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Old 10-21-2001, 03:31 PM   #1
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Default Price for Nokian Hakka 1s 16"

My dealer is selling Hakka 1s for 16" rims at about 100/tire, including tax. Is this a reasonable price? Can I find it sold cheaper? My first time buying winter tires, can someone suggest online retailers to look (besides TireRack--they don't carry the Nokians).
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Old 10-21-2001, 04:37 PM   #2
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Just out of curiosity, why pick them over Bridgestone Blizzaks?
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Old 10-21-2001, 05:04 PM   #3
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I live in VT, will be driving all over VT and NH during winter. Almost everyone I met here told me get Hakka 1s. I also read Glenn Wallace's posts about Blizzaks v. Hakkas. I figure there's a wider knowledge base for Hakkas in my area, so if something goes awry, people should know what to do with the Hakkas. I also recall some different attributes between the two tires, and the Hakkas fit my climate conditions more than the Blizzaks. Both great tires though.
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Old 10-21-2001, 05:04 PM   #4
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Yeah, that's an ok price. You could probably get 'em cheaper from etires. The Hak 1 is a great tire, at least in AK, but it's bugging me that I can't get a set of Hak 2's, they're not importing them into North America, although the outlet in Anchorage does have only one size, for some reason (?), but of course not the size I need.

They're (Hak 1) good in both deep snow and on ice, and wear really well. But the Hak 2's are supposed to stop 15% quicker with ABS. If anyone knows where I could get Hak 2's this year, please email me.
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Old 10-21-2001, 07:20 PM   #5
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How do the Hak 1's fair when not using studs. Correct me if I'm wrong, but these tires can take studs, but don't come with any and where I live studded tires are not legal. How do these compare to say the Hak Q's?
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Old 10-21-2001, 10:10 PM   #6
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I haven't used the Hakka 1's without studs, not sure why anyone would want to.

My guess is that you would want to look at Hakka NRW's or maybe the Q's if you can't have studs. Also check out the Michelin Pilot Alpins and Arctic Alpins. I have friends who have had the Michelins and the Blizzaks and they say the Michelins are better over 2 or 3 years, hands down. The grip of a new Blizzak is hard to beat, but I understand that the multi-cell compound responsible for this grip isn't too deep and wears out quickly. The Michelins have the same compound throughout the tire and get most of their grip from siping, so the long term wear is better.

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Old 10-21-2001, 10:39 PM   #7
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I haven't used the Hak 1 without studs either. I'd get Q's or Blizzaks, or Toyo or Yokohama friction tires if I couldn't or didn't want to run studs.
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