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

Spring Showers Causing Poor Visibility?

Valeo wiper blades can help ensure that your windshield is kept free of heavy rain and dangerous streaks. While traditional blades use a frame structure that can easily ice up and restrict the blade from coming into contact with a portion of the windshield surface during winter months, Valeo wipers rely on a center locking design and a flexible blade that...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle LS-2

These Goodyears came standard on my new VW Touareg - these tires have near zero traction on icy roads - so bad, in fact, that I would not drive my Touareg if there was any snow or ice present - I have yet to have Goodyear tires that are round and this set held up that reputation - one tire had a flat spot so bad that it shook the whole vehicle at 70MPH - the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I've seen good and bad reviews on these tires, but after 18,000-plus miles, I have nothing but good things to say about these tires. I had purchased this vehicle with four Yokohama W4S tires that were probably about 75% worn, and the difference was unbelievable. I didn't even realize how loud the Yokohamas were until the first time I drove with the...  Read More

General AltiMAX Arctic vs. Firestone Winterforce

Are you still researching winter / snow tires? Well, Thanksgiving has just passed us by and it's time to pare down your list and decide what tires are right for your vehicle. And to help you with your decision, take a look at two options available in the Studdable Winter/Snow category: the Firestone Winterforce and General AltiMAX Arctic. Firestone...  Read More

Steel Wheels Available at Tire Rack

Recently, an early snowstorm in the Rockies and Northeast reminded us that winter is fast approaching. If you haven't already, now is the time to order your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. Tire Rack offers alloy wheels for a wide variety of makes and models that work well in winter conditions. For an even lower cost option, some vehicle applications...  Read More

Wheels & Tires for the 2011-2012 VW Jetta

Despite what some automotive experts say, I really like the new Volkswagen Jetta. And, if the original Jetta tires and wheels are not to your liking, some aftermarket car rims and tires could really increase the vehicle's style. As you try to envision how a given wheel will fit on your car, keep in mind that the offset spec effects the overall look. How...  Read More

It's Not Too Late for the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec!

With summer over and most of the U.S. feeling their first cool temperatures of fall, many are mourning the loss of another autocross season. For a lucky few however, ambient temperatures will stay warm enough to allow for "spirited driving" for some time to come. Based on our testing and customer feedback, the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec continues...  Read More

Got Fahrvergnügen?

Working at Tire Rack, I have the opportunity to talk to many customers and fellow drivers, including Volkswagen owners. With two VWs sitting in my garage, I share their enthusiasm for this particular brand. On a recent call with Paul from Baltimore, we were talking about the 16x7.5 ASA GT1 (Bright Silver Paint) wheels and 215/55ZR16 Continental...  Read More

PVD For Spring!

While helping a customer decide on a Tire & Wheel Package for his navy blue 2009 Volkswagen GTI, we decided a great wheel option was the new Bremmer Kraft BR05 Bright PVD.This wheel provides a highly durable metallic finish that would look outstanding on an Audi, BMW or Volkswagen. Lose a center cap for your BMW? The BMW original center cap is also...  Read More

New Wheels from Helo

Tire Rack is excited to announce new wheel options from Helo. Helo wheels are available in unique styles that define the look of stock, lowered or lifted trucks and most passenger cars. Helo is a car and light truck custom wheel (rim) line offered in 20 different styles with sizes ranging between 16"-24". Some popular applications include: Cadillac Escalade,...  Read More

Self-Adjusting Suspension: the Best of Both Worlds

Want a sportier ride from your car's suspension system without giving up ride comfort? Or better handling to go along with your new custom wheels and tires? KONI offers a unique and affordable solution. The KONI FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) is available for many Euorpean, domestic, and Asian vehicles such as Volkswagen, BMW, Mini, Audi, Mazda,...  Read More

Get Steel Wheels for this Winter Season!

Almost sold on buying a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, but the idea of paying a lot of money for a separate set of wheels is holding you back?  The solution?  Steel wheels!   While there are advantages to stepping up to an aluminum alloy wheel for winter use, the lowest cost option is often a steel wheel. They aren't pretty, but steel wheels are...  Read More

VW Eurovan Tires

It seems recently I've been getting an increase in phone calls for tires for the Volkswagen Eurovan. And they all start the same way: "Where can I find tires???" Well, I'm here to tell you that there is hope. The issue with finding tires for this vehicle is that the tires need to have at least a 102 load range in order to carry the weight of the vehicle....  Read More

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric: Reviews

As your Goodyear tire dealers, Tire Rack consistently offers Goodyear tires that exceed expectations on a wide variety of vehicles. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric is no exception. Take a look at what our previous customers are saying about this tire:"I have to say, these are by far the best tires I have ever driven on. I thought it would be tough to...  Read More

Featured wheels!

Winter's harsh salt and ice hinders our interest in new aftermarket wheels, but in the summer—a season full of bright sun and clear, usually dry roads—we're all about it. So as we enter into summer, let's take a look at a few of Tire Rack's featured aftermarket wheels. The Granite Alloy GA13 is an alloy wheel with a painted black finish. The center cap...  Read More