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Thule Tire Chains for the Toyota Prius, 2011

Thule Tire Chains

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Code:   TH02230K23

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Thule Tire Chains - TH02230K23

Because they are designed to ride solely on your vehicle's tire tread, these chains are the perfect solution for cars with limited wheel-well clearance. Chains automatically tighten and align as you drive for the simplest installation possible.

Features:

  • Patented self-centering, self-tensioning system
    • Fastest, easiest installation of any Thule chains
      • Place chain on top of tire, attach to wheel nut or bolt and drive off - chains tighten and center on the tire as the wheels spin
  • Exclusive steel tensioning springs create a perfect fit, even on worn tires
  • External quick-release system for fast removal
  • Exceptional grip on snow and ice
    • Dual-sided, D-shape links for increased traction
    • Icebreaker reinforcements help bust apart ice beneath the tires
  • High-quality manganese nickel alloy steel construction is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Plastic traction plates are durable and flexible to accommodate different temperatures
    • Rivets help to protect plates from wear and allow for increased traction
    • Sturdy arms can be folded for compact storage
    • Strong materials and special geometric design ensure that no slipping occurs
  • Chains sit on tire treads only, leaving alloy wheels untouched
  • Painted, non-tread sections won't freeze your fingers like standard, unfinished metal chains
  • Compatible with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESP or ESC) systems
  • Mounting instructions, nylon storage bag and lug nut adapters (17 mm and 19 mm) included
    • 21-mm Lug nut adapters (TH0223021MM - sold separately) and 22-mm lug nut adapters (TH0223022MM - sold separately) available
  • Made in Italy


Specs:

  • Application: 14" - 18" tires (for exact sizes, see below)
  • Attaches to 17 mm and 19 mm sized lug nuts/bolts
    • 21 mm attachment adapter is available
  • Quantity: 2 tire chains
  • Internal clearance required: 0 mm
  • 5-Year warranty


Form meets function in Thule's K-Summit tire chains. Unlike typical snow chains, the K-Summit chains require no attachments behind the wheel. Simply place two of the traction plates on top of the tire and fasten the K-Summit to the wheel's lug nut or bolt with the easy-to-use fixing key. Activate the chain's ratcheting mechanism and you'll be ready to roll. As you drive away, the traction plates clamp onto the tire surface, and the chain adjusts to conform to the tire perfectly, providing a precise fit even on worn tires. After use, fold up the tire chains and store them in the compact, reusable carrying case.


The K-Summit delivers an extremely user-friendly design. Each chain sits on top of your tire's treads instead of wrapping around the entire wheel. This design not only eliminates the threat of scratches to your wheels, but it also ensures that there is no interference with any suspension or braking components on the inside of the wheel well.


Thule snow chains are handmade in Italy of hardened manganese-nickel alloy steel for durability. The reduced-clearance, D-shape links provide superior traction for excellent grip on snow and ice. The durable plastic traction plates have metal studs to give you superior grip while also providing a high level of driving comfort.


K-Summit Installation

How to Install the K-Summit Snow Chain:

  1. Lay 2 of the chains traction plates on top of the tire.
  2. Attach chain to 1 wheel nut.
  3. Activate the ratchet, which tightens as you drive away.

K-Summit Lug Nut Adapter

Lug Nut Adapter

Attach the lug nut adapter that matches your wheel bolt size to the fixing key. The most commonly used adapters are included with your K-Summit snow chains. (etrailer.com's custom fitguide will indicate whether your vehicle requires an adapter that is sold separately.) The fixing key then mounts to the wheel bolt on the end where the adapter has been affixed. The other end attaches to the K-Summit base, which includes the ratcheting mechanism that tensions the chains as you drive.



How to Choose Snow Chains for Your Vehicle

To choose the right snow chains, you must match your tire size. Those measurements can be found on the side of your tire, as shown below.

Tire size on sidewall

185/60-15

  1. (185) - indicates the width
  2. (60) - gives you the aspect ratio (sidewall height as percentage of width)
  3. (15) - denotes the diameter of the wheel expressed in inches




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These chains fit the following tire sizes:

  • 175/75-15
  • 175/80-14
  • 185/70-15
  • 185/75-14
  • 195/60-16
  • 195/65-15
  • 195/80-13
  • 205/45-18
  • 205/50-17
  • 205/50-17K
  • 205/55-16
  • 205/55-16K
  • 205/70-14
  • 205/75-13
  • 215/35-19
  • 215/40-18
  • 215/55-16
  • 215/60-15
  • 215/65-14
  • 225/30-20
  • 225/35-19
  • 225/40-18
  • 225/40-18K
  • 225/45-17
  • 225/50-16
  • 235/45-17
  • 235/50-16
  • 235/55-15
  • 235/60-14
  • 245/30-19
  • 255/30-19
  • 255/35-18
  • 255/40-17
  • 265/30-19
  • 265/35-18
  • 265/40-17
  • 295/30-18










Customer Reviews

Thule Premium Self-Tensioning Snow Tire Chains - Diamond Pattern - D Link - K-Summit - Size K23 - TH02230K23

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating3.5 out of 5 stars   (2 Customer Reviews)

Because they are designed to ride solely on your vehicle's tire tread, these chains are the perfect solution for cars with limited wheel-well clearance. Chains automatically tighten and align as you drive for the simplest installation possible.


