Don't let frustration take the air out of your tire search.

Hello,

    My name is Neal and hopefully my feedback will help make your tire buying experience easier. I've been with Tire Rack since 2002 and have participated in numerous tire testing events, toured suspension/tire plants, owned and used numerous items we carry on a variety of my own vehicles, and participated in track events on products we carry. I've also attended races at 24 Le Mans in France, Petit Le Mans Road America, and the Long Beach Grand Prix where brands such as Michelin, Yokohama, and Bridgestone ran.    

Over the years I've owned such cars as Infiniti G35, Lexus IS350, Audi A4 Quattro, and Mazda CX-9. I've also been around the vintage car scene for quite some time and own a 1973 Charger which I restored myself.

    If you are online you can also view my vehicle specific recommendations on G35 Driver, EvolutionM, MYG37, and MY350Z automotive forums.

   Tire buying can be overwhelming for sure. Hopefully my experience and guidence will take some of the speed bumps out of your search.
  
  

Caring for and Getting to Know Your Bridgestone Blizzaks

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Once a winter / snow tire has been installed, you should know that the handling traits and personality of your car will feel different compared to the tires you took off. Fresh winter tires start life with deeper tread depths, a more open design and much softer compounds than your alternate set. These features help create great deep snow and ice traction, but also cause more tread squirm and reduction in steering response.

Before a tire is cured after production, a release agent called "mold release" is applied to prevent the tires from sticking in the mold. Some of this release agent is left on the tire's surface, which will result in a slight reduction of traction until worn away. Normal break-in period of a few hundred miles will wear the release agent off.                                             

The Blizzak WS, or Winter Studless line, features a dual tread compound that when viewed through a microscope, the outer Multicell compound resembles the appearance of Swiss cheese as it contains millions of uniformly distributed microscopic pores that are constantly being exposed as the tread surface wears. These pores also help wick away the thin layer of water that develops on top of icy and snow-packed roads. A Blizzak's tread compound comprises the top 55 percent of the tire's tread depth with an underlying base winter compound making up the remaining 45 percent.

The Blizzak LM, or Lamella line, is their performance winter family of snow tires. This compound features tread designs with thin sipes to form thousands of rows of snow-biting rubber. LM tires trade some ice and snow traction for higher speed capability and better steering response. These tires feature a single winter tread compound.


Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32


Just like any other purpose built dedicated winter tire, the Blizzak should only be used during the winter season. Typically, Blizzaks and other snow tires should be used between late November and early April.

Create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package with the Brigestone Blizzak today to help you have the easiest winter driving experience possible!

What Type of Wheel Should You Buy for Winter?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

When purchasing a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, choosing a wheel can be a challenge for some. We offer aluminum alloy wheels for almost every vehicle and steel wheels for select vehicles. Are you having trouble deciding on what wheel to pick? Take a look at the tips below to help you decide which type of wheel suits your winter driving needs.

Aluminum Alloy Wheels

  • Stronger than a steel wheel and weighs less
  • More styles available to help enhance the look of your vehicle
  • Allows for more brake clearance
  • Manufactured to precise standards to meet exact fitment and performance needs
  • Require more maintenance to protect finish against elements such as salt and sand

Steel Wheels

  • Black or silver finish depending on the application
  • Wheel covers available to help enhance the style
  • Less expensive option compared to alloy
  • Meets basic needs of someone looking for a winter package without maintenance of alloy wheels

Our steel and aluminum wheel options will accept factory tire pressure monitors which will come pre-installed. All necessary hardware is included at no cost, as well as complimentary Hunter Road Force mounting and balancing. Tackle winter's elements this year by creating your own Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package!

Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Are you looking for a gift for the car enthusiast in your life? The following items would make a perfect stocking stuffer for them and be a great addition to their garage or vehicle.

