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Did your car come with OEM Dunlopsr? If yes, can you tell if the AS3+ are more noisy or quieter?

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Yea, I had the Dunlops. My initial impression was that the AS3 was slightly noisier... but after having been on them for awhile, I don't really notice it that much. Like someone said earlier, most of the road noise seems to be wind related. I might look into getting some sort of 3M door seal for that.
 

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I just ordered my Continental Extreme Contact DWS 06's. I got them in stock size as I don't like the look of tire bulge.

Sadly..The PS4 does not come in 215s...225 is the starting point. I would need aftermarket wheels to make that work properly.

Getting the DWS 06's installed Friday.
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Whoops..change of mind. See above..😅
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10 mile trip. First impressions. The Continentals are much quieter than the Dunlop SP 5000. Instantly noticeable. They also have a ton more grip and make for a smoother ride when cruising. The Continentals seem to absorb some of the shock from bumps without it traveling through the rest of the car. You could feel almost every bump in the road with the Dunlop's. I'm not going to miss that.

So far, I'm very impressed with them.
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I am needing new tires, I am currently running the Dunlp Signature HP and have been really happy with them. I would buy another set but they are well over $700.


The Conti DWS-06 seems to be the preferred tire here, they look like they would be really noisy. Can anyone commenct?
 

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I had a set of those Signature HPs. Three out of four fell apart after 3k miles. Dealer said the belts failed. Never again. They were replaced with the Conti ECS. The DWS-06 is said to be pretty quiet by most who use them.

 

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Can anyone comment on the treadlife of the Continental DWS06 versus the OEM Dunlops? Does anyone feel like the Conti's are wearing down too fast? I have 4 years and about 38,000 miles on the OEM's right now. They suck in snow and they're loud, and I'm going to finally change them in October or November when the first snows hit.

I think the snow capabilities of the DWS06 would be good for where I live (Denver), and I definitely like the idea of a quieter ride. But I have heard that they can wear down a bit faster than some of the competition. Anyone have a comment on their treadlife?
 

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Tread seems pretty good after 5 thousand miles or so.. I have the extreme contact DWS06..great tires.

Time.. and my lead foot..will tell how long these last.

If I ever go with aftermarket rims in 225/8 '18..Michelin PS4 will be my next set of shoes.
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Tread seems pretty good after 5 thousand miles or so.. I have the extreme contact DWS06..great tires.

Time.. and my lead foot..will tell how long these last.

If I ever go with aftermarket rims in 225/8 '18..Michelin PS4 will be my next set of shoes.
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Thank you, CK! I have a light foot most of the time. If the weather in CO wasn't so unpredictable, I might consider getting a dedicated summer and winter set. But I'd have to switch them back and forth about 10 times in the spring since you never know when that last snow is coming. I see from your avatar that you were at CSU, so I'm sure you know what I mean. :)

Can anyone else comment on the treadwear on the Conti DWS06? I'm definitely leaning towards getting them unless a lot of you note that they wore down quickly.
 

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Just my experience but I preferred the AS3 way more than the DWS. I had both of them on my previous car. .. the AS3 just felt more "sporty". They were better on-center cruising down the highway and more confident through fast corners. Excellent feel through 3 hours of heavy rain too during an out of state trip too.. never once felt like the tires were slipping (unlike the stock Bridgestones on my Mazda3). I never got a chance to test the DWS's in heavy rain, I got rid of them after a few thousand miles, that's how much I hated them. I'd pay twice as much for the Michelins to avoid buying the DWS's again if I had to.

What the Tirerack review says about the DWS is totally true. They're slower to react to turning input compared to the AS3's. This was the main thing I hated with the DWS tires. And this may differ from car to car, but I drove them back to back (I had 2 sets of rims with both tire sets), the AS3's felt much more 'immediate' when responding to even the slightest steering wheel input. The DWS's were downright awful in that regard, compared to the AS3's. Imagine driving down the highway, and needing just a slight nudge to the steering wheel to keep in lane with a slight curve of the road. When I nudged the steering wheel to turn slightly with the highway curve, the car kept going straight for 1-2 seconds BEFORE it started turning. That's how it felt the first time I took my car on the highway with the DWS's. It was shocked at how "lazy" the steering felt. And I nearly drifted into the next lane over because of this 'delay' in steering.

I actually thought something was wrong with my steering wheel or something else was broken. When I put the AS3's back on, everything felt "normal" again. Slight nudges in steering were immediately felt like you would expect.

I didn't have to 'think' that much with the AS3's.. it went where it was supposed to go when I wanted to go in that direction, period. With the DWS's, I had to anticipate when the curve was coming, and steer ~1 second BEFORE I wanted to turn.. to time it right, otherwise your car would drift close to the other lane beside you before it went in the direction you're steering it.

Sure, ~1 second doesn't seem all that bad, but this is all on the highway, going 60-70mph. So 1 second of your car not turning when you want it to means you had to always be mindful of turning the wheel earlier than you should just to go in the direction you wanted. It was awful having this slow of a response time with the tires, especially when going this fast on the highway. It's not as noticeable on small roads at lower speeds, but still not as responsive as the AS3's.

The DWS's are lighter in weight than the AS3's though.. by 2-3 lbs depending on the tire size. They have a slightly softer ride too, I'm assuming because the sidewalls aren't as stiff. The AS3's feel stiffer going over bumps. But I'll take the AS3's stiffer sidewalls any day over the DWS's delayed turning response.
 

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I just want to know which tire would be a quieter option. these Dunlops are madness. Appreciate the great input by the way fellas, all the knowledge and opinions have been super helpful!
 

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I had DWS06 on our Accord. They were noisier than the OEM tires, but still acceptable. I was hoping to avoid another set of snow tires, but The Woman Of My Dreams made put Blizzaks on after the first snow. They might have been OK for me, but she's a nervous driver in bad weather.
 

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As a heads up, I've discovered that 225/45/18 is really the right tire size to get. It's a little bigger than stock, but the ride and noise levels drop noticeably after that. Also, when we talk bulge, we aren't as it's basically a single centimeter.
 
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