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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI, all..the CS's now only come in 195/R14 and 205/R16. No more 15's.

http://www.nokiantires.com/tyre?id=11889&group=3.01&name=Nokian+Hakkapeliitta+CS
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Add me to the Nokian fan club.

I have Hakkapellita CS in 14" on my Westy and they are really good tires. Good in dry, rain, and even light snow. (In deep-ish snow, like the 8" of wet slick stuff we got last winter, my 2WD van w/ open differential doesn't go - the tires can't work magic.)

We like the Nokians so much that I just put WR G2's on the wife's Prius.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:23 am    Post subject: 16 WRC Van tires on Syncro Westy Reply with quote

After the installation of a decoupler, I decided to purchase 16 inch MB wheels and a set of Nokian WRC Van 215 65 R16 from Van-Cafe. I had a set of Michelins on it before and they felt wobbly in cross winds. The photos I've seen online don't do this tire justice. They have deep threads and handle very well on the roads. I have put about 500 miles on them so far.

I did a ton of research before deciding on the tire, size and what wheels I wanted. I actually thought about it for about 6 months Rolling Eyes I was leaning towards BFG on 15 inch wheels but for approximately the same diameter I would be getting less performance in winter and louder on the highway. If I decide to do any serious off-roading, I'll likely get another set of tires for that purpose. But for now these will do.

If you are looking for a low rolling resistance, quiet and appropriately weighted tire that can handle winter conditions I second the recommendation from the OP.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How different is the WRC from the Hakkapellita CS? I just completed 5K on my first set of CSs on 14"and really like them. The tread looks more aggressive than the WRC. I hear a slight hum from the tires between 30-50 mph, but nothing worth changing my mind about how great they are.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Hakkapellita CS are only available in 14 and one size in 16. The width was not wide enough for the MB wheels.

Both are all weather tires, just different designs and as you mentioned it is slightly more aggressive.

http://www.nokiantires.com/product-group?group=3.01
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just put some 15" Nokian WRC Van tires from Van-Cafe on a few days ago, and all I can say is, "Wow!" I don't regret dropping the cash on these tires at all. They are very quiet and grippy. They hold up well when cornering, and my van has distinctly less roll in corners now.

I'm looking forward to putting lots more miles on these. I'll report back after I'm able to drive them in more varying conditions. They look really nice on the van, too.

Here's a good video that shows more detail of the sidewall and tread:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are the Nokian WR C Van tires unidirectional (because of the asymmetric tread pattern), or can they be run in either direction?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are not unidirectional but are inside / outside specific.

... & fabulous.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jerrydog411 wrote:
They are not unidirectional but are inside / outside specific.

... & fabulous.


Thanks!

I just unboxed a set of four and was a bit concerned when I saw all four were the same...

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:12 pm    Post subject: Nokian WRC Reply with quote

Ditto, fabulous, I picked some up this winter, loved the traction for the trips up to the ski hill, and dig the quiet on the roads this summer. The Nokian WRC van tires are awesome. I am running 205/65/15 on Mercedes wheels, great fit, handling,etc.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been searching for so long. . WRC HERE I COME!

maybe some blistens too Smile))
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cbarney10 wrote:
I've been searching for so long. . WRC HERE I COME!

maybe some blistens too Smile))


Unfortunately Nokian no longer makes these for the North American market. You may consider the WRG3's (that is what I had to switch to after my first set of WRC Vans wore out).
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure that Van Cafe still has them.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should have been more specific. It is the 205/70/15 size that is not available in the WRC Van from Nokian.

I see that Van Café lists them on their website but last I checked they had none in stock and didn't know how to get more. Nokian themselves emailed me and said that size was not available in North America, but that was a few months ago, maybe things have changed. YMMV. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm on the last rotation of my Nokian WRC tires in 205/65R15 size. They are the best tires I've ever had, period. I live in Atlanta and they handle the heat just fine. The best ride, quiet throughout their life, good tread life, good handling. I've used mulitple varations of 14'', 16'', and now these 15'' tires on my Vanagons and my experience with Vanagon tires spans 15 years at this point.

Nokian WRC has been replaced by Nokian WR C3. WR C3 tire is directional, but has same load index and 4-season rating.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrPolak wrote:
I'm on the last rotation of my Nokian WRC tires in 205/65R15 size.


How many miles did you get? Just curious because the ONLY negative about my Nokians was the tread life.
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