Accutire's Excursion Road Kit includes a variety of items that a driver will need in case of a roadside emergency. It can easily be stored in your trunk, and the soft sided bag has a reflective strip to alert oncoming drivers of where you are. This kit includes:

  • Double-Sided Carry Bag
  • Reflective Strip on Back of Bag
  • Tire Gauge
  • 10 Foot, 8-Gauge Jumper Cables with Vinyl Coated Clamps
  • 250 psi Air Compressor with Gauge
  • Emergency Warning Triangle
  • (2) LED Hand-Charged Flashlights
  • Gloves with Dimples for Improved Gripping
  • Poncho
  • Emergency Whistle with Lanyard
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Philips Head Screwdriver
  • Pliers with Vinyl Grips
  • Duct Tape
  • Utility Knife
  • Bungee Cord
  • Shop Cloth
  • Cable Ties
  • First Aid Supplies

Our Cordless Impact Wrench Kit weighs only 5.9 lbs. and provides power in a lightweight design. It features a variable speed, forward or reverse direction, and a bright LED light. The wrench also has a built in cooling fan to prevent against overheating.

 

 

 

 











The Adjustable Torque Wrench is a great addition to any tool box. Our 1/2" drive adjustable torque wrench ensures that your vehicle's lug nuts are torqued accurately every time.

  • Measures up to 150 ft./lbs. of torque
  • 5" extension bar and 1/2" to 3/8" adapter
  • Chrome plated hardened steel
  • High impact plastic storage case

To view more gift ideas for your car enthusiast, visit our Gift Guide.

Top Dedicated Winter Performers to Consider

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Do you live in an area that sees low to moderate snowfall? Are the roads you experience in the winter typically plowed, but you still need traction in the snow? If this sounds like what winter driving is like in your region, then consider a winter tire in the Performance Winter / Snow category.

A few popular tires to consider within the category include the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, Blizzak LM-32 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D. All three options provide similar performance when it comes to snow traction and dry road handling and cornering. When comparing very closely, the Bridgestone tires move the balance closer to the snow traction side, while the Dunlop does slightly better in dry conditions. Both brands are an ideal choice for someone who wants to retain some clear road handing and response, but also needs to get home at night before roads have been plowed.

Drivers who live in more of a rural area, or experience heavy snowfalls, should lean towards a Studless Ice & Snow tire. Two great options in the category are the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3. I've noticed in my experience with both, that the added tread depth of the Blizzak helps with deep snow traction. Michelin's X-Ice Xi3 performs a little better on icy surfaces and tends to handle a bit tighter on clear roads due to the 2/32" difference in depth compared to the Blizzak.

Whether you're looking to buy Performance Winter / Snow or Studless Ice & Snow tires, it's best to order early as stock goes down throughout the fall and winter months. Ordering early when most products are still available will allow you to choose what you want to buy. Begin shopping and create your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today!

Gift Certificates for the Holiday Season

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Not sure what to give that special car enthusiast this holiday season? A Tire Rack Gift Certificate is the perfect solution! Gift Certificates are available in any amount, can be delivered by mail as a paper certificate, or as an email which can be sent directly to the recipient in minutes!

Want to apply the remaining balance of your Gift Certificate to a future purchase? No problem. Unused portions of your Gift Certificate will be credited to your Gift Certificate account for future purchases. Gift Certificates expire five years from the date of issue.

Send Via Postal Mail                                                      

  • Available in $25.00-$5,000.00 amounts
  • Delivered in 3-5 days
  • You can include a personal message                                                               
  • Standard shipping is free

Send Via Email

  • Available in $25.00-$5,000.00 amounts
  • Received in 24-48 hours
  • You can include a personal message

Gift Certificates can be used for tires, wheels, suspension, brakes and more. Give the car enthusiast in your life the gift they want and order a Tire Rack Gift Certificate today!

