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Tire Snow Chains for 265/65-18 Sized Tires on a 2016 Chevrolet Suburban

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I have a 2016 Chevrolet Suburban Z71 4WD with P265/65R18 tires. We drive to ski resorts once a year and some of these require tire chains. Given that the manual states the following what product should I purchase? From the manual If the vehicle has P265/65R18, P275/55R20, or P285/45R22 size tires, do not use tire chains. There is not enough clearance. Tire chains used on a vehicle without the proper amount of clearance can cause damage to the brakes, suspension, or other vehicle parts. The area damaged by the tire chains could cause loss of control and a crash. Use another type of traction device only if its manufacturer recommends it for the vehicles tire size combination and road conditions. Follow that manufacturers instructions. To avoid vehicle damage, drive slow and readjust or remove the traction device if it is contacting the vehicle. Do not spin the wheels. If traction devices are used, install them on the rear tires.

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Technically, that means you shouldn't use any tire chains at all on your 2016 Chevrolet Suburban. At least as far as Chevy is concerned and if you damage your vehicle using chains it likely won't be covered under the warranty.

The catch here, that you seem to already know, is that some areas require tire chains to be used by law. So do you choose to break the law or do you choose to void your vehicle's warranty? I can't recommend either, but I can recommend the chains that will fit your 265/65-18 sized tires that give you the most clearance possible.

Chains that require less clearance are generally considered to be Class S Compatible. This means the chains need a minimum of 1.46 inches (37 mm) between the top of the tire tread and the wheel well and at least 0.59 inches (15 mm) between the tire's sidewall and the vehicle itself. The only Class S Compatible chains to fit your tires are the Glacier Chains Cable Chains # PW2028C. They use spring rollers wrapped in wire cross cables. They install using a lever and can be held tight using rubber adjusters # PW105.

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