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Old 09-24-2014, 08:17 PM   #1
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Hey guys and gals! Like the post said I'm moving to the Fairbanks area in December, I wondering what I need to do to my legacy to make it "Alaska ready" tires, block heaters, etc.. The whole nine yards haha

And btw how do lowered cars do?
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Old 09-24-2014, 08:23 PM   #2
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Since you're moving to Fairbanks, you're going to have to do a little bit more to your car than you would in other parts of the state.

A block heater, oil pan heater, and battery heater are all a must.

For tires, you can choose between studless or studded snow tires. It comes down to personal preference.

For studded tires, I recommend the Hankook iPike W409 Studded.
For studless tires, I recommend the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70/80.

Have your coolant tested to make sure that it's safe down to very low temperatures, because it does get very cold up there!
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Old 09-24-2014, 08:45 PM   #3
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Thanks carter!!
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:23 PM   #4
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Carter hit the nail on the head.

Alaska isn't very nice to lowered cars. If you're smart about your entry and exit angles without taking curbs head-on, you'll most likely be okay. Parking lots and roads are very uneven and can be problematic even during the summer months without random snow mounds in driving areas.

Plan your routes ahead of time to well-treaded areas and you should be good, like if you're just going home, to the store, gas station, etc. If you're visiting a new friend in a new neighborhood, just because cautious of that neighborhood's road conditions.
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:20 AM   #5
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What Carter said is pretty spot on.

Not too much to add other than I have been lowered since my first Legacy up here. ALL have done well in the snow. It boils down to good tires, and yes a little bit of planning to make sure you don't wind up on a hill with glare ice or 2 feet of unplowed snow, though it's hella fun plowing soft snow. I'd recommend a nice metal skid plate. Ice chunks off semi's are solid like rocks, and rocks + belly pan = no bueno

Another peoples moving to FBX
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ghlight=moving
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...t=winter+tires
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2291909

Driving Subaru's in winter
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ghlight=moving

Winter guide thread
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...t=winter+setup
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Old 09-25-2014, 05:12 AM   #6
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Thanks so much guys!
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Old 09-25-2014, 01:10 PM   #7
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Man I REALLY wanted a skid plate for my 2011 WRX. I haven't even considered it for my BRZ... and you just reminded me that they make JDM OEM underbody panels for my car too... I might invest in that. The WRX's plastic undertray was weak, but the BRZ's seems to be more robust.

Anyways, very good suggestion on that! Timely reminder with PFD's right around the corner.
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Old 09-25-2014, 01:43 PM   #8
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The WRX's plastic undertray was weak, but the BRZ's seems to be more robust.

Anyways, very good suggestion on that! Timely reminder with PFD's right around the corner.
Yeah, I'm sure like the tires debate, there are pros and cons to having a metal skidplate. For me being lowered, it's just a piece of mind. I lost an oil pan in my first Audi (lowered + frost heave), and since then have had a skid plate.
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Old 09-25-2014, 07:33 PM   #9
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You guys have been such a big help!
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Old 09-26-2014, 03:10 PM   #10
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Hey on1612,
If you use facebook, you should join the group "Fairbanks Subie Meets". Many of the active Subaru enthusiasts are on there and it'd a great place to ask questions about driving conditions, recommendations ect. We're very friendly
my Sti is lowered and I don't usually have an issue driving. There are a few places in town to be cautious of but otherwise you should be good as long as your drop isn't anything too extreme. The tires I suppose are preferential. Many people will tell you either studs or blizzaks and swear by them. I've driven both (though currently use studs) and they seem to perform pretty similar in my eyes.
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Old 09-26-2014, 11:29 PM   #11
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you guys are awesome!! hope to see you guys around!!
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