What 'easy on/off ' snow chains to buy for the PRIUS?

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  1. ski.dive

    ski.dive Active Member

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    I'm looking to buy an EASY ON & OFF set of 'front wheels only' snow chains.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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    I bought a pair of Autosocks three years ago. They have worked perfectly, it has not snowed wherever I am in all that time so they have given me full mobility.

    My umbrella does the same, whenever I carry it it does not rain.
     
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    cyberpriusII Prodigyplace says I'm Super Kris

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    Check out the first install video....

    Having said that == There is easy, and then there is what works well.

    You want maximum safety, you will have to compromise on easy -- but only a bit.

    There are lots of gadgets, spike spiders, socks, even spray-on stuff, but for real chains that really work, you will have to accept a bit of kneeling.

    The best, very best are diamond chains -- that is a design, not a brand. The firms of Peerless, Security Chain and Quality Chain all sell them and there are probably a few more.

    Diamonds will absolutely give you most stopping, starting and traction. And, they really don't take that much effort to mount. Try them in a warm garage to boost your confidence and make sure they fit.

    A bit easier to mount, but you give up a bit of traction is the diagonal cable design. Easier to fit than the diamond chains and still pretty darn effective.

    Here are links to videos on installation -- the first is more of a tongue-in-check vid, but it gets the idea across -- guys will love this vid.

    The second vid is straightforward serious.

    Diagonal cable install:


    Diamond install:


    I use chains every winter. Spent a week driving on them two weeks ago.

    Takes longer to take off the diamonds than to put them on -- and putting them on only takes about four or five minutes each.
     
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    cyberpriusII Prodigyplace says I'm Super Kris

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    Doesn't Belong in modifications....

    This topic is NOT a modification. I understand trying to organize and reduce clutter, but it fits best in main forum....
     
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