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Unread 11-23-2009, 05:37 AM   #1
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Has anyone made tire chains?

Just curious.

I am building an old Nissan truck with dual transfercases, 38s and tons. 38s are well used, but still have tread. However for a trail only rig and for the wicked ice sheets we get on trails here, I talked to my friends about literally making permanent chains for the tires.

I don't know how, but all I have thought of doing is just welding all the links solid. I cant afford chains or tires anytime soon so this is really the next best thing.

What do we think about this?

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Unread 11-23-2009, 10:52 PM   #2
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Unread 11-23-2009, 11:25 PM   #3
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If it's not going on the road, I know some people that ride motorcycles on ice put studs in the tires.
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Unread 11-23-2009, 11:55 PM   #4
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you can make them just buy heavy chain, and if you make them, you can design the best patten.
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Unread 11-24-2009, 12:02 AM   #5
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Kinda what I figured.

Anyone have tips?
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Unread 11-24-2009, 02:46 AM   #6
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I would not weld the links together. They would probably just break apart again anyway. If you are going to make your own though you want to make them as tight to the tire as possible with no play whatsoever. Maybe fab up some kind of tensioner. Like an upgraded version of those big "rubberbands" they use on regular store bought chains.
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I would suggest doing studs. Maybe a 1/4 nut/bolt with fender washers on the inside and a smaller washer on the outside. Chop the bolt off at the nut and carry some tire patches/air source in case you lose one and get a flat.

I'm sure you'll be able to turn on a dime. I used to do this on my mountain bike during the winter. It was pretty cool to be able to haul *** across a frozen lake.

http://www.wrxtuners.com/forums/f53/...s-death-22365/


I had a friend whos front tires fell into the ice and couldnt get the grip to back out. The tires worked their way down to below the ice line. It took three winches and a good amount of time to get him free. The results were a ripped off bumper, bent frame, and a few angry Paragon employees that were kept late.


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Why? You've got a tensioner already! Air down, put the tires on, air back up. (Just kidding, I know how diameter works)

I saw some home-made chains last year. They were done with those screw-open chain links, rather than welds:



He kept his tight with those black molded rubber bungee cords, but you could also use any chain tightener.
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I would suggest doing studs. Maybe a 1/4 nut/bolt with fender washers on the inside and a smaller washer on the outside. Chop the bolt off at the nut and carry some tire patches/air source in case you lose one and get a flat.

I'm sure you'll be able to turn on a dime. I used to do this on my mountain bike during the winter. It was pretty cool to be able to haul *** across a frozen lake.

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I had a friend whos front tires fell into the ice and couldnt get the grip to back out. The tires worked their way down to below the ice line. It took three winches and a good amount of time to get him free. The results were a ripped off bumper, bent frame, and a few angry Paragon employees that were kept late.


Those spikes are freaking nuts!

Thats a great idea!

Although, they look fragile just getting the truck on and off a trailer.

I think I want something more removeable, but thats intense and would work great with tubes.
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I made a set for some 38's I had on a Dodge truck and used those screw chain links and the only issue I had was a couple of them came uncrewed and fell off but other than that they worked great and I beat the living heck out of them. I cheated thow I started with a smaller set of chains and just added to them but even from scratch they are easy to do but do get expensive with all the parts.
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I would suggest doing studs. Maybe a 1/4 nut/bolt with fender washers on the inside and a smaller washer on the outside. Chop the bolt off at the nut and carry some tire patches/air source in case you lose one and get a flat.

I'm sure you'll be able to turn on a dime. I used to do this on my mountain bike during the winter. It was pretty cool to be able to haul *** across a frozen lake.

http://www.wrxtuners.com/forums/f53/...s-death-22365/


I had a friend whos front tires fell into the ice and couldnt get the grip to back out. The tires worked their way down to below the ice line. It took three winches and a good amount of time to get him free. The results were a ripped off bumper, bent frame, and a few angry Paragon employees that were kept late.


Has anyone actually done this (bolts through the tread)? I'm thinking of doing this or something similar with chains bolted across the tread, with my SRA's after I'm done with them.
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Why try and reinvent the wheel? Get some semi truck tire chains. I had a set for my truck when I had 40s on it. They were about the right diameter, so you would only have shorten the ends a little...
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