Well the winter months are here and a lot ATV and UTV owners can’t wait for the snow to start flying so you can do some winter riding. ATV’s and UTV’s are fun to ride year round spring, summer, fall, and winter. Though when winter comes around there is a couple of extra precautions and accessories that you might need to consider. Such as a set of tire chains for the extreme snow and especially icy terrain.
I’m sure most of you have been riding at least a few years by now and know all about tire chains for your ATV/UTV and how handy they can be to have when you need them. If your not familiar with them than here are some tips and descriptions that should help.
For the most part they’re four types of tire chains. Two pattern styles. Latter and Diamond and non-studded or studded.
1. Chain link Latter Pattern
2. V-Bar Latter Pattern studded
3. Chain link Diamond Pattern
4. V-Bar Diamond studded
They’re a few more variations but these are the one’s most commonly used for ATV and UTV’s.
They also come in 2 link and 4 link variations to choose from. This just means that there is either 2 or 4 links between the each cross section of chain that goes across your tire tread from outside to the inside of the tire.
It’s not recommended to use the studded or v-bar chains on paved roads, drive ways, anything that pavement as the can tend to tear up the surface and cause damage especially if there is any tire spin. V-Bar or studded tire chains are best used off road on hills, hard packed snow or ground and ice.
Tire chains also come in different thickness’s. thicker gauge chains are best for more extreme condition’s or off road. Smaller one are best suited for paved roads or any pavement for that matter.
After you have decided what tire chain combination is best for terrain you’ll be riding on you just need to get the right or best size chains for your tire.
most all tire chains are adjustable to some extent. What I mean is you don’t want to have way to big tire chains that leave a lot of slop in them but it is much easier when you need to put them on your tires.
If you put your chains on before you even hit the trails, roads or what ever terrain you intend to venture out on, it’s much easier if you deflate your tires a little before you start putting them on the tire. Then inflate them back to the correct psi or the best for the conditions. It’s OK to deflate your tires a little for better traction just remember to keep the chains snug on the tires.
Its a good idea to test them out a little before you start to ride more aggressively. Go forward and backward’s a few feet a couple of time’s to make sure there is not any play and they stay evenly across the whole tire, also that they stay snug. Take a couple slow turn’s each way to make sure they stay secure and the ride feels comfortable and steady b