Originally Posted by stanrc
Thanks for the tips. I actually have a set of rims and winter tires that I used for the event. They were great until the mud. Maybe they just weren't fresh enough?
I have mud flaps as well. But they are pretty stiff and I kept scraping them on the rougher parts and I think it broke some clips on my rear bumper. I might trim them down or something before next time. I will also look into getting a skid plate for the front and one for the rear diff as well.
Here's the thing about the mud at Summit: No matter what tires you run, you're not going to feel like you have any traction. Sure, brand-new snow tires or brand-new rally tires may help you bite a bit more on turn-in at the front, due to the still-squared tread edges. But overall it may save you a second or two initially, but your tires are going to wear down regardless so that sharp edge will only be good for a couple events at best. Then you're back to "what everyone else has...." worn edges.
The main thing is to improve driving. I sucked at the mud conditions early in the season. Now I don't suck quite as much. Maybe next year I'll actually be "ok" at it
Really it's a matter of going in slower so you don't push through in the front, and use the throttle to rotate the rear end.
But really, Summit is just really slippery when wet. I do a ton of snow driving (in a WRX with Wintersport M3s), and the worst ice I've ever been on is no worse than when the water truck comes through at summit.
but don't fret, there is one thing you have going for you: you drive a subaru. Try doing the mud with us in the RWD classes