength and heat dissipation
    • Lifetime warranty

Off-road enthusiasts with lifted vehicles or larger diameter tires should consider the following 5100 Series options:

Bilstein 5100 Series Adjustable Shock
Bilstein 5100 Series Adjustable Shock
Bilstein 5100 Series Shock
Bilstein 5100 Series Shock
  • Bilstein 5100 Series Shock
    • Self-adjusting deflecting disc valving
    • High-flow piston reduces harshness
    • Independent rebound and compression tuning
    • Larger working piston area for exact damping
    • Superior control for large diameter tires
    • Strong Monotube design
    • Lifetime warranty
       
  • Bilstein 5100 Adjustable Shock
    • Same superior design as the  Bilstein 5100 series shock but includes the option for ride height adjustment
    • Multiple snap-ring grooves on the body of the shock accommodate different spring seat positions, allowing height adjustments from 0" to 2.5" depending upon the application
    • By raising the spring seat position, the factory rake can be altered to achieve a level front to rear ride height while accommodating up to 33" tires.
    • Lifetime warranty

Factory Style Shock at a Reasonable Price: KYB GR-2/Excel-G

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Not everyone is looking for or needs a stiffly valved adjustable race shock. For those looking for comfort and a return of factory ride quality, an Original Equipment style replacement shock will do just fine. These shocks and struts feature a lower price tag due to a lack of adjustability and features, but aim to stop the bouncing associated with old, worn out or leaking factory pieces.

Of the shocks that fit this criteria, my favorite is the KYB GR-2/Excel-G.  Featuring shock valving that is typically no more than 10% stiffer than factory, these shocks add a splash of performance without over-doing it. Add in a cost-effective price point and an industry leading warranty and you have a combo that is tough to beat.

It should be noted that the KYB GR-2 is not intended for use with aftermarket lowering springs. If you have these springs installed on your vehicle and are looking for an alternative to a KONI or Bilstein product, I suggest you check out the KYB AGX Adjustable. It features more aggressive valving and 4-8 way adjustability depending on the application.

KYB products are manufactured for a wide range of light-duty passenger vehicles including cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans. Find a KYB product that's right for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.33

2002 Chevrolet Suburban 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Long Beach, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
May 24, 2012

Purchased these tires from Tire Rack about 5 years ago since my vendor (I have a shop) does not carry this brand & I wanted to try them out. Very easy to balance & have not had any problems with tires going out of balance. Fantastic performance on rain, snow & ice, drove in 2 large snow storm 19” & 32” & never got stuck or felt any slipping in fact they push so hard in the snow that even in 2wd I managed to rip off my fog lights from all the snow my bumper was pushing. On a trip to Canada I got caught in freezing rain & kept seeing cars sliding off the highway, it wasn’t until I pulled over to help a driver and fell on my backside that I realized how bad the road was. Hit a very large puddle on the highway at speed & I was shocked at how well they dissipated the water. Loved them so much I put them on 3 other trucks. Very quiet on the pavement for an A/T tire. Used them only once on mud, sand & dirt but so far very happy although they do grab small pebbles and fling them out when back on the pavement. 35k miles on them and still 80%+ tread remaining. Best A/T tire I have owned so far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, March 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Z66 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Cave Creek, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2012

What I was looking for was a responsive tire with good straight line stability. Handling and surefooted confidence was far more important than a spongy ride. The Yokohama Geolandar HT/S tires (with 15K on them) that were on the truck when purchased used at 93K were quite squirmy exhibiting a very delayed response from steering input. Before I looked for tires I replaced the shocks, Idler arm and pitman arm, and had the truck aligned. I had a very unique opportunity to test three new tires on my truck: P265/70R17 Michelin LTX MS2, LT265/70R17 Michelin LTX MS2, and the P265/70R17 Continental CrossContact LX20. The P265/70R17 Michelin LTX MS2 exhibited considerable tire squirm at both 35 and 40 psi cold, not unlike the Yokohamas. The LT load-e version of the same Michelin LTX MS2 tire felt very similar at 50 and 60 psi, although the ride was predictably firmer. The Continental CrossContact LX20s, however, were like night and day compared to the Michelins and the Yokohamas. There was more feedback from the tires with a slightly firmer ride. They were quieter (although I wouldn't consider the Michelins noisy). But the steering response was considerably better. Steering input resulted in a nearly immediate change in direction, far better than either the Michelins or the Yokohamas which both exhibited an uncomfortable lag in response. The Continentals are rated at a slightly higher load rating then the P-Metric Michelins (144 lbs. per tire more) and are three pounds lighter. If you are interested in handling response and a better driving tire, get the Continentals.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO

Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2002 Volvo V70 XC
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Miles driven on tires: 1000
Location: Denver, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1000 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2012

YES, they will fit and they do not rub. I've had trucks my entire life... so moving to a Volvo XC70 was quite the shock. AWD is great, but it's only good if you have good traction. The BFgoodrich All Terrain K/O has incredible traction year round in any condition. I have driven through some of the worst winter storms on the I-70 corridor in Colorado. On more than one occasion the west side of Eisenhower pass was complete ice and cars and trucks were sliding backwards down the highway... piles of 30-40 cars stuck together on the low part of the curves... crazy stuff. I drove right up the pass through all of the carnage and was usually the only one who made it. It was like a pinball game... Yes, they are a little noisier than an all season touring radial that should go on the XC70, but they handle so much better. The super strong sidewall makes it handle like it has a lower profile tire. The handling and responsiveness is so much better. I like to be able to go anywhere anytime, dirt, snow, mud, dry pavement. The BFgoodrich All Terrain K/O provide me with the maximum traction, year round, for any situation without having to swap summer/winter tires on my grocery getter volvo wagon. I know my new ride is not a truck, but at least I don't feel like a sitting duck when the weather conditions get bad. I have driven over 300,000 miles on the BFgoodrich All Terrain over the years. I'm ecstatic that the smallest size they make fits on my Volvo XC70.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2004 GMC Canyon SLE Extended Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 80,000
Location: Abingdon, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 80,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2012

Gmc Canyon 4x4, S-10 4x4, Honda Ridgeline, Toyota 4Runner, All 4 wear LTX M/S. My Canyon just got 3rd set of LTX's, second set got 80,000 miles. S-10 is on its 4th set, it's pushing 200,000. 4Runner is still on 2nd set at 55,000 miles, truck has 130,000. Michelin was very acommoidating to warranty replace all 4 on my Ridgeline at 35,000 miles 7/32 tread left for cracking tread and sidewall. I worked in the tire industry several years back and found through experience that Michelin makes a superior product in most of their product lines. My BMW has stock 18" PS2's and My 09 V6 Accord has 18" stock Michelins. The Max performance Michelin's I have used are unprecedented for traction & handling, 25,000 for wear is common for me. Over 30 years of personal tire buying my advice is to pay a small amount more up front and in the end you will be better served for the life of your tires. I have used Goodrich, Uniroyal, Firestone, Yokohama, Goodyear,& Bridgestone, all fall short in long range performance. Only the Yokahama and Bridgestone were close in long life ride comfort, as well as tread wear. Please take my comments seriously, I have had literally hundreds of personal and business tires and Michelin as a company has serviced me better than the other manufactures. If you regularly maintain the alignment and shocks on a vehicle & check your air pressure, The Michelin will in general wear more evenly and maintain a better ride longer, not to mention service you more mileage on most of their product line.