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Old 02-09-2018, 10:36 AM   #1
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Mismatch Front and Rear Tires

So I need new front tires. I plan on going with Continental ExtremeContact Sport w/ stock specs, so 225/40ZR18. Currently I have Continental ControlContact Sport A/S, which were on the car when I got it 30k mi ago. My rears still have a ton of life left 8/32 and 10/32. If I were to change only the fronts, what are the downsides? (The two tires are identical in load index, size, and speed rating)
Is anyone running mismatched fronts and rears? I realize this isn't advisable, but just looking for peoples experiences or opinions.

Current Tire:

New Tire:

I don't mind getting a full set and more than likely will, just wondering if it's truly necessary on a fwd platform. Thanks for any insight.
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:05 PM   #2
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If they are on the front and all tires are the same spec you shouldn't notice a difference right now, 8/32 is plenty safe. The problems might arise when you have to rotate them and you now have the old tires up front, in which case you may buy two more newer ones?

I personally like to replace all 4, initial cost is more but you have the peace of mind and 4 fresh tires.

You may have grip issues later on as the rears start to wear more. Basically for the time being you should be good but may run into issues later in the future when rotating.
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