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#1 (permalink) Old 07-07-2004, 05:23 PM
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Just wondering how many of you drive a lowered car (atleast 1" front and rear) during the winter in northern u.s.a or canada.
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i have the last two years, not fun even with snow tires.

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Live in Northern Indiana, get some Lake effect snows.

Found that its better not to drive in ruts. Too much snow and ice knocking on the undercarrige. I am always afraid of poking a hole in the pan.

But when you are careful, the traction control works GREAT!!! Even with all season tires.

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I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
For the longest time I just used all seasons in the winter.
I got a set of snows (Kuhmo KW-11) this past winter and it was a huge improvement! Putting some extra weight in your trunk helps too.

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I'm from Toronto as well. I have no problems with the car being lowered. Just don't like the stiff suspension. My X-brace actually hits a lot of ice or snow when I drive though. I never really bottom out or get stuck.

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Hey,

Lots of folks from Toronto, Canada. I drive 43 km from Mississauga across Toronto on 427/401/404 to Markham to work EVERYDAY! Had front wheel cars before, bought my first bimmer this spring. I got a set of winters, but looking forward to the sliding fun! Car is 94, 320i, 100% stock in every way. You guys think I should take the trouble to put on the winter tires or just go on my all seasons?

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trust me , get some snow tires, that first big snow fall will be very hard in your car. anyone with OBDII has it a little easier with traction control. here in toronto i scrape quite a lot too, so this year im going to get my winter beater going

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Weight in the trunk, a lot cheaper then snow tires ... depends on how much snow i guess. I live in Jersey, so its not bad.

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Originally posted by Furious@Jul 7 2004, 10:51 PM
i have the last two years, not fun even with snow tires.
But it IS fun

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Quote:
Originally posted by Boost+Jul 9 2004, 01:41 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Boost @ Jul 9 2004, 01:41 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Furious@Jul 7 2004, 10:51 PM
i have the last two years, not fun even with snow tires.
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its fun when there is no traffic and open road , but try it on major city streets with heavy traffic and 3 feet of snow,

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Snow tires are great. I just fly by everyone in the winter. If you know how to handle the car properly, it's actually really fun. I can't wait for winter, just don't like the salt

If you don't have LSD or TC, I'd recommend getting winter tires. I've tried using all seaons in the snow and they don't work too well. Pretty much they only work when the ground is wet, not covered with snow. I used P winter ice and they were pretty good for compacted gravel/snow (they use a lot of sand/salt combo in toronto). However, I liked the Pace Mark winter tires for thick soft snow and slush a lot better. My mechanic commented that they look like truck tire treads.

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Hey,

I guess I will use my winter tires after all. I've never had a problem in snow with front wheel drive at all, but guess rear wheel is a different ball game. Looking forward to some fun this winter.

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