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Old 07-10-2010, 10:06 PM   #251
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:19 PM   #252
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Toyo Proxes 4 205/55/16


#2.) what is your geographic location
Semi rural New Hampshire


#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
None


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
90% highway and backroad


#5.) your review and personal comments
I replaced stock RE92s with these on my 04 wrx hatch. Car is stock, an energetic daily driver. I really liked the feel of these tires on dry roads, very confidence inspiring, grippy, nice. Stiff ride for the tire size. Good on wet roads, unusable in snow. Got *loud* after only 5k miles, and stayed that way. Wore 'em out around 25 - 30K. They were unbearably loud late in life. Replaced with Conti Extreme Contact. Reduced noise was a real relief...
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:33 PM   #253
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Continental Extreme Contact (think this was pre-DWS designation -- bought in Aug 2008) 205/55/16 on 04 wrx hatch (stock).


#2.) what is your geographic location
Semi-rural New Hampshire


#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
None


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
90% highway & backroad


#5.) your review and personal comments
I bought these largely as a result of reading reviews at Nasioc in 2008. Somehow, I got the idea that these tires would be similar to the Proxes 4 just reviewed, but quieter and longer lasting. Wrong.

The good: quiet, fantastic in rain. They are now down to wear bars and still do not hydroplane at 70 mph -- it's quite unbelievable and totally at odds with 33 years of driving experience (mostly too fast) They are getting a little noisier at end of life, but not bad, nothing at all like the Toyos! Have in excess of 35K on these tires. Had hoped for 40... but I do like my on ramps, etc.

The not-so-hot: really spongy feeling. The ride is better than the Proxes 4 and they stick okay for an all season, but they just don't have that great feel that the Toyos did. Big disappointment. Crisp handling is something you can actually enjoy legally on the highway... but not with these tires.

I've also had three punctures with these tires -- weird -- there's no particular reason I can see why they should pick up nails and screws more than other tires, but they seem to. All were easily fixed, so no biggie.

In the next couple weeks, they'll be replaced by Michelin Pilot Sport A/S, already purchased. (tire rack had a good rebate deal that I took advantage of, $70 on a set of four, brought them down to just a few bucks more than the CEC DWS. Made in USA too!)

update 9/28/10: I've had the Michelin Pilot Sport A/Ss on for a couple weeks now. 1800 mile road trip towing trailer to break 'em in, some fairly spirited driving on wet pavement in the last couple days. This is by no means enough experience to constitute a basis for a real review, but my initial impressions are quite favorable on the whole.

The good news: handling -- the switch from Conti to Sport A/S is reasonably dramatic. Steering and tracking are noticeably improved with the Michelin, as expected. No more spongies (relatively speaking -- I mean these are daily driver tires and I review them as such). Ride is similar at 40 psi, which is to say pretty good. the big surprise is that the rain performance of the Michelins appears to be fully as good as the Conti. Take that with a grain of salt and check back when 2/3 of the tread is ground off because the Contis were exceptional here, but on full tread, MPA/S is all of what the conti was, with handling bennies previously noted. Also good: Z rated tire as expected, very little balance weight required. Now for the merely acceptable: they aren't nearly as quiet as I expected based on other reviews here. they aren't horrible, but they go make this edgy growl at 45 mph that sounds just a little like a wheel bearing in the early stages of giving up. With 2500 miles on or so, at least it isn't getting worse (my Toyo Proxes 4s were getting noticeably louder by that mileage). At higher or lower speeds, you hear 'em, but it isn't obnoxious.

Haven't driven these things hard on dry pavement, no comments to make there. Overall initial impression is that these are a a better sport oriented daily driver tire than the CEC or Proxes4.

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Old 09-21-2010, 02:52 PM   #254
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

falken ziex 512, 205/55/16
on a 2002 wrx sedan

#2.) what is your geographic location

eastern wa(spokane)

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

street only

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

approx 90% city, mildly aggressive

#5.) your review and personal comments

traction is pretty darn good for a sub$100 tire, noise is not really noticeable(unless your roads are crap... like Spokane)

after approximately 10,000 miles, having to replace a 30,000 mile tire because even when the tires are up to pressure, these are wearing like they are under-inflated(and before you ask, yes the alignment is spot-on, and the suspension is good and solid)to compensate for this wear pattern, had to go from the SOA recommended tire pressure up to 40psi all around...

