Get shorty ... or not

    My years of involvement in the automotive industry has seen many trends come and go but, the 1 thing that doesn't change is the enthusiast. You might be a lowrider from Chico, an SCCA autocrosser from Topeka or a 4 wheeler from Moab it doesn't matter, stock is just not good enough for you, or me for that matter.     In this post I am addressing tire load...  Read More

Michelin pulls off a historic upset

Can you really use the term historic when talking about a tire? Some say "yes" some say "no".      If you look at the way in which a tire achieves such status you can make a valid argument for either answer. I think the issue is not, if a tire is 'historic' but, the circumstances which lead a given tire to be placed in a historic position.    Goodyear is...  Read More

I'm back from Gator Country

    I have just returned from a family vacation. In true 'car guy' fashion we covered just over 1850 miles in 8 days. I can report many things but, to make this interesting to more people than my immediate family and friends I will try to keep focused on some of my automotive observations and what can be learned from them.        Our travels went from...  Read More

Sumitomo HTR ZIII....are they worth it?

The answer is YES.My BMW came with the Bridgestone RE050A run flat tires mounted on OE 18" sport package wheels.  I replaced these with 19" wheels and the Sumitomo HTR ZIII in sizes 235/35-19 and 275/30-19.  They handle really well and offer very good dry traction.  They are pretty quiet and their ride quality is good considering their profile. Their tread...  Read More

Run Flats: The Good, the Bad and Getting a Flat

I have taken many calls from people that dislike their run flat tires.  They often end up switching from them to standard tires.  These are the main issues people have with them:They cost more Their ride quality is harsher They wear out faster They are louder My BMW 335i came with the the Bridgestone RE050A run flat tires on my 18" factory wheels.  When I...  Read More

Wheeling and Dealing

I, like many people, like to change the look of my vehicles.  It was no different when I purchased my BMW 335i.  I knew I had to alter the appearance with some aftermarket wheels as soon as possible! This is how it came with the factory 18" sport package wheels and tires My first set of aftermarket wheels were the Avarus AV3 in 19x8.5 and 19x9.5.I opted for...  Read More

Survey data part 2: Great idea, but not foolproof...

I have seen some interesting anomolies. If a tire is the stock tire on your car, it almost allways rated more harshly. The same exact tires can be purchaed aftermarket - as an upgrade. The reviews are much more favorable in this case. I am not sure why this is, but I have seen it in many circumstances.Survey data tends to be extremely favorable on the best...  Read More

General Altimax RT tires for smooth and quiet all season tires.

Today I replaced the tires on my girlfriend's Dodge Caliber.  It takes a bit of an odd size, 215/60R17 so the selection was not all that great.  However I was happy to see that one of the Tire Rack's top rated touring all-season tires, the General Altimax RT is made in the right size and at a very good price.What a difference it made over the loud and...  Read More

Survey data part 1: Great idea, but not foolproof...

I get lots of questions about our customer survey data and making sense of it. Here are a few examples. Can I cross compare survey categories, or tires? Sure you could, but bear in mind different customers have submitted each survey. What tire did they have before as a bench mark? Tire reviews can be skewed and are one individual’s experience.What vehicle do...  Read More


My name is Colin  I am an automotive enthusiast and Sales Specialist with the Tire Rack.  My main role is to help people match their needs with the products we offer.  I also participate in our tire testing program which gives me a unique perspective on the pros and cons of many of the tires we sell. My blog represents my own personal take on the products I...  Read More

Choosing A Tire For My Mom

How did I choose a tire for my Mother's 2006 Honda CRV?  Very carefully!  My Mom can be difficult to please and I did not look forward to the task.  She wanted a high quality tire with excellent all-season traction, long tread life, and a reasonable price.    It is difficult to find a tire that can do all those things well and still be a great value.After...  Read More

How Fast Do Tires from Tire Rack Arrive in Florida?

I received a call back from a customer Wednesday about his tires he ordered on Tuesday from Tire Rack.  Here are a few points of interest about the order:Shipped 4 of the 225/55R16 Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum tires For a Lexus SC300 Order time 2:20 PM Shipping time 4:04 PM Shipped from our Tire Rack distribution center in Midway, GA Shipped to the customer in Lake...  Read More

Accutire a Cool new Digital Air Gauge

Just picked up the Accutire Digital Set Point Programmable Air Gauge and so far it's been a good buy. Compared to the older gauge I had been using this air gauge is pretty cool.  A few of the features I found helpful. Large easy to read numbers LED flashlight Fits perfectly in my hand 5 year warranty The LED flashlight and the blue backlit LCD screen came in...  Read More

Koni Sport adjustable shocks large improvement over old original shocks.

I bought my 1997 Audi A4 with almost 100,000 miles on it.  After replacing the wheels and tires I was shocked at how poor the ride and handling felt.  The problem was the old suspension.  After updating to Koni Sport Shocks and Eibach lowering springs, the car felt just like it should. Noticeable differences :Reduced body roll when cornering Reduced pitch...  Read More

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades, A Personal Experience

After using the PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blade for a few months.  I am impressed with the performance they offer.  Compared to the original equipment wipers that came on my General Motors vehicle the PIAA aftermarket wipers are a nice improvement.  I have had them for 3 months now so it may not be a fair comparison to the original equipment blades, which...  Read More

Are They Winter Tires or Snow Tires?

This is a common discussion in our marketing department. We know that most of the public refer to dedicated winter tires as snow tires.  But, we also know that the purpose of these types of tires is to offer improved traction in both snow and cold.  Under 32 degrees Farenheit, tires designed for summer performance become very hard and have little traction...  Read More

Facts about Connor

Hello to all. My name is Connor Klink and I have been working in the automotive industry for around 19 years. My experiences range from selling tires and parts to managing service centers and automotive retail stores. I have more automotive certifications than i can count from various automotive parts companies as well as an ASE certification.One of the...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 - King of the Max Performance Tires

 For the past 5 years, most performance enthusiasts have agreed that the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's are the best tires for your warm weather driving needs.  Between then and now, many other companies have taken their best shots at the PS2 tires and few managed to reach its level.  I have run the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires on my 2004 Audi S4 Cabriolet...  Read More

KONI Damper Set Improves the Mini

After hitting 60,000 miles on the my Mini Cooper S, I could tell it was time (and maybe a little late) for replacement shock absorbers.  The car wasn't settling as quickly after dips in road and small bumps were becoming much more noticeable.  I considered shocks from a few different manufacturers like KYB, KONI and Bilstein.  But after reading the shock...  Read More

Tried and True Michelin LTX M/S Gets the Job Done!

One example from a small business owner that is very happy with the performance he received from his Michelin LTX M/S.  He runs a hardscape company down in the Carolina's so he is always pulling heavy loads of paver bricks or a skid steer-er or some times both.  The tire of choice for his business has been the Michelin LTX M/S for a few years now with...  Read More