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This is a call out to the former BMW or other modern rear wheel drive car guys on this forum that live in snow country, have driven their former cars on modern ice / snow tires. How will your SRT8 fair compared to your former ride ?

I am concerned about folks on this forum saying its easy to spin the rear wheels with the ESP on ??? Loss of traction on snow or ice is the kiss of death. Tell me the system doesn't let this happen. I live in an area where
the topography is NEVER flat. Steep hills and sharp winding roads is my daily commute to the office from home.

I plan on picking up a set of used 300C 18" chrome wheels and putting ice/snow tires on them for my 3-4 months of fun driving.
 

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I had the pleasure of sitting next to Dan Knott (Head Engineer for SRT) during a lunch at a Viper club officers meeting in Detroit in January. This was in the middle of a blizzard with below 0 temps in Detroit. The conversation shifted from Vipers to the SRT8, he said he was driving an SRT8 at the time and he had a bit of a steep driveway. He said the all seasons went right up it no problem. He also said the Goodyear high performance tires did a good job in the rain.
 

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GTS Lee

Thanks for the reply and vote of confidence regarding winter abilities
with the ESP system. It's an important modern day issue that makes the trend from front wheel drive autos to the more traditional rear wheel drive
much more viable for the public.

I recall in my early days behind the wheel and growing up in Buffalo, NY

My rear wheel drive car (64 Falcon) had bias belted big cleated snow tires, no ESP, air bags, padded dash, shoulder seat belt, etc. yet I got around just fine. I learned on a 2-1/2 ton '72 Lincoln with 'all season' radials in those
lovely winters up there.

Still, after driving my 5 series with its dynamic stability system and (4) winter
tires for the past 5 years, I wouldn't want to be without the modern technology that assists the driver in controlling their auto. Glad to hear
your report. Any way Don Knott could have a few more SRT8's made and get them delivered to dealers soon ? I've been waiting since April.

thanks
 

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Mopar Time? said:
I plan on picking up a set of used 300C 18" chrome wheels and putting ice/snow tires on them for my 3-4 months of fun driving.
Your friends in the GWN share your concern. Do you know for a fact that the 300C rims will clear the Brembo's? I read posts by those who speculated that they wouldn't.
 

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Your friends in the GWN share your concern. Do you know for a fact that the 300C rims will clear the Brembo's? I read posts by those who speculated that they wouldn't.
THEY WON'T FIT. ALSO THE WHEELS ARE A DIFFERENT OFFSET ON AN SRT 8 FROM WHAT I HAVE HEARD.

SEE PREV. POSTS.
 

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How do we go about finding something that will fit? I'm looking for a place to start.

Thanks,
 

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Some of the aftermarket wheel makers will build you wheels to the factory specs. You could consider getting a nice set of aftermarket wheels for the 8 and using the stock wheels as the snow tires. Otherwise, I think we will have a tad bit of a wait until some of the aftermarket steps up with wheel solutions for us.

Todd
 

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Some one needs to put the rumors to bed and pull a wheel off of their
SRT8 and toss an 18" chrome 300C wheel on and see if it clears the brakes.

Are the Brembo brakes really that much bigger ? An 18" wheel is a good size
wheel that should be able to surround these brakes.

The offset needs to be reviewed as well.

Any one up to clarifying this ? :sly:
 

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I know on My V, the 3 season Goodyears are just that. Even with all the traction contols in the world on it, it cannot make it go foreward. Even with just a thin coating, the goodyears will not go in the snow> A couple of V owners bought Blizzacks (sp) and a cheap set of wheels and they said it helped a TON, so I am willing to bet the stock all season tire will do the trick.

The F1's are the best tire I have ever used in the rain, the problem is they only last 6-10k miles.
 
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