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post #1 of 17 Old 01-24-2012, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Chains in snow

If you have to chain up the Jeep in snow, which axle should be chained, the front or rear?

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post #2 of 17 Old 01-24-2012, 09:21 AM
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You don't need the chains unless there is serious amount of ice/snow. Your 4wd are good enough if it works. IMO chains should be on rear.
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post #3 of 17 Old 01-24-2012, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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I understand the 4WD works fine in snow but sometimes you either hit, as you said, serious snow or they are rquired.
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post #4 of 17 Old 01-24-2012, 10:17 AM
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how bad is the snow you need chains.... we get a foot daily here and no one runs chains, more of a pain in the big ole arse then anything..... truckers are usually the only ones, unless your farther norht in the bush,.... chains mandatory there...

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post #5 of 17 Old 01-24-2012, 11:52 AM
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Never needed chains or even studded tires in 35 years of driving up here, but if I was to chain up for some bizarre reason it would be on all four wheels.

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post #6 of 17 Old 01-24-2012, 11:56 AM
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Also siped tires are night/day difference. You won't need chains for any reason unless you are in farth north.
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post #7 of 17 Old 01-24-2012, 12:20 PM
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We've had record snow in Alaska this season and the only day that was even sketchy so far was a day where we had a lot of heavy wet snow that gets the consistency of mash potatoes and just sort of sticks in the grooves on the tires until they are just slick balls of ice. Even on that day, 4WD worked fine. The only time I would worry about chains is in water on ice conditions, because I live up on a mountain, and it's no fun doing donuts down the mountain. If I were to need to chain up, it would be all 4 wheels, because I have 4WD. If you have a FWD, you chain the front only. If you have a RWD, you chain all four because the rear needs it for pushing the vehicle, and the front needs it for steering.
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post #8 of 17 Old 01-24-2012, 12:27 PM
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Chains would have helped a ton when I was wheeling on sunday. It was about 6" of snow, and solid ice underneath. Towing out a broken LJ was almost impossible on the hills.

If I was to only get one set, it would be on the front for 2 reasons. First, is I have more clearance up front and less of a change of rubbing. Second, I have a front locker.

I would just buy 2 sets though.

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post #9 of 17 Old 01-24-2012, 12:41 PM
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In some states, you may get a citation if you are caught without chains on a designated stretch of highway and the winter conditions require it. Sometimes there are stated exceptions such as 4wd or vehicles with studded tires, sometimes there are none.

Chains are expensive and so, I have only one set. Given my options, I would run them on the rear for on the road requirements, legality and what not. For wheeling, I would run chains on the front to aid in steering and finding traction. FWIW, I use the heavy duty cam style of chains used for hunting and not street driving i.e. quick connect cables.

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post #10 of 17 Old 01-24-2012, 01:01 PM
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I chained up a 4x4 only once! It got me stuck about five hundred feet further up the road was all.

I don't know about other Jeeps but mine will go till the snow is up to the belly....


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I use to drive truck into Yosemite National park and they always had the chain sign out. For a truck you have to chain all the time.

There are 3 categories of chains required for cars, stage 1 "Cars with snow tires ok", stage 2 "4 wheel drive with snow tires ok", and stage 3 "chains required" for everyone.

If I only had one set I would put them on the front to help with steering as long as you had it in 4 wheel drive.
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post #12 of 17 Old 01-24-2012, 04:56 PM
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At least here in the midwest, I have yet to have that much snow that I'd need chains in either Jeep. Even my wife's KJ will go through easy the 2' drifts we tend to get with big storms. But otherwise the salt trucks and plows are out in force.

Now in my younger days of living in CO, I always put chains on my RX-7 back in the day. It was like having a four-wheel drive sports car! But not much fun to put them on such a low to the ground car. But it did get me to the ski slopes on occasion.

I saw this in another "chain" thread. Worth reposting...

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Chains will save your butt when nothing else can. I have 2 sets for each vehicle. In the summer I only carry one set cause it don't snow very much

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post #14 of 17 Old 01-24-2012, 07:48 PM
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I've had to use chains before on road. Two years ago WV and western VA got dumped on, hard. On the way to Timberline WV to ski I chained up both axles on 33 km2s locked front and LSD(good) rear to get up a couple of passes in the middle of the night. The snow was 20-24" deep to where my tires were sinking to and had an ice layer underneith from sleet prior to the snow.

Its not often you need them but when you do the kick
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post #15 of 17 Old 01-25-2012, 07:06 AM
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When I lived in WA there were many stretches of road that chains were required, plus had a bad ice storm that left the roads almost solid ice. I put the chains on the rear so I did not have to worry about them hitting anything when turning. Slow going but at least I was going.
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