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Old 04-17-2012, 09:22 AM   #35
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:30 AM   #36
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Hey Turbowned, what MR2s did you have? I haven't been on the forums much since I sold my last a couple of years ago. My brother in law has a Mk2 with the camry swap and just finished throwing on the TRD super.
Nice!! That's a great swap. I had an '87 T-top, '89 Supercharged, '94 Turbo, and currently have a 20v blacktop-swapped '87 hardtop. I tried swapping a JDM 4AGZE in my current MR2 but the engine was a dud, and after that I couldn't find another good motor. Supercharger is definitely the way to go! I hope to put one on the BRZ after it's out of warranty.
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As far as getting stuck in the snow is concerned, the standard LSD should help a lot. Having an open diff was the worst part of driving my ae86 in the winter, as the wheel with the least grip was always the one wheel trying to get you out of the snow.

Keep some sand bags in the trunk - you can also use the sand to add grip if you're really stuck, and laying down rubber floor mats under your wheels works as well. A collapseable shovel can be very handy too.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:39 AM   #38
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As far as getting stuck in the snow is concerned, the standard LSD should help a lot. Having an open diff was the worst part of driving my ae86 in the winter, as the wheel with the least grip was always the one wheel trying to get you out of the snow.

Keep some sand bags in the trunk - you can also use the sand to add grip if you're really stuck, and laying down rubber floor mats under your wheels works as well. A collapseable shovel can be very handy too.
This is true; the LSD should help.

I wouldn't keep sand bags in the back of the car. It will increase the polar moment of inertia (upset weight distribution) and thus make the car more tail-happy. If something can be added temporarily when you're stuck, that's another thing entirely.
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Nice!! That's a great swap. I had an '87 T-top, '89 Supercharged, '94 Turbo, and currently have a 20v blacktop-swapped '87 hardtop. I tried swapping a JDM 4AGZE in my current MR2 but the engine was a dud, and after that I couldn't find another good motor. Supercharger is definitely the way to go! I hope to put one on the BRZ after it's out of warranty.
I plan to do the same with my BRZ. I almost put a super on my 89 Mk1 but decided to get my first Mk2 instead. I liked the Mk2 but have kicked myself for getting rid of that very clean Mk1.
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AWD does not provide any additional traction except under acceleration.

I wish people in chicago would figure out that AWD does absolutely nothing to reduce their stopping distance on snowy roads. It only really helps in getting you out of the ditch after you have already gone off the road
Not exactly. It can provide substantial stability as long as the clutch is engaged, both when coasting and compression braking.
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I agree that sand bags aren't a good idea. It can help by putting weight over the drive wheels but once those wheels slip you are more likely to rotate out of control.

Like normal driving it's all about weight transfer and traction. Obviously, traction is reduced in the wet or snow. So you need to be that much more careful transferring weight from wheel to wheel (accelerating, braking, turning). The smoother you can become the easier driving in the snow will be.

In any case, real fast drivers (on the track) are smooth drivers. Start practicing now
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:24 PM   #42
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Semantics, blu. Let's keep this discussion about RWD.
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Semantics, blu. Let's keep this discussion about RWD.
Actually he was just flat out wrong :P

Far from semantics.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:52 AM   #45
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Another reason why you shouldn't use all-season tires when the temperature starts to dip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD-lbl-eIW4 <-- Car Crash

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Old 04-20-2012, 03:38 AM   #46
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Another reason why you shouldn't use all-season tires when the temperature starts to dip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD-lbl-eIW4
Personally I don't think links like this, to videos of people getting killed, should be put up without a warning.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:44 AM   #47
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If the avg temps are below 7C (45F) during your driving time (morning/evening) winter tires are better even if you never see a snowflake.
You are exactly right. Where did you hear that? I got that info from Michelin. You can tell too. My winter tires feel grippier and more responsive in those lower temps while my summer tires start to slip.
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Drove my Legacy in the mountains 2 winters ago up and down a mountain in TN on stock tires in a foot and a 1/2 of snow(wasn't much ice at the time). Had no issues.
I went up a mountain in New Mexico during a bad snow storm in my Eclipse GSX. They were actually closing the roads as I entered. I couldn't even see anything aside from little divits in the snow where the lane dividers were. At times all 4 tires would spin going uphill but I made it thru. Mitsubishi AWD and Michelin winter tires for the win!
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Personally I don't think links like this, to videos of people getting killed, should be put up without a warning.

I agree. This video should be removed. At very least there should be a warning that you are about to watch a video of someone being killed in their car from a crash.
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Hello everyone, I am thinking about getting a BRZ and here is my situation. I figured I will just post it here instead of the intro section.

I have a 08 135 as my DD, which is a 3 season car. I have a 04 TL which is my winter beater but will need $1k of work before it will be ready for winter duty. (I know we are in the middle of the summer but I like to plan ahead)

I am thinking of getting a BRZ with snows for winter. I know it will be huge fun but is slightly concerned about ground clearance. I thought of putting snows on the 135 (6MT) but with 300hp and tq, I figured going to a lighter BRZ might be easier? I do not think there is much difference in ground clearance.

I know coming here I might get a biased view, but will still like to hear you guys out.

I guess the questions is what would you do if you were me? Before I was looking into the BRZ, I was actually thinking of replacing the TL with the Nissan Juke (I know it is ugly but I thought it would be indestructible in the snow). And if I got the Juke, I am sure it will be parked whenever there is no snow. With the BRZ, I would definitely take it out all year round.

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Hello everyone, I am thinking about getting a BRZ and here is my situation. I figured I will just post it here instead of the intro section.

I have a 08 135 as my DD, which is a 3 season car. I have a 04 TL which is my winter beater but will need $1k of work before it will be ready for winter duty. (I know we are in the middle of the summer but I like to plan ahead)

I am thinking of getting a BRZ with snows for winter. I know it will be huge fun but is slightly concerned about ground clearance. I thought of putting snows on the 135 (6MT) but with 300hp and tq, I figured going to a lighter BRZ might be easier? I do not think there is much difference in ground clearance.

I know coming here I might get a biased view, but will still like to hear you guys out.

I guess the questions is what would you do if you were me? Before I was looking into the BRZ, I was actually thinking of replacing the TL with the Nissan Juke (I know it is ugly but I thought it would be indestructible in the snow). And if I got the Juke, I am sure it will be parked whenever there is no snow. With the BRZ, I would definitely take it out all year round.

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Won't a set of rims and good winter tires cost $1000 anyway? If I had a choice I wouldn't drive a brand new car in the snow. I also would not want to drive the BRZ in more than 5 inches of snow because of the ground clearance issue. Even with good winter tires. I'd fix up the TL.
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