i have 4 on steelies, and threw just 2 on the front the other day (trying to save a little time), took it for a spin, and came home and put the other 2 on the rear. Definately want them all the way around. In my opinion, it's worth spending a couple hundred bucks to increase your odds of keeping your car out of a ditch, off a curb, or resting up against another car! those "Oh Schitts" cost much more than the price of studded tires.
Hub Spacers * Camber * Air Ride * Clazzio covers * Grip Royal* D2 coilovers* and more!
ASIDE: I have a rather nasty driveway that switchbacks a third of a mile up the side of the hill I live on to my apartment. Last two days, even with sanding and salting the drive we've had a few folks piled into the concrete abutments near the bottom, or off into the trees on the hairpins.
Happens every year.
(Amazing how many times it's plates from someplace like Arizona or Florida or Texas, etc... Lot's of military transplants living here. Flatlanders from non-snow areas just do NOT understand the physics of stopping or changing direction on a steep downhill at speed in the snow...)
Jenn, never put chains on just the front - same reasons. Front drive cars are different than rear drive in the way differing traction front/rear affects them.
Good traction front, poor traction rear has damaged a whole lot of Scions that suddenly swung their tails out on a curve and crashed...
Bunches of stories about 'em doing that here on ScionLife with lines like "I just put two new tires on the front, and I lost it on a corner and I wasn't even speeding! *whimper* "
Lots of warnings about this, but no one listens.
The funny part is they will sell you one set of chains, but not 2 studs? <sigh> Honestly I don't want to drive in the yuck....we get the chains on and boom...now it's raining and everything is melted. Now I gotta talk T into taking them OFF....he isn't gonna like that...but why have them on if they are not needed?
We are picking up our order within the hour and they think the next system comes in around 10pm.....so really I just want the order and then could deal with being home without driving. Got the chains just as a precaution.....in case I HAVE to go somewhere..... I am hoping that things clear up for Sat so I don't have to worry about it. although my baby did ok on the roads today....of course *I* am extra cautious....not so much for other drivers <sigh>