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Old 11-08-12, 05:43 PM   #16
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I thought I would throw in my recent experience with tires. I needed a new set up front after the Yokohama S-drives i bought the car with had really bad inner cupping. Car sounded like a jet at 15 mph. I read through the forums and kept finding great reviews about the Continental Extreme Contact DWS. I live in Austin, TX so no snow to worry about really. I ordered a pair from discount tire and had them installed and ride match balanced. At first they were very quiet and felt great on the highway. After about a month when the weather droppped to the 50s I noticed really bad flat spotting in the mornings. Front wheel would shimmy back and forth bettween 45-60mph for the first 5-10 minutes. I also noticed they weren't very smooth above 85mph. I went back to discount and had a set of Michelin Pilot Sport + installed and ride matched. Cost an extra $65 per tire for the Michelins. I watched them ride match and the tires are almost perfect from the factory, very little weight needed and only needed to spin one tire a bit to get perfect. Ride is much better at higher speeds and almost no flat spoting on cold mornings, at leas not noticeable unless you are really lookig for it. Just my experience, others swear by the Continentals. Maybe I just got as bad batch but I have always had great luck with Michilen and I run the LTX tires on my 4x4 too.
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Old 11-08-12, 06:02 PM   #17
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I live in Virginia and have had my DWS for almost three years. Even in the dead of winter, I never experienced any flat spotting like you describe.
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Old 11-09-12, 03:08 PM   #18
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Just my experience, others swear by the Continentals. Maybe I just got as bad batch but I have always had great luck with Michilen and I run the LTX tires on my 4x4 too.
Michelin LTX tires for 4x4's or trucks may be some of the best tires made IMO and America's/Discount Tire also have this opinion. Great traction on wet and dry surfaces with a quiet and soft right. On my last set I had over 80,000 miles before I finally replaced them because the rubber between the treads had some slight cracks, but still had plenty of tread left to run further.

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Old 11-09-12, 05:00 PM   #19
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I get a little flat spotting with my Contis but it goes away quickly .
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Old 11-09-12, 05:32 PM   #20
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Thanks guys! Picking up the tires on Monday.
It seems like the bracket isn't just a drop-in? I was hoping it would just drop in...

I'll do a search on it this weekend, thanks. Hoping it isn't too difficult?
Are you guys just putting the spare in the trunk without bracketing?

That auction had ended unfortunately. And the other has a bend in the wheel and just looks worn out.

Should I be looking for a specific tire size?
I remember reading a while ago of people using a specific model of a Toyota spare?

Guys quick question, what about th ejackets and the wrenches? Will I need to buy that as well? Or are those already somewhere in my car even though it came with runflats?

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Old 07-22-14, 02:38 PM   #21
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Default Michelin Pilot Sport AS plus

I just replaced the original Bridgstones with these MIchelin run flat tires at Costco. My initial impression is a smoother ride and they seem quiet - though I've only drives 10s of miles so far.

A temp, AA traction 10/32nds tread, 500 treadware.

And a nice looking tread pattern. These tires are uni-directional.
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Old 07-22-14, 05:11 PM   #22
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I just replaced the original Bridgstones with these MIchelin run flat tires at Costco. My initial impression is a smoother ride and they seem quiet
I'm glad you are happy with them. If I were to ever go with run flats, I would go with Michelin.
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