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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-21-2001, 12:16 PM
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anyone know where to get them? I want to do some wheeling in the snow next year, but no one sells chains because they are only legal for off road use. Is there anywhere online that has a catalog or something?
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Re: tire chains

What size tire are you running? I know there are companys out there that sell chains up to 35" tires. I called our lacal tire shop and thery told me they can get them. Why do you want chains for any ways? We wheel in the snow all the time. Just air your tires down and have a good time. If you want to do serious snow wheeling take a look at www.supertraction.com now that is serious. Top

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Re: tire chains

Try a shop catering to truckers, like a truck stop. They run big chains on big tires. Or a tractor/farm supply place, they run chains sometimes too, on huuuuge tires.
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Re: tire chains

4 Wheel Parts sells chains for big tires. Look in any of the 4x4 rags.

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Re: tire chains

Check out this site, tons of stuff!
http://www.tirechain.com/

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Re: tire chains

I'll make you a deal. I have the cross chain but not the side chain (proof coil links-long). I'll make you a set in exchange for the side chain. Size doesn't matter and they'll be ruthless, a cross chain on every link (every other when the chain is flat), and I'll buy the snap connectors as well. The cross chain is hardened, and was used on large trucks for plowing, they are used but have a ton of life left in them. Check out the set I made my younger brother for his 3 wheeler. The side chain on them is 4/0, and you'd want at least 6/0 or maybe even 8/0 if you plan on using them for mud. Let me know what you think.

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If you are serious about snow wheeling, you won't use chains. They only help if the snow is not deep, so you can dig to solid ground. In deep snow, I have seen more chained up rigs stuck to the frame rails then I can count. The group of guy I wheel with prefer winter time deep snow wheeling, over Summertime Rockcrawling, and we are wheel on snow deep enough that there is no way you will ever get close to solid ground. Some tips for deep snow wheeling. First, and most important, Ultra low air pressure. I usually start at 4 PSI, and the last couple of times out I have been down to 1.5 PSI, so get a good digital gauge. Second, you can't drive snow the way you drive mud, horsepower is nice sometimes, but not very often. Third, and almost as important as #1, Do not spin, as soon as you lose forward momentiom get off the gas, many times you will climb right back on top of the snow doing this. Ultra low gearing can also be a real plus in snow. The key is staying on top of the snow, because when you do get stuck, your tires are still at least 3-4 feet away from any solid ground. By the way, none of the guys in the group run chains, and very few even own a set of chains.

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Re: tire chains

That is true, but for general trail wheeling in less than 2' of snow, nothing but a chain will move you. We have some trails up here we run with chains, and you absolutely need them when you hit the glacier headwall. Once you've tried chains in the winter, nothing else will compare. In very deep snow, I agree, you definitely don't want chains.

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Re: tire chains

Thanks for the offer JEEPN, but now I'm am wondering if I should look into chains or not...I probably won't ever run more than 2' of snow, thats kinda a lot. Should I get chains or not? What would you charge me for a set of your chains for 35x12.5 bfg at's?

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Again, I disagree, but only because I have pulled way to many chained up vehicles out of some pretty serious stucks. Some of them where in fairly shallow snow. Once your axles start pushing snow, chained up or not, you are going to have a hard time moving. If I ever get a scanner, I have some pictures of my Jeep up to the front bumper in snow. Not moving forward, but also not stuck. You just have to get a short run, sometimes as little as a few inches, and try to climb back on top of the snow. Sometimes just getting through a short drifted over area can take a lot of time.

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