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Old 07-08-2014, 02:19 PM   #1
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2012 Focus Ti - Need Tires Badly

So my 2012 Focus Titanium (w/ Handling Package) has just about completely wore down it's stock PilotSport 3's. I got about 42K miles out of them, but they are seriously bald and in need of replacement.

So I start shopping around local places, and NO ONE HAS ANYTHING in 235/40R/18 95W.

The only set of 4 tires I can find are:

Mayrun MR800 (Never heard of them) ($72/each)
Winrun R330 (Never heard of them either) ($63/each)
Kumho Ecsta AST (Heard of them, but doesn't look favorable ($82/each)
Continental ControlContact Sport AS (America's Tire Exclusive) ($170/each)

I also got offered a set of Pirelli Pzero Nero tires for $170/each but they're a slightly larger size, 245 I believe. Does anyone have experience using slightly larger tires on the Focus 18" rims w/ Handling Package?

Any other suggestions for tires? The car is used for commuting, I enjoyed the Pilot Sports, I guess, but seemed like overkill, as they're really-really expensive to replace.

Any help would be appreciated :)


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Old 07-08-2014, 03:26 PM   #2
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I just looked on Discount Tire for L.A. and found a Falken ZE-512 for $68. I put a set on my Mazdaspeed 6 and loved them. The've got the ZE-612 for $98 as well.
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Old 07-08-2014, 03:31 PM   #3
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Thank you, I'll have to look more around LA (I see my location says LA!).

I'm actually north of LA a little bit, Los Angeles is a _very_ large place.

Does anyone have any experience using the Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires on the Focus Titanium w/ Handling?

(Side note, I wish I would have realized how much the damn handling package KILLED my turning radius.. our Ford Explorer turns in a tighter circle than my Focus! /rant lol)
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:06 PM   #4
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Thank you, I'll have to look more around LA (I see my location says LA!).

I'm actually north of LA a little bit, Los Angeles is a _very_ large place.

Does anyone have any experience using the Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires on the Focus Titanium w/ Handling?

(Side note, I wish I would have realized how much the damn handling package KILLED my turning radius.. our Ford Explorer turns in a tighter circle than my Focus! /rant lol)
Do you plan on seeing any snow? If not then the ExtremeContact DW would be a better handling tire choice as the DWS is an all season with the S for snow.

Are you able to shop online? Places like www.tirerack.com will ship to your house or one of their preferred shops. Should be able to get a much better tire selection.
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:50 PM   #5
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Thank you, I'll have to look more around LA (I see my location says LA!).

I'm actually north of LA a little bit, Los Angeles is a _very_ large place.

Does anyone have any experience using the Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires on the Focus Titanium w/ Handling?

(Side note, I wish I would have realized how much the damn handling package KILLED my turning radius.. our Ford Explorer turns in a tighter circle than my Focus! /rant lol)
The DWS will not have nearly the grip or the on-center feel as the Pilot Sport 3 but will last longer being all season tires. A max performance summer tire usually will get around 15-17k miles, some more some less. I am surprised you got yours to last that long.

If you want similar handling at less cost look at the Pilot Super Sport's, less cost because not OE. Or less cost yet and still similar handling Bridgestone Potenza S-04.
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:49 AM   #6
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Your best bet for tires is to order them from Tire Rack. Looks at the reviews and the survey results. Take your time doing your research. Once you get them take them to the dealer QuickLane if you have one near you. They will mount and balance for $60.

The other option is to visit the dealer with quotes you already have and they will beat the price. My mom got an awesome deal on tires for her Escape Hybrid a few months ago at the dealership.
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Kumho sounds familiar to me, good tire for the price, I had them on my Peugeot 207RC
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i'm astounded you got that many miles out of this tire. i would expect at 40k miles to see through to the cord on these.

i think my next tire will be the Conti ExtremeContact DW, tirerack has a pretty good price on them :)
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