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Old 01-25-2021, 03:03 AM   #1
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Default Moving to MA - need a few tips

So I am probably going to move to the Boston, MA area in the next few years from SoCal and want to know what I need to change up regarding my car.

Here are a few things I thought about so please feel free to chime in. I have a 2020 STI as a daily driver.

1. Snow tires for the winter. Not a problem where I am from, but I need them in MA for the winter. Get a set of 18 wheels for cheaper tires?
2. Car cover - most likely I will not have covered parking
3. Use 5W-30 oil for the winter?
4. Some sort of undercarriage treatment for the winter because of the salt?
5. I already have ppf for the front end of the car. Should I do the whole car considering #4? The salt stains I've seen on cars from the times I spent there look quite nasty.
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Old 01-25-2021, 10:23 AM   #2
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Tip #1 - don't... Mass IMHO isn't too much better than Cali, though our inspections aren't as strick..

Tip #2 - buy steelies for snows. Potholes, bridge abutments, the occasional curb, just more durable. Get legit snows, don't get cheap tires. Even cheap snows are better..

Tip #3 - undercoating is a good thing. But the car is a 20' you have plenty of time, especially if it's gonna be sitting more.
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Old 01-25-2021, 12:59 PM   #3
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Tip #1 - don't... Mass IMHO isn't too much better than Cali, though our inspections aren't as strick..

Tip #2 - buy steelies for snows. Potholes, bridge abutments, the occasional curb, just more durable. Get legit snows, don't get cheap tires. Even cheap snows are better..

Tip #3 - undercoating is a good thing. But the car is a 20' you have plenty of time, especially if it's gonna be sitting more.
Thanks!

#1. No choice in that matter LOL
#2. You're right. The road conditions are nastier than where I currently am. Yes, I am spoiled with nicer roads
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Old 01-25-2021, 01:42 PM   #4
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Meh on steelies. I haven't ever run steelies and haven't bent any of my winter wheels running various 40, 45 ratio tires. I just hate the look of steelies and prefer to just run either stock wheels or budget wheels in winter (Rota, XXR, lower end Enkei or something like that)

Don't worry about oil choice, although I most usually run 5w40 or 0w40 depending on what particular oil it is. But this is something that can be debated unto no end.

Car covers are annoying to use unless you're parking the car for a long time. It kind of just invites people to mess with your car if you're parking on the street.

Just run your car through a touchless car wash with an undercarriage spray every few weeks and it will be fine for the North East. There really isn't anything you can do to avoid it aside from not driving your car in the winter but I daily drove my 2000 RS up here for 13 years and sold it with a really minimal amount of rust.
The worst thing to do is parking it outside and letting it sit without washing it IMO.
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Old 01-25-2021, 06:14 PM   #5
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Meh on steelies. I haven't ever run steelies and haven't bent any of my winter wheels running various 40, 45 ratio tires. I just hate the look of steelies and prefer to just run either stock wheels or budget wheels in winter (Rota, XXR, lower end Enkei or something like that)

Don't worry about oil choice, although I most usually run 5w40 or 0w40 depending on what particular oil it is. But this is something that can be debated unto no end.

Car covers are annoying to use unless you're parking the car for a long time. It kind of just invites people to mess with your car if you're parking on the street.

Just run your car through a touchless car wash with an undercarriage spray every few weeks and it will be fine for the North East. There really isn't anything you can do to avoid it aside from not driving your car in the winter but I daily drove my 2000 RS up here for 13 years and sold it with a really minimal amount of rust.
The worst thing to do is parking it outside and letting it sit without washing it IMO.
LOL -- I was thinking about getting a set of Rota 18 and bump up the tires to 40 or 45 to absorb some of the potholes.

Thanks for the tips on the carwashes. I was just thinking car cover so I don't have to brush the snow off my car and scratch it with those ice scrapers.
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Old 01-25-2021, 06:54 PM   #6
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1. Get 18's for cheaper tires and for having the benefits of a larger sidewall in snow. My preference is always to find someone who is selling a set of OEM wheels that they are selling because they have replaced the OEM wheels with some tasteless, overweight aftermarket wheels. (I maybe got a little off topic on this one).
2. I've never used a car cover, but I would highly suggest investing in something like a Sno-Rake (Shuttsco) or a Snow-Brum. The former is super high quality, and it will change your life when clearing a car.
3. Use what the manual recommends. Just make sure you aren't using Joe Schmoe's Sand-Infused Discount Motor Oil
4. If you want to go HAM, sure. I'd suggest a buying a power washer and an undercarriage attachment to spray it off from time to time. If you want to be really anal, pick up a salt neutralizer (like Salt Away) and use it to rinse off the body of the car. Or take it to the touchless car wash.
5. If you properly apply a ceramic coating on it (even a "cheap" one like Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions...huge fan), the salt will generally hose off, and you wont' have a huge problem. Salt Away if you are fearful of the salt scratching the car while coming off.
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Old 01-26-2021, 03:55 PM   #7
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Here's my story on snow tires. My son ordered a 2020 STi. We went to pick it up. In the back of the Crosstrek was a set of 19" snows. We had Planet Subaru swap them before even leaving the dealership. You really don't want to be caught out there and have a surprise snow storm put you and your summer tires on the sidelines, unable to move.

With 18's, yes, if you can find them that fit, with higher sidewalls, you're far better off for potholes and such in the winter. With the 6 piston front calipers, I don't know how easy it's going to be to know something used is going to fit. I guess if you find something, bring your car and a jack and pull a front wheel and see if it fits without hitting.

I would not put a car cover on a car outside. We do get big temperature changes that can make the cold car body "sweat". If a cover is on and the sweat is then frozen with a drop to sub zero temperatures, you're going to be pulling pieces of the cover off with a razor blade just to see out the windshield. Just let it get snowed on and scrape the windshield.
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Old 01-27-2021, 03:41 AM   #8
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Oh cool. I didn't think about the cold sweat so no need for a car cover unless I don't drive it for a while.

Very nice on the recommendation on the snow brushes and/or rake. I cringed when I was cleaning my fiance's car while I was there thinking "This might mess up my clear coat..." LOL

Wheel wise I was planning to get 18's to save money on tires prior to knowing I am moving to MA so I will definitely get something that fits correctly.

Thanks again for the really useful tips.
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Old 01-27-2021, 08:24 AM   #9
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I've been using one of these for years. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RKR7QFS..._MSveGbRYYT1PF
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Old 01-27-2021, 03:14 PM   #10
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I've been using one of these for years. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RKR7QFS..._MSveGbRYYT1PF
Yeah those are fantastic when you don't have a garage. Also getting some Husky/Weathertech floor liners is something I do for all my cars here for the winter. Much better coverage than OEM style all weather mats.

Other things to think about are keep some shoes you're comfortable driving with in the car(Unless you want to drive with your winter boots on). Make sure to use windshield washer fluid that won't freeze also
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