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Old 09-22-2014, 12:01 PM   #1
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Default How's your BRZ in the snow?

I see lots of snow tire reviews from brz owners but how is it really in the snow? I'm from New England and we can have an easy winter or a ridiculous winter from one year to next. I'm getting a little worried as that time of year approaches haha. I'm considering selling one of my harleys for an older wrx as a winter ride. Any input on the situation is appreciated thanks
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:31 PM   #2
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I made it around ok all last winter in NW Ohio with just a set of Dunlop studdless snow tires and 60lbs of tube sand in the trunk. Worked well enough, I think I missed work 3 days due to weather but they were all snow emergency days where you can be ticketed for being out.

Basically the car drives fine as long as you are smart about it and it doesn't get too deep. The ground clearance is the real limiter.

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Old 09-22-2014, 01:31 PM   #3
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Part of me wants a winter car to keep the brz clean and new haha
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Old 09-22-2014, 01:51 PM   #4
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Anchorage Alaska receives about 75 inches of snow fall annually. I've driven my BRZ through two of them so far, all winter, on mediocre studded snow tires (General Altimax) and good ones (Hankook iPikes). This winter I'm going to try Blizzak WS70 studless snow tires.

Two winters ago, I got along fine with the iPikes until we got one final dump. I got stuck at a stop sign because it was fresh powder atop glare ice at a slight incline... I had some kids push me out. Otherwise I had almost got stuck moments prior in deep, fresh snow, but the ground was level and I managed to get myself out.

This past winter I did perfectly fine with the Altimax tires, except I almost got stuck at a stop sign trying to get into a very busy intersection from a steep incline with ice. Eventually I had to reverse and re-position more to the right to where I caught more gravel, then I was able to jump out into traffic when there was a break. The Outback behind me probably got a giggle.

Traction Control REALLY helps the car stay in line on glare ice. I never feel like it's sketchy driving around town. If there's moderately deep snow with small hills, at low speeds I'll have VSC Sport on to allow a little bit of slippage so that my power isn't sapped too much while trying to take off. In really deep snow I'll turn TC completely off until I get up to a decent speed and before any cornering.

I enjoy all the switching around, but I'm pretty dedicated to my craft. It might be a lot of work for some, but I'd rather drive my car over most other cars year-round. I just wish it wasn't so low sometimes. I'll be on 225/50R17 tires this winter, though, so that should help make it nice to drive around over packed snow and such.
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Old 09-22-2014, 01:59 PM   #5
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Ground clearance and inclines from a stop are going to the only problems given a competent driver and good winter tires.
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:07 PM   #6
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I had an 07 civic and it was fine to drive in all conditions except icy hills like you guys say. I guess I'm on the hunt for snow tires. Thanks for the input.
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Old 09-24-2014, 11:45 AM   #7
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I'd say snow tires are definitely a necessity. Like everyone else said, ground clearance and hills are the main things to watch for. I drove mine all last winter with Dunlop Winter Sport M3's, but bought a cheap used Forester this year so I don't have to worry about it.
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With good snow tires it's fine in anything less than ~6+ inches.

Beyond that it struggles severely (assuming unplowed roads here).
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Old 09-24-2014, 01:05 PM   #9
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I'd say snow tires are definitely a necessity. Like everyone else said, ground clearance and hills are the main things to watch for. I drove mine all last winter with Dunlop Winter's, but bought a cheap used Forester this year don't have to worry about it.
I have one of my motorcycles up for trade for a winter car right now. I was hoping for a older wrx or forester myself haha. I think im gonna stick it out this winter with snow tires but i plan on doing suspention next spring so a winter ride will definitely be needed
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Old 09-24-2014, 04:54 PM   #10
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With good snow tires it's fine in anything less than ~6+ inches.

Beyond that it struggles severely (assuming unplowed roads here).
I hear snow is different depending on where you are. Alaskan snow is very dry and crunchy, so I'm able to plow through about 10" of it no problem (I just pulled out a measuring tape and guessed about how much normally falls that I have no problem driving through). I get a little anxious at about 12"+ of snow. This last winter, in March, we got a huge dump of about 18". My car was a PLOW! As I was driving snow was kicking up over the car. It was actually really fun! I made sure not to go up any slopes, only level ground.

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LOL! I was Googling "BRZ snow plow" and a picture of my BRZ with those scary ugly steelies came up!


OMG look how stock that sucka is! For shame!
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Old 09-24-2014, 05:10 PM   #11
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That would be *awesome* to see the BRZ plowing through snow!! You kind of have to get a video of that now…

Our snow is a bit wetter and heavier here… even our '05 WRX has issues when it's over 7-9" as it just drives up on top of it and then kind of floats… We generally don't shovel for under 6" as both cars will make it, but we might have to change that this winter with the new .blue…

And we've been waffling between cheap steelies or white Sparco's for winter rims… and though the rust pattern is intriguing, I might be leaning to the Sparco's now. :P Now to pick between my thought of the WS70's or his of the LM-32's… it would be nice if we could accurately predict just what we're going to get this winter, he apparently thinks (or hopes) we won't get another winter with the 3-5" every week like last year.
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Old 09-24-2014, 05:26 PM   #12
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Yeah I definitely want to get a video of it! I wound up painting those steelies a nice, purdy black metallic. It's in my thread. I want to try driving on wet and heavy snow just once. I vote for WS70's. I had some LM tires on my 2005 STI when I first got it and HATED them on many passionate levels. WS70 are much nicer. I'm going with oversized WS70's this winter and snow is close, so I'll let you know how I feel about them on the first snow fall and first glare ice (usually last week of October to second week of November).
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:16 PM   #13
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I was gonna go steelies until I seen this pic (no offense) obviously steelies aren't supposed to look good but I'm gonna keep an eye out for some stock take offs.
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:43 PM   #14
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Hey, they're not THAT bad... I painted them.
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:58 PM   #15
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Old 09-24-2014, 07:52 PM   #16
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I went with Steel wheels myself, but NW Ohio roads get a touch nasty in the winter so I wanted something that could be pounded back round if I hit a pothole. Of course I am still using a set of Dunlop Graspic's that I picked up in 2011 for my WRX.

And yeah, with the heavier snow around here the real trick was the intersections when they got nasty slush piled up. Definitely take advantage of the Sport Mode at those points.
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I have plastidipped 16" Forester wheels for my snows.
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Old 09-25-2014, 10:23 AM   #18
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Looks good. I'm picking up a set off a member tomorrow but they are steel wheels. I'd prefer a nice looking pair but unless someone want to give to me for free it ain't gonna happen haha
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Old 09-25-2014, 01:01 PM   #19
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Paint them!





Or just make them glossy black and keep it JDM.
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Yeah I'll dip em some funky color
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Old 09-25-2014, 04:12 PM   #21
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Sigh… the glossy black in that shot actually doesn't look bad… Think we're going with white Sparco Terras still though… (though I've been learning about the miracles of Plastidip while trying to come up with a solution for something totally unrelated, and the thought of randomly changing the colors sounds intriguing )

Ooh-- tie dye.
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:05 PM   #22
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If you can use plastidip to paint the wheels to resemble the following, you will Win at life.

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I have Speedline Type 2116's 17x7 as snow wheels.

And they get dropped off for powder coat Sunday
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Old 09-26-2014, 09:35 PM   #24
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Picked up the winter sneaks tonight. Never been excited about steel wheels before
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:32 PM   #25
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I dropped off the the Chrono's today for coat and ordered new center caps from the UK, hopefully the shades are a decent match.

$75 for center caps
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