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      04-08-2010, 02:46 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Best Rim protector - Dunlop SP SPORT?

I have always been sensitive when purchasing new tires, to see how well the manufacturer has designed the tire with a built in Rim Protector. (18x8 wheel w/235-40-18)

Bought new Dunlop SP Sport Signature tires - and I am most impressed with the built in rim protector (not to mention the made in the USA quality).

Anyone else find a tire with a good rim protector?



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      04-08-2010, 02:49 PM   #2
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Continentals are like that.
I'm surprised that there is not a bigger emphasis on this characteristic of tires. After all, we spend thousands on wheels only to have them eventually scratched because many of the tires dont have any form of protection.
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      04-08-2010, 02:50 PM   #3
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I had these same tires, loved them for the same reason, havent found anything better yet


then again, im running some poke, so rim protection goes out the window.
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      04-08-2010, 03:14 PM   #4
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then again, im running some poke, so rim protection goes out the window.
I don't understand what poke is.
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Continental DWS are like that. Excellent tires too.
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I don't understand what poke is.
Poke is a stretched tire, so it sticks out a little - Like this -



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The best lip protector is not hitting the fucking curb. It's always avoidable.
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Poke is a stretched tire, so it sticks out a little - Like this -
Poke refers to the wheel poking past the fender, nothing to do with the tire. Stretch is just implied.
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what is the width of the rim? and what is the size of dat tire ?
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      04-09-2010, 07:49 AM   #9
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The best lip protector is not hitting the fucking curb. It's always avoidable..
I agree, just like the best insurance is not doing anything that would require you to use it. However, things happen and you're bound to get a curb rash every once in a while. Having a tire with a rim protector helps.
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what is the width of the rim? and what is the size of dat tire ?
i'm interested in knowing as well. It does look a tad stretched.

I have VMR 19" 8.5/9.5 on 235/265 Hankook V12's and the rim of the tire is exposed slightly less than the picture above. The rim was still exposed when i had General 275's. However, they were tucked nicely when i had Continental contisport2's (275's), so its not just a tire size thing.
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I agree, just like the best insurance is not doing anything that would require you to use it. However, things happen and you're bound to get a curb rash every once in a while. Having a tire with a rim protector helps.
I have never hit a curb. I will never get curb rash, because I stay away from curbs. If I have to parallel park, I don't get close.
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rim protectors are for sissies

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I have those same dunlop sports, excellent tire overall.
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The only thing the rim guard does is allow you to lay the face on your rim on the flat surface without creating a surface scratch. 3-5mm of extra rubber will not save your rim from 2-3 tons of force. WindowsM is right about poke.
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I think the stock RFT provides best protection in that aspect..
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rim protectors rip off and sling around making your tire look even worse if u do hit something
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The only thing the rim guard does is allow you to lay the face on your rim on the flat surface without creating a surface scratch. 3-5mm of extra rubber will not save your rim from 2-3 tons of force. WindowsM is right about poke.
I beg to differ .. I rubbed against a curb with my stock wheels with the runflats w/ rim protection and the wheel had absolutely no damage
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^That's a miracle. Two days after I bought my car I knocked a curb in a parking lot (as in I thought I might have heard something bit definately didn't feel anything). Result? Epic curb rash...

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rim protectors are for sissies

let us know how you feel when you side swipe a curb for the first time.
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let us know how you feel when you side swipe a curb for the first time.
People with aggressive setups don't hit curbs. They generally have more situational awareness and less idiocy than the average "un-enthusiast" on this forum.
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People with aggressive setups don't hit curbs. They generally have more situational awareness and less idiocy than the average "un-enthusiast" on this forum.
you're acting as if accidents don't happen...
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you're acting as if accidents don't happen...
If an accident happens, a lip protector is the least of your worries and won't even matter.
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