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Dunlop Tires

Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec tires-Size: 205-50-on a 15x7 wheel

[4/1/2010] Reviewed by: David Lingenfelter - transamracer2002@yahoo.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

These are a serious Summer/Track/Autocross tire. Do not buy this car for tooling around the block, it's purpose in life is grip!

I had these tires in the 195-55 size last year and they did well. Good predictable grip and before they hit the wear bars they were great in the rain. They lasted 17k miles with under a hundred autocross runs thrown in between. My new 205's are much better sized and the lateral grip is incredible. Falken RT615's and the like don't hold a Candle to these. They have soo much grip and are soo predictable you have to ratchet up your nerve to push them hard enough.

I got mine at full tread and experianced little feathering (Unlike the massive feathering you'd get from R1R's from Toyo). The Compound works best after a short break in period but once you put over 10kmiles on them they start to harden up and become *every other tire*, but 10k miles is a long honeymoon period that will net many autocross wins and respectable finishes. Also, take them off for winter, the rubber turns to rock like any other summer tire in cold temps.

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Dunlop Sport A2

[12/12/2003] Reviewed by: Dan Stehling - dstehling1@earthlink.net

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Purchased full set of Dunlop Sport A2 tires for my 02 Toyota Camery.

Tire in service for one year! Loved them at first until one year elapsed. Started noticing vibration from front. Rotated tires and checked alignment. Alginment good. Vibration appears to be getting worse, checked tires, observe tires scalloping on front and back (remember already rotated tires). Had alignment, suspension checked at Toyota dealer. Alignment and suspension good. Researched tire scalloping on web. Suggested that any tire that says "All Season" it is probably the tire. Also can be due to alignment (checked good) and light weight of vehicle. My assessment, I believe the tire is casuing the problem. Only one year of service the tire is now very noisy and causing more scalloping, and vibration to suspension.

I request feedback regarding these tires. Has anyone else experienced this problem?

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Dunlop SP6000 tires

[8/10/2003] Reviewed by: Stew Mitchell - mz74@infostations.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97

195-50-15 VR tires

Replaced original tires with the 6000. They lasted 30,000 miles.

These were the best tires I've had on any car. I ran out of guts well before they ran out of grip. I was never able to break away the rear end. I drive hard on ocassion, all on mountain roads.

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Dunlop SP Sport 5000 195/50ZR-15

[1/30/2003] Reviewed by: Anonymous

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

Dunlop SP Sport 5000 195/50ZR-15. Replacement Tires for LS or Special Edition Miata 1999-2000 models (15-inch wheels).

So far so good. Tires work really great on dry pavement. It hasn't rained much lately and I am not sure about the snow just yet but they seem to handle with just as much confidence as the stock tires they replaced (Michelin Pilot SX-GT 195/50R-15) and those tires weren't so hot in the rain/snow at all so I am certain it will be about the same or better. I commute about 70 miles per day and don't do any autocrossing or racing or anything of that sort. I just drive. And for this type of use, I would recommend these tires to anyone looking to replace the stock tires after they've worn out.

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Dunlop SP Sport A2

[12/29/2002] Reviewed by: Michael Marino - mmarino@clemson.edu

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Dunlop SP Sport A2 All-Season Tires

I bought these tires a few months ago after researching all-season tires for my miata. I have to say these tires have great grip for an all-season tire. With the top down I can hear them gripping on turns, which I love since I can hear where their limit is. For an all-season they handle pretty well. I have autocrossed on them twice and am happy with them. If I swing the rear out on a turn I simply let off the gas and the traction returns with little delay. On the autocross be sure to pump up the pressure pretty high as they do roll over slightly. Their treadwear rating of 420 is high and makes a great daily driven tire with great handling potential. I highly recommend the SP sport A2 as a daily driven tire with better than average grip and a high treadwear rating. They are not the best autocross alternative but for a daily driven tire they offer enough. I spent $70 a tire with mounting, balancing, and 4-wheel realignment.

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Dunlop SP Sport A2

[3/27/2002] Reviewed by: Ed Spencer - espencer@usa.net

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Dunlop SP Sport A2 Tires - 185/60HR14

I had these installed locally on stock 7 spoke alloy rims at a total cost of less than $250. I've found them to provide a quiet ride at both highway speeds and in town while providing excellent traction in both dry and wet conditions. For general driving I would consider these to be excellent tires. If you autocross comptatively you will probably want to select a softer tire - sacrificing wearability for additional traction. All in all, an excellent high-performance all-season H-rated tire with good treadlife.

UTQG Rating: 420 AA A 50,000 mile/6 year warranty - prorated after first 25% of tread wear.