personal comment: i have come across a couple of other reviews on this tire, stating about the same issue, so i think that this is fairly consistent of the fitment on our wrx's...
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:24 AM   #255
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Hey guys i new to the forum and i just bought a 06 sti. Im looking at getting some all season tires. what is my best bang for the buck? And im also trying to find some stock bbs rims. Thanks for your help!
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:49 AM   #256
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#1.) dunlop z1 star specs 255/40/17 on a 17x9 rim


#2.) metro atlanta, ga

#3.) Daily with spirited runs and mountainous ventures/ maybe some autocross in the future


#4.) i'd say 60% city, 40% highway

#5.) Oh. My. God.
i have nothing bad or even close to neutral to say about these tires. they are amazing in every aspect. turn in response is insane, on a hard turn they do not give in nor do they slip or go wild on you. predictable tires that give me confidence on every corner. they dont need much warm up before you cut loose on them. they tend to run larger than actual size, but i dont mind
tire noise is a bit high but i'll live with it.
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:29 PM   #257
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Nitto NeoGens 215/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location

Western WA, North of Seattle

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

street only, combination of city and freeway

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

Likely 40% city, 60% highway, somewhat aggressive.

#5.) your review and personal comments

These are a replacement for my previous Toyo Proxies 4 which I liked. The Proxies were about $800 for a set and I was looking for what was out there. The NeoGens seem to get good reviews and they are inexpensive, about $500 for a set of 4.

I've put about 30,000 miles on these tires and there is still a fair bit of tread left. Handling is very similar to the Toyos, I'd be hard pressed to say which are better. Good grip on dry and wet highways, the Toyos might be slightly better in the wet. The NeoGens are quite a bit less noisy than the Toyos. I'd highly recommend them for someone looking for an inexpensive set of tires, good blend of handling and mileage for the cost. We had some snow this year and they are adequate in the snow. I also have a set of Michelin Ice-2s that I ran for a while and those are great snow tires for my WRX.
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Old 04-10-2011, 02:06 PM   #258
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

continental extreme contact DWS, 205/55/16
on a 2002 wrx sedan

#2.) what is your geographic location

eastern wa(spokane)

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

street only

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

approx 90% city, mildly aggressive

#5.) your review and personal comments

well, I got these to replace the wear-happy falkens that came with my car... had the new ones for about 3k miles, traction is better than the falkens ever were, noise is pretty good at this point, will update later on when I get more miles on them...
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:43 AM   #259
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Michelin Pilot Super Sport - 215/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location
Los Angeles, CA

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
None (for now)

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
75% Hwy / 25% City/Country roads

#5.) your review and personal comments
Um, wow! Just bought these 4 days ago and only have about 100 miles on them but will rack up a few more miles on a road trip up to Laguna Seca in about a week. So far even just driving around town with some freeway driving I can tell a huge quality difference from the Pirelli PZero Nero M+S's I had on for the past 3 or 4 years.

First off, here's my suspension setup since that will have some bearing on my experience and how you should reference what I'm talking about: Whiteline G4 Coilovers and Springs running low damper settings for daily use (2 front / 1 rear) and mid damper settings for spirited country driving (5 front / 3-5 rear). Group N rear tophats, and Whiteline adjustable front GroupN style tophats which increase castor a bit and am running a mild -1.5 neg camber setting front and about -2.0 in the rear with me in the car. I also have 22mm Perrin Sway Bars with Perrin spherical bearing endlinks f/r.

My initial impressions during break-in are as follows:
The Super Sport's seem very well behaved on grooved freeway surfaces at high speeds and seem to be highly resistant to tramlining in sections of freeway that my previous tires would squirm all over. Very comfortable and no noise or droning at all.

These are my first dedicated Max Performance Summer tire. My previous tires were Pirelli PZero Nero M+S's which were good (actually, really good) but ultimately I was a little disappointed with them.

My old Pirelli's nearly had me soil my pants the first time I took them on a long freeway drive while breaking them in. Was like someone else started steering the car! This was my biggest complaint about the Pirelli's. As they aged the tramlining lessened, but the car always felt a little "edgy" or squirmy at Hwy speeds on a grooved surface. Like I mentioned before, I haven't experienced any of that with the Super Sports.

Very nice ride around town. Not harsh and not squishy though the tread depth on these things seems pretty deep! I'm sure after they're broken in and in the coming months these things will be like riding on rails!

