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04SilverSVT 12-10-2004 04:07 PM

Stock Conti. Tires ?

My SVTF has a little over 10,000 miles on it now, and Ive noticed something about the front tires. They are already in need of replacement!! I was shocked when yesterday I noticed that the part of the tread on the front tires has already gone away!! Has anyone else had this problem with their stock Conti. tires?? I never thought they would have worn so quickly!! Thanks in advance for any help or ideas! [:)]

Christine K.

jem0473 12-10-2004 04:15 PM

My conti's have lasted me 2+ years with 37,000 miles on them...I think I can get a couple more months out of them for this coming spring[:)] My tires seem to be the only good thing on my car LOL

04SilverSVT 12-10-2004 04:41 PM

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Well, tires were the last thing I thought I would have to worry about for awhile! I found a photo of the stock tire...I know it is small. But, I put a red box around the part of the tread that is gone on the front tires only. That particular "line" is totally gone now! Maybe that will help you guys understand what Im talking about now! [;)]

-Christine K.

jem0473 12-10-2004 05:00 PM

My tires aren't like what u described

WD40 12-10-2004 05:01 PM

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That's nothing to worry about. [;)]
These tires were made that way, so as they wear in, you get better dry traction.
The grooves you're concerned about when new, are not even 1/8" in depth.

What you want to look for are the "wear indicators".
When the tread is to that depth is when they need to be replaced.
I got this pic from someone else, but check the red arrows.
Those are of the wear indicators.
You'll find them in several different places around the circumference of the tire.
Sometimes, there will be a little triangle on the sidewall to tell you where they are.

You have been rotating them.....haven't you?
I do mine every oil change.[;)]

In fact, here's a related thread with some more pics.
Happy reading.....check about 1/2 way through the thread where I discuss it.

onebluemcm 12-10-2004 05:41 PM

Tire rotation can prolong the life of tires about 2-fold compared to not rotating them. Very important. Just for comparison, I rotate mine every 5k miles. Every 3000-6000miles is a pretty standard recommendation.

sidney61199 12-13-2004 10:55 AM

I don't know about the extrem contact (I think that is right) but I was so pissed with the crappy stock Conti's I will never buy another set of anything they make. In my opinion buy Pirelli and you can't go wrong. I have the Pzero Nero M/S all season on my car and they kick the stock conti's ass, I may be starting something here but I would venture to say that the Pzero Nero M/S which is a all season tire is better than Conti's summer only performance tire. I am kind of going out on a limb here since I have never tried the extrem contact conti's but I don't see how tires could get much better than the Pzero Nero. It the Pzero Nero M/S is not better I am sure the Pzero Nero summer perfomance tire is better. I'll look them up and post the results latter.

As I thought, according to Tire Rack the Pirelli's rock.

LastRites 12-13-2004 11:00 AM

Better at what?

sidney61199 12-13-2004 12:53 PM

Follow the links and look at the ratings for each tire. If you do this I shouldn't have to tell you that the Pirellis are better in every catagory.

osunick 12-22-2004 08:44 AM

I have the contiextremecontact on my Evo and love them. They're probably the best all around tire for either the Evo or SVT, and that's what I'd recommend. They're also some of the cheapest you can get... hard to go wrong with them IMO.

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