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Old 11-04-2003, 07:23 AM   #1
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Wink The time has come

Winter has come at last to Minnesota and I finally got to test the ZX3 in snow, ice, and slush. The results are surprising. I had expected the stock Focus to be not all that great in snow. I WAS WRONG! It was a very pleasant drive on snow and/or ice. I ran into problems with slush though. Going about 40, I hit a slushy spot behind some trees and WHAM, I was no longer going parallel to any lines on the road. I'm fine though, thanks for asking. Anyway, what can be done to avoid any future mishaps? Snow tires, anti-hydroplaning tires, suspension work????? Any ideas at all would be helpful and I thank you all in advance.


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Old 11-04-2003, 07:35 AM   #2
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drop in the AWD system, whack on some cat tracks and put a turret on the top. That way if you still have no grip you can blow your way through...

but otherwise snow tires are a good investment only if you know you get long periods of snow (I'm not that familiar with your area!!) . Suspension mods wouldn't do a lot to improve your grip, but narrow snow tyres would at least decrease your aquaplaning on wet and slushy surfaces at the sacrifice of ultimate grip in other conditions as you'd probably know.
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Old 11-04-2003, 08:55 AM   #3
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Seeing as how Minnesota only has two seasons (Winter and Ice Age), cat tracks are probably a good investment. Hook a snow blower up to the drive shaft, yeah I can see this working. So the best thing would just be narrower tires, huh? I kinda thought so. I'd keep the stock ones though, just in case I ever see summer again!
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Definately snow tires- take it from a Canadian! And go for stock 14" rims with 185-65-14 tire size- a little narrower so you're less likely to float in slush. I just put mine on last week- got the stock rims at Wal-Mart, and the Goodyear snow tires were on sale at Ford dealer. Now, as this is my first winter with the Focus, I can't wait for the first snowstorm- I'm ready!!! (Then ask me what I think of it in February!)

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