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Old 12-26-2012, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Snow.... What Fun! NOT!!

So I took my 08 RL out in a half an inch of snow the other day to see “how it does”. It Didn’t!

My 88 Fiero is out of action till I get the Gas Tank replaced (love that car!)

Fortunately up to now, the Sky had not much seen wet roads let alone any snow….

Perhaps on flat roads it’s passable for it did steer and seem to stop fairly well. But as for any hills like what we have in The Burgh… running stock Goodyear F1’s with 15k miles on them… I thought I was driving the Flintstone Mobile trying to get around the block and back home!!

I’m guessing that a wheel / snow tire package would help (and I may eventually do so someday) But for now I’m driving my wife’s car to work.

I did not (yet) try to put it in Competition Mode – “Would that have helped?” Once spinning the back wheels – it seemed no matter where my foot was on the accelerator pedal, the engine would not rev (attempting to get some momentum)

Sure hope my replacement Gas Tank comes soon
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Competition Mode would stop all traction control and would probably be the worst thing you could do. The main problem you're having is the OEM, summer-only, tires. A decent set of high-performance all seasons, or better still, snow tires, is what you need.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Competition Mode would stop all traction control and would probably be the worst thing you could do. The main problem you're having is the OEM, summer-only, tires. A decent set of high-performance all seasons, or better still, snow tires, is what you need.
I wouldn't drive around without TC, but you might find starting out in Comp mode would get you going a little better. With poor traction you might need to spin the wheels a bit more than TC lets you to get going. My wife's IS250 (RWD) has a "Snow" mode of the VSC (Toyota speak for ESC) that allows more wheel spin for that reason. I do agree with TomatoSoup on the tires though. Don't drive in any snow on the stock summer tires.

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DID U EVER CONSIDER THIS CAR IS ONLY 3 INCHES OFF THE GROUND
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throw a bunch of bags of sand in the trunk.
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throw a bunch of bags of sand in the trunk.
Don't use the bags - just throw the sand in. You'll get more sand that way.
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I’m guessing that a wheel / snow tire package would help (and I may eventually do so someday) But for now I’m driving my wife’s car to work.
A higher profile winter tire on a 17 inch rim package will yield excellent results.

The F1 are Summer tires. They become hard in the cold and don't have any tread attributes for snow. They are manageable in cold dry conditions, but can become very problematic in cold wet situations.
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I have Blizzak snow tires on both Hondas (Sky is kept away from the copious amounts of salt used up here) and they make a world of difference even compared to the stock all season tires. Tread design along with compound makes a lot of difference.
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I have no problems at all...My 08 Redline handles like a champ in the snow/rain whatever...stock tires/rims...Fixen ta drive it home in the snow right now from work...GL!
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throw a bunch of bags of sand in the trunk.
Okay, so now it's 2 inches off the road. 2 spades to you...
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I got caught out in the snow with the Sky a few months ago and it was pretty terrible. I had to pull to the side of the road to let another car through and was barely able to get it moving again (I was facing up hill on an un-plowed road).

But, as was said earlier, a good set of snow tires would have straightened things right out. I wasn't expecting the snow at all or I would have never taken the Saturn out...
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I was about to say the same thing bogie!
The f1's are summer tires.

smh lol
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Any suggestions for a good all-season/winter tire?
Don't think I want to commit to a full-blown "snow tire", but def need something better than the F1's with 30k. Stock rims.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:37 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Mine sucked in wet weather with the stock tires on them. I switched to Kuhmo Ecstasa LX Platinums and never had problems in the wet again. They were great tires, 60K mile warranty, got great reviews, and cheap.

Sorry I can't comment on snow, mine never saw any.
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