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Re: snow chains [Re: 69442] #973170 12/06/09 12:16 AM
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sportedge Offline OP
Getting the Wheeling Fever
69442 is right. You could have done better. It may be a good idea to contact the Forum Administrator and change for something more original

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Re: snow chains [Re: sportedge] #973171 12/06/09 12:20 AM
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londart Offline
i believe thats his name on other forums as well...its like mixing sportage and protege,i get it,figured most other people would too <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/drunk.gif" alt="" />

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Re: snow chains [Re: londart] #973172 12/06/09 01:35 AM
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Sportege_Panicmech Offline
I'd like to retain my username not to be a pain, but londart hit the nail on the head. I am on other Kia/Mazda forums are that. It is a mix of the terms making the point that our Sportages are Mazda powered. I added Panicmech to my username to avoid confusion. That works anyway cause then people will know I'm the same guy as on youtube cause that's my youtube account name. Short for PanicMechanic, youtube wouldn't let me make the name that long when I joined it.

Re: snow chains [Re: Sportege_Panicmech] #973173 12/06/09 01:40 AM
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Sportege_Panicmech Offline
How come my signature pic(s) show up on preview but not on actual post?

Re: snow chains [Re: Sportege_Panicmech] #973174 12/06/09 07:00 PM
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sportedge Offline OP
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No pain felt! That's good by me now.I did not see the connection like londart did.Welcome in ,sportege panicmech! once again, nice video! but those are'nt actually real chains,right? it's more like rollers on a wire,right? a close-up picture of the wheel would be nice(and a view from inside for clearence would be nice also).

Re: snow chains [Re: sportedge] #973175 12/07/09 03:12 AM
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Sportege_Panicmech Offline
No, lol those were not cable chains, they were chains.
205/75/15 - will clear
215/75/15 - will clear
225/70/15 - clears barely (for me)
225/75/15 - should clear keep receipt
235/75/15 - doubt it (maybe if lifted)
Those figures are based on stock ride height. Remember tire sizes vary by manufacturer. A good quality tire will normally live up to it's size than a entry level tire. So I take no responsibility. I bought my chains from Wal-Mart. Keep your receipt cause sometimes you get a lemon chain that keeps breaking links. Other than that, they work well. I have 2 pairs and out of the 4, only one broke and it kept breaking. I laid them out on the floor and realized that the chain links that lay on the sidewall were attached with the welds facing the chains that go over the treads. the other three had the welds facing out. the weakest part of the chain should be facing out (the welds). I recommend that even if you have good sets to buy a 3pk of 'quick links' at a hardware store such as home depot. They are about $3 and they work good for key chains and also replace broken chain links on your snow chains.. They are very strong. I suggest you tighten them with a pair of piers though so you know the fastener doesn't back off. I've used a few of them and had no breaks come from them. You could use the cables also, but I figured if I'm going to go in deep snow, I want all the aggressiveness I could get. As you can see on my youtube vid, they work. Without chains, I probably wouldn't go through 15" in 4wd with the current all-seasons I have on. They aren't aggressive all-seasons. They're a hard rubber compound hwy tire. Think i'd do much better with BFG all (or) mud terrains.
FYI I worked at Wal-Marts Tire and Lube express for 2 years and with Sears Automotive for 5 years and I'm ASE certified. I know it's hard to get information on Sportages even for me so I try to help fellow owners where I can.

Re: snow chains [Re: Sportege_Panicmech] #973176 12/07/09 03:16 AM
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Sportege_Panicmech Offline
oh btw, we should be getting snow in a couple weeks so I'll try to keep in mind to take a picture of the chains and clearance of the rear shocks. Police will not bother you about chains/cables on the highway if you have 30" of SNOW on the street. It was so bad the plows weren't up and running till about 2pm! There was no were to put it all, lol. it was great! Hope it happens again too >:D

Re: snow chains [Re: Sportege_Panicmech] #973177 12/07/09 03:24 AM
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Good Job,
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Re: snow chains [Re: Sportege_Panicmech] #973178 12/07/09 04:56 AM
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Dang, 30"? Haven't had that much here in Fairbanks since 1998. Have had +40 weather the past month and only 6" of snow on the ground. Send some back!!!

I like how Wunderground.com calls +4-6F 'bitterly cold' <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

Make sure those chains are nice and snug; they play heck on brake lines if you don't- be careful.


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Re: snow chains [Re: kewlynx] #973179 12/07/09 06:00 AM
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Sportege_Panicmech Offline
That is bitterly cold, lol. Here in Idaho it's 12F and the "feels like" is -5F !! I grew up in Florida my first 21 years, the last 5 have been here in the NW. although Florida's 45F feels like 20F here.. humidity plays it's toll.

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BTW, my 3 yr old son said this a couple weeks ago, "When I grow up, I wanna be a sportage!" I'm making that my new sig <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

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