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  • Cherohala Skyway Drive

    Finally got around to doing this drive in the C8 and of course it rained.

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    Still fun of course, but did you know Chevy still hasn't heard of rain sensing wipers? Only manual twisting of the interval settings.

    This car is as expensive as a well optioned SUV or sedan so why not use the appropriate tech they have?

    Apart from fiddling with the wiper settings as conditions changed around every corner, it handled with confidence and stability. It really has impressive cornering prowess, which is handy in case you get in a little deep. Which can happen as you are distracted playing with the wiper interval settings!
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    As to driving Cherohala Skyway Drive, what a fantastic place to drive a Corvette and see great scenery.

    I have had rain sensing wipers on two vehicles and quickly “disconnected” that option. Living in Oregon with so many constantly changing rain patterns, in my personal opinion it was a complete PIA, needing more adjustment than having to do so myself without it. So for me, less weight, less cost, and less negatives than having rain sensing.

    But clearly not everyone agrees with my thinking...
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      It's definitely one of the things I miss as I haven't had a car without rain sense for years. Living in Florida we always have rain coming and going. However with all of the other positive aspects of the C8 I will get used to it. Not a deal breaker for sure. However if they do incorporate one in the future, they should use the ones in the Caddy's CTS-V and ATS-V as they work perfectly.
      Rocket City Florida

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      • #4
        Cherohala Skyway is a great ride. Hopefully you were also able to continue on and drive the Tail of the Dragon also. I live about 30 minutes away and try to make that loop several times a year. My HTC is coming the end of this month and I can’t wait to take it there.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by John View Post
          I have had rain sensing wipers on two vehicles and quickly “disconnected” that option. Living in Oregon with so many constantly changing rain patterns, in my personal opinion it was a complete PIA, needing more adjustment than having to do so myself without it. So for me, less weight, less cost, and less negatives than having rain sensing
          I agree 100%...they are a major PIA.

          Also, Tadge has mentioned several times that they purposely leave some of the technology off of these great cars in order to help retain at least some of the total driver connected experience that many of us prefer.
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            Originally posted by TNRunner View Post
            Cherohala Skyway is a great ride. Hopefully you were also able to continue on and drive the Tail of the Dragon also. I live about 30 minutes away and try to make that loop several times a year. My HTC is coming the end of this month and I can’t wait to take it there.
            Post your pics when you get the car. Denizen and I are also located in the area
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            • #7
              Originally posted by George View Post

              I agree 100%...they are a major PIA.

              Also, Tadge has mentioned several times that they purposely leave some of the technology off of these great cars in order to help retain at least some of the total driver connected experience that many of us prefer.
              I suppose Tadge will be putting a rotary dial am/fm radio on the Z06 then. That' a really driver connected experience!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Denizen View Post

                I suppose Tadge will be putting a rotary dial am/fm radio on the Z06 then. That' a really driver connected experience!
                Please take that stuff to the other forum where it belongs!
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                '77 Black L82 / 4SPD
                '78 Silver Anniversary L82 / 4SPD
                '13 White/Blue Diamond 427 60th roadster - favorite late model
                '14 Black Z51 Coupe
                '15 Shark Grey Z51 Coupe
                '20 ... Zeus Bronze Coupe, 2LT, GT2 seats, Natural two tone, Body color accents, Pewter wheels

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                • #9
                  The Cherohala Skyway Drive is one of my very favorites rides of all time. The Tail of the Dragon is too tight to be much fun you can't get going before hard braking for the next Conner. Got pulled over by NC Highway Patrol, he was very nice even though I passed him on the double yellow at about 85 or 90. He said what are you doing up here from Texas and I said just enjoying the beautiful scenery and great roads. He said don't you know it's against the law to pass on the double yellow? So quick thinking I used the Clinton defense and said it is? He let me go with just a warning and said to be carful and keep the speed down. I thought I was going to Jail for sure. But my age always helps they are always shocked when I pull my Helmet off and they see how old I am. They don't know I started riding in 1965.

                  Sorry for the long story but the Cherohala Skyway is one Great Road and North Carolina Highway Patrol are alright in my book.

                  Thanks,
                  Lee

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Denizen View Post
                    Still fun of course, but did you know Chevy still hasn't heard of rain sensing wipers? Only manual twisting of the interval settings.

                    This car is as expensive as a well optioned SUV or sedan so why not use the appropriate tech they have?

                    Apart from fiddling with the wiper settings as conditions changed around every corner, it handled with confidence and stability. It really has impressive cornering prowess, which is handy in case you get in a little deep. Which can happen as you are distracted playing with the wiper interval settings!
                    Don’t drive in the rain, problem solved! (That’s what I do).
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                    • #11
                      Or get the glass ceramic coated and it beads off as you drive. I have some of my cars done and it works great.

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