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I have done some searching etc. but can not really find an answer. My mechanic says I can't really use chains on my tires-255-55-18- which are on a '02 rr-as they will rub or something and cables are the way to go.
Is this true? I have seen a few posts on here how people have used chains and seen no mention of it. Cables seem thinner and don't seem to last as long as chains, where chains are a bit thicker and will last a little longer I assume.
Just thinking of getting some in case we get a winter like this one here in Northern VA again (once I have them it will never snow much again).
Thank you in advance.
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Your mechanic is full of bull plop. I have used both on my 255/55 18s with no issue. Your question would be better answered by what kind of diriving you do. If you are strictly country roads or around town with little snow then if you MUST buy something just get cables. Chances are with good tyres your truck would do just fine anyway. If you are looking at off pavement or deeper accumulations then chains might be a better option. Chains might last longer depending on how you maintains them, speed and conditions. Usually chains are quite abit more expensive.
 

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In my 19yrs of driving for a living, I can say cables are all but useless IMHO.
There is no reason why true chains cannot be used, if installed correctly. I know Va gets some crappy weather, but I would imagine that a set of 16's with some good AT's will work just fine. Make sure they get good reviews in snow. Then just swap wheels/tires in winter time, and no need to crawl around on your hands and knees in the slush :thumb:
I have never had an issue with the Nitto's on the P38 in snow and ice.

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I put the Nitto's on 2 weeks back (then the front airbags needed to be replaced, so went back to the garage) and my wife is currently using the rover to get to work. One of the two roads to get to 66 still has some snow on it, 66 is only 4 miles away but there is about 800 yds uphill to traverse first, her BMW may not quite make it.
I was just thinking of getting something to play with mainly and our local roads didn't see a plow for 2 or 3 days after the recent snow storms here so just need a small back up really (mainly for the knowing I have them 'just' in case feeling). I am going to look into some local clubs to try more off road stuff for fun, I think there is one in West Va. somewhere (will look into it later today).
Anyway thank you for your advice and time.
Aynsley
 
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