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Old 09-07-2012, 08:51 AM   #61
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drove my car home from the dealer and to my mechanic and had them oem tires replaced, had maybe 50 miles on them. replaced them with 235/40ZR -18 Continental ExtremeContact DWS purchased from tirerack.com.
How do you like them? I'd consider them on my 17s when the OEMs wear out.
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:16 AM   #62
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I had to replace mine (OEM optima's 2008 coupe 5speed) after two summers. And half was sitting due to me being gone for work.
It all depends on the set up. I was just over 200hp and the stock 15's would break loose with 'slightly' too much acceleration that and dirt roads tore them up. I switched to 17's with falken ziex tires when I moved from Alaska. The tires are so much better then stock. No more squeaking tire at stop lights. Corner speeds were increased and less sloppy.
If you're worried about loosing power by going to 17's a 205/45-17 is the same diameter as the stock 15's (on the 2008) and if you don't get crazy rims don't weigh much more either
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:57 PM   #63
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I'm likely going Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500's on my car. We rarely get snow in my neck of the woods, and even in the snow I've never had issue with running ultra-igh performance summer tires. Just have to drive a bit slower than if using all (re: no) season tires.
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I replaced my tires around 2000 miles because they were downright dangerous. I have the SFE package so it came with a set of LRR Contis that slid around like crazyeven in a mild shower. They were also loud, very harsh, and really dampened the cars' cornering abilities. Wish I had the money to upgrade to 17iinch alloys when I did the change, but I'm satisfied with the 16inch Michelin Primacy MXV4's that were put on; quiet, and a perfect mix of comfort and handling.
Now I know what you're thinking, why the heck would I buy a $500 package only to ditch the tires that came with them. Well the answer to that is my Focus was the only one they had on the lot except a 27k Titanium. I started the process of ordering a Paino Black SE with the sport package and they told me it would optimistically take 2-3 months to arrive, but if I bought the one off the lot they'd knock $500 off the price. I figured that I'd be ditching the wheels/tires at some point anyway, and with that package I still got disc brakes so I caved.
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I'm likely going Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500's on my car. We rarely get snow in my neck of the woods, and even in the snow I've never had issue with running ultra-igh performance summer tires. Just have to drive a bit slower than if using all (re: no) season tires.
Out of curiosity, have you ever had snow tires? A lot of the performance with summer tires goes out with temperature, so 32 degrees and snow is different than 10 degrees and snow.

I'm in maryland now and I don't think I'll get snow tires.
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I replaced my stock Conti's last week with General G-Max AS-03's. I've stayed w/ my stock Ti alloys and the stock size (215/50-17). The Conti's had about 17,000 miles on them with probably about 10,000 miles of tread left, but I couldn't take the hydroplaning. They were downright dangerous. So far, the Generals are better in every way.

In winter, I got a Tire Rack set-up w/ wheels, tires & TPMS. I went w/ Bridgestone Blizzaks @ 195/65-15. The 15's are cheaper and even though the narrower & softer tire gives up the ghost in performance, they are excellent in the snow.
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Out of curiosity, have you ever had snow tires? A lot of the performance with summer tires goes out with temperature, so 32 degrees and snow is different than 10 degrees and snow.

I'm in maryland now and I don't think I'll get snow tires.
Fellow Marylander here and I've never had snow tires either. I plan to replace my Continentals with a higher performance all season when they wear out.
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Out of curiosity, have you ever had snow tires? A lot of the performance with summer tires goes out with temperature, so 32 degrees and snow is different than 10 degrees and snow.

I'm in maryland now and I don't think I'll get snow tires.
Never had snow tires, but I've had my fair share of driving in good snow falls while living in NYC.

I'll likely get some snow tires for the Focus when I move back to Cincinnati in a few years. I'd rather have two sets of wheels for my daily driver with summer/winter tires than waste another dime on no-season, errr all-season tires. I've never been in a car with no-seasons that performed well in the rain.
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AWD and all seasons worked well for me for 8 Colorado winters up in the mountains and only got stuck once and that was because of high centering and alot of local Subi guys run Conti DWS on their cars and report no issues but with a fwd car the results will be not so stellar but I plan on taking the Focus out when it snows a bit and see just how well the DWS does. I'm expecting decent results but I'm not overly concerned since the Focus won't be driven in the snow if I can help it.
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Never had snow tires, but I've had my fair share of driving in good snow falls while living in NYC.

I'll likely get some snow tires for the Focus when I move back to Cincinnati in a few years. I'd rather have two sets of wheels for my daily driver with summer/winter tires than waste another dime on no-season, errr all-season tires. I've never been in a car with no-seasons that performed well in the rain.
I am curious how the contis do in the snow. The last few OEM tires I've driven on civic and mazda 3, were basically trying to kill me in the snow.

Going to be doing a New England road trip around new years and i'm wondering if it's worth the investment.

Driving in the snow with snow tires is a lot of fun. Doing it on shitty all-seasons is not.
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