Just some feedback on the Nankang NS-2R as I struggled to find many half decent reviews about them online. And maybe someone on here might be considering them at some point.
In short, I'm underwhelmed. On track they were fairly grippy in the damp and held on well even when it got quite wet, but I wouldn't say the difference between them and my RE002's was day and night. I haven't used R888's or other high end rubber so can't compare there, but they left me wanting. I still had a noticeable amount of understeer, although less than the Bridgestones. They got up to temp fine and once adjusted down a couple of times stayed there consistently.
Having not had chance to change them since getting home, I've subsequently spent the week commuting on them. They have a super stiff sidewall which was a bitch for the fitter, and as expected is fairly uncomfortable on the road, the difference when switching back to the 50 profile Bridgestones today was noticeable, and I drove home breathing a sigh of relief as I no longer get loud bangs and shakes from the smallest road imperfections. The real point of note for me though was coming home on a VERY wet M1 on Friday, there were patches of standing water and when you hit them, you know about it! It was scary. The Bridgestones whilst a 'Summer' tyre have never left me with this feeling, and I couldn't wait to get to the lock up today and swap back. Having swapped, I would say the steering was a little lighter, can you put this down to the NS2R being grippier? I don't know.
I'm planning a day in the Summer, possibly Cadwell, so will update then as they may fair better on a warm/dry track. Snetterton was greasy in places to say the least.
Luke have you got some photos of the 205/50 and 205/45's fitted? I'm having a dilemma at the minute between chunky 50's looking too fat and maybe flexing too much and 45's looking like rubber bands again
Hey Ben. Take a look through the thread and the pics on Rota Grids are 205/50 the GT3's are on 205/45.
I like the chunky rubber look but I don't think it's too lost on a 45 profile. In terms of flex and sidewall stiffness then perhaps consider a 195/50 which would give you a tighter sidewall. It's all tyre dependent too at the end of the day. I like the 205's they fill the arch and are comfier on the road. I wouldn't say there's anything to notice between the two on track in terms of sidewall flex. Unless you're chasing tenths of a second.
Sweet I'll have a look through. I'll look into the 195/50 options too as it'll be going on 16x7 rims. I want something that'll fill the arch but don't want it to be like a 4x4, looking at RSR's/AD08's/NS2R's so it gives me some options
Had the GAZ shocks fitted, with just a snitch over -2 on the front and -1.5 on the rear. Took a couple of days to get the damping right but I am now very pleased with them, more so than the KW's. The one thing currently driving me mad is the rears squeak, especially when warm. I've dropped them and covered the top mounts in white lithium grease which helped for a couple of weeks, but after adjusting the rear ARB the other day it seems to be back with vengeance. I'm not 100% if it's the shocks or possibly the ARB bushes seeing as it's come back after adjusting that.
Received back another full set of R56 calipers refurbished in yellow. MMMMM.
Was having issues with the exhaust system but couldn't quite place it. Ordered a Milltek and decided to get a Janspeed manifold & tomcat whilst there. When Scott removed my manifold we found absolutely no trace left of a cat in there which was quite amusing. Then discovered that the backbox was riddled with cracks & holes, so not just the one issue....