My old Pirelli's were surprisingly grippy and responsive out on country roads though I can tell these Michelin's are going to blow them away by comparison! And well they should, since they're summer tires, but the fact the Pirelli M+S's could run decently in this territory, does earn them some respect for what they were. Wish I was able to compare against the summer PZero's...

The Super Sports are still too new to go into to steering inputs and responsiveness, but in normal daily driving during break-in I seem to have a good connection with the road and have had loads of confidence with tight curves and freeway on/off-ramps with zero tire squeal so far. THey're not squishy or vague. I'd say they're "smooth" at this point and grip so well, you'll be surprised at the speed you're able to maintain going fairly deep into a tight corner without even pushing hard (and how much sooner you're able to roll on the throttle out of a turn with little effort and no squeel).

Haven't had a chance to compare their wet traction yet but that's a big topic for me, so I'll update this once I've had the opportunity. I've also owned Toyo Proxes 4's which I thought were absolutely magic in all manner of wet conditions, especially the heavy stuff! So I'm looking forward to seeing how these compare based on the amazing official review's I've read so far online.

I think we'll be seeing more very happy Super Sport owners on here fairly soon.

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Old 07-03-2011, 02:04 PM   #260
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

continental extreme contact DWS, 215/45/17
on a 2006 WRX TR

#2.) what is your geographic location

Charlotte, NC

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

street occaisional spirited drive

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

approx 60% highway 40% city, aggressive

#5.) your review and personal comments
Good tire for what it is. Probably the best wearing tire I have owned. They seem to be cupping some after I got the f/r sways and ALK. Not a good tire for the 8/10 or more aggressive type driver. But excellent choice for the guy who drives 30-60 miles a day to work or more. Very quiet and excellent snow and rain traction. If I had to buy again for my 17" wheels I would. But for a summer tire its not a good fit. Definitely don't feel like z-rated all seasons. They grab like a H rate all season. Sidewall flex is more than I had expected with a Z rated tire.
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Old 08-09-2011, 05:15 PM   #261
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
General Grabber AT2 215/65/16

#2.) what is your geographic location
Ft. Worth, TX

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Gravel roads but nothing sanctioned

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
30 highway / 70 city

#5.) your review and personal comments
Had my 2004 WRX sedan on 17x8 Motegi MR118's with Sumitomo HTR-Z tires at 234/45/17 when I lived in MS. When I moved here (FtW) I found the roads not suitable for a lo-pro setup. I had my car listed for sale and was in the market for a Forester or Outback XT. I found another forum (cough...DI...cough) that opened my eyes to lifted Imprezas. Craigslist ad deleted

My car has a 1" lift kit (Subtle Solutions) and the Grabbers fit like a glove. The handling on pavement is nowhere near as bad as you would expect for this compound tire. They are actualy a huge improvement on the stock Bridgestones I had. I have a Whiteline RSB, and can controllably throw the tail out on demand. Go off road, and be prepared to be amazed. Seriously, I can't express how awesomely FUN my car is now with these big meaty SOB's. And because they aren't directional, you can actually rotate them easily.

The only caveat is now my speedometer is a tad off. It's not enough to be noticeable at residential speeds. On the highway, I have a GPS that lets me know actual speed- so no biggie.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:59 PM   #262
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#1.)Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110


#2.) North Carolina


#3.) Autocross, spirited mountain route exploration


#4.) 50/50

#5.) So these tires are great but they suck for the first 1-2k miles. Having just replaced my first set, I can say that brand new, they feel like marshmallows and squirm around on the road like crazy.

Before i had these, I had 16'' stockers on with 225/50/16 Yokohama S drives, after 2 sets of Khumo Ecsta SPT's. Needless to say, even with the new tire squirm, the V12's being better tires on better wheels, I only noticed an improvement.

However, now that I've replaced my well broken in and worn out set, I totally feel a gigantic difference in steering response. I always doubted these tires as being true performance tires because the tread blocks are small, many and not reinforced which results in tire squirm.

Inspecting the new tread further, the tread blocks sit like trapezoids on the carcass, the pattern is wider at the base and narrow at the top i.e. the walls of the tread blocks are at an angle and aren't cut straight down to the core of the tire. The angle is more pronounced at the top of the tread so once you wear through the initial rubber you actually increase the treadblock area that's touching pavement substantially, then wear levels off.

Hankook should fix this because the tirerack review tears these tires apart. I feel that these become MUCH better after wearing them in a bit.

