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Old 11-03-2003, 06:03 PM   #1
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Question Lowered car bad in winter?

Thought, I'd ask you f00ls since you all know about the mid-west winters. How do your dropped cars fair in the snow and slush? Better/Worse that stock? Granted it's only like an inch or 2 but does the stiff suspension hurt snow traction? Thanks for any input.
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Old 11-03-2003, 06:30 PM   #2
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With the right winter or all season tires it shouldn't be a problem. Some cars just react a little faster with a tighter suspension
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Old 11-03-2003, 06:38 PM   #3
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My wagon did just fine last winter with Prodrive springs on RE92's. Granted, not aggressively dropped, but enough to matter. Coincidentally we had one of the snowiest (4-6" deep 3-5 times) winters in recent memory last year. Never had a problem but I stayed out of anything piled up by the plows. I'd think if the plows take care of the bulk of the snow around you, everything should be fine. Traction will be fine assuming good tires.
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Old 11-03-2003, 07:05 PM   #4
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Tires are the biggst problem. I f you have legitimate tires for foul weather you will be fine. The only time that the stiffer suspention comes into play is on "wavy" or "uneven" pavement, I hesitate to say bumpy because the bumps are not a problem, its the lifting of tires that can get you in trouble. Most suspentions still have enough travel to keep them on the ground in any case. Of course AWD (3wd) can make up for deficiencies from uneven traction better than 2wd (or 1 wd)

Stiff rear swaybars are more of a concern then stiff springs are. Unless you run ~400lb in springs or more.

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Old 11-03-2003, 07:06 PM   #5
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mine was a little more willing to slide but other than that i didnt have many problems (allmost a 2in drop) now this year might be a diff. story my poor Re-92's are shot
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Old 11-03-2003, 07:07 PM   #6
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my wrx wont clear the autowash places so i dont drive it
in the snow. if you got a v1 or v2 lip, dont lower it
too much. i could raise it cause it's on tein's but too lazy.

performance wise, i think the factory soft springs work
better in the snow unless you got some snow tires.
i use s03s all year round (dry roads only in the winter).
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Old 11-03-2003, 07:22 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by kenchan
i could raise it cause it's on tein's but too lazy.

performance wise, i think the factory soft springs work
better in the snow unless you got some snow tires.
i use s03s all year round (dry roads only in the winter).
My car was sketchy on the tared and graveled road surfaces (the kind that are never flat after they resurface it once, by slpooing tar all over and dumping truck after truck of gravel on them) when it was wet ouside on Tein HA's and a 22mm rear sway bar. Fresh blacktop was worse, with cement being actually not to bad. I ddin't even try them in the snow.

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Old 11-03-2003, 07:50 PM   #8
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yah, u need to get the right tires.
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Old 11-04-2003, 07:07 AM   #9
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mine was a little more willing to slide but other than that i didnt have many problems (allmost a 2in drop) now this year might be a diff. story my poor Re-92's are shot
Da-ude!, you still running them?
My god, you got mega miles out of them, aye??
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Old 11-04-2003, 11:53 AM   #10
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It's a good opportunity to make some extra cash snowplowing. If you have a fiberglas bumper or lip you may be in for some trouble.
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