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Old 12-12-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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Took my "E" out in the snow for the first time.

Had the day off of work, waxed the board, called a friend, and headed to Stevens Pass, WA. The "E" handled like a dream. I love this vehicle!
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:48 PM   #2
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Did you have to use snow chains? I am thinking about heading over in a week and wondered if the E could handle the snow and low ground clearance.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:01 AM   #3
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A couple of things to keep in mind in the snow -

The rear wheels can get you out of trouble if the front ones are on ice. The left side wheels will not help if the right ones are both in the snow bank.

The rear ones are most effective if the front ones point forward. If stuck it is better to backup (the way you came) rather than pull sharply toward the center of the road.

If the front ones spin, they loose all directional control, and may even drift to the side (especially on highly crowned road).

Trying to do donuts on an unplowed parkinglot is a good way of getting the feel for its handling.

The E functions as a snow plow set 6" above the ground. Chains or not be wary of anything deeper than that.

If you have an automatic, '2nd' is your friend in snow. It makes it easier to feather the gas, and apply just enough power to get moving, but not so much as to break traction.

Once when I got stuck in snow by the side of a forest service road near Index, I used traction mats to give the rear wheels traction, allowing me to back out of trouble.

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Old 12-13-2012, 05:39 PM   #4
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Sugarhead, what kind of tires are you running there? Ditto Amy's question about chains.

Your car is beautiful! Love that color.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:20 PM   #5
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Oh you lucky bastard! I can't wait to ride. I hope the East Coast has a winter this year.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:59 PM   #6
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Sugarhead! We of the Northwest Chapter haven't met you yet! Hopefully you can be in the next meet.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:17 PM   #7
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Sugerhead, by the way, if your vehicle is a 2007, then the color is Tangerine Metallic, not Sunset Orange Pearl. (unless you had it repainted)
anyway, if the paint code is YR5863M, it's Tangerine Metallic, one of the most delicious colors ever. <grin>
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:07 AM   #8
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I'll try to answer all the questions.

I didn't chain up, i never needed to. It just goes.

I'm not positive of the tires, I think they are BF Goodrich, stock size.

I thought my color was a little different, thanks for the info.

And Yoshi, I went to the NWTOYRUN with you, I just didn't introduce myself as Sugarhead!

Thanks for all the replies!
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:55 AM   #9
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Thanks for the snow tips. Hopefully we can get to the pass soon. Enjoy the winter.
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:11 PM   #10
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I'll try to answer all the questions.

I didn't chain up, i never needed to. It just goes.

I'm not positive of the tires, I think they are BF Goodrich, stock size.

I thought my color was a little different, thanks for the info.

And Yoshi, I went to the NWTOYRUN with you, I just didn't introduce myself as Sugarhead!

Thanks for all the replies!
yeah.......i rememember you!

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