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Winter Tires

Just wondering what everyone's go to for winter tires is...I recently purchased a 2010 LR4 (255/55R19), and I'm going to go with a summer set and a winter set. Been looking into a few brands but the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9's seem to be a very intriguing option. I don't know a whole lot about them though...anyone use the Nokian brand for winter?
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I dont know much about those Hakka 9 tyres but i studied deeply the tyre ratings and had myself Nokian tyres and wasnt so amazed about them especially that i found them exensive compared with the Gripmax i fitted after them which seemed better and cheaper to me, so if you want something with a good price-quality ratio i can recommend Gripmax Stature M/S 111V if you can find locally.

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Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 SUV's are my new go-to winter tires. They use elf magic to make them simultaneously sticky in winter temps yet low rolling resistance. I ran them on my VW Touareg TDI and that thing was unstoppable in the snow, and I got a 2-3mpg bump combined over my AT summer tires. Was going into my 3rd winter on my set (Columbus Day through Mother's Day) till VW bought it back.

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I've always ran a good set of AT's in the winter when I lived up north.

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My D2 had General Grabber IIs on it when I purchased it this summer. Anyone had any winter experience with them?
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IMO they are crap, too heavy and hard to balance without much overall capability...i expect to be contradicted cos they have good reviews albeit i think it's a matter of psichological " cognitive dissonnance" ( the engine of self justification) please take into account that i'm a man who fitted some tyres with good reviews(Cooper Discoverer......) then i donated them FOC to others after less than 1 year when i was fed up by the extra consumption and powertrain stress they gave me, 100*C higher EGT under load, 5-10*C higher coolant temp, and much hotter center console... GG's have E/E rating like the Cooper's which is not good, after many research i went for Nexen Roadian A/Ts which IMO are the best tyres i've ever had on my vehicle(C/E rating and the cheapest on the market), and i've changed 12 different brands and types in 10 years ...though i can admit that in this case i'm in the same cognitive dissonnance

i simply wasnt scared about the fact that they are made in China or Korea cos my wife's car is a Hyundai Santa fe which has 320.000 km on board and all i did to it was classic maintainance as scheduled and replaced two CV joints and 4 drag links, she said many times that i'm mad by sticking to my D2 but a woman can't understand the LR freakness

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No experience with the General Grabber II in winter but I do have them on my LR3. So far so good. Ride smooth and fairly quiet, they will likely get replaced with Atturos or treadwrights when worn out.

I ran BFG AT's, Guard Dogs with kedge grip from treadwright and Atturo Trailblade MT's. The guard dogs with kedge grip were stupid good on my old Defender. The BFG's were a great all rounder though.

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Thanks for the input. I do like the fact that the grabber IIs are comparatively smooth and quiet on the highway. Since they not rated for severe snow, I debated buying a second set for winter, but I may just run them until they wear and try something else. Winters have been relatively mild and I drive an Audi A4 with just all seasons for 17 years without a problem, as long as the snow wasn't deep enough to high center.
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