Celebrating 1,000 Tire Rack Street Survival Schools

This past weekend, at our headquarters in South Bend, Indiana, we celebrated a milestone that we’re pretty proud of: the 1,000th Tire Rack Street Survival class! Through the efforts of volunteers, members of the BMW Car Club of America, SCCA, the National Corvette Club of America and the Porsche Club of America, this achievement was made possible. While we...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP

This is the OEM tire on new Z51 and Z06 Corvettes (except for the Z07 package with the Cup tires). It's a solid tire for a daily driver -- no issues. What amazed me was how well the tire performed during a couple track days. Get a little heat into the tires, and they stick as well as Toyo R888's, which are a dedicated track tire I've used many times over the...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport

If you were to check out customer survey results for the top two tires in the Max Performance Summer category, you would find that the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is currently ranked number one. I've used a set on my own vehicle and you can learn about my experience by taking a look at "Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires Installed on My Car." The second...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Bought the DWS Conti's for my C5 Corvette based on reviews and I've also had a set on a BMW M3 that I drove year round. They are very,very quiet and they ride much nicer than the OEM run flats. The softer sidewall results in steering response that is not as sharp as summer tires, but once you turn in, the tires grip well and are predictable. Traction is...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I Daily Drive C5 Corvette all year in Michigan. I drove the car to the airport on un-plowed roads at 4:00AM Feb 2 and made it all the way - That was 13 of the worst snow storm we've had here since 1974. I stayed in the 2track paths of 4x4 trucks mostly - but this was still deep enough you could feel the snow dragging on the bottom of the car for the 25 or so...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP

Great performance tires on all road conditions but I am a little disappointed. At 23,000(rated for 30,000) miles the tread still has more to go but there is excessive tire noise thumping, often called feathering, caused by flat spots on the outside edge of the tire. Four wheel alignment and balance has always been spot on. The noise is forcing me to go...  Read More

Bridgestone DriveGuard Run-Flat: Not Just for BMW and MINI

Traditionally, run-flat tires have been used mainly for limited vehicle types as specified by certain manufacturers for Original Equipment use. Prime examples of this is are BMW 3 Series vehicles since the mid-2000s, the new MINI Cooper and all fifth-generation and newer Chevrolet Corvettes. These vehicles once represented a small portion of the market that...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

My Corvette is making just under 500hp at the wheels and I am very impressed with traction these tires have. My last set of tires were getting old (hard) and would brake loose in 3rd and 4th gear. These tires have yet to brake loose in second gear let alone any gear above that. While driving on a wet surface this is not the case though. These tires have just...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

This is the 5th different tire that I have tried for my 2003 Cobra which is upgraded to 500 HP and 600 Ft-Lbs at the rear wheels, so finding a tire that can get going off the line has been a struggle. I can say that OVERALL, these are the best tires I have ever owned, but they are also the most expensive. The responsiveness and ride comfort/noise level are...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 S8

These are the OE tires and I'm getting ready to replace them. The OE Michelin on my Mazda 6 were good on dry and wet roads when the car was band new, but the first time I drove the car with the original tires in the snow it was not what I expected from Michelin. I know it isn't that hard to spin the wheel on a manual transmission, but It was like having a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

I installed these tires on my 1965 289 Mustang along with a new set of American Racing Torq Thrust chrome wheels. I have 225 45 ZR 17s on the front on 17x7 wheels and 235 45 ZR 17s on the rear on 17x8 wheels. What a huge difference over the 15x7 wheels and off-brand tires on the car before! The biggest difference I see is in the turn-in rate. These tires...  Read More

Get Your Corvette Ready for Summer with Closeout Sport Muscle GS Wheels

Recently, I had a repeat customer from out East that called to get some new Michelin Pilot Super Sports for his 2012 Z06 -- did I mention that the tires were for his 17th Corvette! Seventeen is a lot of Corvettes to have owned, but it's not uncommon to talk to a Corvette driver who's owned several of these vehicles.Why do these drivers love Corvettes?...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I have a Jetta 2.0 so loads of power it does not have. My immediate observation when I had these installed was that the car felt faster on take-off. Not talking corvette fast but it struggled less to get up to speed I was really feed up with this car lugging around its weight but I'm much happier. I'm not affiliated in any way with Bridgestone but the low...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

These are very preliminary observations, tires barely broken in. Rain won't likely be encountered locally for next several months. I replaced the OEM Dunlop all-season tires with these, so far seems a good choice. Tires are 225/40R18, manufactured November 2011. I mention this because a Corvette forum recently posted (quoting Tire Rack source) that...  Read More

American Racing Torq-Thrust Wheels Offer Many Options

Are you wanting to restore an old muscle car or just give it a new look? Look no further than an American icon, the American Racing Torq-Thrust wheels. These wheels are part of the company's Authentic Hot Rod Wheel Collection. In the late fifties, American Racing introduced the original magnesium five-spoke Torq Thrust. With its unique, tapered parabolic...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H725A

These tires came with the car when purchased new. OEM tire pressures are low for my liking on the Malibu and we wanted to maximise fuel economy. I adjusted presures to 42psi front and 38psi rear. For comparison only, vehicle was driven in the SF Bay area, in and around northern Cal for the first half of the tire life with the second half in Phoenix Arizona....  Read More

Goodyear and the Bondurant School

Last week, I had the chance to get behind the wheel of a couple fantastic American sports cars at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving: a 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS, RS package.    Just as a side note, Bondurant has been using Goodyear tires exclusively for many years on their cars, when applicable. The main...  Read More

Best Original Equipment Replacement Rotor? Stop and Take a Look to See if Centric is Right for You!

Many vehicles are offered with optional sport packages which usually include upgrades to the engine, wheels, tires and braking system. When replacing your current rotors be sure you're getting the same level of performance from your new rotors. Centric takes the guess work out of purchasing Original Equipment replacement rotors.     If you own a performance...  Read More

Late Model Corvette Tires

As many Corvette owners know all too well, purchasing C5 and C6 tires can get a bit confusing and even frustrating. This is primarily due to the unusual staggering of the wheels. Unlike most vehicles with staggered (different front and rear sizes) tires, Chevrolet has been equipping Corvette wheels, since 1997, in the rear that aren't only wider, but also...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position RFT

I replaced the OEM Goodyear after 18,000 miles and found, to my delight, that the Bridgestones transformed the feel and enjoyment of driving. In particular, I no longer have to grip the steering wheel with two hands to keep the car on course; Goodyear OEM were scary with their tendency to wander across the lane even on relatively smooth surfaces. Noise...  Read More