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Snow Chains for 19 inch wheels recommendations?

Hi guys. I have an AWD car with 19" wheels and while I have not 'yet' had a problem in snowy conditions, the current deluge of snow reminded me that I should keep a set of chains in the car just in case I need them, as I will be driving to the mountains this weekend.

Can anyone please recommend a good value set suitable for 19" wheels that don't cost the earth but are good enough quality to do the job once or twice a year?
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Re: Snow Chains for 19 inch wheels recommendations?

Assuming that you need them today and that you will not be the only one buying snow chains today, I would take whatever I could get.

How high do you need to go up?
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Assuming that you need them today and that you will not be the only one buying snow chains today, I would take whatever I could get.

How high do you need to go up?
I am off work today so I can go at a time when it's not "too" busy with shoppers.

I won't be going crazy high, maybe 800-1000m. To be honest it's not even 100% sure if we will still be going or not it all depends on how the weather and avalanche risks develop over the next 12 hours.

However I do want a pair of chains anyway for the winter so in addition to brick and mortar stores I will also take recommendations from online places that ship to CH just in case I can wait a few days.
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I am off work today so I can go at a time when it's not "too" busy with shoppers.

I won't be going crazy high, maybe 800-1000m. To be honest it's not even 100% sure if we will still be going or not it all depends on how the weather and avalanche risks develop over the next 12 hours.

However I do want a pair of chains anyway for the winter so in addition to brick and mortar stores I will also take recommendations from online places that ship to CH just in case I can wait a few days.
No idea on the snowchains, just ordered a pair of AutoSocks but I need the for February. I can tell by then how they worked.

About the avalanches, the SLF, the ones making the estimations: https://www.slf.ch/en/avalanche-bull...valanchedanger
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Re: Snow Chains for 19 inch wheels recommendations?

I got the Thule Easy Fit, maybe not the cheapest but I can confirm they go on super quick after a quick practice.
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set suitable for 19" wheels
The rim size is not so important. What matters is the tire size.
Also check your cars paper if you can mount chains on any tire size or if there are limitations. If you have too wide tires a mounted chain might damage the car.

Once you have the tire size and checked that you can mount chains (Do this as fast as you can) get what ever is still available. Today, chains will sell like hot cakes.
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No idea on the snowchains, just ordered a pair of AutoSocks but I need the for February. I can tell by then how they worked.
Thanks but I am looking for current recommendations on snow chains. Snow socks are not snow chains and I would not trust them in difficult conditions due to their inferior traction.

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The rim size is not so important. What matters is the tire size.
Also check your cars paper if you can mount chains on any tire size or if there are limitations. If you have too wide tires a mounted chain might damage the car.

Once you have the tire size and checked that you can mount chains (Do this as fast as you can) get what ever is still available. Today, chains will sell like hot cakes.
Thanks. I think I have 225/35 but I will triple-check!
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Thanks but I am looking for current recommendations on snow chains. Snow socks are not snow chains and I would not trust them in difficult conditions due to their inferior traction.


Thanks. I think I have 225/35 but I will triple-check!
225/35 R19

In that case you will have a very, very limited selection.

Galaxus has none available which fits this dimension.
Neither Coop Bau und Hobby.

No Michelin Easy Grip in this dimension
https://ch.michelin-lifestyle.com/en...grip-evolution

That seems to be AutoSock Size 645
http://mobilitykit.ch/shop/fr/home/3...ck-no-600.html
(AutoSock have approval as Snow Chains)
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Re: Snow Chains for 19 inch wheels recommendations?

The Migros usually have a good selection.
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Re: Snow Chains for 19 inch wheels recommendations?

Thanks guys. My trip tomorrow has been cancelled so I have a little more time to research without rushing out to buy anything. Better safe than sorry in these conditions.

I will update the thread with what model/type I order.

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225/35 R19

In that case you will have a very, very limited selection.

Galaxus has none available which fits this dimension.
Neither Coop Bau und Hobby.

No Michelin Easy Grip in this dimension
https://ch.michelin-lifestyle.com/en...grip-evolution

That seems to be AutoSock Size 645
http://mobilitykit.ch/shop/fr/home/3...ck-no-600.html
(AutoSock have approval as Snow Chains)
Yes that's what I feared, tyres are too big for accessories to be common. Next time I will get 18" wheels.
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Yes that's what I feared, tyres are too big for accessories to be common. Next time I will get 18" wheels.
The Problem is the /35 . Low profile tires as winter tires might look cool but are not for the cold
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Re: Snow Chains for 19 inch wheels recommendations?

I've got these:



https://www.polaire.eu/chaines_neige...1-10265-0.html

This was my reasoning:

With old-style chains, every year I practiced putting them on at the beginning of the season and it took ages to work out what went where - even with the instructions. This was in the comfort of a garage, with no snow and slush, no minus temperature, good lighting and so on.
On the side of the road, in the dark, with minus temperatures, possibly wet, cold and hungry kids in the back is something else entirely.

These ones are a piece of cake to put on - even in the night and so easy that there's nothing to remember. They fit over the tread of the tyre and not behind it so it's not such a mucky job.

They cost a bit more but when you are stuck, cursing at the side of the road in the dark, you'd wish you had paid a bit more.

Additionally, as they are so easy to put on, you're more likely to do it when you need to rather than when you wish you had put them on.
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Thanks but I am looking for current recommendations on snow chains. Snow socks are not snow chains and I would not trust them in difficult conditions due to their inferior traction.
My only worries are the 2-3 km between main roads and the places I go. And......not being that tourist that gets stuck in parking lots
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Re: Snow Chains for 19 inch wheels recommendations?

Speak to these guys, they seem to have quite a range including your size https://www.dachbox.ch/
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Yes that's what I feared, tyres are too big for accessories to be common. Next time I will get 18" wheels.

As was already mentioned, check your handbook for winter tyre sizes and whether chains can be fitted otherwise you run the risk of bodywork damage or other clearance issues. My winter wheels have a smaller diameter than my summer ones for this reason.
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Re: Snow Chains for 19 inch wheels recommendations?

I just drove up to our house on 1100m, via a small mountain road. It was quite easy with 4wd and no show chains.
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As was already mentioned, check your handbook for winter tyre sizes and whether chains can be fitted otherwise you run the risk of bodywork damage or other clearance issues. My winter wheels have a smaller diameter than my summer ones for this reason.
Yup will do, thanks Landers.
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Re: Snow Chains for 19 inch wheels recommendations?

Amazon.de has a huge range and delivery by mid-week.
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Re: Snow Chains for 19 inch wheels recommendations?

Can you easily get your hands & arms inside the wheel arch? If not fitting will be virtually impossible & the chains would also hit the bodywork.

If you need chains on a AWD / 4x4, you probably should not be on the road. When the Police insist on chains, stopping cars, AWD / 4x4's get waved through.
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