Alternative Options to Tire Chains

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Depending on where you live, you may be familiar with how to use tire chains. Quite a while ago, government agencies that oversaw roads cutting through mountain regions required vehicles to use tire chains before proceeding through a mountain pass. Although they increased traction for the type of tire technology at the time, they were cumbersome and inconvenient to install during a storm.

In the 1990s, a new standard was developed to help consumers identify and purchase a tire that offered a higher level of traction in harsh winter conditions. Tires were now to be branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol. In addition to tire chains, winter / snow tires meeting this performance standard are considered traction devices, allowing drivers to get through the passes. Listed below are some light truck/SUV options that are branded with a mountain/snowflake symbol. These tires offer a higher level of winter traction without the requirement of using snow chains.

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season

On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction

To learn more about the mountain/snowflake symbol, read "How to Confirm a Winter Performer."

Get the Most Life Out of Your Studdable Winter / Snow Tires

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Studdable Winter / Snow tires are used by many who experience harsher than average winters in far north climates or higher altitudes. Introduced in the 1960s, studs help enhance winter traction on ice-covered roads. They chip the icy surface through vehicle weight and centrifugal forces while driving. Studs consist of two primary parts. A tungsten carbide pin is the element that protrudes beyond the tire tread and contacts the pavement surface. The outside part of the stud is a cylindrical metal jacket or body that is held in the tire tread rubber by a flange at the base.

This type of winter / snow tire requires a bit more maintenance and break-in compared to others. As studded tires are driven, the studs are designed to wear at a rate similar to the tread rubber. Below are some helpful tips in getting the most life out of these tires.

  • Slow driving, typically no faster than 31 mph without hard acceleration, aggressive cornering and hard braking is recommended for approximately the first 60 miles. This allows the studs to seat properly.
  • Do not exceed 62 mph for the next 250 miles. This allows the lubricant used to install the studs time to evaporate and the rubber to conform to the stud. If driven too fast, even after a break-in period, you risk ejecting the stud from the tire.
  • Rotate at the beginning of every winter season or every 4,000 miles, whichever comes first. The rolling direction of the tire should not be changed. This means rotating the tires front to rear on the same side.

For more information on Studdable Winter / Snow tires, read "Studded Tires for Winter Driving."

Make Sure Your Spare is Ready for Winter

Thursday, October 3, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

We all know the importance of making sure the tires on our car have the proper inflation pressure. But what about your vehicle's fifth tire? Spare tires are often forgotten about or overlooked when it comes to maintenance. With your everyday tires being tested by summer's heat and your winter / snow tires battling harsh road conditions in the colder months, it's important to make sure you maintain the spare.

During one of our driving school events, we checked the air pressure of each participant's spare tire. Below are some of the findings from our experiment:

  • Mini-spare specifying 60 psi inflated to 43 psi (28% underinflated)
  • Mini-spare specifying 60 psi inflated to 27 psi (55% underinflated)
  • Mini-spare specifying 60 psi inflated to 24 psi (60% underinflated)
  • Mini-spare specifying 60 psi inflated to 18 psi (70% underinflated)
  • Mini-spare specifying 60 psi inflated to 4 psi (93% underinflated)
  • Full-size spare specifying 33 psi inflated to 9 psi (73% underinflated)

Since tires require inflation pressure to provide load capacity, if any of these tires had been placed into service, they would have been underinflated and overloaded. Even if driven on underinflated for a short period of time, the heat generated would have permanently damaged the tire or failed while in use.
 
With holiday travel just around the corner, below are some tips to keep your spare tire ready when you need it.

  • Learn how to install the spare on your vehicle before you have to. Confirm where the jack is in the vehicle and practice changing a tire.
  • Check your vehicle’s owner's manual and the temporary spare's sidewall for instructions on proper use.
  • Check the spare tire's air pressure with a pressure gauge monthly while checking all other tires on your vehicle.
  • Always confirm the inflation pressure before use and ensure that your spare has the manufacturer recommended inflation.

