I want to consider Nokians again for the 2008-09 season and am trying to learn more about them. What is the main difference between the Hakka 2,4,5 and the RSi? I live in northern IN and commute to MI everyday and cannot legally drive studs in MI. One of my main questions is if I can't stud is the RSi the better choice as a friction tire or is the H2 or H4 still a choice for me? BTW, as far as I remember either the H2's or H4's do not come in the right size for me - one does and one doesn't RSi does for sure. So what is the difference between H2/4 or RSi?
I need 225/50/17 front and 225/55/17 rear.
I ended up with Michelin x-ice last season and this season and am impressed with their deep snow traction compared to my 2 seasons with Dunlop Graspics. For me deep snow and ice traction is VERY important becuase my one and only vehicle is an '05 Nissan 350Z with an open diff! We get dumped on with lake effect snow often and when the bypass doesn't get cleared right it can have dangerous patches of ice. I have some bridges to cross on that road as well and have to be carefull not to end up in the ditch with everyone else. I have modern rope/chains in my trunk for the day when I finally get stuck as backup, but I have made it up my driveway succesfully dragging the frame the whole way with the x-ice and plowed through a whiteout that I encountered half way to work last year and was able to keep my momentum up for the last 2 miles where I was plowing through 6" of unplowed snow watching mailboxes out my side window to tell where I was going. In comparison the Dunlops left me stranded at the bottom of my driveway in 4" and I had to clear the drive to put the car away later on a couple of occasions.
Don't mean to ramble but it may help you advise me!