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    wow. snow and 09 dunlop sport rubber suck

    well, its snowing like crazy here in NC and i just took the WRX out on the stock dunlop sp01 sport rubber. I new it would be bad but it was way worse than what i expected. They are like ice skates. No traction what so ever.

    i just hope blizzaks really make a difference.
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    They will. I'd much rather deal with FWD or RWD and snows than AWD with summers in the snow.
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    OEM tires are awful by default, the first thing I do with a new vehicle is get decent tires.

    Winter specific tires will make a world of difference. I'm currently running Michilen Pilot Sport AS Plus tires, and have been pleased with them during the cold, snowy western Canadian winter, and they're good enough for me in summer as well.
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    It is quite a nice snow.
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    You'll love them, the winter tires really allow you to bring out the best in your AWD WRX.

    You'll run circles around everybody else, the downside is you'll be frustrated by everybody else on the road w/o them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liquidr1 View Post
    i just hope blizzaks really make a difference.
    You will be amazed.

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    It is quite a nice snow.
    I can't wait until I get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx wagone View Post
    You will be amazed.



    I can't wait until I get it.
    Yeah it's headed our way!!! I'm in South Jersey and i'm sitting here biting my nails waiting for it Haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by 08SubieWrx View Post
    Yeah it's headed our way!!! I'm in South Jersey and i'm sitting here biting my nails waiting for it Haha
    I know. I'm in emergency prep mode as well, so I'm going to have some of the good scotch before I go shopping with teh wife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx wagone View Post
    I know. I'm in emergency prep mode as well, so I'm going to have some of the good scotch before I go shopping with teh wife.
    We got an honest 1.5' - how did you fare?
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    It's just getting worse here in DE. But no problems, the Blizzaks are actually performing a bit better than my Tacoma 4x4 with all-terrain tires. And I have great tires on the truck (General AT2).
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    Yea, I had a tacoma 4x4 before my WRX w/ some BFG A/T KO tires.

    The winter tires on my WRX just perform that much better. 1st the AT tires don't have the siping winter tires have, and 2nd, they're not made of a softer winter rubber compound.

    The worst part was my tacoma didn't have ABS or any other traction control. With 4x4 I could accelerate fast, but couldn't stop fast. lol manually pumping the breaks sucks and if you locked up it would just slide sideways or wherever the ruts in the road went.

    The WRX is 1000% more capable w/ winter tires than my 4x4 tacoma was. Unless it was a deep snowy mountain dirt road lol.
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    ^ bingo. The winters are softer and have sipes.

    What is that ECT button for? It's been so long since I used it, I've forgotten. Of course the Tacoma was in high 4. In low 4 with the rear diff lock, it's a beast.

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    Mine didn't have an ECT button as mine was a 5-speed manual. I believe it was just for higher automatic shift points for towing/uphill/downhill etc.

    I had modified my rear dif lock to work in 2x, 4x high, and 4x low. It's only for off-roading. On icy/snowy/rainy roads it will cause the rear to break traction, spin, and crash in a fiery wreck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lengthwise32 View Post
    Mine didn't have an ECT button as mine was a 5-speed manual. I believe it was just for higher automatic shift points for towing/uphill/downhill etc.

    I had modified my rear dif lock to work in 2x, 4x high, and 4x low. It's only for off-roading. On icy/snowy/rainy roads it will cause the rear to break traction, spin, and crash in a fiery wreck.
    I used to have a Tacoma, loved it. Have a 4runner now, but it's essentially stock since it's the family ride. Would love to find a 80-83 Toyota truck and swap in a diesel, build it up as a nice trail rig. Or an old LC FJ45 would be nice too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lengthwise32 View Post
    Mine didn't have an ECT button as mine was a 5-speed manual. I believe it was just for higher automatic shift points for towing/uphill/downhill etc.

    I had modified my rear dif lock to work in 2x, 4x high, and 4x low. It's only for off-roading. On icy/snowy/rainy roads it will cause the rear to break traction, spin, and crash in a fiery wreck.
    That's good to know....
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