Choosing the Right Wheel for Your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

If you're looking at a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, below are some tips to remember when selecting new wheels. We offer aluminum options for most every vehicle listed in our database, as well as steel options for select vehicles.

Steel wheels are the most economical option for most, but is not as visually appealing as a styled aluminum wheel. Sizes range from 14" to 17" depending on the application. We do offer a selection of wheel covers that fit our steel wheels to dress up their appearance. These wheels do not require alternate hardware such as centering rings, but may need new lug hardware (which is included at no cost).

Aluminum offers a wider range of selection, has a more durable finish and is stronger than a steel wheel. However, aluminum can be a bit more finicky when it comes to fitment and finish. Some finishes and sizes are not appropriate for winter use. Certain polished wheels, chrome wheels and wheels with machined faces/lips aren't going to hold up well against road salt, chemicals and sand used to melt snow and ice. A fully painted wheel with multiple layers of protection is the most durable against the elements. Also, lower offset wheels that stick more outboard tend to toss debris down the side of the vehicle. Our winter tire and wheel selection will tend to be more conservative in fitment and finish to help protect your investment.

For additional help in choosing the right wheel this winter, read "Alloy vs. Steel Wheels in Winter Tire & Wheel Packages."

Are Four Dedicated Winter / Snows Tires the Only Way To Go?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

A commonly asked question this time of year is, "Can I install just two winter / snow tires on my vehicle?" To keep the most balanced, predictable and controlled handling possible in all winter driving conditions, it's very important to install four dedicated snow tires on a vehicle.

If you were to put snow tires on just the front or rear of your vehicle, the vehicle would have a split personality. The traction capabilities of the tires on a vehicle play the largest single role in determining how that vehicle will react in any given situation. With the large difference in traction capabilities between winter tires and all-season or summer tires, you can understand the loss of control when one end of the car performs very well and the other end just seems to have a mind of its own.

As an example, front-wheel drive cars oversteer when the winter tires' ice and snow traction on their front axle exceeds that of all-season tires on the rear. Oversteer is exactly what it sounds like: your car turns more than you want it to. This occurs when you lose grip on the rear tires in a corner and the side force pulls the back of the car to the outside of the turn. It causes the rear of the car to swing into the next lane of traffic and if not corrected quickly, allow the car to spin out of control.

Understeer occurs when the car isn't turning as much as you would like. Using dedicated snow tires on only the back of a rear-wheel drive vehicle can push the car, or force understeer, through corners as the all-season tires up front are overpowered by the tires on the rear.

Tires play such an important role in a vehicle's handling capabilities, it's always best to drive on tires that are identical in every detail, including brand, model, size and remaining tread depth. Anything else and you're putting yourself and others at risk. To gain a better understanding of how to control your vehicle in winter's toughest conditions, read "Winter Driving Tips."

Commonly Asked Winter / Snow Tire Questions

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

This time of year I get calls from potential first time winter / snow tire owners curious if a dedicated winter / snow tire fits their needs. It only took my first set of snow tires eleven years ago to convince me how different they truly are compared to an all-season tire. Since then, I've installed winter / snow tires on every one of my vehicles during the winter. Below you can find answers to some of the more popular questions regarding snow tires.

Will I benefit from a dedicated winter / snow tire where I live?

The primary concern of our customers is that they don't want to get stuck in the snow during the winter months. Cities that see minimal snow fall and are located at the outside edges of snowbelts, are typically fine using all-season tires. However, those who live deeper into a snowbelt region, tires play by a different set of rules.

We all know that tires are a compromise. One tire can't be the fastest on the track, most controllable in the snow and longest wearing. By design, all-season tires are a compromise intended to provide acceptable traits under a wide variety of conditions. However, that compromised goal prevents them from being a master of any one of them. Only dedicated winter / snow tires are designed to excel in the colder temperatures, slush, snow and on ice. These tires deliver much better snow and ice performance than an all-season tire due to their tread designs and tread compounds being engineered to master winter conditions.

