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Old 03-26-2002, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default Having fun in the snow??

I'll be getting my brand new RS on thursday... So to say "adios" to my Golf, I took it for a spin in the empty streets near where I live (really empty streets, no houses have been built yet, and there was about 5 - 10cm of fresh snow...)

I was taking a few 90 degrees turns and drifting the rear like if I was driving a rally car. (I must admit that looking at the Corsica WRC on Speedvision today did help quite a bit to set up the mood...).

During this time, I was wondering if it's possible to do such things with an AWD without driving at 80kph and risking killing yourself like they do on in the WRC. I guess that using the handbrake on an AWD isn't a good idea at all... (maybe if you press the clutch it's ok?).

Now... my question is: will I be able to do drifts like that with my RS? (is it even possible since it doesn't have a locking diff?)

Thanks and enjoy the snow while you can! Go ahead, take your subies in empty streets full of snow! (but be careful...)
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Old 03-27-2002, 08:26 AM   #2
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Sorry. I meant to reply, but clicked wrong. See "Be Careful" thread.
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Old 03-27-2002, 02:16 PM   #3
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I'm not sure, but wouldn't pulling the hand brake lock up your rears, while leaving the fronts spinning? I would imagine that this is not good for the diff that distributes power between front and rear ne?
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Old 03-27-2002, 03:31 PM   #4
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It is a differential and can therefore allow the axles to spin at different speeds. No doubt it would be bad for it if you did it at high speed, with a torque load, or all the time. It shouldn't be a big problem to give it a yank once and a while, but why bother? It's an AWD car and you can learn to weight transfer to get a drift going.
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Old 03-27-2002, 09:15 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies... I guess I'll practice next year... The snow is melting and most of it will be gone this week-end!
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Old 03-29-2002, 09:11 AM   #6
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With practice you can drift ANY subaru !
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