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      12-09-2014, 10:06 PM   #1
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ISSE Snow "Chains" - Thoughts?

Ok, so as many of us that have RWD know, snow is kind of a PITA. I drove in about 2-4" last season within the first week of owning the car (on worn RFTs), granted the manual transmission is a HUGE help with driving in snow, but I still am looking for some opinions on these types of "chains".

ECS has them on special for ~$99, and they can be driven on, even with some asphalt driving mixed in, upto 30Mph. This is good since most of these types of things are only designed to get you going, then slip em' off. Although, I wouldn't drive on them longer than I had to, i'm hoping some of you guys have had some experience with these to see how well they held up, and if there's any known issues.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E90-335...s/Snow_Chains/

Trust me, I know nothing will compare to picking up some good snow/winter tires, but i'm more concerned about being stuck somewhere when it snows, since I don't drive this car when it snows unless I absolutely have to. I've seen other brands out there too, any opinions, thoughts, or recommendations would be a huge help. Thanks
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Snow Socks are legal chains in WA State, so I imagine they actually work.
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Snow Socks are legal chains in WA State, so I imagine they actually work.
Hmm, the only thing kind of holding me back is that the might be tough to wedge my hands to the back side of the tire, fortunately i'm stock ride height, but it's still tight in there. Although they use a GTI in the video, so i'm sure it's a small gap than I have.
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Just for the hell of it: a tirerack technical article on snow chains.

http://www.tirerack.com/winter/tech/...sp?techid=128&
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I've been thinking about getting these as well just to keep in the trunk.

I only live about 3 miles from work, so I think they'd work well to just slowly drive home if I got caught in a snow storm at work.

I haven't been able to find many reviews from people that have actually used these.
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ECS has them on special for ~$99, and they can be driven on, even with some asphalt driving mixed in, upto 30Mph. This is good since most of these types of things are only designed to get you going, then slip em' off.
Ordinary SCC Super Z cables have pretty much the same characteristics. You can drive with them on, even over asphalt, up to 30mph. The "sock" will probably provide a much more comfortable ride over asphalt. So the question is: which one is a bigger PITA to install and take off?
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Ordinary SCC Super Z cables have pretty much the same characteristics. You can drive with them on, even over asphalt, up to 30mph. The "sock" will probably provide a much more comfortable ride over asphalt. So the question is: which one is a bigger PITA to install and take off?
That's where I'm hung up at
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snow chains are eh...

Snow tires would be a better decision..

You can now justify getting some nice summer wheels and tires, and then using your stock wheels and put snow tires on them.

2 years ago, I got (4) Bridgestone blizzaks on craigslist practically brand new for $300 bucks.
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I would go the "sock" route myself, since it's only for emergency use. I wouldn't want to mess with any kind of chain or cable.
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