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2016 Titanium 19" Tire cables

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This sucks I read in the manual you can't put chains or cables on any tire other than the 18" on the edge? Seems odd to me.

I don't do much snow driving but this time of year I may head up that way if I see there is a good window to get up there, but weather being what it is can change.

 

So what am I supposed to do if I am up in the mountains and it snows? I could just wait it out but if it's snowing a week and I got to get back to work what to use?

 

I see there are strap type avail that will loop around your rims with a plastic type pad. Anyone have any experience with those. There has to be something we can use on the 19" or even 20" tires that would work.

 

The other thought is an autosock style thoughts anyone or experiences.

 

 

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This may be a dumb question but if you have AWD do you need chains on all wheels or do you put them on front or rear? May not matter as I also have 19's.

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I've been driving in mountains through some pretty extreme winter conditions for a little over 30 years and have never put chains or cables on my tires. Good winter tires and careful driving is all you really need. Avoid any sudden maneuvers and go easy on the gas and brakes. AWD or 4x4 is nice to have, but don't assume it makes you invincible. I always see lots of SUVs off the road.

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The thing is in the sierra mountains region of California the highway patrol will sometimes require chains, and other times the require you to "carry chains" if that is the case then they won't let you go further with out them on or in the car, even with AWD or 4x4.

 

For me, I don't go up to the snow much so to invest or get a set of snow tires would be a waste of time and money for me.

 

I have read a few people's posts where they used the low clearance chains and been okay I think that is the main issue. My other thought was to get the autosock style it does pass for the chain requirements for the state. There are also some clip on types that I see on Amazon but not sure if I should trust the reviews or not, esp when they are just one sentence, those to me seem to be the ones most likely to be fake, and put on so they can get a 4 or 5 star rating on junk.

 

Tightanium here is a link for California requirements: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/ChainRequire.pdf

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The thing is in the sierra mountains region of California the highway patrol will sometimes require chains, and other times the require you to "carry chains" if that is the case then they won't let you go further with out them on or in the car, even with AWD or 4x4.

 

For me, I don't go up to the snow much so to invest or get a set of snow tires would be a waste of time and money for me.

 

I have read a few people's posts where they used the low clearance chains and been okay I think that is the main issue. My other thought was to get the autosock style it does pass for the chain requirements for the state. There are also some clip on types that I see on Amazon but not sure if I should trust the reviews or not, esp when they are just one sentence, those to me seem to be the ones most likely to be fake, and put on so they can get a 4 or 5 star rating on junk.

 

Tightanium here is a link for California requirements: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/ChainRequire.pdf

 

I live in the LA area and I bought a set of chains for my 16 sport last winter, but never ended up needing them. I still snowboard a few times a year, usually just go to Big Bear and they do often require chains in severe weather, regardless of your vehicle's drive system. According to the size chart, they will fit my wheels/tires. I would prefer to use the cable style ones instead, but couldn't get them last minute like I could the old fashioned chain style. If you look for some that will fit the 245/50-20 size, then there's a good chance they will also fit on the 265/40-21 set up. The problem is most stores have a no return policy on tire chains so you're kinda screwed if they don't fit, apart from unloading them @ a discount on eBay or something.

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that makes sense. I just wonder if I should just carry a set of chains and just know I would be taking my chances if I get stuck up there.

Usually don't go unless the weather is cooperating. I have driven in white out conditions and with chains on my other car before and it's a scary ride!

Hate driving in the snow either way.

 

Last time I was able to borrow my fathers 4x4 Lexus with snow tires and it blew through the mountains like there was no snow!

 

The auto stores have gotten wise to those who used top purchase the chains as a "just in case" then would return them after their trip. Forget when they decided to change the policy but I think they were tired of having to refund 100's of tire chains in the spring so they stopped taking them back.

 

I have seen these I thought maybe these could be a good option Optional tire chains the only thing is I don't see them on the "approved list" so they may say I can't use them or they do not qualify.

 

Anyway my main worry would be having to use them, the hwy is usually pretty clear though I know last year with all the snow and rain a lot of times they just had to close I-80 because they could not keep up with the snow fall. Then again not many were trying to get someplace with last years storms!

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I'm sure that's exactly why they have that policy, at least at any SoCal auto parts stores within a half a days drive of the ski resorts. Thats exactly why I know this, I was trying to find a place that I could return them if I didn't use them, no such luck. And guess what, I didn't need them. The all wheel drive with decent tires is totally fine unless its a blizzard with no plowing going on. Some walmarts allow returns on tire chains, found out afterwards. Their selection is rather limited though.

 

I didn't realize there where so many other types of designs for these, below that Amazon ad there's tons of other kinds, I bet if they look more like the "approved type" you could get away with it easily, how are they gona know. The design in the ad you posted has 3 circumferential grip pads that look way different than normal chains, but there appears to be other ones that look more like traditional chains/cables that I bet would totally work, even if not "approved". Plus I bet you could return them on amazon if you didn't use them.

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As it works out the forecast i was looking at is for New Years was planning on going up that way and it was showing possible snow that weekend now the forecast has changed. I may just order some of the alternative style but I have a feeling the CHP has seen it before.

There are some pull tie style ones that got bad reviews they were saying they broke off. I would think the ones with the seat belt straps might be a good option. I may just throw some chains in there just in case they do a mandatory carry requirement when I go up. I have only had to use chains twice both times it was just to travel about 10 miles. Even during the white out condition that was at night as well i drove without chains I was probably the last one out but even then driving through the pass at 10MPH sure pissed off a lot of truckers! Live an learn I guess.

 

Thanks for the tips I was thinking Walmart too, but I would have to order them and may not get in time. I have some old cables think they were for 20" will have to check

 

This would be about the only time I wish I had AWD. Honestly I drove an AWD rental one time and it seems to handle a bit different than the std front wheel drive it took me a few days to get used to driving it.

 

Anyway Roots like the red sport...nice pick! I liked the Red for the Titanium too but couldn't find one with the ceramic leather, only black. Nothing against the black leather but for me it was too much black and the ceramic looked sharper (not to mention my wife liked the ceramic too). I could have waited but I liked the Tricolor white too and the guy gave me a deal I could not pass up.

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I was torn between the black and the ruby red. Ultimately chose the red because of the pano moon roof, got mine @ the very end of 2016 so there weren't many left unless I wanted to move up to a 2017, but the incentives were nowhere near as good at the time. I would have opted for the lighter color interior myself, if it was an option for the Sport. Fortunately the cooled seats make up for the SoCal sun. Totally makes the black interior tolerable, a couple of minutes with the coolers on and all is well.

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