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Old 08-02-2009, 11:32 AM   #226
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#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
1 auto-x event, 41 quartermile passes, 3 road course track days on these tires

How did these tires do at the track days?? Did you have any problems with them getting too hot and having excess tread balling up in the tread grooves? I only have experience with Toyo RA-1's and Hoosiers and anytime I have run a full tread tire on a road course, they have normally had issues with tread balling up in the grooves...
any info would be awesome, thanks!
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:54 PM   #227
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Tire For Review: Riken Raptor 215 x 45 x 17

Location: Austin, Texas

Types of Driving Events: No competition, all DD

Percent of highway vs. city driving: Hwy 70%, City 30%

Review and Personal Comments: These tires were on the car when I bought it. They are sold online at Summit Racing and are cheap. They were roughtly 75% life when I purchased the car and after 40k miles were at about 30%. The edges were worn to the wear bars but the center tread was still deep. They were great in water (no drifting unless I was really trying), and fine when dry. They were noisy as they wore, but I've not found a directional low-profile that wasn't. As I stated earlier, the vehicle is a DD with mostly highway miles so I was a little surprised the edges wore out substantially faster than the center, but they did fine. I would buy them again if I needed a tire on the cheap, but I replaced them with some Falken ZE-512's because I needed tires that day and that's what Discount Tire had. The Rikens were louder than the Falkens I replaced them with, but they were very worn so that's not saying much.
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:56 PM   #228
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

#2.) what is your geographic location
Bay Area, CA

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Have not tracked these tires yet but plan to. I do extremely spirited street driving however.

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

#5.) your review and personal comments
So far I am very pleased with these tires. They give a very sure feeling of what they can and can not do. On par (if not better then) the stocker Potenzas. Awesome grip, great look and a insanely low price compared to tires in its class. I have not tested these in wet weather yet but i'm sure they will be good.

I'll throw up an edit when I track them and when it finally rains.

Edit: I have had the back end whip out twice on high speed turns (mostly my fault, one was a damned squirrel). The tires may have contributed to the slippage but even so the car felt extremely sure of itself and the slide was corrected very easily. I love these tires and they will be my equipment for the foreseeable future.

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Old 09-11-2009, 02:39 PM   #229
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

#2.) what is your geographic location
Bay Area, CA

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Have not tracked these tires yet but plan to. I do extremely spirited street driving however.
Do the rest of us Bay Area types a favor and go easy on the "extremely spirited street driving" will ya? Just notch it down to "rather spirited" or "something approaching spirited" or perhaps even "I once passed a guy going under the speed limit, but golly gee I won't be doing that again anytime soon".

FWIW - I've got the StarSpecs and you'll experience their full potential when you get that car on a track and/or an autox event. You're lucky enough to have three great tracks in your vicinity, so get to one quick and hammer on those tires. They also make pretty darn good daily driver tires for our climate.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:38 PM   #230
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review
Yokohama Advan Neova AD08's
225/40/R18

#2.) what is your geographic location
Melbourne, Australia

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Tarmac hill climbs + Daily driver.

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
Probably would say about 30% highway.

#5.) your review and personal comments
These tyres are like nothing I expected. Huge grip straight out of the box.
No tram lineing. And perform well when cold and in the wet!! (as far as my experience can tell as I havnt had such a high performance tyre before.)
Have done about 2000km's so far and the only bad thing I can say is the road noise is a little higher then expected but very forgettable once your enjoying your cruiseing.

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Old 10-04-2009, 08:47 PM   #231
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1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Kumho XS 225/45-17 on stock BBS rims

#2.) what is your geographic location
Central VA

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

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
with these tires, all on the track

#5.) your review and personal comments
I am very pleased with these tires, especially at $122.00 each from tirerack. They are very sticky, warm up quickly and seems to handle quite well in turns and braking. Nice inexpensive alternative to the RE070's.
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:51 AM   #232
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
- Michelin Pilot Sport AS 225/45 R17
- Nokian Hakkapeliitta 2 195/60 R15
- Continental WinterViking 2 205/55 R16
- Bridgestone Potenza LM-25 205/55 R16

#2.) what is your geographic location
- Alberta, Canada

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

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
50/50

#5.) your review and personal comments

- Michelin Pilot Sport AS 225/45 R17
Pretty good tires on dry and wet road even if road temp below freezing point. Good braking and cornering. When tires start to slide on corner you still have control of the car... Officially its "all season" tires but you should be crazy to drive them on ice or snow.

