All-season tires for 5kcstq

B Vibert blur at
Tue Dec 31 13:53:38 EST 2002

A bubble in the sidewall is usually a sign of an open ply splice, ply
has fabric in it to prevent stretching but the sidewall rubber doesn't
so it bulges if the ply isn't in that spot.  This is very dangerous
and could blow at any time.  Since it's a manufacturing defect I would
suspect Dunlop would have replaced it for free if you complained
loudly enough, especially with all the Firestone fiasco happening so
I don't know much about the sp5000, sorry.

Burl Vibert
1987 5kcstq
Kingston, Ontario

Wallace White wrote:
> It's about time to replace the Dunlop SP4000's on my 5kcstq. I've been
> happy with them overall. They've done almost 50k miles and have a bit
> left. Handling and traction have been good, noise fine.
> My only complaint was that one of them developed a large blister in the
> sidewall and had to be replaced at my cost; I've since heard that many
> new Audis had blistered Dunlops, which Audi covered. This makes me a
> little hesitant about getting more Dunlops.
> So, how's the SP5000? This would be the symmetrical version, at
> 205/60-15. I'd appreciate advice on it or other tires that might fit the
> bill:
> - H- or V-rated all season
> - decent snow performance (I drive to Tahoe a few times a year)
> - good tread life
> - low noise
> It sounds like the BFGoodrich Comp T/A is another popular choice. It's a
> few bucks cheaper but is H-rated (the SP5k is V).
> Thanks,
> Wallace
> '87 5kcstq 195k
> Menlo Park, CA

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