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Re: Lowered and chains => cables (long) (archive)

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Posted by Mike O on December 15, 2000 at 14:57:28:

In Reply to: Skiing question....Damn enter key again..2nd try posted by RussianBoy on December 15, 2000 at 01:19:16:

Check local laws, but most states now allow cables in lieu of old style chains when chains are required. These are used by the highway patrol and ambulances in CA ans AZ. They are very good stainless cables with roll crimps.

Cost more than chains.
Harder to find.
Not authorized everywhere yet.

Require only about 3/8 inch clearance.
Do not 'swing' like chains (due to less weight).
Do FAR LESS damage to your tires.
Weigh about 1/4 of chains, take 2/3 storage space.
Higher speed rating.
Manufactured for performance tires (wide).
Rated to be about 90% as effective as standard link chains.

YMMV, but I ran these on my lowered 911 at speeds up to 60 mph (no flames about speeding in snow, it was more of a test). Mine were given to me, so I don't know where to get these. If there is interest, I can dig them out and look for mfg info. I would ask the local highway patrol for sources when checking local legality.

94 540 74K happy Nik

i like to go skiing this winter too....but the car is lowered. All the cars are required to put chains on the wheelswhen the snow is too high. this thing stops me from taking my car to the mountains....Has anyone put the chains on the lowered car???

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