- Nokian Hakkapeliitta 2 195/60 R15
IMHO Best studded tires for snow and ice I have ever had. I always feel how car slides on ice or snow and I always was able to correct that sliding in a way I want. Not so good on dry or wet pavement, long braking distance. Rolls when you corned hard (well, in such size /60 R15)...

- Continental WinterViking 2 205/55 R16
Pretty good on snow and ice; may be even more grip on ice than offers Hakkapeliitta but somehow not so much fun. May be too much grip
However WinterViking better then Hakkapeliitta 2 on dry road.

- Bridgestone Potenza LM-25 205/55 R16
Not good. Well if you drive just in straight lines, its Ok. It can stop you on snow and it has enough grip to push you out of snow. Not too bad on dry road. But don't try to use them for rally style driving thru corners!! When they starts to slide sideways you cannot stop them!
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:41 AM   #233
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#1.) Falken ZR-912s, 225/55ZR17, 101W


#2.) Portland, OR


#3.) Quick street, road trips with heavy loads


#4.) highway 70/60 vs. city 30/40


#5.) These tires make the OEM RE92As feel like crap. I have also had the opportunity already to get these tires into the cold and slush thanks to some early storms in central OR. Basically the tires stick better, are stiffer in corners, have a massive 101 load capacity which is great for when I overload my car with people and gear, are half the price per tire than the RE92A, and have only slightly more noticeable increase in road noise. They handled the slush predictably and offer larger tread blocks than the RE92As.

I have owned the 512s on a different car and thus far the 912s are preforming better. Very happy with this tire so far. Likely they will not last as long as the RE92A with only a 360 tread ware, but for how I like to drive my OXT, for all that these tires offer and could not be more please.

And as a side note, I have a full set of snow tires that I run when the weather gets very poor and have run full summer performance tires on both an STi and Stg IV WRX so my perspective on how tires operate is not biased to some small spectrum of four-season tires
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Old 10-30-2009, 02:00 PM   #234
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review
Nokian Hakkapeliitta RSi
215/45/R17

#2.) what is your geographic location
Northern British Columbia

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

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
75% highway 25% city

#5.) your review and personal comments
These tires are incredible in all winter conditions. The RSis provide excellent grip and predictable handling in slush, snow, and on ice. Last year with these tires my car never slipped and the ABS didn't fight my right foot even once. If you live somewhere with long winters, these tires are well worth the hefty pricetag.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:31 PM   #235
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Well, at 23k miles on my Goodyear Eagle F1 A/S, I think I may be going from to

I took the car in for rumbling/vibration at 15-20mph, and was told that the tires were badly cupped from bad alignment and because of my cars "sports car suspension" (bone stock '04 wrx). Funny thing is, they hadn't even checked my alignment.


EDIT: They tell me the toe was off by .21 degrees. I'd be curious how this happened after 23k miles of easy driving and no worn parts (so they say). Hence, the tires are very badly cupped. We'll see how things go for a while after the alignment. I wonder if taking the tires off the wheels and swapping them to the other side would help anything.

EDIT #2: Took them off the rims and had them swapped to the other side of the car, and the noise and vibration is pretty much gone. It's almost like having new tires.

