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Old 01-24-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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So it looks like I will be moving to Wainwright around Sept. I am really looking foward to living up there and meeting some of you guys. Any tips or things we should have before we come there? please dont say a jacket..
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
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A Parka?

Seriously though... welcome to moving to Alaska, being up in Fairbnaks there are LARGE temperature swings, from mid 90's in summer to -50's in winter.

September shouldn't be too bad, but I'd start getting your car ready for the Fairbanks winters. Might do a search in the AKIC as we have recently had a few threads of people moving here.

Car wise, I'd recommend getting a block heater and/or an oil pan heater. A battery warmer would be beneficial as well and helps keep the battery "fresh" and utilize ALL its cranking power (though some have reported the battery eating the heater). You'll need winter tires of some sort for the winter, and will have to change the coolant mix to a colder blend. I forgot the exact ratio, but was like 60/40 or some such.

Other than that it is more or less like living anywhere else, aside from higher prices and it gets a touch colder. Fairbanks especially.
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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No battery heater needed
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:31 PM   #4
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wainwright village or FT Wainwright?

car wise what aksubie said oil pan heater, block heater is a must , dedicated winter wheels etc

looks like you will be coming here at the start of winter, a thick winter coat, thermals help out a lot
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:00 PM   #5
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I will be headed to Ft Wainwright. I will probably get a place in fairbanks or north pole. Any areas we should avoid? Are there any local websites or publications that would list rentals up there? Im already on track for winterizing the cars. You guys know of any type of transmission/ fluid warmer. Here in Mass my trans gets very tight feeling and doesnt like to go into gear or shift when temp is around zero or colder until it warms up a mile or so down the road. Do you guys have to worrk about the local fuzz and mods on your cars? Also you guys only have 90 octane? Anyone know if ft wainwright has 93 or 90 also?

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Old 01-24-2012, 08:53 PM   #6
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http://classifieds.newsminer.com/

http://fairbanks.craigslist.org/

the local papers website and criagslist have some ads for places to rent or buy

ive used a transmission pad heater on a few of my cars

there are no emission test here and the cops are not too bad they seem more concerned about catching drunks then people in to the local car scenes

http://www.fairbanksforum.com/phpbb3/index.php
local forum


most people get along up here, they don't care about what you drive or how old you are as long as you are cool and just want to hang out


too bad your going to miss the 24 hours of daylight this year

the highest octane up here is 90 so if you need to either mix your own fuel or go with a meth kit

Chevron down the street from me is $3.91 for 87 octane
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:37 PM   #7
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You should consider a quality autostart too. You may find it cheaper to get a good one installed in the lower 48 than here in Alaska.
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:51 PM   #8
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You should consider a quality autostart too. You may find it cheaper to get a good one installed in the lower 48 than here in Alaska.
I would get one here, just for warranty issues.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:27 PM   #9
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As far as the 90 octane goes I can reflash my car but my wifes FXT is stock. Being that the manual reccomends 92 octane or higher what should I do. Do the subarus sold up there have different ecu settings from the factory than in the lower 48? Her car will stay as stock as possible.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:27 PM   #10
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I know JordyB, Carter and Seth could tell you more, BUT.. if you keep your wifes car stock and dont romp on it too badly I think 90 with the stock programming should be fine. The car will adjust a bit to run the 90 instead of its programmed 92.

FWIW, There are quite a few Subaru's up here, turbo and non, and I'd be willing to bet a vast majority do not use meth, torco or any other additives. And by vast majority, I am speaking of the FXT/OBXT/LGT/BAJAXT camps. Heck, I'd even be willing to bet many of those OBXT/BAJAXT people dont even use premium.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:37 PM   #11
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^ Correct answer. Same goes for all the places using 90/91 octane in the Lower 48. The car will learn if it encouters any knock, the stock system is quite robust in that area.
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:35 PM   #12
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The down grade in gas was a issue for me, I was lucky enough Pdx came down to Hawaii before I shipped the car and retuned for 90
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