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Old 10-21-2004, 04:00 PM   #1
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first heavy rain in svt

i just drove in heavy rain for the first time in my svt a couple of days ago and i must say the tires werent that bad at all.

i was already looking for a set of winter tires and rims when the rains came and it turns out that the conti's did alright. from the descriptions I read here it sounded like it would be akin to driving on ice.

i drove on the freeway and though some big puddles and a couple of times ( in a parking lot) in tried to kinda hydroplane the car and it didnt do it.

now, in my ecplise on the other hand, i spun out going 15 in a 15mph turn.


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Old 10-21-2004, 04:14 PM   #2
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Thats cool but, how were your brakes?
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I was rather impressed with the Conti's prowess in the rain as well.
In fact, I pulled a 2nd place overall out of 30+ cars in an AutoCross event. Clicky

What topfuel73 is referring to, is some SVTF's have experienced rather anemic braking in the rain. Clicky

As far as snow, I have driven on the Conti's more than a few times now in the white stuff.
Not the most confidence inspiring, but I did make it.
Where they will fall on their face as far as winter traction, is when it's drops below 20F.
The tire compound will be about as hard as concrete.
Might as well be on Fred Flinstone tires.
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Yeah, BUT... I think xgambit lives in Northern California like myself, and NorCal does not see temps even close to 20 degrees. In a fair weather climate there's really no need to replace the Conti's.
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Yeah, BUT... I think xgambit lives in Northern California like myself
So that's where "somewhere im not" is.

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It's just starting to snow here again.
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Duh, everybody knows that!

BTW I can agree that the Conti's hold better than I thought they would in the rain - when you look at the tread it doesn't look like a good wet weather tread but they do alright. They suck on the ice, but that only happened one time last winter and I *meant* to skid around in circles (it was an empty parking lot).
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yes i live in norcal.

so no snow worries here. but i guess ill be borrwing my friend's wrx when i go to lake tahoe.

the brakes worked great. mind you, im still going to drive extra careful in the rain, just now i know i dont have to freak out.
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