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I decided to put this here as it's relevent to all Volvos.<br>As some of you know, I've been touting Conti Extreme Contacts for Volvos.<br>They're fairly cheap, they provide a decent combination of a VERY GOOD ride (comfort), work well with the Volvo's harsh rear suspension, they're reasonably sticky in the dry, good in the wet and decent in light snow.<p>Now Conti came out with a <B>new tire</B> to superceed this; <br><B>the Conti Extreme DWS</B> (dry,. wet, snow) and these have a totally different tread pattern.<p>I just put a set on my new to me 2000 V70R with ultra low mileage (suspension is as new) and so far in the short 8 mile test drive I took before it went back to the garage I am extremely happy.<br>They seem to be MUCH stickier than the Conti Contacts and ride about the same <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I'm not completely comparing apples to apples here as I'm keeping the OEM 16" wheels, so by that fact alone it WILL ride smoother but I am amazed how sticky they are, as good as my other R's that have 17's!
 

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Re: FOUND A NEW TIRE! (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I decided to put this here as it's relevent to all Volvos.<br>As some of you know, I've been touting Conti Extreme Contacts for Volvos.<br>They're fairly cheap, they provide a decent combination of a VERY GOOD ride (comfort), work well with the Volvo's harsh rear suspension, they're reasonably sticky in the dry, good in the wet and decent in light snow.<p>Now Conti came out with a <B>new tire</B> to superceed this; <br><B>the Conti Extreme DWS</B> (dry,. wet, snow) and these have a totally different tread pattern.<p>I just put a set on my new to me 2000 V70R with ultra low mileage (suspension is as new) and so far in the short 8 mile test drive I took before it went back to the garage I am extremely happy.<br>They seem to be MUCH stickier than the Conti Contacts and ride about the same <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I'm not completely comparing apples to apples here as I'm keeping the OEM 16" wheels, so by that fact alone it WILL ride smoother but I am amazed how sticky they are, as good as my other R's that have 17's!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>8 miles, on a dry road and in an AWD vehicle? How can you claim the cars are THAT sticky?
 

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Re: FOUND A NEW TIRE! (GrecianVolvo)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>GrecianVolvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>8 miles, on a dry road and in an AWD vehicle? How can you claim the cars are THAT sticky?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Because I can.<br>I certainly know (if anyone does, I do) how <U>these </U>cars work with a myriad of different tires (and I do have my little twisty roads around here) so I certainly can form an initial opinion.<br>I will come back to this post after a few hundred miles and state how they are after that.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I will come back to this post after a few hundred miles and state how they are after that.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I will, then, take your review more seriously! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: FOUND A NEW TIRE! (GrecianVolvo)

You are right, I should have waited a bit, just for the fact that the nubs are still on the tires.<p>After 2-300 miles I will have an even better feel for these, however I have a feeling that my initial statement will stand!
 

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Re: FOUND A NEW TIRE! (JRL)

From The Tirerack tests (It came in 2nd, beating my other favorite the Michelin PS all season):<p><I>"What We Learned on the Road<p>Our 6.6-mile loop of expressway, state highway and county roads provides a great variety of road conditions that include city and highway speeds, smooth and coarse concrete, as well as new and patched asphalt. This route allows our team to experience noise comfort, ride quality and everyday handling, just as you would during your drive to school or work.<p>Out on the road, the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season delivered the most comfortable ride of the group, doing a nice job absorbing the harsher impacts and patched asphalt sections of our route. The Continental ExtremeContact DWS was close behind, limiting how much of the jarring ride made its way to the driver. The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus felt modestly firmer than the Pirelli or Continental tires, particularly over the expansion joints along the expressway. The BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S provided ride quality appropriate for the category, but our team found it delivered the firmest ride of the four tires tested.<p>However, the firm ride of the g-Force Super Sport A/S paid back with the most responsive steering feel of the group along with stable on-road handling around the sweeping expressway ramps and faster corners. The P Zero Nero All Season and Pilot Sport A/S Plus also drove very nicely and felt quite similar from behind the wheel with steering response that was completely in-sync with driver inputs - not too slow or too fast. The ExtremeContact DWS also drove well, but displayed a small numb spot when driving straight on the expressway that required small and constant inputs to keep the vehicle going straight ahead.<p>The P Zero Nero All Season was found to be the quietest of the group, producing only modest tread noise as it rolled over the variety of surfaces along our test route. Tread noise from the Pilot Sport A/S Plus was modest, too, but this tire did produce a noticeable ring or pinging noise when encountering the sharper impacts of patched potholes and expansion joints. The ExtremeContact DWS was found to be very similar to the Pilot Sport A/S Plus for its tread noise (a nice improvement over its predecessor the ContiExtremeContact) and without the ringing sound as it absorbed harsh impacts. Rounding out the group was the sporty g-Force Super Sport A/S which produced a slight growl at certain speeds, and also produced a ringing sound when it encountered sharp impacts.<p>What We Learned on the Test Track<p>Our 1/3-mile per lap test track course includes 90-degree street corners, lane changes and simulated expressway ramps. Run in both dry and wet conditions, the test track allows our team to experience the traction, responsiveness, handling and drivability normally only encountered during abrupt emergency avoidance maneuvers or competition events.<p>The sporty feel of the g-Force Super Sport A/S found on the road carried over to the track, as this tire displayed crisp steering response and stable cornering that carried it to the fastest overall lap time of the test. The P Zero Nero All Season delivered plenty of ultimate grip as it tied the g-Force Super Sport A/S for the highest lateral g-forces, but seemed to allow the vehicle to engage the ABS sooner than expected during threshold braking. The Pilot Sport A/S Plus felt predictable when pressed hard with just a hint of stable understeer as it approached the traction limit. And the ExtremeContact DWS felt well-balanced, but with subtly slower steering response than the others. <p>In wet conditions the similarities ended as responsiveness, balance and overall grip varied noticeably among the test group. The ExtremeContact DWS was clearly superior to the other three, behaving as if there was hardly any water on the track at all, posting the quickest slalom time, highest lateral g-forces around the skidpad and the fastest lap time of this test. Our team praised this tire for its predictable feel and confidence-inspiring handling. Some distance back was the second place P Zero Nero All Season, which also handled well but didn't have the ultimate grip of the ExtremeContact DWS. The Pilot Sport A/S Plus ended up right behind the P Zero Nero All Season, providing stable handling that was limited by the traction of the front tires, often resulting in gentle understeer at the limit. The sporty feel of the g-Force Super Sport A/S found in the dry was absent in the wet, as this tire just did not have the poise or ultimate wet grip of the other tires in the test, and once the limit was exceeded took a little longer to regain traction." </I>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Pinstripe</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=120702" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=120702</A><p><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Obviously I missed that
 

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Hmm... Just got the ContiExtremeContacts put on my car like 3 or 4 months back! Oh well. They're good tires. And I feel like these ExtremeContact DWS tires wouldn't be as good in the snow.<p>ContiExtremeContact on the left, ExtremeContact DWS on the right:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.tirerack.com/images/tires/conti/co_contiextremecontact_ci1_l.jpg" BORDER="0"> <IMG SRC="http://www.tirerack.com/images/tires/conti/co_xtrcontactdws_ci1_l.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Sort of irrelevent for me (AWD) as both will be fine.<br>I had very decent traction in snow in my 850R (FWD)with the Conti Extremes but these new tires were designed for all conditions so they should be decent.<p>However, they just came out so no one has yet tested them in the snow, and won't for another 4-5 months!<p>That center section, the snow section, looks more aggressive so snow traction should be fine
 

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Well, let us know when you've driven your car this winter! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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