Snow Chains

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derekw
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Snow Chains

Post by derekw » Tue May 30, 2017 11:30 pm

My XE R Sport has Templar wheels. 225/45R18 at the front and 245/40R18 rear. The user manual says that snow chains can only be fitted
to 225/45R18 wheels. Can my car have those wheels at the rear? or will it look unbalanced or damage to the car? Othrwise I'm keen to know if a low profile / small link chain might work on the 245 wheels? It's all a bit annoying since I had the 19" venoms taken off and swapped with the smaller 18" wheels with the understanding they would accommodate snow chains. Maybe I should just give up skiing!


derekw
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Re: Snow Chains

Post by derekw » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:40 am

I have done a bit more research and have come across 'Thule' K-Summit snow chains which don't wrap around the back of the tyre. I think these may work. Has anyone tried these ?


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Gambalunga
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Re: Snow Chains

Post by Gambalunga » Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:16 pm

I see that the THULE K-SUMMIT K33 chains would fit the 245/40 R18 tyres. How did you get on with these? Any update?

I was somewht astonished to read in the manual that snow chains can only be fitted to the 225/45 R18 tyres. In this part of the world certified winter tyres or carrying snow chains (which must be mounted in case of snow) is a legal obligation. On some nearby mountain passes you must have chains available even if winter tyres are fitted.

A nice little problem JLR :?
Peter
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Jaguar XE R-Sport 180PS Diesel AWD Auto MY18, Firenze Red, 18" Templar (Style 5029) wheels, electrically adjustable leather seats, navigator, and a few other little things.


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richmond
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Re: Snow Chains

Post by richmond » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:23 am

derekw wrote:
Tue May 30, 2017 11:30 pm
My XE R Sport has Templar wheels. 225/45R18 at the front and 245/40R18 rear. The user manual says that snow chains can only be fitted to 225/45R18 wheels. Can my car have those wheels at the rear? or will it look unbalanced or damage to the car? Othrwise I'm keen to know if a low profile / small link chain might work on the 245 wheels? It's all a bit annoying since I had the 19" venoms taken off and swapped with the smaller 18" wheels with the understanding they would accommodate snow chains. Maybe I should just give up skiing!
Derek, you should be asking your local Jaguar dealer for such important information. Even if someone on here says what you want to hear it may be incorrect and cause you much trouble and expense.

If I had to ski regularly or make trips through mountain passes in winter, even though Jaguars are excellent on winter tyres, I would get a second small AWD vehicle. :)
John
2016 XE Italian Racing Red Prestige 2.0i 200
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PhilB
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Re: Snow Chains

Post by PhilB » Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:12 pm

It's an old thread that was resurrected yesterday.
The original poster hasn't been online since his post on here in June.
Current: XE S 380, Storm grey Pics Black venoms/black pack, 18 ways, BSM, 40/20/40, ICTPro 380, parking pack, spare wheel.
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richmond
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Re: Snow Chains

Post by richmond » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:01 pm

I've been Gambalunga'd. :D
John
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Thorn
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Re: Snow Chains

Post by Thorn » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:09 pm

Way back in 1994, when I found out how bad my Merc C- Class was in snow, I called my dealer and asked about chains. The reply was that winter tyres and a paving slab in the boot would keep me mobile in most conditions. And so it proved. I boldly went where the front wheel drive boys couldn’t. I’ve had winter tyres on every car I’ve had since.
My dealer suggested that my XE will come with all seasons tyres. I hope it does, or I’ll have to spring for an extra set.


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Re: Snow Chains

Post by DangerousDan » Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:39 am

I have an XE 2.0 d RWD fitted with Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 tyres fitted. I live in a place where snow and ice on the road are a fact of life from December 1st until mid March. If you need more traction than they provide, you should stay where you are and wait for the storm to pass.

My wife has driven it out with 20 cm of fresh snow on the ground with no issue. Our drive is packed snow/ice and the car goes in and out just fine. My advice would be to not mess with chains. Put true winter tyres on and drive.


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