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post #1 of 23 Old 01-08-2017, 06:30 AM Thread Starter
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Driving on the snow

Hello all,
I am new to the forum as i just bought my first Gen Coupe 2 days ago. Shes a beauty i tell ya! Its a black 2014 base with the 2.0t. I live in New Hampshire and i obviously knew what i was getting myself into when buying the car considering its RWD. My dad owns a shop so i get good snow tires cheap. I have the option of working from home where i work so i don't HAVE to drive in the snow when it snows during work days. Long story short, i just want to get everybody's opinions with driving the genesis coupe in the snow. I realize i will probably get scolded but if anybody has any experience with this, recommendations on a brand of snow tires, or if just snow tires aren't enough (do i need studded tires?).


On a side note, if anybody has any recommendations on some cheap mods to make the appearance pop a little more. I plan on replacing the badges and get some nice rims later down the road. I want to elaborate on the blue lighting that already comes with the car. I plan on getting some nice blue seat covers. Does anybody have a recommendation on a specific seat cover set, one that fits good with the gens seats? Any other ideas out there for more blue accents on the car. I want blue brake caliper covers but we will see.
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I grew in Chicago driving a 1973 Capri and a 1979 Monza 3.8 V6 with 4 speed both RWD cars in the snow. Its really no big deal just get some snow or all season tires and use some common sense. All cars used to be RWD thats just the way it was. Now as far as what the snow, salt, and sand will do to the car thats another issue, personal if I still lived in the snow belt id put the Genesis in the garage for the winter and buy somthing cheap to drive but I understand that may not be a option for you.
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Drove my car all winter last year in the snow with no issues.

Just get a set of snow tires and don't drive like a dumbass.
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Drove my car all winter last year in the snow with no issues.

Just get a set of snow tires and don't drive like a dumbass.
Exactly. I drive my car year around as it is a daily driver. I put a set of snow tires on it in the winter and I do not have any problem. In fact, I find this car easier to drive than FWD cars. It is not so nose-heavy. Quite controllable. Yes, don't be a dumbass and you will do just fine.

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As for which tires, can't go wrong with a set of Blizzacks.
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As for which tires, can't go wrong with a set of Blizzacks.
yeah they are probably good i went for studded hakkapelita 8
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As a Canadian who drives year round, I got a few pointers for winter driving.
- Winter tires are a must
- you do not need weights in the back of the car for traction
- turn traction control off but leave stability control on (you should do this year round actually)
- if you want to lower your car, I suggest lowering springs so you don't need to deal with dirt, grime, and salt seizing up coilovers
- learn how to rock yourself out of situations where you get stuck
- keep a shovel in your car
- clean snow/ice off your entire car after a long park. You don't want it to fly off your car and hit another car
- leave well ahead of schedule on snow days to be safe
- most importantly, use sensible judgment. If you have any doubt about being able to get through the snow, don't risk it

-PUT A CHRISTMAS HAT ON YOUR CAR

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I'm driving my 3.8 with the stock tires, and while I don't recommend it, I will say that the traction control and stability control make this RWD car 10x better than the RWD cars I drove in the 70's and 80's.

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As a Canadian who drives year round, I got a few pointers for winter driving.
- Winter tires are a must
- you do not need weights in the back of the car for traction
- turn traction control off but leave stability control on (you should do this year round actually)
- if you want to lower your car, I suggest lowering springs so you don't need to deal with dirt, grime, and salt seizing up coilovers
- learn how to rock yourself out of situations where you get stuck
- keep a shovel in your car
- clean snow/ice off your entire car after a long park. You don't want it to fly off your car and hit another car
- leave well ahead of schedule on snow days to be safe
- most importantly, use sensible judgment. If you have any doubt about being able to get through the snow, don't risk it

-PUT A CHRISTMAS HAT ON YOUR CAR

What are lowered on? Also these are good pointers. I'm from Ontario as well and this is my first year with the Genesis. However when I had my Mazda I never got stuck once even on the worst days when I saw other cars/suvs getting stuck on the same street that I am passing. Some common sense and a set of snow tires goes a long way. I ended up getting hankook ipikes on the Genesis, so far so good
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I'm lowered on Eibach Sportlines. It would be unreasonable to expect any lowered car to never get stuck, but good judgment often keeps you out of unnecessary headache. Also, every time it snows, I make it a habit to test hard braking to the point where I trigger ABS. It's always good to get a sense of how much traction you have before you get onto the main streets. Another thing to check is tire pressure. As the temperature drops, I've noticed my tire pressure lowers a noticeable amount.

