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Question about Dunlop 208 Tires

I received a set of take offs from my friend that say "Dunlop 208F & 208A" on the sidewall. I thought Dunlop only made the 208 in the ZR (street) and GP (track) versions. What does the F & A stand for????

By the way he bought them from 4&6 and I called them about it, but I didn't really get a straight answer so I pose the question to the CLSBer's.
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So than are these tires the 208ZR's that are just made in different countries?
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I received a set of take offs from my friend that say "Dunlop 208F & 208A" on the sidewall. I thought Dunlop only made the 208 in the ZR (street) and GP (track) versions. What does the F & A stand for????

By the way he bought them from 4&6 and I called them about it, but I didn't really get a straight answer so I pose the question to the CLSBer's.
Those are 208 race tires not street. The "F" is for front , the "A" designates the tire model which means it is not the regular 208 race. These letters have nothing to do with the compound . Jim
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I received a set of take offs from my friend that say "Dunlop 208F & 208A" on the sidewall. I thought Dunlop only made the 208 in the ZR (street) and GP (track) versions. What does the F & A stand for????

By the way he bought them from 4&6 and I called them about it, but I didn't really get a straight answer so I pose the question to the CLSBer's.
I asked who took your call and Shawn said he explained "They are race tires don't use them on the street", i would think that was a pretty straight answer! Jim
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I think he more less wanted to know as posted what the A & F stood for. I could be wrong though


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I asked who took your call and Shawn said he explained "They are race tires don't use them on the street", i would think that was a pretty straight answer! Jim

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I think he more less wanted to know as posted what the A & F stood for. I could be wrong though
I answered that 2 posts above yours.
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"They are race tires don't use them on the street", i would think that was a pretty straight answer! Jim
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Those are 208 race tires not street. The "F" is for front , the "A" designates the tire model which means it is not the regular 208 race. These letters have nothing to do with the compound . Jim
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I think David mean that Shawn's response was not the answer he was looking for.

Jim thank you for clarifiying what A and F mean....that is what he looking for.
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Exactly, John. Thanks for clearing things up, Jim. My question was not about if I can ride them on the street, but how the A & F compound designation was different from the 208 GP compound.

Jim, can you chime in on the difference?
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Exactly, John. Thanks for clearing things up, Jim. My question was not about if I can ride them on the street, but how the A & F compound designation was different from the 208 GP compound.

Jim, can you chime in on the difference?
He already stated the A is the american rear 208gp and the f= front as in front tire. Im not sure what else your looking for are you looking for the difference between a gp and zr well the gp is a race tire and a zr is a street tire.

actually he didnt state that i guess, but thats what i was always told. the orig 208's came from france, the 208A's are from my understanding the version that is made in america. hope this helps ya

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I received a set of take offs from my friend that say "Dunlop 208F & 208A" on the sidewall. I thought Dunlop only made the 208 in the ZR (street) and GP (track) versions. What does the F & A stand for????

By the way he bought them from 4&6 and I called them about it, but I didn't really get a straight answer so I pose the question to the CLSBer's.

D208F's suck ass.

They came stock on my R6 and might be fine if you just do sport touring but if you ride hard and don't like losing your rear, lose the tires.

Seriously I would avoid them at all costs. Or if you need a pair for cheap cheap I'll give you mine that I took off after 4000 miles. I slid my rear end out too many times with them on to have any confidence in corners. Just check out http://www.r6-forum.com and see how many people complain abou the stock D208F's.

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Superspud- Thanks for the reply. I had a feeling that the Dunlop 208 A/F tires were NOT different country versions of the 208GP tires that most people use at the track. These are more or less street tires for the R6.
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i think someone needs to get a stright answer we got a owner of a race shop that has a dunlop tire reps and connections goes threw TONS of them, answers your question, some other guys says no there off a street R6


PLEASE mikdivad CALL dunlop CORP. and let us know who was right.


you are so anal as i would too be, then TALK to the source.



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Superspud- Thanks for the reply. I had a feeling that the Dunlop 208 A/F tires were NOT different country versions of the 208GP tires that most people use at the track. These are more or less street tires for the R6.
Yeah, it had been a while since I've ridden with touring tires, basically since 2001 when MEZ4's came on my SVS so the change in feel was drastic to me. Add to that the change in power from an SVS to an R6, and you get why I didn't like them too much. Besides cupping my front from practicing stoppies they looked like they'd get decent miles out of them. I switched to Diablo's though cause I needed a little more grip.
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i think someone needs to get a stright answer we got a owner of a race shop that has a dunlop tire reps and connections goes threw TONS of them, answers your question, some other guys says no there off a street R6


PLEASE mikdivad CALL dunlop CORP. and let us know who was right.


you are so anal as i would too be, then TALK to the source.
+1 yeah I'd be interested to find out why you can't hardly find them anywhere online.
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The tires in question are 208gp's. The "F" stands for FRONT. The "A" tells you the difference from the original 208gp as the "A" has less sipes(grooves) on the side of the tire. I would suggest you bring them by the shop and let me look at them and then we can settle the debate easily. If in fact they are what you said they are those tires never came stock on a street bike. It looks like you live in Evanston so your very close to our shop. Jim
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He already stated the A is the american rear 208gp and the f= front as in front tire. Im not sure what else your looking for are you looking for the difference between a gp and zr well the gp is a race tire and a zr is a street tire.

actually he didnt state that i guess, but thats what i was always told. the orig 208's came from france, the 208A's are from my understanding the version that is made in america. hope this helps ya
THE "A" HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHERE IT IS PRODUCED OR WHAT COMPOUND THE TIRE IS! JIM
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I called Race Tire Services and asked them about it, and they definitely confirmed that they are NOT the 208GP race tires. The tires I have are made in Japan, whereas according to RTS the 208GP race tires are only made in the UK or USA.

Also, the tires I have do not have any "GP" logo designation on them whereas the real 208GP's have the "GP" logo right after the #208.

Lastly, if this was the GP tire somewhere on the sidewall it would say "Off-road Use Only" or something to that effect, but no mention of that anywhere on the sidewall of my tires.

So I guess all of that points to---- Dunlop 208 Street Tires and not GP's. Phewww... glad that's settled. Now we can all get on with more important things in life.
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Lastly, if this was the GP tire somewhere on the sidewall it would say "Off-road Use Only" or something to that effect, but no mention of that anywhere on the sidewall of my tires.
Do DOT race tires actually say "off-road use only"? That kind of defeats the purpose of it being a DOT tire then no?
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