Should I install four or two winter / snow tires?

Today's winter tires provide more ice and snow traction than ever before. The technology used to develop the tread designs and tread compounds has evolved beyond what you may have used previously. Every one of our tire manufacturers recommend a full set of four dedicated winter tires be used on rear-wheel, front-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles. This is because if you use two dissimilar types of tires on your vehicle, you'll have a vehicle that has a split personality. One end of the vehicle will react differently verses the other in dry, wet, slushy and snowy conditions. This is emphasized most in emergency situations when you need the most control. The vehicle may understeer in one condition and oversteer in another. It's preferable to keep your vehicles handling as consistently as possible by matching all four tires. Our customers who have matched their tires tell us they're glad they made the extra investment in four winter tires so they can retain the most control of their vehicle through winter's challenges.

Isn't driving cautiously enough?

That question verifies that you recognize the risk you feel when not using winter tires. Why not take some of the tension out of your winter driving and provide yourself with a greater margin of control to avoid the unexpected. Not only can you pose a risk to yourself, but all of the other vehicles around you.

I have AWD, is that enough?

Having an all-wheel drive vehicle definitely has its advantages during the winter season. However, its advantage can be multiplied by using dedicated snow tires. All of the reasons that encouraged you to select an all-wheel drive car are the same reasons that snow tires will make your winter driving safer and more enjoyable. It's also important to note that advancements in ABS and traction control do not provide more traction. They only help prevent drivers from over braking or overpowering the available traction of their tires.

I heard dedicated winter / snow tires are expensive. Is this true?

Winter tires may be one of the most economical purchases you can make. We have excellent prices on tires, alloy wheels, steel wheels and complete Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages. Using winter tires will extend the life of your summer or all-season tires. The summer and all-season tires won't wear out sitting in the garage or basement while the winter tires and wheels are on the vehicle. Using winter wheels will protect Original Equipment or aftermarket alloy wheels from the harsh realities of winter: salt, slush and grime.

Create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today to help you have the easiest winter driving experience you can have!

Which Winter / Snow Tire is Best for You?

Friday, August 30, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

As much as we don't like to admit it, summer is ending and snow is just around the corner. When it comes to winter driving, traction is key and it starts with your tires. Even those vehicles with four-wheel drive, ABS or traction control still rely on their tires for maximum traction.

By design, all-season tires trade a little dry and wet road traction in moderate and warm temperatures to provide light snow traction in below freezing temperatures. Winter / snow tires trade a little dry and wet road handling in moderate and warm temperatures to emphasize wet, ice and snow traction in cold to moderate temperatures.

Below are the performance categories of snow tires available for passenger cars, trucks and SUVs.

I would recommend placing an advance order when you are sure of your selection, rather than waiting until you are in the midst of the snow season. This will help assure the product you want will be available for you, and likely get it to you ahead of the snowfall. For items that are not in stock yet, our order process doesn't charge your credit card until the product leaves our distribution center, therefore no advance charges will appear on your monthly statement until your order ships.

Take a look at our Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages to help you get to your destinations smoothly in winter's worst conditions. They are the best way to outfit your vehicle for the winter season. You'll have the best tires for the conditions you're driving in this winter!

Performance Engine Upgrades for Your Car, SUV and Pickup

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Not only do we offer the best performance wheels, tires and suspension selection for your vehicle, but we also offer performance engine upgrades. I receive many calls from enthusiasts who are overall quite happy with their vehicle, however are looking for a little more power. Hypertech Power Programmers and AIRAID air intake systems are a great addition for the individual looking for safe and reliable horsepower gains.

