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Thule Snow Tire Chains

Custom Fit Tire Chains

Thule Snow Chains

Thule excels at making tire chains that are not only highly functional, but that are full of features as well. Designed and manufactured in Italy, these chains are real-world tested to provide you with both performance and ease of use.


Sizing of Thule Tire Chains

Most Thule chains have a part number designation in the title that denotes the size of the link. This is important when you are trying to determine whether or not the chains will fit your car based on the internal clearance that is required. Some vehicles have a minimal amount of space between the rear (or inside) of your tire and certain components in your wheel well.


The number in this title - the 12 of CB12, for example - denotes the overall width of each chain link in millimeters.


To learn more about required clearance, see our Snow Chain Comparison and Overview article.






Thule CB12 Tire Chains

Thule CB12 Tire Chains

An entry-level chain for Thule, the CB12 line is sturdy, durable and relatively simple to install.


Construction

  • Manganese nickel alloy steel is strong, durable and corrosion resistant
  • D-shaped links offer good traction in snow and ice
    • Relatively smooth ride with rounded link edges
  • Diamond pattern provides great tire coverage for increased chain-to-road contact
    • Excellent traction and stopping power when driving forward and when making turns


Thule CB12 Installation

Installation

  1. Spread the chain out around the tire and hook the plastic-covered, yellow and blue cable together.
  2. Connect the red hook to the red loop on the side chain and move the cable portion of the chain over the top and around to the back of the tire.
  3. Thread the tension chain (A) through the stop device (B). Then pass the chain through the shortening hook (C) and - using the rubber tensioner - hook the chain to a link in the side chain (D).
  4. Drive forward and stop to check the tension on the chains. To tighten them, pull the tension chain taut through the stop device and shortening hook and then hook it onto a link in the side chain farther out than the one you hooked it to initially. See E in the above diagram.

To see a video demonstration of the installation process for these tire chains, see our Tire Chains Installation and Review Videos page.





Thule CD10 Tire Chains

Thule CD10 Tire Chains

These chains are almost identical to the CB12 line, but unlike the CB12 chains, they offer rim protection.


Construction

  • Manganese nickel alloy steel is strong, durable and corrosion resistant
  • D-shaped links offer good traction in snow and ice
    • Relatively smooth ride with rounded link edges
  • Diamond pattern provides great tire coverage for increased chain-to-road contact
    • Excellent traction and stopping power when driving forward and when making turns
  • Nylon anti-scratch buttons provide protection for rims


Thule CD10 Installation

Installation

  1. Spread the chain out around the tire and hook the plastic-covered, yellow and blue cable together.
  2. Connect the red hook to the red loop on the side chain and move the cable portion of the chain over the top and around to the back of the tire.
  3. Thread the tension chain (A) through the stop device (B). Then pass the chain through the shortening hook (C) and - using the rubber tensioner - hook the chain to a link in the side chain (D).
  4. Drive forward and stop to check the tension on the chains. To tighten them, pull the tension chain taut through the stop device and shortening hook and then hook it onto a link in the side chain farther out than the one you hooked it to initially. See E in the above diagram.

To see a video demonstration of the installation process for these tire chains, see our Tire Chains Installation and Review Videos page.






Thule CG9 Tire Chains

Thule CG9 Tire Chains

Thule's CG9 chains are one of the easiest and fastest to install. They feature a patented self-centering, self-tensioning design that keeps you from having to stop and check the tension repeatedly during installation.


Construction

  • Manganese nickel alloy steel is strong, durable and corrosion resistant
  • D-shaped links offer good traction in snow and ice
    • Relatively smooth ride with rounded link edges
  • Diamond pattern provides great tire coverage for increased chain-to-road contact
    • Excellent traction and stopping power when driving forward and when making turns
  • Nylon anti-scratch buttons provide protection for rims


Thule CG9 Installation

Installation

  1. Spread the chain around the back of the tire.
  2. Connect the plastic-covered, yellow and blue cable on the back side of the tire.
  3. Pull the chain over the top and around the tire. Connect the red hook to the red loop.
  4. Make the last connection by running the red loop through the buckle and then to the red hook attached to the tensioning cable.
  5. Simply drive forward to activate the patented self-centering, auto-tensioning system to ensure a perfect fit.

To see a video demonstration of the installation process for these tire chains, see our Tire Chains Installation and Review Videos page.






Thule CL10 Tire Chains

Thule CL10 Tire Chains

The CL10 tire chains have all the same great features of the CG9 chains, and the same simple method of installation. The only difference, aside from the clearance, is that the CL10 chains have integrated icebreakers to help bust up the ice beneath your tires as you drive over it.


