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Old January 23rd, 2012, 11:06 AM
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Thule XB 16 Chains

I was wondering if anybody had feedback on these chains (Thule XB 16) as I am thinking of picking up a set - I've been looking at the Whitestar Alloys and RUD grips as well but there seems to be mixed thoughts on both.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 09:27 PM
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I don't have any experience with chains. I've lived in WA my whole life and have never put them on despite frequently travelling the pass when I was going to WSU. Looking at your location and the time you posted I imagine the icy roads in Seattle this morning got your attention as much as it got mine. I may need to look into chains as well. Or, a set of snow tires and wheels.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 11:29 PM
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Recent weather certainly helped get my attention... also been wanting to get up into the mountains to do some snowshoeing and thought it would be good to have a set in the truck.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 08:27 AM
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This is just for road use? Those type should be fine.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 10:38 AM
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Forest roads/ logging roads primarily, unless the passes get particularly ugly. Great shot for your avatar!
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Old January 24th, 2012, 10:42 AM
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I imagine the icy roads in Seattle this morning got your attention as much as it got mine. I may need to look into chains as well.
Huh? Where?
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Old January 24th, 2012, 11:24 AM
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I've used the same style chains on on all 4 wheels on my 110 while wheeling mountain trails in WVA. It is amazing the difference it makes in traction, even on side hills. My suggestion on making the decision on the brand you buy is look at the catches and imagine how well they will work packed with snow. Most good quality chains perform about the same but geting them on and off if you have to take your gloves off and lay in the snow can be a real pain.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 11:33 AM
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Very good point - I thought the catches on the Thule's looked a bit more substantial than the Ruds, but it is so hard to tell from the pictures... I'm frustrated that I can't find basic info on the chains (ie. total weight for a set based on tire size, gauge of chain...) Rud says it's link size is 5.5mm and Thule says theirs is a 16mm link... I can only assume they are measuring different things, as they don't appear to be 3 times the size.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 12:00 PM
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I just bought a pair of the SCC super Z6 for my wife's car. They fit and finish were great for the money ($47). And they worked great over this last storm

I was also looking at the Thule chains thinking they would be a better buy from a better company, but now i think ill be sticking with SCC and getting the whitestars keeping coin my my pocket
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