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Old 01-11-2012, 11:33 AM
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Question Tire chains?

Anyone use tire chains??? I haven't ever, but I've gotten stuck in super deep snow/ice or doing something stupid. Wondering if it's something worth packing for those stupid moments.

What kind of risks are there? (chain coming off and damaging truck, tire wear? Etc)
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:35 AM
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i have chains, had to use them once to get out of a driveway that was iced up. i have actual chains, not the cables, those suck ass.
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:01 PM
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Default Re: Tire chains?

I have chains, have used chains (on vans, cars, trucks) and they are nice. Like doyouquaxu said, avoid the cables.

I also have studded rear tires I put on around Christmas and take off in March. Those help.
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:03 PM
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Default Re: Tire chains?

I used chains a lot when I lived in Portland OR a few years ago. It's so steep there, I had no choice but to use them. Haven't had to use them since though. The 4wd has been enough to get me out of any situation.
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:03 PM
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I need to get some. They can come in real handy during hunting seasons
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:13 AM
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Default Re: Tire chains?

Good to know. Thanks guys. I've been okay with the 4x4 about 99% of the time. But that 1% have been good ones - like stuck for hours because I tried to go into deep snow drifts or banks, or parked in a lot that was slush and later was solid ice.

And since my 4x4 only engages when it feels like it, having the chains will be a nice comfort.

Any specific brands and/or styles I should look for?
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:52 AM
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I've been thinking the same thing. Do chains cause any abnormal tire wear? Probably not I guess though cause they're probably not on for any length of time really other then to get out..

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Also, if you're driving around in 4wd "because it is winter", you're in an idiot. It should only be engaged in conditions that warrant the extra drive traction. Using 4wd on dry pavement WILL wreck your shit.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:31 AM
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Chains don't cause abnormal tire wear, but keep in mind that your speed is limited when they are mounted, and if a chain breaks it will tear your fender up before you get stopped if you're moving at any speed.
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:20 AM
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Default Re: Tire chains?

With most tire chains/cables, your maximum speed should be about 30 mph (50 kph). I have owned several sets of tire cables over the years.....good to have in an emergency situation. Tire chains are more $$$ and will last longer. Keep the tire cables oiled up for maximum durability....rust is the biggest enemy.

Just bought a set of Cobra tire cables for my FX4...$128 after taxes including a spider tensioner. My preferred brand is SCC.

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Old 01-20-2012, 02:26 PM
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If you have a good set of winter tires on and know how to drive in the snow, you will almost never need to use chains. Having a set just in case you do hit that almost part is a very good idea. One set for all of your drive wheels.

Also, if the conditions are bad enough that you need to use chains, you shouldn't be going faster than 30 mph anyway.
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