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Konig Premium Self-Tensioning Snow Tire Chains Review

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Review of the Konig Premium Self-Tensioning Snow Tire Chains


Adam: Hi everyone. Adam with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at the Konig K Summit XXL premium self-tensioning snow tire chains. So at first glance you guys are probably thinking this isn't your basic tire chain. It really isn't it's actually interesting how it works. Basically it's going to be easier than most to put on.

Once you find the proper tool that comes with our kit to fit around your lug nut you basically put half of it on, tighten that down, it's just a ratcheting strap here, and then roll over it and it actually just does it by itself. It just goes around and then you come out and check it and tie it down some more.We are going to have a D link shapes for our tire chains and it's going to make a diamond pattern here. It also has some steel plates that it's going to be great for icebreakers basically just going in and breaking up all that ice so you're not just sitting there and sliding. And these plates right here are going to be made of plastic but they have I would call them studs or rivets and basically that's going to grip that ice or snow a little bit better than this plastic and it's going to help keep this plastic going for a decently long time. Between the shape of the links and the pattern of which they go around your tire I think they're going to definitely get you to and from your destination pretty safely, good starts, good stops, good turns.

And these are going to be able to fit on your rear wheel drive and of course your front wheel drive and obviously all four of them as well for your four wheel drive or all wheel drive applications.So between it being pretty easy to install compared to some of the other ladder pattern style chains you're also going to be staying on the outside of your wheel and you're not going to be having to actually lay down on the snow to get behind your tire and link all of those links behind your tire in your wheel well. In my opinion that is probably one of the most ideal things for me if I was buying tire chains just because if I'm installing tire chains there's probably going to be snow on the ground and I don't want to be laying in that to get everything hooked up and then go back in my car and get everything all gross.This way you just put it on there, you're staying outside. You don't have to worry about any of those sensors or wires in the back of your wheel well. And it's actually even easier to get them off. It's just a normal ratchet strap and go like that.

You're going to see it loosen up a little bit and once you get that somewhat loose you can go in there and actually loosen and take off this bolt. And once you get that done you'll have less tension and you can go ahead and work these off. Once you get most of them off we are going to have to roll over them a little bit obviously to get the bottom chains off of our tire. But all you got to do is just get in your car and just roll over it and you'll come back out and both of them they'll be out. But I do suggest undoing all of them on all the tires you install these on just so you only have to go in your car once, roll over them and take them off.So once you just roll off of them a little bit obviously we're going to be able to grab it and put it all back together and it folds up pretty nicely actually especially compared to the ladder style chains.

Those are a pain to keep unraveled. And in my opinion this is a pretty hefty bag. It's not just cloth or canvas and it actually has hard plastic on the inside. I would definitely say this is one of the best bags that comes with any tire chains that we carry here. Just put those back in and zip it up.And it really isn't too difficult to install these even if you're doing it on four wheels on your vehicle so let's just go ahead and do it together. So, the first thing we're going to want to do is grab our bag here and grab the instructions. So we are dealing with the K67 size of these Konig chains and basically what we're going to do is we're going to see if we have to adjust the chains for them to be able to fit our tires here. So, as you can see here up top we are using the K67 XXLs and the tire size on our vehicle here is going to be a 245 65 R16 so you just locate that there. So, we are going to have to remove one of these links here.So, if you don't know your tire size off the top of your head basically it's going to be along the rim of your vehicle. It's going to be a three number, and then a two number, and then an R and then that's going to be your rim size. It may start with a P or an LT something like that but it's usually always going to be around the rim. So these green/yellow neon indicators here these are going to be the ones that we're going to be removing if we are told to do so after looking up our tire size in the instructions.So the tools are included with the kit. We're going to get one to go over our nylon lock nut on this side and an Allen key to go on this side. It doesn't matter which one you do it just needs to have this neon indicator in the middle here and it's pretty self explanatory, put one in on one side and then loosen the other until it completely comes off. So once we get this nylon lock nut off you can go ahead and just remove that little link there. As you can see it just basically just spreads that out just so it can fit your tire size and it's not going to affect anything. So I do suggest that you put these back together and put it in your kit just in case you do change tire sizes down the road.So if you have a plate covering up your lug nuts we are going to be having to access those. So, just grab any sort of tool here. I'm actually just using the Allen key provided but I might have to go ahead and grab a Phillips if it doesn't come off that easily. So, now we can go ahead and pick the appropriate size for our lug nuts here and we just want them to fit on there. As you can see here this is going to be the one that's going to fit on there the best. As you can see it goes all the way up to it like that. Not with a whole lot of force, it doesn't take a whole lot but the ones that you won't be using on this just so you guys can see what it looks like basically. Obviously that's way too much play and obviously this one is just a little snug. You don't really want it to have to actually push on there and pull it off. So we're definitely going to go with this size here. This fits it real snug like. Put that on there.So now we can go ahead and actually take our chains here and fold them out like so and start fishing them around our tire here making sure that everything's not all kinked up. And we're obviously not going to be able to get all of it around our tire but we are going to get enough just to get at least 60% of that tire covered for now. So now we can go ahead and take this plastic section. It's on the little strap here. We're going to take one of our included bolts and thread it in. But as you can see now how it's going to sit it is going to be really close to our rim. So pre installed on this plastic piece here when you get it out of the box you're going to have a spacer and a bolt. So basically we want to pick the right spacer to be able to thread that in and we're going to have a decent amount of clearance here at least about an inch and I'm actually going to go ahead and go with the larger spacers that come in our little bag.And then of course we will have to grab a longer bolt that's in the bag as well. So this way when we put that on there we're going to have plenty of room in between our rim and our plastic tool here. Just thread that on and as you thread it on it's going to basically grab onto your lug nut and keep it into place. So now what we want to do is set our tensioner basically on one of our lug nuts facing towards the center hub cap of our wheel.Now once you do that you can go ahead and tighten it down and the reason for this being is as you can see this ratchet strap does pull on this strap and we want it to be pretty close to the center just to give us a lot of strength and tension without putting a lot of strain on these chains. You want to get it pretty tight, get it real nice and snug, but don't over tighten these. So once you go ahead and roll over them a couple of times you come back out and make sure that it's nice and seated into place and if everything seems to be in order then you're pretty much ready to go. And again, that's basically all you really need to know for the Konig K Summit XXL premium self-tensioning snow tire chains.


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