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Old 02-04-2017, 06:30 PM   #121
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My 2 cents....avoid the Sumitomo's. Cheap, yes. Right size, yes. Hard (no traction in the dry) yes. Noisy, yes. I see in 996TT sized the Bridgestone S-02's are available which are not bacd. Right now Tire Rack says they have PSS2's and PS Cup 2's also. Hmmm.

I went to P-Zero Rosso's in the GT2 size and they r a much better tire. Both are far less than the unobtainium Michelin's. I do love Michelin's though.
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Old 03-04-2017, 02:52 AM   #122
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I went from the Sumi's to Continental ExtremeContact DW's. My reason was that I changed to 295/35ZR18's and 225/45's in order to soften the ride and get it up my driveway as it is my daily driver. Revs are 799 and 802. I bought the DW's as their sidewall is softer. Spare me the performance stuff, know all of that already. But I like driving it to work now and my fillings are all still there.
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Old 03-04-2017, 03:42 PM   #123
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My new to me car came with DWs and am very impressed with their street feel/performance especially in the PNW. I'm anxious to put my CCWs back on with new NTs but the wet performance of the DWs is hard to beat!
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Old 03-05-2017, 12:11 AM   #124
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I went from the Sumi's to Continental ExtremeContact DW's. My reason was that I changed to 295/35ZR18's and 225/45's in order to soften the ride and get it up my driveway as it is my daily driver. Revs are 799 and 802. I bought the DW's as their sidewall is softer. Spare me the performance stuff, know all of that already. But I like driving it to work now and my fillings are all still there.
How is the fitment of the 225/45s on the front? Any rubbing?
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Old 03-05-2017, 12:38 PM   #125
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I currently run the contisport DWS in the 225/45 and 295/35. The size stagger is off a little with the fronts being smaller. They are incredible in the rain, OK in the snow, and a little lacking at Laguna Seca. I have 6mm spacers and only get a little rubbing in the front with the wheel at lock, Not enough to have worn through, just a shinny spot. I have 20K on these, including 1 track day and they still have enough for the autocross i am going to in April. Most of my miles are long haul commute in and out of the Ca. Bay area and I have tweeked my alignment. Switching to the Michelin PS2s before my next track day
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So far no problems. I run the tire pressures a little low and combined with the size change the ride is substantially more comfortable. No rubbing and I feel the tires look better with the slightly taller sidewalls.
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:17 PM   #127
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No doubt too-tall DW's with low pressures is more comfortable!

I know you said to "spare you the performance stuff", so I'm sorry, but that setup sounds more appropriate for a Buick than a Turbo Porsche.
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Old 03-25-2017, 11:03 PM   #128
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Hi what kind of conti tires did you get? Do you like them?
I got the 295/35ZR18 DW's on sale at Tirerack for $150 each and the fronts 225/45ZR18 were around $84. The ride is great now. The newer ones have a stiffer sidewall. The're the ExtremeContact DW's.

THE PRICE IS ON A CLOSEOUT. 295/35/zr18 $149 225/45zr18 $84. Wish I could put a set in the garage.
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Old 03-26-2017, 12:38 AM   #130
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interesting. given the price and that rears last me only a few months anyway, even if it's an experiment gone wrong it'd be over before it mattered. question is, will they fit a 12" wheel?

can anyone offer what the difference in running that size on a gt2 sized rear wheel might ( or will ) be? the widths are bold. "italics" are the sizes of wheels they will fit?

eg i used to run a 315/30 on twists and it wasn't enough of a stretch to matter. would this be much like that in reverse?! I've never considered a 295/35 but at that price? hey.

295/35-18 26.1 11.6 4.1 10.0-12.0
315/30-18 25.4 12.4 3.7 11.0-12.0

i guess an inch matters. thats what she said, anyway....

edit: just had a sec to ponder this.. that ain't gonna work. thinner on wider. oh well....but i need a set tomorrow lol..

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Old 03-26-2017, 02:35 AM   #131
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I'm sorry, but come on, guys, the Conti DW is not the right choice for these cars. I think it's a great tire for what it is (I have recommended it to my girlfriend for her Civic, for example), but come on.
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Old 03-26-2017, 11:22 AM   #132
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probably right. it seems there are two versions(?) and the closeout version is the unperformance version. its moott for me anyway, as it's too narrow for a 12" rear wheel.
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