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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 02-28-2011, 09:54 AM   #1
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Summer Tires

hi guys, i'm lookin for new tire for the summer time. A friend recommended to try the Continental Extremecontact DW. What do you think of this tire?

Another question, what size should I take with OEM wheels? (style 98)

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Old 02-28-2011, 11:46 AM   #2
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Any summer tire? That's all you are going to give us? I guess any summer tire will do then.
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:50 AM   #3
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:30 PM   #4
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You need to give more info so we can recommend a tire. Do you go to the track? Autox? Daily driver? What are you looking for in a summer tire? Long wear? Ultimate grip? Price? Wet grip?

Michelin PS2 - probably the best all-around tire but very pricey
Vredestein Ultrac Sessantas - Great in wet, cheaper than Michelin's, smooth ride, tough.
Dunlop Direzza Star Spec - Best autox tire, good at track, best in the dry, noisy, not as smooth
Hankook V12 - cheap, but supposedly pretty good at everything
LingLong, Nankang, Suny, etc - extremely cheap and extremely dangerous
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:17 PM   #5
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:37 PM   #6
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star specs rock! I've been using Falken Azenis RT-615's for a while and like them. I autocross, though, so tread wear, noise, comfort, and the other bs doesn't apply in my recommendations.

And stay away from the conti's!!
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If you're baller you'll pre-order a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports. . .
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:51 PM   #8
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If you're baller you'll pre-order a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports. . .
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My PS2's are wearing thin so I'm totally getting a set of SS's. (pending they release them soon!)
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:54 PM   #9
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I plan on getting the Conti DW tires myself. I am currently between the Conti and the V12's but the V12's have a lower treadwear rating which makes me lean towards the Conti tires even though they are more expensive. Also, they get higher ratings and better warranty than the Hankook tires.
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ive been very happy with the general exclaim uhp's. They are a cheap tire that lasts for me. My car sees a lot of highway and no track use. They have a good tread wear rating and speed rating.
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I plan on getting the Conti DW tires myself. I am currently between the Conti and the V12's but the V12's have a lower treadwear rating which makes me lean towards the Conti tires even though they are more expensive. Also, they get higher ratings and better warranty than the Hankook tires.
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The Extremecontact DWS is actually an all season tire that has a better than average rating as a summer tire (91W) W = higher speed rating. That being said this tire is still going to be okay in the winter months if you don't already have a set of winter wheels/tires. If you are looking for a UHP (ultra high performance tire) specifically for the summer months you would be much better off with a tire like the Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 or a Bridgestone Potenza RE050A. Check out Tirerack, they have user reviews, which are very helpful for finding exactly the tire you want. Then go find it cheaper somewhere else on the web.
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I plan on getting the Conti DW tires myself. I am currently between the Conti and the V12's but the V12's have a lower treadwear rating which makes me lean towards the Conti tires even though they are more expensive. Also, they get higher ratings and better warranty than the Hankook tires.
I'd probably lean toward the Hankooks just because I've had no luck with Continental tires. I think the vredestein's are a better choice than either though.

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ive been very happy with the general exclaim uhp's. They are a cheap tire that lasts for me. My car sees a lot of highway and no track use. They have a good tread wear rating and speed rating.
The Generals are a nice tire, but I think they've been beaten in tests by newer rubber recently. They are becoming an older model so there's probably a slightly better choice now. That said, if I had a set of General's I'd definitely keep them until they're shot.

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the Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 or a Bridgestone Potenza RE050A.
Not my first choice, but probably decent picks.
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:23 PM   #14
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Not my first choice, but probably decent picks.[/QUOTE]

Would not be my first choice either but, they had high user reviews and relatively cheap.

I would personally go with the BFG T/A KDW or KDW2.
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The Extremecontact DWS is actually an all season tire that has a better than average rating as a summer tire (91W) W = higher speed rating. That being said this tire is still going to be okay in the winter months if you don't already have a set of winter wheels/tires. If you are looking for a UHP (ultra high performance tire) specifically for the summer months you would be much better off with a tire like the Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 or a Bridgestone Potenza RE050A. Check out Tirerack, they have user reviews, which are very helpful for finding exactly the tire you want. Then go find it cheaper somewhere else on the web.
The Extremecontact DWS is not the same as the DW..

DWS is an All-season, and the DW a summer one

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I would personally go with the BFG T/A KDW or KDW2.
NO!!!!!!!!!

I just sold my set of the KDW's last summer- they are atrociously noisy, seemed very hard, and were awful at the one autox I used them for. They were complete garbage . . . don't buy. Trust me on this one.
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The Extremecontact DWS is not the same as the DW..

DWS is an All-season, and the DW a summer one
I'm aware. Wasn't sure exactly what you were looking for. Just making suggestions.
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:46 PM   #18
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I'm aware. Wasn't sure exactly what you were looking for. Just making suggestions.
It's ok
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:12 PM   #19
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NO!!!!!!!!!

I just sold my set of the KDW's last summer- they are atrociously noisy, seemed very hard, and were awful at the one autox I used them for. They were complete garbage . . . don't buy. Trust me on this one.
Okay? Seemed very hard, in what manner? Hard compound, harsh ride? A close friend of mine has these on his e36 and has zero complaints. Just want to be well informed before I make this crucial purchase myself. Thanks.
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Okay? Seemed very hard, in what manner? Hard compound, harsh ride? A close friend of mine has these on his e36 and has zero complaints. Just want to be well informed before I make this crucial purchase myself. Thanks.
Hard compound.

A close friend of mine has these on his e46 and can't wait to ditch them. I reluctantly sold him two more for like $120 or something because they were 245s and they had a bit more tread than the 225s on the back of his car. I got them on a set of used BBS wheels I bought with the intention of using as winter rims. I was real happy they came with KDWs in nice shape and planned to use for autox and track for a summer- until I used them at an autox. Complete garbage. And slow/unpredictable. When I dismounted them one of the beads got trashed, and one of the tires had completely broken down internally and started to fill with shredded rubber. They're not really good at anything from what I can tell.

Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta is still my favorite for the street. Dunlop Star Specs for autox/track.
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