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Old 01-29-2013, 09:56 AM   #151
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Finally borrowed the roommate's GoPro and had a little fun out in the snow last night. Maaaassive parking lot that's so deserted it's like hoonin around is encouraged. You can definitely feel the open diffs, but they don't really spoil the fun too much. My studs held up fine too. Was trying to keep the revs low for most of it, but these were the heavier footed highlights:




(....and yeahhhh, in hindsight, leaving the front windows cracked was not a great idea...)
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:31 AM   #152
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Finally borrowed the roommate's GoPro and had a little fun out in the snow last night. Maaaassive parking lot that's so deserted it's like hoonin around is encouraged. You can definitely feel the open diffs, but they don't really spoil the fun too much. My studs held up fine too. Was trying to keep the revs low for most of it, but these were the heavier footed highlights:

2012 WRX Hatchback - Snow Fun - YouTube



(....and yeahhhh, in hindsight, leaving the front windows cracked was not a great idea...)
Excellent video! Thanks for sharing
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:39 AM   #153
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we just got snow in NC 3 inches, huge deal for us down south lol hope the car preformed well. People around NC think that their wrx AWD car makes the un touchable in the snow and are found later in the ditch
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:27 AM   #154
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1) if you never or seldom drive in snow it is easy to forget how to do it, or never learn. Even in Albany every year the first snow storm is greated with panic and stupidity by many drivers.
2) if you have the OEM summer tires on your WRX good luck. Very easy to find out why people up north use either All Season or Winter tires when they drive during the winter.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:31 PM   #155
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we just got snow in NC 3 inches, huge deal for us down south lol hope the car preformed well. People around NC think that their wrx AWD car makes the un touchable in the snow and are found later in the ditch
Even some people in Nebraska think that AWD = Always Able To Drive Under Any And All Conditions. These folks are the most surprised/shocked to find themselves in the ditch or off-road and state, "With AWD this shouldn't have happened". It appears as if there are times that you can't talk to stupid and make any sense - in these cases, it's an "always" thing.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:01 AM   #156
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Even some people in Nebraska think that AWD = Always Able To Drive Under Any And All Conditions. These folks are the most surprised/shocked to find themselves in the ditch or off-road and state, "With AWD this shouldn't have happened". It appears as if there are times that you can't talk to stupid and make any sense - in these cases, it's an "always" thing.
Same people that think ABS will make more traction. I'm glad to see comments on this board that suggest that most here understand what is really going on with this stuff. First couple of bad days, I'll see a few in the ditch.

With the foul weather we have recieved since getting winter tires, I am sold on them! What an amazing diference in traction. My buddy almost got his Legacy Outback stuck in my driveway with all seasons. With the snows, I hadn't felt compelled to run the snow blower. Ha. We had a good thaw and it all melted away. The temps dropped 30 degrees over night the other night and the lake effect snow machine has started back up. Lots of school closings today and more snow on the way.

Winter tires are worth the price of admission.

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Old 02-01-2013, 09:12 AM   #157
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Wow these stock Yokohamas are terrible.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:19 AM   #158
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Wow these stock Yokohamas are terrible.
Yeah, my stock Yokos never even saw the snow. I installed my Blizzaks at Thanksgiving time, and I'll switch back to the Yokos in mid April.
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:31 PM   #159
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the stock yokos are fun in an empty parking lot. lol
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:45 PM   #160
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the stock yokos are fun in an empty parking lot. lol
I was testing that, the understeer was about on par with my old 1988 Chevy Caprice. Meaning, I cut the wheel and just plowed forward in a straight line.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:25 PM   #161
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the stock yokos are fun in an empty parking lot. lol
This, they are. Seems like the only good use for em
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:30 PM   #162
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Wow these stock Yokohamas are terrible.
Things I have read suggest LRR tires CAN have as much traction as regular tires. Frankly I find that hard to believe! Low rolling resistance suggests less friction, which in turn suggests less traction. Slightly better fuel numbers I suppose. Blizzaks for when the weather gets bad.

