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#1 Old 10-15-2012
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Tires: Replacing Toyos with Contis (at Discount Tire)

The first real rain of the "wet" season happened in the last 2 days and I noticed a bit of traction issues with my Toyo Proxes 4. Checking, they are down to the treadwear indicators and measuring about 3/32 so no wonder I was getting excellent traction on the dry and less in the wet. Point number one: less tread can mean better dry traction but worse wet traction so don't think that because your dry traction is good your tires are OK.

My Toyo Proxes 4 have been excellent tires: about 30k miles, 5 years and very even wear. I am pretty easy on tires and I don't track this car. The Toya Proxes UTQG are 240. Point two: I have no problem recommending Toyo Proxes 4 for casual and somewhat spirited all season tires.

I am going to switch to a brand I have never owned more as a comparison than a criticism. The Conti DWS UTQG is 540 so it will be interesting to find out the real tread life. Although it will take me at least 4 more years that's OK because I tend to keep my vehicles forever. Point three: the UTQG is a comparision rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test track and is usually only good to compare tires by the same manufacturer.

Reading through lloydga's and others posts it looks like Discount Tire is the place to go in the US so I popped up the website, chose the tires and made an appointment (Seattle this Thursday). The website is great (simple and complete) and I like the all-in pricing. I did call a few other suppliers and was given the "raw" tire price a few times so when I added the taxes, install etc Discount was a good price. So point four is when comparison shopping based on price, request the all-in pricing.

As lloydga noted the same tires in Canada are about $400 more expensive. In order to avoid duty I need to spend 48 hours in US so decided to try HotWire and booked the Sheraton in Seattle for $140 a night so I get new tires, a trip to Seattle, two nights at the Sheraton and enough left for dinners and fuel. Seems like a bargain. Point five is buy tires at Discount Tire since they are really including a nice hotel and dinner.

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I get new tires tomorrow. Since I have prepaid and am scheduled in and it was dry today, I took the car to a mainly abandoned airstrip here and had a lot of fun with the old Toyos that still have good grip on the dry. It was actually difficult to get them to break out but I was persistent. With ESP off I was amazed at how fast this car can be. Tires are now down to 2/32 so I will have to take it easy on the way to my new tires tomorrow.

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Just an addendum: Got the Contis (I was 1/2 hour early so about 1 hour total from when I rolled in to out at Discount) and put about 100 miles break in. Then 160 miles/250 kms on them on my drive back from Seattle to Vancouver. As expected the tires performed very well as new should and much better than my worn Toyos. Fortunately, I ran into heavy, heavy rain for about 1/2 the trip and then dry for the other half plus I found some twisties for about 20 miles. The heavy rain created standing pools on the highway, however at 70 mph there was absolutely no problem. It was daytime and found a nice open stretch so tested the tires at a higher (three digit) speed and no problem with hydroplaning either, although rain was whooshing as it was displaced and bounced off the pigs ears. New tires require probably more that 100 miles break in but I found some nice twisties about half way home and the response and grip was excellent. The rest of the drive was highway and dry and the tires were good and quieter than my Toyos.

The weather here is wet for 6 months and dry for 6 months with about 2 - 4 weeks light snow. I don't use this car in heavy snow. I was also looking for fairly quiet tires as I did have a noisy set of Firestone on another car and had to change. These tires will handle the wet and dry and are quiet.

Very happy with the purchase and had a great time in Seattle. Oh, except Sheraton Seattle charged $44 per night parking so 1 night I had to dine at McDonalds.

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Great post and thank you for your support in Discount Tire! We're happy to hear your new tires are working out for you.
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