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Old 09-28-2004, 10:17 PM   #1
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I keep hearing how great this car is in the snow. I live in N.Y. and can't wait for winter to try it out. One question, do I need snow radials or will the stock tires be ok?
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Old 09-28-2004, 10:33 PM   #2
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I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We measure snow by the feet and it usually covers everything from November until April. I kept my stock tires on last winter with absolutely no problem. At that time I was a volunteer ambulance driver and I went out in a snowstorm with snowdrifts to the top of the bumper and then pushed snow to the ambulance garage that was over bumper height. Yes, with that extreme the Baja worked at it, but No, I did not get stuck.

We also have a 98 Outback and have never had a need to have snowtires on it either.

Will snow tires improve the Baja performance in snow? Probably! Do you need it? Probably not. Snow tires wear quicker and are louder.

This is my opinion, but if your Baja doesn't get through it in stock tires, you probably shouldn't be out anyway.

I hope this helps!

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Old 09-29-2004, 03:37 AM   #3
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Quite a bit of the "change your shoes" camp revolves around marketing and guilt. By marketing i mean if you research or ask places like tirerack or a local dealer, they naturally want to sell you a new set of tires. By guilt i mean the countless number of people who profess on boards that new shoes make so much of a difference, and yet when you check their average snowfall/season you wonder why they wasted $400+.

Do some areas of the world benefit greatly from blizzaks etc? Sure, but if your average snowfall is minimal, your driving isn't very hazardous or lengthy, or you aren't someone who drives like they're being timed then really weigh the pros/cons of it.

MA got very little snow last year. So for those who switched to snows, that's a few months of loud driving on cold, snowless pavement 85% of the time.

If you live in the middle of nowhere, with some unpaved roads, or a commute that involves switchbacks etc then pick some up.

It all comes down to your own situation. Its not a yes or no for anyone else to decide.
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Old 09-29-2004, 12:03 PM   #4
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I live in Mass. and we get goodly amounts of snow most winters and I've never owned a set of winter tires. Around here, they plow and salt the roads as fast as the stuff comes down. I seldom find myself actually driving in snow.
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Old 09-29-2004, 03:26 PM   #5
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Snow? What's that.....I read about it once in the newspaper

Austin, TX here
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Old 09-29-2004, 04:59 PM   #6
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I keep hearing how great this car is in the snow. I live in N.Y. and can't wait for winter to try it out. One question, do I need snow radials or will the stock tires be ok?
AWD is great in snow, you don't get stuck... but all-season tires suck in extreme cold and on ice. And AWD helps you get going, but doesn't help slowing down.

I live in Montreal and travel to the country in winter so I see a fair amount of snow and yes, I have winter tires. The advantage is not as big as on my previous car, a RWD diesel MB, but when the temperature gets to minus 20-25C (~10F) all-seasons just become stiff as heck. When you come to a nice patch of black ice, you like having winter tires.

My 2 cents? If you stay in NY, keep all-seasons. If you travel out and see very cold temperature, get winters.

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Old 09-29-2004, 07:15 PM   #7
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AWD....but doesn't help slowing down.
Thats why I got snows for my WRX, and why we're getting them for the BAja-t.

The sloppy snow with the packed stuff under it is when you need the deep siped tread of snow tires. The sipes grab the ice, the deep lugs grab the snow.

The AWD feels different to me in the automatic tranny Subarus, I feel more secure in the manual Subarus during snow storms. Yes, it snows here

I love my GoodYear Ultragrip Ice snow tires.
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Old 10-03-2004, 11:05 AM   #8
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Thanks all for the info. The snow here is hit and miss and once out of my driveway, I'm OK. I think I'll put my money towards a bed cover instead. Any recomendations? I hear alot about the ozzbros cover. anyone have one and are they worth 500.00?
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Old 10-03-2004, 12:12 PM   #9
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ozzbro
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=599943
I've made my template for my own ozzbro style cover. 2 hours with 1/8th inch plywood, scribes, and a jig saw, its a perfect fit. That was the easy part, the hard part is fitting the hardware and recutting the actual 1/2 inch or 3/4" plywood, which ozzbro has done well. I think I'm going to skip the vinyl and coat the plywood with fiberglass resin so I can paint it and finish it to match the Baja color. I might even use a rubber door type seal around the edges to make it more water resistant

Now we're thinking about making a mold for a hard fiberglass over hanging tonneau cover. But thats on hold until I catch up on some bills.
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Old 10-03-2004, 01:56 PM   #10
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You might want to see how much Subaru is gonna want for there new hard cover coming out soon.It will be standard on the Baja Turbo Leather,it should be a good fit with a warranty.
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