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  1. I'm running the Hakka 5's on the back of my 451 (in 185/55R15), and I only really have one thing to say: If you can find 'em, get 'em. I really wish I had put them on my old 450, but when I bought it Lone Star they provided me with 4 WinterContacts from the demo as part of the deal. The WinterContacts are great for stopping, but I got no forward bite at all from the back tires when I wanted to go somewhere. So this winter I decided to mount two WinterContacts on the front and 2 Hakka 5s on the back and it's perfect :DThe Hakka 5's come pre-studded, and are a little noisy, but I was willing to sacrifice if I could get a really good winter tire. I got them through Kal-Tire for ~$130 ea. There was no issues mounting them on my stock Passion rims. If you compare a 185/55R15 to a 175/55R15, the 185 is 10 mm wider across the tread, and the sidewall height is 5.5 mm greater (diameter of the tire is 11 mm more on the 185's) so the 185 is 1.9% larger in diameter than the 175. This will make your speedo read lower, but that's not much of a problem as it reads high from the factory, IIRC. (My 451 read 3% high compared to GPS off the showroom floor, so now with the Hakka's I'm only reading 1% high)Only problem is now that there is now so much grip in the rear, the fronts don't seem to have as much grip so it "floats" a bit when there is a cross-wind. Other than that I've never found any place I couldn't go yet, snowbanks included Two thumbs up, would buy again. Now, to find some roadster steelies that I can mount 2 more Hakka's on so I can have them on all 4 wheels...
  2. I think having the Panic button on the transmitter is part of the requirement of selling a new car south of the border these days... same reason the 451 comes with a TPMS as standard
  3. If you don't have snow tires, that would be my first tip.If you do have snow tires, and you get stuck, just hold the throttle pedal all the way down until the car defeats the traction control. That trick got me unstuck a few times last winter.
  4. Unfortunately yes, no studded tires for the front (unless you get roadster steelies ). I agree with MMT, I've never lacked grip in the front under braking or turning with the WinterContacts, but I never did have decent forward bite with the WinterContacts on the back. This is my soultion and it works great for me.The Hakkas are by far the best winter tire I have ever owned. The rubber compound wears really well on dry pavement, I dare say you could run studded Hakkas as "all-seasons" As well, they come stock with almost a centimetre (9.6 mm) of thread depth, which is great for slush and longevity.But, as for driving them on dry pavement, it kinda sounds like you're driving on bubble wrap They are definately softer than the stock ProContacts are, so the car squirms around a bit when you hit on on/off ramp, but that's partly due to the tread stretching/deforming. I don't know about you, but I got used to the fact that my smart will have a slight drift angle in every corner with this setup. It feels like the rear end steps out a bit in a corner, but once it's stepped out it doesn't keep sliding away. I call it my "angle of attack" ;)My new Maxima got 4 studded Hakka 4's mounted on it a few weeks ago. The Hakka 5's (in that size) were all gone. Couple the Hakka 4's with it's front-wheel drive and a viscous limited-slip differential (standard on Canadian Maximas since 1997ish), along with the ABS, I have two perfect cars for driving around anywhere in the winter with, depending on how many people I need to bring with me
  5. You can also get the new Nokian Hakkapelitta 5's (which come pre-studded) in 185/55R15. I love mine The WinterContacts were more than adequate up front last year for me, but now when I want to go, I go
  6. If you guys get a lot of smarties together for a meet somewhere in Saskachewan, I'd be down for joining you guys I love finding an excuse for getting out of the city anyhow.I'll keep my eyes and ears open until then
  7. I am always up for a meet Just name your time and place. Heck, shoot me a PM if you just want to meet for coffee and talk smarts
  8. Explained for the purposes of discussion I wasn't trying to talk down to you in any way, twas not my intention :)However, if you put massive 22" chrome rims on an H2, the effect on the brake effectivness is quite considerable... all because the wheels weigh quite a bit more than the stockers. This is of course a more extreme example.
  9. I'd have to agree, the larger wheels will make the car slower, but not because they are different diameter, but because more of the weight of the wheel/tyre is farther from the centre of the wheel. This means you will need more torque to change the angular velocity of the wheel at the same rate as the 15" stock rear wheels.eg. if you take two one-foot lengths of dowel that weight exactly the same and have exactly the same diameter, but one is made of wood and is solid while the second one is a length of metal pipe that is hollow, the solid wood one will accelerate down a slope faster because the centre of the rotating mass is located closer to the centre (the action point of gravity) However, at all times will both dowels have exactly the same angular momentum, because the pipe's centre of mass is "moving" faster (think of the ant on a vinyl record... the farther from the middle the ant gets the faster he moves, even with the record player spinning the vinyl record at a constant RPM.)This is why lightweight wheels are best... they let the car accelerate quicker, stop quicker, and provide less unsprung mass for the suspension to deal with.
  10. I wish they had this option when I purchased my 451, I would have bought one. My most practical choice now is to lett Eddy Brabusize my car If only it would cost $1,900 more
  11. That's the lane that ambulances get to use, right?
  12. Linky to my findings on this "problem" with the 451.
  13. Brand new Nokian Hakka 5 are suddable, available in the same size as the Hankook's at 185/55r15.Studded Nokian Hakka are tires that I would trust my life with... I have done many navigational and performance car rallies out here in Alberta and BC, so I can tell you first hand you can't find a better tire. Plus, they will last long enough on dry roads you could use them as true all-season tires. I got 85000 kms out of my first set on my old 1985 200SX.Sadly, there are no studdable tires for the front. But the Continental WinterContacts I had on my 450 performed much better than I expected, steering and stopping were great on anything winter threw at me. My problem with the 450 with 4 Conti WinterContacts on it was going anywhere... the back tires didn't give me any forward bite at all. So this year I'm going with the studded Hakkas on the back, and the WinterContacts on the front.
  14. Most "ricers" (I used to be one of them) that want a catch can for oil and crap that they don't want sent back into the intake use plastic pop bottles, the most popular one being the NOS energy drink bottle :DThey get a hose clamp around the pop bottle and mount it somewhere. They run a hose from the PCV valve to the catch can and secure it to the pop bottle with either duct tape or by cutting a hole in the top of the bottle's cap and routing it through the hole, joining the two with epoxy. The hose clamp/cap+epoxy method allows them to easily unscrew the hose from the catch can, and just as easily loosen the hose clamp to remove the pop bottle to empty it. They also poke a small hole near the top of the pop bottle so that it doesn't become pressurized and explode, covering everything in an oily mess.This may be a solution you'd want to try, Duck. Plastic pop bottles come in a variety of sizes, as do hose clamps. Then all you'd need is a length of rubber fuel hose and to figure out a way to secure the hose clamp somewhere, and you're done. QED :DHTH!