Author: Matt Taylor

A 28 year old car guy that used to work in a car repair shop. I used to talk about tires because I had to, now I talk about them because I want to.

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Yokohama Parada Spec-X Review

The Yokohama Parada Spec X tires bring in an exciting dimension to the crossover, SUV and light truck market. These tires are designed to fit on sport SUVs and performance trucks. Contemporary muscle cars also benefit from these aesthetically pleasing tire. Yokohama has taken an interesting approach to designing the Parada Spec X tires, prioritizing
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Pirelli Scorpion Atr Review

The Pirelli Scorpion Atr is a no nonsense off-road tire that is meant for outdoor enthusiasts who are looking to conquer any kind of terrain. This tire is purpose built for extreme and versatile vehicles that make the great outdoors their home. While many manufacturers tend to balance between off-road and on-road, Pirelli have decided
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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Review

Not so many tire manufacturers are as iconic as the Pirelli brand. As such, when the Italian marquee came up with their interpretation of an all weather tire, it was interesting to see how they would fare. This Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season review looks at the value that Pirelli are offering. Entering a
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Michelin LTX M/S2 Review

When one mentions light trucks, the thought of performance hardly crosses the mind. However, as vehicles in this segment become more powerful, a tire that can match those performance requirements. This is the gap that the Michelin LTX M/S2 tires fill. The idea behind the tire is to bring together all-season capability with tread longevity.
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Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 Review

It is often the case that compromises have to be made when it comes to choosing all – weather tires. Drivers look for long – lasting tires that can be used in different driving conditions. This is a great option for motorists looking to save money by owning a single set of tires. It is
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Hankook Optimo H727 Review

The all-season tire range is a category that is meant to serve a very perceptive segment of the tire market. Nowhere is this more pronounced than when it comes to all-season touring tires. Drivers want a good mix of drive comfort, refined noise levels and performance. Taking heed to this call, Hankook came up with
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Hankook Dynapro HT RH12 Review

Anyone who’s been on a long road trip understands the strain that the body takes on long rides. Most owners of SUVs, vans and pickups will be all too familiar with extended trips. The quality of tires one chooses makes a huge difference in this instance. This Hankook Dynapro HT rh12 review looks at the
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Goodyear Wrangler All Terrain Adventure With Kevlar Review

The line has long been clearly defined between off-road driving and on-road cruising. All-terrain drivers are usually off-road enthusiasts while highway driving is the area of commuters. Very few tires have attempted to bridge the gap between the two, up until the Goodyear Wrangler All Terrain Adventure With Kevlar came along. These tires are built
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Goodyear Eagle LS-2 Review

When it comes to tire categories, there has always been clearly defined segments. Whether it be performance tires for sport vehicles or economy tires, the boundary is often easy to identify. The Goodyear Eagle LS2 tires, however, represent a new thinking behind tires. They are conceived as a mix between performance and luxury. If anything
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Goodyear Assurance Tripletred All-Season Review

Packed with state-of-the art technology, the Goodyear Assurance Tripletred represents a concerted effort by the American based tire manufacturer to corner the all – weather tire market. It is made to give optimum performance in various weather conditions. Goodyear claims that the Tripletred yields 21% better grip on wet surfaces compared to their closest competitor.
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Goodyear Assurance All-Season Review

For most people who live in extreme weather conditions, having winter tires is a reality they have to live with. The cost of owning and maintaining two or more sets of tires can be quite taxing. This is especially true for the passenger car driver market which is dominated by the average working population. Goodyear
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Firestone Precision Touring Review

It is undeniable that many drivers, particularly those of coupes, sedans and minivans, look at aspects such as comfort and tire performance competence when deciding on a model. It is this demand that necessitates our Firestone Precision Touring review. This all weather tire is affordably priced but promises unrivaled performance to its drivers. Firestone has
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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval A/S Review

