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Old 05-06-2003, 04:10 PM   #1
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Default Dunlop SP Sport 9000?

Anyone out there driving on SP 9000's?

They've received pretty good reviews on TireRack.com, but I'd like to get some first hand input from someone "out there"

I'm thinking of putting them (225/45/17) on my new 17 x 7 OZ P7's...how does that sound?

any input would be appreciated!

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Old 05-06-2003, 04:24 PM   #2
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It's a grownup max performance tire. I'm on my second set. The first set lasted 35,000 miles. They're great in the rain, they're quiet, and grip like mad.

They aren't S0-3 grippers, but they'll last a lot longer. They will get you 95% of what other max performance tires give you, without any real drawbacks. They're also pretty inexpensive for a tire as good as they are.

I like them a lot.

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Old 05-06-2003, 04:47 PM   #3
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Kevin - you da man!

That's exactly the kind of info I was looking for...right on!

thanks!

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Old 05-06-2003, 07:15 PM   #4
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Yup, Kevin about summed up my feelings on the sp 9000's. I had a set on my Maxima (235/45 17). I am still amazed at their tread life, grip, quietness, smoothness, and wet traction. I am 99% sure I will be getting a set for my WRX if I can ever decide on what rims to buy. Great tire!
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Old 05-06-2003, 08:27 PM   #5
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sweet...we're 2 for 2 on the good reviews!

can't beat the tire for the price, eh?

$40 less per corner than the S-03...and still a good performer!

anyone have anything negative to say about these tires?
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Old 05-06-2003, 08:29 PM   #6
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Another happy SP9000 user here. I'm running the stock size on OEM rims, so my setup is different than yours. The overall qualities of the tire should be the same though. I agree with what gtguy said, these seem to be a great real-world MP tire. You may lose out a tiny bit of absolute dry grip to other MP tires, but in the rain these rule. They're also not $160/tire, which is nice.

I haven't worn out mine yet, only put about 5K mi on them, and they look almost new, so I can't really comment on their treadware except to say I'm happy so far.
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Old 05-06-2003, 08:38 PM   #7
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more more more!

hehe

good stuff
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Old 05-07-2003, 11:13 AM   #8
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anyone have anything negative to say about these tires?
People don't think you're cool when you have them on your car?

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Old 05-07-2003, 11:19 AM   #9
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People don't think you're cool when you have them on your car?

Kevin
hehehe - that's hilarious

luckily, I AM cool, regardless of what people think about my tires
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Old 05-07-2003, 09:27 PM   #10
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What pressure do you guys recommend to maximize life on stock wheels in the stock size?

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For the street I don't run anything special; I do run a few psi higher than the door sill recommendations. Maybe 36/35 F/R.

For autocross, like most road tires, the fronts need a higher pressure not to chew up the shoulder of the tire. I can't give you a good value because I haven't autoXed enough to have nailed down a good number yet.

I also run pressures pretty close to my street values just because I want the car to react at the autoX like it would on the street. It may not make for the FTD (heh, I suck, wouldn't matter anyway), but I'm really out there to try to improve my driving, not win.
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Old 05-08-2003, 09:00 PM   #12
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For the street I don't run anything special; I do run a few psi higher than the door sill recommendations. Maybe 36/35 F/R.
Um, I thought you needed around a 3psi difference front to back to be nice to the center dif?
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Old 05-08-2003, 09:07 PM   #13
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If your looking into SP Sport 5K's you may want to look into the Suitomo HTR+'s
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Old 05-09-2003, 07:06 PM   #14
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If your looking into SP Sport 5K's you may want to look into the Suitomo HTR+'s
He's not looking at the 5k's....looking at the 9k's
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Old 05-09-2003, 07:19 PM   #15
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He's not looking at the 5k's....looking at the 9k's
YES! You are correct - the 9000s

And I just got them today! They certainly look pretty mean - aggressive tread. Me likey.

I'll have them mounted tomorrow on my new Prodrive P7s! I'll let you know how they turn out!!!

oooh...and I just got my new MRT exhaust, Whiteline strut bar and TXS MBC.

ME LIKEY!!!

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My buddy had these on his IS300. Man these things gripped in the rain! I would have sworn we were on dry pavement. Not just on the turns either. Highway driving in heavy rain did not feel any different than on dry. If i were to get summer tires, i'd think about 9000's.
Had to go all season so i went for the 5000's.
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Talking my 2 cents

I just got the tires/wheels mounted, balanced and installed...

I'm a fan. The tires definitely feel very stable - good grip - no chatter even on really hard turns. I haven't driven hard in wet conditions yet, but everyone seems to think they do a great job - I can't wait!

good tire - definitely glad I got them!

I need to post some pictures - wheels and tires make a WORLD of difference!!!
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Ugh... I suck!
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Old 05-12-2003, 09:51 AM   #19
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well...you DO run Linux...

hehehe...just kidding!
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Old 05-12-2003, 03:23 PM   #20
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i have them in 225/40/18 and i like them. be careful when theyr'e new, they are not as grippy as they will become when they break in.
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well...you DO run Linux...

hehehe...just kidding!

S-T-F-U j/k

I guess Ive been looking at SP Sport 5000's so long that every time I see Dunlop SP Sport ________ it automatically registers as 5000's
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S-T-F-U j/k

I guess Ive been looking at SP Sport 5000's so long that every time I see Dunlop SP Sport ________ it automatically registers as 5000's
hahaha...I should definitely S-T-F-U...my roommate's running a Linux server in my apartment I wouldn't be on here if it weren't for that thing!

are the 5000's an all-season? That might be something to try out next time around...
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yeah, 5000's are all season. There's a lot of threads on em so we dont need to get into detail here about em. But I'd buy another set after these wear out. Great in the wet and did well in 1 1/2 foot of snow
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hahaha...I should definitely S-T-F-U...my roommate's running a Linux server in my apartment I wouldn't be on here if it weren't for that thing!

are the 5000's an all-season? That might be something to try out next time around...
Ohhh Veryyy sweeettt, someday when I feel like putting up the money for a RH Server..... Im bound to SuSE, I eat it, sleep it, love it, and learn more about everyday
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I had 245/45-17 9000s on my Mitsu 300GT-VR4. By far the best performance tire I ever drove, wet or dry. Quiet and smooth, and good for 35kmi too.

But don't even think of taking them in snow.

With the AWD I was usually able to get going, but turning or stopping even in light packed snow was a horror. At one point (I'm not making this up!) I got the car stopped but the road had significant camber and, even at 0mph, I gently slid sidways off the crown onto the shoulder, totally not in control of my fate.
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