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10-15-2011 10:49 AM
caneyhead Blizzaks + 2010 Prius= no problem

And it gets pretty deep here sometimes.

My .02$
10-14-2011 02:13 PM
Argo I would take the truck with 400the lbs and chains over the subaru along with driving skills.
10-14-2011 12:53 PM
IdahoFreshies road closures are not an issue, up in mccall where brundage is if people want to go somewhere they dam well will, and up to bogus it has only been closed once that i can remember when last year some tards in some econo cars crashed and blocked the road, that was a waste of sitting at the bottom of the road for 3 hours waiting for it to open...but anyway the reason i ask is because I was looking in the subie's owners manual and i said it didn't have clearance for chains, so that was why i was asking. on a normal day with hard pack or a few inches of snow, definitely the subie. it fits more people and its awd so i wont need to deal with chains, however i could care less about putting on chains. But it wont have snow tires, so if the shit got sketchy and there was a good dump over night or it snows all day im thinking i would have more traction and better stopping with chains even on a rwd mini truck.

after watching this video im feeling a whole lot more confident in my mini truck
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLL7kJR4m0k
10-14-2011 12:35 PM
killclimbz Well if you get much more than 6" on the road, I am guessing you are pretty close to having it closed. Generally speaking the truck will have better clearance and ability to plow through deeper snow. Suby outbacks also have pretty good clearance though and can get through a lot. If it had snow tires, I'd say hands down go with the Suby. From a convenience standpoint the Suby wins, though I'd pack chains in it still.
10-14-2011 12:11 PM
IdahoFreshies right, so i have a opinion/ preference question for all of you winter driving experts and since we were discussing winter driving here i decided this is as good of a place as any.

so for driving in the snow, when there is a lot of fresh snow, lets say anything more than 6", possibly unplowed, which vehicle do you guys think would do better/be safer to drive in. an 03 awd subaru outback with new ALL SEASON tires, or a 99 2wd ext cab toyota tacoma with at least 300 lbs in the back and snow chains.
09-30-2011 03:17 AM
Ttam God in Cali they are so anal about the chain laws. They put up a chain check (highway 18 only way to bear) make people put on chains if not 4x4. Although 4x4 are supposed to carry chains. If you dont put on your chains there is a chip sitting for you about a mile up waiting to give you a fatty ticket.
09-28-2011 10:57 AM
C.B. oh i dont plan on purchasing either chains or studded tires, i was just curious since i have never even seen either one.
I really get around quite well in my acura with all seasons, untill there's 10 or so inches of snow on the roads and at that point i really have no buisness being on the roads in the first place.
09-28-2011 10:33 AM
Tarzanman hardly ever gets stuck in the snow, good at traversing ravines and small ditches.

Gas mileage isn't very good, but you can park it wherever you want without fear of being towed

09-28-2011 09:19 AM
skycdo Save yourself the money and buy decent chains instead of getting your tires studded. Studs wont make a difference if there is a lot of snow on the road, only if it's iced over. Plus they ruin the roads. There are so many people here who drive with studs during the off season is crazy.
09-28-2011 02:32 AM
IdahoFreshies studs only really help grip on ice. For a 2wd car when to put chains on always varies by condition, but its usually when there is ice, or 4 or more inches of lose snow (also depending on steepness of road). Atleast thats what I have always considered time to put on chains. The road from salt lake to snowbird, alta, and all of thoes ski resorts has different levels of snow gear required for different levels of road conditions. As i remember, Green- any car can get up, Yellow-Cars need snow tires and must carry chains if not 4wd or awd, Red- Must have snow tires and 4wd or snow tires and chains
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