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O/T Thanks to Brian in Oregon - Snow Chains

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by School Teacher, Dec 16, 2010.

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  1. School Teacher

    School Teacher Well-Known Member

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    Brian in Oregon

    About 2 years ago I posted a question concerning if snow chains were still in use. You responded that yes they are but with more front wheel drive cars in use along with 4x4's, that they were not as common.

    You commented that you still used them sometimes and suggested that if one bought snow chains that they should be fitted and any extra chain links be removed.

    To make a long story short, I took your advice and bought a set for my Tundra with 16" wheels. I mounted them on the truck and trimmed them as instructed.

    Well, I did not need them last year but last night we had a major ice storm in Louisville, KY. My neighbors with 4x4 Jeeps had a real difficult time climbing the hill out of our subdivision. One made it and the other gave up and returned home.

    Since I take care of my aged mother, I have to be able to get out. I put the chains on just as I had practiced and can go anywhere I please. The ride is a little noisy and bumpy but their is absolutely no slipping or sliding. We will have ice for a few more days so these chains have been a life saver.

    Thanks for your good advice.

    Ed Ward
     
  2. Unsingle

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    An old Wyoming cowboy told me once as he was pulling my new four wheel drive off the side of a mountain, "Son, the first thing we do here is put chains on when it snows more than a foot." I probably would of died that night if it wasn't for that cowboy. I always carry my chains with me now.
     
  3. 320090T

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    Studs work almost equally as well but you will need some new snow tires to put them in, might as well get some old steel rims and be ready to go.
     
  4. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Ed, glad to help. Just keep in mind that chains don't make you Superman. You can get into trouble with them, too.

    Studs definitely have not worked around here for a couple of storms in the last couple of years or so. Studded tires did not have the traction to claw their way out of ice covered deep ruts with a thin water layer on them. Only a 4x4 with heavy chains could do that. One storm was so bad the National Guard got called out to get the paramedics around the area.
     
  5. X Trap 2

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    The thing to remember when using chains is they make it easier to go but DO NOT help you stop when you hit the brakes to hard on ice. The brakes will lock up on ice and slide so I will let off on the gas to slow down and put it in a lower gear to help slow it down more. Use the brakes lightly and pump off and on.Ray
     
  6. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    Many years ago I was a Carbide Tool salesman in the Midwest. I use to put snow tires and carbide studs in all four tires on my big Chevy's. Sounded like a tank going down the street, but I was never stuck in any kind of weather. Of course, I would loose all my hubcaps every year sliding around corners. It was cheap fun.
     
  7. halfmile

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    I think studs are not legal in Wisconsin. They were wearing ruts in the concrete highways. They were all the rage at one time. I don't see them around here any more.

    HM
     
  8. shadow

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    I have a couple of sets of chains around here if someone wants them. Dont ask me to ship the things, they are so heavy that the shipping would eat you alive.
     
  9. birdogs

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    I used to carry 4 strap-on chains 2 for each drive wheel. Theyu always worked to get me out of tight spots. Do they still make them?
     
  10. GW22

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    Well I certainly hope so. I use strap-ons year round!

    -S&M Snyder
     
  11. tumbleweed

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  12. tumbleweed

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    ...and here is a very cool invention that dates back to 1924!

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  13. shrek

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    Halfmile,

    you are correct, no more studded tires in WI.
     
  14. ricks1

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    studs work on a 2 to 4 in snow and ice but dont seem to work in grass or mud cant understand that? put them on a riding lawn mower and didnt seem to help at all
     
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