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Posted by jvr on December 08, 1999 at 16:41:14:

In Reply to: SP 8000's are cheap now. posted by MJ on December 08, 1999 at 16:05:45:

I had them on my '96 328is (225-50ZR16). They were quite sticky, but I found the ride a little harsh and loud. A buddy of mine has them on his E34 540 (17" M3 style wheels 245-45ZR17) - same observations.

I run Bridgestone S-02 Pole Positions on my 528i and love them. They are a little noisey at slow cornering speeds, but the grip is unsurpassed - IMHO. But, for the value of the SP8000's, if you don't need to worry about wet handling - I say get them! I do not know why they are so cheap, but so be it!

'99 528i Sport

: You can get the SP8000's for the 540i6 for $125 per tire from TIRERACK. Can't beat that price for a 17" ZR.

: MJ
: '98 540i6
: '00 M5

: : It might be wrong about the SP8000's and SP2000's rating? Does anyone know rating for SP8000 and SP2000 tires?

: : mp

: :
: : : SP8000's are good, however they are Ultra High Performance while SP9000's are Max performace tires. They are Z-rated tires, while SP2000's are W rated and SP8's are probably also. Again as you move up the latter, you'll find the tirewear to be more and more because the compound is softer. It's your choice, because all of the tires are good in their own way. You gain in some areas while losing in others. There's no such thing as a perfect tire. Well not yet at least. Good luck!

: : : mp

: : : : : Michelin MXX3 for dry like Phoenix

: : : : : Michelin Pilot Sport or Dunlop SP9000 for wet like Seattle.

: : : : : : I need to get new 235/45R17's for my E39. What is the best tire for comfort/ride and performance? What do y'all recommend? Thanks in advance...

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