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Old 11-13-2004, 09:46 PM
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Does CalTrans count the stocks tires as snow tires? im thinking of going to tahoe...

as the title states, im thinking of going up to tahoe sometime this winter and i was wondering if CalTrans excepts the wrx has a awd w/ snow tires, or will i need chains?
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Old 11-13-2004, 10:59 PM
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they will never even look at your tires. they will just wave you past the check point. they all know what a wrx looks like anymore. they always shut the road down before they make AWD cars put chains on. (on HWY 88)
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the re92's are supposed to work in snow.
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all subarus get waived unless its real obvious that your tires cant handle the snow
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On a similar note, I'm heading up to tahoe also this winter and was wonder if there is anything that I should do before I take the wrx on its virgin voyage to tahoe?
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[QUOTE=razorlab]

Also carry a box of chains in the back just in-case the chain guy asks to see them. Sucks to have to turn around because of that!

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if you've never taken your wrx to the snow yet, take it slow when you start seeing snow. dont think that just cause you have a suabru that nothing can stop you. get the feel of how you car handles in the snow. and definitely carry chains just in case. if you suabru handles that well w/o the chains, can you imagine how it'll handle with chains? anyway better safe than sorry

p.s. most importantly, have a good time
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keep a good distance to the car in front of you...

you aint petter solberg with spiked/studded tires... lol....

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Word. AWD has nothing to do with brakes.
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RE-92's are okay in the snow

S0-3's are NOT okay in the snow

Not all vehical inspectors know what an Impreza is. I was asked recently, what kind of car I was driving.
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I disagree with the person who said "they won't even look at your tires"- they might not, but its happened to me where even though there was M+S on the sidewall, the guy making the call said I didn't have enough tread and I had to put chains on.

So, I wouldn't risk trying to get up there with bald tires either, RE092's are M+S rated but if their down to wear bars, they are very unsafe in snow.
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You should be fine. I still recommend getting winter tires if you go up quite a bit like I do. Just worth the peace of mind.
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Originally Posted by razorlab
If you plan on staying overnight there make sure you have a good antifreeze ratio coolant (some people run almost all water for track conditions) and also have windshield sprayer fluid that has antifreeze in it (not the engine kind)

Also carry a box of chains in the back just in-case the chain guy asks to see them. Sucks to have to turn around because of that!

Pray for snow!

Is the stock mixture alright? i havent changed the anitfreez or anything like that.
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