Winter tire size Forester 2004

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by Hiver, Dec 16, 2003.

  1. Hiver

    Hiver Guest

    I am in the process of getting tires for a Forester 2004. I am a big
    fan of Nokian. I was looking for the Hakka1, I wanted 215 60 16 but
    they only have 225 60 16. They offer a solution, the HakkaQ in the 215
    60 16 they tell me Hakka1 is more agressive and HakkaQ wares faster. I
    used to have Hakka1 and loved them.

    What do you think would be the better choice, thiner tire but less
    agressive or fater and more agressive?

    Thanks in advance
    Hiver, Dec 16, 2003
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  2. Hiver

    Jim Stewart Guest

    Then why do bulldozers have such big treads?
    Jim Stewart, Dec 17, 2003
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  3. Hiver

    CW Guest

    To handle dirt.

    You are often best to go "minus one" size when it comes to snow tires.
    Also, keeping proper air pressure is key. Contrary to popular belief,
    sagging tires do not handle better in the snow than ones properly

    CW, Dec 17, 2003
  4. Hiver

    Subaru Guest

    Always go one size less width for a snow tire.
    It give more pressure per square inch.
    Originals 225? Buy 215's
    Subaru, Dec 17, 2003
  5. Hiver a écrit :
    The Q's are for ice and the 1's are for snow. Which do you
    find yourself on more often ? (or what scares you the most ?)

    Nokian says studded tires are better on ice than non-studded.

    Compromises are 1's with studs (what I currently have on my
    car), or the 2's which are similar to the Q's but with
    factory studs.
    Paul Pedersen, Dec 18, 2003
  6. Hiver

    Hiver Guest

    thanks Paul for the reply,

    Unfortunatly I am not alowed studed tire in the garage I park in for
    work :-((

    Also I am the type that love it when the car is sideways, so ice and
    snow I love.

    I find my desision a bit hard because I do half of my driving on ice
    when I am in town and half of the driving in snow in the contry.

    I am scared that the 225 make me flote more on snow.

    Thanks again.
    Hiver, Dec 18, 2003
  7. The Nokian Hakka Q's are still pretty good in snow, only
    slightly less open than the 1's, so for non-studded they'd
    be hard to beat. But soft they are. You can easily deform
    the tread just by pushing on it lightly with your finger.
    Any more sipes and they'd be falling off.
    Paul Pedersen, Dec 18, 2003
  8. Hiver

    Hiver Guest

    Thanks for your replys. Finaly the tire store was able to get me a
    Hakka 2 NONE studded. they are absolutly great, it makes a day and
    nite difference with the stock 4 season tires.
    Hiver, Dec 22, 2003
  9. Hiver

    H. Whelply Guest

    Where are studded tires legal?

    H. Whelply, Dec 22, 2003
  10. Hiver

    GTT Guest

    I'd guess lots of places. I just returned from a trip to Oregon where my
    and her husband put their studded tires on their cars on Nov 1. (that's
    when they
    become legal there.)
    GTT, Dec 23, 2003
  11. Hiver

    Hiver Guest

    They are legal here in Montreal Canada. But the office bulding garage
    I park in dont accept studs.

    Merry Christmas to you all.
    Thanks for the good info
    Hiver, Dec 23, 2003
  12. Hiver

    al gu Guest

    In parts of europe that are not so stupid.
    Ceramic sacrificial studs dont damage the road
    al gu, Dec 24, 2003
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