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Old 10-07-2001, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default Best snow tires.........

What kinda snow tires will you guys be running on this winter and how well do they work???
I was looking at the Blizzaks and Dunlop M2's but can't decide.
Please share.....
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Old 10-07-2001, 08:14 PM   #2
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anything that says nokian on it!

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Old 10-07-2001, 08:17 PM   #3
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Copy that, Nokian Hakapolita is the way to go.
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Old 10-07-2001, 08:28 PM   #4
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Default Nokian???

Is this a popular tire in BC?? I see that both of you are from there. The last time I bought tires, the sales guy was pushing the Nokian's pretty strongly but I opted for Kumho's. What's so special about the Nokian's???
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Old 10-07-2001, 08:39 PM   #5
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M2's on stock wrx 16" rims..
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Old 10-07-2001, 10:53 PM   #6
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Is this a popular tire in BC?? I see that both of you are from there. The last time I bought tires, the sales guy was pushing the Nokian's pretty strongly but I opted for Kumho's. What's so special about the Nokian's???
i believe nokian is a company from finland, or someplace with a lot of snow 24/7! you decide....

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Old 10-08-2001, 03:59 PM   #7
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I bought some of these and threw them on my stock GT wheels last winter: UltraGrip GW2's

They've treated me well here in the NW... a decent combo performance/snow/rain tire. I looked at getting the Dunlop WS, Michelin Alpins, and Blizzaks... but timing was key and I scored a good deal on the GW2's.

Sure... I'd recommend them. I'd be interested in trying those Hakopolieda (SP) jobbies... a lot of people say good things 'bout them.
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Old 10-08-2001, 05:20 PM   #8
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Default Nokian

I third the Nokian Hakapolita, my brother had them on his Outback last year, and they worked like a charm. Very good tire.
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Old 10-08-2001, 10:40 PM   #9
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Nokian, enough said.
The auto guy at the Duluth MN, paper recomended them, my friend who lives in Duluth MN has a set and loves them. What, you dont know about Duluth, just think San Fransico hills crossed with the snowfall of Aspen and you are pretty close to what winter is like on the western edge of Superior. Besides who is gonna make the best snow tyres...some company in France or Japan or a bunch of snow bound Finns???
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Old 10-09-2001, 12:10 PM   #10
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YOKOHAMA Guardex 600's

These are "Q" speed rated, so take it easy.

I love Nokian tyres (I am using NRV's for my summer sneakers), and I have used Dunlop M2's (these float too much in deep snow for my tastes).

The Yokohama's have bits of ground up nylon imbedded in the tread compound that does give you some grip in icey roads. I like them.
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Old 10-09-2001, 10:04 PM   #11
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Hmm....

I have never heard of Nokian tires, but eveyone seems to agree that they are the best snow tire. Where can I order these from?

Are the Nokians "Q" rated?, do they make a good "H" rated tire?? Seeing as here we don't always have snow on the ground.

Anybody have Pirelli snow tires, I would think they would be good because of their WRC experience, but no one mentioned
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Old 10-09-2001, 10:15 PM   #12
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Default nokian

Nokian tires are without a doubt the best snow tires made. The hakka 1 is their snow tire. The hakka Q is their ice tire, and the NRW is their speed rated all season tire, but its as good as most companies snow tires.
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Old 10-10-2001, 09:24 AM   #13
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Nokian? Is that some subsidery of Nokia? Being Scandanavian and all...

I bought myself a set of Pirelli Asemtricos (http://www.tirerack.com/tires/pirelli/pi_win_ice_a.jsp) and these tires kick butt! With my dinky ass re92's i was slipping and slidding all over the place, but man was it fun to do donuts! With these tires on I can't even break free if i try These were designed for winter highway driving (a la Autobaun)

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Old 10-10-2001, 04:37 PM   #14
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Nokian tires used to be known as Nokia - the tires and the phones were the same company. In fact Nokia was one of the biggest conglomerates in Finland. It was a huge, old-fashioned, and not very dynamic company. When their phone started to have so much success, they broke the high-tech portion of the company off, and renamed all the heavy industry parts "Nokian."

They are awesome, and you can get them at www.snowtyres.com.
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Old 10-11-2001, 02:58 AM   #15
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Default snowtyres.com

Can anyone help?

I did a search and it appears G & G Service (snowtyres.com) no longer is in business ... could not find an url that worked, nor did I find them listed in qwest phone directory ... (Hubertus, WI)

so ... anyone have any suggestions as to where to find these tires besides looking at dealer network on Nokian's web site?

thanks

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Old 10-11-2001, 12:56 PM   #16
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Well that's too bad about G&G b/c they'd been in business a long time (I bought tires from them back in the 80's) and were great to deal with.

A cursory search on google turned up a number of Nokian outlets, try directtire.com.
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Old 10-11-2001, 02:02 PM   #17
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Default Nokian Tires

Just open the Yellowpages and check out the local shops. National chains may not carrier them but others might.
In Elmsford, NY there is company called TBS Tire and Auto and they carry Nokian.
Last year when I got my Kumho's, the guy was trying to tell me to go with the Nokians but I was like, "What the hell kinda tire is that?" Little did I know what I know now.
Just call around and you might find a local carrier.
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Old 10-11-2001, 03:03 PM   #18
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Default Nokian Hakkapeliitta #1

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Old 10-11-2001, 03:31 PM   #19
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dolinga - Congrats on your first post.

regarding where to buy, I agree with everyone's recommendation to check their website to find a local reseller. I also agree that many local tire shops should have them, or be able to get them. My brother got his Nokian's from Johnson's Tire, which is a larger local tire shop up here, but I am sure there are quite a few more shops that carry them.
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Old 10-11-2001, 08:26 PM   #20
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I've been very happy with my Toyo Observes.
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Old 10-28-2001, 09:39 PM   #21
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We bought our Nokian Happa 1's from Goss Tire in Burlington VT - http://www.gosstire.com/ - and was pleased with both the price and the service. Ordered them on Monday and they arrived on Wednesday. Direct Tire quoted a price of $189/each and Goss came in at $129/each - these are with studs. Shipping for four tires was $32.

We make several winter trips to downeast Maine and need to be able to go and return regardless of the weather - that's why we ordered the Hakka 1's. We have an ML Benz with lesser winter tires and wouldn't consider December-through-March trips downeast in that vehicle
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Old 10-29-2001, 05:06 PM   #22
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Not so fast.... here,

I think the Blizzak sw-50 are best snow Tire out there, the Hakka's 10 are good but thay are really a old school tire, thay have been around for a very long time and are well proven. But the new Blizzaks are almost out of this world...... you can almost deifie the laws of physics I love them !!!

Before all of you start flaming me, I do know a little of what I speak i have rallyed on both and with out a doubt I think the Blizzaks are far better. Just my .02 cents...........


RALLY ON in the SNOW///////////////////////////

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Old 10-29-2001, 09:49 PM   #23
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hmmmm. I went to all these lovely links and noticed Nokian makes a V-rated summer tire, too. Anyone have any experience with these? Just wondering...I am perfectly happy with my S-03s, thank you. Might have to consider the NRWs as my winter tire though. Baltimore doesn't get a lot of snow, so a tire like the NRW, balanced more toward all season driving, might be a good choice. Because once and a while we get DUMPED on.
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Old 10-31-2001, 11:51 AM   #24
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Default I like Blizzacks too!

Not to disparage tha Nokian crowd...

But I am pretty happy with the Blizzack MZ series for everyday (serious) winter driving. Dunno about rally, but my MZ-02 make my Outback (seemingly) invincable in the snow (and they stop the car on ice too)
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