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Tire Chains

Postby DaveJ - December 22nd, 2010, 9:35 am

Has anyone tried tire chains on their Escape? I'm thinking about buying a set for emergency use. My Escape has chrome clad wheels and I'm wondering if the chains will scratch/gauge the covers. Any chain recommendations? Thanks.
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Re: Tire Chains

Postby slavrenz - December 22nd, 2010, 10:11 am

DaveJ wrote:Has anyone tried tire chains on their Escape? I'm thinking about buying a set for emergency use. My Escape has chrome clad wheels and I'm wondering if the chains will scratch/gauge the covers. Any chain recommendations? Thanks.


I wouldn't bother with them. Do you get that much snow in NC?
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Re: Tire Chains

Postby DaveJ - December 22nd, 2010, 10:22 am

It would only be on rare occassions that I would use them. Around the mountains we do get snow and ice.
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Re: Tire Chains

Postby kmoose - December 22nd, 2010, 10:38 am

There is always a risk of scratching. That being said, most tire chains fit over the tire fairly well if adjusted properly. I am sure I saw some plastic coated chains somewhere - princess automotive maybe - but that would not work as well as the metal ones.

Why not just a set of dedicated winter tires and rims if it is a concern?

I have lived in a snowbelt and in the far north of Canada for a good chunk of my life. In northern Alberta the only guys that used snow chains were truckers and guys with 4x4 3/4 ton pickups headed out into the oil fields. 99.9% of the time if you need chains, you shouldn't be out - and if you HAVE to drive into snowy conditions on a regular basis I vote for a good set of snow tires (and winter rims). My local Ford dealer outside Toronto has a 16" BFG Winter Slalom package with FoMoCo steel rims (kinda fancy black ones) and sensors for about $1000. But so far my Cross terrains have been great in snow and on ice.
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Re: Tire Chains

Postby etrailer - December 22nd, 2010, 10:46 am

Thule makes some nice sets that were designed with all the low profile tire combos in mind. The really big wheels with thin tires you see on the luxury cars, Mercedes, Audi, BMW etc. They work well and are designed to not make contact with the rim other than the single lug.

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Re: Tire Chains

Postby DaveJ - December 22nd, 2010, 12:18 pm

Thanks guys. Those Thule chains look great and I'll look into them.

I don't expect to use them except for an emergency, which is why I'm not looking at snow tires. I don't want to drive around with snows all winter for 3-4 significant snowfalls per season. Where we live we have to go up a hill to get out of our develpment, and that's the concern. Once this winter I already couldn't make it up the hill. Fortuantely the snow plow came soon after.

I never had chains but it may be a good and inexpensive safety net for those oddball storms that we occassionally have.
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Re: Tire Chains

Postby kmoose - December 22nd, 2010, 5:38 pm

Those Thule chains look great. If you are in occasional need for them they could be a good option and appear to be easy on the rims. Of course, being Thule, they won't be cheap (but neither is refinishing a rim)
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Re: Tire Chains

Postby slavrenz - December 22nd, 2010, 6:58 pm

Try these:
http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/aut ... tosock.jsp?

They're probably a lot cheaper than the Thule chains, and they won't scratch your rims.
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Re: Tire Chains

Postby Domain - December 23rd, 2010, 8:25 am

slavrenz wrote:Try these:
http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/aut ... tosock.jsp?

They're probably a lot cheaper than the Thule chains, and they won't scratch your rims.


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NOTE: AutoSock is not considered a traction device in severe snow conditions and cannot be substituted for chains for travel through mountain passes.
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Re: Tire Chains

Postby SUVord - December 23rd, 2010, 8:50 am

I consider a set of chains in the trunk a good habbit for winter driving.It is a matter between getting stuck and making it.
In all my winter mountain drives I've only used them once and I consider they earned their money.
The soks are just soks.The Escape will benefit very little from them since it can tackle almost anything that the soks brag about.Plus the fact that they get worn badly to useless after a while.
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