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Tom Bond
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:35 pm    Post subject: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Any recommendations on how the chains should set on the tires? Over the top of the treads like in the 1st. picture or in between them like in the 2nd. picture? I know... Your all makin' fun of my crude weight setup for some extra traction but hey....It's 260# of old air handler motor sheaves that I've changed out over the last few jobs. Otherwise they were going to the scrap yard. They still clear the top link while in the lowered position so I think I'm OK.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They will find their own position, some will be in the cavity and some not. Dont worry they still will grab on the bottom and sides. they make a world of difference, put some shock cords on the side to keep them tight.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The chains will move on you anyway Tom,
they won't stay where you put them, specially if you spin a tire.
Drive it around a little, slowly, and see what they do.
You want them as tight as you can get them, and then
add some bungie cords across the outside of your wheels to take up slack.
Otherwise they may swing/slap your fenders.

P.S. chains don't just scratch paint when they hit fenders, they bend sheet metal!
As long as the weights don't move, any weight is better than none.
I can't remember if you said you loaded your tires or not, but more weight
seems to be better when it comes to plowing snow here in Michigan.


 


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:01 am    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

"Your all makin' fun of my crude weight setup"

not me! i love to see inovation.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:30 am    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

correct me if i"m wrong but that link that connects the side chain to the chains that run over the tread should be turned the other way to be correct.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:01 am    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I agree with the other poster. Your chains are on inside-out. The cross-link fastener ends need to face outward.

Also, with a 4-link chain on R1 tires don't worry where the cross links start out. They will ALL likely end up between the lugs after just a couple uses.

The only solution is 2-link or even better Duo-Grip or similar that make a X-pattern over the lugs.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:47 am    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The way he has them is the way I have always installed them. Maybe I have always been wrong, my wife would certainly agree with that.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:31 am    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well if you think about it what good are they when they are like the #2 picture they never get out and hit the ice or snow and that is why you have them one isn't it. #1 is the way you want them but keeping them that way is hard to do unless you have the X link type chains or a center chain running all the way around the tire. So #1 is the correct way. As for the weights if you move them back to and one the 3 point equipment they will do you a lot more good
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:29 am    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

By the way I meant to answer Tom not you but the to respond areas where real close on this one and I hit the wrong one LOL
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Don't waste time worrying about or trying to get them to lie on top or between the lugs, they will lay where they want to. But by all means get a bunch of bungee cords or rubber tarp straps and snug them down tight against the tire. We always used about 3 or 4 on the outside of the tire and even put a few tarp straps on the inside of the tire. They always worked better for us when snugged down tight, and they don't flop around and damage something.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dan in North Houston wrote:
(quoted from post at 16:55:30 09/21/12) Don't waste time worrying about or trying to get them to lie on top or between the lugs, they will lay where they want to. But by all means get a bunch of bungee cords or rubber tarp straps and snug them down tight against the tire. We always used about 3 or 4 on the outside of the tire and even put a few tarp straps on the inside of the tire. They always worked better for us when snugged down tight, and they don't flop around and damage something.

That's what I was pointing out with my picture last night too Dan.
I noticed today that the post doesn't show up at all on Classic View. Not sure why.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That"s what I was pointing out with my picture last night too Dan.
I noticed today that the post doesn"t show up at all on Classic View. Not sure why.
I submitted this post from both views just to see what happens.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have Never had to use bungees or coat hang wires to keep my chains on. If the truth be known I would be embarassed to have them on my tractor. (comes from my dad who would ridicule people who he saw with them)
Get your side chains snugged up good and you don't need them. I have never dropped a chain.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We didn't do it to keep the chains on. We saw that it worked better. We often kept the chains on through the spring mud season, often had short trips down a paved road. Tractor rode better and didn't sling mud near as bad. Dad thought it reduced wear on the chains, but I can' t say for sure that was true.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire Chains Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Have to give you a hard time. If your where your handle indicates your from you people go into the ditches when you get a 1/2 inch of snow and can not drive over 10mph in the stuff. People like Ultra know what snow is as in feet of the stuff. Me here in Missouri almost NEVER use the chains I have. Yep got to say something to give you a hard time and mean nothing bad to you just in Texas you do not get any real snow or ice. If that is where you are
 
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