I have never driven a rear drive car on snow and I don't plan to. I'll stick to 4wd pickups and AWD cars.
Maybe it's different being from Canada Eh, but I've driven all kinds of different vehicles on snow. I used to drive a base model 4x2 V8 F150 with all seasons all winter long (it was a company vehicle). You learn quickly how to handle a slide!
First winter that I had my licence I took my '82 Celica to Sudbury and spent a week drifting around the back roads. It was a blast!
I have driven multiple front wheel drive cars on snow and ice. And I've spent plenty of time behind the wheel in pickups in the snow. Most of it on deserted roads where you can really learn. But low riding rwd cars don't seem like they'd be a lot of fun, lol.
Yeah that's for sure. Had a Supra back in high school, and had pure summer tires on it. Had it idling in 2nd gear just trying to make it up a slight incline into the shop!
On another note, I had a Lexus SC400 with good snows on it, and that thing was fine on snow covered and hardpack roads. I'd take anything with snow tires, over anything else with all seasons.
Mad props on the Supra. The targa top Mark IV Supra with the twin turbo 2JZ engine remains my all time favorite car. The Z30 Toyota Soarer (essentially a Lexus SC300/400 with a manual transmission and twin turbo 1JZ engine) is up there too, but that was never offered in north america. I have a friend that bought an SC400 and did a Z30 engine and manual transmission swap, so it was ensentially a Z30 Soarer with Lexus badges. Awesome fucking car, and fast as shit.
I have a friend that bought an SC400 and did a Z30 engine and manual transmission swap, so it was ensentially a Z30 Soarer with Lexus badges. Awesome fucking car, and fast as shit.
Funny you mention that, I've got a '77 Celica (RA29) that I'm planning a 1JZ-GTE and manual trans swap on! I love inline 6's, that was the smoothest thing about my old Supra, which was a MKII with a 6M-GE swapped in. Should be a fun car when it's done... 2400 pounds and 300 hp!
I'll never forget pushing the SC400 to the limits. When driving it calmly, the car resembled it's LS400 brother more than the supra. But when pushed HARD, it felt fantastic. I had no idea a 3600 lb car could handle as well as it did! Very predictable, fun to toss around, just a well balanced car. I miss that beast but now I'm on the pursuit of lightness, and the old Celicas are a good starting point. The heaviest RA2X series Celica weighs 2500 lb in full trim.
Kinda looks like one eh. This season will be my first using a AWD/4WD in the snow. My 4Runner is 2WD. Even when they shut down the roads, I never had issues. I always just flashed 4 fingers at the check points and rolled throw. With the right tires and driving, I've never had an issue. I even climbed steep ass hills that people needed to get towed up But I'll take it! And I'm looking forward to seeing what my scooby will do
I added the shell this year for the pooch specifically for days like the one pictured. General AT 2 stud ready all terrain/winter tires. I also have five sand bags over the rear axle during the winter.
So, I picked this thing up a little while ago. 2001 Platinum Edition F250 Lariat crew cab short box with the 7.3L diesel, locking hubs and electronic shift on the fly 4x4. Great truck so far. Few little things it needs but it's in good shape and runs well. It's all stock except for a gooseneck setup, brush bar, and the muffler got tossed in favour of straight pipes . Got plenty of ideas for what I'd like to do to it but other things will take my money first! All in due time...
Before winter I'm on a quest for the ultimate AT tire for the thing, though. Did much googling after seeing ridinbend's shot there! I need something that will do it all and look good, unfortunately. We don't get much snow here but after driving my mom's '08 4WD Rav4 with regular all seasons up to Whistler last winter during a few snowstorms I'm leery about winter performance a lot. My heavy old RWD open (maximum slip) rear end diesel Benz with some cheap winter tires on it is way better in the winter than the Rav4 with the all seasons. I'm not prepared (or have the funds) to run a dedicated set of winters on the truck like a car, and I think there's some good tires out there that can do it all and would fare decent in the snow. What are the rest of you big truck boys running? I'm lookin' at you Argo and the rest of ya...