EDIT #3: The honeymoon is over. The problem only went away for a little while. These things are ridiculously loud. I hate driving the car anywhere between 5 and 20mph because of the noise and vibration. There's still 5-10k mi of tread left on them, but I may ditch them sooner than later.
Finally I find someone else who had the same experience with the F1 A/S. Never had them on my Impreza but had them on my 07 Legacy. They started out ok, excellent traction, overall good tire. Then they started to get noisy. They wore more uneven than any tire I have ever owned. I stretched the miles because I hated to replace tires prematurely, but finally the noise and rough ride became unbearable and I had to take them off.
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:02 PM   #236
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Tire: Continental ContiExtremeContact DWS 225/45/17

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Driving Events: None

Highway vs. City: 40/60

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These tires replaced a set of Fuzion ZRi tires (which I really enjoyed, by the way!). I'm completely pleased with them. Many have complained of soft sidewalls, but I run them at 37-39 psi to combat that. Even at 33/30 they aren't THAT bad - then again I'm not horribly picky. They are pretty reasonably grippy for an all-season, heck of a lot better than the RE92s. The steering response, likely due to the soft sidewalls, could be better. They are MUCH slower to respond to driver input than the Fuzions, but not so much that I wouldn't buy them again. Traction in the wet is amazingly good, hydroplaning resistance is phenomenal, and the snow traction gets an "A".

I'm writing this review mostly for the snow traction, though - and I'll say, it is incredibly good. We just got 18+" of snow where I'm at, and I was driving around in 4-6" of fresh snow with virtually no wheel slippage from starts, no drama while turning, never had ABS kick in once (aside from when I was testing to see how hard I could brake before it'd go OH SHI-). I'm really amazed at how well these have done in the snow for an all-season.

With that said, I would definitely buy another set of these. They're exactly what they advertise - a true all-season tire, not a tire that's middling in the summer, good in the rain, and poor in the snow - these are decent in the summertime, great in the rain, and great in the snow (for an all-season).

Are they as good as dedicated winter tires? I've never run dedicated winter tires, and will probably never need to as long as I have a set of these.
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:50 PM   #237
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Finally I find someone else who had the same experience with the F1 A/S. Never had them on my Impreza but had them on my 07 Legacy. They started out ok, excellent traction, overall good tire. Then they started to get noisy. They wore more uneven than any tire I have ever owned. I stretched the miles because I hated to replace tires prematurely, but finally the noise and rough ride became unbearable and I had to take them off.
About the same time you wrote this, Goodyear gave me $95 per tire to trade them in for a new set of Goodyears or Dunlops (i.e., $380 discount on my new Eagle GT). I had to call the Goodyear customer service line, and they pretty much set it all up without hassle.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:07 PM   #238
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Finally I find someone else who had the same experience with the F1 A/S. Never had them on my Impreza but had them on my 07 Legacy. They started out ok, excellent traction, overall good tire. Then they started to get noisy. They wore more uneven than any tire I have ever owned. I stretched the miles because I hated to replace tires prematurely, but finally the noise and rough ride became unbearable and I had to take them off.
Finally?? Do yourself a favor and read the reviews on tirerack.com. About every other person has the same complaint. Saved me from wasting my money on a set.

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Old 02-25-2010, 10:27 AM   #239
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Continental ContiExtremeContact DW 205/45/16

#2.) what is your geographic location
Paris, Tx (North-East Texas)

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
DD 100% of time

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
50/50

#5.) your review and personal comments
I bought these because I had some crappy directional Hankooks (sp?) on my car when I bought it and wanted some actual performance-oriented tires. The first thing that I noticed about these, while shopping on Tire Rack, was the price. They are much cheaper than all of their close competitors. So I decided to try them and what a surprise. The grip in the dry is SO much better than the previous tires and the ride is much more comfortable and quiet. But the real test for these is in the wet since they are designed with rain in mind. I have never had a better driving experience in the rain on any other tire. These truly are amazing in the rain. Large puddles are no problem for the DW's. They cut through the water so much that the car doesn't even pull one direction or the other at highway speeds anymore. And I was reading a full test of these tires in a magazine and they were able to manage .9g in a wet braking test...something that most tires struggle to do in the dry! I really was impressed with those numbers. About two weeks ago, Paris got its first real snowfall in a couple of years (about 9" ) so I got to try these out in really bad driving conditions. These aren't an all season tire but around the city, takeoff only saw a small slip and then great grip up to normal highway speeds...where these were surprisingly stable. (I do not condone using a summer tire in all-season territory)

