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zodiac brave 01-09-2009 07:45 PM

JK and Snow Chains
Hey y'all,

I am going to be driving my 2007 Wrangler X Unlimited from Indianapolis to Seattle next week. My route primarily consists of I-80 'til almost Salt Lake, and then 84 north via Boise.

I noticed that I signed something saying that the manufacturer recommends that I don't use snow chains. While I really don't think it'll be an issue with the interstate driving, I think I should have them if for nothing else than a totem to ward off the snow.

Do we have some sort of alternative, or am I just worried about nothing?


AzTJ 01-09-2009 07:49 PM

Is yours a 2WD model?

iamagolfspaz 01-09-2009 08:40 PM

My dealer gave me a sheet of paper that stated that i could use chains but they have to be put on the rear tires. Class S chains.But this is in Cali though.

4Jeepn 01-09-2009 09:34 PM

I have never driven out west in snow, but I would think if you need to hook up chains to your jeep to get down the road.. you should not be out there. Then again better to have them and not need em, then need them and not have them.

iamagolfspaz 01-09-2009 09:40 PM

Out here ive seen where even if you have 4 wheel drive you still need to at least carry chains.

Hitchhiker 01-10-2009 02:01 PM

From page 313-314 of 2008 Wrangler Owners Manual:


Install chains on rear tires only. Tire chains may be
installed on all models except the Sahara and Rubicon.
Follow these recommendations to guard against damage
and excessive tire and chain wear:
  • Use chains on P225/75R16 tires only. P245/75R16,
    P255/75R17, P255/70R18, and LT255/75R17 tires do
    not provide adequate clearance.
  • Use SAE class “S” tire chains or traction devices only.
  • Chains must be the proper size for the vehicle, as
    recommended by the chain manufacturer.
  • Follow tire chain manufacturer’s instructions for
    mounting chains.
  • Install chains snugly and tighten after.6 mile (1 km) of
  • Do not exceed 30 mph (48 km/h).
  • Drive cautiously, avoiding large bumps, potholes and
    extreme driving maneuvers.

whiteyj 01-10-2009 02:55 PM


Originally Posted by iamagolfspaz (Post 305754)
Out here ive seen where even if you have 4 wheel drive you still need to at least carry chains.

I was actually turned out of Yosemite once for noy carrying chains despite 4x4 and M&S tires. So I went back down to Mariposa and bought a set. Carried them in the truck for 10 years. Sold them when I sold the truck (they had only been on the ground once---in my driveway to check them out).

Hilldweller 01-12-2009 04:28 AM

JK's are good in snow but bad on ice. Only studs or chains will work on an icy surface...

You can put chains on a Rubi and Sahara if you lift them enough & have aftermarket wheels with more space...

skeeter 01-12-2009 05:13 AM

Hmm, just noticed this thread.
I live in Spokane, just north of your intended route.
You likely won't need chains, the passes you have to go through are fairly well maintained and if it gets too bad they simply shut the pass down. On top of that, this week is supposed to be fairly clear weather.
That being said, if you get chains buy cable chains. As long as you get them on tight you can run em much faster and longer than regular chains, if they fail they won't rip your rig up like irons. They're excellent on ice which would be your primary danger. I ran a set on a 2 wheel drive toyota pick up all winter one year just to see how long they would last, they're still out in my shop in good shape. The trick is to get em on tight.

Norm 01-12-2009 09:06 AM

I live in Spokane also, and I agree with Skeeter. 4x4 is all you'll need on I-90. Yosemite's rules are wierd as I had a similar experience years ago.

BTW, I have used both cables and chains (on snowmobile trails) on my TJ Rubicon with stock tires and suspension and they work fine at low speeds.

jk'n 01-14-2009 07:41 PM

Stock tires on my Rubicon are too big for chains so says the owner's manual.

skeeter 01-15-2009 09:13 AM

Unless they're reffering to clearance issues between the tire and chassis, they're wrong.
I sling irons on semi tires regularly.
Cable chains won't take more than half an inch if you get em on snug.

Hilldweller 01-15-2009 10:08 AM


Originally Posted by skeeter (Post 308728)
Unless they're reffering to clearance issues between the tire and chassis, they're wrong.

That and they'll impact the fenders when articulating.

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