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Tire chains and other winter preps

So.... I'm tired of my car not moving when I tell it to in the snow! Once I'm moving I'm just fine, but if that is or isn't your case, I wanted to start this thread as a spot where people can post all the things they do and/or products they use to prepare for and drive safely in the winter.

Things like:

Tires?
Chains?
Any fluids?
Cover your grille?
Weird stuff you do that works?

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Just picked up a set of studded Nokians that look like brand new for $80! They're fantastic in the snow.
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My winter prep checklist:
- Remove front lip so people don't mistake me for a snow plow
- Collapseabled shovel to shovel car out when its buried or when asshole snowplow blocks me in
- Ice scraper w/ brush (+ an extra smaller ice scraper so any passengers can help lol)
- Fresh application of rainX
- Spray rustproofing in all joints/normal trouble areas (e.g wheel wells & suspension)
- Make sure that the windshield washer fluid i'm using is at least rated to -30C.
- Lube locks
- Put on GOOD QUALITY winter tires
- Check tire pressure, make sure you don't have any leaks
- Good mudflaps if you have them but dont use them year round. I originally only purchased my RAs for the winter but I fell in love and now leave them on year round.
- Think about installing block heater, then never do it because it is too complicated to install lol
- Put a spare set of heavy duty gloves in the car for emergencies (since when I'm going to work I don't wear the warmest clothing)
- Make sure you have a flashlight in your car, I recommend having a 12v air compressor too
- I usually put an old hydrofilter on my short ram intake since snow can come in at weirder angles than rain when the hood is popped

Yeah I think that about covers it. Chains and studded tires are overkill imo. We get as much snow as anyone and I've never been stuck in my 3. Better plan - learn how to drive safely, learn how to get out when you're stuck, learn how to correct when you start losing control, and learn how to recover from slides, or even use them to your advantage.


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Better plan - learn how to drive safely, learn how to get out when you're stuck, learn how to correct when you start losing control, and learn how to recover from slides, or even use them to your advantage.
I've never been stuck, but I usually have to deal with people screaming like little girls when I'm sliding. I usually tend to use them to my advantage rather than recover since its a lot easier to keep my car moving than to get going from a complete stop. And more fun


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I also keep some of those reflective security/emergency blankets and a big bag full of hothands


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When it snows, the whole city shuts down and we stay home where its warm. I feel your pain though.


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- Good mudflaps if you have them but dont use them year round. I originally only purchased my RAs for the winter but I fell in love and now leave them on year round.
So is it okay to leave them on all year or not? And how long have the ones you've had lasted you so far?

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Also as far as sliding is concerned, if you do get good quality tires, the odds of that happening are a sh*t load smaller compared to cheap or worn out tires.
The snow tires i have right now are basically at minimum tread. Any really heavy snow and I just can't drive. It starts getting slippery for me after a few CMs of snow but i've learned how to drive it and keep control.... that is pull the hand brake every time the car isn't turning


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It starts getting slippery for me after a few CMs of snow but i've learned how to drive it and keep control.... that is pull the hand brake every time the car isn't turning
My hand brake = my best friend when it snows


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So is it okay to leave them on all year or not? And how long have the ones you've had lasted you so far?
They last forever, Rally armors are good quality. Been 2.5 years now and they still look like new, even the hardware isn't rusty. They also stop you from getting stupid slush blocks behind your tire.

Something i forgot to add to my list - weathertech mats in


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I just bought Thule tire chains so it won't snow on my road trip north. LOL
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