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Old January 21st, 2014, 10:02 PM
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Snow chain PSA

Whilst researching snow chains I came across this PSA and thought I'd share in case any of you guys up north forgot how to put snow chains on with all the inbound snow, here is a quick refresher.

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Old February 15th, 2014, 06:37 PM
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So aside from the previous post does anyone have an good opinion on the "best" traction chains or a brand/model they settled for?
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Old February 15th, 2014, 09:12 PM
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So aside from the previous post does anyone have an good opinion on the "best" traction chains or a brand/model they settled for?
For on road use or off road? Off road I find v bar ladder style the best. Quick and easy to fit and to a of traction. There are a few quality brands. You need to have some tire clearance though. For a lighter chain that clears better or on road the Rud Grup 4x4 work well and are durable.
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Old February 15th, 2014, 09:24 PM
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I have the Flex Trax GoClaws which have worked well for short local cruising on the Series, but if money was no object I'd get the Mita Snow Chains. The Mita's are awesome....but really probably designed for way more upscale rides than our sh*tboxes. Generally a Rover needs something a little more low-brow, and the Mita's probably aren't designed for off-road or heavy abuse.
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Old February 15th, 2014, 09:28 PM
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I just bought a set of Rud Grip 4x4 chains. Not using them for heavy off-road, but just as another aid. They are inexpensive and well made.
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Old February 15th, 2014, 09:39 PM
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Im debating putting cable or twist link chains on the 9x16's on the Shorland. I ran V-bar last year on the 101 and they where amazing but I just don't have the tire clearance any more on the Shorland.

Are cable or twist worth it? Really looking for a little more stopping power. The new military style bar grips are great in deep snow but completely worthless on ice. What do you guys think?
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Old February 15th, 2014, 10:52 PM
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Rud diamond style. Cable are fine but they break.
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Old February 16th, 2014, 12:15 AM
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Saw these today. May have been custom. Not sure though. I liked the design with the almost studded edge to them.
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Saw these today. May have been custom. Not sure though. I liked the design with the almost studded edge to them.
Look like regular commercial cross links, maybe a set made up by a tire shop. We repair our own here & the local truck tire shop sells all the individual parts we need.
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I had that style on the 101. They would rub to much on the front in the Shorland. I already had to rewire my whole right front wing as new 9x16 are wider then the old british army style. I think normal link would be best I could get away with
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Old February 24th, 2014, 10:47 AM
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I put the Rud Grip 4X4 chains to work this weekend.

SUPER easy to install. <5 minutes each.


The chains themselves work AMAZINGLY. But after a few trips up and down the mountain, we had a couple of Rud's little rubber straps fail, and were replaced with regular bungee cords. Which got the job done. Just disappointing. Especially because I'm open differential, which really sucks at having only 1 chain attached to the axle.



I think I'm going to pull off their little rubber straps and install some small turnbuckles or binders.

Any ideas?
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Old February 24th, 2014, 10:59 AM
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thanks for asking. interested in opinions. I like the RUDD's, but this is a common complaint when actually using them off highway.
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I have the Flex Trax GoClaws which have worked well for short local cruising on the Series, but if money was no object I'd get the Mita Snow Chains. The Mita's are awesome....but really probably designed for way more upscale rides than our sh*tboxes. Generally a Rover needs something a little more low-brow, and the Mita's probably aren't designed for off-road or heavy abuse.
Think I'm going Mita...I'll need a little high brow whilst pulling a trailer...should the need arise!
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Old February 24th, 2014, 11:22 AM
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I've used the chains a lot in the past and never had any problems until this year. We lost two of the chains, and I subsequently learned that the rubber straps aren't meant to be pulled very tight. Just enough to hold them in place. Using them that way, I had to retension the chains a few times, and didn't have any more problems after that.

I now need to replace two of the little rubber bungees.
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Old February 24th, 2014, 11:23 AM
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I came across Clothier while researching for some chains to use so I can get up to my cabin in the snow. I was wondering if anyone has used them they seem pricey. http://www.clothierproducts.com/default_site.htm
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I put a set on the Gravely and then never took them off.
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I put a set on the Gravely and then never took them off.
are you referring to the clothier?
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These people sell a fairly large variety of chains. http://www.tirechain.com/7.50-16LT.htm
I haven't bought from them since there isn't much need here in Georgia and I still have my old chains for the once every 3 years need.
If I ever manage to move back to snow country I'll probably get a set of these: http://www.tirechain.com/REINFORCED-DIAMOND-CHAIN.htm
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These people sell a fairly large variety of chains. http://www.tirechain.com/7.50-16LT.htm I haven't bought from them since there isn't much need here in Georgia and I still have my old chains for the once every 3 years need. If I ever manage to move back to snow country I'll probably get a set of these: http://www.tirechain.com/REINFORCED-DIAMOND-CHAIN.htm
think I have those actually. Work pretty well.
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Ok question. Can I run V bar on my rear tires and normal chain on my front? On the Shorland clearance up front is really limited with the 9x16's under standered series front wings.
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