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Old 08-05-2008, 11:01 AM   #1
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2010 Camaro SS manual daily driver

I live in Northern Illinois.

Our winters are pretty mild with occasionally a big snow storm. Our streets get cleared pretty quickly also.

I work 14 days a month and drive only 2 miles to work.

My question; If I get a set of the best snow tires from Tirerack with 17-18" wheels will I go through snow? With the traction control I figure it would be ok. Plus we only get a couple decent snow falls each year. I could take a personal day if its really bad.

I don't have room for another car besides the Camaro SS.

What suggestions on tires and sizes. Such as Dunlop M3/D3, etc.

Thankyou very much ahead of time.

I really want this car and this is my only real concern.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:06 AM   #2
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I am in the same boat. I must live very close to you. My wife drives our minivan and I will only be able to afford and fit just the Camaro SS.

Answers and opinions please. I also work very close to home.

I think top quality snow tires should be ok. Maybe a few sand bags in the trunk. As long as the snow tires are narrow and tall they should go through snow. Just take it easy.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:29 AM   #3
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Well the mule was tested in snow for a signifucant amount of time so I believe that the Camaro can handle it for sure.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:45 AM   #4
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I wonder what size winter wheel will be needed to clear the 14"/14.4" Brembo brakes? Plus tire size. Maybe 18"x8" wheels all around with 245/60/18" Dunlop M3/D3.
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:34 PM   #5
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Old 08-06-2008, 06:30 AM   #6
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Hey Steve I did some research at Tirerack and I think the best tire for the SS in winter would be the Blizzak LM-25. The 225/60HR/18" are the same height as the OEM 20" SS tires at 28.7" The OEM 275 rear tire is 11" wide, the OEM front tire is 9.6" wide, the Blizzak 225/60HR/18" are 9" wide. They are to be used all around, more narrow to cut through snow, they cost $178 each. I think an 18" wheel will clear the SS OEM Brembos. 18" wheels can be bought for about $200 each, so a set of winter tires and wheels would be about $1800 total.
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Old 08-06-2008, 09:58 AM   #7
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I live in Northern Illinois.

Our winters are pretty mild with occasionally a big snow storm. Our streets get cleared pretty quickly also.

I work 14 days a month and drive only 2 miles to work.

My question; If I get a set of the best snow tires from Tirerack with 17-18" wheels will I go through snow? With the traction control I figure it would be ok. Plus we only get a couple decent snow falls each year. I could take a personal day if its really bad.

I don't have room for another car besides the Camaro SS.

What suggestions on tires and sizes. Such as Dunlop M3/D3, etc.

Thankyou very much ahead of time.

I really want this car and this is my only real concern.
Why not just walk? 2 miles???
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:25 AM   #8
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I was forced to drive my 97 Z/28 for a couple weeks one winter due to problems with my jeep. I didn't have snow tires but driving it was possible as long as I planed my route ahead of time to avoid even the shallowest hills. Filling your trunk with a few sand bags would be a good idea too.
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:44 AM   #9
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I had to drive my IROC in the winter because, well, I didn't have another car... One thing that helped me was starting in second. Although, traction control should accomplish the same thing...
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:53 AM   #10
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Why not just walk? 2 miles???
Well I only work 14 days a month, but from 6am-6pm. I am not walking 2 miles in the winter for an hour, then work 12, then walk another hour. I get up early enough now.

It should be fine with top quality snows, a few sand bags, and traction control. No need to hurry.
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:06 PM   #11
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My situation is similar. I live in Southern NJ and winters are pretty mild. We might get a significant amount of snow once or twice a winter (last year we never got anything worth mentioning). And I live 3.5 miles from work.

I drove my 2002 Camaro when I had it and never had a problem. I've never bothered with special tires for winter.

I drove my '82 and '91 Camaro's 20+ miles to work in the winter with no special tires. Unless it was REALLY bad I was fine with them as well. Snow was less of an issue than ice.

I doubt I'll be doing anything special during the winter for the new Camaro either...
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:49 PM   #12
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Winters have been getting milder and milder around here so as long as I have a garage for the Camaro I'll be fine. Or I'll just take the Saab when the weather is really bad (or the Volt when I trade my Saab for one of those).
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Old 08-06-2008, 04:34 PM   #13
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I had a '99 Z-28. Never got stuck once. I used the all season 16" wheels in the winter, and the 17" SS wheels in the summer. I put 2-3 bags of salt in the back, and had traction control. I had a major hill to climb as well, and still never had an issue. Drive like there is snow on the ground and you should be fine. I plan on driving in the winter. I'm along interstate 74 in Illinois.

I can't imagine having trouble if you get the winter tires.
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Old 08-06-2008, 05:04 PM   #14
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Okay educate me here, but the bags everyone keeps reffering to, is that to help the RWD? I've only ever driven FWD.
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