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Winter Tires for RWD

Discussion in 'Mountain/Southwest' started by iridium, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. iridium

    iridium Member

    Jul 10, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ
    A separate thread got me wondering, do any of you put winter tires on your RWD vehicles for heading into the mountains? I'm thinking specifically about heading up to Flagstaff or the Arizona Snowbowl. Would you go with winter tires or just carry chains? I imagine Snowbowl road can be challenging in the wrong conditions.. not sure how a RWD Tesla would handle it.
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 (S85-3/2/13 traded in) X LR: F2611##-3/27/20

    Mar 8, 2012
    Yes, i put four winter tires on (don't even think of putting on just two). To be more accurate, I put Nokian WR-g3 severe service all-seasons on because i don't live where it's normally snowy. The problem with summer or three season all season tires and chains is that chains are a pain to put on so you don't put them on till you have to. Conditions that can't be managed by summer or three season all season tires can occur well before chains are mandatory.
  3. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

    Jun 24, 2014
    Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
    The Norwegians seem to swear by Nokian Hakkinen's (bad spelling-sorry). And if anybody should know, I would think it would be them. I'm actually beginning to think that my max summer tires may not be able to handle the rains in CA. Hopefully a very wet year for us coming up. But I really don't want to buy a second set of tires. Used to when I lived in CT years ago.
  4. Cottonwood

    Cottonwood Roadster#433, Model S#S37

    Feb 27, 2009
    #4 Cottonwood, Nov 1, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 13, 2016
    I have used the Nokian Hakka 7's (studded) and then the Nokina Hakka R2's (non-studded) on my three-year old P85 (RWD) with great success in the mountains of Colorado. I highly recommend them. In the Nokian Hakka line, studs are highly over-rated. I would strongly recommend that you not get studded tires for a Tesla. The noise will drive you nuts, for marginal, if any, gain.

    Enjoy your your Tesla in the mountains.

    Here are two videos of Tesla with Nokian Hakka tires on my driveway in Pagosa Springs. The RWD P85 on the Hakkas does fine; the AWD P85D on Hakkas does great.

    RWD P85 on Nokian Hakkas:

    AWD P85D on Nokian Hakkas:
  5. rhumbliner

    rhumbliner Member

    Sep 24, 2015
    Jackson.Hole Las.Vegas
    I concur with jerry33. don't even think of installing just 2. keep mind that braking and steering benefit greatly when the front wheels are helping.

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