Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

I have always prefered a Michelin tire, and have had great service from them over the years. The prices are high, and I have wondered if part of that is paying for the name? A few years ago, we purchased a new truck with General tires on it, and the tires performed flawlessly. In fact those 11 year-old Generals were are currently on a farm trailer, and show...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

I bought these BFGoodrich Rival tires for use as Autocross only on an NB miata using 8 wheels. The 205/50R15 size has a slight stretch on this size wheel, making for a stiffer sidewall at lower pressures for better turn in response. I have a limited number of miles on the Rival since it is not driven at all on the street, but have competed in 6 full...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

I purchased this tire to replace a pair of worn Blizzaks on my daily driven MR2. The tires were mounted on the stock rims on a car with a refreshed and slightly upgraded suspension setup (stock height), all parts replaced and aligned. Even though the stock tire size is 185/60/14, I went to the 195/60 in hopes of getting a bit more comfort, but still great...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

This is a very good tire I must say. I have used Kumho before on track cars, and I have to say for a street tire this is a very descend and affordable tire. They seem to be wearing very even and fair (with a good alignment of course). I admit, the tire is slightly noisier, but you can't really tell. I do appreciate the cornering characteristics on the car,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

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...  Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About Changing Wheel Size

Often times I receive calls from customers who are curious about changing the wheel size on their vehicle. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about the difference in wheel sizes: Can I use a different wheel size than what came on my car? Yes. There are often sizes that'll work very well on a vehicle even though they were not originally...  Read More

How Can I Tell if a Smaller Wheel Will Fit My Car?

For Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages, it's often beneficial to use a smaller diameter wheel (combined with a taller profile tire) compared to your stock wheels. In many cases, an expensive, low profile tire size and wheel combination can be substituted with a more cost-effective tire and wheel set that'll also afford added sidewall height to minimize...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Not many miles driven on these yet, but so far, very impressed. Handling, wet traction, stability have significantly improved from the OEM tries (Bridgestone Trunza). Can't comment yet on tread wear or hydroplane resistance. For the most part, these new tires have made the handling of this Accord effortless (this is the sport version with the V-Tech engine...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Good tire and good price. Little noisy but acceptable. Tire lasts about 80 to 90 thousand miles as long as you keep rotation, alignment and check your suspension parts. Definitely, I will buy this tire again.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Only had these tires for a few thousand miles, but so far I am impressed. We have had some rais stormes, and the tires do very well on wet pavement. Previous set of tires were Continental ContiPro Contact and they were horrible. The Altimax's softer compound gives a much smoother ride. Handling is also improved. They are rated for 55K wearout, but from what...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LE Sport

Just installed these tires today. So far I've been able to experience dry and wet conditions. Please note: I put in Average for my driving style as that is how I drive most of the time with the occasional Drive crazy blast, which most people would consider to be A LOT more than spirited.First thing I noticed is how smooth the ride felt. Nice and smooth all...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 S8

Had them on my new 2003 Honda Accord EX V6. They performed well for the most part, with the exception of deep snow. The car handling is fine but the tires do not like hard cornering, they start to loose grip way before the car suspension gives in. These tires are also very quiet, unlike my last set of Dunlop on my old '93 Maxima. Granted, this car is no BMW...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

This is my second set of studded Altimax Arctics. the first is on my 1999 E320, and those also are holding up well after 5 seasons. They are noisy as are any studded tires, so the noise rating is relative to other studded tires, not to plain rubber. The handling is surprisingly stable on freeways and mountain roads. These tires get me around as well as most...  Read More

Suspension Shopping for my BMW 740i Part II

Having already chosen the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set for my 1997 740i, it's time to turn my attention to the the shocks and struts, known collectively as dampers. The available options include the Bilstein Touring Class, Bilstein Sport and KYB GR-2.    The Touring Class and GR-2 are similar to one another in that they're both premium quality replacements for...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

This is a follow up to the review I wrote a few days ago. My Cooper S came with Bridgestone RE050A RFT run flats and the ride was awful. I have just put these conventional Continental Extreme contact DWS tires on and the difference is huge. 1) The steering is now lighter when making corners at low speed and roundabouts2) The roar from the tires is much...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Run Flat

When you are limited to RFT Tires, you really don't have much choice. I live in AZ where we see maybe 10 days of rain a year. My P-Zeros RFT's are 'simply without equal' as long as you have 'dry or slightly wet' roads. Naturally the MINI COOPER S is built to handle 'very well'. To that, I have made some 'upgrades' to the 'overall performance' of the car. I...  Read More

Lowering Your Ford Mustang

The late model Ford Mustang is fast becoming an extremely popular vehicle for both customizers and enthusiasts. This is partly due to the volume of aftermarket parts available and the demand from consumers to set their Mustang apart from the crowd and show off their personal style. In addition to custom paint jobs and aftermarket wheels (rims), many Mustang...  Read More

Winter Tire & Wheel Packages for Your BMW X5

No matter what you drive, Tire Rack has done the homework necessary to ensure a proper fit for your vehicle when it comes to our Tire & Wheel Packages. While some vehicles have many aftermarket wheel and tire options, others are a bit more challenging and require the use of specially selected wheels to clear brake calipers, avoid suspension components and...  Read More

What is the Best Tire Brand for You? We Can Help!

In a global economy, shoppers have more options than ever at their fingertips. From toasters to tires, products can be manufactured and shipped all over the world at a competitive price. And, when it comes to tires, how can you choose the most reliable and cost-effective brands? Let us help. Over our 32-year history, Tire Rack has developed...  Read More