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Tire Snow Chains?    (Score: 1, Normal) 10-29-2015 21:30
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I'm taking the family out in January to Colorado for a ski trip, and I'm making the 20-hour drive in my good 'ol TSX Sport Wagon. While most of the drive involves hundreds of miles through now harvested and brown corn fields, upon reaching Summit County, I'd like to be prepared for the worst the mountain passes have to offer. I'm still riding on moderately worn OEM Michelin Pilot MXM4s -- a tire I can't wait to replace but am budgeting for later. So, my thought is to purchase some tire chains/cords on the front tires rather than splurging on new winter treads... Does anyone have any experience and/or advice on chain types, brands, implementation?
Hondatalover
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Re: Tire Snow Chains?    (Score: 1, Normal) 10-29-2015 23:29
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Why not all fours? With just the front, the rear has less traction and will give you a similar effect if you had the E brake on and the rear wheels under crates but less exaggerated.
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Re: Tire Snow Chains?    (Score: 1, Normal) 10-30-2015 02:58
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6Speeds wrote:
While most of the drive involves hundreds of miles through now harvested and brown corn fields

....probably something with AWD

6Speeds
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Re: Tire Snow Chains?    (Score: 1, Normal) 10-30-2015 09:14
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I'm not opposed to utilizing all four tires -- I just have no experience with them.
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Re: Tire Snow Chains?    (Score: 1, Normal) 10-30-2015 17:06
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6Speeds wrote:
I'm taking the family out in January to Colorado for a ski trip, and I'm making the 20-hour drive in my good 'ol TSX Sport Wagon. While most of the drive involves hundreds of miles through now harvested and brown corn fields, upon reaching Summit County, I'd like to be prepared for the worst the mountain passes have to offer. I'm still riding on moderately worn OEM Michelin Pilot MXM4s -- a tire I can't wait to replace but am budgeting for later. So, my thought is to purchase some tire chains/cords on the front tires rather than splurging on new winter treads... Does anyone have any experience and/or advice on chain types, brands, implementation?


I used to live in Denver a long time ago. Snow in such dry country is not an issue. The snow is very light.

Just make sure you got good tires. Worst of it, just get a set of cable chains for the front. For sure, if your tires are worn, you should replace them!

I used to drive my Scirocco all the time on the snow with no issues.


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Re: Tire Snow Chains?    (Score: 1, Normal) 10-30-2015 17:13
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6Speeds wrote:
I'm taking the family out in January to Colorado for a ski trip, and I'm making the 20-hour drive in my good 'ol TSX Sport Wagon. While most of the drive involves hundreds of miles through now harvested and brown corn fields, upon reaching Summit County, I'd like to be prepared for the worst the mountain passes have to offer. I'm still riding on moderately worn OEM Michelin Pilot MXM4s -- a tire I can't wait to replace but am budgeting for later. So, my thought is to purchase some tire chains/cords on the front tires rather than splurging on new winter treads... Does anyone have any experience and/or advice on chain types, brands, implementation?


I used to live in Denver a long time ago. Snow in such dry country is not an issue. The snow is very light.

Just make sure you got good tires. Worst of it, just get a set of cable chains for the front. For sure, if your tires are worn, you should replace them!

I used to drive my Scirocco all the time on the snow with no issues.




BTW, I've driven FWD Hondas on pure road ice.... just slow down, don't act suddenly and go with the flow... slowly.

If you stick to major roads you'll find out that they are plowed and sanded. The only time I ever ran into a bad snow blizzard was in '81 with my Vega (*) and I had the chains on. The CHP escorted my off the freeway as they closed it down.

So, pretty much, if you pay attention, in this day and age you will not be surprised by a blizzard and you ought to drive only when you can do so. IMHO, if you need to put chains in your car in a long or pleasure trip then you are not thinking.

Motels rooms are great places to wait out the blizzards and the "chains required" situations. Usually by the next day all is cleared. Just make sure to take a cooler of food and drinks with you.


(*) It was a four speed GT, 1970.



6Speeds
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Re: Tire Snow Chains?    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-06-2015 09:43
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I'm well adept to driving FWD Hondas and Acuras in the snowy Midwest for the 20+ years I've been driving them. They've always performed well.

I just hate the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 tread that was a standard tire for Acura for most of the last decade. They still have more than 50% of tread life in them, and they're fine for normal conditions. I just have my doubts on any snowy mountain passes. I don't want to end up like James Caan in Misery!

Thanks for the input everyone.


 
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