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Old 08-08-2012, 06:00 PM   #31
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The OEM Conti's were pretty awful, I was happy to ditch them around 20,000 miles. There was still probably 40% tread life on them so I ended up siping the hell out of them and using them for Rallycross tires on my racecar, they work oddly well too.

But I replaced them with a set of 235/40/18 BFGoodrich Sport COMP2's and they are awesome.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:57 PM   #32
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Where do you rallycross at? Do they offer any sort of amateur racing for beginners, or mostly pro/semi pro stuff?

I've been wanting to try rallycross for a while now. But I'm looking for someplace that allows for those with cheap (read: NOT racecars...) to compete and actually have a chance.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:39 PM   #33
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Where do you rallycross at? Do they offer any sort of amateur racing for beginners, or mostly pro/semi pro stuff?

I've been wanting to try rallycross for a while now. But I'm looking for someplace that allows for those with cheap (read: NOT racecars...) to compete and actually have a chance.
The Detroit Chapter of the SCCA offers them, the last one I went to was in Chelsea. This is my first year doing it and everyone is pretty chill with new people as long as you don't destroy the course (i.e. drive like an asshat). And my racecar is less than $2,000, it's a 95 Dodge Neon with a Stratus motor in it, all junkyard bought and built.
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Sweet, I'm gonna check that out. I was wanting to buy some older beater, and put just enough into it to make it reliable and race then the hell out of it.
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Old 08-09-2012, 02:08 AM   #35
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What prices are you guys paying for tires?

Previous car I had a set of 16"x8" with 225/50/16's Potenza G019's from Bridgestone that were almost $650 with warranties from Tires Plus. (I will never shop there again, over priced, charge for this/that, and inconsiderate)

Then bought some 17"x9" wheels and new Bridgestone Potenza RE760's in 275/40/17 for about $970 from Costco.

what should I expect with replacements for the Contis? I will NOT venture out to off brands or cheap brands.
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I can get the DWS (215/50/17) from Discount with road hazard certs for solidly under $700 out the door which is a good price to me. The single tire price was $133 but on Tire Rack you can get them for $118 but shipping adds that up. I just checked Cosco and their selection sucked in various sizes.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:35 PM   #37
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Nice! Thanks for the replies guys. Mainly wanted to see what others got out of their originals until they NEEDED to be replaced lol. Some good options out there. But also it won't be a summer tire, as we get nasty winters in the Northeast.
I know this gets pointed out all the time. But snow tires.

If you want the car to handle well in the snow, get snow tires. It might save you life. Mine have.

I recently moved to md and last winter had zero times when i had to drive on the frozen stuff, so it's not worth it. But if I lived up north still, i'd spend the money on snow tires.
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I know this gets pointed out all the time. But snow tires.

If you want the car to handle well in the snow, get snow tires. It might save you life. Mine have.

I recently moved to md and last winter had zero times when i had to drive on the frozen stuff, so it's not worth it. But if I lived up north still, i'd spend the money on snow tires.
I DO agree on this. But also. An All-Season tire and an experienced driver does the trick just well enough for me. My Semi doesn't come with snow tires...
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I'm actually in the market for some snows, first time I've lived anywhere where I'd need them. Anyone got tips on snow tires, brands, time to buy, etc? Should I buy a set of steelies for them too?
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Yes, get a separate set of rims. You will save money pretty quickly just in tire mounting/rotation.

As for brands, I believe it depends on what conditions are prevalent in your area.
-Snow (both light and heavy)
-Slush (aquaplaning risk)
-Ice (hard and black)
-Sleet
-Dry but frozen

I loved my Toyo G-O2 Plus Observe tires on my big old BMW 740i. I never got stuck anywhere, and they've always tracked true in all above situations. Blizzaks are better for those where ice is more prevalent. If you have more snow, take a different tire.

Most of all, never cheap out on winter tires; get the best you can afford. The road conditions are the slipperiest and those dedicated tires are what will keep you and your family alive.
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