ATV Tire Chains

ATV Tire Chains

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    Question ATV Tire Chains

    This is my first winter with an UTV here. It is light use on ice and snow packed roads.

    It is very squirrelly on ice.

    I am considering chains.

    Should I go with all four wheels, or just two rear?

    Logic dictates all four, but I have no clue, really.
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    I had a 3-wheeler in AK. It would get squirrelly on ice and packed snow too. I just learned to drive squirrelly. A few guys broke out chains, but not many, and those on rear drive wheels only. -30 is a lot of fun on a 3-wheeler. Not...
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    I see the chains mostly on the rear tires if at all on the atv/utv's that the ice fisherman are using .



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    I have a set of chains for my ATV but rarely use them. I would think that for maximum traction you would want them on all four tires. But I guess it really depends on where you're riding and what you're doing. You can always buy one pair and see how it does. That will give you a better idea of the effectiveness of a second pair on the front.
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    Is your ATV 4-/all-wheel drive? If so, I'd think all wheels chained would be expected. Otherwise, I'd say not. I've never seen a rear-wheel drive vehicle chained up in front.
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    ^^^^^^ It is 2 WD but has 4 WD on demand as well as locking. I've never needed 4 WD.
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    I would look at a different set of tires oriented towards snow/ice. Chains are PIA and can do quite a bit of ATV/UTV damage when (not if) one comes loose under power! Just my .02 worth!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    ^^^^^^ It is 2 WD but his 4 WD on demand as well as locking. I've never needed 4 WD.
    Are you running the machine on ice , lake /pond - or snow / ice covered trails ?

    With the short wheelbase and light weight any tracks in the snow will toss the machine around quite a bit .

    I do not run chains for the reason stated above by 5lima30ret , I've seen chains come off and destroy the radiator , fenders , cv joints etc...



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    ^^^^^^ Mainly an ice and snow covered road from the house to the horses and back.
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    Only time I use chains is plowing snow and then only if there is a lot of ice under it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    ^^^^^^ Mainly an ice and snow covered road from the house to the horses and back.
    I think I would just ride the horses when you have snow and ice.....
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    This is what they use here.
    ATV Tire Chains-snowtrax-lead.jpg
    Even on trucks and SUV's for tough places.

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    Id like forester58s solution but it looks pricier than a set of chains and spare wheels. Very cool-looking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    This is my first winter with an UTV here. It is light use on ice and snow packed roads.

    It is very squirrelly on ice.

    I am considering chains.

    Should I go with all four wheels, or just two rear?

    Logic dictates all four, but I have no clue, really.
    I would say it depends on if you just want to go, or you also want to be able to steer and stop.
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    I would go all 4, it is nice to steer.

    When I chain up my Dodge for plowing though I just do the back.
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