Construction

  • Manganese nickel alloy steel is strong, durable and corrosion resistant
  • D-shaped links offer good traction in snow and ice
    • Relatively smooth ride with rounded link edges
  • Integrated ice spikes help bust up ice beneath tires for superior traction
  • Diamond pattern provides great tire coverage for increased chain-to-road contact
    • Excellent traction and stopping power when driving forward and when making turns
  • Nylon anti-scratch buttons provide protection for rims


Thule CL10 Installation

Installation

  1. Spread the chain around the back of the tire.
  2. Connect the plastic-covered, yellow and blue cable on the back side of the tire.
  3. Pull the chain over the top and around the tire. Connect the red hook to the red loop.
  4. Make the last connection by running the red loop through the buckle and then to the red hook attached to the tensioning cable.
  5. Simply drive forward to activate the patented self-centering, auto-tensioning system to ensure a perfect fit.

To see a video demonstration of the installation process for these tire chains, see our Tire Chains Installation and Review Videos page.






Thule CS10 Tire Chains

Thule CS10 Tire Chains

The CS10 chains are very similar to the CL10 chains with one large exception. The CS10s have a quick-release mechanism to make taking them off a snap. Just pull the built-in lever to release the tension and the chains will remove easily with just one hand.


Construction

  • Manganese nickel alloy steel is strong, durable and corrosion resistant
  • D-shaped links offer good traction in snow and ice
    • Relatively smooth ride with rounded link edges
  • Integrated ice spikes help bust up ice beneath tires for superior traction
  • Diamond pattern provides great tire coverage for increased chain-to-road contact
    • Excellent traction and stopping power when driving forward and when making turns
  • Nylon anti-scratch buttons provide protection for rims


Thule CS10 Installation

Installation

  1. Spread the chain around the back of the tire.
  2. Connect the plastic-covered, yellow and blue cable on the back side of the tire.
  3. Pull the chain over the top and around the tire. Connect the red hook to the red loop.
  4. Make the last connection by running the red loop through the buckle and then to the red hook attached to the tensioning cable.
  5. Simply drive forward to activate the patented self-centering, auto-tensioning system to ensure a perfect fit.
  6. Built-in quick release lets you release tension with one hand so you can quickly and easily remove chains.

To see a video demonstration of the installation process for these tire chains, see our Tire Chains Installation and Review Videos page.






Thule K-Summit Tire Chains

Thule K-Summit Tire Chains

The K-Summit chains are considered Thule's premier line of chains. Perfect for vehicles with limited wheel-well clearances, these chains avoid the rear (or inside) of your tire entirely, resting only on its tread. The patented self-centering, self-tensioning system lets you install the chains quickly and easily.


Construction

  • Manganese nickel alloy steel is strong, durable and corrosion resistant
  • D-shaped links offer good traction in snow and ice
    • Relatively smooth ride with rounded link edges
  • Plastic traction plates are flexible so they won't break in extreme cold
    • Built-in rivets and steel bars act as icebreakers to provide additional traction
  • Diamond pattern provides good chain-to-road contact


Thule K-Summit Installation

Installation

  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.


To see a video demonstration of the installation process for these tire chains, see our Tire Chains Installation and Review Videos page.


Thule K-Summit Lug Adapters

Attach the lug nut adapter that matches your wheel bolt size to the fixing key. 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


The minimum hole diameter that is required for each specific lug adapter is as follows:

  • 17-mm Lug Adapter - minimum 30 mm
  • 19-mm Lug adapter - minimum 32 mm
  • 21-mm Lug adapter - minimum 34 mm
  • 22-mm Lug adapter - minimum 35 mm





Thule CU9 Easy-Fit Tire Chains

Thule CU9 Easy-Fit Tire Chains

The fastest, easiest chain to install, the CU9 simply loops around your tire and tensions in place with an integrated pedal. These chains are also supremely easy to remove with the integrated quick-release buttons.


Construction

  • Manganese nickel alloy steel is strong, durable and corrosion resistant
  • D-shaped links offer good traction in snow and ice
    • Relatively smooth ride with rounded link edges
  • Diamond pattern provides great tire coverage for increased chain-to-road contact
    • Excellent traction and stopping power when driving forward and when making turns
  • Nylon anti-scratch buttons provide protection for rims


Thule CU9 Installation

Installation

  1. Open the rigid arch section of the chain and pull the sides apart.
  2. Drape the chain over the top of the tire and tug down to fit it all the way around the bottom.
  3. Swing the pedal out and step on it, pushing it down the track of the center bar until it clicks in place at the bottom.
  4. Flip the pedal up into the travel position to lock in place.

To see a video demonstration of the installation process for these tire chains, see our Tire Chains Installation and Review Videos page.








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