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      07-15-2008, 09:35 AM   #1
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Very pleased with Nitto Invo's

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Please read this as a personal review from an individual and not by my screen name. This has nothing to do with our shop cars and what i do for a living. This is my personal review on something i thought would help the community.


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As soon as i ordered my Volks in February i started looking for tires. I read a few threads on the Invo's but they seemed to be filled with more speculation and babbling than anything else.

I have had previous experience with the KDW's, PS2's, and T1R's (also a few others but these are the top of what i used for street tires).

If you look at my mods, i did not end up with a very street friendly car. Solid mounts, open wastegate, etc... I never really gave thought to road noise and feel since the last tires i've used were the KDW's and were very noisy and rough compared to these.

The Nitto Invo's to my surprise have actually matched the street performance of the tires mentioned above (from personal driving style and habit with the power i have). Where some of there tires did not perform well in the rain and others wore out too fast. I actually enjoy cruising in the car again and will start driving the car more often.

I am not one of those people who looks for too much refinement and have sacrificed most of my ride quality for performance (suspension, etc...), but this has really made the largest difference in my car since the power upgrades. I never imagined tires alone would have made such a difference. The price is also very nice and makes having great tires really affordable.

Using a 245 35 19 on a 19 x 9.5 wheel


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These are going to be the only tires i use from now on. If anyone is on the fence about these tires, i would highly recommend purchasing a set of these.

I hope this helps clear up some of the questions i have read about these tires.
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      07-15-2008, 10:39 AM   #2
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Good to hear. I am pleased with the OEM wheels and tires on my car, but it's good to see people trying new things.
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      07-15-2008, 12:00 PM   #3
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We've got the Invos on our M3 as well, and they really are solid tires.
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      07-16-2008, 08:22 AM   #4
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I forgot to mention how much power i am making, maybe that will help everyone understand why i am so impressed by these tires.

Both runs are the same car. Just different boost levels.
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      07-16-2008, 11:41 AM   #5
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That's not bad for 6 banger I can't wait to see what you guys can do with a V8
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Nitto Invo's FTW!! we use them AAALLLLL day! keep up the great work AA!
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      07-16-2008, 12:15 PM   #7
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Nitto Invo's FTW!! we use them AAALLLLL day! keep up the great work AA!
LOL. Secret is its a 4 banger.

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That's not bad for 6 banger I can't wait to see what you guys can do with a V8
Thanks.
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      07-16-2008, 02:48 PM   #8
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how about a pic of the entire car
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how about a pic of the entire car
Its not finished cosmetically, but the power, suspension and wheels are done.





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You are taking that all the way up to 8500 with crazy boost? Wow. You clearly rebuilt the whole engine from the ground up. How durable do you think this setup is?
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You are taking that all the way up to 8500 with crazy boost? Wow. You clearly rebuilt the whole engine from the ground up. How durable do you think this setup is?
Just like stock as long as its properly maintained. There is not one stock bolt left in the power/drive train. LOL.

In the same respect its real easy to destroy a stock motor if you wanted to.
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There is not one stock bolt left in the power/drive train. LOL.
That explains it!
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The Invo's are at best OK. They are confort tires, but they are very much not performance tires. Their outstanding quality is cheap, not good. The stock PS2s will outperform them by a good margin.

(Note: I put them on my E46 as a beater tire until I sell it)
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The Invo's are at best OK. They are confort tires, but they are very much not performance tires. Their outstanding quality is cheap, not good. The stock PS2s will outperform them by a good margin.

(Note: I put them on my E46 as a beater tire until I sell it)
Have you owned a set of these tires?

Actually yes they are very comfortable tires. I am assuming you are judging them based on paper states and the fact that the PS2's are very popular.

Not knocking the PS2's in any way.

Its just as i stated in the first post. I haven't really seen any good/fair reviews on them, mostly speculation. Which i assume you are doing.

These tires are not all performance, which it can handle... not rated as high in that category alone compared to other tires (which may be your deciding factor). However these tires provide more than enough grip for the everyday driver and provide overall comfort and feel which is very important to most.

To say that most people are maxing out their tires on the street is a major lie. If you plan to go to a road coarse and or drag style event/driving scenario i would highly recommend purchasing the proper tires.

My opinion, which i seem to share with most is that more a street tire these are very impressive and a very good overall package.
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Have you owned a set of these tires?

Actually yes they are very comfortable tires. I am assuming you are judging them based on paper states and the fact that the PS2's are very popular.

Not knocking the PS2's in any way.
I am just comparing them to the following.

Neova
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I have driven on alll of those in competiton and used the Invo's on my E46 for about 3 months before getting the e92. They simply are not up to the standards of any of the tires in that list. They are a harder rubber with a softer sidewall. Not good for grip or handling.

Now if you want civic owners to compliment your tires, go for it (it happened). Or if alll you care about is comfort they are fine.
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I am just comparing them to the following.

Neova
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I have driven on alll of those and used the Invo's on my E46 for about 3 months before getting the e92. They simply are not up to the standards of any of the tires in that list. They are a harder rubber with a softer sidewall. Not good for grip or handling.

Now if you want civic owners to compliment your tires, go for it (it happened). Or if alll you care about is comfort they are fine.
Not sure where you are going with this. I understand they may not be up to your standards. That's fine. There plenty other choices available.

Don't understand the civic comment either.

Have fun with your car. Thanks for your opinion.
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Not sure where you are going with this. I understand they may not be up to your standards. That's fine. There plenty other choices available.
I just wanted to make sure the forum members were not misllead into thinking these tires were the equal of the OEM tires, they are not.

However, it is the only tire I have owned where someone felt compelled to tell me how sweet the tread pattern was.
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I just wanted to make sure the forum members were not misllead into thinking these tires were the equal of the OEM tires, they are not.

However, it is the only tire I have owned where someone felt compelled to tell me how sweet the tread pattern was.
They don't compare to stock EVO tires either, performance wise.

But they feel a lot better, last longer, and are a better "street tire" IMO.

The thread pattern does bring attention.
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