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I'm looking to get either chains or snow socks for my q7 for the winter when the snow gets here which are best and why looking for pros and cons to both.

 

I believe

 

Socks are smaller and lighter easier to fit

 

Chains stronger and can be used in mud as well as snow

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I won't be using any on my 4x4 :P

 

 

Serves you right for getting an audi with 22" rims and road slick :rolleyes:

 

 

Joking aside socks wear out, chains dont so much. Also snow socks are only good in snow, at least with chains they dig into the ice and grip

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Never used chains but I have used the socks for the last 2 years.

 

They work fantastic on ice, I slid backwards down a road (solid ice) to a shoot all 4 wheels locked, I put the socks on and drove straight up no problems.

I used them to get up the farm lane every day when it snowed last year, they are very easy to put on.

 

They have limitations though, they are designed to get you home or get you from bad side roads to treated main roads. Mine have lasted 2 years because I drive slow with them on (15 mph) and take them straight off when conditions allow, abuse them and they will be wrecked in one day.

 

They are simple to put on, easy to carry in the car with no risk of damage to the car if you don't put them on right, I am not going to get into the debate which is better, but for the price and ease of use for my **** in snow rear wheel drive car I cannot recommend them highly enough.

 

But don't think you can just leave them on and travel 30+ mph on treated roads they will not last but you also should not do that with snow chains either.

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I won't be using any on my 4x4 :P

 

 

Serves you right for getting an audi with 22" rims and road slick :rolleyes:

 

 

Joking aside socks wear out, chains dont so much. Also snow socks are only good in snow, at least with chains they dig into the ice and grip

 

They are only 21" rims :P

 

Snow chains, a good pair will last you a good while.

 

or by a proper 4x4 :lol:

 

Proper 4X4 it may not be and so I was told last week on a driven day but when I pulled a Landy 110 up a muddy hill he was stuck on the criticism stopped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'll admit now the land was only stuck because his gear linkage broke and it was stuck in 4th still got him most places. Q7 suits my need and the wife wouldn't let me get a Range Rover or Disco.

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How much money do you want to spend? :hmm: Snow socks = £50-70 DECENT chains (that won't break everytime you drive on thin/no snow) = £200-400 :sly:

 

For the conditions local to me - large snow ice patches, not constant thick covering for miles and miles, snow socks are the only way to go :good:

 

Mark

Edited by Breastman

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What about General Grabber UHP's ?

 

Can't find any bigger enough I need 295 35 21 Audi only do the winter tyres in 255 55 18 and new wheels are expensive there are other aftermarket rims but all are very costly.

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Unlucky :P I can get a new set of these for £1200 ……..which I am really tempted to do next year as my black alloys are a little faded as they're 13 years old now

 

 

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Thats about the price of one audi rim :rolleyes:

 

Thats £1200 for the alloys and grabber AT2's ;)

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With the proximity of the brake lines and abs sensors to the wheel, there's no way I'd fit cheap chains to the vehicle. Consequences of the tensioner or clips breaking would be a disaster.

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The at2 is not a winter tyre in most sizes, and they are **** on ice compared to proper winter tyres, so it's irrelevant really.

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I'm more interested in the alloys really, I'd put BFG's on instead and sell the grabbers

 

If I want proper winter tyres I'll buy Nokians

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Chains for me ,

can use them in snow and mud if need that extra bit of grip, :yes: :yes:

and fitted in less than 5 mins and no rotating the wheels to fit.

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Whilst it will initially cost you more I'd try to locate some steel wheels that fit and use snow tyres. That way you can swap them on for the occasional bit of snow and ice we get for a couple of months a year - and it saves your alloys from the occasional kerb strike.

 

If you have never driven with snow tyres be ready to be astounded at the difference in grip and predicability. That I absolutely promise you! When you factor in the decreased likelyhood of a minor crumple you will be quids in. If your partner drives the car with the kids etc the extra piece of mind is immeasurable.

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snow socks got them for £40 have not used them yet but what i hear is all good, just dont go silly with them on, like someone already said. i had them all summer in my car just incase lol, u would not even know they where there.

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my 40yr old beetle does fine.....

 

can you not get a cheap set of steel wheels and have some snow tyres on those? whats the stud spacing on the audi?

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