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Best Snow Chains for 2015 Transit?

Has anybody installed and driven with snow chains on their Transit? Does anybody have specific recommendations? Snow chains are required to be carried when driving through the mountains in CA.
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Hi pjtezza,

I don't have my transit yet, still on order waiting build date, but I've used Auto-Trac snow chains on both my Chevy Avalanche 2wd and also on my Kia Soul FWD in Colorado snow and they work pretty good. Best of all they're easy on/off unlike conventional chains even if you're already stuck on in snow/ice as long as you're not too buried. They're also S rated for limited clearance.

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Hi pjtezza,

I don't have my transit yet, still on order waiting build date, but I've used Auto-Trac snow chains on both my Chevy Avalanche 2wd and also on my Kia Soul FWD in Colorado snow and they work pretty good. Best of all they're easy on/off unlike conventional chains even if you're already stuck on in snow/ice as long as you're not too buried. They're also S rated for limited clearance.

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S Rated and easy on/off sounds great - thanks for the tip. I'm going to order a set next time I'm sitting in front of the computer and know my tire size. Good luck with your Transit Order.
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I have these great REAL chains, not cables, that go on in less than a minute each. They are a diamond pattern, sold under several different brand names. Having grown up with chains, I REALLY like that they are so easy to install. Alpine Premier, Diamond Back, Les Schwab Quick Fit Diamond or Sport LT, etc they are all the same thing.

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I have to admit that I miss Les Schwab, out here in Tennessee. I grew up in Eugene, and was wondering just the other day if they still offer Free Beef with a set of tires. I just got a set of tires at Discount tire, and while they do hustle a bit like the boys at Les', I could have been reaching into that chest freezer and getting my dinner for tonight!

I guess it wouldn't go over the same here in the south.

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I have to admit that I miss Les Schwab, out here in Tennessee. I grew up in Eugene, and was wondering just the other day if they still offer Free Beef with a set of tires. I just got a set of tires at Discount tire, and while they do hustle a bit like the boys at Les', I could have been reaching into that chest freezer and getting my dinner for tonight!

I guess it wouldn't go over the same here in the south.
Ha! I remember those promotions! Les was a family friend, and he owned a large ranch outside of Prineville. Guess where all that beef came from?!

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I would stay away from any straight patterns. Basically like paddles and much harsher ride especially in the small tire diameter. The second main reason is if in a corner or sliding they will guide you off the roadways.

If small chainlink get a diamond patter and if cable get a Z shape.

Quality brand chains are great and sold at most retailers throughout the US with a good product. If you plan to drive long distances or want to go past 25 to 30 mph I would pay extra and get emergency vertical level chains in cable Z like the ultra high Z to get better life and durability. When you need chains you don't want to risk having them break down or apart on you. They make a diamond pattern chain too rated for emergency vertical use.

If you want them for off-road or ice get real chain chains with V-bar for extra bite. The regular chains in ice or really hard pack tend to slip. Clearance could be a real issue without modifying the clearance.
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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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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 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.

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