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Old 09-07-2013, 10:23 AM   #1
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Any recommendations on winter tires. After much debate, and considering the poor roads near me I went with the stock 19s. Once I burn through those I am going to put 20s on and use the 19s purely for winter.

Other question is if anyone uses the audi winter tire service, my dealership will store the tires at no charge. Wondering is if the convenience price is better than ordering the tires online and storing in my garage.

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The best winter tire, hands-down, is the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2. Pricey, but you do get what you pay for.

I went with the studded version, the Hakka 7 (which has been superceded by the 8), which is a giant killer in icy conditions and is surprisingly quiet compared to most studded tires. I picked up a set of OEM 19" wheels (not the set that Audi sells, which I think look cheap) and switching over takes less than an hour.
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Thanks. I'm in NJ where the roads are not always covered with snow, rather more often slush. If the roads are primarily cold pavement/slush are studded tires still ok? Or doesnt it make a difference either way.
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Thanks. I'm in NJ where the roads are not always covered with snow, rather more often slush. If the roads are primarily cold pavement/slush are studded tires still ok? Or doesnt it make a difference either way.
If you don't encounter glare ice too often, then the standard (R2) model is preferable, as a non-studded winter tire will actually have more grip on wet/slushy roads.
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Thank you... very helpful.
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Old 09-07-2013, 12:17 PM   #6
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NOKIAN HAKKAPELIITTA R2 TIRES just arrived today. Since the R2's offer a size that fits our OEM 20" wheels, wanted to make sure they were not backordered in a few months when winter arrives.

These are one of the best winter tires made for Snow/Ice on the planet.

Can not wait to test these tires out this winter.

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Are these available online, or is it best to buy through a shop?
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Appreciate the responses... I see a 4 different 19inch options.


245/45 R 19 102 R XL
245/40 R 19 98 R XL
255/40 R 19 100 R XL
255/35 R 19 96 R XL

Is one better than the other? If either of you were buying, which/why would you select?
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Appreciate the responses... I see a 4 different 19inch options.


245/45 R 19 102 R XL
245/40 R 19 98 R XL
255/40 R 19 100 R XL
255/35 R 19 96 R XL

Is one better than the other? If either of you were buying, which/why would you select?
I went with 245/40R19 for mine since, all else being equal, a narrower tire is better in deep snow. This size is close enough to stock, in terms of rolling diameter. If you truly don't see much snow accumulation, just go with the stock size (255/40R19).
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How are these on dry winter roads? Do you give up a lot of handling and steering feel?

I'm in the NYC area and we usually get 2-3 major snow storms each winter and the roads are cleared pretty quickly. I was looking at something like the Michelin Pilot Alpin which is a performance oriented snow tire.
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How are these on dry winter roads? Do you give up a lot of handling and steering feel?

I'm in the NYC area and we usually get 2-3 major snow storms each winter and the roads are cleared pretty quickly. I was looking at something like the Michelin Pilot Alpin which is a performance oriented snow tire.
The studded tires, as mentioned, give up some performance on dry/wet roads (a dry road will feel damp, for instance). For the standard "R2" model, they won't exhibit any squirm or mushy handling characteristics. Like any winter tire, you can't corner at 9/10ths because the rubber compound is too soft. Top speed is also limited, but this is pretty academic in the winter. My S4 Cab has the Hakka R (predecessor to the R2) and they're a fantastic tire on cold, dry or wet roads.
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If you get a chance could you let me know if there is a website you can order off of that you trust. Tire Rack and Discount Tires didn't have them.

Thanks. I can go down to STS, and I think they will order them for me, however if I can do it on my own online, I would prefer. Thanks.
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If you get a chance could you let me know if there is a website you can order off of that you trust. Tire Rack and Discount Tires didn't have them.

Thanks. I can go down to STS, and I think they will order them for me, however if I can do it on my own online, I would prefer. Thanks.
I got mine through Tires By Web. When you order, ask for a discount and you'll usually get one. It was a painless transaction.
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I'll check that out...thanks.
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Ordered mine same place.

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I got mine through Tires By Web. When you order, ask for a discount and you'll usually get one. It was a painless transaction.
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I owe you guys an apology... with a little effort on my part I would have seen the recent responses you gave from an earlier 'Winter Tire' question in the forum.

Appreciate you guys duplicating the responses. Ordering the tires tomorrow.
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Just ordered the R2's in 245/40 19. They also have the R's at tiresbyweb for a little less. I would recommend getting them sooner then later as their stock is dwindling. Ask for Ryan and a discount.
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Thanks. I'm in NJ where the roads are not always covered with snow, rather more often slush. If the roads are primarily cold pavement/slush are studded tires still ok? Or doesnt it make a difference either way.
I'm in NJ as well and purchased some Pirelli Sottozero Serie 2 and ran them all last winter (19 inch wheels). Was very pleased with them - good in snow, not too noisy (which is a tradeoff some manufacturers make) and the handling was pretty good. Got them at Tire Rack.
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Just ordered some Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60s from Tire Rack in 255/40R19. They are on clearance for $210/ea with a $50 Visa gift card. I ran these on my S4 and currently run them on my wife's Tiguan (soon to be Q5). Not too noisy, a bit of squirm when it gets above 35 degrees or so, but overall great tires.
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Just ordered some Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60s from Tire Rack in 255/40R19. They are on clearance for $210/ea with a $50 Visa gift card. I ran these on my S4 and currently run them on my wife's Tiguan (soon to be Q5). Not too noisy, a bit of squirm when it gets above 35 degrees or so, but overall great tires.

I'm thinking of ordering these too. I was deciding between these and the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II. I'm pretty sure I'll go with the Blizzaks and save myself $200.

How do they hold up? Denver has a lot of dry warmish days in the winter, and I'm afraid I'll burn through them quickly. How many miles did you get out of your other sets?
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