Founded in 1985, Hypertech has been an industry leader in increasing engine efficiency, horsepower and torque for cars and trucks. Their Max Energy Sport Power Programmer is developed specifically for late model imports, while the Max Energy Power Programmer tunes late model cars and trucks. Some of the expected improvements you'll see from using these products, include:

  • RPM “rev” Limiter
  • Top-Speed Limiter
  • 0-60 mph Electronic Throttle Restriction
  • Read and Clear Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)
  • Return to Stock or Change Option Settings
  • Internet Updateable

Founded in 1997, AIRAID started developing and manufacturing air intake systems for light trucks and SUVs utilizing the cotton-gauze filter technology. Since then, AIRAID evolved to the next level with the introduction of SynthaMax filters. These 100% synthetic, non-oiled and washable filters are easy to maintain and can be reused by simply washing the filter with a mild household detergent and rinsing. AIRAID offers a wide selection of cold air intakes and air box/air intake tube combinations for your gas or diesel pickup and Jeep. Their QuickFit line has shown to increase airflow between 20% to 200% with horsepower gains from 6hp to 18hp, depending on vehicle.

Industry proven safe power gains from two industry pioneers for your vehicle. Which one is right for you?

What is Offset and How Do I Measure It?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Many customers call to ask what their Original Equipment wheel offset is or how they can measure it. The offset of a wheel is the distance from its hub mounting surface to the centerline of the wheel. There are three different types of offset:

  • Zero offset - When the hub mounting surface is even with the centerline of the wheel.
  • Positive offset - When the hub mounting surface is toward the front of the wheel. Positive offset wheels are generally found on front-wheel drive cars and newer rear-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Negative offset - The hub mounting surface is toward the back or brake side of the wheel's centerline. "Deep dish" wheels with large lips are typically have a negative offset.

It's typical for aftermarket wheels to have the offset number stamped on the backside, but that's not always the case with Original Equipment. If you are lucky enough for it to be stamped on the backside it will look like the picture below, with ET representing the offset.

   

When offset is incorrect for a vehicle, handling can be affected and even worse, there may not be enough brake clearance. When the width of the wheel changes, the offset also changes numerically. If the offset were to stay the same while you added width, the additional width would be split evenly between the inside and outside. For most cars, this won't work correctly.

Measuring offset is easier than you may think. If the wheel isn't stamped, simply refer to the diagram on the left. This can be done at home with minimal tools. Although the tire does not have to be dismounted from the wheel to measure, it's much easier if it is.

How do we know what fits your vehicle properly? We do this by knowing every aspect of your vehicle. We measure your vehicle's critical components with sophisticated tools that allow our fitment engineers to create very accurate drawings of these parts. We do the same for the wheels that we offer and then CAD programs to match the wheels to the vehicles.

You can see the complete list of wheels we have available for your vehicle in our Upgrade Garage. Simply enter the specifics on your vehicle’s make, model and year, and our site will display every option we have available that fits properly.

For more information on how we find wheels that are a match for your vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

Which Yokohama Family Suits You Best?

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Yokohama tires were introduced to the United States in 1969, but have been produced since 1917. Personally, I've been using their products since 1998. There are three basic families of Yokohama tires: ADVAN, AVID and Geolanders.

ADVAN

The ADVAN line was introduced to the U.S. market in 2005 and has been widely popular and successful in the performance world. Their newest member is the ADVAN Neova AD08 R which resides in the Extreme Performance Summer class. The AD08 R combines excellent dry traction with impressive wet traction for that warm weather driver who demands fast and fun driving.

AVID

AVID tires stand tall with the AVID ENVigor and AVID Ascend. The AVID ENVigor combines the feel and handling of a sport tire with a touch of all-season capability. It works very well for performance based drivers who require four season traction. A new tire to the AVID family, the Ascend, combines long treadwear, low rolling resistance and all-season traction for those who place more emphasis on ride comfort and treadwear.

Geolandar

Finally, Geolandar tires fulfill the needs of light truck and SUV owners. The Geolandar H/T-S G051 has been widely popular and affordable since its debut in 2002. It appeals to the light duty pick-up truck and SUV owner looking for a more comfortable ride, handling and year-round traction.


