20 Feb Tesla introduces ‘snow chain’ for Model 3 18″, 19″ and 20″ wheels
Feb 20, 2019 | by Iqtidar Ali
Although a Tesla Model 3 performs reasonably good in snowy conditions with winter tires, Tesla has now approved multiple snow chains for Model 3 18″, 19″ and 20″ Performance wheels. The Model 3 snow chain would especially come in handy when you’re not using the winter tires.
The snow chain provides better traction control in heavy snow and hilly areas, this setup can boost the confidence of Tesla Model 3 owners driving in the coldest regions of the world.
The 18″ and 19″ Model 3 snow chains are from Pewag with the RS 76 (18″) and RS 77 (19″) models — each of these is available for $115 from the Tesla online store which is a very competitive price comparing it to Amazon’s $123. The RS 77 has some great user reviews on Amazon, one of the reviewers Justin says:
This uses a brilliant method for chain tightening (a tiny pulley/rachet mechanism) to ensure you don’t have loose chains that tear up your car. It’s also a little complicated to understand at first so be sure you put these on (and take them off) several times as practice before you try it on a cold snowy road… I practiced only once so it took me a good 15 min to re-read the instructions and get them on which sucked in the middle of a snow storm. They worked well though, I couldn’t make it up an snowy/icy mountain pass in my Acura TSX without them.
The Model 3 snow chain for 20″ Performance wheels is provided by Maggi Trak ($290 a pair), the Tesla store provides the following information as product description:
The Maggi Trak Sport 214 Snow Chains are approved for Tesla-manufactured 20” wheels and Tesla-approved 235/35R20 tires for your Model 3 vehicle.
The Trak Sport 214 chains provide excellent traction and durability in snowy conditions. A new, upgraded design simply requires one fixing point on the outer side of the drive wheels. Chains should only be installed on the rear wheels.
Features chain construction with 3 mm diameter cross-section links in high alloy steel.
You can buy the 20″ Tesla Model 3 snow chain from the Tesla store here. Tesla also provides the following video tutorial on installing the 20″ traction enhancing snow chains to your Model 3 Performance.
We think this is a good step taken by Tesla in enhancing occupants safety in snowy/icy road conditions and this winter season has been one of the harshest in history, we can expect more or less the same next year, so keep your Model 3 snow chains safe after the winter season to use later on. Download Tesla Model 3 snow chain installation manual (PDF) for 20″ Performance wheels/tires.
Remember to always only install the ‘snow chains’ on a Tesla Model 3’s ‘rear wheels’ as Tesla recommends.
Video Tutorial: Installing the Model 3 snow chain on 20″ Performance wheels
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