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Old 02-10-2013, 09:15 PM   #176
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This afternoon on a 1 076 km2 frozen lake.


That's an infinite playground... Fawking VDC. I hate that shït so much. I think I will sell the car before next winter just because of that









By the way, here in Quebec-Canada, winter Tire are required from December 15 to March 15. I bought a set of Nokian Hakkapellitta 7 205-55-16 for about $1000 canadian. I know it's expensive but it is an incredible tire... I drive a lot on country roads in northern Canada, where conditions are extreme and where the temperature is very cold (up to -40) ... I can easily drive 120-130 km/h in any snowstorm.






Sorry for my bad english
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:48 PM   #177
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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.
My car started doing the same thing on Sat morning after driving home in the snow Friday night. Best I can describe is a rattling under the Passanger footwell, and muffler rattling under slow accel.... I am hoping it is just ice rattling around. I looked underneath and dont see any visual damage. Did see ice though

Was really bad this morning again.. but as day went on, rattling kinda went away.. thinking it is ice. Have ice everywhere... the space between the tires and the body is tight and slush and ice gets stuck up in there too. I bet your noise will go away on Monday after you drive in the rain.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:05 AM   #178
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Man too bad I live in Socal where it doesn't get to snow that much. I'd love to put a suby on some fresh laid snow just to see how the bad boy handles.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:40 AM   #179
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My car started doing the same thing on Sat morning after driving home in the snow Friday night. Best I can describe is a rattling under the Passanger footwell, and muffler rattling under slow accel.... I am hoping it is just ice rattling around. I looked underneath and dont see any visual damage. Did see ice though

Was really bad this morning again.. but as day went on, rattling kinda went away.. thinking it is ice. Have ice everywhere... the space between the tires and the body is tight and slush and ice gets stuck up in there too. I bet your noise will go away on Monday after you drive in the rain.
I guess it's ice, well, hopefully at least.

Hopefully the freezing rain isn't gonna make driving our cars worse today

Say, we should have a meet up sometime!

Anyway, i'll update on whether the rattles go away or not on this thread.

Good luck with this snow we have :P
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:30 AM   #180
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I had the Nokian Hakkapellitta on my mini great tires in snow, on slick roads gotta be careful but they get the job done plus they take longer to burn off their winter compound. I have since cheapened out to the altimax arctics, sweet for cheap and gets the job done, no regrets.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:53 AM   #181
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Yeah, I had Altimax Arctics on my VW TDI, and was impressed with them. When my current Blizzak WS60 snow tires wear out, I'll probably replace them with Altimax Arctics.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:51 PM   #182
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I test drove my first WRX/ STI yesterday In pennsylvania and had the opportunity to drive it through some snow. Ive been looking to get a wrx or sti now for quite some time and it is just amazing how well it handles. Cannot wait to order one.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:00 PM   #183
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Keep in mind your new WRX/STI ships with summer tires, so plan on getting better tires for the winter.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:41 PM   #184
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Car made it through 10-12" of snow today on stock tires, was only a few blocks worth but still not exactly a good feeling. Next winter will be on snow tires
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:40 AM   #185
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My Crosstrek pulled through 10-12" of unplowed, wind beaten snow like a champ! I even stopped on a hill, got out to check that it truly was riding on the snow underneath, then got back in and started back up the hill with no problems at all. I know I only have a touch under 9" of clearance but driving through snow deeper than that was easy.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:04 PM   #186
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Keep in mind your new WRX/STI ships with summer tires, so plan on getting better tires for the winter.
What tires do you recomend getting for the winter? I was planning on getting another set of rims. Either the stockers again with winter or all season tires. Because idont want to ruin nice wheels for summer
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:41 PM   #187
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What tires do you recomend getting for the winter? I was planning on getting another set of rims. Either the stockers again with winter or all season tires. Because idont want to ruin nice wheels for summer
Don't get all seasons as a second set of tires, they will never be as good as dedicated winter tires. I have Nitto SN2s and am happy with them, but there are plenty of other excellent options that I'm sure people will share with you.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:47 PM   #188
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Bridgestone Blizzaks and General Altimax Arctics (without adding studs) are both excellent choices. And to save money and improve traction, many people go with 16" wheels for the winter tires, rather than matching the 17" size of your summer wheels.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:15 PM   #189
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anyone get 15" winter tires?

how many miles can you usually get on a set of winter tires?
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:29 PM   #190
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Some have gone with 15" wheels/snow tires. According to TireRack, the appropriate 15" tire is 195/65-15.

I went with old 16" WRX wheels that I found for cheap on Craigslist. They came with young Blizzak WS-60 snow tires already installed (only 5k miles on them), and they work very well. But I like the Bridgestone Altimax Arctics too (that's what I had on my VW TDI), so that's what I'll buy when the Blizzaks wear out.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:01 PM   #191
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I haven't been able to find any good deals on s wheels yet
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:03 PM   #192
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I haven't been able to find any good deals on s wheels yet
Have you checked your friendly neighborhood Craigslist yet?
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:14 PM   #193
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Have you checked your friendly neighborhood Craigslist yet?
yes, might have to broaden the search, I'm ok with driving a few miles

just sold my outstation car so now i have cash too
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:20 PM   #194
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Some have gone with 15" wheels/snow tires. According to TireRack, the appropriate 15" tire is 195/65-15.

I went with old 16" WRX wheels that I found for cheap on Craigslist. They came with young Blizzak WS-60 snow tires already installed (only 5k miles on them), and they work very well. But I like the Bridgestone Altimax Arctics too (that's what I had on my VW TDI), so that's what I'll buy when the Blizzaks wear out.
65 sounds a little big, no?
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:22 PM   #195
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:23 PM   #196
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65 sounds a little big, no?
but 60 is really small.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:26 PM   #197
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65 sounds a little big, no?
All I can say is that it's the 15" tire size that TireRack recommends for our Imprezas. TireRack hasn't led me astray yet....
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:34 PM   #198
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195/65R15 works well.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:39 PM   #199
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Wish i had gotten 65 then, just got some new continental dws 205/55/16 under advisement from a tech at mavis.

55 is fine for me but still
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:40 PM   #200
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195/65R15 works well.
And for 16" wheels, the recommended size is 195/60-16. This is the snow tire size I have on the used WRX wheels I bought.

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