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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-26-2013, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Tire Chains

What kind do you guys use? Looking to buy a set for hunting season this year just in case. There will probably be 12-18" of snow up around the ANF where i'll be hunting, and I don't want to be stuck without chains. Hardly any phone reception up there and I'm sure the forest rds. will be terrible. Just looking for some reviews before I pull the trigger.
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Re: Tire Chains

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?




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The back by far.You can send away for or by those emergency springy chains at parts stores or probably W/Mart.Or just make up a good chain link one yourself.I betcha Tractor Supply would have the chains already made up.They are on 19 by Gabriel Bros.
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Re: Tire Chains

Super Z LT chains

http://www.scc-chain.com/tire-chain-...es/super-z-lt/

Owners manual should tell you what tires to put them on. Mine says rear tires. I believe its because they can get twisted off when turning too sharp.
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Re: Tire Chains

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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?
If I only used one set its on the back. For one, if it got loose I don't want to have to look out the rear window to see where I'm going and two, with the limited slip the rear will have majority of the traction even though the bulk of the weight is from the cab forward.

But, today at my age if its bad enough to need chains my butt is stay warm in camp!

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Re: Tire Chains

I was taught on a 4x4 to put them on the back and only run in 2wheel drive.

Be honest with yourself
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I was actually taught never use them to get "in" during the winter. if you had to chain your way in and it snows ,now what.

if you bought it, a trucker brought it
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Re: Tire Chains

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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.

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Re: Tire Chains

On my F-350 4X4 never needed chains as long as there is weight in the back. Even with the plow on I have gotten into some really deep snow and got out.
I also have a 12 Escape that is AWD and it is mostly a front wheel drive unless the computer senses a front wheel slip, then the rear wheels engage but only until your going normal again then your back at front wheel drive. Having always had the option to shift into 4 wheel drive
I was not to keen on the idea of letting the computer do the work, but (knock on wood) there has never been a situation where it did not do the job, and once I buried it on the beach.
Just in case I do carry a set of strap on chains for the Escape but never had to break them out.
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post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-29-2013, 06:12 PM
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Tirechain.com this is a Johnstown company. I don't know that you'll beat their prices.

I'm fortunate to have an older set of 4 chains (no one runs 16 inch tires anymore so they were given to me), and it's incredible the difference it makes in deep snow and ice. I think a set of two are fine for almost any conditions.

I think my brother uses V-bar chains.
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