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Old 11-27-2010, 09:24 PM   #1
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Question All Season Tires

Ok after reading many posts and much research I'm down to a choice between 2.

Before anyone feels the need to point it out, yes I would prefer to have summer and winter tires but it's just not practical at the moment. With that out of the way on to the choice...

Conti extreme contact DWS
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Dunlop SP Sport Signature

The Dunlops are $50 cheaper (after mail in rebate) and warranty is 60k compared to the conti's 50k but the Conti extreme has sure gotten way more attention around here.

Anyone have anything new to add about the dunlops? I live in western New York , 70 miles/day commute mostly well plowed and salted expressway but the snow performance is important.
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Old 11-27-2010, 10:44 PM   #2
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someone already complained about a very soft sidewall on the dws.

i had the dunlop sp 5000 and they sucked in the wet for the 650 miles they were on the gt when new.

the tread on the 5000 and the signature i think bear a family resemblance of blocked treading and no where for water to go.

can't shop by price.
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:14 PM   #3
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Out of those two, I'd have to go with the Bridgestone Potenza RE960.
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:56 PM   #4
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I've used both the RE960 and recently the DWS in snow and the DWS were way better in terms of tracking straight in the snow/ice. Stopping was about on-par with what you should expect without snow/winter tires: not very good.

I commute 70 miles a day/6 days a week on my DWS and I have absolutely no complaints with the tire in dry or wet conditions. I don't feel any of the sidewall flex like many others have noted. If anything, the softer sidewalls make for a more comforting commute. No experience with the Dunlops you've listed.
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:13 AM   #5
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I've used both the RE960 and recently the DWS in snow and the DWS were way better in terms of tracking straight in the snow/ice. Stopping was about on-par with what you should expect without snow/winter tires: not very good.

I commute 70 miles a day/6 days a week on my DWS and I have absolutely no complaints with the tire in dry or wet conditions. I don't feel any of the sidewall flex like many others have noted. If anything, the softer sidewalls make for a more comforting commute. No experience with the Dunlops you've listed.
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I have DWS on my 07 2.5i and i love them, they are really good in the wet. I can't comment on their snow performance yet. Hopefully it will be soon.
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Old 11-28-2010, 02:18 PM   #6
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someone already complained about a very soft sidewall on the dws.

i had the dunlop sp 5000 and they sucked in the wet for the 650 miles they were on the gt when new.

the tread on the 5000 and the signature i think bear a family resemblance of blocked treading and no where for water to go.

can't shop by price.
Unfortunately, I need to shop by price. I see what you mean with the tread pattern and think that might be worth considering.

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Out of those two, I'd have to go with the Bridgestone Potenza RE960.
Thanks for the input, was on the list but loses to the DWS on price and snow I think.

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I've used both the RE960 and recently the DWS in snow and the DWS were way better in terms of tracking straight in the snow/ice. Stopping was about on-par with what you should expect without snow/winter tires: not very good.

I commute 70 miles a day/6 days a week on my DWS and I have absolutely no complaints with the tire in dry or wet conditions. I don't feel any of the sidewall flex like many others have noted. If anything, the softer sidewalls make for a more comforting commute. No experience with the Dunlops you've listed.
Thats the way all the posts I can find read. Most seem to really like the DWS and very little info on the dunlops.

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I have DWS on my 07 2.5i and i love them, they are really good in the wet. I can't comment on their snow performance yet. Hopefully it will be soon.
Thanks for the confirmation, very consistent reviews on the DWS, think that's the way I'll go.
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:44 PM   #7
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someone already complained about a very soft sidewall on the dws.

i had the dunlop sp 5000 and they sucked in the wet for the 650 miles they were on the gt when new.

the tread on the 5000 and the signature i think bear a family resemblance of blocked treading and no where for water to go.

can't shop by price.
I had SP 5000 too and I do not recall having problems in wet.

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Old 11-28-2010, 04:13 PM   #8
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I just put on my Conti Extreme Contact DWS's on last weekend. Ive driven them hard in the rain and dry. They've honestly surprised me. They've done a lot better than i expected in both wet and dry. Granted, there are slight decreases in performance, but coming from the stock OEM Dunlop's, i dont see much difference.

I know i got my set from DiscountTire.com a couple weeks ago. Not sure on how much they are now, but I know TireRack.com also has them.
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:04 PM   #9
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I had the the dunlop sp signatures on my 04 wrx wagon. Great tires but noisy as heck. I'm going with the dws soon. My buddy just put them on his Chrysler 300m special. He loves them.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:06 AM   #10
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I had an older set of Dunlop SP5000's on my 02WRX. They were great on dry pavement. i felt that they were fine in the wet. They got noisy as the tread wore down. Absolutely worthless in the snow. It was so bad in the snow that I would garage my WRX in the winter and drive the Legacy Wagon until the roads cleared. I did want to keep the salt off the car but I also didn't want to wrap it around a light pole. I bought the ContiExtremeContactDWS's this fall and think that they are terrific. I have the tires at 40psi all around so I don't feel any real "squishiness." Soft quiet ride. I'm waiting for some snow in Chicago before I render a final verdict. So far so good though. Finally, I think spending an extra $50 on the Conti's will save you your insurance deductible in the winter...
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