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Old 11-14-2006, 02:27 AM
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you won't need them if you fit the chains to the tire. I bought some and never used them.
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Old 11-14-2006, 10:09 AM
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I went with the "rubber adjusters". On top of that I went to home depot and bought some heavy duty rubber "bungee" type straps after I got the chains on and determined what length(s) I needed. You can run chains without them but I've seen first hand the carnage chains make if they break or come off. Cheap piece of mind IMO to have the tensioners on especially if you plan to go offroad with them.
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Old 11-14-2006, 11:19 AM
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You can just use those rubber straps like Corsair said, it's what most truckers use. Some chains come with cam-like adjusters that you just spin and crank those suckers tight. No tensioners required
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I've got both the cam locks and tensioners...I know, totally overkill but then you should see the road leading to the hunt camp

Sadly, since I bought them I've never had a chance to use them...Aging like fine wine in my garage they are
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Finally ordered my chains today. The snow was a good reminder.

Bonus: the same chains fit 33x12.50-15 and 285/75-16 tires, so I can run the chains on either of my Cruisers.
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Bonus: the same chains fit 33x12.50-15 and 285/75-16 tires, so I can run the chains on either of my Cruisers.
Good deal...I was going to check on whether the chain size was compatible myself but no need now thanks to you!
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:37 PM
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I've had good luck so far with Tirechain.com and really like these: http://tirechain.com/VBAR.htm I don't like the spring adjusters that I got from them though and will be picking us a set of the rubber adjusters for a try. The springs were too easily bent and flew off. The chains do fit the 33x10.50 perfectly with the built-in cams tightening things up great - the adjusters are just insurance against carnage when a link breaks. BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHEN USING BUNGEES according to my eye surgeon friend! Rubber bungees are a main source of income for him.


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Old 11-29-2006, 01:42 PM
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I ordered the square alloy cross chains. I also purchased the rubber chain adjusters for insurance.

Steve, thanks for posting up about your experience with the spring adjusters -- I'm now glad that I ordered the rubber ones.
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Matt,

Once you get them on you may want to consider getting additional heavy duty straps as well for added insurance. Tirechains.com sells them (here). They call them "Extra Heavy Duty Tarp Straps". I just went to Home Depot or the like once I got my chains on and measured the size I needed. I think I bought like 24 of 'em. Planned to use 4-5 per tire and have a few for spares. Not so much for tensioning of the chains as the "cams" should do that but more to sort of hold things together should a link break

The rubber adjusters are 'ok' but a little flimsy IMO. I bought them as well and after seeing them I went out and bought the heavy duty straps...
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Old 11-29-2006, 03:15 PM
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Peerless Tire carries V-bar type chains for ~60/set. You may also want to carry some mild steel stove wire to tie down the 3-4 extra loops of chain after the chains are adjusted - this may or may not work better than using an adjuster.

Some people buy chains that fit their worn-out tires pretty well and then buy new tires and discover they won't fit. You don't want chains that just barely fit a mostly worn tire.
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