Overall, this is a GREAT tire and has phenominal value-for-money. I will definitely be purchasing these again for as long as they keep making them.
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:15 PM   #240
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review
Pirelli PZero Nero All Season 225/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location
Northwest

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

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
33% Highway 67% City

#5.) your review and personal comments
Had these mounted yesterday with 36 psi on the fronts and 34 on the rears. First thing I noticed was the smoother ride and minor decrease in road noise over the stock RE92s. After driving around for about 15 miles I took a winding uphill road at a very spirited pace. Significantly more control and stability during turn in and exit even when breaking traction. Understeer was expected as I don't have my suspension upgraded yet but there was definitely more control during understeer with these tires than the RE92s ie: hairpin turn going uphill at 30 mph crossed halfway into the other lane, with the RE92s I have been completely in the other lane. After that I took the clover 3 or 4 times in a row and can say that without a doubt these tires are confidence inspiring! I was able to take clover turns at 50 (+10 mph faster than stock) and they didn't even make a squeak. Overall I'd recommend this tire to anyone looking for a great all season tire with predictable handling characteristics and enough grip to ride them hard when your trying to have fun.

Update: Had a chance to drive up to Mt Hood 2 days with snow on the road and these tires worked great. Took it off into a parking lot and gaining traction after tossing it around was very quick. No problems gaining traction up or down hills and was able to slow the car faster with my own foot than abs which is confidence inspiring. I really like these tires!

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Old 03-30-2010, 01:59 AM   #241
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review
BFGoodrich Super Sport A/S 225/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location
Mid-Atlantic

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

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
80% hwy, 20% city (mostly weekend driving, no commuting)

#5.) your review and personal comments
They were good tires in the beginning, sidewalls are soft as with most all-seasons. My big complaint the wear; first the shoulders started wearing, then the rest went along with performance. I am at 36,000 miles and am barely above the wear bars. The noise grew increasingly worse and now causes discomfort on long drives. Dry grip is very good for an a/s tire, wet grip was good when tires warmed up, snow grip is mediocre to poor. They were very good tires for 20k miles, but just went downhill fast as the miles accumulated.

Bridgestone RE960A/S have been ordered and will be replacing these at the end of the week.
EDIT: The RE960s are so much quieter, I can hear wind again. A little squirmy in quick transition, but I'm hoping that will improve with wear.

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Old 04-03-2010, 10:36 AM   #242
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#1.) Review: Yokohama S.drives, 225/45/17

#2.) Geograpic Location: Northwest Indiana

#3.) Driving Style/Usage: Daily Driving

#4.) Percent of Highway vs. City Driving: 30% Highway vs. 70% City

#5.) Comments:

This spring/summer (2010) will be the 2nd season running my Yoko S.drives.

Overall, I am VERY happy with the S.drives. One of the main reasons I chose to buy them was their weight. They are a good, quiet summer tire at only 23lbs. for the 225/45/17 size. Similar tires are 25-26lbs. average. Granted, sidewall stiffness was most likely reduced to save weight, so maybe these tires wouldn't be the absolute best for track use. However, like I said, these tires are quiet (reduced road noise) and also smooth. When the S.drives are warm, they handle road bumps and cracks very well. On the other hand, when cold like most summer tires, they are moderately stiff, but not rock hard. One negative issue I have is they seem to track road grooves (valleys) when braking. Although this isn't horrible, just be prepared for it.

My winter/rest-of-the-season tires are Nexen 5000's, which are surprisingly a decent all-season tire. However, road noise is worse with the Nexens. I can definitely tell the difference after the summer tire swap-out.

