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Old 12-10-2012, 07:13 PM   #151
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patiently waiting for snow in Western NY...50 degrees and rain today ):
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:28 PM   #152
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Something to look at-winter mode is on with oem wheels and Bridgestone RE970's

Anyone have any experience with these bridgestones in snow yet? All I have seen is bad reviews, and Im kind of worried lol.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:39 PM   #153
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If all you saw was bad reviews why did you get them...

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Old 12-12-2012, 08:03 PM   #154
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If all you saw was bad reviews why did you get them...

My apologies, I meant to state that I purchased them ahead of time not thinking I was going to use them in the snow but money is tight right now so I'm just going to tough it out regardless. Also TireRack has decent ratings on them so I figured I would be fine anyways:http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....+Pole+Position
I was just looking to see if anyone had experience with them yet, thats all...
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:07 PM   #155
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I wasn't flaming I was just curious as to why. You just made it seemed like you bought them knowing they were bad. I understand now tho, I mean you should be fine as long as you drive smart. Especially with all four spinning
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:51 PM   #156
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I wasn't flaming I was just curious as to why. You just made it seemed like you bought them knowing they were bad. I understand now tho, I mean you should be fine as long as you drive smart. Especially with all four spinning
I gotcha, it was just lazyness on my part
Yeah I figured, asymmetrical awd ftw!
If xluben doesnt mind, here's an interesting video comparing awd systems and how they may work in the snow:
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:29 PM   #157
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:19 PM   #158
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Just posted this in the 11-12 gallery but it makes more sense here!

I found a set of 99 RS wheels in excellent shape to use as winter wheels. After owning an old 2.5RS I have a soft-spot for these wheels. Not too mention they only weigh 16lbs and are 7" wide as opposed to the 16" WRX wheels which are 6.5".



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Old 12-15-2012, 07:14 PM   #159
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Those RS wheels actually look really appropriate as a winter setup. I might have to consider getting something along those lines for next winter.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:29 PM   #160
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Those RS wheels actually look really appropriate as a winter setup. I might have to consider getting something along those lines for next winter.
Thanks, I am really happy with them. I was worried they might look dated, but I think they actually look good. This set had apparently sat in storage for most of their life so the finish still looks new.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:15 PM   #161
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The rs wheels look awesome, I really like them with the wrb. Here's a shot of mine with LGT snowflakes and Kumho KW22 snows.

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Old 12-17-2012, 09:57 PM   #162
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Just took my brand new 2013 hatchback to the snow for the first time.
The only upgrades I have done to her are an Invidia Q300 catback & Rally Armor mud flaps.

Here are some pic link.

http://instagram.com/p/TXEvDdQN3D/

http://instagram.com/p/TXElm2wN22/

http://instagram.com/p/TXEiN4wN2x/
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:46 PM   #163
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Gasp, snowflakes! I had an old BH body (2000-2004 Legacy wagon, for those of you who don't know) that was my college car and always wanted the snowflakes. Might have to source some as winter wheels for the WRX in future years.

Any more pics?
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:12 AM   #164
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****ty ones with an iPhone, hoping this weekend to take some with a friends camera. They are sunk in further than stockers but I like it, keeps crap off the sides of the car.



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Old 12-18-2012, 12:19 AM   #165
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Thinking of swapping my OZ Ultraleggeras for Inkei Emola Blacks

What's everyone think?

Current winter setup.


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Old 12-18-2012, 06:02 AM   #166
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Just took my brand new 2013 hatchback to the snow for the first time.
The only upgrades I have done to her are an Invidia Q300 catback & Rally Armor mud flaps.

Here are some pic link.

http://instagram.com/p/TXElm2wN22/

Not trying to flame here. But are those the stock Dunlops???
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:06 AM   #167
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Here's some fun winter driving pics in the Lake Tahoe area. I have to say that Subaru's AWD system paired with snow tires is pretty damn impressive. Really seems like the only limiting factor as to how far/deep of snow you can go is ground clearance. I'm sure a lifted Forester could go through some real deep stuff.









