[A4] snow tires, yet again

Brandon Rogers brogers at terrix.com
Wed Jun 15 11:55:59 EDT 2005

Hey Rocky-
Sorry no experience with the Pirelli , but- the RSi is a hardcore snow/ice 
tire according to Gary Bergman, owner of a tire warehouse heavily involved 
(including development) with Nokian.  Gary also owns an '83 urq BTW,  Anyway 
if you plan on doing a lot of dry driving too, I'd recommend the Nokian WR. 
Sorry no experience since late 1980's with Pirelli snows.  I have the Nokian 
WR on my A4 and they were great this past winter.  Frankly they were not 
quite as good in the snow as the Yoko Guardex 600 - but combined with 
quattro there were of course no issues.  Here in Denver I actually drive in 
the dry 90% of the time (even in winter) and the dry handling is vastly 
improved - as is highway handling of course.  That's why I went with WR vs 


'98 A4
'84 urq 20V

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rocky Mullin" <caliban at sharon.net>
To: <a4 at audifans.com>; "quattro bang" <quattro at audifans.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 4:27 PM
Subject: [A4] snow tires, yet again

> so, i'm a nokian fan.  i've got studded hakka 1s on steel rims,
> nice and narrow.  at the end of winter some lady took out the front
> end of my car, damaging the stock URQ rim.  i've told the insurance
> company that they're no longer produced, so i need a new set of rims
> as well as tires.  i've picked out the rims on tire rack and now i
> need to choose a studless winter tire.  my URQ rims had hakka Qs on
> them.
> even though i live in san francisco, i head to tahoe enough in
> the winter that i tend to run my studless snows all winter long, and
> occasionally put the studs on the challenge 80 in the sierras during
> heavy winter storms.  i've been happy with the nokians, big time, but
> it's far less complicated to get snow tires from tire rack, with the
> rims, mounted, and with a road hazard plan.
> how do y'all feel about the pirelli winter 210 and 240 tires?
> they also have the pirelli winter carving and the blizzak.  how do they
> stack up?  especially when compared to nokians.  the hakka q is still
> barely available, though i am looking at the RSI as my choice for medium
> winter rubber shoes.
> TIA!
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