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Old 11-17-2012, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by dunderhi View Post
Modern chains take up very little space and have options such as mounting from the outside only, so no strut issues possible. If you need to downsize, then all-season tires will still give you superior performance the 75-90 days it doesn't snow. Another option are snow socks which are compatible with all staggered all-season set-ups.
Nothing but full-on chains or cables are legal in most states. Snow sock, Spyders, etc are not legal in WA state when the chain sign is up. I've tried my cables onto my SP on the rear: they don't fit.

Frankly, Seattle (where the OP is) is an ideal place for Summer Performance or Snows, as performance tires work in our fall and spring quite well: they're usually as good or better in the rain as all-seasons. And I guarantee that a performance all-season (say the Michelin Pilot A/S) is not as good as a PS2 or PSS on dry roads.
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