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      12-07-2010, 11:26 AM   #1
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winter tyres still amaze me

Today my van wouldn't start so after hooking up the jump leads it still didn't want to know.

Anyway, got the tow rope out, hooked up the BM to the transit & it pulled the laden 2 ton van up the icy drive then 100 yards along the ice rink of a cul de sac & out onto the clear roads to start it. No problem at all. Cant believe it would pull such a heavy van on sheet glass type ice.

At one point I tried to start the van whilst still being towed on the ice but the wheels just skidded when I let the clutch out & the car just kept going with the front wheels of the van locked up.

I think that says it all about the traction available from winter tyres. Amazing.
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      12-07-2010, 11:30 AM   #2
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Great test! Should've filmed that one!

I was deliberately spinning up the rear on hard packed snow today on a private lane.

The winters don't just idly spin up with zero grip, they dig right in and cut long ruts in the snow pack, spraying two giant rooster tails of snow & ice up behind the car! BUT you're still accelerating pretty quickly too. How rubber can do that on ice is beyond me.

The quaife LSD keeps eveything nice and balanced getting up to 50 odd in 3rd, wheels still spinning nicely, a dab of oppo' keeping things in line - Fun? yup.
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      12-07-2010, 11:38 AM   #3
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what set up have you got? and what brands of winter tyres have u got?....
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The LSD must be helping a lot, otherwise one wheel just spins madly and takes all the power.
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I thought, oh god not another winter tyres thread.

But i like reading these types of posts. I honestly think my car will now go anywhere now with its winters. From previously being something that would only travel well on dry flat roads...

Providing the snow isn't too deep that it won't clear the nose, it's almost unstoppable.
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Thats pretty impressive, i'm sick of telling people BM's are fine in the snow with correct tyres so have now reverted to just nodding and agreeing!

LSD's do make a huge difference in snow, I once drove a 2wd sapph cos in fairly heavy snow and it was no prob at all!
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that is amazing, bet mine will be rubbish - or worse still i wont be able to get off the 4" of compacted snow to get them fitted. roll on spring
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tyres are nokian WRG2's (all season & not a dedicated winter tyre I believe) they didn't win the tyre tests but I bought them because of all the good reviews i read from places like Canada who have proper winters (bit like us) & I can leave them on slightly longer once winter is past.

see http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/Nokian/WRG2.htm for some reviews


no LSD on the car or in the car


RWD cossies........................ those were the days.
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tyres are nokian WRG2's (all season & not a dedicated winter tyre I believe) they didn't win the tyre tests but I bought them because of all the good reviews i read from places like Canada who have proper winters (bit like us) & I can leave them on slightly longer once winter is past.

see http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/Nokian/WRG2.htm for some reviews


no LSD on the car or in the car


RWD cossies........................ those were the days.
WRG2's are pukka full M+S* winter tyres, not all seasons. Same as wintrac extremes.

The LSD can be worse with summer tyres on snow, as both wheels spin rather than just one, so you loose all lateral grip simultaneously and the rear just slides with the camber - i.e. into the curb or ditch!!
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Nokian WRG2's are deffo full winter's, I did a lot of research into winter tyres before deciding to fit a set to my laguna touring and it ploughed through 6 inches of snow and ice without any dramas. I cannot believe how good they are at stopping on ice! great tyres, even on a lowley 2002 laguna diesel
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      12-10-2010, 12:47 PM   #11
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The reason I thought they were all season was because one of the search engines I used listed them as all season.

Looking at the nokian website they call them an all weather tyre

http://www.nokiantires.com/tyre?id=1...me=Nokian+WRG2

either way, I'm quite happy
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      12-10-2010, 02:08 PM   #12
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I'm sure I read some have used it all year round too for Nokian WRG2
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