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I remember riding with my Dad and one of his chains broke at about 35mph. It really messed up the wheel well and the side of the truck before he could stop; imagine a chain flail hitting the car 100 times. This was the 70's, quality may not have been as high, and also the chains got a lot of use, 40-50 miles at a time, sometimes 80-90, going over the pass from Eugene to Bend.

Moral of the story: get GOOD chains, check OFTEN that they are tight and secure and not falling apart, stop every 10-15 miles and inspect.
Yep, if you look under the van at all the stuff that would be destroyed by a broken chain you'd opt for snow tires or studs. In Ca., we have to carry chains in certain areas during certain times of the year. You can be ticketed even if the roads are dry so I guess the solution is to buy the best set you can find that will fit the van and carry them. If you have to use them, then the odds of a major, non covered damage is probably less likely. Make sure you remove them if you take it in for service.

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For emergency use only, cable chains are OK. They meet the requirement to "carry chains", and do actually work at slow speeds. If you actually want to USE chains, link chains are the best way to go. And then there are the Snow Claw type "chains", but I don't know if they actually work OR meet requirements to "carry chains".

The chains I have are great; low clearance, great traction, easy and fast to put on, and durable. They are even greaterer because I bought them unused at a thrift store years ago for $5. I used them on my Sprinter, and they fit the Transit tires as well.
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I just upgraded my tires to a larger size (245/70) and my chains don't fit anymore. They are THULE XG-12 PRO 245, located in Hillsboro, OR and available if anybody wants to buy em. They are really very easy to install and self tension. You throw them on, clip them together and drive off. I think they were $300 MSRP, i'll take best offer.
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When I signed papers on my new transit wagon, there was form we had to sign stating that we would not use tire chains. Anyone else?


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yes. i took it to mean i could use cables, not chains. i've been using cables on my honda fit and they have been fine, so will probably look for something similar for the van. i drive slowly in those conditions anyways. i always assumed that's why they had you put them on, to slow you down.

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When I signed papers on my new transit wagon, there was form we had to sign stating that we would not use tire chains. Anyone else?


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I'm curious as to any special conditions requiring you to sign this. The manual states that chains are OK so long as one doesn't exceed the speed rating of the chains or 30 mph, or something like that.

I had to put on the cable chains to get up and down the hills in my city one night. The van chewed them up and spit them out. One of them came off somewhere and the other wrapped around the axle.

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