JonO
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Winter tires, yay or nay?

Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:57 am

Just put a deposit on my 2011 leaf, 1800 km. It is snowy out here, winter tires, anyone have any comments?
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charge
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Re: Winter tires, yay or nay?

Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:07 am

JonO wrote:Just put a deposit on my 2011 leaf, 1800 km. It is snowy out here, winter tires, anyone have any comments?

Got hills? If yes, get em.
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Old battery's running down, it ran for years and years"

apvbguy
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Re: Winter tires, yay or nay?

Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:23 am

it all depends on how often you need to be driving on snow covered roads, the trade off for the better traction snow tires can offer is a lose of range.
YMMV
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Wennfred
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Re: Winter tires, yay or nay?

Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:37 am

The Nokian tires offer both LRR and snow traction, best tires for the snow.

Take a look at these pictures here:

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garsh
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Re: Winter tires, yay or nay?

Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:05 pm

If you're planning on keeping the Leaf for a while, you'd have to pay for new tires eventually. Check Craigslist (or equivalent) for some cheap used wheels (I got 2002 Altima wheels myself, ~$100 for the set). Easy enough to swap the wheels/tires yourself.
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apvbguy
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Re: Winter tires, yay or nay?

Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:44 pm

Wennfred wrote:The Nokian tires offer both LRR and snow traction, best tires for the snow.

Take a look at these pictures here:

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=10728&p=264007#p264007

the nokian Hakkapeliitta tires are IMHO the best snow tires you can buy, I don't think that they were very efficient, that said, it is about the trade off.
I used to mount them on my MB on 12/1 and remove them in march. I still have a set of 16 inch tires that I'll more than likely never use again
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Re: Winter tires, yay or nay?

Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:14 pm

apvbguy wrote:it all depends on how often you need to be driving on snow covered roads, the trade off for the better traction snow tires can offer is a lose of range.
YMMV



Says the guy in Florida... :)

Where I am it is the law so no option here but considering the Ecopia's barely work in the rain added to all the torque of the leaf you have to put snows.

I normally run studded snows but because the Leaf is so quiet I put Toyo's. Happy so far.
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kaikara
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Re: Winter tires, yay or nay?

Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:20 am

I just got my 2014 and decided to stick with the stock tires as I was leasing and didn't want to invest in another set if the car goes back in 3 years. I am in the GTA so we usually don't get crazy snow and if we do I can always take our other AWD vehicle. From the experience so far on ice and light snow the stock tires are fine. The car feels planted and while nothing will be as good as dedicated snow tires I think they will be fine for my use. The downsides of going to snows - loss of range, extra expense didn't make sense for us. Now if this was your only vehicle and you were commuting long distances every day then adding snow tires might make sense for you.

GREENEV
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Re: Winter tires, yay or nay?

Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:22 am

I definitely agree with your comment.

I had a set of Continental Extreme Winter Contact's installed on my LEAF last month. Great tires in all winter conditions. Remember, winter tires serve more purposes than just driving on snow and ice. The rubber compound flexes and adheres to the road better in DRY cold temperatures too.

Since installing the tires, my range has decreased 15-20% easily. It stinks. Its a major sacrifice for sure. I just couldn't handle the Ecopia's any longer for winter driving. No matter what other owners say, Ecopias are not meant for winter driving conditions.



apvbguy wrote:it all depends on how often you need to be driving on snow covered roads, the trade off for the better traction snow tires can offer is a lose of range.
YMMV
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kaikara
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Re: Winter tires, yay or nay?

Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:26 pm

Just a further note on this. I had to take my 2014 back to the dealer today (someone must have been tired at the factory and forgot to attach a wire the ran the daytime running lights). It just happened to be one of the biggest snowfalls of the year so got so decent experience with the stock tires in the snow. They needed the car for a bit so they gave me a loaner Versa and the back to back comparison was startling. The Versa was absolutely horrible with it's stock tires in the snow whereas the Leaf felt predictable and drove fine. I assumed it is because of the weight of the car plus the low centre of gravity due to the battery. I passed quite a few cars that were spinning out in the snow in the Leaf. The versa I was glad to give back and if I had one I would have gotten snow tires. The Leaf I will leave with the stock tires as the times when I have to drive in snow like today will only happen a couple times a year and it was fine for me.

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