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Nokian WRG3 tires

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by Lyon, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg Our WRG3s have arrived just in time for winter to be over. I'm putting them on later this week. I'll have some notion as to how they drive as compared to the stock Continentals this weekend. They look absurdly wide.
     
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    When you are done can you post a list of exactly what you bought, where, how much for the tires and wheels so others can replicate as a package for next winter?
     
  3. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I have been purchasing my Nokians from TiresByWeb for years (even before they were TiresByWeb).
     
  4. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    I ordered mine from Point S (formerly The Tire Factory) I don't recall what they charging me as I've yet to actually pick the tires up and I ordered them quite some time ago. I do not recall them being cheap. My plan is to simply mount them and drive them year-round. That's the real beauty of the WRG3: it's a true all-weather tire.
     
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    Would appreciate hearing how much road noise you get. I took the Michelin "summer" tires off because the road noise was obnoxious and replaced the with the Continental "Conti-Silent" and they are much quieter.
     
  6. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    Finally put them on and will be taking a 200 mile trip tomorrow. I'll report back. While I am going over a mountain pass, I'm unlikely to encounter any snow/ice.
     
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    Excellent. As a fan of these tires I eagerly await your report.

    Cheers!
     
  8. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    While I have no objective measures to back this up, the WRG3s seemed much quieter than the Continentals that came on the car. This is especially interesting given that the stock tires had the ContiSilent tech in them (which truly perplexed the guys at the tire store). They handled fantastically for all-seasons and I didn't notice any kind of significant impact on range.

    Time will tell how well they hold up on such a heavy vehicle but I think they're going to be great tires. It will be a little while before I have any impressions on them in regards to snow driving.
     
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    Thanks Lyon! Yeah, probably not a lot of snow left down your way either after this last week. Kept having to check my calendar as I was walking around in my shorts and flip flops. o_O:cool:
     
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    These are wonderful tires and a great year round option for climes that snow in winter. Had them on my daughters car in Utah when she was in college rather than changing from winters to all seasons twice a year.
     
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    Sorry for digging up an old thread, but I think it is appropriate here... I'm considering these same tires for a used S I'm getting in a couple of weeks, as the dealer is offering me rubber of my choice. I'd really appreciate an honest review/update now that you've had them for over a year. Any regrets? How are they wearing? Etc etc.
     
  12. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    If what you need are tires for occasional snow and ice and you don't want to swap seasonally, these are your tires. I've gone to real snow tires for the winter because my kids are now on ski team and we're basically living at the mountain. The WRG3 is an amazingly versatile tire.
     
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    Darn, that's not quite what I wanted to hear. I live in the mountains all year round :) In the winter - and we get a real winter - I need to go over serious mountain passes. They are plowed well, but there's only so much they can do. It is the law that your tires have to have the mountain/snowflake symbol between October and April to traverse that pass, and I believe these are the only "all season" tires that have that, as they are supposedly "severe service" tires.

    I do know several people that get these tires and I've heard good things, but if you went with proper winters then you must have had a reason.

    I'd really *like* to avoid swapping, because while it is the law that i have to have them on in October for the highway... it is often still over 20c (68F) in October and usually well over that come April. So I chew up proper winter tires because it's just too warm. It'd be ultra-convenient to have tires that I can reasonably use all the time.

    Maybe WRG3 + chains if it is really bad? To be honest, I've never once used chains or other traction aids... I've always had proper winter tires for winter. That's never bothered me before because I've never spent more than $60 on a tire before this car! I don't mind springing for a 2nd set, but its that combined with increased wear that's going to probably end up costing 16x as much as I'm used to.
     
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    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    I've never felt unsafe driving in snow/ice with the WRG3. It's just that, many weekends, I end the day on the slopes and then drive 150 miles home over the mountains. I think I posted about it last year; the WRG3s are fine (with the dual motor car), the Hakkas are just better. I think if I just had daily snow and was driving around town in it they would be ok. I had long, weekly drives over dark mountain passes when I was really tired.

    Get the WRG3 and try them out, they're better than any "all-season" tire and many of the winter sport tires out there. (The Pirelli tires Tesla sells come to mind).
     
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    Right on, thank you. I'll try them. Anything's got to be better than what I drive now.
     
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    I have kept my WRG3's on over the summer and it's been a really warm one. I've also done a couple big road trips on them. They seem to be wearing quite well but I know they will be less effective next winter after using them all summer too. The range increase over the OEM 22's has been worth it though.
     
  17. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I use WRG3 in the winter. The criteria I use is that if you live where there is a real winter, then get good snow tires. If you don't, then use WRG3 as your winter tires. They really are quite good and only the best winter tires do better (R2, X-Ice, etc.). The biggest difference is that the WRG3 tires don't melt immediately in the heat, and the tread compound is very flexible even in severe cold. (At one time there was a video on the Nokian site that showed they were flexible even after pouring liquid nitrogen on them. Don't know if it's still there or not.) In either case it's a good idea to have a second set of wheels to mount them on. Better for the tires and easier to do a change over.
     

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