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Old 08-26-2006, 02:17 PM   #1
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has anyone tried to "outfit" their STI so that it can handle the snow? i drive to the mountains a lot and am thinking of buying a STI limited....just wanted some feedback
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Old 08-26-2006, 02:18 PM   #2
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....some good snow tires and done.....but I'd get a cheap set of Rota wheels or some such to put the snows on so ya don't bork the stock wheels
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Old 08-26-2006, 02:22 PM   #3
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....some good snow tires and done.....but I'd get a cheap set of Rota wheels or some such to put the snows on so ya don't bork the stock wheels

That about covers it.

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Old 08-26-2006, 04:03 PM   #4
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how would it do with all weather tires?
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Old 08-26-2006, 04:48 PM   #5
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My WRX does just fine in all weather tires in deep snow. I go up to Tahoe a ton during the snowboard season. The thing to watch is ground clearance, it can get a little tricky trying to switch lanes in deep snow and going between the ruts.
Also I recognize the center differentials/transmissions are different from WRX to STi but you should be just fine.
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Old 08-26-2006, 04:50 PM   #6
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All seasons suck compared to dedicated winter tires. Do yourself a favor and shell out the money for a cheap set of wheels and winter tires.
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Old 08-26-2006, 04:59 PM   #7
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....some good snow tires and done.....but I'd get a cheap set of Rota wheels or some such to put the snows on so ya don't bork the stock wheels
+2

The STi comes with high performance summer tires. Don't even think about driving in the snow with them. For that matter...high performance summer tires don't work well under 40F.
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Old 08-26-2006, 05:05 PM   #8
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I've seen STIs win ice races before; it all depends on what tires you have on. Pick the smallest, narrowest rims you can fit over your brakes and the best, narrowest, dedicated snow tires. I run 205 55 16 Blizzak Revo1s and they are *amazing*. I live in the snowiest place in the United States (Upper Peninsula Michigan, record 380 feet snowfall one year) and I have never gotten stuck or had a problem driving in the worst of conditions.
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Old 08-26-2006, 06:43 PM   #9
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just go to tirerack and get the blizzak/cheap ASA wheel package
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Old 08-26-2006, 08:41 PM   #10
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I've seen STIs win ice races before; it all depends on what tires you have on. Pick the smallest, narrowest rims you can fit over your brakes and the best, narrowest, dedicated snow tires. I run 205 55 16 Blizzak Revo1s and they are *amazing*. I live in the snowiest place in the United States (Upper Peninsula Michigan, record 380 feet snowfall one year) and I have never gotten stuck or had a problem driving in the worst of conditions.

I think you mean 30 feet (I've seen the sign)

Especially considering the current world record is just shy of 97 feet......


Mount Baker Sets World Snowfall Record (updated 5/25/99)
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Mount Baker Ski area in Washington reported it has unofficially broken the world's record for season snowfall. Two inches of new snow fell on May 12, 1999, bringing the total since July 1 to 1,124 inches, or 96.6 feet. The average snowfall at Baker is 615 inches, or 51.2 feet.

This is the third record Mount Baker has broken this year. The previous record of 1,122.5 inches of snowfall in a season was set at Mount Rainier's Paradise in the 1971-1972 season, which records snowfall at 5,420 feet. The nearly 97 feet of snow that has fallen at Mount Baker since Nov.1, 1998, was recorded at an elevation of 4,300 feet. July 1 to June 30 is considered the official snowfall season.

Mount Baker has also surpassed Rainier in snowfall recorded in a winter season, Nov. 1 until April 30. This winter season, Baker recorded 1,096 inches, or 91.3 feet to Rainier's 1,038 inches, or 86.5 feet. And for February, Mount Baker bested its own record for the most snowfall in a month with 304 inches. Its previous record was set in December 1996 with 294 inches.

This newest record will remain "unofficial" until evaluated by the National Climate Extremes Committee and an application review by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Mount Baker is located approximately 60 miles east of the Pacific Ocean in the Northern Cascades of Washington State about 20 miles from the U.S./Canadian border.


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Beginning in 2005, we are using data from Michigan Tech's Keweenaw Research Center, located at the Houghton County Airpark.

Records through 1968-1969 were kept by the Calumet and Hecla Volunteer Weather Bureau. Unofficial records from 1970-2000 were kept by the Federal Aviation Administration at Houghton County Airport. Records from 2000-2004 are taken from Lake Linden-based meteorologist John Dee's measuring facility.

The record high seasonal total of 355.90 inches was recorded in the winter of 1978-1979. This is measured at the airport -- the Keweenaw County Road Commission measures snow near Delaware and has recorded higher amounts during some winters.

The low record of 81.30 inches was recorded in 1930-1931.

See day-by-day snowfall.

Annual snowfall charted on a graph.
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Old 08-26-2006, 10:45 PM   #11
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skinny tires arent the best idea, i live in ct and we get bad snow storms up here, i dont wanna quote the old pontiac comercial but wider is better and yea a set of dedicated snow tires and cheap rims and your all set its an awd car it doesnt need anything else just some driving skill and watch your clearence make sure you dont drive over any snowbanks that are a lot higher than the underbelly
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skinny tires arent the best idea, i live in ct and we get bad snow storms up here, i dont wanna quote the old pontiac comercial but wider is better and yea a set of dedicated snow tires and cheap rims and your all set its an awd car it doesnt need anything else just some driving skill and watch your clearence make sure you dont drive over any snowbanks that are a lot higher than the underbelly

Wider is not better.

Wide tyres sit on top of the snow and minimize your contact area of the concrete (larger surface area, less weight per sq in of tyre contact)

Skinny tyres push through the snow and get down to the concrete and give you actual bite on the road.

Just look at the WRC cars (IBTheyRunStuddedTyres) as well as the cars in the Sno-Drift pro rally (non studded skinny tyres)
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Old 08-26-2006, 10:52 PM   #13
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WRC likes the Narrow tires for snow/ice, but thats for the extreme








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Old 08-26-2006, 11:18 PM   #14
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All seasons suck compared to dedicated winter tires. Do yourself a favor and shell out the money for a cheap set of wheels and winter tires.
+1

All seasons (at least the Toyo TPT (M + S )) are absolutely terrible in any significant snow. Finally, last winter I ponied up the cash and got some Michelin X-Ice snow tires and mounted them on some cheap black steelies and I was absolutely floored at the difference! I could actually drive the car again and have some fun doing it, even in slush which is the worst.



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Old 08-26-2006, 11:26 PM   #15
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I should also say that not ALL all seasons are as awful as the experiences I've had with the Toyos. The Nokian WR are worthy of light snow duty. BUT, while they are an outstanding all season tire, I wouldn't want to run them year round on an STi or WRX. The sidewalls and compound are relatively soft which will muddy up your steering feedback as well as decrease your cornering and handling performance during the summer months.
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