Inspired by a retro, racing appearance, the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval As tires are the true embodiment of high speed racing. Performance is tuned to a high level with emphasis being placed on handling and traction. These tires are made to provide extraordinary performance in wet and dry conditions. This checklist goes well with the
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Firestone Destination LE-2 Review

Utility and light truck drivers are keen on getting the most out of their vehicles. While sports drivers require speed, load capacity and longevity are of great importance. An all season tire that brings together decent tread wear, comfort and performance fits the segment very well. It then comes as no surprise that Firestone, a
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Firestone Affinity Touring Review

The automobile industry has evolved dramatically over the years. One of the directions in which this change has happened has been towards the luxury vehicle segment. Gone are the days when premium comfort was the sole domain of high end cars. In embracing this trend, Firestone has created the Affinity Touring tire. This product is
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Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Review

When it comes to seasonal tires, it is not often that one comes across a unique product that makes the cut. The cost factor that comes with owning tires made for a specific period in the year makes this segment challenging for most manufactures. As such, when a reputable brand like Dunlop comes up with
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Continental Truecontact Review

It is hard to ignore the tough economic times that have plagued many countries in recent years. In the automotive market, emphasis has been placed creating economic and affordable vehicles and components for consumers that are progressively reducing their spending. This trend has seen Continental come up with its TrueContact tire. Aimed at enhancing fuel
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Bridgestone Potenza re760 Sport Review

High performance and treadwear seem to be a tradeoff that most drivers have to accept. Owners of sports cars, sports coupes and performance sedans are likely well aware of this conundrum. By their very nature, performance vehicles have to overcome high levels of friction as they rapidly accelerate and when coming to a brisk stop.
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Nexen N5000 Review: Brilliance in Simplicity

Many tire brands have come up with creative and cutting edge technologies to try and edge into the all – weather touring category. While a few seem to make some headway, the majority of entrants fail to deliver. We conducted a Nexen N5000 review to establish how it fares in this demanding segment. It would
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Top 3 37/12.50 r20 Tires for Off-Road Drivers

The rugged off-road terrain is quite demanding, to say the least. You need tires with optimum performance before you venture into the off-road environment. You need tires that can withstand all the abuse dirt rugged roads may try to throw at your vehicle. Here is a look at the top 3 tires for the ultimate
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Best 35/12.50 r20 Tires

Today a few different tires will be battling it out for the best 35/12.50 r20 tires. There’s a lot that goes into a truly great tire, especially when it comes to off-roading. While the key-factor for off-roading is the tire pattern, we’ll be talking about a lot more than just patterns! Let’s go through a rev
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Sumitumo HTR A/S P02 Review: Everyday Champion

Multipurpose tires and all season varieties have gained popularity in recent years,  owing to the harsh economic conditions that have afflicted the world as a whole. Not everyone has the financial capacity to invest in winter tires and summer tires in to guarantee optimum performance. These developments have increased the significance of all weather tires
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Hankook Optimo H426 Review

A challenge that aftermarket tire manufacturers often face is creating a product that is held in high esteem by automakers. It is quite difficult to produce a non-OE tire that is approved by prestigious car manufacturers. This has a knock – on effect of confusing unwitting consumers who may find it hard to choose a
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Yokohama Avid ENVigor Review: Refreshingly Different

The Japanese tire giant, Yokohama, has long been among the top list of the who’s who in the industry. They have managed to stay ahead of the game by producing tires that give great performance and prioritize safety. Their foray into the all-season tire category, designed for sports cars, passenger vehicles and crossover models, invited
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Kumho Ecsta Pa31 Review

To begin with, the Kumho Ecsta PA31 is enhanced with a new high-tech tread compound as well as directional  tread pattern which work hand in hand to deliver better grip on either wet or dry pavements. This also ensures increased steering response not to forgetting braking capabilities and cornering stability. Additionally, the tire features four
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Dick Cepek Trail Country Review

