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Old 10-10-2012, 05:29 PM   #1
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So for some of us, snow will begin to fall in the next few short weeks. For the other Subaru owners, well there excited (I was when I had my WRX.) For now, not so much, as for I have traded in my WRX for a BRZ! So the question is, who is going to go ahead and decide to drive in the snow?

I'm very much considering picking up a old Subaru for the winter, an old legacy or outback or something.

I know I see RWD cars driving around in the winter all the time, they seem to be fine. I just don't want anything to happen to my new car!

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Old 10-10-2012, 05:44 PM   #2
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i'm slapping on winter tires as soon as november hits. on the STi i used a winter performance tire, however for the brz because its rwd i'm going for something softer. most likely general arctic, blizzaks, or nokian's.

honestly just get a good winter tire and know your limits, dont try to push it like you would your wrx. furthermore i dont think the car has enough power to be a major hassle in inclement weather either.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:13 PM   #3
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What Jive said. I'm gonna rock steelies on studded tires and just drive cautiously. Eventually, I, too, would like to have a beater Subaru, like a late 90's to early 2000's Legacy sedan or Outback, but that won't happen until next Fall most likely.

The tires will be Hankook iPikes, though if I get these 18x8 Sparco wheels I've been wanting I'll probably wrap them in Blizzak WS70's. Should be fun!

In December or 1st week of January I'll be buying my buddy's beater Mazda, so I plan on driving that mostly to lessen the beatings that the BRZ might be prone to.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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lol @ winter...

Tho to be honest, I sometimes envy you "season" people and your extra set of wheels/tires. Running summer tires all year really eats 'em up!

I still have yet to see any serious rain with this car...
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:12 PM   #5
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I'll be rocking mine in VT. I have some 17" blizzaks from my LGT I traded in for the BRZ. I was hoping to sell them and pick up some steelies with nice hakka's, but no bites on the 17s. I just ordered some rally armor mud flaps though Boston Motorsports - hoping to see those this weekend. For now I'll be rocking the BRZ and predict it may be a handful without sand bags... especially if you're trying to have any fun.

I hit a freshly painted cross walk the other day turning left, just after it started raining... never thought a car would react like my bike did the first time I hit wet paint. 15mph (just normal traffic off-idle throttle), as soon as the rears touched the paint the car pitched itself 90 degrees. No one parked in the first few spots on the side of the road, so no one to hit. I burst out laughing the second TC kicked in (after I had already corrected steering and throttle input - TC ruined a perfectly good slow motion drift). Glad to know the reaction skills are there, but I suspect overall the car will just make me laugh.

...until I hit that 2ft pile of snow in the middle of the highway. That'll be another story all together. I will update with photos after the flaps and snows are installed and ready to take on the snow.

Are you guys planning on a block heater? It's $155 from Subaru, but I'm thinking it'll be well worth it - even in the current 50 degree weather, it takes about 10-15min for the oil to get up to proper operating temp.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:12 PM   #6
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Shut the front door! I'd gladly only have to deal with tires being replaced all the time. San Diego is where I want most of my body parts to end up when I die, real talk. Some people's backyards are getting Chano'd.

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Old 10-10-2012, 07:13 PM   #7
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i'm slapping on winter tires as soon as november hits. on the STi i used a winter performance tire, however for the brz because its rwd i'm going for something softer. most likely general arctic, blizzaks, or nokian's.

honestly just get a good winter tire and know your limits, dont try to push it like you would your wrx. furthermore i dont think the car has enough power to be a major hassle in inclement weather either.
Thanks for the input!

I heard you were getting a BRZ! You have it already?
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:20 PM   #8
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I'll be rocking mine in VT. I have some 17" blizzaks from my LGT I traded in for the BRZ. I was hoping to sell them and pick up some steelies with nice hakka's, but no bites on the 17s. I just ordered some rally armor mud flaps though Boston Motorsports - hoping to see those this weekend. For now I'll be rocking the BRZ and predict it may be a handful without sand bags... especially if you're trying to have any fun.
I've talked to a couple of my mustang friends, they all say a few sandbags in the trunk does help a lot. I'll try that out and see what happens.

I'm just worried because I've never had to deal with this problem before!!!

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:32 PM   #9
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Shut the front door! I'd gladly only have to deal with tires being replaced all the time. San Diego is where I want most of my body parts to end up when I die, real talk. Someone people's backyards are getting Chano'd.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:43 AM   #10
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Thanks for the input!

I heard you were getting a BRZ! You have it already?
how does everyone know this

oh yeah public forum, derp.

picking up monday. stil got my sti though. trying to enjoy it before i give it up like a virgin on prom night.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:28 AM   #11
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Winter is coming!

