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    Dunlop 300E

    Done 2000kms on my new Dunlop SP Sport 300E's (185/65R14H) now.
    They replaced a set of Dunlop Formula FM901's in 195/60R14.

    The 300E's are a decent tyre on their own, but a little disappointing after the 901's (WHY oh WHY don't they make them in 14" anymore?!?) which is to be expected seeing as I also down-specced in size.
    The 300E's are more comfortable and quieter and I reckon they suit the 405 more. 901's were erring on the side of overkill methinks. 300E has noticably more sidewall flex and less lateral grip but it is also more progressive, predictable and adjustable. I can induce a nice oversteer in the dry on really sharp turns

    There is a real difference between the two in wet braking. I was driving back from Wilson's Prom in the typhoon a couple of weekends ago when a branch fell onto the rain soaked road in front of me while doing about 90-100. I know the FM901's would have had no trouble slowing down in that distance, but it was bloody scary in the 300E's. They'd lock up very easily at low speeds and it took real concentration to modulate pedal pressure to avoid skidding.
    The FM901's were excellent in the wet and I actually had to be brutal with the brakes (slam, not squeeze) to induce lock up.

    Paid $153 apiece for the 300E's. Last year I paid $135 each for a superior and lower profile tyre.
    I was considering the Yoko A539's since the Wheels waxed lyrical about them, but I found Bob-Jane people I visited less than helpful or friendly. Had previous experiece with the Bridgestone RE92 (14") in a Volvo 240 and wasn't impressed. Pirelli P6000's would have cost $150 each for 185/65R14 ($119 for 205/65R14 ), and although a decent tyre they're not, IMHO, worth that much.

    Overall is it a good tyre? Yes. Disappointed by its braking, but I'm basing that judgement on the hand-of-God abilities the 901 has.
    I like the handling and level of grip the 300E's give - lower than the 901 but more predictable and 'tunable' for want of a better word. Would I get another set of 300E's? No.
    I think I'll find some 15" Pug alloys and shod them with FM901's or A539's next time 'round. I've been thouroughly spoilt now.

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    who? when? huh? GTI124's Avatar
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    Thanks for the comments. Kinda of what I expected to hear. I think Dunlop make nice progressive tyres, with loads of feel. The 300Es sound like they're similar to the 901 in that regard, just lacking in most other areas, as it should. Did they have the LM702 in that size? Did you consider them?

    What kind of 405 are you in again?

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    Haha...for some stupid reason, I completely overlooked the LM702 mallet
    I took mental note of them when checking out what was available, but totally forgot when the tyres were due and quotes were being taken. Perhaps because they weren't mentioned in the latest Wheels tyre tests??

    Has anyone got any experience with the LM702? I'd be interested to hear - and also any quotes received on price.

    I drive a 1990/2 405S.

    GTI124:
    Thanks for the comments. Kinda of what I expected to hear. I think Dunlop make nice progressive tyres, with loads of feel. The 300Es sound like they're similar to the 901 in that regard, just lacking in most other areas, as it should. Did they have the LM702 in that size? Did you consider them?

    What kind of 405 are you in again?

    Cheers, Lincoln
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    1996 Jaguar XJR X300
    1991 Honda VT250 Spada
    1992 Peugeot 405 S (R.I.P. 31/07/2005)

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    i have a set on my 205, i dont think theyre that bad at all, theyre pretty quiet, and they wore really quick at first but once they've worn down a bit they slow right down, decent in the wet as well, i got my 185/60/14 for $115 fitted but i think the normal asking price is around 130ish for that size.

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    who? when? huh? GTI124's Avatar
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    I got the FM901s for $175 and could've got the LM702 at $159 in 195/55R15. I haven't personally used them, though.
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