Wet traction is great with these, the tread pattern earns some great hydroplaning resistance and almost too much forward grip for my taste. Lateral wet grip isn't outstanding as I had a fair amount of understeer in a rainy autocross earlier this year. Any attempts to break the rear loose with power is futile, even with over 300 whp. I wish that was more balanced.

Lastly, tire wear is impressive. These lasted me longer than any other brand/make of tire I've had before. However, these seem to loose chunks of rubber in the winter time, I'd recommend them for warm weather with little below freezing temperatures. They are summer tires but more summer than any other summer tire I've had.

that's all
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:27 AM   #263
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about the assumption that subarus just wear tires on the edge:
its actually the belt package inside the tire that is minimal width, unlike higher quality tires which come with full width belt packages and edge cap plies to reinforce the shoulder to counter the shoulder-wear that you experienced.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:18 AM   #264
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please answer these questions

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

NOKIAN WR-G2 245/40R18 38PSI

#2.) what is your geographic location

Midwest - Chicago, IL

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

Highway - City

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

Highway - 40% / City - 60%

#5.) your review and personal comments

This tire is simply amazing. Best grip i've ever had with the lake effect snow of Chicago. I have put over 30,000 miles on the tire and it still performs like it is brand new. When i first put the tires on I immediately i noticed that this tire was quieter than anything i had ever driven on. Not only that, but it seemed to roll easier - like my car didn't need to try at all to get itself rolling. I never thought i would actually be able to FEEL an attribute like that.
Also, the tires look mean...i like the aggressive A-symmetrical tread pattern and styling of the tire paired with its sleek sidewall design.
The tires are SUPER sticky compared to the stock Bridgestones i had. They handle like a high performance summer tire - Needless to say, I was shocked.
The best part about this tire is it performs better than my dedicated winter tires (225/50R18 Blizzaks) yet...i can run it all year round and it doesn't melt right off my rims!

Quite possibly the best tire on the market today. Definitely the best i have ever owned and probably will ever own.

Hope this has been helpful!

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Old 09-14-2011, 02:37 PM   #265
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What tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position 225/45 R17

What is your geographic location

Park City, UT

What types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

No events (love dirt roads)

Percent of highway vs. city driving

70% highway 10% city 20% dirt

Your review and personal comments

Best all around summer tire under $200. This is my summer tire, I use it from May to October. I have around 15,000 miles on them. I drive canyon roads and dirt roads often. Responsive handling at speed, some under steer in tight corners on road, great traction off road and performs well when wet. I went on a drive first October snow, first tracks not plowed, good traction in slush and deep snow even up hill 12" deep . Moderate to poor stopping on ice what do you expect, its a summer tire. I will buy these tires again. 9 out of 10
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Old 09-14-2011, 03:36 PM   #266
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What tire are you offering for review (please include size)

General UHP 225/40/18

What is your geographic location

Charlotte, NC
What types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

None

Percent of highway vs. city driving

60% highway 40% city

Your review and personal comments

Not a bad tire but not the best either. OK grip in rain and dry for a daily driven car. Squeal a bit when pushed even 8/10. My Continental extreme contacts in 215/45/17 seemed similar in dry grip but much better in the rain. Yet these were a whole size smaller than the 18" Generals. Wear seems good but again, not as good as the Continentals. Tires are somehwhat noisy on blacktop roads but the sidewalls are surprisingly more stiff than I expected.

Overall, I'd not buy these tires again, there are better options out there.

I got these with the wheels I bought, tires were basically new, I've put 4,000 miles on them and I say I'd give these a 6/10. Next tires will be something in a 235/40/18 or a 245/40/18. May just go back with my Continental extremes I had on my OEM 17" wheels. Continentals are a all season z-rated tire vs the generals I have on now. Since the car is AWD and I daily drive it, I do not launch the car or do power drifts. IMy driving is yoru usual spirited driving in a car with stiffer suspension than stock (WL ALK, F/R sways, Endlinks, Epic springs, stock struts), I just expected better grip from a Z-rated tire than the General UHP provides.

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Old 12-11-2011, 02:51 AM   #267
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Continental DW 225 60 16
On 6 spoke RS wheels 16x7



#2.) what is your geographic location
Northern Cal suburb.

