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Old 11-30-2004, 06:58 PM   #1
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Ok so I was going to get a set of Hankook W300 for winter, but the place where i get my tires don't have any. However they do have studded W300 and i can get them at the price of the studdless, plus i have a friend who works there so I'll be getting them for 90bucks each.
Now what Im wondering is if there is any downside to having studded tires vs non-studded? Will it affect the awd system or anything like that?
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Old 11-30-2004, 07:29 PM   #2
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Only the Hankook W404 are studdable, they are not the same as the W300. The W300 is a performance snow tire with good dry road performance, while the W404 is a traditional snow tire that can accept studs. You can order them from Discount Tire if you have one near you, or you can get them online.
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Old 11-30-2004, 07:51 PM   #3
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it won't affect the AWD system at all. however, it will reduce dry traction and can be very noisy at speed on dry roads. if most of your driving is local, i wouldn't pass it up. for long highway trips, i've been advised against studs.
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Old 11-30-2004, 09:12 PM   #4
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You need LOTS of snow/ice packed roads to need studs...on pavement, dry or wet, they can suck balls...and they are not for highway use like whtlegacy says.
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Old 11-30-2004, 09:55 PM   #5
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And studded tires are illegal in some states.
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Old 11-30-2004, 11:05 PM   #6
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Only the Hankook W404 are studdable, they are not the same as the W300.
yup i just checked that out, not sure if I want to use those tires. I really dont think i need studded tires here in Salt Lake City. How much of a bitch is it to take the studs out?
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How much of a bitch is it to take the studs out?

Forget it....'aint happenin'.
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if it's any consolation, the studs will wear off after some dry highway driving.
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Old 12-02-2004, 12:27 AM   #9
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Quoth Karl...
> And studded tires are illegal in some states.

And in a huge majority of states, they're perfectly legal during the winter months.

Only 10 states prohibit studded states outright. The rest of them permit studs during at least part of the year.
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studded tire drifting on dry tarmac is the best can you say light-show ?
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IMO studded snow tires are overrated for 80% of the winter driving most people do. (at least here in Boston) Unless you live in the a very rural area, the performance of "studless" will cover you for 95% of what you will encounter. Their performance has improved significantly over the years. If ya want reasonably (<$100 each) prices sno tires check out Green Diamond. If you have a bigger budget check out Nokian (>150.00 each) Both use unique compounds for ice traction. (And somebody out there is using walnut again too)

Ah, but, don't get me wrong I do love studded tires. (Except on highway.) In one or two conditions a year (freezing rain>snow>freezing rain), they own the road. Studs work good in mud too) My Ex father in law had'm on an OB and it was like a skidder!! (he also had chains!!) But thats what ya need when live ten miles down a dirt road at 4500 ft elevation in Northern Vt. Ah, "The beauty of all wheel drive"

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