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Old 02-19-2013, 01:13 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Just wondering...what car do you have?

Chains of course dont fit, but cables are pretty doable on lower cars. The best cable style is the diamond shaped style. That will give you the best traction. However if you have to ask if conditions are alright to even drive there with the projected snow it would seem you are not fully experienced or prepared enough to drive comfortably in it. If you aren't fully confident in you or your vehicle and the snow fall is as severe as you think my suggestion would be to take a shuttle or find a ride with someone experienced and with 4wd.
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I got chains for my 2008 Taurus. Cable ones, got them real tight, and they still ripped the shit out of my abs sensors. My buddy who replaced them told me there is barely any clearance between the abs wire and the tires. Only cost me $100 but still.
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I have been stopped in oregon and california with chain law in effect. They passed me with the M/S symbol... That is MOUNTAIN AND SNOW... and the 4x4. Said I was fine. Just get a truck like mine.... I was waiting on Avy control here in southern CO.
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I thought it was Mud and Snow.
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I thought it was Mud and Snow.
the M/S symbol is a little mountain with a snowflake on top of it.. that means they are snow rated tires usually with extensive sipping on the treat of the tire. usually they are predrilled for studs too.
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I also was under the impression that the m/s refers to mud and snow. This was a designation prior to the snowflake symbol becoming a standardized winter upgrade version of the same. Basically we had m/s tires already, and you can still get them without the the snowflake symbol, but the snowflake symbol is the shit u want.

Also fwiw, this year I got generic snowtires after having a "high performance" snowtire the last few($300vs$500), and I can tell you that the difference is significant, and I will be returning to premiums as fast as I can burnout the tread on these.

edit: to the OP: yes things can be 1000x worse than last time. Maritime snow can be very wet and under the pressure of your bald summer LA tires will get slicker than whale shit in an ice floe.
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Guess I never bothered looking at just m/s since I have always purchased oversized mud tires since I started driving. I upgraded this year to tires with the moutain/flake symbol to try it out. major difference in traction for sure.

I put studded hankook tires on my wifes little front wheel drive car this season too. That thing drives like its on rails through most conditions. Amazing difference.
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Guess I never bothered looking at just m/s since I have always purchased oversized mud tires since I started driving. I upgraded this year to tires with the moutain/flake symbol to try it out. major difference in traction for sure.

I put studded hankook tires on my wifes little front wheel drive car this season too. That thing drives like its on rails through most conditions. Amazing difference.
If I lived up there I'd throw studs on my lil fwd too for sure.
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So i'm from Vancouver and i've gotten to experience watching Californians drive in the snow twice now and it's a true spectacle. I'm going to go pro it next time.
Btu seriously Don't be fucking retarded.
If highway patrol says chains, put your fukcing chains on, buy them there or turn around. Im tired of other people wasting my time because they think they can get through with a rear wheel drive car/suv/truck because they're too cheap to buy chains.
If they say chains, there's usually a reason.

Rule #2 if you spin and out and block both lanes DO NOT DECIDE THAT"S A GOOD TIME TO PUT YOUR CHAINS ON. Move your fucking car out of the way first and then do it. Also if you're going to put your chains on, pull to the side of the damn road.

Alright so if you decide to get cables make sure they're tight enough or you're just goign to spin out even worse and break them. I would just buy the ones that tighten on their own, they're the best.

Seriously the most frustrating thing i've had to go through twice because people are stupid down here.
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