Tire Chains for 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek with 225/55-17 Tires

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Hi there. Im looking for cables/chains for my 2015 Subaru Crosstrek tire size 225/55 - 17. Subaru apparently doesnt approve most chains, but say that some traction device that will handle limited clearance is okay. Do you have any recommendations. Ive heard that the Thule CG-9 might work. Would appreciate any direction. Thank you.

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Auto makers get the final word when it comes to using tire chains on their vehicles. The best place to start your review is your Crosstrek owner's manual. I reviewed an online version and in section 8-11 the manual states that tire chains cannot be used on the XV Crosstrek due to limited clearance between the tires and the vehicle body. It further states that special low-profile S-Class traction devices can be used on the front tires only when those tires are compatible with a specific chain.

Thule's K-Summit Premium Self-Tensioning Snow Tire Chains # TH02230K44 are S-Class chains that are compatible with your tire size. They require zero internal clearance.

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