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Old 12-17-2002, 01:35 PM   #1
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OK...I have a 2" drop on my 2002 WRX wagon. I'm planning to go up to Northstar on Wednesday, but I recently checked the road conditions. They are saying that chains are required for all vehicles except AWD cars. So that obviously doesn't include me. However, I have never driven in road conditions where snow chains were required and just wanted to make sure that my 2" drop won't make my AWD suffer in the snow.

I know that I have more oversteer with my car lowered, but what will the minimal driving effect be in the snow? Also, does this 2" drop have enough clearance in the fender for snow and chains?

Can't wait to go up! Crossing fingers for good weather. Thanks!
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Old 12-17-2002, 02:09 PM   #2
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you dont need chains so you dont need to worry about clearance for chains. I went snowboarding last year in my car. 1.5" drop with no problems. Even burned a SUV who thought he could take me in the snow.
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Old 12-17-2002, 06:35 PM   #3
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What tires are you running? They may require M+S depending on the status of the road.

As far as tire chains go, as everyone says, it is pretty rare that they demand tire chains on 4wd, and if they do, you might want to postpone your journey anyway.

If your car has more oversteer than usual, you'll need to be more careful when cornering - particularly if you have to brake and corner simultaneously.

Have fun!
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Old 12-17-2002, 07:54 PM   #4
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I took my MY00 2.5RS up to the snow last season and the biggest problem I had was driving with really stickey wet snow that caked up inside my fenders. your wheels keep as much space as they need to turn clear so you should be OK - it just might be a little harder to knock it out with your boot at the gas station
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Old 12-17-2002, 08:04 PM   #5
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I bought a 2001 RS 2.5, and drove down the alcan, "Alaska\Canada highway" in the middle of winter. My car has a 2 inch drop (low profile tires) and i had -no- problems. Alaskans always laught at the problems snow causes in the lower 48 states. The Impreza was by far the best choice for a car that can still go fast in bad weather. In complete blizzard conditions, i was able to go 70 mph on ice for 100 miles. no chains, no studs, just 4 low profile street tires. GG Impreza AWD

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Old 12-17-2002, 08:41 PM   #6
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In complete blizzard conditions, i was able to go 70 mph on ice for 100 miles. no chains, no studs, just 4 low profile street tires. GG Impreza AWD

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Old 12-17-2002, 08:57 PM   #7
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Old 12-17-2002, 11:45 PM   #8
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70 mph? That's it? I'll try to beat it tomorrow....jk

Thanks for everyone's input. I'm gonna keep the height the way it is, take all precautions, and see how it goes. I got those shurguard snow chains, which were a hassle to put on concidering I could hardly fit my arms in the wheel well, but we'll see if I even need them.

btw- anyone going to Northstar 2moro? If so, see u there...
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Old 12-18-2002, 02:22 AM   #9
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Seriously tho,

Valdez, Alaska. Where i lived, is the snowiest place on earth. With a record of 500+ inches of snow at sea level. None of us drive like the lower 48 people do. Everyone goes 55 or higher on 55mph highways. Schools are never called off. If there was a forum about vehcles, and snow, and how they effect eachother, no one would write a thing. We always laugh when we watch the news and see people spinning brodies, trying to around corners, destroying there transmission/engine. Hilarious.....
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