Being these S.drives are only the 3rd set of summer tires I have ever owned, with one of the sets the old Kumho Ecsta's (which sucked balls), I would rate them comparable to the Falken ST-115's. The ST-115's were just as quiet and had similar sidewall characteristics. Again, they may not be appropriate for track use, but for spirited daily driving, I really liked the Falkens. But they were HEAVY!

So what did we learn from this review, kids? We learned that the Yokohama S.drive tire is a good, well-rounded tire for summer use, recommended for comfort, road noise and moderate sidewall stiffness, thus improving cornering and steering feel. They are a good looking tire as well, and they compliment the RPF1 well!

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Old 04-03-2010, 12:23 PM   #243
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Nokian WR G2 205/55R16 V Speed Rating

#2.) what is your geographic location

Central Illinois, but I drive throughout the Midwest

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

None

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

1/3 Highway - 2/3 City

#5.) your review and personal comments

After a trip to visit family in Northeast Wisconsin, I realized that the RE92's that came with the car were poor performers in snow, and replaced them at just 16k miles. I purchased Nokian WR G2 's shortly after Christmas of 2009. Immediately, they appeared to handle much better on dry pavement than the stock tires. Taking corners and on ramps at relatively high rates of speed, the tires feels confident. The difference in snow is more profound, I was able to stop on inclines, covered in snow, and with a decent amount of throttle I could proceed with little or no wheelspin. The ability to stop on all sorts of snow was much improved, as was traction on ice. The only downside has been some increased noise at highway speeds, typically above 65 MPH, and while they aren't especially loud, the noise is certainly noticeable. They don't appear to have any perceptible wear with approximately 5,000 miles driven on them, but I don't know what the prospects are for long term tire wear. Regardless, if you want a tire that performs nearly as well as a dedicated snow tire in the winter, and better than some all season tires in the summer, this is an excellent choice, especially if you aren't particular sensitive to road noise at higher speeds.
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Old 04-04-2010, 04:13 PM   #244
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nitto nt555 255, 40, 17

#2.) what is your geographic location
clarksville tn

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
some track. some drag/ time attack

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

#5.) your review and personal comments
Tire works great with great grip. I did need to role the rear fenders since the car is lowered
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:42 PM   #245
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review
hercules G3000V 205/55 16

geographic location:
northern canada

driving events ...nothing legal

highway vs. city:
75% highway
25% city/some gravel

review and personal comments:for a cheap tire im realy impressed..now, the best tire ive ever had were a set of dunlop runflats...so yeah ive had really good tires(of course it was a mini cooper) but....this is the 4th summer with these things and there is still 25% tread left. Ive driven across Canada(Halifax to Vancouver island) and back....so theiy have seen about 70000km's....HOLY F%*k...i talked to a tire shop and the thing is there cheap because they use hard rubber.so you would think that they dont corner worth crap, but they do..in the mountains they kept the car glued to the road....so either the wagon is a friggin awsome car(yeah, it is). or they did something right making them...i talked to a drifter in vancouver who swears by them(i guess he gets 2 or 3 events out of a set...he got 5 events out of one pair,tall tail,perhaps)..

they are great in the rain. 2" of water and no hydroplain @60mph
so yeah, if your lookin to save some money and just drive with them, this is the way to go.
the only bad thing about them i can say,i guess their a bitch to mount,the steel rings are quite a a bit over done...but hey id rather that than them cheaping out and not having enough...so if you can find them get em....
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:57 PM   #246
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Continental DWS 225/50/16