Features and Benefits To begin with, the tire is uniquely shaped with interlocking tread elements which help to resist stone retention on its surface and also assists the tire to adjust to changes in surface. For responsive handling, the tire has a five-rib tread pattern that is responsible for transferring energy across the surface of
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Federal Couragia Mt Review

Federal Couragia Mt Features If you are an off-road enthusiast then the Federal Couragia MT tire will be the ideal tire that you need out there. Hell, you might even call it the best off-road tire. Enhanced with unprecedented strength, traction and excellent grip, the tire is almost perfect. The tread pattern alone incorporates an
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Dick Cepek Mud Country Review

Dick Cepek Mud Country Features The Dick Cepek Mud country tire incorporates unique technology which delivers superior durability and epic off-road traction. What makes the tire one of the best all-terrain tires is its unique deep tread design and pattern, better sidewall design, firm stone ejector ribs and circumferential grooves. Moreover, interlocking lugs on the
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Kumho Ecsta Pa31 Review: All Touring Aspirant

Signaling Yokohama’s maiden forage into the all-year standard touring mass produced tire market in the USA, this tire is a significant move by the Japanese manufacturer. It is created as a versatile product that is meant to cater for the needs of a diverse range of drivers. Meant for coupes, minivans and sedans, the tire
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Nokian eNTYRE Review

Finnish brand Nokian is a reputable tire manufacturer, and an all-season eNTYRE aims to preserve the reputation of this premium brand. The tire fits rim sizes between 14“ and 18“, which suits a very wide range of passenger vehicles. As virtually any other tire for all weather conditions, eNTYRE is a pneumatic that favors dry
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Michelin X Radial Lt2 Review: Top Class Durability

Certain brands are synonymous with excellence when it comes to tires. Few can argue that Michelin does not make the cut in these top tier manufacturers. As such, when it comes to heavy duty performance that is unfailing whether fitted on minivans or light trucks, high end tires are required. One good starting point is
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Yokohama Avid Touring S Review: Setting The Standard

The Japanese tire manufacturer, Yokohama, is no stranger to the all – weather driving segment. It is thus interesting to see that they continue to create new and improved product lines in this market. Our Yokohama Avid Touring S review takes a close look at their benchmark tire. The Avid Touring S is touted as
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Mastercraft Courser MXT Review

Introduced in 2015, Mastercraft Courser MXT (built by Cooper) is a made-in-USA offroad tire that fits 16“ to 21“ wheel diameters and is between 31“ and 37“ tall. Its main purpose is handling mud and snow with ease, which reflects on its aggressive design with deep biting lugs and bold sidewalls, which provide additional grip
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Yokohama YK580 Review: Better In All Respects

When it comes to developing leading technology and streamlined performance, Yokohama seemingly has things on lock. Their products have won many a driver over. It is thus only fitting that a tire suited for luxury sedans, sport coupes and crossover vehicle should come from the Japanese manufacturer. This Yokohama YK580 review takes a close look
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Maxxis Bighorn Review

Extreme offroad tires have to meet up extreme expectations as well, and Maxxis is one of the American brands that manages to deliver. The Bighorn is a tire that fits 15“ to 18“ rims with the height between 29“ and 33.2“, and it is best suited for muddy and rocky surfaces. The design of the
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General Grabber STX Review

To begin with, am sure that’s as a drive, you do not only go for a tire that is durable but go for one that exhibits exemplary performance on the road. However, the Grabber STX comes with comfort and balance thanks to the unique tread cushioning system which is enhanced with noise-capturing pockets that is
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General Tire Maintenance

Tire maintenance is crucial to ensuring safe driving on the road. Tires may become worn due to friction from contact with road surfaces, causing the tread of the outer tire to wear down eventually. When the tread depth becomes too shallow, tires may become uneven, lose their grip, or develop holes, which may cause unbalance,
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Kumho Solus KH16 Review