Yep, driving my BRZ this winter. I've still got my 17" Dunlop WinterSport 3D leftover from the WRX, so I'll be putting them on late November/early December, whenever daytime temps drop into the low 40s, or the first snow is forecast. It's not too big a deal since if it snows anything more than a dusting I won't be going anywhere due to closures. Regardless, I'm a bit nervous.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:14 AM   #12
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Sticking mine in the garage away from all that nasty salt. :O

Still got my 03 Impreza that is a champ in the white stuff.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:21 AM   #13
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how does everyone know this

oh yeah public forum, derp.

picking up monday. stil got my sti though. trying to enjoy it before i give it up like a virgin on prom night.
That's exciting! You won't be sorry!

I do sometimes miss the raw power of my WRX. But after owning the BRZ for a while... I DO have more fun driving the BRZ over my WRX. It's just an all around fun car to drive.

Did you get the limited?
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:45 PM   #14
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I live near San Francisco, so yeah. What's winter? :P
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:17 PM   #15
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I live near San Francisco, so yeah. What's winter? :P
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:25 PM   #16
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I've talked to a couple of my mustang friends, they all say a few sandbags in the trunk does help a lot. I'll try that out and see what happens.

I'm just worried because I've never had to deal with this problem before!!!
Talk to the Miata guys. I don't mean to be all "miata, miata, miata" in a BRZ forum, but I have history with 'em and know 'em, and they're very similar to the BRZ. A lot of Miata owners run their cars year 'round, even with snow, so they'll have many words of wisdom (and things may be different than they are for a muscle/pony car, given the differences in weight and power).

Here in Houston, I commute by motorcycle year round.
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Forgot to say I'll be buying a bag of salt or two to throw in the trunk for weight. Anyone else planning on something like that?
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:53 PM   #18
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We had no winter whatsoever in this area last year so I'm just going to stick with the Prius tires and I'll be driving the car through the winter.

If we get ice on the ground, I don't go on the roads to stay out of the demo derby. If I need to go somewhere with snow or ice I have another vehicle for that, although the BRZ can't be worse than the F250 Powerstroke I used to drive up in WI during the winter. 2WD, no LSD.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:45 PM   #19
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We had no winter whatsoever in this area last year so I'm just going to stick with the Prius tires and I'll be driving the car through the winter.

If we get ice on the ground, I don't go on the roads to stay out of the demo derby. If I need to go somewhere with snow or ice I have another vehicle for that, although the BRZ can't be worse than the F250 Powerstroke I used to drive up in WI during the winter. 2WD, no LSD.
They're summer tires. They're going to lose grip below 50F.

Last winter was atypical. Plan for the worst so that you don't end up in a ditch with a huge repair bill.

Obviously you're good to go with another vehicle for inclement weather. I'm more concerned with other people reading that and thinking they'll be fine on the OEM rubber in the winter.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:39 PM   #20
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Not I said the little Matt. I'll be driving my 225hp 2.5RS with a 5spd dogbox instead. Much more fun than the breeze...
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:53 AM   #21
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That's exciting! You won't be sorry!

I do sometimes miss the raw power of my WRX. But after owning the BRZ for a while... I DO have more fun driving the BRZ over my WRX. It's just an all around fun car to drive.

Did you get the limited?
thats exactly what i'll miss the power. but honestly i'll just miss being the center of attention and making people deaf as i fly by EWG SCREAMING in their ears. made so many people regret cutting me off

yupp! i got a galaxy blue limited, have yet to see that color be modded. i originally wanted white but after both rally sport and mach V got white i said **** it.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:36 PM   #22
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pretty much what DWX said...we barely get winters in Atlanta...having said that, I've read that this winter is supposed to be a doozy, so we'll see. I don't have a back up car anymore, so I'll figure something out.

3 years ago, we got a nice 4" of snow and I had brand new RE-11's on my RS. That was a blast and never once had an issue with driving out there in the snow.
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:27 PM   #23
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I'll throw on the snow tires I have for the rally cross car. Luckily the RS and BRZ both use 5x100! I'm also planning on getting much better at driving

I also fired up the heated seats for the first time this last week. They smelled a little funny at first but it went away. Now I use them every day since its in the 40-50s in the mornings here.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:44 PM   #24
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I also fired up the heated seats for the first time this last week. They smelled a little funny at first but it went away. Now I use them every day since its in the 40-50s in the mornings here.
I recently used mine for the first time too! Mine didn't smell though?!?
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:48 AM   #25
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I also fired up the heated seats for the first time this last week. They smelled a little funny at first but it went away. Now I use them every day since its in the 40-50s in the mornings here.
I've been using them since day one. They don't work as well as Acura's heated seats. I have back problems, so the seat heaters being on definitely help with my back. Even in the 108+ degree Atlanta heat, a/c is on full blast and the seat heaters on high. Feels good, man.
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