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Old 09-28-2018, 08:22 AM   #1
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How to prep my ZL1 for it's first active winter

I gave my car away to my wife..sort of a long story, but it prevented me from having to buy her a 50k SUV. She likes my ZL1, and the attention it gets. I never drive it anyway.

So now that my garage queen is a DD, it has gone very well. The challenge is MN winter is near, and I need to make sure this car is ready for -20 farenheit, snow, ice, road salt, sand, etc.

Here is my plan and questions I would like your input on:
(1) what is the best snow tire/rim combination (I am still on stock goodyear F1), she does not requre a performance tire, I do not care what they look like, just want a great snow/ice very low temp tire.
(2) I was thinking about putting 200# of salt bags in the trunk, is that too much weight?
(3) I am going to spray/undercoat everything, I know some rust going to happen.
(4) Since she will drive <1 mile to work, I was thinking of going 0w-20? thoughts? will be many frequent starts (4-6 per day).
(5) Coolant was checked and tested out to -40 degrees.

She will leave it in Tour mode and PTM in 1, if anybody has any experience in a ZL1 driving through a MN winter, I would like to hear from you.
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Old 09-28-2018, 09:28 AM   #2
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You make it ready by storing it over the winter!
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Old 09-28-2018, 10:02 AM   #3
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Make sure you have a good coating of wax/sealant on the surface if the car will get exposed to wet weather.

Good luck.
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Old 09-28-2018, 10:22 AM   #4
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Your plan sounds more than good.

Find a set of OEM SS wheels and get Blizzaks.

Stick with 5w-30 oil. Synthetic will be fine at those temps.
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Old 09-28-2018, 10:51 AM   #5
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Your plan sounds more than good.

Find a set of OEM SS wheels and get Blizzaks.

Stick with 5w-30 oil. Synthetic will be fine at those temps.
This, narrower the better and will make changes easier in between seasons. Maybe v6 rims even if narrower, cant remember.
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Old 09-28-2018, 01:17 PM   #6
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If it has the original battery I would put a fresh one in. Peace of mind.
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Old 09-29-2018, 08:40 AM   #7
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Put it in storage. Get a low mi. lease on a new Cruse or Malibu for under $200.00 a month. Put storage ins on it and save the money you would spend on tires and wheels.
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Put it in storage. Get a low mi. lease on a new Cruse or Malibu for under $200.00 a month. Put storage ins on it and save the money you would spend on tires and wheels.
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Replica SS wheels with either Blizzaks or for a little more $$ Pirelli Scorpion Snow and Ice. I DD my 1LE in Ohio and have actually been pleasantly surprised. I usually put 80# of salt over each corner in the trunk. Given your increased HP over an SS, you may need a little more to hook. Trial and error.
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Put it in storage. Get a low mi. lease on a new Cruse or Malibu for under $200.00 a month. Put storage ins on it and save the money you would spend on tires and wheels.
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I know one thing, check for mice...........They like to leave droppings on the intake cover, you see them get mouse traps......
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Your plan sounds more than good.

Find a set of OEM SS wheels and get Blizzaks.

Stick with 5w-30 oil. Synthetic will be fine at those temps.
If you go with oem SS wheels its set for staggered, so make sure that the Blizzak tire models match. I learned the hard way I can't run the DM with the DV and be safe, they yield snow differently.

Another tire option is the Nitto NT90W which has fitment for the staggered
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I drove my SS in the winter. Only one winter, though.

Don't add any weight. The natural weight distribution on these cars is nearly 50/50, throwing weight in the trunk will do more harm than good.

I went to my local Discount Tire and picked up the cheapest set of 19" wheels that their configurator said fit my car, and then some 235/55/19 snow tires. I think mine were Falken Eurowinters?

Car handled great. I had no issues whatsoever. Surprised a lot of people how well it did in the snow.
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Don't add any weight. The natural weight distribution on these cars is nearly 50/50, throwing weight in the trunk will do more harm than good.
I dont see how this can possibly be the case? Extra weight over the drive wheels is always going to help with traction. 50/50 does you no good just trying to move out from a stop sitting on snow. We arent talking about track handling.
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