Yokohama ADVAN Neova
AD08 R

Yokohama AVID
ENVigor

Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S
G051


Navigate our Tire Decision Guide to see which family suits your needs best.

Yokohama AVID ENVigor

Friday, March 25, 2011 by Neal O'Neal
Yokohama AVID ENVigor The Yokohama AVID ENVigor continues to be one of the top High Performance All-Season tires on the market.The tire is designed for serious sports car and coupe enthusiasts looking to satisfy their year-round driving needs. By providing traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, the tire is a favorite amongst drivers of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Honda Civic and various other applications.

The AVID ENVigor radial's all-season silica tread compound is molded into a contact patch featuring a directional tread pattern that blends performance with all-season traction. It also features linked shoulder blocks and a continuous tapered center rib to increase tread rigidity and handling. Independent intermediate blocks and angled grooves enhance wet traction, help resist hydroplaning and promote traction in light snow.

Shop by vehicle to see which tires work best for your vehicle.

Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S

Saturday, March 5, 2011 by Neal O'Neal
Michelin Pilot Exalto A/SThe Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S continues to be one of the top High Performance All-Season tires on the market. The tire is designed for serious sports car and coupe enthusiasts looking to satisfy their year-round driving needs. By providing traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, the tire is a favorite amongst drivers of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Honda Civic and various other applications.

The Pilot Exalto A/S tire features a formulated compound to balance dry grip, wet traction, light snow traction and tread wear. This compound is molded into a directional tread design to provide handling in nearly every weather condition. Siped independent tread blocks combined with wide circumferential grooves help eject water from under the contact patch to resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction.

BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S

Saturday, February 5, 2011 by Neal O'Neal
g-Force Super Sport A/SThe BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S continues to be one of the top Ultra High Performance All-Season tires on the market. The tire is designed for serious sports car and coupe enthusiasts looking to satisfy their year-round driving needs. By providing traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, the tire is a favorite amongst drivers of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Honda Civic and various other applications.

The g-Force Super Sport A/S features Multi Grip Tread Technology which uses three unique side-by-side tread compounds across the tire designed to provide traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions.

Kumho Ecsta ASX

Saturday, January 22, 2011 by Neal O'Neal
Ecsta ASXThe Kumho Ecsta ASX continues to be one of the top Ultra High Performance All-Season tires on the market. It is designed for serious sports car and sports coupe enthusiasts looking to satisfy their year-round driving needs by blending dry and wet road performance with light snow and slush traction. This tire is a favorite amongst the drivers of cars like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Honda Civic and various other applications. Read more about this great tire!

The Ecsta ASX molds a high technology silica and carbon tread compound into an asymmetric tread design with large outside tread blocks for sporty handling, as well as circumferential and high angle slant grooves to resist hydroplaning. Constant contact center blocks help reduce noise while providing continuous straight-line stability. Internally, the Ecsta ASX tires feature Kumho's Dynamic Casing Shape Technology that controls casing tension throughout the tire. This improves ride comfort by absorbing bumps and increasing handling.

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Goodyear Eagle GT

Friday, January 14, 2011 by Neal O'Neal
Eagle GTThe Goodyear Eagle GT continues to be one of the top Ultra High Performance All-Season tires on the market. It is designed for serious sports car and sports coupe enthusiasts looking to satisfy their year-round driving needs by blending dry and wet road performance with light snow and slush traction. This tire is a favorite amongst the drivers of cars like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Honda Civic and various other applications. Read more about this great tire!

The Eagle GT features an all-season tread compound molded into an asymmetric tread design. The outside high performance compound features large independent shoulder and intermediate tread blocks to enhance steering response and handling. Aquachute tread grooves help evacuate water to increase wet traction. The inboard all-season compound features a continuous rib with circumferential grooves to help evacuate water and inboard shoulder blocks blend stability on the road with traction in snow.

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