Originally Posted by RB-HPA
Not sure of the brand but I have the V bar style.
Get spreaders to keep them tight.
A question to go along with this, (I have heard both answers are right) if you have chains for only two tires on a 4WD do you put them on the back or front?
Ideally you want chains on all 4 tires with 4 wheel drive and AWD.
If you have just one set, 2 chains, you decide. Chains on front axle, leaves the rear wheels with no lateral guidance, the rear end might come around - fast.
Chains on rear wheels only, lousy steering (no lateral guidance), marginal braking (remember, 80% of brake force is created at front wheels and without chains that ain't happening).
Now with 2 wheel drive vehicle, you want them on the drive axle. You might also consider putting them on all 4 wheels, due to the same reasons as listed under 4 wheel drive.
Now when your all ready stuck in the ditch, from sliding off the road, whatever wheels you can get chains on, don't ask me how I know.