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Old 08-13-2013, 07:22 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any recommendations on an inexpensive tire that will still give me good traction while reducing stock tire noise? I pour on highway miles, so I don't expect new ones to last more than a year and a half.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:30 AM   #2
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:51 AM   #3
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Agree on the dws.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:57 AM   #4
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Continental PureContact DWS is what I will be getting next spring. Tamed down ExtremeContact DWS with better treadlife
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:52 PM   #5
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Continental PureContact DWS is what I will be getting next spring. Tamed down ExtremeContact DWS with better treadlife
And....RLL and slightly less costly.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:04 PM   #6
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And....RLL and slightly less costly.
Yup, for what I need 8 months out of the year they will work
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:06 PM   #7
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agree to disagree but i thought the traction on the DWS was ****ty in the dry, and the sidewalls were like gummy bears. They were great in the rain/snow/slush, but very lackluster in the dry. I wouldnt consider it "good traction" compared to performance all season or summer tire. but it was low on noise
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:09 PM   #8
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agree to disagree but i thought the traction on the DWS was ****ty in the dry, and the sidewalls were like gummy bears. They were great in the rain/snow/slush, but very lackluster in the dry. I wouldnt consider it "good traction" compared to performance all season or summer tire. but it was low on noise
Which is why I am not getting the extreme dws
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:01 PM   #9
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agree to disagree but i thought the traction on the DWS was ****ty in the dry, and the sidewalls were like gummy bears. They were great in the rain/snow/slush, but very lackluster in the dry. I wouldnt consider it "good traction" compared to performance all season or summer tire. but it was low on noise
well, the DWS is a great all around tire. of course it is not going to be the best at all of the season. its a jack of all trades and a master of none. I have raced my S2000 and I know a thing or two about extreme summer tire performance. And the DWS is not going to be anything like the DW or RS-3 or the XS, etc. And its not going to be the best snow tire either. but for everything those tires lack it has. And i do agree, the side walls are very gummy. I would like to see how the General tire compare to the DWS. Someone said that they talked with Continental, which bought out General tires, said that the DWS and the G-max As-03 is made from the same compound but made with a stiffer side wall for performance. but i doubt this, because they have different tread wear.
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:03 PM   #10
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I just purchased a set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3. They been well reviewed so far, especially traction in wet conditions. They've been good so far although a bit noisy (I have the 18s).
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:57 PM   #11
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Continental PureContact DWS is what I will be getting next spring. Tamed down ExtremeContact DWS with better treadlife
+1 on that. Looks like a good tire and the reviews are good on it.
TireRack has them for $125 each
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:18 AM   #12
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Continental is okay, but it's not great. Get michelins. MXV4 (quiet but squishy sidewall) or Pilot Exalto A/S (stiff sidewall, a little more noise, a little less comfort)
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:24 PM   #13
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Continental PureContact DWS is what I will be getting next spring. Tamed down ExtremeContact DWS with better treadlife
Just scooped these up from tire rack myself after hearing all the good buzz. They grip like crazy and so far seem planted in the wet. The stock yokos would slip in dry corners and feel like they had no grip in the wet.
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:25 PM   #14
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Just scooped these up from tire rack myself after hearing all the good buzz. They grip like crazy and so far seem planted in the wet. The stock yokos would slip in dry corners and feel like they had no grip in the wet.

how is the noise compared to the Yokos?
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:35 PM   #15
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Continental PureContact DWS is what I will be getting next spring. Tamed down ExtremeContact DWS with better treadlife
Just went over to tirerack and read the reviews. I guess when I need to replace my extreme DWS these will be my next set. They seem to be just as good as the extreme DWS in the snow.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:24 AM   #16
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how is the noise compared to the Yokos?
Less noise compared to the yokos. Not silent in the cabin as expected but after switching I now know the stock tires were much louder.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:12 AM   #17
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Default Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Look into, 205/50R17 Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. I purchased these for cheap on tire rack. I have a set of 15" blizzak's for the winter, so I didn't need a tire that focused on winter driving. I commute 500 miles/week and these tires are excellent in the wet weather and are very quiet. Check out the reviews. They're on sale right now for $126.00.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...m=05VR7PURECXL

