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Old 11-25-2010, 03:08 PM   #1
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Hey all,

Back in Scotland, UK we are facing another tough winter. With the 986 being my only car im faced with having to use it in the winter. With snow up to 8inches deep does anyone know of simple mods to enhance grip?

Also what size of snow chains should i get?

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Old 11-25-2010, 04:41 PM   #2
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6-8 in of snow and a 4x4 truck is needed not a po. 4 in of snow and chains on your po ...maybe....make sure to save up for body repairs when the chains break. chain size ? dont you think that would depend on what size tires you have on the car ? i trust this car has LSD? pack extra blankets and a flare gun in the car
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Old 11-25-2010, 04:54 PM   #3
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Check out the the Auto Sock. Much better for your wheels than chains and a hell of a lot easier to put on. It has performed very well for me. http://www.autosock.us/
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:04 AM   #4
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I live in the mountains of NEPA and 6" of snow is just a small bother. Real snow tires and studs , if allowed, are all you need to use. When you get into 10-12" on the ground you shouldn't be out anyway. A foot of snow on the ground is when 4x4's and there higher clearance have a real use, and only with good tires.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:53 AM   #5
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Check out the the Auto Sock. Much better for your wheels than chains and a hell of a lot easier to put on. It has performed very well for me. http://www.autosock.us/
Thx for the link -- I'm interested in these but didn't see a size for my 07 Box (255/40/18 winter tires). Since you also have 18" wheels, what size did you buy? My choices are 255/55/18 or 245/40/18.

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Snowmobile !!

a good Canadian invention when the snow reaches that high...

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a good Canadian invention when the snow reaches that high...

a better american invention for deep snow.....a moving van going south
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a good Canadian invention when the snow reaches that high...

Commonly known as a Snowmachine in the far North!
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:42 PM   #9
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I have a set of these, luckily I have never had to use them. If there is more than 4" of snow you'll get stuck though. Good luck, a Boxster with snow tires and good driver can do just fine in snow!

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Old 11-28-2010, 02:42 PM   #10
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Cheers guys, couldnt put her through it, i bit the bullet and bought a more suitable car for the winter, shes all parked up and hibernating in the garage for a few months.

She will be missed but its worth it.
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Cheers guys, couldnt put her through it, i bit the bullet and bought a more suitable car for the winter, shes all parked up and hibernating in the garage for a few months.

She will be missed but its worth it.
That's too bad but atleast you'll save on wear and tear of winter use. I had my boxster out in snowy roads this weekend and it handled beautifully. On the road there were no issues nor drama and I threw her around in an empty snowy parking lot and it was loads of fun and very controllable. I cringe at the salt but I try not to think about it.
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my answer to snow. I hate driving my truck.



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Extanker; "moving Van"

Ha Ha now thats funny,

not to get into a political discussion, but America doesn't want any immigrants any more,

the "Black Sheep" gets parked from first serious snow until end of march..

944; if those are Nokian tires ? good pick, i have been running them now for 11 yrs on my winter car
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Thx for the link -- I'm interested in these but didn't see a size for my 07 Box (255/40/18 winter tires). Since you also have 18" wheels, what size did you buy? My choices are 255/55/18 or 245/40/18.

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I don't think the 245/40 will fit. You need to go to the next size larger but not too large. The guy at the tire place figured it out. Took him a while but he finally got it. The most important thing is the height. If it is a tad wide it should be OK. Keep in mind that you can only run these on snow and ice. If you run them on dry or wet roads you'll shred them in a matter of minutes.
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That's too bad but atleast you'll save on wear and tear of winter use. I had my boxster out in snowy roads this weekend and it handled beautifully. On the road there were no issues nor drama and I threw her around in an empty snowy parking lot and it was loads of fun and very controllable. I cringe at the salt but I try not to think about it.
What kind of tires are you running? Thanks
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Continental ExtremeContact DWS on stock 18" Turbo Twist wheels. I was worried about the stock width but going through 3 inches or so of snow I didn't slip unless I really gassed it.
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Mine are Generals, not Nokians. Sadly my pockets are not deep enough right now for those. Besides, it only snows a few times a year here.

I also went with slightly taller than stock sizes. 215/50/17 and 225/55/17. I gained about 1/2 inch of ground clearance and the rear is a bit narrower. So dry pavement performance will suffer. But snow should be a blast.

Two years ago I had the pirelli something something 240's in 245/35/18 on the rear. They were OK but nothing great. They came on a set of turbo twists that I have since sold.
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