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
No longer do any events


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
40% local round town, 40% mountain/canyon roads, 20% freeway


#5.) your review and comments.
Bought the car about two years ago. Non-stock 2002wrx wagon. These are the first set of tires I bought for this car. It's been written how the sidewalls are soft which I have found to be true. At first I thought I might not like that but it is very predictable. It does not take away from the communication from the tire. After 50-100 miles you should get the hang of them. It's like you almost pre-turn by a half second or so. I tried running almost 40 psi up front to compensate for the sidewalls. Little by little I found that I like 36-37 up front and 34-35 in the rear. The sidewall adds to a compliant, quiet ride for a performance tire. Many people have commented and I have experienced that for the first 500-1000 miles the tires seem not to be able to be balanced properly. After this "break in period" they seem to balance out. They track well on most road surfaces. Wear seems better than average. On dry surfaces I would give them an 8 out of 10. Excelent grip, lots of warning at the limit. Suitable for occasional track time. It would not be my choice if I were to track my car often. On wet surfaces, WOW these things rock! By far the best wet tire I have ever driven on. These things will make you feel like superman in the rain. I don't see much freezing weather where I am but below 40 degrees they get greasy so you need to be carefull. I can use them all year long here but if you get freezing temps you should be aware of that. I like them and would recommend them, but if you are looking for an all out dry tire you might be disappointed.
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:42 PM   #268
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Bikelok's post above is almost dead on for my experience. I'm adding mine as I have the DWS, not the DW's, and also a different size tire. Here goes...

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Continental Extreme Contact DWS (225/50/16)

#2.) what is your geographic location

San Francisco Bay Area

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

None

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

80% Highway, the rest city.

#5.) your review and personal comments

I bought these to replace the ContiExtreme's in stock size (205/55/16) as they were pretty worn, and getting cracked from age. They literally lasted forever, and were STILL great in all weather to the day I got rid of them despite having little tread left. I had no doubt I'd get another set of Continentals, especially due to the lower pricing compared to other brands. I would have got the same model again, but they did not make them in the alternate size I wanted. I ended up getting the DWS's in 225/50/16 for the stock rims. All the reviews I read are definitely accurate (including Bikelok's above) in regards to the sidewall, as well as other aspects. They are not very stiff at all. Bikelok is dead on with the "break-in period". I was a little bummed when I first drove the car out of the tire shop, but after a couple thousand miles, they really shaped up! Other than that minor skepticism, these tires have been great thus far. Had them over a year, and about 20-30k miles on them already. They still look new. Handling is different from my old tires (over/understeer) but that could be just due to the size change, so I won't blame it on the sidewall for this review. Note... handling is not any better or worse than my old set, just different. In rain these tires are awesome. Never slid, even when trying in safe areas! In snow, awesome as well. Never slid once, and gripped great. The soft sidewall has not had any noticeable ill performance effects... just the look (tad bulgy against the ground). I keep them inflated to front/37psi, and rear/36psi. They are wearing perfectly even so far. UTQ rating is 540 if I remember right, so these should last quite a while, which was my deciding factor over the DW's, as I need tires to last me above all. I do rarely go to the snow as well, and read that the DW's aren't good in snow ever (due to the rubber compound in cold temps)...even with AWD. I have a family so I need to be safe. So far I'm very please with my second set of Continentals, and have recommended them to quite a few friends.

Overall, I would buy these tires again, but would prefer a shorter sidewall (so bigger wheels). If you're deciding between the DW's or DWS's, if you ever plan on going to the snow, I'd say don't get the DW's. Other than that, I'd get them for sure for better performance.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:02 AM   #269
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Continental Extreme Contact DWS (235/45/17)

#2.) what is your geographic location
Northeast US

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Daily driving

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
90%/10%

#5.) your review and personal comments

Beware, these tires are not "ultra high performance all season" as advertised by Tire Rack. They're average to below average all season tires in terms of performance.. not something that I would buy again for a sporty car like a WRX. Very weak sidewall and they flat spot if parked somewhere cold over night. On the plus side they were cheap, have good traction in rain and snow, and are wearing well. A good tire to put on your wife's Volvo.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:40 PM   #270
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Continental Extreme Contact DWS (235/45/17)

