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Old 10-30-2012, 08:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Snow tires? looking for a 13" LRR option.

My old pair of 155/80 R13 Michelin snow tires are almost wore out and winter is almost here!
Michelin no longer seems to make 155/80 R13 snow tires, at least not that I can find, they do make an X-ice snow tire that is LRR but in a wider size, so is that my best option?
I'm open to any brand as long as they are LRR and are studless.

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still not the right size, but the nokian hakkapeliitta R comes in 155 70 13
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If you can, please post links to web sites that sell tires you mention.
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nokian hakkapeliitta R 155/70 13

I just happened to be looking for these Nokian tires the other day. This is what I found.

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R 155/70R13 75R BSW free shipping - tires-easy.com

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A 155/70R13 tire is going to be way to small for a replacement, 5.7% smaller. You would need to go with a 175/70R13 to be close. I think the Hakkkapeliitta R is probably one of the best LLR snow tires out there, but they are expensive. Nokian makes the Hakka 7 in your stock size and is still LLR, but it may no be as low.
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LRR seems counter-intuitive for a snow tire. The reason you have specific "snow" tires is that they have a higher coefficient of friction in wet/snowy conditions.

I'd rather be safe in winter driving conditions than gain 3% in FE but that's just me.
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Tons of people roll around without even swithcing to snow tires. Its not unsafe, you just have to drive knowing how your car will react in a given situation (again something most people don't know).
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I rolled with Hankook I pikes on the civic for a couple years. (even left them on durring the summer) They have awesome traction (FWD civic could drag it self through hood deep snow). I also got 55mpg all summer with them.

I had nokiens on the jetta, and Michelin x ices on the escort. It felt like the civic had more traction and could handle more snow even with less ground clearance.
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I've been looking at getting a CRX... apparently they had 175/70/13's stock.

These are stock for that car but will replace your 155/80's just fine. I ran both size tires on my Rabbit and didn't notice a difference in speed or mpg.

Michelin*X-Ice Xi2

Tire Rack: $290 for a set after mail in rebate. ($90 per)
Discount Tire: $428 for a set, reg price. ($107 per)

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...&fcb=&sw=false

Uffda, new tires are 'spensive. Wish some would pop up on CL.
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Tons of people roll around without even swithcing to snow tires. Its not unsafe, you just have to drive knowing how your car will react in a given situation (again something most people don't know).
I'm pretty good at driving in the winter with regular tires but I figure that snow tires are cheap insurance, more so with winding hilly roads that we have around here.
I am also responsible for plowing out the long driveway at work and keeping the heat on at work and it's on a road that can take a day or more to get cleared so I often get out there with the last half mile being unplowed.

The better snow tires are silica rubber, a LRR compound that has amazing grip, I have my near wore out snow tires on my car right now because my summer tires are out of balance and I haven't noticed my mileage drop.

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