Snow chains - Clive

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Clive - on which axle ?
Yes you are right there is a variance of thought, but I suggest that is in
places where people don't often use them.
The back axle is safest for chains. The back wheels spin first - pushing
the back sideways without chains, and they also keep you straight when you
brake with chains fitted. When going uphill the front axle soon spins but
with the centre of gravity shifting backwards the chains on the back get
plenty of grip. At times this year I have put the chains on purely for
braking safety going downhill with other traffic nearby in the city.
Out here you never see 4WD's with chains on the front axle unless they have
all 4. But there is one exception, Paddy Ashdown's office have an LR 110
with a snowblade and he has them on the front for the obvious reason.
Paddy's security men lived 4 doors down on my street in 2 houses (where
they used to do a lot of 'entertaining' ;-)). So that meant we got a
snowplough outside every day it snowed. Pity they have to move-on every 12
months for their own security reasons, we have had no ploughs up here this
year - so all the wives clear the street during the day :)
As for quantity of snow - Tania tells me we had about 30cms in the city
since Wednesday morning, but in the taxi on the way from the airport
yesterday there was a radio report that in the town of Gatcko towards the
Montenegro border but only at about 600m elevation, that the day's snowfall
had reached 2 metres and that was 3.30 in the afternoon.
PS - for Matt. So Matt the obvious question is if you admire the traction
etc. so well on your 80, why don't you open 'Matt Savage Cruisers'
? Better still, come out here and open a 4WD store something like Milners,
plus a good range of tyres, you will do fabulous business. (I'll volunteer
as manager!)
Cheers
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN surplus in Bosnia
 
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Toy and Roman,
Thanks for the replies, sounds to me as if the back is the better
bet. I am trying to fathom something else in my mind now and cannot
come to a conclusion. What would happen with a chain on opposing
diagonal wheels, this would give steering, stop both axles from
breaking away and stop both axles from spinning (with locks). I can't
think of a downside. I have seen tractors in Austria with only one
wheel chained.
Regards, Clive.
On Sun, 27 Feb 2005 09:17:14 +0100, toy80 <[Email address removed]> wrote:
 
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"Matt Savage Cruisers in Bosnia"!! I like the idea. But Bosnia is a long way away. And sending anything to that area take a while and is very expensive.
But the snow would be nice.....
Cheers,
Matt Savage
Derbyshire UK, all snow gone now.
1991 HDJ80 with loads of diff locks
1950 80" V8 Landy.. doesn't need diff locks!
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From: toy80
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Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2005 8:17 AM
Subject: [ELCO] Snow chains - Clive
PS - for Matt. So Matt the obvious question is if you admire the traction
etc. so well on your 80, why don't you open 'Matt Savage Cruisers'
? Better still, come out here and open a 4WD store something like Milners,
plus a good range of tyres, you will do fabulous business. (I'll volunteer
as manager!)
Cheers
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN surplus in Bosnia
 
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