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Old 12-18-2012, 02:25 PM   #1
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Whats up everyone. I was wondering what are the Must Haves we alaskan drivers must have on our awsome subbies!? Any thoughts?
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:40 PM   #2
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Some sweet aftermarket lights on a good looking light bar... And auto starts are always nice
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:11 PM   #3
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While asking what are "Must haves" could garner interesting items and personal opinions, I'd have to say the items below would be on most people's list.

- GOOD set of tires for each season. (good snow tires, grippy summer tires)
- GOOD forward lights (either HID retro's, Lightbar's, etc... something for dark winter driving)
- AutoStart for warming or cooling it
- ClearBra if newer.

Other things like block heater, tint, stereo, suspension, yada yada is more situational where everyone might have their own need/opinion. IMHO..
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:53 PM   #4
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A screwdriver.

And extra oil.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:59 PM   #5
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Lol. I heard that auto starts were bad for manual transmision cars. True?? Falsee?
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:00 PM   #6
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Lol. I heard that auto starts were bad for manual transmision cars. True?? Falsee?
Not even close to correct.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:02 PM   #7
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So auto starts are okay for us manual drivers?
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:11 PM   #8
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I am sure Autostart's for Manuals are just fine.

I want to say the "no manuals" was more from a liability standpint should one leave their car in gear. I might be very wrong though.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:17 PM   #9
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WRC super studs for the winter.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:41 PM   #10
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Auto starts for cars are a nice creature comfort. For manual transmissions there is a certain liability involved. For a manual there are certain checks in place to ensure that it is safe to start. Mainly to have the e-brake on and the transmission out of gear. The big problems start when people install them and bypass these safety measures. Any reputable autostart shop could install one for you.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:14 PM   #11
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Duct tape. Zip ties.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:46 PM   #12
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With the weather temps its been lately, i can only imagine it get worse in Jan/Feb. Thank goodness for autostart!!
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:48 PM   #13
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i have a snowboarding (compactible) shovel in my trunk at all times. worst idea is to get stuck in a snow berm with no one to help you and all you need is to dig yourself out. Plus you can be a good samaritan and help your fellow Alaskans who may be in trouble! (option b: roadside assistance! baha)
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:54 PM   #14
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I forgot to add: jumper cables. I've used these so many times for so many cars and situations it should come with every new car for free up here ><
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:48 PM   #15
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Flares. Vinyl or latex gloves. Snow shovel. A wand to clear snow and ice from windows. Ice lock melter.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:56 PM   #16
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FIRE EXTINGUISHER!!!

I can't believe it wasn't mentioned already.

I spent two in under a year on cars fires. Fortunately not my car.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:51 AM   #17
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its good that everyone is tipping in for info for all of us. good ideas for everyone. all the thoughts are being shared deeply.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:42 AM   #18
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Mud flaps.

Keep them paints all nice and clean!
(Yes that is dripping with sarcasm)
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:53 AM   #19
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I was raised to be prepared, so I usually have a shovel(metal, NOT plastic), heavy duty tow strap(I'm a little concerned if I ever have to use this with my car as the newer models only have a big i bolt that screws into the bumper beam and not the chassis) and jumper cables, although since I've had a Subaru I haven't had to use any of those for myself. Also extra warm clothing(including hat and gloves) for emergencies, not really necessary in the city but I was sure glad I had my carhart coveralls when I was standing on the side of the parks for hours last march. Oh I almost forgot flashlights, multiple high output reliable flashlight. Always good to have a tire pressure gauge or two. Fix-a-flat. Flares. You can pick up an emergency roadside kit most places fairly cheap that includes a lot of these things.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:13 PM   #20
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- GOOD set of tires for each season. (good snow tires, grippy summer tires)
This should be mandatory for EVERYONE in this state.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:26 PM   #21
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Warm gear is always a good idea. But I've found im rarely riding alone so gear for just you won't help others. A few good wool military surplus blankets is a great idea. And won't take up much space at all.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:35 PM   #22
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Space! Thats a bug thing about all these items. You can only fit so much.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:36 PM   #23
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:54 PM   #24
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Space! Thats a bug thing about all these items. You can only fit so much.
Not really, clothes are light and squishable. The biggest thing I have is the shovel, but you can get collapsible ones.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:03 PM   #25
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Extra jug or two of windshield wash and a rag to clean headlights.
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