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Old 06-26-2001, 05:00 PM   #1
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Default Dunlop sp 5000 VS. Yoko AVS dB

I'm looking for a new set of all season tires and trying to figure out which are the best handeling in dry, rain and snow. The other tire I was looking into was the Bridgestone RE 950, but I haven't heard anyone talk about them before. So has anyone had any experience with or heard anything good or bad about the Dunlop SP Sport 5000, the Yoko AVS dB or the Bridgestone RE 950's?
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Old 06-26-2001, 05:23 PM   #2
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the 2 you mentioned are nearly identical...

i'd get either one of them.. you'll be fine...

i have bought 2 sets of the Dunlop 5000's now and dont have a bad thing to say about them... $90 each...! from discount tire...

good in the dry
excellent in the rain
can go in 0-6" of snow...
last long enough for me....

hope this helps...

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Old 06-26-2001, 06:36 PM   #3
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I just replaced my RE-92s with RE-950s, but since I still have fewer than 1000 miles on them, the jury's still out.
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Old 06-26-2001, 06:40 PM   #4
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I really like my Yokohama AVS DB's , quiet and quick.
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Old 06-26-2001, 06:42 PM   #5
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the 3 tire mentione d have very distinct differences so it really depends on what you want the tire to do

best bad weather traction ... Sport 5000
best ride quality ... AVS DB
best steering response ... RE950

my personal choice would be the Sport 5000's they are very well balanced when everything is considered .... did you e-mail this question to me also?

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Old 10-18-2001, 03:03 PM   #6
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I wanted to bump this to see if anyone had more input about the RE950 specifically.

I live in Atlanta so I never see snow unless I go Snowboarding. So for me Rain traction and Handling are the most important considerations, but summer tires are too dangerous on those Snowboard trips!!!

Right now I am undecided between the RE950 and the SP5000A
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Old 10-18-2001, 06:11 PM   #7
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Actually, it's kind of funny. I'm trying to decide between the two tires myself - He's got a DMS equipped impreza and I'm in a big 'ole outback.

The SP5000's have a different tread pattern in the size I would need - 215/65/15 vs what skidplatez and other 16"+ rim owners would get. How does the more boring tread stack up against the asymmetrical version?

The RE950 looks pretty cool, but looks aren't everything. I did however, see a bimmer (in Atlanta, actually) wearing these tires and he had no problems at 85mph in the HOV lane during a pouring thunderstorm. I was right behind him with my michelin rainforce tires, and I was seeing a bit of hydroplane action. I can't really recomend the rainforce tires to anyone but my mother.

The other kicker here is that I like to see dirt/sand/mud every now and then. After all, what's the point of owning a lifted station wagon with AWD if you never take it off the pavement?

I can see where the asymmetric SP5000 would be great on dirt/sand, and even light mud. But what about the symmetric tread version? Can it get grip?

I currently spin all of my tires quite a bit offroad. I can't even get around turns in deep dirt because the tires just sit and spin as I try and come out of the corner.

Keep in mind I want a great street tire, good in the rain, could care less about snow, needs to be capable on dirt. How does the SP5000 do in rallyx events? That would probably answer my question.
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Old 10-19-2001, 02:58 AM   #8
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I drive my parents MB E320 with Yokohama AVS S4s.. they are great when new... but now its around 3 years old with approx 30000KM on them, they are really scary in wet. i mean VERY scary.. I drive my sisters ES300 with older Michelin MXV4s, around 4 years old and VERY close to treadwear indicators, almost all gone, but they still has decent traction.. the AVS S4 has more tread than the MXV4s. Dry performances still out performs MXV4s by quite a bit though.... btw, this might sound stupid, but i do autoX the ES300! so i know the tires limit quite well....

Just posting this and maybe this would be something to consider if Yokohama didn't improve on how fast the rubber hardens as it ages on the AVS dBs.. hopefully they did!
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