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Old 11-20-2008, 11:22 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

I picked up my first bmw yesterday I am very excited about it but, ofcorse the first snow had to come down that day . Well anyways, I do have winter driving experience but not with bmws so I was in for a huge surprise last night. Nothing crazy, but the car was fishtailing quite a bit. I've heard that putting some extra weight in the back of the car helps, what are your thoughts on that?
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:33 AM   #2
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yes, extra weight in the trunk does help, do you have winter tires? I recommand you put on winter tires if you have all-season tires on right now.
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:37 AM   #3
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I'm looking for winter tires right now.

That was going to be my next question, can you guys recommend good shops in toronto?
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:46 AM   #4
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welcome to the board. cheers!

3 good tire shops are:

tires 23 in mississauga
simply tire in downsview
steelcase in thornhill

they have lots of selection, great service and great prices. shop between them though.
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:59 AM   #5
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I'm actually considering a LSD swap next year sometime seems like a good upgrade for RWD cars in the snow and overall better grip in the dry.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:06 PM   #6
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Thanks with the fast responses

I'll check these places out, it's hard to reach them right now i'm guessing they must be pretty busy today.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:14 PM   #7
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If your gona put something heavy in the back, best thing to use are sand bags
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:17 PM   #8
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I actually went to home depot and got 4 of those 40 kilo saltbags
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:28 PM   #9
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salt is a good idea, just make sure you put them in better bags, the bags they come in eventually rip.
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:39 PM   #10
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adding weight will screw up the 50/50 balance. so if you car does spin, it wont be as relatively straight as it would be without the weight
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:20 PM   #11
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Change over to your winter tires and you will be ok. I'm on my all-season tires and I'm doing fine in the snow.. love the DSC.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:32 PM   #12
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I actually went to home depot and got 4 of those 40 kilo saltbags
^That's far too much bro, that kind of weight is likely to overwhelm the traction control and really throw off the cars balance/weight distribution, especially if the weight is placed rear of the axle, not too mention what it will do to your fuel economy.

My advice, find an open parking lot on a snowy day, and practice powering out of a slide, steering angles and getting used to DSC so you can anticipate wen it will engage.

Part of the beauty of a BMW is it will do some of the work for you.
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