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Date: Wed, 1 Sep 1999 01:40:35 -0400
From: "Gregory Bower" <>
Subject: Re: Thinking ahead: good snow tires for Viggen?

Nokians are on both of our Saabs (SPG and 97 900 SE) from about mid October through mid April. This year I got lazy and never took them off my SPG. Guess I will need to replace them this year. On my car I have the true-blue Hakka's, while on my wife's 97 900 SE I put the NRW's. Both provide excellent winter performance in everything from slush to hardpack to deep snow. It is serious fun to drive up 70 MPH up US 89 to Stowe in the snow. Rock solid and just a little wander to let you know what the tires are doing. Gets really interesting on Friday night when the convoy of SUV's is lined up in the middle of the road going 35 MPH!!!! Damn soccer mom's and pseudo outdoor types need to get a grip (literally). Anyway, here is the scoop with my comments in brackets (.....) From the Nokian site: Nokian Hakkapeliitta 1 is a studded (would not even consider studding on your car. You would never need it unless you got an ice storm in Boston) winter tyre designed for the Nordic type of markets. The development focus has been on grip, wear resistance, durability of studding, wear resistance and handling. (Handling is not the strong point of this tire, but it is adequate) As a result of the arrow-like tread pattern, its driving properties are excellent both on snow and ice (very I have ever experienced) as well as on dry roads (not so true). The tread rubber compound improves snow, ice and wet grip and the inner rubber layer supports the tread and the studs. The light and strong structure saves on fuel and adds to driving comfort. The tyre wears the road less, thanks to the completely new environmentally friendly stud technology (Nokian Eco Stud System) which also decreases the physical wear, which the studs are subject to. Additionally, the studs do not easily work loose from the tyre. Developing the contour of the stud hole so that the base of the stud is locked in the hole, which reinforces the fastening of the stud, has reduced the stress on the stud. The shaped stud hole that locks the stud in place prevents the stud from protruding excessively. The flange of the stud is seated on an elastic cushion made from soft rubber compound that lessens the impact exerted on the stud. The studless winter tyre, Nokian Hakkapeliitta NRW includes all focal safety factors of studless winter tyres, including lateral and longitudinal snow and ice grip, slush and aquaplaning reduction properties and wet grip (all quite true). Additionally, the controllability of the tyre on grooves and snow ridges on the roads as well as its wear resistance and treadwear profile has been improved. Moreover, attention has been paid to driving comfort, tyre noise (these tires are NOT particularly quiet, but then again they are snow tires) and rolling resistance. The studless NRW tyre has the arrow tread pattern, familiar from Hakkapeliitta tyres, in which the grooves of the pattern open progressively towards the rim. The side-flaring grooves expel water and slush and bite into the snow well and thus the tyre has excellent slush (VERY VERY TRUE....excellent in the mush), aquaplaning and snow grip properties. Nokian NRW is designed above all for the Alpine region. In short, I think that you would be going for one of two things.. 15" wheels with Hakka 1's 16 or 17" wheels with NRW's. The Hakka 1 is a much better true snow tire, but dry performance is numb. NRW are much better, but give up some of the amazing bite of the true snow. When we used to live in VT, I would say 30% had Gislaveds. The remaining all had Hakka's. From a flatlander who spends a lot of time up north, I would say go no further than Nokian. They are THE Vermonter choice. GFB GFB On my car I have Nokian Roger Williams <> wrote in message news:7qdu0j$ > It's a bit early to be thinking snow tires when it's August in Boston, > but what would people here recommend for 17" snow tires for a '99 Viggen? > I think Nokia (the Finnish tire company) makes fairly good snow tires for > this size, but does anyone else have any recommendations? > > -- > {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} \|/ > {} RogerW {} 0< --! > {} {} ^^^^(*)^^^^ > {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} ^^ / \ ^^

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