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Old 03-10-2005, 02:26 PM   #1
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ContiSport Contacts Stock READ THIS!!

Replacing my Conti's became necessary instead of voluntary after today's visit to my local tire shop. All I have to say is "BOO" to these tires. After having an accident from sliding, 3 of my ContiSport Contacts bubble on me, and the last one's rim being bent from NJ potholes this winter; I've moved on to Toyo Proxy 4's.

I'd like everyone to know about this article that I read on how the Contisports are NOT RECOMMENDED for driving in the Snow at all!!!

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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....tiSportContact

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Old 03-10-2005, 02:34 PM   #2
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Yeah this is nothing new to us SVT owners. They're decent in the summer (the sportcompact2 is superlative) but are useless in the winter.
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Also why most of us run winter tires and wheels. Having 16" wheels allows for more sidewall to absorb the nasty potholes we get here in Michigan too. The lack of siping on the conti's makes them pretty much worthless on anything icy. You could always cut in siping, but that doesn't help with the holes in the road.
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So you are simultaneously saying that:

-the tires are not to be used in snow

-when you slid into something (on snow?) and damaged them, that indicated they are junk

Well, they're junk now...

The sidewalls on these have no M+S rating, and the "snowflake" symbol is not there, plus the SVTF supplement manual says in no uncertain terms not to use these tires on snow, but the Tire Rack article finally got your attention?

Never ceases to amaze me the number of people who paid upwards of $15,000 for these cars sometime within the past 3 years, and mod them regularly, but can't manage $500 for a set of snow tires.
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They suck on ice, snow, rain and when the road is dry. The only time they wouldn't suck is when its about 100 out side and the tar on the road sticks to the tires. I could chirp my tires in the first three gears with them, now that I went with the Pzero Nero M/S I can't hardly get them to break loose at all.
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Well... throw the whole snow issue out altogether, and the stock Continentals are still only so-so tires. They wear fast (even for a performance tire), they are too soft in the sidewall area, and they caused my SVT to "tramline" badly over grooves in the roadway.

I have Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3's now and aside from an ever-so-slight tracking issue (the steering wheel has to be held very gently to the left to keep the car straight), they are much better in the areas mentioned above.
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Well... throw the whole snow issue out altogether, and the stock Continentals are still only so-so tires. They wear fast (even for a performance tire), they are too soft in the sidewall area, and they caused my SVT to "tramline" badly over grooves in the roadway.

I have Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3's now and aside from an ever-so-slight tracking issue (the steering wheel has to be held very gently to the left to keep the car straight), they are much better in the areas mentioned above.
There was a tire ("tyre") test in EVO magazine posted on one of these websites, and the GS-D3s were top-rated in it, but the stock Contis were a close second - and the car they tested them on was an ST-170...

I have not had any issues with the stock tires - I have around 15,000 miles on them so far.
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I don't mind the stock conti's, I haven't had any issues with them. Then again, I don't really have much to compare them too...

Oh, and for the winter, my ContiExtremeContacts are awesome!
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That tire test is a few years old and if you'd look at tire rack, you'd see that the Contisports are one of the lowest rated tires in it's category.

Tire technology has changed (a little) since then, but it isn't new news that summer tires aren't good in snow...

One of the first things ANYBODY should do when they buy a car is to read the manual... or at least research it.
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Old 03-10-2005, 04:03 PM   #10
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I got some Centerlines, and am waiting for spring - I will be getting the GS-D3s, so I will have the opportunity to find out for myself. That's a happy thought.

The one area I do expect them to far excel the Contis is in the wet - the Contis were never great in the wet, and the Goodyears are supposedly the best.
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