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Old 12-04-2003, 06:18 PM   #1
Sir_Xenon
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Having toyed with the idea of dedicated rally tires for my offroad adventures, I settled on Nokian's replacement for the NRW. It's basically a snowtire that has a 40,000 mile treadwear warranty, regardless of weather. The blocks look large and they have the sips on them.

http://www.nokian.com/nokian_wr_en.html

I warned the Nokian rep that I will be driving in El Paso, where the temperature in the summer can reach 110 F. He said not to worry, they will honour the warranty. Good enough.

Now for performance:

Steering feel: In a nut shell its not as good as the RE092. Even with 42 PSI in the tires the side wall is obviously a little less stiff than the stocker. This manifests itself in long sweepers where you have to trust that the car is OK.

Dry grip: Excellent. Way way more than the REs. No surprise since the blocks are larger and deeper and the compounds are obvously softer.

Road noise: Very good. There is little noise even at 80 mph+ I'd say its no more than the RE092s

Wet grip: Excellent. Can't even compare to the RE092s

Grip in the dirt/gravel/desert. I took it out on some loose surface gravel/dirt roads the other day. My passenger, who knows nothing about Subarus, compared it to the rental Forester I drove on the same roads with him. Beside the power difference in the cars he said that he couldn't believe how much grip these things had - and I agree. Its almost too grippy if you want to be a holligan and go sideways. I can't even imagine how fast or unstable I'd have to be to loose the rear end on rally tires.

The car is not modified in its suspension or brakes.

In a nut shell: This tire is perfect for someone that wants a good snow tire and doesn't mind giving up some (very little ) performance in the summer over the RE092s. I'm selling my Pirrelli snow sports this winter as I'll be using these bad boys in the winter, especially since they'll last a while longer.

Oh yeah.. I bought them for $127 each.

Mark
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Old 12-05-2003, 10:00 AM   #2
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I have the same tires and love them. $127 each, is that Canadian money? I paid like $150 for mine. They don't roll over like most tires do but they still offer a great ride. Worth the extra money and it's the best thing I have bought for the Rex.
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Old 12-05-2003, 10:43 AM   #3
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That's USD 127. I called up Nokian and got a quote and the distributor in Denver called Nokian and confirmed the quote.

Can't wait to see how they perform in snow/ice. Compared to dedicated snows they are a much better ride.
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