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#1028 of 1131 LR2's Snow Traction System? Just expensive chains?
Oct 24, 2008 (10:12 am)
I own a 2008 LR2 SE and am about to dish out $700 big ones for the LR2's Snow Traction System, but started to wonder if it's worth it. First off, it's over $700!!! Secondly, they're only for the front tires, which means you get zilch for the back tires. I live in Upstate NY where we get, on average, 6-12 inches of snowfall per session.
Has anyone had any experience with Land Rover's Snow Traction system yet?
Is it recommended to go with cheaper chains such as can be found on the Atlantic British Ltd. website?
Any issues with manufacturer's warranty if I use anything but LR's system?
Is it better to just buy 4 studded snow tires or just snow tires in general rather than dishing out dinero for chains for this vehicle?
#1029 of 1131 Re: LR2's Snow Traction System? Just expensive chains? [sixthflick]
Oct 24, 2008 (7:28 pm)
Do NOT spend $700 for the "snow traction system". That's just a set of snow chains which you could find a non-brand-name set on Ebay for like $100. I just bought a set of snow tires and rims in black chrome PVD for $2200 shipped. You could buy just the snow tires for $700! (tirerack.com)
#1030 of 1131 Re: LR2's Snow Traction System? Just expensive chains? [ucla95]
Oct 26, 2008 (8:29 am)
If you are worried about snow traction, a better buy than the $700 for a set of chains would be a set of Nokian WR or WRG2 tires, which will cost the same (if your tires are brand new, you may get trade in value for them). The Nokians are all season, yet winter rated tires that work very well on snow, ice, and whatever. You can read more about them at canadiandriver.com
Oct 26, 2008 (8:32 am)
Has Land Rover made any comments about possible software changes to minimize the LR2's tendency to lift wheels in hard turns?
You can see this at Consumers Union site. Land Rover claims hitting a cone caused the tip up, but if you look really closely, you can see the vehicle's lifting its back wheel just before it bumps the cone.
Don't get me wrong - I liked the LR2's layout and feel, but in end passed on it because of limited dealers (1 in our area) and hilly local area that would have wreaked havoc on gas mileage (the upcoming LR hybrid will fix the latter).
#1032 of 1131 Re: the CU tip-up [kurtamaxxxguy]
Oct 29, 2008 (8:14 am)
They put a spoiler on the HSE! That's a big change.
#1033 of 1131 Re: LR2's Snow Traction System? Just expensive chains? [kurtamaxxxguy]
Oct 31, 2008 (8:35 pm)
Okay, so I'm in agreement about not buying the $700 snow traction system (I just found them online at RoverCity.com for $557 - does that make a difference) and am planning on going with the snow tires.
Any thoughts on the Blizzaks?
Also, I've heard it's best to use steel wheels in lieu of the stock alloy wheels during winter time driving. Only trouble is, I haven't been able to find steel wheels anywhere online for the 2008 LR2 - stock wheels are 18x8.0-in. aluminum alloys. I'd like to get the steel wheels and some snow tires. Any thoughts?
#1034 of 1131 2008 LR2 Steel wheels
Oct 31, 2008 (9:35 pm)
Anyone know where I can buy steel wheels for winter driving for my 2008 LR2 18x8.0?
#1035 of 1131 Re: 2008 LR2 Steel wheels [sixthflick]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Nov 01, 2008 (5:03 am)
You won't find 18" steel wheels..
Check out tirerack.com They will have a winter tire/wheel package specifically designed for your car. They will be cheaper alloys, which really is the only option you have. They might even have a 17" tire/wheel pkg that will fit, and be substantially cheaper than 18".
Plus, cheap alloys will look better than steel wheels with covers..
#1036 of 1131 Re: LR2's Snow Traction System? Just expensive chains? [ucla95]
Nov 01, 2008 (5:43 am)
What size rims and bolting pattern do you buy?
#1037 of 1131 Re: 2008 LR2 Steel wheels [kyfdx]
Nov 01, 2008 (5:45 am)
Just went online to tirerack.com as you recommended and this was the response that I received:
You Selected: 2008 Land Rover LR2 SE
Winter wheels for this vehicle are not available but winter tires can be purchased separately by selecting your size at the right.
Any thoughts? The search results were for the original 235 60R18 18x8.0in wheels.