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Thule CU-9 Easy-fit snow chains (pair) no. CU-9 080

RRP: £275.00
Code: TUCU-9-080

Thule's Easy-fit is a truly innovative tangle-free chain system which is easy, intuitive, clean and quick both to fit and, just as important, to remove. Click the image below to see it being fitted in less than 12 seconds:

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Why buy Easy-fit?  Thule's Easy-fit is a truly innovative tangle-free chain system which is easy, intuitive, clean and quick both to fit and to remove.

Who can use Easy-fit?  First of all, please check your car handbook to find out whether snowchains may be used on your tyre size. If there is a "No fit for snowchains" then you need to look for the Thule K-Summit or another "ladder track" chain.

Please also note that these Easy-fit are not strong enough for use on SUVs and 4x4s, even if there is a set for your tyre size. A heavy-duty 4x4 version will be available in due course.

Fitting:  No doubt about it, Thule has designed a winner with its Easy-fit chains:

  • The first thing you’ll notice is the smart zipped bag; this doubles as a kneeler, although you don’t need to kneel to fit Easy-fit.
  • Then, if you’ve ever used snow chains before, you’ll be delighted to see that Easy-fit are not in a tangle when they come out of the bag, unlike almost all other chains.
  • Hold the sprung steel hoop by the red handles, push the hoop over the top of the wheel, place the two ends behind the wheel at low level, then stand up and push down on the foot pedal on the aluminium tensioning bar until you hear it click.
  • The chains will self-tension as you drive off.

You should have fitted them in approximately 12 seconds a side, without effort, and without getting your hands or clothes dirty. Fantastic!


  • Stop the car so the aluminium tensioning bars are vertical, release the safety catch, then press the red release catches.
  • Peel the sprung steel hoops off the tyres, make sure the aluminium tensioning bars are well away from the tyres so you don’t squash them when you move the car back or forward a few feet, then shake the chains clear of snow and put them back in their bag.

It really is this easy! Check out the Fitting video tab for more information.

Technical stuff:

  • The chains stand 9mm high, both on the face of the tyre and behind it.
  • They're approved to Ö-NORM 5117, to UNI 11313, and are fully TÜV tested.
  • Nylon button studs are supplied and should be fitted as appropriate to help prevent the chains from scratching alloy wheels.
  • Easy-fit are guaranteed for 5 years, but this does not cover normal wear and tear or accidental damage.
  • A set of water-resistant instructions is included, together with spare links and plastic gloves.
  • The chains are made from case-hardened manganese nickel alloy steel (MnNi) to provide an optimum combination of strength and hardness. They will rust if not cleaned and dried correctly - see the tab "Care of snowchains".

Easy-fit for rear wheel drives:  Easy-fit chains are particularly suitable for vehicles with limited space between the wheel and the wheel arch. This is an important consideration, because when you come to fit and remove all other chain-link snow chains, and all snow socks, you need to be able to get your forearms into this space. Easy-fit are fitted from the front of the wheel and are therefore suitable for a number of rear wheel drive cars that currently have a very limited range of snowchain options.

Summary:  The Easy-fit is a very clever development of the long-established RUD-matic concept, with the chain held on a sprung steel hoop that can easily be pushed into the narrow space between the top of a wheel and a wheel arch. But instead of taking up the slack with a single tensioning chain, the Easy-fit aluminium tensioning bars tighten in two directions at once, self-tensioning as the wheels starts to turn. Really clever stuff!

It can be more of an effort to remove snow chains than to fit them, but removing the Easy-fit is almost as quick, clean and easy as fitting them. They’re superb! Just be sure that the aluminium tensioning bars are well away from the wheels before you drive off the chains. The carry bag doubles as a kneeler, with the instructions printed right in front of you – a really nice touch.

Easy-fit won the Innovation of the Year Award at EquipAuto 2011, Paris.

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.

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:

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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.

Add to Your Order Untick if not required:
Item: Description: Our price (each): RRP:
Core components:
Automatic snowchains: £184.95 (rrp. £275.00)
Safety accessories: £17.95 (rrp. )
Safety accessories: £2.50 (rrp. )
Safety accessories: £1.50 (rrp. )
Winter driving stuff: £2.95 (rrp. )
Winter driving stuff: £3.95 (rrp. )
Winter driving stuff: £7.50 (rrp. )
Winter driving stuff: £9.95 (rrp. )
Winter driving stuff: £4.95 (rrp. )
Safety stuff: £14.95 (rrp. )
Winter driving stuff: £2.95 (rrp. )
Winter driving stuff: £3.95 (rrp. )
Winter driving stuff: £9.50 (rrp. )
Safety accessories: £6.25 (rrp. )
Safety stuff: £24.95 (rrp. £28.00)
Safety stuff: £24.95 (rrp. £28.00)

All our prices include VAT at 20% Total: £184.95
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