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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.

I'll be putting a brand new set on my '17 Disco.
 

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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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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 :grin
 

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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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I have winter Hankook i Pike 225/60R18 on right now but they are a bit worn and thinking of replacing them with Blizzaks but the size is what I'm wondering about. The standard for an LR3 (2007) is 255/55R18 but mine came with 225, is this a big problem or can I stick with 225s? They are of course less expensive and do put more vehicle weight on the ground vs the 255s, but are there any other concerns? Thanks all in advance...
 

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What is the aspect ratio (middle number)

Stock size is best in most cases

What’s your regional climate?

What type of drive do you use it for?
 

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Aspect ratio is 60, taller than OEM (55), wheels are 8J18 ET53, so 8" deep I assume. Here in Alberta our climate is like Montana's but just a tad cooler, lowest is about -40C in our winter, lots of snow as you head towards the Rocky Mountains (200 Km west of here). A narrower tire I find is better for driving on snow/ice and a friend of mine who ice races claims that I should just go with the same size, so that's what I'll do, except Blizzaks instead of the Hankook i-pikes. My driving is usually on highways and unimproved roads, not much real off-road stuff.
 
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