Re: [DML] Dunlop tires
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Re: [DML] Dunlop tires



Has anybody  had any experiences with Kuma tires?  I'm getting ready to buy some next week.

Todd Nelson <todd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:          Mark,

I know this post is a little old, I'm 3 weeks behind in my DML reading! Anyway, the BFs and Dunlop's are not your only option. This past summer I put a set of Cooper Cobra's on my car. Before that it had a set of BFs from the late 80's! So I couldn't base much of a comparison on those, but I would say the Cobra's are a nice alternative. I've put probably 600 miles on these tires and have not had any issues, the DeLorean has always been a loud car for me, but I wouldn't say these tires make any excessive noise or vibrations. I don't do any winter, or any bad weather driving for that matter, so I can't comment on how well they perform in that application. But they do come in the correct sizes for the car.

I spent $313 on the four matching tires which included mounting, balancing, and new stems, so the cost wasn't too bad.

Todd Nelson
1561, Vermont
http://1561project.com

----- Original Message ----- 
From: outatym2001 
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2007 5:43 PM
Subject: [DML] Dunlop tires

DUNLOP GT QUALIFIER T.
Got the original stock rims on my '81 DeLorean rear 235/60R15 
front 195/60R14 and I've put about 2,000 miles on this set in four 
months. Live just 3-1/2 miles from work. I followed the DeLorean 
handbook recommendation of 30 psi rear and 23 psi front for normal 
driving. At freeway speeds you do have to raise your voice. It's 
not bad. There is a little more noise coming from the rear tires 
than I like. They're not quiet either. You can guesstimate your 
mph by the pitch and tone from the tires. My commute to work is 
just 3-1/2 miles and the speed limit is 35 mph max. The tires let 
you know they're spinning when you hit 30 mph and just get deeper in 
tone at higher speeds.
I used the Dunlops twice in the snow. Decent traction when 
traveling at speeds below 35 mph. I didn't try going faster. 
Although, when trying to start on a hill from a dead stop, initially 
there's some rear wheel spin which eventually will get you rolling 
then once your moving the Dunlops dig in and get you where you want 
to go.
Good wet traction. There's some pull when hitting a large puddle 
of water on just one side but not so much pull to cause you to leave 
your lane. Of course the tread is new and it displaces a lot of 
water.
Overall I'm happy with the set-up. The only alternative is the BF 
Goodrich Radial T/A on all four rims and I couldn't stand the noise 
and vibration. I got rid of them after only a month and 700 miles.
The DeLorean is light in the front so you'll want to NOT drive at 
insane speeds around corners in any case while driving in the rain!

Mark R. Vanyo.
Member of www.pndc.org since Ocotber, 2000.

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