Blizzaks + snow/ice= go where you want, when you want.

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Old 02-01-2013, 04:33 PM   #163
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I got continental extreme DWS's. love them.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:26 PM   #164
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I got continental extreme DWS's. love them.
They are just great in the snow for an all season tire. Never had experience with snow tires never had too with the dws
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:06 AM   #165
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There was a mound of snow in front of the car last night knee deep from where the plow guy had left in front of the cars that were parked. Not hard packed, but what had spilled off the side of the plow while pushing it to the back. Drove right through it effortlessly. No wheel spin at all.

I imagine it would not have been so easy with all seasons.

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Old 02-09-2013, 02:55 PM   #166
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Finally got to drive the Impreza in the snow. Got about 18 inches here on Long Island. Cars grip is good, problem I found with this car.. is that it is just too low. Was going super slow, but undercarriage was getting scraped.. now muffler makes a sound. Oh man.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:04 PM   #167
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Finally got to drive the Impreza in the snow. Got about 18 inches here on Long Island. Cars grip is good, problem I found with this car.. is that it is just too low. Was going super slow, but undercarriage was getting scraped.. now muffler makes a sound. Oh man.
Imagine how your GTI would have done. I know my Impreza has approximately 1" more clearance than my TDI had, and I'm pretty sure your GTI rode even lower than my TDI.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:06 PM   #168
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Had some great fun in the snow today. Car handles great and is always predictable.

Finally got some decent snow in the tri-state area
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:35 PM   #169
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Had some great fun in the snow today. Car handles great and is always predictable.

Finally got some decent snow in the tri-state area
Yes! Today was the true test! Left Hudson Valley to Jiminy Peak at 6:00 a.m. With my Blizzaks it was absolutely solid!
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:35 AM   #170
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Another user over here on long island, except my area got around 14 inches. Crazy stuff.

Got my new DWS with my 16" wheels, and these DWS are *FANTASTIC*.

Haven't even gotten stuck once yet (granted, the highest snow i drove on was probably about 6".

Problem with the car though; the ground clearance is simply too low! The underside of the car scraped on almost all snow I drove over, and for some reason the area under the drivers side is rattling...

Any ideas, people? I can't take a look because I don't have a lift or even rhino ramps, but the rattling is definitely not on the interior of the car, as it started today while driving.

Aside from that rattling which has me pretty worried, and the ground clearance, I love the car with these DWS and my shiny new wheels.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:24 AM   #171
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Any ideas, people? I can't take a look because I don't have a lift or even rhino ramps, but the rattling is definitely not on the interior of the car, as it started today while driving.

Aside from that rattling which has me pretty worried, and the ground clearance, I love the car with these DWS and my shiny new wheels.
If you can't take a look, then bring it in. Probably just a minor trim piece that got knocked loose. No biggie.

As for the clearance, it is what it is. I think our Imprezas have something like 5.5" of clearance, so if you were driving through 6" of snow, then yeah, you'll be scraping a little.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:24 AM   #172
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Seems like a couple of us Long Islanders may be looking at getting that 1" suspension lift sooner than later.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:17 AM   #173
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scraping the plastic under area isn't much of a big deal, as for the muffler snow probably in it, you need to drive through some potholes to shake away the snow, otherwise it will eventually melt off. Also if you notice any vibration or your car sounds suddenly loud after going through some powder thats just snow in the wheels and on the body causing that new sound. the car is 6.X in height off the ground which is actually more than most cars. It takes like 2 days of playing in the snow for the car to get back to sounding normal when there is snow everywhere, other wise give it a wash to melt away excess snow.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:56 PM   #174
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This is why the Subaru are so awesome -- they drive so good in the snow !
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:44 PM   #175
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I cant stress enough how much of a difference snow tires make, if you dont have a set your doing it all wrong. The amount of grip is spectacular. A brand new set of all seasons is probably equivalent to half worn snow tires.
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