I'm not sure what the deal is here. I'm guessing the "no chain" guys don't have chains. I've used them to go where people haven't gone all winter. There is absoultly NO way a rig with out snow chains will go as far as a rig with snow chains. Now, I'm not talking to wal mart, I'm talking up the mountain. I mean, I've been aired down, gotten stuck, chained up and drove straight through. There is absolutely no comparison.
I'm talking about real chains. These chains weigh about 150 pounds and they're made out of a Boron alloy.
I just watched your video. You had trouble through the little snow bank at the beginning. There was barely enough snow for your diff to leave a mark and you are clawing through an inch at a time! Just for the heck of it next time lower your tire pressure and try it. What do you have to loose. If it doesn't work, throw the chains on.
Ya, I have chains and when you get over 2ft of dense snow they just dig you in and get you high centered. Just like a big mud hole. You need floatation when the snow gets deep. As for running chains, if you're gonna run them at least put them on all 4. Running them only on the front is like running with the back driveshaft off..
The only guys I know that run front chains only are the loggers who run the back roads and don't feel like putting on a full set of chains.
Don't get me wrong, Chains have there place, on a tractor, or snow plow, icey with moderate snow, but not in deep snow.
I use chains on all 4 wheels when it gets really gnarly.
It works when nothing else will.
As a matter of fact, a 4 door JKU with chains on all 4 is one of the best vehicles in deep snow that I've owned.
I'm in my 40's, numerous Blazers, a bronco, a yj, a dodge 4x4 pup, an old ford pup, and a Chevy 4x4 van included, but none have been as competent as the 4dr jk with chains.
Ps... You both are right. Lowering tire pressure make a world of difference. Also, here in Oregon if it snows, there more than likely ice underneath.
Anywhoo.... Air down - good. But, I also love putting chains on all 4 wheels and letting the Jeep shine!
I've done both air down, and chains. When it gets bad I prefer chains b/c when you hit ice under the snow they are the only thing that will grab.
The only down side to chains is you can't flex as much without rubbing. Even with the Sway bar connected my rear chains hit the rear bumper.
Aired down and floating on the snow can work, but chains will have you pushing snow with your bumper.
My favorite vehicle in the snow though is my Chevy 2500 Diesel. The weight is the savior there, sinks to the bottom and keeps pushing (I won't climb a mountain with it though, the Jeep is for off roading).
2011 JK Rubicon 2 door 6-speed manual, 3.5" Rock Krawler Suspension lift, 1.25" Daystar body lift, 40x13.50R17 Nitto Mud Grapplers
just remember chains do not rub they tear stuff apart when they "rub". More backspace no issues. off road UP hill chains are needed on flats sure you can just power it, but real trails that have camber or steep stuff 4x4 with chains on all 4 is like a tank.
I think I will get some chains for Rubicon because I might want to go someplace where the chains are required, like http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/chains.htm and I am sure there are some mountain passes that require chains at times and the law will not care if you have a Jeep and correct tire pressure or not.
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