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Old 01-03-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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21" Rim - Continental Extreme Contact DW's Delivered...

Just rec'vd the rear Continental ExtremeContact DW's in a 295/30/21 for the GM 21" Wheels from Tire Rack. So far they appear to be a good replacement for the Pirelli's that were 275/35/21. Hope to have the front tires at 245/35/21 delivered later this week or early next week.

Tremendous cost savings over the Pirelli's - $1050 delivered for the full set and they're reported to wear and stick great as well - Way to go www.TireRack.com

Front Pirelli ($454) - 245 / 40 / 21 (28.6" tall by 9.5" Section width)
Rear Pirelli ($521)- 275 / 35 / 21 (28.6" tall x 10.8" Section width)

Continental Front ($197) 245 / 35 / 21 (27.8" tall x 9.8" Section width)
Continental Rear ($223) - 295 / 30 / 21 (28.0" tall x 11.9" Section width)
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:48 PM   #2
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Nice choice....

I don't understand why the 21" pirelli's cost over 100% more than the 20"s.....
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:55 PM   #3
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Nice choice....

I don't understand why the 21" pirelli's cost over 100% more than the 20"s.....
And last nearly twice as long. I've read some reviews where the Conti's were seeing 20K-30K miles where as our Pirelli's will be smooth at 20K if we're lucky.

I'm guessing these new sizes will give the car a low-squatty look. I'm very glad to have found an better alternative to the Pirelli's.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:28 PM   #4
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Interested in how the mounting and fit on the 21" GM rims goes as well as the look. I am probably going to do the same thing, please update as soon as you get these installed.

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Old 01-04-2012, 04:35 PM   #5
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Interested in how the mounting and fit on the 21" GM rims goes as well as the look. I am probably going to do the same thing, please update as soon as you get these installed.

Thanks!
Will report out ASAP. In speaking with Rudy at www.TireRack.com he feels confident the fitment will be fine. Knowing that the ZL1 is running 20" wheels with 305's and stock SS wheels can run various fattys as well, Im confident.
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for keeping me posted. My main question is fitting the rear tires on the factory 21" rims regarding the width and profile more so than the fit on the car. Let me know if you have any issues. Thanks!
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:55 PM   #7
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Thanks for sharing, I will keep these in mind... Need to find some rims first
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:11 PM   #8
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great find, mine are getting pretty worn I'm at 37,000 miles

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Old 01-12-2012, 05:18 PM   #9
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Any update on installation of your tires? Would like to see them mounted. Thanks!
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:36 PM   #10
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Any update on installation of your tires? Would like to see them mounted. Thanks!
Sorry for the delay. the front tires came in 1 week later than the rear tires. Tires should be mounted tomorrow with photos to be posted.
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:41 PM   #11
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Continential Extreme Contact DW Tires installed on all 4 corners.

Continental Front - 245 / 35 / 21 (27.8" tall x 9.8" Section width)
Continental Rear - 295 / 30 / 21 (28.0" tall x 11.9" Section width)

Ride is a bit sharper

Turn-in is quicker

Road noise is about the same as the PZeros

Speedometer appears to read 1 mph higher than actual speed with the PZeros (before and after testing done with GPS)

I rather the look of the PZeros regarding the sidewall height etc. These would be even better as 40's in the front and 35's-40's in the rear but for the money savings, the Continentals are great at half the price of the PZeros.
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:25 PM   #12
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My first set of pirelli 21" tires lasted to 28k miles.

This was with constant track time, burnouts, driving hard etc.

My 2nd set have 6k miles on it and still look new.
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:21 AM   #13
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My first set of pirelli 21" tires lasted to 28k miles.

This was with constant track time, burnouts, driving hard etc.

My 2nd set have 6k miles on it and still look new.
Glad to see someone getting some decent mileage out of the PZeros. Is this miles or kilometers you're reporting. If that's miles then you have some PZeros with a better rubber compound than many of us have.

Our rear tires were worn down to nothing at 18,500 miles with no track time or smokey burnouts and the front maybe had 2,000 miles of life remaining. At 18,500 miles our PZeros were very hard and would not hook at all.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:42 PM   #14
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UPDATE:

The Continentals are doing great. Much more quite that the PZeros and handle a bit better.

I just looked up the Continential DW's on www.tirerack.com and the price is even lower that what I paid at $223, now priced at $182 for the 295 30 21. WOW!!!
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:52 AM   #15
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Thx for the post! About time we had an economical alternative!
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:17 PM   #16
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I've always thought 21'' wheels were the perfect fit for these cars. 20s can look too small, 22s usually look like wagon wheels, but 21 seems just right. The cost of 21'' tires has always made it prohibitive, but those Conti's are the same price I paid for my 20'' DWs.

Man, if stuff like this keeps happening, I'll NEVER decide on a wheel
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:42 PM   #17
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I've always thought 21'' wheels were the perfect fit for these cars. 20s can look too small, 22s usually look like wagon wheels, but 21 seems just right. The cost of 21'' tires has always made it prohibitive, but those Conti's are the same price I paid for my 20'' DWs.

Man, if stuff like this keeps happening, I'll NEVER decide on a wheel
I'm with you. The style and the size of the GM 21's just fit the car really well with the GM Ground Effects. It all just works well together.

I would like to find some 305's or maybe 315's in 21's for the rear. That would look sweet!
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rears are on closeout now. Shipped was 377 for the pair
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Nice choice....

I don't understand why the 21" pirelli's cost over 100% more than the 20"s.....

Yeah, Pirellis P-Zeros are very expensive tires. Pirelli must have made a deal with GM to sell their P-Zeros are a reduced cost in Camaro SS sizes (knowing how popular the Camaro is).

I try to tell people that getting 275/40/20 P-Zeros for just over $200.00 is a great deal. Some guys go out and buy tires that I consider pretty crappy for the same price.


To the O.P. - You found a good choice for saving some cash. Those 21" P-Zeros are way too expensive.
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Those Continentals look great.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:31 PM   #21
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OP: do you still like the tires? any problems with them thus far? thanks!
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I turned down a set of the black 21" rims for $600 last weekend after I priced the pirellis. DAMN!!!
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:43 PM   #23
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OP: do you still like the tires? any problems with them thus far? thanks!
So far so good! PZeros came off at approx 18,500 miles and now with about 30,000 miles on the clock the Conti's are good. They are wearing on the rear about the same as the PZeros but what can I expect with my Motorcycle Drag Racing, Speed-Freak of a daughter behind the wheel. Still a better choice for the money spent compared to the PZeros and the off the line hook-up is amazing with the compound and 295 width. I do wish they came in a 305 width.
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So you recommend me getting these? I am due for new rears...but still have some thread left in my fronts.
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So you recommend me getting these? I am due for new rears...but still have some thread left in my fronts.
Yes, highly!

Just be aware that the PZero Fronts are of a 40 profile and the Conti's on the rear will be of a 30 profile. Not sure if that would look odd or not with the front being 28.6" tall and the rears at 28.0" tall. That's why I went all-in for the fronts and rears at the same time. You could replace the front's also and save 1 of each as a just-in-case factor.


Front Pirelli ($454) - 245 / 40 / 21 (28.6" tall by 9.5" Section width)
Rear Pirelli ($521)- 275 / 35 / 21 (28.6" tall x 10.8" Section width)

Continental Front ($197) 245 / 35 / 21 (27.8" tall x 9.8" Section width)
Continental Rear ($223) - 295 / 30 / 21 (28.0" tall x 11.9" Section width)
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