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  1. #276
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregL View Post
    It's the tire bouncing off the compressed snow in the tire wells as the suspension works . . . I was getting it last week in Seattle with a ton of wet snow packed in my wheelwells. Usually in the mountains and colder temps it's not a problem.

    I also run 16 inch Hakka R3's . . .
    OK gotcha. I think we were confused by the ‘vibration’ term, since that normally refers to rotational vibrations, not clearance issues aka ‘rubbing’. I think this thread has discussed previously the 16” rims and snow tires many alltrack users run, but the OD of the tire and net clearance is the usually the same as stock (unless you downsize intentionally).

    Since these wheel wells are already plastic covered, I’m not sure what to suggest. Silicone spray in the morning like I do in my snowblower chute? Audis etc all generally have modest wheel well clearance to improve aerodynamics and aesthetics.

  2. #277
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    Quote Originally Posted by frorider View Post
    OK gotcha. I think we were confused by the ‘vibration’ term, since that normally refers to rotational vibrations, not clearance issues aka ‘rubbing’. I think this thread has discussed previously the 16” rims and snow tires many alltrack users run, but the OD of the tire and net clearance is the usually the same as stock (unless you downsize intentionally).
    I downsized intentionally and the speedometer is a bit optimistic, but there is more clearance.

  3. #278
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tele Iowa View Post
    Serious WTF question. Bought 2019 s based on recommendation from skiers here and on other sites. Replaced my awesome Volvo XC70 with 250k on it. But there is a problem. I live in Iowa so we don’t get near the snow that a lot of you get but if I get more than 3 inches of snow here, the wheel wells get completely packed in behind the wheels with snow. The whole damn car vibrates driving anything over 40 miles an hour. What are you guys doing for this problem. Are you running 16 inch snow tires? Are you using a pressure washer car wash every freaking day. This is driving me bonkers. The ice gets packed in there so good, it’s the size of a big book.
    We're running 16's with 215/60 R16 as well, but still get lots of ice pack up here. My wife drives it and most miles are on wet highway or soft/slush in town, with minimal melt while parked. It rubs a lot, but nothing too bad. I try to clear it with a few soft kicks, but it seems to work it's way out eventually. This is one of her biggest complaints about the car, but not a deal breaker.

    Also: she got sideswiped on a hit-and-run while skiing two weeks ago. Goddamn $1500 out of our pocket, but car should look pretty nice when done. People suck.

  4. #279
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    I never have learned how to fix the snow packing problem. I had it w/ my Audi 100, A4, and all my BMWís. Not the Allroad, though w/ the extra clearance. Garage (warmth), fixes it usually, but I smash at it w/ the snow scraper every time I stop for gas, etc. I was suggested PAM, but havenít used it, and donít want it on the brakes etc.
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  5. #280
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    Now that I think about it, the regular golf uses a smaller wheel diameter so that could be why I don't have the issue.

    You'd think the higher suspension would help but here we are.

  6. #281
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tortoise View Post
    Now that I think about it, the regular golf uses a smaller wheel diameter so that could be why I don't have the issue.

    You'd think the higher suspension would help but here we are.
    Yeah, I was curious when you said 15's. The 16's i got don't have much clearance against the brakes; I can't imagine a 15" fitting.

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