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Unread 12-12-2009, 07:04 PM   #1
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Snow Chains Prohibited on a Sahara?

My father picked up an '02 Sahara this year, and with winter upon us, he decided to look into snow chains. The vehicle manual says however, that snow chains are not recomended, specifically for Sahara's.

It has the standard NV-231 transfer case, not some fancy AWD system... so I'm guessing this is because of the larger fender flairs? Any other ideas?

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Unread 12-12-2009, 07:08 PM   #2
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alot of manuals dont recommend them. they have a tendency to come off and wrap about the axle. if a link breaks the chain just whips around tearing up the wheel wells
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Unread 12-12-2009, 07:10 PM   #3
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but why only Saharas and not all jeeps in general?
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Unread 12-12-2009, 07:11 PM   #4
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Interesting? Why just the Saharas, they just have painted flares and alloy wheels.
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Unread 12-12-2009, 07:16 PM   #5
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Yeah, the manual for my '01 Sahara says the same thing.

It also says (paraphrased): to use chains only on P205/75R15 or P215/75R15 tires. Larger tires do not have adequate clearance between the tire and flare.



I know Saharas came equipped with one of two tire sizes: 30X9.5-15 or P225/75R15 , so the 'Sahara Chain Restriction' seems to be based on tire size. (Back before the Rubicon, the Sahara was the high-end TJ with bigger tires than the other TJ models.)
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there really is no difference that would have an effect that would matter about chains vs cables. atleast none i could think of. do sahara's come stock with limited slip? that might be the reason
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do sahara's come stock with limited slip? that might be the reason
Not stock. D44's were an option, though.
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Unread 12-12-2009, 07:27 PM   #8
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well, since it was the upgraded version of the jeep. and now the rubicon is...so does the rubi say the same thing since they are running larger tires?
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Dunno. Does a Rubi have taller springs than a Sahara? They may have more clearance, Clarence.
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Unread 12-12-2009, 07:58 PM   #10
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Jeep and other Mfr's do not recomment tire chains mostly because people will not install them properly or do not know how...and/or drive too fast after installation=chains come loose and damage the vehicle. Add the fact that many folks have the wrong size chains for thier tires to begin with...and the tolerance stack-up of it all can make for a real bad day. I cannot imagine chaining up unless I was plowing with a big truck, driving the Haul Road to Prudoe Bay in winter, etc. No thanks.
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driving the Haul Road to Prudoe Bay
I did that once. On a motorcycle.

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in winter.
Oh. Nevermind.
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Unread 12-12-2009, 08:05 PM   #12
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Its a clearance issue. As long as you use good chains and have enough clearance in the the wheel wells you will be fine. Limited slip and lockers have nothing to do with it, we run chains on Jeeps will lockers and LSD all the time.
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Most of the owners manuals are written by lawyers try to avoid suits filed due to lack of common sense. Put the chains on, check the clearence. if it flies your good. I'm running 33-9.50 on stock wheels with 2" lift and I use chains because nothing is cooler then the crazy tration chains provide.
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Its a clearance issue. As long as you use good chains and have enough clearance in the the wheel wells you will be fine. Limited slip and lockers have nothing to do with it, we run chains on Jeeps will lockers and LSD all the time.
on trails or paved roads. i would that it would be hard on the front locker to have the chains dig through the ice onto the pavement.
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Unread 12-12-2009, 08:14 PM   #15
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Yeah! All the last few posts are right on. AND...don't drive over about 30 mph (I say that because there is a high likelyhood of the chains getting loose...it will happen and the fact they are likely imported/cheap, don't help the matter). You'll be fine. I suspect however, that after your first install of a full set of chains, if you've not done it, then the experience of driving on same...and you'll be about done with all that. Of course there are some who need the traction and will go through the ordeal. Been there, done that. No more. I'll wait til' it warms up a bit!
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