#2.) what is your geographic location
Northeast US

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Daily driving

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
90%/10%

#5.) your review and personal comments

Beware, these tires are not "ultra high performance all season" as advertised by Tire Rack. They're average to below average all season tires in terms of performance.. not something that I would buy again for a sporty car like a WRX. Very weak sidewall and they flat spot if parked somewhere cold over night. On the plus side they were cheap, have good traction in rain and snow, and are wearing well. A good tire to put on your wife's Volvo.
There is no such thing as a high performance no-season.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:22 PM   #271
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Conti DW 245 40 17
Sierra Nevada foothills, 2300 ft elevation
Fast mountain roads, 2 to autoxs a year
85% highway, twisty two lane. 15% urban
Dry traction excellent, very good in the wet. NO NO in the snow. good tread wear. much better than the OEM dunlops. Price is outstanding.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:37 PM   #272
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review:

Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/40/18, 34psi front, 32 psi rear

#2.) what is your geographic location

Dallas, TX

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

not yet, but wouldn't be on these tires

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

99% freeway/tollway, 1% city (and that's to get onto highways)

#5.) your review and personal comments:

I just bought and mounted these today and put only 30 miles on them, but my initial reaction is "WOW". Compared to the garbage stock Dunlop SP600, the PSS feel much better. The PSS is infinitely quieter. I've driven it around town at 35-40mph over less-than-smooth roads and the difference is noticeable. The PSS feel smoother and feel more compliant over cracks, as I didn't feel like the tire was pulling the car into the crack.

At highways speeds of 65-70mph, the PSS is still quieter. No harsh road noises or droning that I experienced from the Dunlops. The cabin is much quieter and the ride is smoother.

I do notice that the PSS is wider than the Dunlop @ 245, and the PSS seem taller too.

I'll be going to Austin over Memorial Day wknd and will drive my car into the Hill Country, so I hope the tires live up to all raves regarding its performance. So far, the PSS has certainly exceeded my expectations as a quiet and smooth UHP tire.
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:10 PM   #273
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review:
Continental ExtremeContact DWS 235/40/18 on Drag 18x7.5

#2.) what is your geographic location
San Jose, CA

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
none

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
70% highway/30% city

#5.) your review and personal comments:
Got this set to replace the stocks, so as to take me up to snow country. Ran for about 30K miles so far, and still going strong. The front’s wear faster than the rears, so keep em rotated. Runs good when driving aggressively, but you can definitely feel the limits of the tire. I found the comfortable limit to usually be the posted yellow turn speed +12 or +13mph, before it starts feeling squirrely. Works as posted in the snow. I’d get these again for all-seasons. But they definitely are not as fun as the stock Dunlops, or the SuperSports in my next post…

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Old 06-07-2012, 04:11 PM   #274
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review:
Michelin Pilot Super Sport 255/35/18 on Rota 18x9.5

#2.) what is your geographic location
San Jose, CA

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
none

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
70% highway/30% city

#5.) your review and personal comments:
See last post for my snowboarding setup. Got this setup for the main part of the year. Have about 3K miles on this so far. Road noise and vibration is similar to the DWS’s, maybe a little better, but not huge. Steering feel is definitely heavier. Not a bad thing, though. These things are unbelievable. If you have the money, get them. As in the last post, I use the posted yellow turn speed signs as a gauge. I’m hitting that speed +20mph and still the tires feel confident. Unfortunately at that point, it’s no longer about the tires. My wits run out :P. Super fun. Highly recommend.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:39 PM   #275
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1) Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110 205/55/16
2)South Florida
3)daily driving, spirited cornering as well.
4)50/50
5)

I am coming from General Exclaim UHP which are pretty much dead and on wear markers to this tire.

HUGE DIFFERENCE.

Both claim to be UHP tires and both tires are not meant for winter or cold and being in Florida finding tires is easy unless you plan on driving out of state. It's fairly hot all year around so no reason to buy ALL season tires. Dry rot will get most tires in 5 years anyhow. I had some tires that had plenty of tread but were starting to crack so I felt like switching them out anyhow.

The Hankooks do not tend to tramline and are nice and soft on the highway yet grip like no one's business.

I only have the 2007 2.5, not a WRX or anything but I can still tell these have serious grip. When it's wet, they grip as if it's dry. I love the shoulder blocks. They don't leave alot of room for cupping which the Exclaims tended to do if you weren't really careful with rotation. Even after trying to keep up, they eventually cupped and got really noisy.

Running at 36psi instead of 33 like the car states but they are extra load tires vs normal load.


For the price... I don't see how they can be beat. Even though tire rack gave them a crap review, car and driver had them #2 among summer tires. They beat much higher brand and $$$ tires. I really hope they don't cancel this tire and go make something worse and cheap.
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