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RUD-matic Classic automatic chains (pair) no. 48489

RRP: 200.00

RUD's 'Classic automatic' snow chains, otherwise known as RUD-matic CLASSIC, are a good option for rear wheel drives with limited clearance between the top of the wheel and the wheel arch. They're very quick, clean and easy to fit and to remove, compared to all other traditional snow chain types - RUD have the patent on this technology.

RUD's Classic automatic chains are particularly suitable - sometimes almost essential - for rear wheel drive cars where there is limited clearance for your hands and forearms between the top of the wheel and the wheel-arch; they also appeal to people who just appreciate the technology.

They are also often used on twin wheeled minibuses where it's really difficult to pull traditional snow chains through the narrow gap between the wheels.

Note that the first picture shows both the outside of the wheel (left) and the inside of the wheel (right).

  • The 'automatic' element is that there's no need to grovel around in the snow at ground level while you push one end of the snow chain around the back of the wheel, no need to join a steel hoop together and then push it over the top of the wheel until it falls down behind, out of sight. You won't be able to do this if there isn't space for your forearms.
  • Fitting Classic automatic snow chains is relatively very easy - you just push the sprung steel hoop over the top of the wheel, carrying the chain with it, drive forward or back a quarter wheel revolution so the tensioning chain and behind-the-wheel pulley system is visible, and then pull the tensioning chain tight before wrapping it out of the way.
  • See the "Fitting video" tab to see how this system works - it's very simple.
  • Classic automatics are made of a fine-grain chromium manganese alloy steel, producing harder wearing links than RUD's Easy2Go or Grip chains; this is why they may be used on heavier vehicles than other 14mm chains.
  • Made from 4mm round chain with wedged edges; they stand up to 14mm off the face of the tyre.
  • They're mounted on a sprung steel loop rather than on a standard steel cable.
  • They include RUD's "ProtectAR" pull through eyelets which prevent any part of the chain from touching and marking alloy wheel rims.
  • Classic automatics also have a reversible chain mesh for a long lifetime (but you still need to be careful not to use snow chains on tarmac any more than is absolutely necessary.)
  • They're supplied in a smart strong zipped waterproof ballistic nylon carrying case 50 x 50 x 4cm, so they'll pack nice and flat in your car.

We rate these chains very highly for ease of use, but they've also scored very high marks in test results for their traction, durability, tracking, braking distance and smoothness of running.

Why choose RUD? Simple - they're reckoned to be the best. But don't just take our word for it; RUD are official suppliers to Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes, Saab, Volvo, and VW, amongst others, and also supply the British Army - ample evidence that their snow chains are as good as they come.

In summary:

  • A top quality solution where there is limited space between the wheel and the wheel arch, so ideal for many rear wheel drive cars
  • Also ideal for use on twin wheeled vehicles
  • In any event cleaner and easier to fit than traditional snow chains.

We're also showing you a range of other winter motoring products which we're selling here at market leading prices, including a snow and ice windscreen protector, a telescopic snow shovel, and a snow brush - all of these items are almost essential kit for winter weather, especially we suggest the snow brush. Please click on the links to see pictures and more information.

Please click here or on the pdf symbol below to see the fitting instructions

RUD-matic Classic Automatic Snow Chains - Fitting Instructions

Delivery charges and arrangements:

We charge a contribution towards delivery costs, depending on what you order, where you live, and how quickly you want the goods.

These are our standard charges; there are usually surcharges for all offshore destinations and some remote postcodes - for details please see our delivery information page.

This Item (Standard sized items)
Express Delivery £ 9.50 1 to 2 working days
Standard Delivery £ 6.50 3 to 4 working days

Delivery of other items

Small items & Spare parts
Express delivery £ 6.95 1 to 2 working days
Standard delivery £ 4.95 3 to 4 working days
Roof boxes
Express Delivery £ 19.50 1 to 2 working days
Standard Delivery £ 14.50 3 to 4 working days
Dropracks and Roof tents
Express Delivery £ 19.50 2 working days

Delivery times

Delivery times are calculated in working days (Monday to Friday, excluding Bank holidays).

Cut-off times for Express Delivery orders
Express Delivery orders placed before before the cut-off times shown below will usually be desptached on the date of order. Express Delivery orders placed after these cut-off times will be despatched the next working day.

Small and Standard Sized Items Order by 4pm for same day despatch
Roof Boxes, Dropracks and Roof Tents Order by 1pm for same day despatch

Delivery FAQs

When will my order arrive?
There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, except for postable items where Royal Mail has a Saturday delivery. Express Delivery orders placed on a Friday (before 1pm) should be delivered on the Monday or Tuesday, Express Delivery orders placed on a Saturday or Sunday should be delivered on the Tuesday or Wednesday. The arrangements for Very Heavy Items are different and are shown above.

What about Next Working Day delivery?
Most Express delivery orders will arrive on the next working day, if the order is placed before the cut-off time (see above). Some will arrive on the second working day if there has been a "split-delivery". So-called “split deliveries” happen when the couriers do not have enough trailer space for everything that should be moved around the UK, so they will load what they can and leave the rest for the next trailer.

Is my delivery day guaranteed?
No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. As well as split deliveries, all courier companies occasionally have the same transport problems as can happen to everyone else, including snow blocked roads, closed roads, traffic jams, mechanical breakdown, an inability to find the delivery address, or to gain access to it if, for example, it's in a block of flats. We work with some of the best couriers in the business, and overall they provide an outstanding service.

Do I need to be at home?
We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver to an address which suits you – this does not need to be your home address. Goods can usually be left without signature - we prefer this with roof boxes. There's a "Special Delivery Instructions" box in the checkout area where we'll ask you to choose a typical instruction and then amend it to suit your particular requirements.

Payment options:

We take the following cards, and also PayPal. Please note that the entry on your card statement will be from "The Roof Box Company".

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There are two parts to our snow chains offer this year:

(1) Clearance prices on many top branded snow chains, including RUD and Thule - an amazing opportunity for those who are quick off the mark! Thule (who are the biggest brand in the car racks market) have sold their snow chains division; the same chains are now being sold under the König brand. Thule branded chains have the same specifications as the König branded versions - all that has changed is the name on the chain and the name on the box.

(2)   Multibuy discounts - significant discounts if you buy two pairs of snow chains at the same time, or one pair of chains and one pair of AutoSock: If you do either of these things, we will discount the snow chains as follows:

  • König, Polaire and Spikes-Spider snow chains - at least 10% off!
  • INNO, Maggi, RUD and Thule snow chains - at least 20% off! Up to 30% off where we have large overstocks.

As usual, you change the quantities in the Shopping Basket.

Many customers will, for example, use snow chains on their driving wheels for Alpine use, and use AutoSock on the non-driving wheels, especially if these are the steering wheels. Also note that AutoSock work very well in very wet snow, even on slush, where snowchains are often not suitable because they can't get any grip in the snow. So having both AutoSock and snowchains makes sense from at least two different perspectives.

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