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Old 08-29-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
pmraiders
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Default Alternative to traction chains/cables?

I got a solid no go from les schwab and the dealer on chains for my 2012 wrx hatch. In addition to the problems chains can cause with AWD there is a clearance issue. I am aware of the AWD concerns and an additional traction device would be used in a bind, not for miles on end. Are there any alternatives that I could use as an accessory to a good set of studless snow tires to get me out of a pinch?

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Old 08-30-2012, 04:16 AM   #2
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What does your manual say? I swear mine mentions something about chains and which axle to put them on if you had to use them...

snow tires, or a set of all-seasons, or bust. I've run all-seasons here in the greater Seattle area and BC with good success. There have been cases where a snow tire would have been handy, but those were in rare circumstances or me being careless.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:52 PM   #3
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Your 2012 wrx would not benefit from tire chains ever. Put some Blizzaks on there and treat your car as a snowmobile. Because it is an absolute machine in winter.
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:47 PM   #4
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Your 2012 wrx would not benefit from tire chains ever. Put some Blizzaks on there and treat your car as a snowmobile. Because it is an absolute machine in winter.
^^^ this by far as Washington or Oregon only require traction tires hence snow tires for awd or 4wd vehicles. If the roads r bad enough u need chains or wires u shouldn't be driving anyways just my. 02
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:39 PM   #5
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Your 2012 wrx would not benefit from tire chains ever. Put some Blizzaks on there and treat your car as a snowmobile. Because it is an absolute machine in winter.
This...again.

If you can't get around in dedicated snow tires you shouldn't be driving
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