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Old 05-04-2018, 08:10 PM
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Bridgestone 980AS

So I got the new Bridgestone Potenza 980AS installed on my car today and here are my very early impressions from driving around town:

Noticeably sharper turn in. I didn't get to take any high speed corners but the car feels more like my BMW coupe that is running on Michelins.

Much stiffer sidewall on these tires. You can tell they don't flex nearly as much as the Conti DWS06 I removed when you go over speed bumps.

Totally silent. The Conti's were starting to make noise with any speed and these are completely silent when new.

I will try to remember to update this review as I get a few miles and drive a few more roads. I put on a square set of 245/40-19s.
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Old 05-06-2018, 12:54 AM
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Well, it has been raining non-stop today and I can report that performance in the wet is excellent. Hydroplaning resistance is extremely good--which you would expect from a brand new tire--but also grip in the wet is very good.

I will report in more detail on handling if it ever stops raining....
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Old 06-23-2018, 01:21 PM
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Follow up after a few thousand miles:

Dry performance/handling is excellent and significantly better than the DWS06 they replaced. Wet traction is also excellent and generally on par with the excellent wet traction of the DWS06.

However, hydroplane resistance is not as good as the DWS06 was when new. We have had a few really heavy thunderstorms with a great deal of ponding water on the road and I believe the DWS06 was better at resisting hydroplaning in those conditions.

Overall I am still happy very happy with the tires.

I'll try to remember to update with treadwear performance next year.
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