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    Snow Chains Options

    OK, first I live in California. We do not salt our roads and unless you live in the mountains, 99.99% of Californians only use a single set of tires for the whole year. I plan to go skiing soon and the California Highway Patrol does require you to use snow chains on the roads covered with snow. What our my options? I have seen the chains that Porsche offers and was wondering if anyone has used them. Do they work with 19" rims and does the gizmo that covers the rims actually work? With my other Porsches, I used plastic chains. Are those still available?

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    I have just come back from skiing in the french alps with my X5, which although an SUV runs 19" wheels with summer tyres and 285 width at the back. When I went to get snow chains I found that BMW doesn't recommend chains for use with them as there is too little clearance between the arches and the wheel.

    The answer is a product called Spikes Spiders. Now these are not cheap (around $500 to buy) but you should be able to hire them. As well as fitting on cars with very small clearance they have a major advantage over chains - they fit in seconds literally. While my friend (and eventually me as well) struggled with his chains the Spiders were out and on the car before I had a chance to even feel the cold.

    Oh and they worked perfectlty.

    http://www.spikes-spiders.com/

    Re: Snow Chains Options

    sample pics are on small tires and the grip supplied looks pretty lame - do they actually work?

    Re: Snow Chains Options

    you have to get the ones with the full chain and as I said I used them on my X5 which has 285 section tyres (tires) on 19" rims and they were fantastic. Plus I saw plenty of German cars on the roads in the ski resorts with the attachments to mount them on. In my experience German drivers are pretty demanding of their equipment and if its good enough for them - its good enough for me!

    Stone, as you're in the UK you can hire them from a company called The Roofbox Company (www.roofbox.co.uk) and they will courier them to you and arrange collection.

    ps I don't own or have anything to do with that company!!

     
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