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Old 12-05-2008, 10:34 AM   #1
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Winterizing the Camaro

I'm sure some of you just cringed at that title. But not everyone can afford to buy a beater car for the winter and keep our camaros in a warm garage.

So what will you do (assuming you get all the "fun" snow and salt we have) to winterize your camaro. Since it's RWD i'd recommend throwing a sandbag or 2 in the trunk, put them to the back and as close to the rear axle.

Also, undercoat that car, get everything oiling up real good (the place i go to actually provides a lifetime rust-proof warranty as long as i go back every year to get it done). And of course a decent set of winter tires (at the very least on the back 2 wheels).

Anything else?
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:35 AM   #2
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Swap my summers with winter tires. Buy some winter blades and take it easy. Nothing more needed.
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IDK, mine will be driven in the winter as well, and If I remember right my old camaro didn't drive worth a damn in snow, I guess I would definitely get a set of winter treads. Here in indiana, undercoating is a must. Gonna probably throw a sub box in the car, that will add some weight. Depending on the size of the trunk is what i put in for more weight, but it won't be sand tubes, makes a mess. IDK i will figure something out.
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:43 AM   #4
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Definitely good winter wiper blades are a must. A fold up shovel in the trunk might also be a good idea. Just in case.
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:48 AM   #5
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Do you guys think they will make a custom fit rubber floor mat with a 1" lip on it like they make for the tahoes, so i can just throw whatever in the back of my car, and not worry about a mess.
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:50 AM   #6
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Do you guys think they will make a custom fit rubber floor mat with a 1" lip on it like they make for the tahoes, so i can just throw whatever in the back of my car, and not worry about a mess.
Along those lines, I would get those similar floormats for the front as well. I have them on all my vehicles and they save the carpet a TON!
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:52 AM   #7
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Do you guys think they will make a custom fit rubber floor mat with a 1" lip on it like they make for the tahoes, so i can just throw whatever in the back of my car, and not worry about a mess.
Save this link - http://www.weathertech.com/

They will have something available that fits what you are looking for.
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:53 AM   #8
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Thank You Rolnslo.
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:11 PM   #9
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Also off topic, I wonder how much weather tech spends on magazine adds. Every mother trend and c&d have a 5 page spread in them.
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:21 PM   #10
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I live in Saskatchewan, Canada and I am not gonna winter drive this baby. (I also work at a Potash mine, so that would further advance the rusting.) Didn't even order a block heater.
But on my normal driver I have winter tires on all 4 corners and would reccomend it to everyone. Not just on the back. What good does it do to have the 'go' wheels sticking when the 'steer' wheels are sliding you towards a wall?
And yeah I have some of those weathertech mats and they get the thumbs up from me.
P.S. Don't forget a winter kit type thing, like one of those mini shovels, blanket and warm clothes, first aid kit and a flashlight and whatnot, in case something happens when it is -45 Celcius outside not counting the wind (YAY Canadian winters)
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:22 PM   #11
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Do you guys think they will make a custom fit rubber floor mat with a 1" lip on it like they make for the tahoes, so i can just throw whatever in the back of my car, and not worry about a mess.
Yeah i totally want one of those for the trunk as I will be grocery shopping in this thing. (Or hauling beer!)
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Took a turn too hard last month. One of the beer cans in the back of my car got punctured. My car is just now smelling like normal. I needed one of these mats.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:59 PM   #13
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When I drove the SS for a winter, I carried a bag of sand in the rear, (good for traction too if you get stuck). Keep the tank FULL.

Also, if you have to drive it during the winter, GET A GOOD COAT OF WAX ON THE CAR ASAP! And ALWAYS leave several car lengths between you and the car in front of you...not only to prevent hitting them, but to avoid them kicking up road grime and marring your paint.

Interior; winter mats, seat covers.
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:37 AM   #14
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Kiss her goodnight for a few months, pull the cover over her, and shut the garage door...


Seriously though, any special considerations when your simply storing her over the winter?
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