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Old 03-20-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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Carrying chains W/Jeep

One the the mountain passes here in WA state has a sign "all vehicles must carry chains". What is the conventional wisdom on this? I ordered a set of chains for my 255 75R 17's that look like commercial truck chains.

What I would like info on, is does anyone use chains on a regular basis in cold climes? Which axle do you chain or all four? Thanks.

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One the the mountain passes here in WA state has a sign "all vehicles must carry chains". What is the conventional wisdom on this? I ordered a set of chains for my 255 75R 17's that look like commercial truck chains.

What I would like info on, is does anyone use chains on a regular basis in cold climes? Which axle do you chain or all four? Thanks.
Don't ever chain the fronts. I beleive the owners manual says not to use chains at all. If you do use them go with the cable style and don't go over 35mph.

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When the law says you must have them-- you know the rest of the story.
I generally chain rear before the front-- if road is bad enough to NEED to chain all four; the road will PROBABLY be closed anyway. About the only time I chain all four; I am just screwing around anyway.
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I've never used chains and when talking to the CHP--they've never stopped JEEPS/w MT tires, but they have stopped them with AT tires-

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Old 03-20-2012, 08:43 PM   #5
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Return them for a set of cable style "chains".
The old chain styles ride horribly, offer no real traction improvement over cables, are hard on tires and require more clearance (which could be tight if running wider tires) Catch 22 - your bigger tires may limit you to commercial style chains.

I am actually looking at the new composite/textile offerings. But, I'd check you state's policy on these first.
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:53 PM   #6
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One caveat - if you use chains a lot, the chain style do last longer. And you can get designs that ride a little nicer. RUD makes some nice ones.

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