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Old 12-05-2001, 11:25 PM   #1
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Default Nokian Hakka Q's

I finally got my winter tires on this week and what a difference; the back streets and glare ice intersections are no problems now. I chose the Nokian Hakka Q's and I have nothing but praise so far.
The size I went with is 195 65 15 and the diameter is ever so slightly larger than the stock 205 55 16's. Is this any cause for concern with counters or encoders does anyone know?

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Old 12-06-2001, 02:02 AM   #2
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Vince, you will be fine. Most winter tires have a more square profile. This is to aid in cornering stability under load and results in a perceived larger contact patch (as it was explained to me by Bridgestone rep). The squarer profile prevents the tire from rolling under and driving on the relatively soft sidewall.
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Old 12-07-2001, 01:38 AM   #3
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Whats the performance diff between the Q's and the #1's? I've been looking at both.

Also, anyone know if it is illegal to run studs in Ontario? It probably is, but how could someone tell if the cars driving by. Anyone know what the penalty is?

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Old 12-07-2001, 11:43 AM   #4
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my understanding:
1's - T rated, stud or stundless, stiff sidewall than Q's(even stiffer than most H rated snow tire) more ideal for highway, snow, better dry performance, longest lasting winter tire in the market, loud as airplane took off...

Q's - Q rated, stundless, more ideal on ice.

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Old 12-07-2001, 11:52 AM   #5
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Default Studding...

Chunky, studded tires are illegal in Ontario (saw this info on Marketplace), but I have no idea what the fines would be (provided the cops would actually pull you over for it). But tire studding does provided excellent traction in ice and hard packed snow compared to non-studded tires. A car beside you can tell if you are running studded tires (provided the windows are partially rolled down), because while on pavement studded tires make a noise similar to loud sizzling pan.

(Oh yeah, I have to Nokian Hakka 1 with studs)..
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Old 12-08-2001, 11:41 AM   #6
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Default Global warming

Unless you are planning to go way north alot, you really don't need studded tires in the Toronto area. We don't even get snow that stays (usually anyway).

Anyway, alot of winter tires provide performance equal to or very close to studded tires.

But as to what the fine would be ?? Not even sure they would notice
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Old 12-08-2001, 12:55 PM   #7
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Does anyone know if it is legal to drive with studded tires in Alberta? Can we even get Nokian Hakka 1's here ?
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Old 12-08-2001, 03:36 PM   #8
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Default I love Alberta

wrxcanada, it is totally legal to run studded tires in Alberta. It's only illegal in Ontario, other provinces have restrictions on running studs only in the winter months, but in good ole Alberta (I think in Saskatchewan too), you can run them year round (though I don't recommend it)... And yes, you can get Nokian Hakka 1 in Alberta, I got them from Kal Tire...

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