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Megger
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Have been in Germany on & off for a bit through work and had the car fitted with a set of Nokian WR winter tyres rated as severe service snow/ice tyres,The locals & everyone else in Europe apart from the brits seem to change over from normal summer jobs at this time of year -compared to ANYTHING available in the UK the grip is just amazing.
I have had all the usual stuff in the UK-Pilot Primacy,Goodyear hydragrip etc etc -they do not come close-I cannot emphasise how much grippier they are-it really is amazing.
They are made in Finland & seem to be rated way above all other tyres when the weather turns nasty.
Just thought I'd post this to see if anyone heard of Nokian.
Been assured by the tyre place they will keep you mobile in any snow/ice conditions. :D
 

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MEG Colonel
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my g/f is danish

they use winter tyres there too on their steelies

and alloys in the summer and low pros
 

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ConcreteMonkey said:
Wouldn't mind trying the NOKIAN Z but the only 3 dealerships in the UK are bloody miles away!
thats a summer tyre mate

and yes 2 in scotland and one down souffffffffff
 

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i think that most of the summer tyres might be ok for our NORMAL winter too by the looks of things

they could perhaps be treated as all weather

and the winter tyres for the occasional wintry day
 

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Megger
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When its daylight & not freezing cold i'll post more pictures.
They are totally unlike anything I've used before -the feeling is one of massive traction if you know what I mean.
The tread is covered in tiny slits and really deep-feel very sticky as well -the WR can be used all year as higher tread wear than the likes of Michelin.
Its really weird when I,m over here seeing all those 50 grand mercs & BMWs with steel wheels,no trims & winter tyres-saves the alloys from salt and all that crap
 

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Megger
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Summer tyres harden below around 7 degrees and should not be used in winter- thats why the UK grinds to halt after 2 mm of snow.
These are the first winter tyres I've had & there is nothing about them thats the same as summers.
The tyres I binned were pilot primacy and they were like blocks of concrete with no grip.
The only downside that I can see with the Nokians is that they feel slightly heavier & noiser and the handling is a bit slower-not that bad though.
Fancy a set of those studded Nokian tyres so I can go storming up the M25 in a shower of sparks :D
 

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The noise is a result of the increased grip. Horizontal grooves on the tyres will increase the noise. Yokohoma do some nice summer tyres that only have slanted grooves which minimises noise.

Unfortunately, it isn't feasable for me to have a second set of wheels/tyres to change, and I don't think that the weather warrants it either. I have noticed that now the tread on the Michy's is getting low that the performance is not the best. That is even in temps above 10c. They feel solid and lifeless.

I should really get the Pirelli P-Zero Rossi's as they are on the back wheel, but I may try the Nokian ones tho for that price.
 

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Just had a look at the tyres on the front of the car and compared them to the back. Although they are still legal, the tyres are significantly low. I may have to change the tyres earlier than planned, which will mean that I may have to go for the Nokian tyres as a result of funding issues with it being Christmas and all.

I will have to price up the ROSSO's against the Nokians for the complete price, fitted and balanced and see what the difference is. If the difference isn't all that much, I will probably opt for the ROSSO's.
 

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I have P-zero Neros fitted to my car and so far they have had great grip wet or dry
 
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