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Old 11-13-2002, 11:15 PM   #1
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Ok, so we just got about 2-3 inches of snow up here today and I just got my rear sway bar in the mail so I was going to go to a friends house to install it. I knew it was slick but it didn't seem that bad at first. So I'm driving out of my school and I go around the first corner and realize how slick it is and curb the subie, then I brake but just slide. I slide down the road and narrowly avoid a mini-van that is just sitting there. There was no traffic coming either way but he just decides to sit in the van and not move while I'm clearly sliding down the road. So I turn around on the side of the road and drive back to the parking lot to see if there is any damage from the curbing. I only have a little curb rash on the stock rims so it's no big deal. I drive to my friends house and we install the bar in about 25 minutes and drive back. I get into my dorm and this kid that was in the car comes up to me and tells me about how the person in the mini-van was this guy that has been going to our school for 8 years and freaks out about everything and now he has my license plate and it trying to get me in trouble or something. It was clearly slick and it was a complete accident, no one got hurt, we weren't going fast enough to threaten anyone's life, and I wasn't racing anyone. I just slid and now he is trying to get me in trouble. This is me just ranting on about how this happened. I don't think I can get a ticket or anything for this, people slide all the time when there is a little bit of snow and some ice underneath it. I definitely will now be waaaay more cautious in the snow. ha ha, yeah right
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Old 11-13-2002, 11:48 PM   #2
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If you didn't hit the minivan he can't get you in trouble, so don't worry about that. What tires do you have now? If they are RE-92's in reasonable shape, they should get you through the winter. Just remember snow is slick and you cannot drive like you can in the dry or wet when you are in snow. If you have summer only perfomance tires, you definitely have to get some snow tires or all season's. Don't think for a minute though that you can drive your car in the snow with snow tires like you can drive your car in the dry with performance tires (or even RE-92's). You still have to be very careful in the snow. Leave plenty of space for braking and don't take turns that fast.

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Old 11-13-2002, 11:55 PM   #3
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Just re-read your post. The guy in the mini van has been going to your school for eight....yes EIGHT years!!!? And he drives a mini van? The voices in his head probably told him to get you in trouble. He's probably trying to contact the mothership right now with a piece of aluminum foil on his head.

Yeah, I would worry about that guy!

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Old 11-14-2002, 12:21 AM   #4
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Yeah, he's definitely a really weird guy. I try to stay as far away as I can from him. I'm not going to post anything about him because that just wouldn't be very cool. But I'm not too worried, just a little pissed off that he overaggerates everything so much. I'm on re-92's that are pretty worn out. I made a deal with my mom for a x-mas present to pay for half of the price for snow tires. So I'm just trying to find a good deal on some tires. I'll definitely be more careful. Have a good night ya'lls
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Old 11-14-2002, 12:54 AM   #5
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Ashland, Boy you better get some snow tires And Quick. MY buddy owns a place up in Bayfield co. And they average 5 feet of snow. He says sometimes it snows for days.
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Old 11-14-2002, 02:09 AM   #6
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Yeah, I've got some great pictures from last year when the snow drifts were well over my hood and I had to push around 2 ft. of snow away from my car with my door to get in. That was tons of fun. I'm working on getting some toyo observes, but I'm not sure yet. I've searched and found that the more $ the better the tire, but I'm still trying to find that diamond in the rough. Hopefully soon. Tell your buddy to stop by northland college when he's up here, we can have a few drinks or something
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Old 11-14-2002, 03:56 AM   #7
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If you (or anyone) needs snow tyres, Dave Parps of W-A-G fame is a Hakka sales rep and will hook you up with great snow tyres. I've got some brochures on Hakka stuff if people want them.

He's pretty local to many of us since he's in WI. He will ship to wherever needed as well.

-mykr.
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Old 11-14-2002, 11:23 AM   #8
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I hope you don't have to worry about this jacka-- too much, but if he actually does get someone to listen to him remember that it is his word against yours, and he is a quack. Just discredit him in any type of hearing that could happen, even though it should never go that far.
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Old 11-14-2002, 11:30 AM   #9
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Ok, so we just got about 2-3 inches of snow up here today
Up here? I'm yet still North... and I have yet to see snow.. I would consider myself a very good snow/winter driver.. after 2 winters in a mustang. Driving my new scooby is going to be a dream, even with RE-92's. I can't wait for winter!

I know how it its with warn tires though.. slid though a light in my mustang.. honking my horn.. guy in an suv goes.. and he has a trailer.. I thought for sure i would hit him. luckily I did not.

drive safe man
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Old 11-14-2002, 12:42 PM   #10
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You should be careful in the snow no matter what you have. On RE-92s, I can only hope that the "yeah, right" comment attached to your promise to be careful was in jest. The Scooby Gods are already claiming sacrifices...don't make yours one of them.

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Old 11-14-2002, 02:11 PM   #11
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Oh, it was really just a joke with the yeah right comment. Every year I do something to just scare me with my subie and then I'm really careful from then on. It happens every year with no damage to anything but you always think of what could have happened. Another big thing with the awd is that it won't help you stopping. You will always slide just as much as any other car of similar weight and momentum. I will definitely be more careful and I am currently waiting for my mom to get back from florida so I can ask her about how much $ I can spend on snow tires, from what I have heard hakka's aren't cheap. Right now I'm not worried about this guy, I think he just overreacted and freaked out the way he normally does. I'm just going to forget about it until he brings something up, and even if he does, I have two witnesses that were in the car that will back me up. I hope everyone is safe this winter
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