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Got stuck down by the barn today but it was my fault. I made it down there no prob but a pile of drifted snow was deceivingly deep (and maybe I was a little too confident..) and it snagged my rear tires as I was turning the car around. Dug some snow away from in front of the rears, turned traction control off and it pulled itself out just fine. Reversed out all the way back up to the main driveway like a tank.
I have a set of 18" Toyo Gsi5 snow tires on. I would not have gotten out without snow tires. Just don't get yourself into situations where you'll obviously sink in and get stuck. I was in about 8-10 inches of the white stuff that had drifted into the one spot, which had dirt footing underneath- so no traction. Oops..
That being said, they handle just fine on snowy pavement as long as you are light with your foot and have a good set of winter tires on. Seriously they make ALL the difference.
Last edited by shootdownthestars; 12-23-2012 at 02:52 PM.
Snow has been scarce in the Chicago area the last couple of years, but on the few days that I have driven my Challenger in the snow the car was great with 18" wheels and Blizzak tires. No skidding, no slipping, no getting stuck and no problems with traction so far. Road grippage(is that a word?) is top notch with these tires.
However the ride sucks. The snow tires are noisy, steering is clumsy, handling is not as good and there's definitely a difference in the way the car feels. Car feels more upright and like it's on rails, and you don't get that wide-track close-to-the-ground performance feel that you get with the stock wheels and tires.
Still.....I'll take the hassle of driving around with snow tires on for 3 months out of the year. Beats getting stuck in the snow, or skidding out and crashing the car.
I decided to throw out the stock SRT wheels and upgrade to 11" wide in the rear and run DWS conts... (DRY-WET-SNOW) I am running 295s. They plant all the torque from a stand still, even in 40f weather after warmed, I also have the added beauty of safely having those on the rears, and being able to deal with rain perfectly, it is now below freezing, so I can't say much for ice...as we haven't had any rain since it hit below, lol, snow I'm not worried about, the DWS's are designed to literally "cut" into it with the pattern, I highly recommend them if you can fit enough tread to compensate for the hard rubber, these plant far better than the 255 stock Goodyears I had and are the same price, yet 295s. Then again, stock 255 Good Year Supercar F1s, shifting out of 1st would swing the entire rear end out...275 NT05s didn't do that, and 295 DWS's which last 3-4x as long sure as hell don't.
You can see how it literally seperates snow\ice due to the tread pattern on the in the slim lines have teeth, but since it is 4-5x sizes up from the stock, crap good year F1s, which costed MORE than these in 295, and didn't plant nearly as well...yeah.
Surprise snow; I work 3rd and this greeted me in the AM, weatherman had said no snow.. Took about an hour to get home, I live 7 miles away. I overheated the ABS system trying to keep stability control on with the traction control off. This is a 6 speed R/T with track pack and those are the stock eagle F1's. I'm pretty sure the Diff clutch pack life was shortened severly.
Now I have firestone winterforces mounted on 18" cop steelies. Not studed because we don't get that much ice. Because I mounted these, we don't get snow anymore.... They are very easily overwhelmed by the power and weight of the car (obviously), so I have to drive nice to prevent them from grinding bald. Even though the cold air makes more power...They are noisy now too, but I'm not scared of getting stuck again.
It is my first year driving the Challenger in the snow, and we have only gotten one significant snowfall I had to drive through thus far. I am running Michellin snow tires mounted on the stock 18" wheels. Snow tires are a must.
My only other advice would be this: when you are taking off from a complete stop (red light, stop sign, etc.), start in second gear as opposed to first. Whenever I try starting in first, there is just too much torque and I can't get traction. Using the paddle shifter to start in second gear makes it much easier to get going.
I live in MN and drive mine daily to work. I'm running the stock Michelin all season's, and it worked fine for the foot of snow plus layer of ice underneath we got. I was more concerned over my suspension than anything else due to the rugged ice on the road for a couple days.
I did see a rustang get stuck in the same spot I was able to make it through just before it. I've got the stick with the anti spin diff. I think the diff is more important than snow tires. But then again I drive highway 6 miles go work on flat straight ground.
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Im driving my '11 SXT Rally in the snow. First year ever driving in the snow. Ever. (im 17)
I have Pirelli Winter Carving Edges (stock tire size and not studded) on all 4 corners. I have a lead foot and im a hooligan.
I prefer driving my challenger on snow and ice compared to my mothers AWD SUV.
Ive gotten a couple decent snow storms, its only sketchy on un plowed roads (to my personally) could be just because im a winter driving noob, But i slide it a lot just for fun so im use to it. So whenever the car slides and i dont expect it, im very relaxed. lol
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