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Old 11-18-2008, 03:03 PM   #1
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Default Snow Sneakers - H versus V rated?

I'm about to buy either Nokian WR G2's or Dunlop WinterSport 3D's for the 09 WRX.

They're available H or V rated. In both cases the H rated version is $9 per tire less than the V rated tires.

I've heard that the while such speed ratings are largely moot in the US, the sidewall characteristics can affect handling. Any feedback?

I've had great success with Nokians but they're $193 each installed versus about $150 for the 3D's shipped and installed from Tirerack, after rebate. Others claim they have pretty good durability in NE conditions, so they seem worth a try. Then I can compare them to the RSI's on the OBW....

Right now I'm planning to use them with the stock rims, and use some lighter rims for summer tires.
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Old 11-19-2008, 05:33 AM   #2
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Bueller, anyone?
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Old 11-19-2008, 05:40 AM   #3
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I think you'd be more than satisfied with the H-rated Dunlops.
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:26 AM   #4
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the dunlaps are good. right now i have winter tires on my legacy. i have the bridgestone blizzak's. i like them
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:50 AM   #5
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have the dunlops on my Wife's VW, they ride smoother and handle quite well compared to the all season michelin that is for the other 3 seasons.

recommended on these dunlops for sure
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:14 PM   #6
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The Dunlops locally were within $5 per tire of Nokian WR G2's and no one had them in stock.

Called Nokian and asked about the application. They recommended the H rating for my purposes. Had them installed today.
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I went with the H
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:44 PM   #8
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Had the Nokian WR G2 (replacement for the WR) installed on the WRX today in size 225/45r17. I called Nokian about the speed rating (H or V) and they suggested the H.


Here's what the RSI and WR look like in comparison.
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