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Old 10-12-2012, 11:18 PM   #11
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I've driven on all sorts of rubber and always had agressive rubber on my fun cars and the Conti DWS really isn't too bad a compromise and I've pushed them quite hard and while they do break loose before a dedicated summer tire they were quite predictable and in the rain they have handled very good. The Focus is mostly my wife's driver and she never will get even close to the limits of the DWS and I wanted something that suits her needs more than mine and I wanted something that will last a while.
Alot of local WRX guys run the DWS in the winter and really like them but for dry grip the DW have that covered and aren't overpriced.
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:50 AM   #12
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I'd keep them, all seasons are a road you do not want to go down...

The PS3s are absurdly capable, high performance summer rubber. Them and the Super Sports are regarded very highly.

Spare yourself the misery that all season tires always are and just get a nice winter set of Blizzaks.
They are great tires, but I'm willing to compromise for convenience. I don't want to have to re-mount my tires twice a year and store the other set. And from all the reviews I've read the tires I got (Bridgestone Potenza 970AS) will be just fine. It's not like I'm power sliding around corners or auto-crossing on the weekends.
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:47 AM   #13
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They are great tires, but I'm willing to compromise for convenience. I don't want to have to re-mount my tires twice a year and store the other set. And from all the reviews I've read the tires I got (Bridgestone Potenza 970AS) will be just fine. It's not like I'm power sliding around corners or auto-crossing on the weekends.
Exactly why a set of 16" steelies with winter tires would make so much sense. Check WWW.tirerack.com, they have great packages where they ship you the steelies + mounted/balanced winter tires ready to bolt on.

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Old 10-13-2012, 08:35 AM   #14
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My 2013 TI Hatchback is on order with a build date of 10/15/12. The Handling Package comes with Michelin Pilot Summer tires that will have to come off due to the winters here in St. Louis MO. I'm replacing them with Bridgstone ultra-high performance all-season tires and am wondering if there is enough value to selling the Michilen's. I know I can't post for-sales yet but just wondering if I should keep them or not.
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Back when I owned Miata's, that is all I ever purchased for tires.The ones that I had were called Pilot "Sports". I am assuming that you have the same. They were high quality, but I wouldn't say high mileage.
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Back when I owned Miata's, that is all I ever purchased for tires.The ones that I had were called Pilot "Sports". I am assuming that you have the same. They were high quality, but I wouldn't say high mileage.
Yea, they are the same. Now I believe you have Super Sports, Pilot Sport 3s, and if you're insane the PAX tires.
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What Bridgestone's did you get? I need to replace my PS3's before winter.
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One thing that people tend to overlook is the added safety that these 18" ultra-high performance summer tires bring in terms of reduced braking distance and increased evasive abilities. Both are very useful capabilities in avoiding accidents. Also that particular Michelin tire is light weight (22.1 lbs) and constructed with Michelin's "Green X" low rolling resistance rubber so you're not going to give up much if anything in rolling resistance to another Focus tire with less performance.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:01 PM   #18
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What Bridgestone's did you get? I need to replace my PS3's before winter.

I just installed four new Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 tires on my Fofo. I went with the 215/50x17" size and bought some inexpensive 17" aluminum wheels too. The Blizzaks were $166 each at a local Discount Tire, same price as tirerack.com. In this size they're an inch narrower in tread width and one tenth of an inch taller (outer diameter) than the stock 18" Pilot Sport 3s. It's too early for a winter evaluation but so far these tires are great. They're quiet for full-on studless winter tires and corner pretty decently on wet and dry and leaf covered leaf-peeping roads in the 40s-50s F temperature range.
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What Bridgestone's did you get? I need to replace my PS3's before winter.
I got the Potenza 970 AS.

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I'm getting the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS too from the Firestone store. $943.77 total, w road hazard, balance and tax. I'm hoping to sell the michelin's for $600.
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