View Full Version : Tire Chains

12-20-2012, 11:15 AM
Being a born and bred Georgia boy, I have 0 experience with tire chains.

We do get about one snow/ice storm a year, and when we do, I immediately head to the mountains with my fourwheelers. I have gotten myself in some sticky situations in the past, particularly with a trailer, and I'd like to have chains for the next time.

The chains would be going on either my '06 Tundra, or my dad's '04 Land Cruiser, both 4wd and stockish size tires. Unfortunately I know I won't be able to get one set of chains to work on these and my '74 Land Cruiser with 37's. :D

There are too many options to choose from. I'm not plowing, yet I don't want something too lightweight in case I decide to use the chains in some mud or off-road. Tell me what I should get!

12-20-2012, 11:57 AM
If available, try to buy a diamond pattern chain set. These are similar to what they use in the logging industry on skidders. Nothing holds up and grabs better.

12-20-2012, 11:59 AM
Here's the ones I use - http://www.lacledechain.com/light-truck-and-suvs/alpine-sport-super-sport

There is a video there showing how they are installed. They install a little different than the cheap light weight chains - practice putting on chains before you are in the snow. It's no fun to fumble around unsure what to do when the tire is in the snow. Plus you really do need to check the fit because different tire treads will cause size differences.

Also get a small snow shovel as it is handy to have in bad weather if you expect deep snow. Something like this - http://www.sunnysports.com/Prod/BKDT3.html?refby=adl-google&gclid=COuQ-524qbQCFYl7Qgodg3EALg&kwid=productads-sku^BKDT3-adType^PLA-adid^17510033765

I have a 4wd Expedition. I've only had to "really" use the chains a few times. I go up into the mountains here a lot over the winter. The roads get ice on them a often. Chains help but better to go slow in bad conditions. I don't put the chains on unless the snow is really deep, otherwise your vehicle is taking a beating from the vibration.

I don't know if chains will help in mud. They may just dig your hole deeper and quicker, sinking you up to your axle/frame. No experience on my part there.

12-20-2012, 02:54 PM
Like ironhorse said, the diamond pattern are about the best, or v-bar chains.
Otherwise standard cross chains like you see on the Laclede site will do about anything you need them to do.
Just don't get cable chains, cheap lightweight, made for cars that climb a slick grade, not for chewing through the rough stuff or mud.

12-20-2012, 03:02 PM
Why not just have good tires if the concern is mud or snow? I can see the merits of chains if you have to deal with a lot of ice.

12-20-2012, 03:29 PM
Why not just have good tires if the concern is mud or snow? I can see the merits of chains if you have to deal with a lot of ice.

^^^^^ :)

Also, doesn't the Landcruiser have a locking differentials and/or locking transfer case??

Chains can also create a lot of damage (especially to sheetmetal) if not installed correctly. Any you should re-check them periodically to be sure everything is still snug, too.

If you have some trophy truck with nice tires, the chains will leave some wear/rub marks if left on too long.

12-20-2012, 03:51 PM
I use these in the cam style:

Of coarse I only chain up when my studded mud tires aren't doing the trick. They have them for tires up to 40"

12-20-2012, 04:47 PM
I used to have the '93 Land Cruiser below. It had winch, locking diffs and 35" All-terrains. It was our go-to snow/ice truck. Didn't hurt that it was a little rough around the edges so I didn't care if we slid into a tree or ditch.

If I am seriously wheeling, I am in my '74 Land Cruiser (37's, beadlocks, hydro steering locking diffs etc etc) but it is not suitable for the 2 hr drive to the mountains towing four wheelers.

The chains are really intended for the ice we get on the roads the day after it snows (re-freeze). I may carry them on hunting trips in case there is a real need to get through some nasty stuff, like to pull someone else out. '93 LC used to be the hunting truck, but this 'regular' pickup I have now is just not anywhere close to as capable.

Thanks for the tips, this is the sort of experience I was looking for.

12-20-2012, 05:13 PM
Snow was a little deep on this trip.


12-20-2012, 05:19 PM
Not me, although I wish it was.