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#1 David Brown OFFLINE  

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Posted October 02, 2013 - 08:58 AM

Anyone have a good source for the correct chain tighteners for a SCUT?  I got chains for the Massey but I think I might like to get some tighteners.  Everything I look at is for cars or trucks which might be fine for the rear but not the front.  May just go with bungees.


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Posted October 02, 2013 - 10:08 AM

As a Swamp Yankee, I go very cheap. I use cut strips of truck tire tubes and just tie them to the length I need. They usually last a year or two. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted October 02, 2013 - 10:59 AM

I use the heavy duty rubber straps, not bungee cords. The ones I use are rated for 50lbs pull so there is enough force to keep them tight.


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Posted October 02, 2013 - 11:00 AM

Here,s another tip. Lower your tire pressure to a minimum and install the chains as tight as you can get them by hand. then air up the tires and it will make for a snugger fit.


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Posted October 02, 2013 - 11:13 AM

Here,s another tip. Lower your tire pressure to a minimum and install the chains as tight as you can get them by hand. then air up the tires and it will make for a snugger fit.

That is what I do on the DragonFly. Once I get the tires filled that will have to stop though.


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Posted October 02, 2013 - 11:36 AM

Here,s another tip. Lower your tire pressure to a minimum and install the chains as tight as you can get them by hand. then air up the tires and it will make for a snugger fit.

This is what I always do when I have tires that are not liquid filled.  I may do that this year but hope to have Rimguard in them next year.  I really wish I had kept some of the springs from the old trampoline.  I think they would have worked perfectly.


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Posted October 02, 2013 - 02:43 PM

use like 3 bungees per side hold my speedex chains on great


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Posted December 09, 2013 - 05:03 PM

If you use rubber bungee straps to secure your chains read the label on them very carefully. If they are EPDM don't buy them - they are for hot climate use and they will snap and break very quickly in cold weather. You need to get straps that are natural rubber which will retain stretch and flexibility in cold temperatures. Many of the straps from big box stores these days are EPDM and they're junk in the cold. See http://www.cargoequi...CFa4-Mgodu1AAFQ for more info.

 

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Posted December 09, 2013 - 05:13 PM

If you use rubber bungee straps to secure your chains read the label on them very carefully. If they are EPDM don't buy them - they are for hot climate use and they will snap and break very quickly in cold weather. You need to get straps that are natural rubber which will retain stretch and flexibility in cold temperatures. Many of the straps from big box stores these days are EPDM and they're junk in the cold. See http://www.cargoequi...CFa4-Mgodu1AAFQ for more info.

 

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Thanks.  That's good to know.  I actually had to go to NAPA the other day to get some fuel line and I noticed they had very short rubber bungees hanging on the rack on sale for a buck each.  They were just the size I was looking for so a grabbed them.  Perfect fit but I doubt they are the good ones.  The chains don't seem to need them but I'll keep them on anyway as I really haven't put them to the test yet.  If I get one winter out of the bungees I'll be happy for 4 bucks.  Wish I had kept some of the spings from our old trampoline.  Those would have worked perfectly.


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Posted December 09, 2013 - 06:05 PM

Back when I use to plow with our David Brown, I used 3 or 4 pieces of 1/4"

chain and small shackles on the backside, and the same again on the

outside, but had turnbuckles in each length.


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Posted December 09, 2013 - 07:20 PM

Thanks for the info. reference the coding on the bungees, awhile back I bought 4 but I don't remember if there was any type of coding and I do know they were cheap. So I think I may go out and buy 4 new ones and check for a coding.

 

 

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Posted December 09, 2013 - 07:28 PM

I use a long tarp strap.

Hook the chain, go 1/3 the way around the wheel, add a "S" hook, go another 1/3 and add another "S" hook then hook into the 1st "S" hook. You now have a trianglular shape around the outside of the tire chain with equal pull around the chain.


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