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  1. lotsie

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    I had started(now lost in the ether) a thread looking for advice on new tires for my 15" holies. Thanks everyone for the suggestions:Thumbsup:.

    I decided on 205/50/15's Nitto Neo Gen's. Ordered them last Wednesday, and FedEx just dropped them off this morning. Pretty quick, considering no shipping:D, and they were on sale for 74.99:D:D:D

    Getting them mounted tomorrow, will post my thoughts on them once they are on.

    Mark
     
  2. BlimeyCabrio

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    Those tires are a great value, IMHO.

    They're not in the same league as my RE-11's are now... but they're incredibly good for the price. I drove the crap outta my last set... and with some big discounts I got them for less than $300 out the door, installed.
     
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    I'm one happy motorer now:D:D:D:D Just got back from a short twisty run, tires are great!!! Almost ripped the body off the little bugger:lol:

    Next is this WMW Suspension Package - Way Motor Works
    May be time to raid the MINI piggy bank, shhh:ihih:

    Mark
     
  4. ScottinBend

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    Glad to hear you like the Nitto's. They are on my short list for my next set.

    You will love the TSW springs. I have a set of the V1 springs and love them.
     
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    I am running the Nitto Neo Gens in 215/45/17 on my 07.

    I just had a ripping good time on the long route home, after my coffee break. :arf:

    Nice day in Colorado, scared the carp out of the 10 thousand bicylelists on my fun route. :devil: :cool:

    Don

    Must post a map, off to make map. :lol:
     
  6. Wikedmini

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    OOo crap... let me go check out Mine,,,,, I know mine tires are fat to fill the gap.. lol

    Edit...

    I'm running
    Kumho Ecsta ASX 205/55R/15

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    Same size I will be going to......how long have you had yours?
     
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    I ran that size (215/45R17) all last year - put about 20K miles on them, including two trips to the Dragon, two track days, an tons of hard driving. Really liked them. Very hard to beat for the money. They're grippy and very predictable in all conditions.

    That said... they're not RE-11's or Star Specs. The Neo Gens will probably wear twice as long... but driving on the RE-11's is a semi-religious experience. :lol:
     
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    I really can't justify the short life and expense of a tire with less than a 200 wear rating. I would go thru them too quick.
     
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    Question, do you rotate the Neo Gens corner to corner, or front to back? They have an outside-inside marked on them, but no rotation arrow.

    Mark
     
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    I must say, Star Specs FTMFW !! (just became available in 205/50/15) I have gotten 13k out of them so far and maybe another 3-4k before i need to replace them.

    But to the OP, i have some friends that run the NeoGens and enjoy them very much, so good choice.
     
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    I'm very happy with them. Poco feels well planted to the road. Have not done much highway with them yet, but I was out the other day, and the stretch of highway I was on, the old tires used to tram somewhat, none with the NeoGens.

    The other thing I noticed, is the traction control hardly comes on in the wet. Being a Justa, it can't spin the tires as much, so it just goes:D So far they seem to handle wet twisties really well.

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    So the tires now have a very spirited run on them, 250 miles worth, and I must say my 03 Justa has never felt so good. Smaller R has proven to make the car quicker, even with a way off speedo:lol:, and more gap:lol::lol:. The turn in is very quick, back end follows along nicely, even when braking late pushing hard in tight turns:Thumbsup:

    For DD they are nice, and rain handling is great.

    Mark
     
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    what is the advantage of a 15 versus a 17?
     
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    I do like the much fatter tires over the low profile ones.
     
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    They are good as long as you live in a clime with not a lot of rain and no snow. However, the ASXes REALLY suck when used in larger widths in heavy rain and aren't much better in even light [2"] snow. And, you can just pray that you won't encounter ice....
     
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    So Mark, how do you like those Nitto's after a year?
     

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