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Old 11-23-2003, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default Possible winter problem with SDR Rotas

I just finished installing SDR Rotas on my STi yesterday in preparation for predicted snow which would up being rain today. After driving in the rain and then parking the car in the garage, I noticed a puddle of water had accumulated in each wheel at the bottom of the trough-like area just inside the face of the wheel. Unfortunately, there is no provision for drainage of this water. It is very likely this situation will cause a problem in the winter. Water which collects in the wheels in this manner can easily freeze once the car is parked and throw off the balance of the wheel. Once frozen, it won't be simple to remove. You may want to keep a sponge handy in your car for addressing this situation if you have the SDRs. This situation could be more troublesome with the front wheels after going through deep snow since the residual engine heat in the front wheel wells will likely melt the snow when the car is parked in the garage in the evening. Then, when temperatures drop overnight, there is a good chance the water will freeze and cause the problem noted above. Not the best design for a winter wheel.
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Old 11-23-2003, 10:08 PM   #2
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If you put several coats of wax on the wheels, and then spray them down good with cooking spray like "Pam" or grease them, the ice will be very easy to remove.
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Old 11-23-2003, 11:10 PM   #3
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Old 11-23-2003, 11:16 PM   #4
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If you put on enough lubricant to keep ice from sticking, you'll have the centrifugal force of the wheel spin throwing it all over the place and making a mess. And even that, at 20 and 30 below, I don't care if it's a teflon wheel covered by 10 coats of wax covered by molybdenum imbedded graphite covered by grease, the ice is going to stick. Thanks for the advice but BTDT and it doesn't make much of a difference.
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Old 11-24-2003, 01:03 AM   #6
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Granted, in extreme conditions, there is very little which will work.
But I grew up in the great cold north and greasing things like this does, indeed, help if for nothing else but to seal out some of the moisture and thus help prevent corrosion...
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Old 11-24-2003, 04:11 PM   #7
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I have the SDR's, and the tendency to puddle water is a mild PITA in the warm months after you wash the car and go for a drive, all of that water splashes over your clean machine. It's difficult to mop it all out.
In the winter, I agree it could be a problem if it freezes. Hopefully the different coefficients of thermal expansion between water and aluminum will help shed the little ice cakes. Perhaps waxing would help there.
Or just carry a propane torch.
Me, I'm going back to the stock wheels for winter. But it's a good warning to those who will drive with the SDR's - if you notice a severe vibration, check for ice buildup!
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