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Old 11-16-2016, 04:54 PM   #1
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Right now I have performance tires and about 1.75 inches of ground clearance. With winter approaching, I am wondering about what to do in harsh, snowy weather. Normally I would be driving the old jeep, but it is on its last leg. It started out as a joke, but I am actually considering lifting the coilovers to max height and putting the stock wheels on with tire socks or some snow chain alternative when it snows (the stock rims are 16" so the tires are thick). Is this a bad idea, with regards to damaging the coils or the car itself since it will be sitting higher than stock? Also, can the suspension system besides the coilovers be damaged by it sitting high? It would only be for the winter cause when snow season is over it's getting dumped back down again.

p.s. Might even get some mud flaps to top it all off
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Old 11-16-2016, 05:00 PM   #2
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You may be able to raise it a bit, but you'll most likely need an allotment after you do.
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Old 11-16-2016, 05:04 PM   #3
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Raise it to stock height and put snow tires on your stock wheels. Done.
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Old 11-16-2016, 06:12 PM   #4
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I'm stock height and once it gets snowy over here I throw on some studded hakkapeliitta tires and leave em on til thing start to thaw.
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Old 11-16-2016, 07:39 PM   #5
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Where are you located? How bad is the snow? I'm in Illinois and I leave my coil overs down low and just put my winter tires on and I usually do fine. Only time I worry is when the snow plays push all the snow in front of driveways or entrances of parking lots and I end up plowing it myself

You'll have to get used to the snow noise crunching under your car though
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:03 PM   #6
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If you raise it past stock you may not be able to have a proper alignment. this could also damage the ball joints. I may be wrong(probably) but a thread earlier today someone asked about suspension parts and using ZHP control arms on a standard e46. The result was you can if the car had sport suspension or was lowered. Using this same idea, that stock ball joints may not allow for higher ride hight over stock

Also I'm currently lowered and live in Canada which is cancer for cars not to mention lowered cars; I'm not worrying. Did I mention the snowplow on the front of my car jk
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Old 11-16-2016, 09:12 PM   #7
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Raise it to stock height and put snow tires on your stock wheels. Done.
Yes. Exactly this. If you add a limited slip your car will be unstoppable and you'll probably do better than people in Jeeps and Land Rovers who didn't buy the correct tires.

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Old 11-16-2016, 09:58 PM   #8
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I got a set of wheels with Dunlop winter sports for my xi of the let go app, and I literally cart wait for it to snow to try em out! besides that i hate the snow lol but if you look around on Craigslist and stuff you get lucky sometimes and find good deals.
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Old 11-16-2016, 10:07 PM   #9
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Oh, man. I just saw your join date. You won't believe how well this car does in the snow. I was blasting past pickup trucks and Jeeps all winter. Never a single problem. Sometimes, the system will slow you down as it brakes a wheel to transfer torque. Other than that, you won't notice a thing.
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Old 11-16-2016, 10:17 PM   #10
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Oh i can't wait! Besides the Saab i used drive which was fwd, I've always had rwd without snow tires so I'm probably in for a pleasant surprise
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