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Old 11-25-2004, 01:19 AM   #1
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Default Nokian RSi in the snow report...

Tonight, I went looking for snow. Luckily, all of the lake effect stuff didn't disappoint. There looked to be 2-3 inches on the ground, that wet, slippery snow that gave the Nokian WRs fits last year. Not so with the RSi. I have achieved my goal of finding a snow tire that, when it's snowing, pretty much allows me to say "Snow? What snow?"

Braking was short and drama-free, with no ABS introduction. Acceleration in full hooligan mode got the tail out just a bit, and I mean a wee bit, before the car just tucked in and pulled through the corner. In the cold, wet rainy stuff they were also great. There's a bit of noise when the road is wet and you're running about 80 mph, too.

I wanted a snow tire where I wouldn't know that it was snowing, and it looks like the RSi is the one. I'm thrilled beyond imagining.

For the record, I'm running 225-45-17 on a Prodrive P1 wheel. Pressure is 39 psi.

Compared to the WS Blizzaks in the same stuff, the RSi, if my memory serves me correctly, has more grip. They're also significantly better when it isn't snowing. The WR is better than the RSi when it isn't snowing, but duh. The WR is essentially an all-season tire that will work well in the snow. The RSi is a no-fooling-around snow tire. Like any pure snow, they are a bit squirmy, but not unpredictable at all, just a little soft.

My car is filthy, but it was worth it.

Kevin
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Old 11-25-2004, 12:56 PM   #2
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Nice!

I just picked up a set for my ride...Bought them in 16"s though with a set of steelies....I cant wait!
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Old 11-25-2004, 05:56 PM   #3
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how do these compare to the Hakka 1/2 line? more performance oriented? my buddy just picked these up for his S4 and says they're a bit soft in the dry compared to the Blizzak LM-22's he had been running for a full year (go figure).
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Old 11-25-2004, 09:19 PM   #4
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Tonight, I went looking for snow. Luckily, all of the lake effect stuff didn't disappoint. There looked to be 2-3 inches on the ground,
Kevin
Where is the snow in Minneapolis???

My 205/50/17 RSIs will go on my LGT this weekend so i'm hoping for a snowstorm as well. With the narrower width I should get slightly better grip in the Snow and Slush, but slightly less grip on Ice and in the Dry.
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Old 11-25-2004, 09:23 PM   #5
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how do these compare to the Hakka 1/2 line? more performance oriented? my buddy just picked these up for his S4 and says they're a bit soft in the dry compared to the Blizzak LM-22's he had been running for a full year (go figure).
The RSi is a replacement for the Hakka Q, the previous Nokian studless snow tire. Your buddy is right. They are definitely softer than the LM series Blizzak, which is more of a performance snow. The RSi is a direct competitor to the WS series Blizzak.

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