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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-17-2015, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Trailhawk Snow Chains

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I don't drive much in the snow but I am planning to head up to the mountains this winter. I know the Trailhawk is not supposed to have snow chains since they will rub, but we are often required to carry chains.

Any recomendations on what chains I should buy knowing that I will probably never use them and they will just stay in my trunk? I guess there is the possibility that I may have to put them on sometime, so the ones that rub the least would be best (and no I don't want to pay $500 for those special chains that will fit any tire. Cheap is best).

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The problem with chains is they will rip up your suspension because there isn't enough clearances between the tire and struts. Very costly.


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So you want to buy chains you can't use? I would suggest, rather than buying chains you can't use, you invest in a set of severe snow rated tires (they have a snowflake in a mountain symbol on the sidewall), if you're truly worried. Those type of tires are exempt from needing chains, as they have sufficient traction in very deep snow.

That being said, the AT tires on the TH should be up to the task for all but the most extreme cases.
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Sorry I can't find it, but there was a great article about tire types, chains et al. I had Winter Sport 3D which is basically a step down from studs (I do live in California) and they would get me places most higher clearance vehicles would spin. I did carry random "chains" as the law requires it. But the law doesn't say chains that fit properly

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Yes. I don't plan to use the chains. The law requires that you carry chains but typically you do not have to use them with a 4 wheel drive (except in the most severe conditions, when I would rather park and wait for the storm to end rather than drive).

My goal is not to drive with chains or with snow tires, just to have them to adhere to the law. However, if I have to buy chains, I would like to get the ones that are least likely to do any damage (so, for example, cable chains rather than thick chain type chains).

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Thule makes snow "chains" but if I remember well they where more lile strings.... Maybe they are more compact in size to avoid rubbing? Look them up.

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Here you go! http://www.thule.com/en-us/ca/produc...ns/snow-chains

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These are accepted as a snow chain alternative by WADOT. Go figure.
http://www.autosock.com/en/

There are various "spider" devices like the K-Summit linked by davidevo50, but they are exceptionally expensive.
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Yes. I don't plan to use the chains. The law requires that you carry chains but typically you do not have to use them with a 4 wheel drive (except in the most severe conditions, when I would rather park and wait for the storm to end rather than drive).

My goal is not to drive with chains or with snow tires, just to have them to adhere to the law. However, if I have to buy chains, I would like to get the ones that are least likely to do any damage (so, for example, cable chains rather than thick chain type chains).
We had to carry chains for several different vehicles because of Oregon's chain laws. We always got them from here::

http://www.vulcantire.com/cgi-bin/chainsearch.cgi
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Okay I am thinking of getting these chains:

Super Z6, SZ135 chains size SZ435
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I believe these are the right size for my tires (P245 / 65R17 OWL All Terrain Tires), and they require only 6mm (1/4") of sidewall clearance to operate, though they still probably don't have enough room to fit on the Trailhawk they should make me legally compliant in California.

I do wonder though if they will fit if I don't turn the wheels too far. Any thoughts?

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