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kevinsUBARU
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posted October 29, 2000 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kevinsUBARU   Click Here to Email kevinsUBARU     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Hello all, I am currently shopping for winter tires and it is a toss up between the Dunlop HS-1 and the Hercules Polar Trax. I have a 95 AWD Subaru Impreza and so does the guy at the tire store...he recomends the Hercules..says that the Subie is a tank with them on. Can anyone else back this up?
Thanks,
Kevin

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1995 Subaru Impreza L 2.2L AWD sedan

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Jay
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posted November 02, 2000 07:57 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Can't beat Nokian Hakka Q's for snow! NRW's for all-season use work great too!

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kevinsUBARU
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posted November 02, 2000 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kevinsUBARU   Click Here to Email kevinsUBARU     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
right, but that still doesnt help me! There isnt a Nokian dealer within 300 miles of me.
Kevin

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Jay
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posted November 02, 2000 08:14 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Kevin - You can grab their toll free number off their web site and contact them - they will ship them directly to you if there is no dealer near you. If snow traction is important to you, its worth the effort.

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Marc
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posted November 05, 2000 06:42 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Polar Trax are made in USA by Cooper tire,that means a tire that has some traction
in the snow, not more. By experience, (I had
six Subaru's in a row), traction of those
cars are phenomenal, the problem is to stop
them (braking situation). The most adequate
tires for that are Nokian's (made in Finland !!). Post a pick on where you live, I might
try to help locate a dealer.

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kevinsUBARU
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posted November 05, 2000 07:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kevinsUBARU   Click Here to Email kevinsUBARU     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Hey, I live in Woodstock, NY, 12498. Thanks,
Kevin

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Jay
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posted November 05, 2000 04:46 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Hey Marc, you seem to know a bit about Nokians - what do you think about Hakka 1's vs Hakka Q's? I found the Q's to be awesome in just about every snowy condition.

I wasn't planning to stud though. I know studding helps on ice, but I've heard it can give poorer traction in other wintry conditions. Any thoughts on that?

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Marc
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posted November 06, 2000 05:33 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Kevin, call Borst tire in Albany N.Y, They'll
direct you, they do have many locations in
N.Y state, you can talk to Steve, I am sorry
that I do not have a phone number handy. You
can also call University Wholesaler in Col-
chester VT, they are big distributor of all
Nokian tires.

Jay you are right, Hakka Q's are the best
studless winter tire in the world, but you
know, nothing can beat Hakka 1's with eco
studs. It is not thrue to say that studs are
a problem, most of the people who experienced
problems with studded tires where using bad
tires with the wrong studs. Nokian's eco-stud
sysyem is the most advanced in the world, no
problems whatsoever.

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Jay
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posted November 06, 2000 05:43 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Marc, Thanks for the reply! What's the recommendation on studding for an all wheel drive like the Subaru? Just rears or all the way around? I've heard studding the fronts can severely hamper braking performance. Is this still true?

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Marc
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posted November 07, 2000 05:40 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Always used studded tires on all wheels.

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