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Art
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posted February 08, 2000 08:13 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I'm replacing the OEM Pirelli P6000's on my 500SL (which wore out in 10K!) I need optimal wet weather traction in a tire with a smooth and quiet ride.

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msk
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posted February 10, 2000 04:29 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I have a Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4, with Dunlop SP-9000 tires; about 16K miles on them, minimal wear shows. The tires are truly superb in the wet, or snow; dry road handling surprisingly good, although turn-in a bit less crisp that the Yokohamas they replaced. Ride amazingly smooth. The only downside is that they are VERY noisy in the curves (don't squeal, just make a roaring sound which is quite intrusive. I'd buy them for my Jaguar, except not available in correct size, so I just now ordered the XGT-Z4s.

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Stanley C.
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posted February 11, 2000 04:36 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Several people I know who bought the Sp9000 have been complaining about the long braking distance. They say with the Sp9000 it took much much longer for the car to stop. Did you experience this?

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Art
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posted February 13, 2000 01:56 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Hey msk, thanks for the post on the SP9000's. From what I've heard they seem to be great "3-season" tires. Just how loud is the noise in the turns though? Since the SL is a convertible, this is a concern. Anyone have any comments on "top-down noise" with the SP9000's?

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msk
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posted February 14, 2000 07:56 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
After reading Stanley's post, I went out and tried a few "panic" stops (hadn't really had occasion to do same all these miles, as I try to look far ahead and anticipate the opposition's transgressions) - from 100 mph at full pedal, the ABS didn't even kick in on dry concrete roadway, but the stopping rate was hard enough to make me nauseous. On dry asphalt, the ABS kicked in after decelerating from 100 to about 40, briefly on and again the stopping rate was pretty ferocious. As far as the noise, it really is only obtrusive when driving vigorously in curves - straight line noise not noticable, but at even fairly low slip angles (15 degrees or so), driving faster than one would if the officer was watching, it is kinda loud. The tires' other virtues exceed this single vice, though. My wife says the noise is good because it alerts her to my indiscretions. MSK

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Stanely C.
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posted February 15, 2000 10:13 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Thank msk. I will definitely go with the sp9000 after reading your post. I originally thought about either the sp9000 or Toyo T1S but I was always leaning toward the sp9000 because of my experience with Dunlop.

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Art
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posted February 17, 2000 02:52 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Hey msk! Thanks for the info. I ordered the SP 9000's today!

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