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AutoSock 698 Trial Fit

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by Solarman004, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. Solarman004

    Solarman004 Member

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    After the Trak 4x4 chains went out of stock at the Tesla Store, I purchased a set of AutoSock traction devices, part number 698, for my MX with 20" Continental rear tires. I got mine from Amazon.
    The attached photos show the practice installation. I have not been in snow deep enough yet where I needed these (the M+S Continentals perform quite well by themselves) so I don't have any actual use data to share. What I can say is that these go on the tires easier than any set of chains, including split chains, that I've ever used.
    In the photos you see:

    1. The plastic carrying case with the AutoSocks and instructions printed on the outside.
    2. Starting at the top of the tire, the sock wraps around the tire like a fitted sheet. You try to wrap as much of the tire as possible. NOTE: It is much, much easier to first raise the suspension to Very High.
    3. Move the car forward or backward one quarter of a tire rotation.
    4. Wrap the remaining tire.
    5. Driving even a short distance will auto-center the sock.

    Like all chains, the manufacturer states the speed is limited to 30 MPH. They also caution that use on dry roads will accelerate the fabric wear.

    But, I have these for emergency use. They take up relatively little space in the trunk or frunk, They have very positive reviews for their increased traction. They cost 1/5 of the price of approved chains. And, like I said above, I found them very easy to install.

    I'll update this thread when I get a chance to use them in snow.

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  2. highedu

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    Would be awesome if they made them in 22's where we have no options
     
  3. Phil Seastrand

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    Do you recommend putting these on the fronts or the rears? Unfortunately the sizes are different!
     
  4. Solarman004

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    The Tesla chains only go on the rear so that is where I plan to mount my Socks.
    The sizes are different: #698 for the rear; #697 for the front.
     
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    K-MTG Sunshade Captain of TMC

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    Thanks for the post, buying these seem to be much more economically feasible for someone like me who would never use the $500 Tesla chains in SoCal for the rare once a year ski trip.

    Did any one of you contact Tesla about these? I am curious to see what they think of them.

    I am concerned about suspension damage, perhaps @ohmman can shed some light on this as he unfortunately dealt with it on his S.
     
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    I did not but these clearly protrude less than the chains by quite a bit. On the rear tires there was ample gap with the suspension at all height settings.
     
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    K-MTG Sunshade Captain of TMC

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    I just asked on their live chat, the rep said I shouldn't have an issue but I am not sure if I can deem this as an official statement or trust the reps knowledge. What are your thoughts?
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    Final decision, of course, is your call, but I am very comfortable with using these especially after my trial run.
    And, when not being used on the tires, the size and mesh design make them perfect sunshades for the rear windows! ☺
     
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    K-MTG Sunshade Captain of TMC

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    I will likely pick these up before my next ski trip, but hopefully I will never need them.
     
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    These look safer than what I used on my S, which were these Z-chains. The problems I had were twofold. First, the profile of my rims protrude beyond the sidewall of the tire, so the tensioners are in constant contact with the finish. That means that even after a limited amount of 25 mph max speed driving, I rubbed the finish off of two of my aftermarket wheels. The second problem was with the way they wrapped around the inside of the wheel. At some non-zero speed, they flare out and rub against the interior suspension, causing damage. Both sides required the following, for a total of over $400 a side in parts and $1000 in labor:

    RR SUSP LCA ASSY (1021416-00-A)
    RR SUSP INTEGRAL LINK ASSY - Performance + (1021422-00-A)
    BOLT HF M12x1.75x70 [10.9]-U-G720 (2007078)
    NUT, M12x1.75MM (2007076)

    In the end, $1859 to Tesla, and two defaced wheels taught me to avoid chains or use the specified ones.
     
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    K-MTG Sunshade Captain of TMC

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    Does the S have air suspension?
     
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    Mine does. It's also a "P" variant, which you can see from the part numbers.
     
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    K-MTG Sunshade Captain of TMC

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    Is it safer to keep the X on high when riding on chains or this sock?
     
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    I imagine so. I'd keep them off of the front wheels regardless, as there's a suspension arm that is dangerously close to the tire. You can see it directly above the tire in the wheel well. But if you're in conditions that require chains, you should be on high suspension regardless.
     
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    Any updates on these "socks". Anyone use them for an extended period of time?

    These are out of stock on Amazon, any local store??
     
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    Haven't had any snow since I bought them. But I'm headed into the mountains today with 8" in the forecast so I may get to try them out.
     
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    Great, please keep us posted. I will be going to snow valley next weekend
     
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    Captain, you can buy directly from autosock.us Select "Where to Buy" from the menu, then "Buy Now"
     
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    We just purchased a set of these from eBay. I haven't tried them yet, but I bought them primarily so I can answer yes when asked at the check-point if I have chains.
     
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    Hoping they eventually make them for 22's
     

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