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Old 12-08-2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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Chains question

I'm looking to take a trip up to Tahoe later this month up the 395 and was wondering what are the better style/brand chains to use. I hope I don't have to use them but ca says we must have them in the vehicle. I'm running 35in procomp xtreme at's.

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I'm looking to take a trip up to Tahoe later this month up the 395 and was wondering what are the better style/brand chains to use. I hope I don't have to use them but ca says we must have them in the vehicle. I'm running 35in procomp xtreme at's.

"Z" cables. A bit on the pricey side (especially in those sizes), but way good in the snow and ice. Plus you can travel at close to 45 mph without jumping all over the road like you would with full blown chains at that speed. PS.... sometimes, just having 4-WD, CHP will let you pass without installing chains.

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Old 12-08-2013, 09:54 PM   #3
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If you're driving on icy conditions where chains are required you shouldn't be driving 45mph. Buy some quality chains that won't break on the first use.
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I have been up to Big Bear a couple of times with tons of snow on the road and haven't been stopped yet for not having chains. I even drove through a checkpoint in Arrowbear without anyone looking twice. I don't own a set and drive right through in 4High if the going gets a little slippery.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:55 AM   #5
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It seems silly but I have been up to Big Bear as well and they stop me at check points just to make sure I have them. The first time I did this the CHP wanted to see them, which I showed him I had them, and then told me to proceed. I asked him when would I need to put them on and he said you don't need to worry as I have 4 wheel drive. Kind of stupid really.
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Thanks for the advice.

I figured I wouldn't actually need them I'm not planing on going up in a blizzard but my luck if I didn't have them the cops would want to see them.
Another question should I get a set of four or two.
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Thanks for the advice.

I figured I wouldn't actually need them I'm not planing on going up in a blizzard but my luck if I didn't have them the cops would want to see them.
Another question should I get a set of four or two.

I would say that depends on a couple of things....."A" your budget and "B" if you really want to use them in door handle deep snow. If you really wanna play (and you can afford it), two sets are nice to have. If you are only going to get one set, I have found they work best in the front.
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Once again, I highly recommend those "Z" pattern cables over heavy chains
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I have 2 sets of Alpine Sport chains. Easy on and they stay on! Small square links good clearance.
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Those look pretty nice. How old are they, or should I ask how many times have you used them? I got a cheap set from Wal*Mart several years ago and they were good like twice before they fell apart and ended up a rusty mess in my garage for a couple more years before I got tired of seeing them in there.

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Never had a problem with the CHP requiring them for 4x4's when I used to go to Lake Tahoe. That was years ago though.
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I'm looking to take a trip up to Tahoe later this month up the 395 and was wondering what are the better style/brand chains to use. I hope I don't have to use them but ca says we must have them in the vehicle. I'm running 35in procomp xtreme at's.
I know here in the Sacramento area there are a few stores that will take back the chains after the winter if you did not use them. You might want to check some stores in your area and see if they do the same. At least you would have them in the Jeep.

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Never had a problem with the CHP requiring them for 4x4's when I used to go to Lake Tahoe. That was years ago though.
CHP would close the highway before 4X4's would have to have chains.
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Those look pretty nice. How old are they, or should I ask how many times have you used them? I got a cheap set from Wal*Mart several years ago and they were good like twice before they fell apart and ended up a rusty mess in my garage for a couple more years before I got tired of seeing them in there. Don't waste your money on cheap chains.
I got both sets off CL $75! PO said he used 1 set 1X. I chained up all 4- 1X. HARD!! during a winter recovery last year. Held up great and they took a beating locked up on rutted ice pulling a couple trucks up a long hill during late January. I've seen them at advanced auto for $110 for my size.

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