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Old 08-16-2013, 09:01 AM   #18
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Look into, 205/50R17 Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. I purchased these for cheap on tire rack. I have a set of 15" blizzak's for the winter, so I didn't need a tire that focused on winter driving. I commute 500 miles/week and these tires are excellent in the wet weather and are very quiet. Check out the reviews. They're on sale right now for $126.00.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...m=05VR7PURECXL

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Hard to believe but the 215/50R17's are even cheaper at $125
I'd prefer to go to the 215's myself as the extra sidewall will give a bit more pothole protection. Either way these tires look to be an excellent choice in a all season tire.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:02 AM   #19
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Thanks to everyone so far. I know there are other threads like this, but this one is giving me great options, some of which are on sale now.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:11 AM   #20
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Michelin Primacy MXV4

Rated by tirerack as one of the quietest grand touring tires available, and I have to agree. I haven't tested them in snow, but performance is great in all other conditions. Many sizes have an energy saving rating. If you're a Costco member, check their pricing.
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:52 PM   #21
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I'll add another vote to the Continental PureContact DWS's. Had to do a premature replacement of the stock Yokos due to tire damage from road debris, so I asked the question here and did a little research. The ExtremeContact DWS's had some recurring issues that popped up in my research, namely a short 30000 mile actual tread life (below the rated tread life), soft sidewalls, and issues with bubbles forming in the sidewalls. I ended up choosing the PureContacts over the ExtremeContacts for these reasons.

Since the new PureContacts have been on the car, I've put over 2000 miles on them in both wet and dry conditions, and had no complaints. They are definitely quieter than the stock Yokos. So far I am happy. Now I'm waiting to see the true winter performance of the tires.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:48 PM   #22
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Michelin Primacy MXV4

Rated by tirerack as one of the quietest grand touring tires available, and I have to agree. I haven't tested them in snow, but performance is great in all other conditions. Many sizes have an energy saving rating. If you're a Costco member, check their pricing.
Looks like the Michelins and the Conti DWSs have almost the same scores from tirerack. May have to try out one or the other for my next tires.



I'm currently running the Kumho Ecsta 4Xs, they're a little cheaper tire, but I've put about 6k miles on them so far. I'm a "spirited" driver like most of us on here I'm sure, and found them to have good dry and wet handling. Haven't got any experience with them in snow since I'm in Cali, but will probably get the chance this winter when I head up to Tahoe. Definitely quieter than the stock Yokos.

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Old 08-20-2013, 05:44 PM   #23
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I had a set of ExtremeContact DWS and really didn't like them. Very wandery on the highway. I'm much happier with my Kumho Ecsta 4X. Same price, much better performance.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:02 PM   #24
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not sure if i should start another thread or add to this one. so i guess i will just add for now.

I have a dilemma on the two tires I am considering.
background factors
1) live in SD so winters start in october/november and this year went until 20th of may
2) i live in town on a road that will get plowed
3) work from home 4 of 5 days a week
4) the yokos worked perfectly for me now at 40k not sure they have enough tread for the winter tho
5) not a hard driver the car has more capability than I'll use. I've had it in an ice storm twice and played around in a parking lot with 6" of snow and that's about it.

choices
1) michelin defenders at sams
2) conti DWS at sears

decision points
mileage - michelin warrantied for 90k Conti 50
price - Michelin $605 including road hazard, lifetime rotate and balance.
Conti's 727 with lifetime balance and rotate and road hazard plus see updated price below

the defenders rank higher on tirerack surveys than the conti's in everything but snow and ice and they are not far behind on those as well. with the prices they are 48% less in cost by the time they get to wearout and the contis would go from being good for snow to only good in wet and dry a long time before the michelins would even be bad at anything...

it seems a no brainer to me, but i'm looking for opinions

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sams defenders
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michelin website
tire rack michelin
tire rack contis


edit - so now in checking there is a coupon, HOTROD which gives $65 off on the contis until the 23rd.
so

Merchandise Subtotal $483.51
Road Hazard Plus Agreement $64.32
Automotive Services & Fees $71.96 <-- lifetime rotate and balance
Save $65
Tax $36.43
Grand total $656.22

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Old 08-21-2013, 11:25 AM   #25
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Id go with Michelin: better warranty, cheaper price, comparable performance/reviews.
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