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      01-01-2013, 11:00 PM   #1
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Lowered and running 18s in winter

I am lowered on kw v1 and currently running winters on 18 inch rims. There are no gaps in the wheel well. For those who are on same boat, can you guys comment on the difficulty in winter driving, in terms of the likelihood of getting stuck? This is my first winter running this setup, just wondering if I should be concerned at all. Thx.
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      01-01-2013, 11:12 PM   #2
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It is also my first winter being lowered and im running 17s. i have about about 10.5 cm clearance. it drove fine in the snow storm last week until i got to my area which was unplowed and i got stuck for a bit luckily my house was close so i grabbed my shovel and dug myself out. im never driving in a snow storm again and also avoid low traffic streets.
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      01-01-2013, 11:17 PM   #3
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I am lowered on kw v1 and currently running winters on 18 inch rims. There are no gaps in the wheel well. For those who are on same boat, can you guys comment on the difficulty in winter driving, in terms of the likelihood of getting stuck? This is my first winter running this setup, just wondering if I should be concerned at all. Thx.
You should be fine with winter tires, in and around the city on paved roads. Stay clear of poorly / unpaved roads - I was in the same situation for a few seasons. Snow accumulates a lot faster between the wheels and the fender liner, impairing the ability of the winter tires to grip (claw fresh snow).

All in all, just be even more careful driving lowered in the winter

Momentum is key when it comes to driving a rwd in winter imo.

What is worst about driving a lowered car are times when the snow left in the middle of lanes freezes up over time and is higher than your lip. I can't stand it when I feel contact with frozen snow/ice - awful!
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I am lowered on kw v1 and currently running winters on 18 inch rims. There are no gaps in the wheel well. For those who are on same boat, can you guys comment on the difficulty in winter driving, in terms of the likelihood of getting stuck? This is my first winter running this setup, just wondering if I should be concerned at all. Thx.
My car had about 7cm ground clearance running wide (for winter) 19's and I had no issues, but we also didn't have much snow. Since my 19's used 275's and were flush to the fender I decided to switch to an 18" that is a bit more tucked and narrow since it looks like we might get a decent amount of snowfall this year.

With the wheels/tires flush to the fender I was always flinging salt/ice/crap onto the paint and there was absolutely no room to evacuate the snow since my car had no tire to fender gap.

This year with a more tucked wheel/tire combo I'm hoping there will be more space inside the middle area of the wheel wells to evacuate the snow. I also won't be shooting crap onto the paint as much.

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What is worst about driving a lowered car are times when the snow left in the middle of lanes freezes up over time and is higher than your lip. I can't stand it when I feel contact with frozen snow/ice - awful!
THISS!! Quite often I would be driving home hearing a non-stop scraping under the car the whole way home
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THISS!! Quite often I would be driving home hearing a non-stop scraping under the car the whole way home
Oh god I'm not lowered (yet) but I can't even imagine that. If my bumper/lip constantly scraped on ice while driving I'd just pull over and hug my knees and cry till spring.
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I'm running 18s with stock sports suspension, it is not "really lowered"... but for this first storm in TO I did fine.

Like Dr G said, the most I noticed was the scraping of some "ice rocks" under the car.

The biggest deal for me so far are the spacers, I'm running 225 all around but have 20mm spacers in the back and I can feel all the time the back wheels kinda of "holding" the car back more than usual.
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Thanks for input guys. I missed the last snow storm as I was out of town, but based on the aftermath that I saw, I didn't think it was too-too bad of a storm. If you guys were already getting stuck, I think I better go and grab one of those collapsible shovel to keep in trunk just in case. Looks like it'll be an interesting winter, as I don't have a lot of clearance between tire ans fender liner.
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Oh god I hate that scraping! My car was dragging a block of ice under it for the length of my whole street until it was ground down enough for it to pass underneath. I think I'm going yo raise up an inch or so this weekend.
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Scrapings not too bad really, nobody sees under your car anyway haha.
Well.. truthfullly speaking I don't feel like paying for an alignment now and then another alignment in 2 months
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My car has comp package and sits 1cm lower than a 'normal' model. My clearance is 10cm. I also run wide 18" wheels (219's) with a square 245 tire setup. The two worst things are:

1) getting beached in the unploughed/unplowed snow on our residential street
2) the big ice blocks that fall out of the wheel wells of SUV's and minivans.

I've only actually gotten stuck once, but that was in fairly shallow snow that had ice under it. Every day I scramble to the nearest stop sign and a ploughed/plowed road.

Good luck

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when i drove in the snow storm last week .. my street was not plowed well and i bumper took a good amount of snow. I also hit a ice block that came off of a truck.

When my bumper smacked into the snow... a little part of me died inside.
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My car clears only 3.5".

I rarely get stuck. Didn't happen last year or this year so far.

Make sure that snow has been removed in the street 1st.
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      01-05-2013, 02:22 PM   #13
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second year driving lowered on 18's. I have about 2.5 inch clearance from ground to my side skirt and no finger gap in my fenders. Don't seem to have any issues. Just can't have people weighing over 180 in the back or I rub.
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