Note: Actually wasn't stuck in the last pic. Just parked it like that off the main road because I had dig out and install chains on this ladys Camry who had somehow made it through chain control and that far before highcentering lol
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:20 AM   #168
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Not trying to flame here. But are those the stock Dunlops???
Yes they are the stock Dunlops.
They handled the snow pretty good for being "summer tires"
I just got the car on black friday.
I plan on getting "winter tires" soon.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:44 PM   #169
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LOL... summer tires begin to lose huge amounts of grip below +7 degrees C (45 F). My STi felt practically dangerous at +3 C. I can't imagine driving them in the snow!!

The problem isn't acceleration, it's stopping again. Stopping distances went up like 50% in one test when summer tires got near freezing. The issue is the rubber compound becomes extremely rigid. This report (warning: PDF) even says that below -20 degrees C you can permanently damage summer tires just by driving on them; it shreds the rubber.

Hopefully you get some appropriate tires on there before anything bad happens.

Some other fun quotes from that PDF:

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With temperatures just below freezing and on dry pavement, stopping distance for vehicles equipped with all-season tires is 30% longer than for vehicles with winter tires. Furthermore, the winter tire has
better traction on a snowy surface at temperatures of -40 degrees Celsius than an all-season tire has at +4 degrees Celsius (Mahler 2008a).
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In a demonstration project performed on an icy surface, winter, all-season and summer tires were placed on a car equipped with ABS brakes. When cars were measured for the amount of time needed to cover 18 metres, the car with winter tires completed the task in 4.5 seconds, compared to 6.5 seconds for the car with all-season tires and 7.4 seconds for the car with summer tires. The car with winter tires needed 6.4 metres to stop after it had reached a speed of 16 km/h, as opposed to 12.1 metres for the car with all-season tires and 14.3 metres for the car with summer tires. A corner test was carried out in which the cars were required to negotiate a 90-degree turn at a speed of 16 km/h. The car with winter tires passed the test, the car with all-season tires initially managed to turn successfully, but later lost control and the car with summer tires lost traction shortly after starting the turn (Tire Rack 2008).

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Old 12-18-2012, 12:48 PM   #170
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I gotcha, it was just lazyness on my part
Yeah I figured, asymmetrical awd ftw!
If xluben doesnt mind, here's an interesting video comparing awd systems and how they may work in the snow:All ALL WHEEL DRIVES are NOT created equal. (Subaru Vs Other - YouTube)
Amazing video, makes one proud to own a Subaru

Also, I think you meant to say either of the following: "asymmetrical awd FTL!" or "symmetrical awd ftw!"

Just messin' Bring on the snow!
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:49 PM   #171
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LOL... summer tires begin to lose huge amounts of grip below +7 degrees C (45 F). My STi felt practically dangerous at +3 C. I can't imagine driving them in the snow!!

The problem isn't acceleration, it's stopping again. Stopping distances went up like 50% in one test when summer tires got near freezing!!

Hopefully you get some appropriate tires on there before anything bad happens.
I plan on getting a set of winter tires ASAP. I just need to save some money.
I've been broke from buying Xmas presents for the family. Hopefully after New Years I will get a set of winter tires.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:50 PM   #172
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I plan on getting a set of winter tires ASAP. I just need to save some money.
I've been broke from buying Xmas presents for the family. Hopefully after New Years I will get a set of winter tires.
You will notice such a difference. When I tried the snow on my stockers accelerating and stopping and turning accurately was near impossible, I even got stuck in my driveway and took 15 minutes to move 30 feet (snow on top of ice ). On winter tires, it was simply amazing compared to "ultra high performance summer tires"
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:43 PM   #173
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I plan on getting a set of winter tires ASAP. I just need to save some money.
I've been broke from buying Xmas presents for the family. Hopefully after New Years I will get a set of winter tires.
Understandable. I just know I got surprised by two snowstorms ( one last year and one this year) and both times I almost crashed on hills when I couldn't stop. Just trying to spread the word. Snow tires make a world of difference.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:05 PM   #174
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:39 PM   #175
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After some back road driving outside of Mammoth, action shots to come...




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