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Tire chain advice

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Komrade, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. Feb 10, 2014 at 10:08 PM
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    Komrade

    Komrade [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I live in the part of the country where snow isn't very common. But it does snow occasionally, and sometimes it snows on top of existing snow right around 32F, which makes it especially slippery.

    I do have a cabin at a bottom of a hill, and Taco with stock tires can't really make out on it's own. I was rather lucky this weekend when it slid a good 40-50 feet, but goт saved when it got stuck in a side ditch (really lucky, as the other side of the gravel driveway is a ravine). Putting couple of 200lb of stones in the back didn't help when I tried to go up the slightly less steep driveway (it's a shoe horn driveway). Breaking ice and shoveling of about 100 feet of driveway followed.

    In my opinion, mud or snow tires aren't really worth the upgrade, as mostly, I'll just be wasting MPG in the winter (due to no snow). Locking differential may help, but not sure if as much as extra traction provided by the chains. In general, better tires may help as discussed in this thread, but I only have 7K on these, and would really prefer not to replace them prematurely. They perform adequately in dry and wet conditions.

    I am interested, of course, in the best bang for the buck, and those that are "easy on, easy off". In the rare chance I'd actually want to put them on, I'd only need them for less than a mile.

    No offense to any advice or comment will be taken... Thanks.
     
  2. Feb 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM
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  3. Feb 10, 2014 at 10:24 PM
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    Go with actual chains over cables
     
  4. Feb 10, 2014 at 10:37 PM
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    if you're not in an area that is prone to much snow, maybe real aggresive tires aren't going to save you anything
    i live in an area where without super aggresive tires you're probably not gonna do so well in the winter
    the way i figure it, if i don't get stuck or spin out of control, whereas i would have with lesser tires, just once or twice... the more expensive and less mpg-rated tires will have already covered that difference

    anway... i did get some chains too...


    I bought these "quick" application chains
    they work pretty well
    they come with repair stuff in the kit you buy them in; so, it's almost like they are expecting them to fall apart on you eventually
    and it seems like that could be sooner than later
    [​IMG]


    but, my friend owns some ladder style chains that are all grade 8 steel; kinda like these:
    they are WAY more stout than mine, and we can put them on his truck every bit as quick, or quicker, than i can put mine on
    he says he can put them on without having to lift his tire off the ground; which is a big claim to fame of the "quick" application ones;
    i personally can't verify that and i would assume there may be cases where it wouldn't work
    [​IMG]


    if i could do it over, i'd go with his type
     
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  5. Feb 10, 2014 at 11:07 PM
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    Komrade

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