Stock Conti. Tires ? - Focus Fanatics
Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forums
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace



Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > SVT Performance (2002-2004)

SVT Performance (2002-2004) The place to chat about any 2.0L SVT DOHC Zetec engine performance, tuning and exhaust related upgrades.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFest Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-10-2004, 04:07 PM   #1
04SilverSVT
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Fan#: 6814
Location: Texas
Posts: 12
FF Reputation: 1 04SilverSVT Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Question Stock Conti. Tires ?

Hey!

My SVTF has a little over 10,000 miles on it now, and Ive noticed something about the front tires. They are already in need of replacement!! I was shocked when yesterday I noticed that the part of the tread on the front tires has already gone away!! Has anyone else had this problem with their stock Conti. tires?? I never thought they would have worn so quickly!! Thanks in advance for any help or ideas!

Christine K.


04SilverSVT is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-10-2004, 04:15 PM   #2
jem0473
Focus Enthusiast
 
jem0473's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Fan#: 126
Location: Lancaster, CA
What I Drive: '07 Black Mica Mazda 3 GT

Posts: 520
FF Reputation: 1 jem0473 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
My conti's have lasted me 2+ years with 37,000 miles on them...I think I can get a couple more months out of them for this coming spring My tires seem to be the only good thing on my car LOL
__________________
I sold the SVT and now have a 3! Have a Egg Yolk Yellow ZX3 still. :)
jem0473 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2004, 04:41 PM   #3
04SilverSVT
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Fan#: 6814
Location: Texas
Posts: 12
FF Reputation: 1 04SilverSVT Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Well, tires were the last thing I thought I would have to worry about for awhile! I found a photo of the stock tire...I know it is small. But, I put a red box around the part of the tread that is gone on the front tires only. That particular "line" is totally gone now! Maybe that will help you guys understand what Im talking about now!

-Christine K.
Attached Images
 
04SilverSVT is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2004, 05:00 PM   #4
jem0473
Focus Enthusiast
 
jem0473's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Fan#: 126
Location: Lancaster, CA
What I Drive: '07 Black Mica Mazda 3 GT

Posts: 520
FF Reputation: 1 jem0473 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
My tires aren't like what u described
__________________
I sold the SVT and now have a 3! Have a Egg Yolk Yellow ZX3 still. :)
jem0473 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2004, 05:01 PM   #5
WD40
The Librarian
 
WD40's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Fan#: 5157
Location: Helena, MT
What I Drive: '04 Sonic Blue - SVT 3Door

Posts: 13,116
FF Reputation: 138 WD40 Excellent Standing MemberWD40 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (3)
That's nothing to worry about.
These tires were made that way, so as they wear in, you get better dry traction.
The grooves you're concerned about when new, are not even 1/8" in depth.

What you want to look for are the "wear indicators".
When the tread is to that depth is when they need to be replaced.
I got this pic from someone else, but check the red arrows.
Those are of the wear indicators.
You'll find them in several different places around the circumference of the tire.
Sometimes, there will be a little triangle on the sidewall to tell you where they are.

You have been rotating them.....haven't you?
I do mine every oil change.

In fact, here's a related thread with some more pics.
Happy reading.....check about 1/2 way through the thread where I discuss it.
Clicky
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	tire-wear-2.jpg
Views:	371
Size:	46.5 KB
ID:	4764  


Last edited by WD40; 12-10-2004 at 05:07 PM.
WD40 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2004, 05:41 PM   #6
onebluemcm
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2004
Fan#: 7200
Location: Ithaca, NY
What I Drive: 2003 Red SVT Euro AP

Posts: 254
FF Reputation: 1 onebluemcm Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Tire rotation can prolong the life of tires about 2-fold compared to not rotating them. Very important. Just for comparison, I rotate mine every 5k miles. Every 3000-6000miles is a pretty standard recommendation.
onebluemcm is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2004, 10:55 AM   #7
sidney61199
Focus Fanatic
 
sidney61199's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Fan#: 7904
Location: Columbus, OH
What I Drive: 2002 Black Focus SVT

Posts: 1,860
FF Reputation: 1 sidney61199 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I don't know about the extrem contact (I think that is right) but I was so pissed with the crappy stock Conti's I will never buy another set of anything they make. In my opinion buy Pirelli and you can't go wrong. I have the Pzero Nero M/S all season on my car and they kick the stock conti's ass, I may be starting something here but I would venture to say that the Pzero Nero M/S which is a all season tire is better than Conti's summer only performance tire. I am kind of going out on a limb here since I have never tried the extrem contact conti's but I don't see how tires could get much better than the Pzero Nero. It the Pzero Nero M/S is not better I am sure the Pzero Nero summer perfomance tire is better. I'll look them up and post the results latter.

As I thought, according to Tire Rack the Pirelli's rock.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....ero+Nero+M%26S

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....del=PZero+Nero

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....SportContact+2

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....ExtremeContact
sidney61199 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2004, 11:00 AM   #8
LastRites
BAD EGG
 
LastRites's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Fan#: 8452
Location: Chattanooga, TN, TN
What I Drive: 2008 Mica-Black Mazdaspeed 3 Sport

Posts: 7,418
FF Reputation: 18 LastRites Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Better at what?
__________________

04 SVTF/5
, EAP, Pitch Black (rip)
# 908 of 1079, Born 03/16/2004
SVT SQUAD # 68
" I brake for saucy Pirate wenches"
LastRites is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2004, 12:53 PM   #9
sidney61199
Focus Fanatic
 
sidney61199's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Fan#: 7904
Location: Columbus, OH
What I Drive: 2002 Black Focus SVT

Posts: 1,860
FF Reputation: 1 sidney61199 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Follow the links and look at the ratings for each tire. If you do this I shouldn't have to tell you that the Pirellis are better in every catagory.
sidney61199 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2004, 08:44 AM   #10
osunick
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Fan#: 15604
Location: Palo Alto, CA, CA
What I Drive: 2003 Lancer Evolution (Red)

Posts: 195
FF Reputation: 2 osunick Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I have the contiextremecontact on my Evo and love them. They're probably the best all around tire for either the Evo or SVT, and that's what I'd recommend. They're also some of the cheapest you can get... hard to go wrong with them IMO.
osunick is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:58 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.