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Old 12-07-2003, 07:37 PM
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Tire Chains on an X5

I am looking to pick up an X5 soon...but I drive to ski quite a bit and may be required to chain up.

Anyone ever put chains on an X5? Can it be done with the sport package/18" rims without damaging anything?

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Old 12-07-2003, 08:02 PM
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I am looking to pick up an X5 soon...but I drive to ski quite a bit and may be required to chain up.

Anyone ever put chains on an X5? Can it be done with the sport package/18" rims without damaging anything?

Thanks,
Eric
I'm buying a set of "chains" for our X5 this month (our X5 did fine in the snow without them, but the State of California requires chains on many roads - regardless of AWD - when it is snowing).

The best I've found (and I had them for my '97 4Runner) is the "Z-Chain" line by Security Chain Company. It isn't really a chain, but a steel cable that is "low profile" (won't damage the vehicle) and fits snugly. They also ride pretty smoothly. They have an informative website:

http://www.scc-chain.com/

For our X5 (3.0 without Sport Package), this is what fits:

Z-Chain Lt - ZL 671
Super Z LT - ZT 729

They really are the best.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:11 AM
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Thanks...these look great...we have the same law here in WA so I need to get a set too. I will also ask the dealer what they recommend.

I have been using Weissenfels chains on my last 2 trucks, which self-tension and hook on in no-time. They are excellent quality as well.

Has anyone ever driven an X5 with chains on?
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Old 12-08-2003, 03:35 PM
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Great info - thanks for the link Emission.
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Old 12-08-2003, 03:41 PM
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Personally, I like the Super Z LT, as they have the rubber tensioners/tighteners. You put them on, and never have to worry about them again.
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Old 12-08-2003, 03:49 PM
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Personally, I like the Super Z LT, as they have the rubber tensioners/tighteners. You put them on, and never have to worry about them again.
I'll have to take a look at them. I just need something to put on my Xi when I'm at the bottom of my driveway and don't feel like walking the 700ft up-hill to my house. When I get up to the top, they'll come off.

Watched my neighbor stuck this weekend on his driveway with his 4x4 truck w/snow tires. I would have been toast!
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Old 12-29-2003, 09:53 AM
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I just got a set of Super Z LT's at Pep Boys for $80. Not a bad price.

I bought an extra set of tensioners for an additional $10.
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Old 01-05-2004, 09:42 AM
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A pic of my chains when I tried them on. I went to the snow over the weekend, and the X5 did so well... I didn't need them!
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Old 01-14-2004, 02:45 AM
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For serious chains go there

Hi, I am from Austria and the chains we are using are kind of real stuff.

The dimensions are 235/65-17.

Have a good slide (without chains and DSC)
Tom

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Old 01-14-2004, 06:12 PM
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Hi, I am from Austria and the chains we are using are kind of real stuff.

The dimensions are 235/65-17.

Have a good slide (without chains and DSC)
Tom

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Wow, those are some serious chains. I think mine are more suited for ice than deep snow!
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Old 01-15-2004, 10:30 AM
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Those are just like the ones I ended up getting. The one thing I have been told to be careful of is that the cable type chains are more prone to break, and that is when the major damage occurs. The guy at the tire store where I got mine said that as long as they are S class rated the link style ones should be OK.

Too bad BMW doesn't make a set for their cars...I noticed that Porsche makes chain link style ones for the Cayenne in a 255/55/R18 size, and they are very low clearence. Probably cost a fortune though...
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Old 10-14-2006, 11:32 AM
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Hi, I am from Austria and the chains we are using are kind of real stuff.

The dimensions are 235/65-17.

Have a good slide (without chains and DSC)
Tom

www.pewag.at
Has anyone actually had experience with these snow chains?
http://www.pewag.at/kataloge/Snow_ch...matik_SMX.html

Curious how they compare to SCC Chains
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Old 10-18-2006, 09:09 PM
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We use them frequently here in Austria.
To go over the high passes in Winter they are usefull for the descent.
To handle the masses.
I put them on the front tires.
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