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RUD-matic Classic automatic chains (pair) no. 48482

RRP: £200.00
Code: RD484-82

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 at only £2.95, a telescopic snow shovel at £9.95, and a snow brush for £6.95 - 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

You can see how to fit the RUD-matic classic automatic snow chains in the video below.

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Delivery charges and arrangements:

Free delivery offer for snow chains!   As part of our Snow chains offer this season we have added a free delivery option for all orders including snow chains, except for orders which also include a roof box. It covers all UK addresses except for any delivery address that includes a sea crossing.

See below for our normal delivery arrangements:

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

For most UK addresses, the charge for our two to three day service is £5.50 (£9.50 for orders including a roof box) and our charge for Next Working Day deliveries is £8.50 (£12.50 for orders involving a roof box). AutoSock, shoe chains, RUD i-Sock, and small spare parts, are charged £3.95 (Royal Mail Tracked), £4.95 (Royal Mail Express Tracked) or £5.95 (express courier, usually Next Working Day).

There are different charges for any delivery including a sea crossing, and deliveries to Skye - we will contact you with a quote on receipt of order.

Orders for Next Working Day delivery need to be received by 4.00pm.

There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, except for postable items where Royal Mail has a Saturday delivery. Next Working Day orders placed on a Friday will be delivered on the Monday, Next Working Day orders placed on a Saturday will be delivered on the Tuesday.

We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver on a day and at an address which suits you. 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.

No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. 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.

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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If you would prefer not to pay online, or to pay by cheque, please phone us to place your order.

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There are three 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 is the biggest brand in the car racks market, but they recently sold their snow chains division, and 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)   A free UK mainland delivery option for any snow chain order except any orders including a roof box or a sea crossing.

(3)   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:

  • Polaire, RUD, Spikes-Spider and Thule snow chains - at least 10% off!
  • Maggi snow chains - at least 20% off! Up to 50% off where we have large overstocks.

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

Snow chain recommendations

We are snow chain specialists, so we stock a large number of brands, and many different types of chain. Regular chain users usually know what they're looking for, and we hope they find it on this site, but many customers ask for further guidance about what they should buy. So here goes:

(1) Please use the filters on the previous page to narrow your choice, and also check out the Basic snow chain information links at the top of the previous page. Note that this year we are aiming to clear our overstocks, offering premium brand chains, including Thule and RUD, at massive discounts, with some at less than cost price. There’s a Clearance filter – it’s worth a look!

(2) The big differences between the European branded chains and most of the Chinese chains are (a) steel quality and (b) attention to manufacturing details. There is a market for cheaper chains than the ones we offer, but it’s not a market we want to be in, especially as the price differences between questionable and good are often only about £20.

(3) These are our recommendations for different types of snow chain, based on many years’ experience of testing and using chains:

Chains for cars / small vans

  • Traditional basic chains: Look for Thule CB series chains being sold off cheap. They have the same specifications as the latest König version, just a different brand name, so this is a great opportunity to grab a bargain. (Thule have sold their snow chains business to König.) Otherwise, the Polaire XP9 (cars) are good value at under £50.
  • Traditional self-tensioning chains: Thule CG-9, Thule CL-10, Thule CS-10 if available - see above. If they've sold out, choose the RUD easy2go, because easy2go are strong, well made, and the bungee type of self-tensioning system is the most reliable. If these are also sold out, the König CG-9 chains really are good, with a clever self-tensioning system.

Chains for SUVs / heavy 4x4s / medium and large vans

  • Traditional basic chains: Check Clearance for Thule XB-16, Maggi RAPID-MATIC V5, RUD Grip V. If sold out, then without hesitation we recommend the Polaire XP16 – a really well specified chain at an excellent price, with innovative packaging.
  • Traditional self-tensioning chains: Thule XG-Pro, or the König XG-Pro if the Thule are not listed.
  • Ladder track chains / front-fixing chains: look at both the Polaire GRIP and the Spikes-Spider systems. The GRIP has many unique features, most obviously their polyurethane tread which allows them to be driven (at low speed) on tarmac - customers who are basically dressed for office work will really appreciate this. The Spikes-Spider SPORT (vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes) are the fastest to fit and remove, and can be resized. Both models are ideal for quick and easy fitting to vehicles which don’t have enough space in the wheel arch to get your hands in to fit traditional chains. The Polaire GRIP are at the leading edge of snow chain design; they’re outstanding.

    Drivers of very heavy 4x4s and large vans should check out the equally fast-fitting Spikes-Spider ALPINE Pro, choice (for example) of many emergency services in Germany and Switzerland, effectively turning tyres into tracks.

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Item: Description: Our price (each): RRP:
Core components:
Automatic snowchains: £149.95 (rrp. £200.00)
Winter driving stuff: £2.95 (rrp. )
Winter driving stuff: £3.95 (rrp. )
Safety stuff: £14.95 (rrp. )
Safety stuff: £17.95 (rrp. )

All our prices include VAT at 20% Total: £149.95
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