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Since the day I picked up my S80 T6, I've wanted to replace the 40-series tires on 18" Zubras with tires that would 1) be less likely do be damaged by curbs and potholes, 2) give a smoother ride on poorly maintained roads (which I encounter regularly), and 3) fill the visual gap between the tires and fenders, which is pretty large on the S80, no matter which wheel/tire option one has.<p>Lowering springs would fix only problem #3. So, I sold the Zubras, did some careful measuring of tires and fender clearances, and ordered Continental ContiProContact 225/60R17 tires mounted on Rial Flair 17x7.5" wheels with a 48 mm offset, and kept my fingers crossed. The result: smoother ride than even my 17" Yokohama snow tires, handling in normal driving seems little affected, and now the tires don't seem too small for the car. Now if my 2 year old daughter falls asleep in the carseat, her head won't be tossed around as much as with the other tires. Note that these tires JUST fit. Clearance behind the rear tires and fender liners are maybe 1/4", and the front tires have maybe 1/2" clearance to the bottom of the lower spring perches on the Macpherson struts. Speedometer error: 60 MPH on the speedometer is actually 64 MPH, according to my Garmin iQ3600 GPS unit. Odometer %error is also off by the same amount. Not a problem with me, now that I know what the %error is. I'm very happy with my "mod". Here's what it looks like (if Photobucket cooperates):<p> <IMG SRC="http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a9/MAC1LSR/IMG_0200.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a9/MAC1LSR/IMG_0204.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a9/MAC1LSR/IMG_0199.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a9/MAC1LSR/IMG_0201.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Filling the fenders with more rubber (MAC1LSR)

I won't say it looks bad, but I like my 18" tires now that I have them. And in comfort mode, my car rides as smooth as can be even over large road imperfections. Also, neither of my toddlers have any trouble sleeping in the car. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Filling the fenders with more rubber (Freeworld)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Freeworld</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I won't say it looks bad, but I like my 18" tires now that I have them. And in comfort mode, my car rides as smooth as can be even over large road imperfections. Also, neither of my toddlers have any trouble sleeping in the car. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I agree. Those 17" wheels on the S80 look a tad bit too small. But if ride comfort is more important to you than looks, I that's perfectly fine. I do like how you closed up the gap between the tire/fender - that looks nice. Makes me want to get lowering springs with my Zubras! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Filling the fenders with more rubber (vivek9856)

Are Continental tires good? I've neber had a set of them, and I'm going to be in need of some pretty quick here. I'm not a fan of their 4x4 sportcontacts at all. They lasted only 12k on my parents' M-B...are their all seasons good?
 

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Re: Filling the fenders with more rubber (nobbe3728)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>nobbe3728</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Are Continental tires good? I've neber had a set of them, and I'm going to be in need of some pretty quick here. I'm not a fan of their 4x4 sportcontacts at all. They lasted only 12k on my parents' M-B...are their all seasons good?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I know some people don't like Continentals at all, but I've been using a set of Continental ContiPremierContact tires on my Lexus LS430 for the past 2 years, with the only complaint being that they are slightly noisier at low speeds than the stock Dunlop SP5000 tires. With many more layoffs coming where I work, I needed to keep the purchase price down, so $99 per tire for the ContiProContacts from TheTireRack, plus a $75 Continental VISA gift card offer, made the decision easier to make. Plus, I don't plan on really pushing the tire performance in my S80. Just need a good-performing tire in rain, that doesn't ride harshly and isn't noisy.
 

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Re: Filling the fenders with more rubber (MAC1LSR)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MAC1LSR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>$99 per tire for the ContiProContacts from TheTireRack, plus a $75 Continental VISA gift card offer, made the decision easier to make. Plus, I don't plan on really pushing the tire performance in my S80. Just need a good-performing tire in rain, that doesn't ride harshly and isn't noisy.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Wow. Good deal!<p>So you are saying that you will drive your car like it was meant to be driven? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> No 40 mph turns or burnouts? Lol.
 

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Re: Filling the fenders with more rubber (vivek9856)

Good to hear as Continentals are on sale locally. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> Not good to hear about layoffs though... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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