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Old 07-09-2013, 09:27 AM   #11
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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.

That is one meaty mean looking tire!

You guys may be swaying me towards these Conti's...

And just to confirm they are good in snow & ice conditions?

Any negatives for these tires I should be aware of?
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:30 AM   #12
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Conti Extreme Contact DWS here as well. I've only had mine for a couple thousand miles, but man are they a great tire. Especially in wet. They cut through standing water like a hot knife through butter. The dry handling is fantastic. I can't wait to try them in the snow. They're not just a performance or high performance all season. They're an ultra high performance all season.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:36 AM   #13
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I would recommend the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS. They are a bit more expensive I think but very very worth it. They are a great tire.
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I had the TripleTreads on a past vehicle- great tire, until they start to wear down. When new, they cut through ice and snow better than any tire I've ever had on a vehicle, and they were pretty quiet right up until they died. Grip was always there, too. After they were about halfway worn though, you can pretty much going any faster than about 50 in the rain- they hydroplane worse than a jetski.

Did I love them when I had them? Yep. Would I buy them again? Nope, especially not for the insane amount of money they command. I spent almost $1k for the TripleTreads..

Oh, to be young and rich again..
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I had DWSs on my '05 ST, and they were, indeed, excellent tires. The only down side was their relatively short tread life, the price one pays for relatively soft, sticky rubber.
I have Cooper Zeon RS3As on my SVT, and am very happy with them as three season tires. They are very good in the wet, and surprisingly good on snow and ice for UHP all season tires. Although it is an extra expense, I highly recommend dedicated winter tires, at least in the snow belt. I have three years on Michelin X-ice Xi2 on 16" ST wheels, and probably can get two more winters out of them, if it snows enough.
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Luckily with the 18s, I have my rims to scrape the curb instead of my tire.

^^And ditto on the winter tires!
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What kind of tread life can I expect from the DWS?
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I had DWSs on my '05 ST, and they were, indeed, excellent tires. The only down side was their relatively short tread life, the price one pays for relatively soft, sticky rubber.
I wouldn't consider a 540 tread wear rating with a 50,000 mile warranty (expected lifespan) to be relatively soft since their (Continental's) highest tread wear rating is 680.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:39 AM   #19
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Hard driving is going to reduce tire life as expected since that 50k treadwear rating probably is geared for my wife's sensible driving but if you wear 'em out quick within warranty guidelines you'll get the next set cheaper.

I did see a Yokohama (can't remeber model) tire that was a direct competitor of the Conti and it was rated with a 60k mile warranty on Discount Tire's site.
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Been looking at tires recently. Thank you guys for all this information. Was looking at the ExtremeContact DW and DWS's. Was wondering about the winter performance as well. I don't do the separate winter/summer tires like most do.
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