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    Been a few mentions of these on here,

    I looked into them but stopped when I realised they were 75 quid a shot.


    Just found this..................


    http://www.newcarnet.co.uk/Vauxhall_news.html?id=10916


    There are not too many hills near me but I think i'll treat myself and keep them in the boot just in case.

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    I found some for £49.99 - every size apart from push chair size lol was sold out !!

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    Wow... I like the sound of these. I try to head to the snow in Victoria every year and am pretty sick of snow chains. Any idea how long they last?

    Not to mention chains will probably start scrubbing guards with the lowered and bigger wheels.
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    I think they are meant to be for emergency use only m8, as opposed to using them to drive for hundreds of miles. I have also read they are limited to about 30 mph.

    The RAC over here are using them to help stranded motorists at the moment as they are easily fitted and removed again.

    Been down to drop my car of at my local dealer today for new thermostat.

    I asked the parts dept to confirm the price for these, I will post up later

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    Apparently invented by vauxhall. interestin eh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exclusive BV View Post
    Been a few mentions of these on here,

    I looked into them but stopped when I realised they were 75 quid a shot.


    Just found this..................


    http://www.newcarnet.co.uk/Vauxhall_news.html?id=10916


    There are not too many hills near me but I think i'll treat myself and keep them in the boot just in case.
    There Autosocks mate. Vauxhall are one of three authorised Autosock dealers in the country.

    Eurocarparts sell Goodyears version at the same price.


    EDIT: just checked and there £54
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    notice it says for use on dry snow ? what happens if you hit some slush ??

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    As Vauxhall now stock these I ordered some which arrived yesterday (sods law). Havent had a chance to try them myself but my next door neighbour had them fitted to his rear wheel drive Lexus and it made a massive difference. They cant be used on slush/tarmac, purely on snow, speed limitation is 50Km/ph and the down side of them is that they will eventually wear out. They arent a buy once and last a lifetime thing. Obviously the more you drive on sluch etc. the quicker they will wear out.

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    I got a set a few weeks ago as an emergency "get me home" accessory for my fiancee if she gets snowed in at work. We did a test fit and drive in some fresh snow over ice the other day and they will certainly give you enough traction to get you unstuck and on your way until you reach a gritted road where you should take them off. Treat them like chains and dont drive them on tarmac and they should last years.

    Although they are much simpler to fit than chains, they werent all that easy to put on our signum with 19" rims and the lower design suspension. The trouble is reaching the back edge of the tyre around the top half of the wheel where the gap is narrow to stretch the elastic over. Sarah found it easyer than me with her smaller thin arms, where as I just had to ram my arms in to reach. Still only takes a minute to fit once youve had a couple of practise goes, but if your on similar wheels and lowered anymore than say a set of eibachs, your gonna strugle.

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    Excellent item. Worked a treat this morning to get out of our iced up driveway driveway. The only thing was getting my hands dirty (ah) putting my hand between the wheel and arch. A pair of rubber gloves are now in the boot for the next time.

    Dave

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