How many chains?

BuzzH

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Buzz, I see the claws are sold 2 per set. Are 2 claws (1 set) on each rear or front wheels enough to get you out of deep snow or mud?
Do you like them better than chains, or just easier to put on
thx
I had a set on the rear and those things grip and dig like nothing I've ever seen, worked in my situation. If you do a search on you-tube you can find people that have put multiple sets on the rear tires. Also, the extender bars are great for anytime you get high centered, but can only be used on the rear tires (obviously). Also, make sure you don't run them through the rim where your valve stem is...you'll get a flat. I didn't do that, but the guy I borrowed them from said he learned that lesson the hard way.

When you're in a pinch, they definitely are wayyyy easier to put on than chains. Seems like the only time I'm putting chains on is after I'm stuck, which is a huge PITA almost every time.

I'll not be without a set of these...
 

ishootdasmallones

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I carry 4. I was in a really bad situation in 2016. Wouldn't of made it out without all 4, 4 low, and a rear locker. Steep mountain road, went down in the morning when it was frozen, never really thought about it. Went back up in the afternoon and it was soup, made it half way up before i started sliding back wards.
 

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I had a set on the rear and those things grip and dig like nothing I've ever seen, worked in my situation. If you do a search on you-tube you can find people that have put multiple sets on the rear tires. Also, the extender bars are great for anytime you get high centered, but can only be used on the rear tires (obviously). Also, make sure you don't run them through the rim where your valve stem is...you'll get a flat. I didn't do that, but the guy I borrowed them from said he learned that lesson the hard way.

When you're in a pinch, they definitely are wayyyy easier to put on than chains. Seems like the only time I'm putting chains on is after I'm stuck, which is a huge PITA almost every time.

I'll not be without a set of these...
Never thought much of them - especially for the price. But I'm warming up. especially when they go on easy. I have a heck of a time with chains. Still on my list to make a block to drive up up like B.Chukarman illustrated.
Thanks for the input
 

hank4elk

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I had a set on the rear and those things grip and dig like nothing I've ever seen, worked in my situation. If you do a search on you-tube you can find people that have put multiple sets on the rear tires. Also, the extender bars are great for anytime you get high centered, but can only be used on the rear tires (obviously). Also, make sure you don't run them through the rim where your valve stem is...you'll get a flat. I didn't do that, but the guy I borrowed them from said he learned that lesson the hard way.

When you're in a pinch, they definitely are wayyyy easier to put on than chains. Seems like the only time I'm putting chains on is after I'm stuck, which is a huge PITA almost every time.

I'll not be without a set of these...
I saw them online then saw 2 guys I know always have chains hanging still on their trucks & they swear by them now. Sometimes it only takes a few feet .....
 

Brian in Montana

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I just keep 2 in the truck. I've actually never had to chain up, although there have been a few times it was pretty iffy. My wife's jeep got stuck this winter and I was about to chain up to pull her out but another guy came along and helped.

I always figured I'd go on the front as thats where the weight is, and the steering, but I've heard people that say rear is better - not sure why.
 

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I carry 4 but only used all 4 one time to get unstuck. Granted I'm not that comfortable driving under extreme conditions. when in doubt I usually park and walk.
 

88man

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Problem is when you chain up the rear and you can't steer at all. You need a buddy to walk in front to keep the nose going straight. If there is any incline decline and its slick stuff 4 is needed most often.
 

hank4elk

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...just sayin',some (most) vehicles these days cannot use REAL chains on the fronts without modifications....most heavier trucks must have chains all around too ,regardless of ability to chain fronts....just sayin...lol
 

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I only have one set for the rear on my '98 Tacoma,& that's all I have ever needed....it is also all that will fit unless I put spacers on & change this & that. Also that is what is recommended in owners manual.
I need some for the Ford I got...just in case.
I use fairly aggressive tires here due to roads we have & I just don't get myself into bad situations if I can help it any more. Better to wait a while in NM if conditions get iffy,I have found. But I carry a bunch of extraction stuff regularly & use it when needed. Usually helping someone else get out of my way....LOL.
I checked the owners manual and it recommended chains only in the rear tires so that's what I will probably do.
 

Trslabaugh

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I checked the owners manual and it recommended chains only in the rear tires so that's what I will probably do.
I bet this is due to clearance up front with control arms or struts. My F150 states to not even use chains with the factory wheels due to lack of clearance. If you have aftermarket wheels, I bet it wouldn't be an issue. Thats what I have done... just ordered new wheels. Not the entire reason I wanted new wheels, but it was an added benefit!
 
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