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    Extreme contact or... Ecsta?

    Well winter is coming and I need some good rain/snow tires. Not necessarily snow, but mostly something to withstand the temperature. Feels like it's gonna be a cold one. I'm stuck between Continental Extreme Contact DWS and Kumho Ecsta AST's. I know the Continental's are very recommended but are a bit on the expensive side. (even for 225/50/16) So the AST's look like a real deal at only 260 for all four. What you say ye? Any good or bad experiences with either?
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    225/50's are too short, the proper size is 225/55.

    That being said AST's are All Season. I ran with 245/45/17 ASX's a few winters back and didnt really have any isues. I drove on some pretty bad roads a few times too. That being said, nothing can really replace some good winter tires. Worse comes to worse get 2 ASTs for the rear, and 2 Extreme Contacts for the front.

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    Are these winter only tires? If so why not just go with a snow tire? Blizzaks will get you anywhere you want to go in whatever snow there is. Might be a bit pricey but probably worth it.

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    Agree with Terry. If you're going to get winter tires, buy some actual winter tires. I used a set of Blizzak WS-50's on my Focus through 2 winters before moving to AZ, and they instill serious confidence when cruising in crappy conditions. Noisy, wobbly when warm, and wear out fast, but DAMN they chew up snow like nothing else.

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    I love the DWS's. I've run them on everything from dry to ice. Yeah, a little pricey, but they stick on anything. So far (10k or so) treadwear is great.
    A real winter tire would no doubt be better on snow, but for all season I don't think you can beat the DWS.
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    I've owned both the DWS (and the earlier extreme contact) and the ASX but never tried the AST's. If you need snow traction, which you say isn't the main worry, the DWS are much better tires. The Kuhmos don't have anywhere near the grip of the Continental's rain or snow but they do have acceptable performance, stiffer sidewalls, and longer wear. If price is the major factor then the Kuhmos may be one of the best for the buck.

    If you live in a place where snow and ice are common most of the winter then dedicated winter tires are the way to go but dry roads tend to do them in quickly. I hate only getting a couple years out Blizzaks before they don't do what they're made to do anymore.

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    Nokian Hakkapeliitta R or Nokian Hakkapeliitta Rsi! They are, along with Blizzaks, probably the best snow tires out there. I have run all 3 and feel the Nokians edge out the Blizzaks in all aspects, especially threadwear on dry roads. Breakaway on wet roads is also very predictable, and traction in such conditions is great for being snow tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve View Post
    I've owned both the DWS (and the earlier extreme contact) and the ASX but never tried the AST's. If you need snow traction, which you say isn't the main worry, the DWS are much better tires. The Kuhmos don't have anywhere near the grip of the Continental's rain or snow but they do have acceptable performance, stiffer sidewalls, and longer wear. If price is the major factor then the Kuhmos may be one of the best for the buck.
    When I was still DD my Stealth I had the AST on it and drove it through one winter. They did pretty good for an all season tire. If price is a concern then the AST is a pretty good value. However, I agree that if you're getting a tires just for winter duty, just go for the gold and get a winter tire.

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    My current set on the Stealth (my winter daily) are the older model Continental's. They have provided me with over 60K trouble free miles. My new DSW's should be here tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to another 60K trouble free....

    @$126 per tire, they're on the low end of the Spectrum for stock TT tires and wear VERY well.

    I'll report back in a few days, once they're mounted and balanced

    Bob.

    EDIT, I would go with a straight winter tire if the Stealth didn't pick up the slack when the weather isn't perfect in the OTHER seasons
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