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Old 01-14-2016, 11:22 AM
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Arrow Made my own Snow Chains!

Built my own Snow Chains for my 35s. Used mainly Harbor Freight parts and the total cost was around $70. Great piece of mind, and saves me from the $1000 California "must have" snow chains law.

HF-2 buckets of 1/4" x 35' chain
HF-1 box of 21" rubber bungees (not pictured, but for tension)
HF-2 bags of twist lock chain connectors (3 per bag)
A vise and bar to open links (Easy) or two screwdrivers (hard!)
Chain cutter

You have to measure your actual tire height, and subtract 4 inches (as chain runners should be on sidewall, not on tire tread), then multiple by pi (mmmmm Pie) to get the circumference. Then, measure across tire, mine are 12.5", and add two inches. Then, measure the actual length of the chains to use/cut (I think mine were 97" x 4 runners and 14.5" x 16 for links, 8 on each snow chain). You will cut the runners, and have to cut links to connect them together like a ladder. Then, use a vise, or screwdrivers to reclose links. Measure/fit on tire, if good to go, weld and you are done! Was a fun project. There are some Youtube Videos that help to review also.

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Old 01-14-2016, 12:32 PM   #2
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Well done. Hopefully you will never need them, but I get the point that CHP can be a PITA.

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Old 01-19-2016, 02:13 PM   #3
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Looks good. The 10 years I lived there (05-15) I never had the CHP make me put chains on with a 4 wheel drive vehicle. I spent a lot of time in the Sierra's during winter.
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Old 01-19-2016, 02:53 PM   #4
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I need to get a set for my 255/85/16 or make an old set of 31/10.50/15 chains fit (probably won't work).

I lived in Truckee California for 9 years and was never required to chain up by CHP. I did have to chain my 4x4 truck (my choice) to get around Tahoe Donner a few times.
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Old 01-26-2016, 05:59 AM   #5
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I live in Reno and have never run into the $1000 snow chain law in Kali, and do travel over the summit quite a lot. Never had to chain up either, however do have a set of cables "just in case".
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