Inexpensive Tire Chains for Prius PHEV-11?

Discussion in 'Toyota Prius Family' started by xcel, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Wife and kids are headed up to Mammoth later this week with a lot of snow predicted. Anyone have any experience or recommendations for an inexpensive set of Class S Tire Chains?

    Laclede Passenger Link Tire Chains from Advanced Auto Parts for $49.99.

    Laclede Passenger Link Tire Chains from O'Reilly Auto Parts for $39.99.

    Wayne
     
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Purchased the O'Reilly ones of course. Will practice installing them and taking them off in the morning.

    Wayne
     
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Here are the Laclede Passenger Link Tire Chains on the Prius PHEV-11 for a trial install, block drive, and removal. Kids are heading up into the mountains for some snowboarding and skiing this afternoon.

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    Wayne
     
  4. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    Wayne,

    The chains look loose to me. Did they come with a tensioner. If not you may want to purchase one. I wouldn't think you would want to drive them that way. I can't tell for sure, but iIt looks like you have the hub caps on. You may want take them of to keep them from getting scratched. Just a suggestion.

    Also, how much did you pay. I need to get some also.
     
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jud:

    The tensioner is built in and they were a lot tighter than they looked. Kids got to Mammoth without needing them but have them just in case.

    See the links in the OP above for where to get them. You can pick them new off E-Bay for about $15 less.

    IHTHs?

    Wayne
     
  6. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    OK thanks, missed it in the OP
     
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jud:

    Cool. What we did is install them, drive a few feet, tighten them up, drive a few feet and tighten them up one more link. The pic is the first install.

    IHTHs?

    Wayne
     
  8. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    And by the way, those are not hub caps or wheel covers, but stock alloy wheels.

    Bill
     
  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Bill:

    Yup.

    Wayne
     
  10. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 2010 Prius (CAN Touring) Staff Member

    Mmm, stock 15" alloys without wheel covers. Wayne, I really like the looks of those. They're stock? Any more info?

    I really wish Toyota would use or at least offer those or something similar instead of the utilitarian black alloys and plastic covers on base Prius.
     
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2014
  11. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Mendel:

    All Prius PHEVs come with the 15" alloys as shown std.

    Wayne
     
  12. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 2010 Prius (CAN Touring) Staff Member

    Thanks Wayne.

    Yeah I looked a little more: in the States they have those nice alloys. In Canada looks like some sort of plastic wheel cover over utilitarian alloy, the usual. ;(
     
  13. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    Hi Mendel,

    Try not to feel so bad. The 2010 Prius III we had also had "regular" looking
    alloys with the plastic wheel cover. I don't think Canada is getting worse
    treatment. The cover adds to the aerodynamics and
    protection. I agree, though, that the PIP alloys look pretty good. I have on
    my dedicated winter wheels/tires now, and the wheels are more like the bare
    alloys on the 2010 Prius III. I bought the "15x6.5 Anzio Light Bright Sil" alloys
    and "195/65R-15 Continental ExtremeWinterContact XL" from the Tire Rack.

    Cheers,
    Bill
     
  14. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    I was concerned that the tire chains would do more damage than good.

    Thanks for doing the research and for the installation hints, Wayne. Now I
    know what's possible should the need arise.

    Cheers,
    Bill
     
  15. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 2010 Prius (CAN Touring) Staff Member

    Back on topic: are chains mandatory in some mountain passes? Or are they just a snow tire sub, ie: if you're typically driving bare road, don't want snows, then chains are a temporary thing.

    (Don't get out much, lol.)
     
  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Mendel:

    Only in some of the California Mountains where my son and his GF were heading. Mammoth. Not sure about other states.

    Wayne
     

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