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Old 07-09-2013, 05:56 AM   #1
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Need Tire Recommendations

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Was there a tire megathread at one point? I can't seem to find it...if someone has the link to it I would be grateful!



I am looking to get rid of my OEM continental 17's and am looking for suggestions for a good all season tire.

I am specifically looking at Goodyear Assurance ComforTred or Goodyear Assurance TripleTred. Does anyone have any experience with these tires? I am particularly interested in the snow and ice traction of these tires.

All recommendations are welcome though!


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Old 07-09-2013, 06:17 AM   #2
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Continental extreme contact dws, great performance all seasons, and reasonable price.
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After my experience with these tires I would prefer to stay away from Continental's.
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Trust me those are a whole different feel, but if Anything try comparing tires on tirerack.com
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I fully agree with 05focus the conti ExtremeContact DWS is an outstanding tire! Arguably one of the best all seasons on the market. Only downfall that you will find is that the sidewall is a bit soft but didnt affect my drivability in any way. My wife has the comfort treads and I have no complaints and also offer good snow traction. But for the money it's hard to beat the Conti DWS
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I fully agree with 05focus the conti ExtremeContact DWS is an outstanding tire! Arguably one of the best all seasons on the market. Only downfall that you will find is that the sidewall is a bit soft but didnt affect my drivability in any way. My wife has the comfort treads and I have no complaints and also offer good snow traction. But for the money it's hard to beat the Conti DWS
Soft sidewalls are actually my reason against Conti's. I had BARELY grazed the side of a curb with my OEM Conti's with less than 1000 miles on them, and I completely SHREDDED the side of the tire. I was going less than 5mph.

My mother has a 2010 Kia Forte with some "Nexxen" cheap OEM tires and she curbs them every single day without a single issue. So I was very dissappointed in how fragile the Conti's are.
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I to was hesitent about looking at another set of Continentials for my new wheels. I also agree about the side walls, I torn them up just cornering hard.

But based on tire rack reviews and walking in to a tire store and asking for performance all-season tires the DWS was the first tire suggested.

I also looked at the following tires, the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS and the Goodyear F1 Asymetric. I also had Cooper tires recommended to me, and the all-season are now standard on the 17" wheels for the 2013 as I understand, but not knowing anything about them I didn't look at them to long.

I was orginally thinking DWS because no other performance all-season tire had snow rating anywhere close to the DWS. To get that better snow traction the DWS compromise everywhere else. Since I will be running snow tires and have an Impreza that I can drive in the snow, I wasn't as concerned about the snow abilities of the tires.

The RE970AS and F1 are very evenly matched tires. The F1 is alittle better all around, not by much, but I was looking for great performing tires in the dry. having had Potenzas before that is what I went with.

From tirerack testing the RE970AS was a better rated tire.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/...y.jsp?ttid=165

I would still consider the DWS if I didn't want to focus on a good performing tire in dry weather and was only going to use one tire year round.

Also this infomration to me is outdated and I don't completely agree with it, but it talks about asymetric tires.
http://www.barrystiretech.com/direct...icaltires.html
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Since the extreme contacts are z rated the sidewall is actually stiffer
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I have the Extreme Contact DWS on my A4. Excellent tire. Plenty stiff sidewall for daily driving and the occasional spirited drive through the country. Might be a little soft for Autocross, but otherwise they are excellent IMO. Very stable into the middle triple digit speed range as well. No floating or loss of control at high speeds.

I'll be updating the tires on the Focus to the DWS when its time to replace the stock 16's. Probably going to move to some 18's as well.
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The DWS is a major step up from the OEM Contis especially in dry grip and while they aren't a dedicated dry tire they still grip nicely and the breakaway is predictable and one of the best all seasons I've owned. Got about 9000 miles on mine and still look new even after my more than occasional hard cornering. Great at resisting hydroplaning too.

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