Section 06: Transportation
The Pisten Bully. However very few of them are street legal.
RTFM. Most manuals will tell you which tires to chain up. There is
no single correct answer to this question as 4WD systems vary. If you
don't have a manual then call the manufacturer and ask them.
Depends. Chains are probably more effective than cables but the limited
clearance between the tires and the wheel wells on some cars make chains
a non-option. In either case you should be careful that the traction
device is *tight* on the tire and do NOT exceed the manufacturer's
recommended top speed (unless you really like thrashing your wheel
wells to death).
Note: one person reports a problem with Security Chain Co. cable chains
equipped with a quick release. Apparently there is a strut member on
Honda Accords and some other Japanese cars that catches on the quick
release and causes the cable to come off. Apparently their "Whitestar"
model does not have this problem.
Whether you buy chains or cables you should practice installing them
at home where it's warm and dry. The middle of the night in the
middle of a snow-storm is NOT the time to start reading the
Note: the plastic traction devices are pretty much useless. Don't
waste your time or money.
This question usually will start a semi-religious argument between the
Thule lovers and the Yakima lovers. Suffice it to say that both the
Thule and the Yakima systems are fine, although somewhat expensive,
systems. The major difference between the two systems is that Thule
uses a square (rectangular) cross-section bar while Yakima uses a
round bar. Either system offers a wealth of attachment options ranging
from windsurfer racks to luggage nets. Either system is probably
going to lighten your wallet by well over $100.00 US.
By the way, Yakima racks are NOT made in Yakima Washington. Nor are
they manufactured in Eureka California. The Yakima production
facilities are in Arcata California (which is right next to Eureka).