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Old 12-22-2003, 10:11 PM   #1
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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Mt. Airy MD and Hamilton NY
2000 2.5RS

Default Snow + Lowering = ?

Well, I will probably end up buying an RS in the very near future and was wondering what everyone in the heavy snow areas thought of lowering a car. I wouldnt plan on making it rice rocket low or anything just a few cm or so with stiffer springs. Just wanted to see if everyone thought itd be like a snow plow.


ps. by heavy snow area i mean upstate NY
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Old 12-22-2003, 10:39 PM   #2
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Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Way-upstate , NY
2004 2.5 RS


As a fellow upstater I would say that would be fine. Even if lowered a couple of inches it is still higher than most cars here anyway. A standard I would use if deciding to lower is that the front lip would be higher than those concrete stops you see in parking lots. My STI on the other hand , which I believe is one inch closer to the ground than the other impreza's, has a very low front lip and I would not want to see it turned into a snow plow.
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Old 12-23-2003, 02:38 AM   #3
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Location: Los Angeles, CA
2004 WRX Wagon


I lowered my car about an inch and a half and go up to heavily snowed ski areas quite frequently... it isn't that bad except for when your car sits outside for a while and the snow builds up around it... i found that in my manual transmission car I would end up half clutching and sometimes burning clutch a lot in order to get out of the deeper stuff. You hear lots of icey scraping underneath but it is snow, after all. Other than that it's great. The AWD is awesome, but it seems as if the stock tires "M+S" capability wears out after about 7500 miles.
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Old 12-23-2003, 02:35 PM   #4
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my car is lowered about 1.3" and I have OEM lips...drives perfectly fine
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