- TH02230K44

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Carlos03/02/2011

Review from a similar Thule K-Summit Self-Adjusting Snow Tire Chains


After having a hard time figuring out how to assembly it due to lack of written instructions along with the illustration, I was able to mount them with technical help from the manufacurer engineering dept. I am very unsure if I made a good choice in purchasing this product. I was led by the marketing of easiness of installation. Now I realize that if one link on the chain breaks, the whole chain safety is compromise whereas in a standard cheaper model (+- $40) you can just remove one link across the tire and replace it easily. According to Tech. dept. from Thule if on single linkin this chain breaks you can use an emmergency link tighted with plier, but the chain needs to be mailed back to Thurle for repair or replacement. This is a hassle for such a high priced, premium, "ahead of time design". Sure the idea is good, but needs improvement. The same design that makes it easy of use, renders it useless in case of a broken link. I have not driven with them on snow, but I already see its flaw and I am unsure if I made a wise investment. It came with one year warranty, but you get the hassle of having to return them for replacement while you go to Pep Boys and buy a cheaper reliable cable chain while the white elephant is in the shop. What if it breaks after the one year warranty? Waht happened to your U$ 405 plus shipping investment that should bring you peace of mind? These are a few thought I want to share with you. Have a great day. 8216






- TH02230K45

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Sherri12/23/2013

Review from a similar Thule K-Summit Self-Adjusting Snow Tire Chains


These chains fit like a glove on my 2014 Mustang. Although the price is high, they are well worth it! 110953




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Expert Answers about Thule Premium Self-Tensioning Snow Tire Chains - Diamond Pattern - D Link - K-Summit - Size K23 - TH02230K23Do you have a question about this Tire Chains?


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  • I would recommend the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, part # PW1038, which are SAE Class S tire chains. You will also want to use Glacier Rubber Adjusters for Class S Snow Chains, part # PW100 as tensioners for part # PW1038. You will want to mount the snow chains on the powered drive wheels of your vehicle, on your TL you will mount the snow chains on the 2 front wheels. I have linked 2 FAQ Articles on snow chains, one of which outlines the snow chain laws for each state. I have...
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  • The Thule K-Summit - Size K23 Self-adjusting Snow Tire Chains, # TH02230K23, is two tire chains. When using tire chains you will want to use on all four tires to get the maximum traction with your vehicle. If you only use two chains you will want to install them on the drive wheels of your vehicle. On a 4-wheel drive vehicle they would go on the back and for vehicles with all wheel drive (AWD) they normally would go on the front. I am sending a link to the FAQ page on Thule Tire...
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  • Will the Thule K-Summit Tire Chains Fit a 2006 Volvo S60 R with 18 Inch Wheels
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  • Will the Thule K-Summit K23 Tire Chains Fit a 2007 Toyota Corolla S with 196/65R15 Tires
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  • Which Snow Chains for a 2010 Mazda 3
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  • Snow Tire Chain Recommendations for a 2006 Hyundai Tiburon GT
  • I was able to locate an online copy of the owners manual for a 2006 Hyundai Tiburon and found the tire chain information section. According to the manual for tire size 205/55R16 or 215/45R17 the maximum chain thickness cannot exceed 0.39 inches (10mm). For a 205/55R16, you can use Thule CG9 Self-Adjusting, Low-Profile Snow Tire Chains, # TH00023090 or # TH00023097. Both of these have a 9mm clearance. For chains right at 10 mm, you can use Self-tensioning Snow Tire Chains, # TH00204090....
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  • Adjusting Thule Premium Self-adjusting Snow Tire Chains, # TH02230K23 For Proper Tire Fit
  • You are correct. On the Premium Self-adjusting Snow Tire Chains, # TH02230K23, there are several adjustment screws with a yellow ring on them. If the supplemental instructions indicated a -2 for your tire size that means that 2 of those adjustment screws will need to be removed in order for the chains to fit properly. I have included a link to a video review of these chains, a link to our Thule tire chain FAQ article, and a link to our general tire chain FAQ article for reference.
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  • Which Tire Chains will Fit a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle
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  • Installing Thule K-Summit Snow Chains on a Toyota Prius
  • Installing the Thule K-Summit snow chains could not be easier. The vehicle does not need to be jacked or lifted in any way, and no lug nuts need to be removed. Installation involves simply draping the chains around the tire, attaching the sleeve and bolt over one of the lug nuts and ratcheting the chains into place. The chains will center themselves as you drive. We have an excellent video that outlines all of these steps, you can view it by clicking the link I have provided.
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  • Will Thule Snow Chains Part # TH00204090 Work for a 2001 Mercedes C200 Kompressor from Europe
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  • Will Thule K-Summit Self-Tensioning Tire Chains # TH02230K23 Fit 235/45/R17 Tires on 2000 BMW 540i
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  • How to Determine if there is Clearance to Use Tire Chains on a 2009 Volvo S40 with 205/50-17 TIres
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  • Thule K-Summit Tire Chain Availability for Tire Size 265/35R18
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  • Snow Tire Chains for a Chrysler PT Cruiser
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