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Old 08-10-2004, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default Nitto NeoGen tires

I have had these tires on my car for about 10K miles now - 225/45/R17 on Gramlight 57c 17x7.5 wheels... Great rain traction, good highway ride, fairly sticky, low roadnoise, and absolute ****e for AutoX. The sidewall is way to soft for an AutoX tire, even when aired up to ~50 Psi you can feel the sidewalls start to deflect on hard cornering (though I doubt you would run into this issue on the street). The treadwear rating is 280 - I think they RE92s are 320(or 340) and RE070 (STI tires) are like 120!

As a street tire I would give them a B+ (mostly because of the slippery surface traction, they are good in mud too btw) but I don't think they are worth a damn for autox. However I did pay about $75 a tire, and compared to the Michelin Pilot Sports I had before (at $175 a tire) I would say they are pretty close other than sidewall stiffness. So if you want to save some change and still get a pretty darn good tire I would say the Neogens are worth a shot.

Also according to Nitto they have a harder tread compound to the inside of the tire allowing you to run negative camber and still get even tire wear. I thought I would give it a shot, and running -1.75 in the rear I have had no issues with uneven tire wear.

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Old 08-11-2004, 04:39 PM   #2
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yeah, my review would be the same as yours......ive been running neo-gens for some time now on my spec v with great results(more dry traction than i thought they would have!), and i just put 225/45/17 on my wagon. little soft in the sidewall but overall really good. i also know a fairly aggressive autox'r ina spec v that has run the neos with really good results even with the soft sidewall.
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