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Old 02-07-2014, 11:56 AM   #1
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Snow chains?

This is the first time the snow has come to me and not the other way around. Would this be a good time to buy chains just in case and may to have while snow wheelin? What are your thoughts on snow chains?

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Old 02-07-2014, 12:06 PM   #2
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When you get stopped without them-chain up. You will continue on your way. They have never not worked for me. Jeep is pretty capable with out them and will go much farther than you think stock. Unless you are going extreme I doubt you will ever use them. A good shovel or a strap is usually enough to get you back going. Even on my truck the only time I needed to chain is if was forced to stop in over a foot of snow on a hill while towing a 21 ft enclosed sled trailer. Even than I could chain the rears and crawl out. I was running 32" BFG AT sipped and they are the shit for snow country. Nothing better. Period!

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Old 02-07-2014, 12:16 PM   #3
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Most of the time there is no reason for traction tires or devices when you have 4WD, especially down where you are and they plow the roads. We get a fair amount of snow around here and, at times, it freezes making it slick as goose poop on an ice cube and I get through it just fine.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:38 PM   #4
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if you're going snow wheeling, yes get chains.
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:30 PM   #5
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When you get on the hard pack and it's rained a bit on top of it... Chains are the only way to go. Steep hill climbs with icy packed snow will send you backwards in a hurry when you lose momentum.
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:40 PM   #6
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Ice is tough to beat. Watch this video, shows how capable a jeep can be with out chains! 141 is right though, Chains is the way to go in ice!

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Old 02-07-2014, 04:59 PM   #7
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Ok so I'll get chains, icy roads are my main concern on the road. Ohh btw should I air Down? And how much? I have GY MTRs 33s thanks again ... These might sound like stupid questions but I must ask to stay prepared!
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Always air down. Always helps with traction. I'm running 10lbs right now in the snow here in portland. I'm on 37's but when I ran 33's I'd air down to 12lbs or so. Depends on width of your rim as well. 8.5" wide you can air down more. 10" wide stay around 12 to 15 if your really gonna play so you don't lose a bead.

Note even aired down to 10 jeeps still squirmy as the snow in packed hard around here. Chains would help but I'm ok with the feel.

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I made out like a champ today!! I would like to thank the guys at Les Schwab!!! I had 2 sets of unused Les Schwab tire chains that have been taking up space in my garage for way too long. Just for shits and giggles I took them into les Schwab to see what they could do for me. They swapped them straight up!!! I got the heavy duty chains for my 33s!! granted each set i gave them costed about 80 bucks each and the chains i got are 130 but i don't have to spend time trying to sell them Craigslist. Plus i don't come out of pocket at all - cha-ching!!
I later aired down to 15psi - WOW huge difference! thanks for your time guys! i am going to try 10psi tomorrow... ill see how that goes!
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Ice is tough to beat. Watch this video, shows how capable a jeep can be with out chains! 141 is right though, Chains is the way to go in ice!


Nice video. But wheeling alone and the radiator packed with snow...recipe for disaster!
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I feel like he has that issue solved I.E. all the snow videos he has of him self snow wheeling. If you check out his vids he has all the equipment needed for spending the night with his jeep in the snow as well.

You do make a very good point though. Someone who wouldn't know to look out for that could get a nasty surprise.
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Chains are nice to have to keep the cops happy, but after going over Santiam Pass last month on package snow/ice, 4x4 got me through no problem.
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Chains are nice to have to keep the cops happy, but after going over Santiam Pass last month on package snow/ice, 4x4 got me through no problem.
Carring "traction devises" is part of the exemption in Oregon to not put traction devises on, if you meet the below exemptions


In typical winter conditions, the following vehicles are completely or partially exempt from the chain law. However, in very bad winter road conditions all vehicles may be required to use chains regardless of the type of vehicle or type of tire being used (this is known as a conditional road closure). A conditional road closure may occur on any of Oregon's highways and are frequent in the winter on Interstate 5 through the Siskiyou Pass south of Ashland:

Police vehicles, and fire vehicles, ambulances, and Department of Transportation highway maintenance vehicles when performing their duties.

A four-wheel or all-wheel drive passenger vehicle if all of the following statements are true:

a) It has an unloaded weight of 6,500 pounds or less;
b) It is operated to provide power to both the front and rear wheels;
c) It is carrying chains;
d) It has mud and snow, all-weather radial, or traction tires on all of its wheels;
e) It is not towing another vehicle;
f) It is not being operated in a manner or under conditions that cause the vehicle to lose traction.

I have only put my chains on when we were coming back (long steep downhill) from a sno-park and it was steep, icy, wet surface. I'll put a chain on the front and one on the rear. It is good for stopping and steering.
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I've never really felt the need to use them on the road, but when you are wheeling on some steep hills and a few other rigs have chewed it up.... Once it gets glazed over you just can't make it without chains. Chains will break through the ice crust and get down to the soft stuff. There's a reason they chain up the tires on log skidders... They can haul logs up steep muddy clear cuts when they are chained up. Without them they just spin and dig ruts.

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