As an already established South Korean brand, Kumho generally offers a good run for the money when it comes to car tires. Its Kumho Solus KH16 is one of those, an all-season tire fitting 15“ to 18“ rims, which means that it’s good for mid-size sedans, MPVs, smaller SUVs and coupes. As with the majority of
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Kumho Ecsta Asx Review: Frugal Unrestrained Performance

It is easy to make the assertion that tires are generally classified into specific segments depending on who they are sold to. Some of these segments include tires designed for 4×4 vehicles, passenger carriers, trucks and sports cars. This holds true in most cases as manufacturers seek to satisfy the needs of their target customers.
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Hankook Optimo H724 Review

South Korean brand Hankook offers tires in budget share of the market and Optimo H724 review proved to provide some of the best value for money. The Optimo 724 fits 14“ to 17“ rims, thus reaching a wide range of customers. The tire is marketed as an all-seasoner, and its performance suits dry and rainy
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Firestone Transforce At Review: Getting Down To Business

There is a general impression that tires made for commercial vehicles are purpose – built to withstand demanding environments and tasks. From construction sites to fording rivers, ride comfort is not the first thing these drivers are concerned with. The question then has to be asked whether this impression is in fact true or otherwise.
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Firestone Fr710 Review: As Good As The Originals

One of the most daunting tire categories is the passenger, all season variety. This is because of the wide-ranging checklist that manufacturers have to adhere to in order to win over the discerning customer characteristic of this market. Drivers look for a mix of durability, smoothness as well as decent traction year round, snow conditions
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Bridgestone Turanza EL400 Review: Comfortable Tourer

The tire market is saturated with products that claim to deliver touring, all season performance while maintaining ride comfort. This is not surprising considering the fact that most buyers of these tires are owners of sports coupes and luxury sedans. Given the sheer volumes and pricey nature of the vehicles in question, this market offers
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Ohtsu Fp7000 Review: Rational Beauty

A headache that often afflicts many a motorist relates to choosing the right tire when it comes to changing the stock set. While this may not be much of a dilemma for D.I.Y enthusiasts, trying to strike a balance between affordability and reliability is a challenge to the average car enthusiast. Among the myriad of
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Hankook Optimo Review: The Executive Tire

Numerous tire manufacturers go to great lengths in trying to cater for a variety of driving needs. While this is meant to increase sales, it is the specialized brands that have enjoyed marked success. This can be said of the tire in our Hankook Optimo review. Aimed at luxury sedans, this touring tire has gained
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General Altimax Arctic Review: Frosty Tourer

In producing winter tires, most manufacturers focus on bringing to market, a product that meets the needs of commuters who struggle with icy conditions on their way to and from work. As our General Altimax Arctic review shows, this tire has a different target market in mind. This tire is particularly designed for touring purposes, applicable
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Firestone Winterforce Review: Defying The Elements

Driving in extreme weather often requires motorists to strike a trade-off between performance and ride comfort. If one wants a tire that will get one out of any sticky situation, one needs to be prepared to sacrifice a cosy trip. The engineers at Firestone though seem to be of a different line of thinking as
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Dunlop Winter Maxx Review

When one talks of winter driving and the tires that go with it, thoughts of heavy duty trucks and SUVs trudging through heaps of snow come to mind. It is often overlooked that average drivers of sedans, hatchbacks, coupes and minivans have to contend with the same issues. Dunlop set their sights squarely on this
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Nankang Noble Sport Ns20 Review: Seasonal Performer

This Nankang Noble Sport NS20 review starts with a trend. A trend many tire manufacturers strive to achieve but often fail to deliver. A desire to give the driver a unified product that caters to their varied needs. This has yielded mixed results, owing to the difficulty and compromise that comes with trying to please
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Kenda Klever Mt Review: The Off – Roader’s Companion

From the first glance, it is clear to see that the Klever range from Kenda is meant for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether it’s the avid naturalist or weekend getaway dad, 4×4 driving demands the most out of any vehicle and the set of tires it sits on. Kenda is a tire manufacturer that has etched
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