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    Hi All, its getting to be that time of year again- and since I'm at that point where I don't exactly need new tires but, they're not really condusive to the snow that I'll be playing in, the question is- can anyone who regularly drives in snow recommend a brand or set of tire chains that they're happy with? We're "S" class also? Right? Thanks!
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    for a good safe tire chain I'd go with spider spikes they're a bit pricey but well worth the money. I don't have them myself because of the tire that I'm running on my D but my buddy has them for his car and they're simple to put on the only down side is for a 31"x10.5 tire they cost 370 but you don't have to spend 30 mins putting chains on. these you put on a disc on the outside of your rim it attaches on the lug nuts. you put the disc on before you leave for the snow and then when you need chains you get out put this circle around your tire and lock it down and that it 2 to 5 mins and you're down with both tires. here's the web site http://www.spikes-spiders.com hope this helps I don't trust the regular chains just because you don't know when they'll break and cause some damage.

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    Easy Chains

    Go Claws is a neat product and goes on in 3-5 min.

    http://www.flextrax.com/

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    Yeah, yeah, you're wondering how someone in Hawaii knows anything about tire chains.

    I don't have anything to compare them to but we have been using the Super Z LT chains from SCC Traction Products on our Suburbans up on the mountain.

    Here's link.
    http://www.scc-chain.com/Pages%20Tra...ss%20prod.html
    Here's installation link:
    http://www.scc-chain.com/Pages%20Tra...allation.html#

    The thing I've found is they're extremely easy to put on. You don't have to lay the chains out, drive the vehicle over them and then start wrestling to put them on. They seem to work on the icy 20% grade stuff that we have had to drive through on the recent storms. We're talking lots of packed snow and ice with winds blowing in the 60-70 mph range.

    Anyway, hope this helps, I know there are lots of choices out there. Hey, their web site even shows a D with their chains on.

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    I live in CA and drive to Tahoe regularly in the winter to ski.

    I have an ordinary set of chains for my 32x11.5x15 BFG mud/snow tires which cost about $60 and I have NEVER had to use them yet, even during a heavy snow storm. 4WD with snow tires and GOOD JUDGMENT will get you just about anywhere.

    You only have to put chains on a 4WD with snow tires in very rare "R3" conditions and, when those conditions occur, you'll be in a blizzard and, if you're dumb enough (or in a major emergency that requires you) to drive, you and the snow plow will probably be the only vehicles on the road.
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    Grant,
    Thanks for the help on that. I have been looking at SCC and probably will go that way
    SwingShift,
    I agree wholeheartedly with what you say. But we like to go up to the Sierras, Highway 50 to the Mormon Emigrant Trail. Its not a case of going someplace that I shouldn't be, but my tires-BFG AT's are at a stage that they don't need to be replaced, but to they're not going to do me much good to go play in the snow. I'd like to have a set of chains just in case.
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    I went with the radial chains from SCC.

    Since I run with 275/45/20s they were about my ONLY choice, and I had to special order them. I used them once in Yosemite last winter but that was about it. The rest of the time I'm okay with the 4x4.

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    Thanks for the info Mark- looks like I'll be going with SCC anyway, based on what you and Grant have said.
    Ease of use and installation? Any tips or tricks? Thanks Again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swingshiftworker
    I live in CA and drive to Tahoe regularly in the winter to ski.

    I have an ordinary set of chains for my 32x11.5x15 BFG mud/snow tires which cost about $60 and I have NEVER had to use them yet, even during a heavy snow storm. 4WD with snow tires and GOOD JUDGMENT will get you just about anywhere.

    You only have to put chains on a 4WD with snow tires in very rare "R3" conditions and, when those conditions occur, you'll be in a blizzard and, if you're dumb enough (or in a major emergency that requires you) to drive, you and the snow plow will probably be the only vehicles on the road.
    Aloha,

    Yes, I understand how four wheel drive can have a dramatic difference. However, when you're on ice or packed snow, it doesn't matter. Once the tires start to slip, 4x4 won't help.

    I agree, if you don't have to drive in that stuff it's a smart thing to avoid. However, there are times it's not avoidable.

    I for one needed chains to get to my destination on several occasions. I used to live in the L.A. area and had to drive hours to get to where I wanted. I carried chains just in case and got to road blocks where Caltrans required you to have chains to go on.

    Here in Hawaii, my life depends on it from time to time. 4x4 or not, it doesn't have to be blizzard condtions to get icy roads up here on Mauna Kea. It's just part of getting to and from work. So in my previous post, like I said, there are many options out there. I just know these that I recommended work very well, are easy to install and remove and aren't extremely expensive. I don't know how they compare to others except those basic "chains" that were historically dificult to install, drive a bit, then retension. Not to mention they often rattled and beat the fenders up.

    The way I see it, if they're easy to install and remove, we'd be more apt to use them "just in case".
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