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Old 10-18-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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I'd like to go to Mammoth next month and maybe Tahoe on December; then local the rest of the winter season. I don't think my tires will be ideal for the snow condition there. I got BFG g-force(less than 3 mos old) and I don't really want to shell out $460(firestone brand/shipping/install) for a new set of snow tires! So, what's the best snow chain out there?
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none...never...ever.

Chains and quattro don't mix.
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If they are the all season version of the g-force, then no problem.

If you bought the summer version of the g-force then winter driving is not a good idea and you should invest in snow tires or all seasons at the minimum.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:58 PM   #4
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Audi sells chain sets. I'm not sure if/how it impacts the awd system, but you can buy chains through your nearest audi dealer's parts dept.
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why no chains on the allroad?
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I've been told by many techs and indys.....chains a quattro don't mix. Diameters, slippage, etc. A Much better choice is stuuded snows or good snows like a Nokian.
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If they are the all season version of the g-force, then no problem.

If you bought the summer version of the g-force then winter driving is not a good idea and you should invest in snow tires or all seasons at the minimum.
Thanks for your responses, guys!!!
Yep, the AR came with the almost brand new set of summer tires when I got em. Hey GARY of tirerack- any discount for audiworld members? Darn! It looks like my metallic racing stripes will be for next year's project. I've had it done on my wife's miata and it looks awesome!
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So since we do not get a LOT of snow here in SoCal, I've decided to buy all-season tires and carry along the chains(for show-to the very kind CHP Officer):-( It will be my first winter trip to Mammoth Lakes and Tahoe.I hope these all-season tires will be good enough. What do ya think Mammoth skiers and snowboarders?? I don't really want to swap tires twice a year and spend $120 for the install.
We'll be there for a week. We usually go to Mt High, Sierra Meadows, or Big Bear.
Anyway, I am now selling my current BFG tires..see classified section pls.
Happy allroading everyone
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Please check this out !!

They are made by MICHELIN.


http://www.tuningarea.com/accesorios...lin-easy-grip/


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keep in mind..if you do this..you need 4..one for each wheel
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I just want to ask this question. Need the answers. Thanks.
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:48 AM   #12
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keep in mind..if you do this..you need 4..one for each wheel
Well,the wife got upset(it's ok--she makes more $$ than me, LOL!), because I wanted to buy the new tires b4 selling the BFG. If I could not sell 'em, I'll take my chance with these four snow chains(http://www.tirechain.com/P225-55R-17.htm). Besides although the BFG are summer tires, they still have a lot of rubber tread. My bro-in-law says that traffic in Mammoth city is around 30mph anyways. I think w/ that speed I should be okay running around with chains.
Anybody there who ran fairly new summer tires last Nov/Dec.in Mammoth?
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Holy cow! Stealership wants $500+ for the chains.
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No way I would run summer tires in Nov/Dec in New England, so I'd probably say the same for your area. Even if the ground was dry the potential for unexpected snow, rain or ice would leave you completely screwed. You could easily find yourself stuck because not enough snow for chains, but too much for the summer tires.
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The manual says not with stock wheels too.
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keep in mind..if you do this..you need 4..one for each wheel

Not true Paul
The allroad manual says "Snow chains should only be installed on the rear wheels, never on the front wheels.".
I use the SCC Super Z6 chains on my all season tires with the twin spoke 17" rims. They work great and there is no rubbing or contact.
Here is the link for the 225/55/17 size: http://www.vulcantire.com/cgi-bin/ch...=chainz6_c.htm
Only $70 for the pair with gloves and a carrying case.
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I'll take my chance with these four snow chains(http://www.tirechain.com/P225-55R-17.htm).
Probably wont work. You need a chain that is designed for low clearance situations because of the tight fit of the air ride components under the fender. These chains from SCC require only 6.3mm (1/4") of clearance to operate.
link: http://www.vulcantire.com/cgi-bin/ch...=chainz6_c.htm
BTW, you only need the chains on the rear wheels per owners manual.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:01 AM   #18
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you might want to take alook at this discussion on chains by the allroad braintrust.

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Like I said., my info was from my tech and dealer in NY. We don't see chains that much here. My sources said that quattrro and chains are not great together.
Personally, I don't know as I've never had to use them.

Check the link I posted above and see what the other allroaders think.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:02 PM   #20
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I'd like to comment on this. Snow chains sound like an excellent alternative to snow tires. However, they are a huge PITA. First you have to deal with what chains go on what rims and putting them only on the rear. Additionally, chains rarely make it on the tire. By the time you need chains it's snowing like crazy, cold, and you're probably stuck in traffic.

If you consider snow tires you have the benefit of excellent traction all the time without getting out of the car and, on all four tires with stock rims. Not only that, snow tires are really "mud and snow tires". They are great for camping or light off-roading. I had chains for my Jetta and they never once made it on the car. I put snow tires on the allroad and the piece of mind is worth every inconvenience and cost of switching tires twice a year.
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