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I cant decide on the Dunlop SP Sport 9000 (Z rated)or the Dunlop SP Sport FM901 (V rated). My question is which one is better, Im looking for good tires on wet pavement, one 13hr long trip and cornering. A Some what on snow and Ice. Im planning to order it soon.
 

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The SP 9000 are awesome in the rain, absolutely amazing. But do not even attempt to drive them in anything but rain or dry. Snow and Ice you will find yourself on the side of the road, actually you won't even be able to move on a flat road. I had them and got stuck in a snow storm and could barely get the car rolling on a flat road with only a little bit of snow. It is the way the tread pattern is. there is no grip for bitting at the snow. I have no experience with the FM901's
 

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no problem,

one more thing, it is going to be hard to find a tire that performs in the environments you are looking for. Unless you buy all season tires you are going to be compromising one aspect for another. Getting a tire that can corner and have good traction in the rain will eliminate all chance of drivng in the snow. Treads for snow tires are very different and do not allow for performance driving of any kind. I'm not sure what wheels you have, but if you have 15's you can get a set of tires for the summer, spring and fall and then a set of winter/snow tires. That would be the best way to go in my opinion, but again it depends on your wheel size, money etc.
 

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its the stock 15" alloys with pilot XGT V4 tires.
 

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First things first, definitely get those sh*tty michelin off your car, they blow. If you can afford it I would suggest getting a 205/50R15 for performance tire and then in the winter get a set of snows
 

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You sure the 205 will fit on the stock rims. it's going to be to wide.
 

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Eva01 on Aug/19/02 said:
Yes, 205 fit on the teg rim just fine.
exactly, the 205 is fine. I would suggest getting a tire with a decently stiff sidewall because your stock rim is a 15x6" and 205 work best for 7" wide rim. The 205 will be fine on your 15's, I used to have that. Your tire will just actually stick out alittle past your rim. Having a tire with a stiff sidewall will help the tire create better traction and better overall driveability, that is why I suggest you do the 205 with an above average performance tire.
 

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Well first of all, if u want performance tires, forget about snow and ice, is IMPOSSIBLE. May i ask why u just wanna get Dunlop? There are many choices with the price of SP9000. Personally i dont think they are worth to buy, too expensive. For similar performance u can go for Falken Azenis, they are alot cheaper (Maybe wont last as long). FM901 is alot cheaper then SP9000 as well and they do perform good. Now i have 205/50/15 Azenis on my integra and i have Bridgestone S-03 on my other car, they both great. Go to tirerack.com to check out special deals, cuz i got my S-03 there for a really good deal.
 

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Thats where I went (tirerack, discount tire direct, etc.) I went to sears last night to see what they have and I told them my size 195/50/15 the guy told me the integra dont come in that size they only come in 195/55/15 (he clams that he been working in tires for 6 years) but anyway I look into the 205. Thanks
 

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phatintegra on Aug/20/02 said:
I went to sears last night to see what they have and I told them my size 195/50/15 the guy told me the integra dont come in that size they only come in 195/55/15 (he clams that he been working in tires for 6 years) but anyway I look into the 205. Thanks
if that's whats on your car when you drove out there than I woulda been like... "WELL COME LOOK AT THESE, BUDDY! WHAT THE HELL ARE THOSE 4 THINGS WRAPPING MY RIMS??"

I hate know it all (or wish they knew it all).

Hmmm, I don't know of a good recommendation, your post is informing me though, thanks!! I've been riding on the same tires for last 2 cars (both had Firestone Firehawks when I bought the cars.) I don't know, they work decent, not like I would like. But since that's all I've ever rolled on I don't know what I'm missing. I plan to find out after winter.
 

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I didnt had my integra with me that day I drove my Q45. But Im thinking after work I should drive up to sears in my teg and shut him up.
 

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f**k the guy at sears... People at stores like that tell you what tire goes on your car based only on what the factory tire is. See going outside of factory can cause legal issues for them if anything were to happen. I used to work at Town Fair Tire, just like sears tire stores. The sales guys just sell the exact size that comes on factory. This way there is less hassle on their part and the buyer who the majority of time knows nothing at all. If you want to listen to him that is fine, but what everyone here is trying to say is that there are different size tires that will work with your size rims and these different tires can offer more benefits for the attributes you are currently looking for. Getting a 50mm sidewall instead of a 55mm sidewall is going to make the tire thinner and aid in reducing the amount of flex allowed during corning becuase of the increased stiffness and decreased height. Picture a slim metal ruler for example. A 1 foot ruler can only bend so far, now picture a 2 foot ruler which can bend about twice as much.
 

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Oh yeah one more thing, if you call the guys at tirerack, tell them what you are looking for and they will help you pick the best tire and size for you. They will give you a few choices too choose from.
 
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