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As a Canadian who drives year round, I got a few pointers for winter driving.
- Winter tires are a must
- you do not need weights in the back of the car for traction
- turn traction control off but leave stability control on (you should do this year round actually)
- if you want to lower your car, I suggest lowering springs so you don't need to deal with dirt, grime, and salt seizing up coilovers
- learn how to rock yourself out of situations where you get stuck
- keep a shovel in your car
- clean snow/ice off your entire car after a long park. You don't want it to fly off your car and hit another car
- leave well ahead of schedule on snow days to be safe
- most importantly, use sensible judgment. If you have any doubt about being able to get through the snow, don't risk it

-PUT A CHRISTMAS HAT ON YOUR CAR


I found how to turn both traction control and stability control off (holding the trac control button), if i just turn traction control off, is the stability control on by default? Also i didnt see how to verify if stability control is on. Any way to have traction control on while stability control is off (not sayin im going to do this, just curious)?
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You can't turn off stability control without turning off traction control. If you press the button once, you turn off TC. If you hold it then you turn off TC and SC. TC will cut your throttle and apply brakes if your rear wheels lose traction. SC will keep you pointed in the right direction. Turning it all off will let you play and have fun. You really should disable TC at all times because of how poorly and dangerously it's implemented in this car. Especially in the winter time, you don't want to be making a right turn into an intersection only to hit a patch of ice and lose all power for a couple seconds. That could cause someone to rear end you.

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Like everyone has said winter tires are a must. I had to drive 30 miles home from work in a bad storm 4 years ago with stock tires up and down slopes and nice curves and it wasn't a fun night. I still run summer tires on my car but I just don't drive it when it snows.

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You really should disable TC at all times because of how poorly and dangerously it's implemented in this car. Especially in the winter time, you don't want to be making a right turn into an intersection only to hit a patch of ice and lose all power for a couple seconds. That could cause someone to rear end you.
So true, at least on the Turbo. Power drops abruptly and can be dangerous whether from the rear or on coming traffic. Snow tires are must if driving in snow or icey conditions. Unsure how a good All Season would be.

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Well thanks for all the tips and help guys, was very helpful. Will take all of this into consideration.
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Tires, Tires, Tires!

I drive my car every day in PA except when it is very bad with no issue. The modern day winter tire is leaps and bounds better than the any all season or summer tire. Get a spare set of rims and buy any generic winter tire (blizzak like) and you will be fine.

I have a base model with the open diff too, an LSD would be better.

I'm also of the belief that front wheel drive is more dangerous than rear. If your front tires lose traction you go straight and can't put power down. In rear wheel your front tires are only steering and if the rear loses traction all it does is "drift" a little.
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Winter tires are a must.
You absolutely cannot drive this car in the snow on the factory bridgestones. It Just Will Not Work.
I FINALLY was able to get blizzaks mounted to a spare set of 18" wheels minutes before it started snowing hard and the car has quite a bit of control now. I am confident in being able to start, stop, and change direction without loss of control. You can't drive it like it's dry out obviously, but with 2" of snow on the ground I'm not afriad vs. getting stuck on the road the day after I bought the car on the summer tires with not even a dusting of snow coating the ground which made it impossible to get the car moving from a standstill.
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Tires, Tires, Tires!
I'm also of the belief that front wheel drive is more dangerous than rear. If your front tires lose traction you go straight and can't put power down. In rear wheel your front tires are only steering and if the rear loses traction all it does is "drift" a little.
Not to disagree, but my 14 Sonata SE 2.0T was better with good all season tires, and exceptional with cheap new snows. The stock Hancraps weren't worth a $hit on dry, wet or especially snow. My 2.0T Rspec, with stock size Yokohama Iceguard snows is nowhere near as confidence inspiring as the Sonata in snow. But, couldn't "drift" at all in the Sonata.

Of course the moral of the story is; snows are always better in the snow..but still must drive according to conditions.

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I can tell you my car doesn't like snow/ice: https://youtu.be/zBls79N8-VI

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Don't know if I would trust it in the snow where I'm at
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