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Old 02-12-2010, 10:48 PM
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Tire Chains

I have a set of domestically made 7.00-17 chains, unused. Can I cut these down to fit a smaller tire, or is this more trouble than its worth? Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:56 PM
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Don't cut em. I've seen em cut before, and they never hold together. They usually seriously damage something when they let go, too. I gave up on chains and switched to studded snow tires and never looked back. Too many bad experiences.
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:10 AM
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if you are cutting the width yes it will give you issues. the length will not give you issues. i used to take my trigs from my log truck after 2 years cut them down and use them during hunting season in montana. they were perfect on my pickup after two years of wearing down the carbide tips. biggest problem with chains is not getting them tight on the outside. always carry plenty of rubbers. i used to run chains on my trailer and my pcikup up donner grade 12-20 times a winter. from just outside of auburn to reno. thats 60+ miles one way and all my trips were round trip never an issue with cut down chains. V bars or carbide tips are the only way to go though
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:38 AM
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Tire Chains

Thanks for the feedback, if I can shorten the length only, I'll try it.
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:20 PM
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I've cut down chains a few times and never had a prob. One key is never use those goofy hammer/mush together split links and always weld any links you've had to split and reuse. Oh yeah...keeping them tight is imp. I prefere the neoprene bunggie cords over the silly rubber band chain rubbers the parts stores sell.
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:59 PM
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Looking for Tire Chain Recommend

While I'd love to have studded snow tires, they're illegal in CA, so looking for a recommend on some chains...

I found these:

But not sure if the lighter weight ones will be heavy enough to run on an FSJ.

What do folks recommend?
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