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Yes, I have done what I can to pour through the owners manual.

Nowhere doe it tell us exactly where to place chains or cables on our tires. Front? Back? All four?

By my reading the manual I infer that all four is the answer. Look to the manual where they warn not to use different tires front to back so that traction/torque control operates properly.

Do I have it right? All four?

I'm considering Peerless Chains Z6 cables because they mount clear of the wheel wells very nicely.

So, what is it?
 

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if you have 2 then the front. All four is quite an over kill unless you are off roading or in some really REALLY deep stuff. Be careful of panic braking situations with front chians as the rears can lose traction and cause you to over steer and spin out.

The best chains are the alpine premier or sport chains. A couple of other companies sell them. Also known as the Les Swab chains. They are also low clearance.


The Z chains/cable do not have solid length adjustments and relies solely on the tensioner for tension. Can't drive very fast with them.

What situations do you see yourself using chains. Do you run a dedicated winter tire?
 

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Hi again. I've got the z-chains for sale too if you want to pay for shipping. Otherwise, get them used on ebay or craigslist. Or new from anywhere you want. The zchains are fine if you stay within the legal speed limit of 25mph. You only need the fronts, backs are optional.
The AT-M are severe winter snow rated, you sure you need chains?
 

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Yes, I have done what I can to pour through the owners manual.

Nowhere doe it tell us exactly where to place chains or cables on our tires. Front? Back? All four?

By my reading the manual I infer that all four is the answer. Look to the manual where they warn not to use different tires front to back so that traction/torque control operates properly.

Do I have it right? All four?

I'm considering Peerless Chains Z6 cables because they mount clear of the wheel wells very nicely.

So, what is it?
Page 206 of my 2010 RAV4 Owners Manual.
I looked at the Index in last few pages of the Owner's Manual
Page 207 gives exact chain size specs of both the side chain and cross chain.
Also states that you must install chains on the front tires.
 

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Page 206 of my 2010 RAV4 Owners Manual.
I looked at the Index in last few pages of the Owner's Manual
Page 207 gives exact chain size specs of both the side chain and cross chain.
Also states that you must install chains on the front tires.
This is from page 220 of the 2012 RAV4 owner's manual:

2-5. Driving information

Winter driving tips

Carry out the necessary preparations and inspections before driving the vehicle in winter. Always drive the vehicle in a manner appropriate to the prevailing weather conditions.

■ Pre-winter preparations
● Use fluids that are appropriate to the prevailing outside temperatures.
• Engine oil
• Engine coolant
• Washer fluid
● Have a service technician inspect the level and specific gravity of battery electrolyte.
Have the vehicle fitted with four snow tires or purchase a set of tire chains for the front tires. Ensure that all tires are the same size and brand, and that chains match the size of the tires.


This is from page 221:

Selecting tire chains

Use the correct tire chain size when mounting the snow chains. Chain size is regulated for each tire size.

<see attached image>

Side chain
1) 0.12 in. (3 mm) in diameter
2) 0.39 in. (10 mm) in width
3) 1.18 in. (30 mm) in length

Cross chain
4) 0.16 in. (4 mm) in diameter
5) 0.55 in. (14 mm) in width
6) 0.98 in. (25 mm) in length

Regulations on the use of snow chains

● Regulations regarding the use of tire chains vary according to location and type of road. Always check local regulations before installing chains.
Install the chains on the front tires.
● Retighten the chains after driving 1/4 - 1/2 mile (0.5 - 1.0 km).


This is from Page 222:

■Tire chain installation

Observe the following precautions when installing and removing chains.

●Install and remove tire chains in a safe location.
Install tire chains on the front tires.
●Install tire chains following the instructions provided in the accompanying manual.

CAUTION

■Driving with snow tires

Observe the following precautions to reduce the risk of accidents. Failing to do so may result in a loss of vehicle control and cause death or serious injury.
●Use tires of the specified size.
●Maintain the recommended level of air pressure.
●Do not drive in excess of 75 mph (120 km/h), regardless of the type of snow tires being used.
●Snow tires should be installed on all wheels.
●Do not mix tires of different makes, models, tread patterns or treadwear.

Driving with tire chains

Observe the following precautions to reduce the risk of accidents. Failing to do so may result in the vehicle being unable to be driven safely, and may cause death or serious injury.
●Do not drive in excess of the speed limit specified for the tire chains being used or 30 mph (50 km/h), whichever is lower.
●Avoid driving on bumpy road surfaces or over potholes.
●Avoid sudden turns and braking, as use of chains may adversely affect vehicle handling.
●Slow down sufficiently before entering a curve to ensure that vehicle control is maintained.


This is from page 223:

NOTICE

Vehicles with a tire pressure warning system:

■Repairing or replacing snow tires

Request repairs of and obtain replacement snow tires from Toyota dealers or legitimate tire retailers. This is because the removal and attachment of snow tires affects the operation of the tire pressure warning valves and transmitters.

Fitting tire chains
The tire pressure warning valves and transmitters may not function correctly when tire chains are fitted.


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This is from page 220 of the 2012 RAV4 owner's manual:

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This is from page 221:

Selecting tire chains

Use the correct tire chain size when mounting the snow chains. Chain size is regulated for each tire size.

<see attached image>

Side chain
1) 0.12 in. (3 mm) in diameter
2) 0.39 in. (10 mm) in width
3) 1.18 in. (30 mm) in length

Cross chain
4) 0.16 in. (4 mm) in diameter
5) 0.55 in. (14 mm) in width
6) 0.98 in. (25 mm) in length

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Hi all. I am looking at getting chains for my RAV4 and have settled in on a pair of Thule XB-16. I see in the post and my manual that the recommended width (height off the wheel) of the chain for cross chains not exceed 14mm. Does anyone see an issue in using a 16mm chain, and if yes, what difference/risk the extra 2mm poses?
 
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