#2.) what is your geographic location
Southwestern Ohio


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


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
15% highway/85% city


#5.) your review and personal comments
I bought these tires to replace my second set of Bridgestone RE-950s. From reading lots of info on the tire I expected to give up some initial steering response, but traded that away because I wanted better snow traction without going with a full blown snow tire. One thing I tried was to increase the tire pressures a bit. I'm running 36f/35r. I'd go a bit higher, but it seems OK where it's at,and I don't want to sacrifice ride quality any more than I have, though I do like spirited driving ( my car has an 11.5:1 steering rack, and Cusco bars f/r with the rear set to the center hole). I just turned 60 this year, and I'd like to keep my fillings! Anyway I was pleasantly surprised by this tire. The snow traction was a strong improvement over the Bridgestones, and the tires were much less noisey too. Wet traction is better, and dry grip is the same so far (I kept expecting the rear to let go, but comparatively it never has so far). Same for braking. Nice. The biggest surprise was the steering response. It's hard to detect any loss comparatively speaking, and I ran the Bridgestones at higher pressures. So the sidewalls on this size seem to be stiff enough though some scoff at this size on the 16" wheels. I'm happy. They suit my needs very well, thank you.


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Old 04-27-2010, 05:38 PM   #247
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:28 PM   #248
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Tire: Continental ContiExtremeContact DWS 225/45/17

Loc: Central VA

Driving Events: None

Highway vs. City: 40/60

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These tires replaced a set of Fuzion ZRi tires (which I really enjoyed, by the way!). I'm completely pleased with them. Many have complained of soft sidewalls, but I run them at 37-39 psi to combat that. Even at 33/30 they aren't THAT bad - then again I'm not horribly picky. They are pretty reasonably grippy for an all-season, heck of a lot better than the RE92s. The steering response, likely due to the soft sidewalls, could be better. They are MUCH slower to respond to driver input than the Fuzions, but not so much that I wouldn't buy them again. Traction in the wet is amazingly good, hydroplaning resistance is phenomenal, and the snow traction gets an "A".

I'm writing this review mostly for the snow traction, though - and I'll say, it is incredibly good. We just got 18+" of snow where I'm at, and I was driving around in 4-6" of fresh snow with virtually no wheel slippage from starts, no drama while turning, never had ABS kick in once (aside from when I was testing to see how hard I could brake before it'd go OH SHI-). I'm really amazed at how well these have done in the snow for an all-season.

With that said, I would definitely buy another set of these. They're exactly what they advertise - a true all-season tire, not a tire that's middling in the summer, good in the rain, and poor in the snow - these are decent in the summertime, great in the rain, and great in the snow (for an all-season).

Are they as good as dedicated winter tires? I've never run dedicated winter tires, and will probably never need to as long as I have a set of these.


Great review...I've been lurking if I should buy these but with your snow review...I think I am sold on them...SNOW in WI is no joke..well weather in all is a pain so I'm good these all seasons as i need to save some money...
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:15 PM   #249
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Tire: Goodyear Eagle GT (not the GT-II which is ****)
Location: St Louis, hot summers, cold winters, more ice/sleet than snow
Type of driving: 'Spirited' street driving. 50/50 streets/interstate
Mileage: about 20,000
These are great daily tires. Especially on an AWD FXT. They are considered UHP with a M+S rating. I'm not quite sure about the 'ultra', but they do offer nice even performance without a lot of harshness & a ton of noise. They have a pretty aggressive shoulder on the outer treads, but the look of a rain tire on the inner treads. We don't get a ton of snow in St Louis, but we get a lot of ice & they work great when it is slippery. I got them through Sam's Club for about $110 each which is awesome. The bad news is this is a company car & I will need to replace them in the next 10k or so. It may be a little embarrassing to say I need new tires every 30K when the others are going twice that far. Then again, those other tires seem to be made of igneous rock.
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:05 PM   #250
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review
Yokohama Advan Neova AD08's
225/40/R18

#2.) what is your geographic location
Melbourne, Australia

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Tarmac hill climbs + Daily driver.

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
Probably would say about 30% highway.

#5.) your review and personal comments
These tyres are like nothing I expected. Huge grip straight out of the box.
No tram lineing. And perform well when cold and in the wet!! (as far as my experience can tell as I havnt had such a high performance tyre before.)
Have done about 2000km's so far and the only bad thing I can say is the road noise is a little higher then expected but very forgettable once your enjoying your cruiseing.

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Mileage and performance updates? Have they gotten louder as they've worn?
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