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Thread: Chains Front or Back Wheels

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    Chains Front or Back Wheels

    G'day guys. Looks like I'm going to be doing a dash down to TeAnau and back. Never had to worry about chains on the ute before, but is it better to be fitting them front or back wheels. Only a requirement to carry, but is one end better than other for ice or snow. Cheers

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    Rear wheel drive on the back!
    No faster than what they recommend.

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    4wd. I'm thinking better on front for steering as well?
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    If it's a newish ute make sure you have clearance on front
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    Carry a few heavy duty cabje ties. Use them to tie off any loose chain end so it's not flopping around. Drive a 100m then recheck and possibly retighten the chains after fitting them
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    Depends on he snow deep powdery stuff where you need traction going uphill, put them on the back. Usually I put them on the front as I like to b able to point the truck where I want to go, if the back end slides out....
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    Definitely front if you only have two. No steering in slippery conditions not nice. Shouldn't need four for road conditions though.
    I always clip the outside chain up one link shorter than the inside. Hoping that if they should ever come off the tyre (which I have never had happen, but have seen), they will fall outwards and not wrap around all the brake gear.
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    I use bungees to keep tension on the chain. I also do the drive 100 metres and re-tighten.
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    Is there road restrictions at the moment? Am heading down to Milford on Thursday


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    Check NZTA website they have all the closures and warnings
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiddy View Post
    Is there road restrictions at the moment? Am heading down to Milford on Thursday


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    I don't know if there's restrictions or not. It's just I might have to shoot down and back to pickup someone. I just want all options left open to get there and back. Normally I'd wait til it's clear, may not have the time to wait
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    Quote Originally Posted by stug View Post
    Check NZTA website they have all the closures and warnings
    Bloody excellent Web site with timely data.

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    If you're running 31's and are heading over the hill via my way, I've got a pair here you're welcome to grab on your way past.
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    Bungees are a must - agreed. Cable ties simply help tie off the chain ends and minimise risk of a thrown/lost chain
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    Quote Originally Posted by StrikerNZ View Post
    If you're running 31's and are heading over the hill via my way, I've got a pair here you're welcome to grab on your way past.
    Thanks for that, but if I need more than 2, I probably should stay put
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