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Dunlop SP Sport A2

[12/15/2001] Reviewed by: Sal Belluomo - mesalvini@aol.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

P185/60HR14

1993 Miata 185/60HR14. I researched many different tire brands. The manager at Mavis discount tire suggested I buy Continental CH 95s. My own research suggested that the Dunlop SP Sport A2 would be a better tire. Mavis had on 4 in the warehouse and they were mine. I originally rode on Dunlop D60's. The difference between the SP Sport A2ís and the D60's is amazing; it is immediately noticeable. The tire is quite, (no road noise) smooth, (going over small bumps no pong or thud sounds) and has very good traction both when the road is dry and in the rain. WOW. It feels like the suspension on my car is upgraded. I mostly do highway driving, about 95 miles per day. I would give these tires a rating of 9.0 out of 10. I would highly recommend them for anyone looking for H-rated all season high performance tires. Cost $66.00 per tire, installed. $39.99 for wheel alignment. Hope this info. helps.


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Dunlop SP 5000 Tires

[10/3/2001] Reviewed by: Wade Broussard - toadfreek@hotmail.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Very good tires, the best that has been on my Miata .. > Handles great!!

Purchased thur Tirerack.com To the door in two days.

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Dunlop SP Sport W10

[5/24/2001] Reviewed by: Jeff Farrell - farrell1@ix.netcom.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

205/45 x 16"

Previous comments said this was a noisy tire. Maybe so, but they are MUCH quieter and smoother than my previous tires, especially on grooved concrete. The ride is also better despite the previous tires being 185/60 x 14". Handling seems better also.

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Dunlop Formula FM 901 tyre - 185/60R14 

[12/13/2000] Reviewed by: Matt King - matthew.king@osi.varianinc.com 

Applicable to: '90 - '97

A fairly new model tyre from Dunlop, designed as the replacement for the SP Sport W-10.

These are a fairly high performance level tyre, one of the better ones available to me in the standard 14" size. The tread pattern is pretty sleek - see here: http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=849260&a=6174930&p=33631410&Sequence=1&res=high  - and is supposedly quieter than the W-10 predecessor as a result. They are certainly very quiet tyres - at least until you break them free. The grip limits are very good, my handling has become a lot more neutral compared to the oversteer commonly experienced on the worn old tyres I previously had. Breakaway is smooth and easily controllable.

Initial impression was that they were a little more squirmy than the old tyres, but that feeling has faded with use. Some wear/feathering is evident after 2000 km, but that includes some driver training. The compound feels very soft.

I am very happy with the performance, ride and noise of these tyres. Back to back testing with competitors would be nice though, eg Bridgestone RE-711 and Yokohama A539, but I feel they would be up to the challenge.

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Dunlop SP sport W-10

[5/31/2000] Reviewed by Antony Figueroa (Nookie) - gofastant@hotmail.com

Applicable to '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Dunlop SP sport W-10 sourced from Tire Rack for $90.00 a tire. With tax and shipping, total was about $400.00 for a set of 205/45/16.

I can only compare this tire to the crappy Cooper Cobras (185/65/14) that were on the miata (90A) when I bought it. Compared to the coopers, these tires rock! Every aspect of ride/handling has improved. All I've heard from miata owners is that short sidewalls will make the ride harsh, but to quote that little mexican chihuahua from "All Dogs go to Heaven," "If this is torture, chain me to the wall!" I must also note that these tires are mounted on Volk TE-37's, and the wheel/tire combo weighs just one pound over stock. (29 vs. 30 lbs on my bathroom scale.) But despite the extra pound, ride quality over bumps has improved noticeably. Highway ride has become smoother and more comfortable. And my comfort zone around corners has increased about 10 mph. The only downside to these tires is road noise, these are quite a bit louder that the coopers. I haven't noticed any squealing around corners but I probably haven't pushed them hard enough yet.

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Dunlop SP 5000 UHPAS Tires

[4/21/2000] Reviewed by Louis Dodson - rlouisd@prodigy.net

Applicable to '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Ultra High Performance All Season Tires, 205/50 WR15 on Konig Caffeine Rims (15X6.5)

Good tire, very quiet with excellent grip, all at a fair price.

After somehow living with a set of Nitto NT450's (terrible tires, see the reviews for it here on miata.net) for a year, I went looking to buy a set of Dunlop SP 9000's. The guy at NTB (owner of a weekend racer Neon) in Springfield, VA suggested the SP 5000's to fit my needs; those needs being quiet, grippy, good in rain/snow, and a reasonable (<$100 per corner) price. The SP 5000's fit my needs perfectly, and I'm quite impressed by how well they grip and how progressively they break free. I recommend not only the tires but also, if you have 15" rims, the 205-50 size (that goes for other tire brands as well)

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Dunlop Sport 4000 A/S

Reviewed by: Richard Aldama - richdeb@compuserve

Purchased a set of 205/50/15s with the Borbet Type H wheel from the Tire Rack. Car is used year round so we wanted a tire that could handle the wet winter weather.

Handling is considerably better than the stock 185/60/14s that came with the car. More "footprint" on the road gets rid of the bounciness experienced with the stock tires and wheels and provides much better cornering ability. Excellent wet weather performance.

Tire has a good wide low profile that enhances the appearance and overall driving experience.


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