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Simple Tire Chain Modification

Postby ricky racer » Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:33 pm

In an ever increasing effort to improve the snow plowing efficiency of my Cub, I've focused my attention on the tire chains as the next thing to address. This past summer I picked up a couple of sets to tire chains at a garage sale at a killer price. Did I ever say, I love garage sales?!! The new tire chains were brand new and had never been on the ground and were about the same size as my current Cub tire chains. As much as I'd love to do the same modification that Stanton did, I figured I'd try a different approach since I put this off until the chains were on the tractor and snow was on the ground.

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I got to looking at the new chains and the cross links looked like they were a pretty good match to the ones on my current chains. by using large screw driver and then a pry bar I was able to spread the connecting links on the cross links. It was easier to spread than I thought it would be. To bend the links back down after installation, I used Vice Grips for the additional leverage they have over any of my other pliers. If I would have done it before mounting the chains on the tires, I would have done it in the bench vice.

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By adding the new cross link in between the existing cross links I was able to nearly double the amount of chain that will contact the ground at any given time. The 4 take up links in the chain to tighten the chains kept me from adding addition links in those areas but the additions I made should make a difference in traction. We'll see next time it snows which is supposed to be "lake effect" early next week.

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Re: Simple Tire Chain Modification

Postby havoc1482 » Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:53 pm

Good work! Looks great, hopefully they will perform, safe to assume they will.

I'm too lazy to get chains for my Super A, haven't run into a slipping issue....yet :lol:
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Re: Simple Tire Chain Modification

Postby Zorro » Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:14 pm

That looks like a lot of traction. The weight arrangement looks good too.
What is the link diameter of those chains? I have to work on mine, and they are 3/8".
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Re: Simple Tire Chain Modification

Postby offrink » Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:37 pm

That looks like my set up. Only mine is about half way worn on the tread. Cross links will need to be replaced in a decade or so. Already broke a cross link chain last year that was replaced.

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Re: Simple Tire Chain Modification

Postby Zorro » Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:37 pm

My chains are too big (but they were $120. clearanced) :) , so I am cutting them down. The cross-link ends spread apart pretty easily with a vice and pry tool. 101"X14" is what I read somewhere.
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Re: Simple Tire Chain Modification

Postby Stanton » Sat Nov 22, 2014 7:07 pm

Looks like that will give you a lot more traction!! Good job.
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Re: Simple Tire Chain Modification

Postby RogerW » Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:41 pm

Looks good and ought to ride a little smoother also. Looks like you have enough weight to keep the spinning down.

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Re: Simple Tire Chain Modification

Postby Matt Kirsch » Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:43 pm

Not that it matters much but I think you have your chains on inside out. We always install them so the open side of the connector link is away from the tire, so the "pokey things" can't damage the tire sidewall.

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Re: Simple Tire Chain Modification

Postby outdoors4evr » Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:31 am

Agree with Matt. Don't want a hole worn into the sidewall.
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