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Old 07-09-2013, 05:41 PM   #31
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I just had to replace my stock Conti's at almost 29k.
I went with the Hankook Ventus V2 Concept. It's a mouthful.
They seem to be stickier than the Conti's and have a much more aggressive rain channel. They do not look like they would be particularly good in snow. It looks like a rain tire that is being sold as All-Season.
We'll see how they hold up. They seem to be good right now.

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Old 07-09-2013, 07:56 PM   #32
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I get 90000 miles out of the Michelin Hydroedge tires. Goodyear don't wear as well. The kumho kh30 are great all season tires as well
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Hankook is by far the best tire I have driven on and raced on in the rain. I used to use the v4 all season for vintner driving and the v12 evos for summer tires and both set were outstanding in the rain and the v12 evos were great for sporty summer driving. The rs3 model was not my top favorite though for autoX.

My next set of tires for my new rims will be the hankook v12 evos. And in about another year or so when my tires are around 50-60k on stock rims I'll swap out to v4 all season for winter.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:35 AM   #34
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My next set of tires for my new rims will be the hankook v12 evos. And in about another year or so when my tires are around 50-60k on stock rims I'll swap out to v4 all season for winter.
Why would you choose to use an all season tire for the winter when you are already using different summer and winter wheels? Why not use a full snow tire and not compromise?
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So to confirm, the Conti DWS tires are not as soft as the OEM tire?

The roads here are horrible and I do not want to destroy a brand new tire because they can't take some abuse. The Conti OEM tires have held up well, except when I curbed the sidewall and it shredded. They have no problem with potholes or manhole covers though.
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So to confirm, the Conti DWS tires are not as soft as the OEM tire?
Correct. Yet they handle way better.
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Only Michelin, ever

I'm old, I've owned maybe 20 cars, I've owned every major brand of tire. The OEM Continental ContiPro 17s are the best non-Michelin tire I've ever owned. Amazed. Every previous Conti has has balance or radial issues. I still won't buy them again.

Trust me, pay for Michelins. Rotate them every 5k. Check for balancing every 10-20k (they probably won't need it). Some Michelinsare less than great (MXV4), but Pilot Sport AS plus, Primacy, Pilot Exalto, GREAT tires. Easily 40-50k and silent almost to the end, with GREAT steering feel and handling.

People who experiment with off brands and cheap tires remind me of people who try to skimp on steak. A $3 bottom sirloin steak at the grocery store looks pretty much like a filet mignon; it's red, thick, meaty, but once you get into it, it's tough, sinewy, and doesnt taste like filet mignon.
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I'm old, I've owned maybe 20 cars, I've owned every major brand of tire. The OEM Continental ContiPro 17s are the best non-Michelin tire I've ever owned. Amazed. Every previous Conti has has balance or radial issues. I still won't buy them again.

Trust me, pay for Michelins. Rotate them every 5k. Check for balancing every 10-20k (they probably won't need it). Some Michelinsare less than great (MXV4), but Pilot Sport AS plus, Primacy, Pilot Exalto, GREAT tires. Easily 40-50k and silent almost to the end, with GREAT steering feel and handling.

People who experiment with off brands and cheap tires remind me of people who try to skimp on steak. A $3 bottom sirloin steak at the grocery store looks pretty much like a filet mignon; it's red, thick, meaty, but once you get into it, it's tough, sinewy, and doesnt taste like filet mignon.
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Michelins command a high price and am considering a set of Pilot Sports for my STI but the Contis are perfect for the driving the Focus sees and I had a hard time seeing that the Michelins were worth an extra $150-200 a set.
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welp I pulled the trigger on the Conti DWS.



I haven't had too much time to test them out, nor do I want to "abuse" them so soon, but they seem like a much better tire then the OEM conti's.

If any of you have been following my problem thread; http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=308045

you will know I have an on going issue with my car drifting and being unable to stay in a straight line when hitting minor road bumps/cracks.

I bought these new tires hoping this would resolve the problem (i previously had a new steering rack installed and multiple alignments). From the short amount of time I have had these DWS' it seems like it hold the road much much better. I can drive much further in a straight line without having to adjust the steering wheel. They also seem to get the power to the ground much better. When I slam on the gas or slam on the brake the steering wheel does not seem to jerk as hard as it did before.

I am hopeful that these tires help my steering issue. I need to drive more to check, I will let you guys know how it works out!
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