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snow chains

Posted By: sportedge

snow chains - 11/21/09 04:23 PM

Hi guys! Has any of you ever installed snow chains to make up for poor tires in mud/dirt terrain? I don't think they would come off ,even if the wheels spins too much. But,i wonder if i could tear the brake lines in front... any info?
Posted By: DamKia

Re: snow chains - 11/22/09 02:39 AM

Biggest issue would be the clearance to the rear shocks.
Posted By: londart

Re: snow chains - 11/22/09 02:53 AM

i know they list chains for it and i believe the sportage on youtube going thru 30" of snow has them on
Posted By: sportedge

Re: snow chains - 11/22/09 06:09 PM

Wow cool! You are right! Chains on all four! I had not seen that video before! Looks like a lot of fun!
Posted By: Iron

Re: snow chains - 11/23/09 03:07 AM

Kinda a little illegal on city streets!
Posted By: 2002_Sporty

Re: snow chains - 11/25/09 11:11 AM

Here in Fairbanks Alaska we can use chains any time other than May thru September. I haven't seen many though. Most people use studs in their tires. Studs on all four corners really kicks butt in the dirt, snow and ice.
Posted By: Sportege_Panicmech

Re: snow chains - 12/04/09 05:26 AM

Yay.. I can finally reply, lol. Had to wait for the membership to approve. Yes, chains fit, but barely. I run 225/70/15 Continental Truck/Suv's which work GREAT for longevity and handling, but not snow. So I chained up all four and went through, oh I'd say.. 30" of snow, LOL. *raise hand* that was me on the youtube video, Hi. Lemme tell you, you feel like you're on top of the world when you have chains on and nothing can stop you, lol. That week we got that snow I was pushing and pulling cars and trucks left and right. My neighbors jeep cherokee was stuck. My other neighbors subaru was stuck and someone with a 4x4 dodge dually w/ a cummins tried to pull him, but got nearly stuck himself trying to yank the soobie with a fat chain.. I came up in my little dinky Kia and offered to gently tug him with my tow-strap. He kind of ignored me in doubt. Since he wasn't going anywhere, I backed my Kia up to him and got my strap out. He hesitantly took the other hook. Needles to say the story ending with a suprised look on his face... after a big dodge tried and failed to yank him out with two feet of slack on a heavy gauge tow chain at that! Doesn't matter how big the truck is if you don't have traction. Sorry for the novel, but hey.. First impressions always most important.
Posted By: 2002_Sporty

Re: snow chains - 12/04/09 09:29 AM

Welcome Sportege. Cool video, thanks...
Posted By: Sportege_Panicmech

Re: snow chains - 12/05/09 08:27 AM

testing new sig. test test.. lol
Posted By: 69442

Re: snow chains - 12/05/09 06:11 PM

Dude, you and sportedge are too confusing as to who is who? Names differ by 1 letter, Sportege vs Sportedge!
Posted By: sportedge

Re: snow chains - 12/06/09 12:16 AM

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
Posted By: londart

Re: snow chains - 12/06/09 12:20 AM

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="" />
Posted By: Sportege_Panicmech

Re: snow chains - 12/06/09 01:35 AM

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.
Posted By: Sportege_Panicmech

Re: snow chains - 12/06/09 01:40 AM

How come my signature pic(s) show up on preview but not on actual post?
Posted By: sportedge

Re: snow chains - 12/06/09 07:00 PM

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).
Posted By: Sportege_Panicmech

Re: snow chains - 12/07/09 03:12 AM

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.
Posted By: Sportege_Panicmech

Re: snow chains - 12/07/09 03:16 AM

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
Posted By: Hydra747

Re: snow chains - 12/07/09 03:24 AM

Good Job,
Sporty Mechanic! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: kewlynx

Re: snow chains - 12/07/09 04:56 AM

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.
Posted By: Sportege_Panicmech

Re: snow chains - 12/07/09 06:00 AM

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.

Hydra747 - The KIA Sportage......."When I grow up, I wanna be a Hummer!"
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="" />
Posted By: kewlynx

Re: snow chains - 12/07/09 06:48 AM

Yep, grew up in central ID and finished school in Spokane; left the FL panhandle to come up here, so I know what you're talking about. I think being stationed in Michigan was the worse for me tho'- now THAT was cold to the bone- 1/2mi off Lake Huron.
Posted By: Sportege_Panicmech

Re: snow chains - 12/07/09 06:56 AM

Crazy.. once again, small world. I found this site through londart. I work in a shop and lonny works for a parts supplier.. funny thing is that he just made a remark about my youtube video in this forum topic only a day before he met me!
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