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Old 12-05-2003, 08:35 AM   #1
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Talking Contiextreme snow performance

Ok, I just made the first snow drive with my conti's. Around 3 inches of slushy snow with a good bit of ice underneath at spots. Much better stopping ability than the stock RE92's ever had. Turn in response was very good with the tail end kicking out only one time when I purposely took a turn too aggressively. Just kept my foot in it and the front tires pulled me out straight. I also took some "virgin" back roads with some steep, hilly curves. No problems at all with sensible driving. These tires without a doubt stop much better in the slick stuff than the stock ones. In my opinion thats very important as the AWD will get you going with just about any kind of tire on. Very happy I bought these. We are supposed to get about 12" total so I'll take it out again and test them in the deeper snow. I'll post the results tomorrow or Sunday.
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Old 12-06-2003, 06:15 PM   #2
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I've got the same tires and I can't complain. I've puttered around doing 40mph in 4" to 6" ish of snow without a problem. I've had similar experiences when turning as you described. For the price of these tires, the performance in the snow is not that bad.
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Old 12-06-2003, 09:09 PM   #3
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I have these tires on my WRX and am impressed with the straight line traction and braking over the stock tires in the snow. However, I don't think they offer better turning or lateral grip in the snow.

Particularly, I was unimpressed with the turn-in, it just plows ahead unless you apply slight power and pray, or lock up the e-brake until you shift the weight and break the tail loose.

Overall, semi-safe fun in the snow, with some driver involvement. Certainly not up to SUV (w/ all-season's) standards or true snow tire standards.
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Old 12-08-2003, 07:03 AM   #4
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Ok, I spent some time in an unplowed large parking lot Sunday. The lot had about 10 inches of snow. The Conti's did well with no problems starting or stopping. Response on turn in's was slow but hey I'm in 10 inches of snow. Just drive with a little sanity and these tires should do you well in all but the most extreme conditions. I Also was able to drive straight up an ice covered hill with no problem so the tires stay supple in the cold. Very happy for the price.
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Old 12-08-2003, 07:32 AM   #5
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I really like these tires, I bought the company. No but I have two sets both 16" and 17". I'm going to sell the fairly new 215/45-17 "soon" and use just the 16"s in the winter and buy a 17" summer tire next year.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:55 AM   #6
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cool im goiing with these also.
i think they are a great tire.
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Old 12-08-2003, 02:15 PM   #7
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How are they in the terms of ride quality....specifically road noise. I'm currently running Dunlop W10's...not an all quiet tire...annoying is more like it. Winter is upon us and I need to replace these summer tires! Narrowed down to SP5000 and Conti's.
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Old 12-08-2003, 02:36 PM   #8
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Posted my answer in quiet tires.
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Old 12-08-2003, 07:55 PM   #9
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Thanks for the snow review. These are the tires I will be getting for my "winter" wheels.
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Old 12-09-2003, 12:42 PM   #10
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Just had my ContiExtremeContacts put on yesterday. No snow or rain yet to try them in, but my initial impression is that they feel better than the RE-92's on dry pavement. The sidewalls felt like they were about the same in terms of stiffness as the stock tires, but the level of grip in turns felt a little better. The streets were a little damp this morning in Milwaukee, but I didn't have a chance to push them to see how they worked out. The tires still have the stickers on the tread, so I don't want to be too aggressive until the stickers are worn off. Don't need that little slick spot on the tires causing me any grief.
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Old 12-10-2003, 10:55 AM   #11
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How are they in the terms of ride quality....specifically road noise. I'm currently running Dunlop W10's...not an all quiet tire...annoying is more like it. Winter is upon us and I need to replace these summer tires! Narrowed down to SP5000 and Conti's.

They are pretty quiet. I've had them on for 15,000 or so miles and they are still pretty quiet. They are worlds different from my worn out Pirelli P7000's Those things would vibrate the whole car. Overall, a great tire.
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Old 12-10-2003, 12:07 PM   #12
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I just installed a set last night. In the whole day I have driven them, two things I noticed. Steering response is much better when compared to RE92's and possibly better or equal to Kuhmo 712's (the RE92's and 712's are the only other tires I have had on my car). The Conti's are also as quite, if not quieter, than the RE92's.
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Old 12-11-2003, 08:00 AM   #13
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Well, we had major rains last night that melted almost all the snow. This led to very wet roads with a lot of standing water. I blasted through the water at around 65 mph with no problems. I was even able to check for steering responce is a few deep patches of water and the tires turned just fine. No noticible hydroplaning at all.
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Old 12-15-2003, 08:03 PM   #14
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I was doing donuts and drifts in an empty parking lot with about 5-8" of snow and had a blast. The tires performed very well and provide lots of fun in an unplowed and empty parking lot.
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Old 12-15-2003, 09:26 PM   #15
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So far I find them abit quieter than the 92s. Handling and turning also much improved. For the price a great tire.
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Old 12-16-2003, 08:27 PM   #16
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I just went to the tirerack site and realized that these are Not snow tires! (I was wonder why RE92 kept being mentioned in the threads) Anyway, thats some pretty good performance for an all season tire. Quiet? 10 inches of snow!?! My studded mastercrafts sound like a big rig on the hwy.
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Old 12-17-2003, 03:49 PM   #17
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How are they in the terms of ride quality....specifically road noise. I'm currently running Dunlop W10's...not an all quiet tire...annoying is more like it. Winter is upon us and I need to replace these summer tires! Narrowed down to SP5000 and Conti's.
quieter than w-10's... but then again i can't think of any other tire that is louder than w-10's

sp5000's are quieter than the contis though, but not enough to matter. get better road feel out of the dunlops however... i still think the contis are numb. what tire pressures are good for street on 18's?
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Old 12-17-2003, 09:16 PM   #18
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Just today replaced my Yok A520's with contiextreme's, the noise difference is extreme. The conti's are whisper quiet, can't wait to get some snow under them for a real test.

Thanks to tirerack for great price and fast cheap shipping.
Props to Budget Tire in Lincoln park for fast, quality install, $50 mount/balance and $387 for the tires delivered.
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