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Old 08-25-2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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Which tire chain for 35/12.5 R 17 ?

I did a search but didn't find much about that.

Does some of you have experience with tire chain on 35/12.5 R 17 tires? I would like a "diamond design" and if possible a model to install without having to move the vehicule.

Any advice will be appreciatied. Thanks! ;-)

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Old 08-25-2013, 10:45 PM   #2
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Re: Which tire chain for 35/12.5 R 17 ?

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.....and if possible a model to install without having to move the vehicule.
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Wouldn't we all. Other than air operated "automatic chains" for commercial vehicles, I think you're out of luck.

The key to chaining up efficiently is to put them away properly, ie. not tangled and turned inside out.
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Re: Which tire chain for 35/12.5 R 17 ?

IMO, CAM locks:

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Re: Which tire chain for 35/12.5 R 17 ?

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Wouldn't we all. Other than air operated "automatic chains" for commercial vehicles, I think you're out of luck.
I don't think so, they are many chains you can mount without moving the vehicle in Europe. But maybe not here?

Thanks E350. I saw that post but these chains at not "diamond", which is much better to steer the vehicle.

Any other experience?

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Old 08-26-2013, 10:07 AM   #5
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Re: Which tire chain for 35/12.5 R 17 ?

Here you go:



Their ratchet system would seem to obviate the need for CAM locks (which is the only way to not have a floppy chain on regular transverse chains IMO). Although I haven't had to order chains for years, I have purchased at least two sets of V-Bar with CAM locks from Tirechain.com and they were simply superb to deal with.

But this is what they warn about diamond chains:

"DIAMOND QUICK FIT
featured in Outdoor Explorer Magazine:
Most popular choice for light truck tire chains. Diamond tire chain insures a smooth ride with less vibration and noise. Maximum traction insures minimal brake distance and skidding. D-Link pattern Links for extended life and traction. Available in both a heavy duty 4.5 mm cross chain a type SAE CLASS "S" for restricted clearance requirements. Exclusive Ratchet Tensioner for quick installation and removal. Comes with a zippered storage case>. Not recommended for off-road, mud, plowing, diesel, or heavy duty trucks."

http://tirechain.com/16INCHTRUCKCHAINS.HTM

I have a diesel. It is a heavy vehicle. I have no doubt that I would wear through the center chain quickly in California where they require you to put chains on with a hint of snow. (That is unless you have 4x4 and M/S rated tires, which I do, so I no longer use chains. BTW as also stated in the thread cited above, with 4x4 I much prefer studded snow tires over chains. That said, there is nothing as close to a tractor than a diesel SMB in 4x4 low with chains. YRMV.)
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Re: Which tire chain for 35/12.5 R 17 ?

Thank you very much for the tip E350. I only need chains for deep snow, not for mud or rock crowling, so it should be fine.
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Re: Which tire chain for 35/12.5 R 17 ?

That ratchet tightening system has a rubber strap incorporated into it. What's
the advantage of a chain and ratchet if there's a bungy cord at the other end?
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Re: Which tire chain for 35/12.5 R 17 ?

Good eye Silver350. I think you have a point. I hate anything rubber on tire chains. They don't hold the chain tight and let the chain hit and damage the fender.

That's why I love CAM locks, I have gotten them so tight I was afraid I might pop the tire! No slop whatsoever!
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Re: Which tire chain for 35/12.5 R 17 ?

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Good eye Silver350. I think you have a point. I hate anything rubber on tire chains. They don't hold the chain tight and let the chain hit and damage the fender.

That's why I love CAM locks, I have gotten them so tight I was afraid I might pop the tire! No slop whatsoever!
I've used chains with rubber pieces built into them & I ruined two pairs just by tightening them by hand. I won't buy another set that has rubber anywhere on them.
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