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Old 12-31-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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Snow Chains for Focus?

Anyone ever use snow chains on their focus? I don't use snow tires because I don't really need them in my area but I will be driving through an area that requires snow tires/or chains for a week or so. Apparently cps can pull you over and make you get towed if you don't have either


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Old 12-31-2013, 04:05 PM   #2
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Moved this to "Canadian Fanatics" as it seems you are asking a general question for people in that area. Most states in the US do not require you to use snow chains or studded tires. So I believe it would be in your best interest to ask the people that would definitely know.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:39 PM   #3
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chains /cables will shake the crap out of the front end of your car , just saying

I have never seen anyone in this area run them other than farm equipment

You may think you don't need snow tires but if you put a set on you would likely wonder why you had not sooner
Don't get sucked into high end snow tires , they are usually more of a ice compound than snow shedding
If you decide on tires look at Hercules Avalanche they are reasonably priced and work very well

I assume you are headed to Quebec , they made snow tires mandatory a couple years ago
Rumor is Ontario is considering making them mandatory as well
You may want to invest in tires now
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:09 PM   #4
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chains /cables will shake the crap out of the front end of your car , just saying

I have never seen anyone in this area run them other than farm equipment

You may think you don't need snow tires but if you put a set on you would likely wonder why you had not sooner
Don't get sucked into high end snow tires , they are usually more of a ice compound than snow shedding
If you decide on tires look at Hercules Avalanche they are reasonably priced and work very well

I assume you are headed to Quebec , they made snow tires mandatory a couple years ago
Rumor is Ontario is considering making them mandatory as well
You may want to invest in tires now
Heading to BC in mid April, but their snowtire/chain law is in effect until April 30th. I did the trip last year but there wasn't much snow, unlike this year.
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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Where in BC are you going to be?
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:56 PM   #6
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these may interest you , should fit your 08
if the tread is still good , I would offer $200
http://kitchener.kijiji.ca/c-cars-ve...AdIdZ555508049
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Don's from Ohio, he obviously doesn't know about chain laws in the passes out West - US included...

Can't see making that trip in the Winter without snow tires myself...

Back East it's hard to find chains or info. on them, If you decide to go that route you may need to purchase mail order (internet, catalog) or wait until you're closer to the area you'd need them in. I had to do that with my 18 wheeler one year I got out there and reached an area (Oregon to California) where they were checking for them...

FWIW - I wouldn't want to go over the passes without snows, but when the "Chain Law" is in effect it's often a good time to stop where you're at & wait for the road to be cleared. Each Pass is different, and weather certainly varies, this was just my experience with the passes in the U.S. Local knowledge & recommendations, along with the actual weather should rule decisions when you're out there.

Just my 2 cents, Winter weather in the mountains is nothing to fool with! Clothing that'll keep you warm even without a running car is another item not to forget, Prairie or Mountains - it's a different World than back here...

Have a good trip!
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:12 PM   #8
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these may interest you , should fit your 08
if the tread is still good , I would offer $200
http://kitchener.kijiji.ca/c-cars-ve...AdIdZ555508049
from the picture they look like they are BFG tires BTW
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Where in BC are you going to be?
Prince George area. I did the drive last year but I was mainly in southern BC and didn't need to be in PG until May, and on top of that Winter wasn't that bad compared to this year. Will be making the trip mid April so there's still a chance of a big storm by that time.
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these may interest you , should fit your 08
if the tread is still good , I would offer $200
http://kitchener.kijiji.ca/c-cars-ve...AdIdZ555508049
Nice offer, but I'm staying there until September and don't want to drive back in winter tires lol
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