Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) on Newer Volkswagens

With the requirement put in place in 2007 for every vehicle to be equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, the standard method involved having a transmitter on each wheel. This transmitter emits a wireless signal that the vehicle computer receives and processes. At a minimum, this transmission contains the tire pressure and an ID code. This ID code...  Read More

New Lightweight Track Wheel from MOTEGI RACING

Anyone who has spent a Saturday at an autocross event or a road course knows that lighter is better. Lighter is especially better when referring to unsprung weight. Unsprung weight is anything not supported by the suspension of your vehicle such as wheels, tires and brakes. As one of the best bang-for-your-buck upgrades, a set of dedicated lightweight...  Read More

Winter Tires for Volkswagen Jetta

As Volkswagen continues to gain momentum in the North America market, winter / snow tire selection for these vehicles has become a very hot topic. We often get the question, "What winter tire should I install on my VW?" My family vehicle is a VW Jetta TDI, and living in Northern Indiana, I need to be prepared for ice, snow and all of the fun that comes with...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

You will be amazed by how quiet and steady your Kumho tires will be on your car. I got my first set of Kumho's as a replacement for Continental ContiTacs on my BMW325xi all wheel drive wagon in 2004. The Kumho's gripped better, and they were quieter. I have since used Kumho's as replacement tires on our Mitsubishi, Volkswagen GTI, BMW M3, and our Hyundai...  Read More

Steel Wheels for Volkswagen Vehicles

Starting this year, we now offer a new 16" steel wheel for Volkswagen applications. It's similar to the wheel it replaced, but is designed to accept the ball or radius seat lug bolts that come with your VW. These wheels are economically priced at $58 each* and are intended for use with Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages. The wheel isn't designed to fit...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Super Sport vs Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

In between owning my BRZ and Civic Si, I thought about purchasing a Volkswagen MK6 Golf 2.5. Yes, the MK7 is right around the corner, but newer isn't always better. Naturally I started to wonder what 225/45R17 Max Performance Summer tires would be a good choice for my hypothetical MK6? The Michelin Pilot Super Sport would still be my first choice for its...  Read More

Hankook Tires - Great Grip. Great Price.

When shopping for tires, value is always a big concern for customers. One of the most common questions I receive is, "Which tire can give me the maximum amount of grip for the best price?" If this sounds like you, Hankook may offer just what you've been shopping for. They offer high quality tires at a great price. Customers are surprised to learn Hankook is...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

I am using these tires on the front of a 1967 Volkswagen Squareback. I love these tires. They are perfect for this car and I drive like a madman in a rallycar!   Read More

General AltiMAX Arctic: A Cost-Effective and Capable Winter / Snow Tire

Having a lower price point than many winter / snow tires, some customers question the effectiveness of the General AltiMAX Arctic. This tire is perhaps not as soft as certain Studless Ice & Snow tires like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 or Michelin X-Ice Xi3, and it may give up a small amount of ice traction. However, this Studdable Winter / Snow tire has...  Read More

Tire Rack Offers Steel Wheels

Are you looking for steel wheels? Something economical to get the job done this winter? Tire Rack has you covered as we offer steel wheels for a variety of different applications. Currently, we provide options in 14", 15" and 16" sizes. Steel wheels aren't available for all vehicles, so be sure to create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package to see if we have...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for BMW M3 Competition Package

The Competition Package (ZCP) for the BMW M3 includes 19" wheels that are a half-inch wider than the standard options. We commonly recommend 235/35R19 on the front and 255/35R19 on the rear for a typical M3 Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, but those sizes will give a stretched look on the ZCP wheels. While the 9" and 10" wide wheels are technically within...  Read More

Steel Wheels in Stock for VW GTI

The current Volkswagen GTI is one of the most popular cars in the hatchback segment. It usually comes equipped with either summer tires from Bridgestone or all-season options from Pirelli or Dunlop. While these tires work well in the warmer months, they do not have much focus on snow traction. Which means purchasing a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package is...  Read More

Bridgestone Blizzaks: Still the Best in Winter Conditions?

For quite some time the Blizzak brand has proven to be one of the best options on ice and in snow. Introduced in 2010, the Blizzak WS70 had big shoes to fill, based on the brand's history. After two winters let's see how it has done in both testing and real world feedback. When first introduced, we took it over to a local indoor ice rink and did some...  Read More

The New Low Rolling Resistance Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Designed with fuel economy in mind, the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 reduces the amount of resistance to the road surface for a smooth ride and cost savings at the pump. While I have never been a fan of promising huge mileage bumps, the change of even one mile per gallon can offer a significant savings over the tires' life.  The Ecopia EP422 is developed for the...  Read More

Go Platinum with the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

One of Kumho's Grand Touring All-Season tires has gone platinum, well in name at least. The Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum has proven to be one of Tire Rack's best sellers and performers over the past few years. On our test, "Is Platinum the New Gold Standard in Grand Touring All-Season Tires?" the tire it held its own against the options from Michelin and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Before selecting these Pirelli Ice & Snow tires to replace the OEM street tires on my Touareg I researched the reviews of each brand in the correct size. These were rated very high by other buyers so I purchased a set. The OEM Goodyear tires were out of round and miserable to drive at interstate speeds with. Why Volkswagen had installed the substandard...  Read More

Test Driving the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

This spring, we spent time on the test track with BFGoodrich's newest Ultra High Performance Summer tire, the g-Force Sport COMP-2. During this time, we did an introductory test drive and recently completed an official Tire Rack test that will be published soon.For the introductory test, BFGoodrich brought Volkswagen GTis and Dodge Challenger SRT-8s for...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

I am the service manager at a small high-end import shop, and after a short conversation with Jerry my Tire Rack Rep. I reluctantly tried a set of the LX Platinum for a customer with very picky taste but wanted to try a cheaper alternative he was a regular so I obliged him. He still stops by at least once a week on his lunch break to thank us for turning him...  Read More

Completing Your Golf R - Summer Tires for the 2012 Golf R

About a month ago we had the opportunity to test drive the 2012 VW GTI on the Tire Rack test track. This is one really nice car! Maybe someday we'll get to test the best amongst all Golfs in my opinion: the 2012 VW Golf R. VW has gotten a lot of things right with the 2012 Golf R. First of all, the vehicle is only available with a 6-speed transmission. Next,...  Read More

BFGoodrich Invades Tire Rack's Test Track!

Recently we had the joy of testing the new BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 tire on our test track using an array of vehicles supplied by BFGoodrich. (Shown to the left is my Ford Mustang GT next to a demo 2012 Camaro SS.) In an effort to demonstrate this new Ultra High Performance Summertire's dry and wet weather handling capabilities, we started out...  Read More