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Tire chains? Are they important?

Discussion in 'Import and Other Trucks (Light Duty)' started by bstout, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. bstout

    bstout Member
    Messages: 78

    I just purchased a new Boss Sport Duty 7 1/2 for my Toyota Tundra 4X4. I have a half mile long dirt driveway. Should I have a pair of tire chains? I've got Goodyear Silent Armor Wrangler tires on my Tundra. I'm not sure what to expect?

  2. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    Nope. Just put a little weight in the back. Boss should have recommended weight for ballast, subtract the weight of you cap and you are set.
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Flipper's right. Don't bother with chains unless you're going to have some really steep hills.
  4. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    or you get a heavy snow with ice on top i have put chains on 3/4 and 1 ton truck before to break the ice or the steep grades
  5. Midwest BuildIt Inc

    Midwest BuildIt Inc PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,280

    Honestly, who runs chains anymore??
  6. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    yeah last time i was out rubber and freezing rain dont go to well so yeah people still use chains
  7. Joshjeepcj7

    Joshjeepcj7 Member
    Messages: 68

    i always like keeping a pair in my truck just in case think if you somehow lost your 4 wheel drive
  8. niv

    niv Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 38

    Not many people use chains anymore, but it is the ones that dont even carry them anymore that are the real fools. Theres nothing like knowing in the middle of the night in a whiteout that you have a back up plan!!!
  9. baltz526

    baltz526 Member
    Messages: 32

    i always run chains on both ends, if you want to get it done and not tear up your equipment, chains help a lot. it takes me 5 minutes to chain up 4 wheels, i then run them till the roads break up to bare pavement. rear ballast is also mandatory
  10. 2dogs2

    2dogs2 Member
    Messages: 81

    I did last year on Full Sized Blazer, but the tires were not that great, then I got a set of Winterforce tires w/Studs and have not had a need for the chains. But, they are close at hand in case.