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Bob (December 2nd, 2019)
I thought it was going to be these.
I thought it was going to be these:
Hmmm - Emergency chains has me thinking...
`from above I went looking ($30 for the orange kit - though they do seem to have some nicely defined features - and they had to make a $$$ mold for them)
Then comes this which saddles up with Max...
and I start thinking - yes, I'd like some "height" like a true chain. Why not purchase some chain much like would be used in conventional tire chains and cut 6" lengths. With a long zip-tie that could go around the tire and wheel, thread the zip tie through the first, last, and perhaps middle links of the chain where it would be located on the tire tread. I wonder how long something like that might last? The kit would weigh more than zip-tie-only setups - but not too much.
At the second link, the author does nicely call out concern for the valve stem:
"Be careful of the tire stem. The chains will shift with the rotation of the tire, so be sure to put the chain towards the end of the opening where it will naturally get pushed"
As someone who's stuck might find themself going back and forth - I'd not put anything in the area that could catch the valve stem
I've used these in the past on a 2wd camper... the V bar type. I may still have them somewhere. They're good for getting out of a snowy parking lot, but not recommended for long distances or speeds over 5mph. You also have to consider the clearance between the inside of the wheel and the caliper. Even with enough clearance, if one of these comes loose it could get tangled up in the caliper. There's a bit more room with drums. Compared to the diamond type of snow chains (I had those too) these are not too much quicker to install on pavement. You're still crawling around in your wheel well in the snow.
They have enough of them on there like they plan to run down the highway with them, and that scares me a little. That means they put some on, then moved a bit, then put the others on. If you're just trying to get unstuck you're good with 2 per wheel.
One can also use rope in an emergency according to the below:
Bob (December 3rd, 2019)
I like the rope idea.
I'd skip the "flame the ends" this guy talks about but like the method.
Jim (December 3rd, 2019)
I like the rope idea. Wish I would have known about it a few years ago. Got stuck halfway in my driveway when the gutter was full of snow and ice after a storm. Used the emergency chains from my post above and now I have some claw marks in my concrete driveway from a little wheel spin. Rope would have been worth a shot.
I always wondered how those worked.
The school busses around here all have automatic chains also.....
Just buy some quality tire chains, you’ll only need them on occasion or for that emergency!
2005 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 6speed
~Built for wheelin'
I have everything to do this sitting in my shed and am considering it, seems pretty simple. I'd upgrade the tensioners. Anyone ever make these?
Bob (December 22nd, 2019)