Anyone running chains on 35's?

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    That brings up another question.... can you air down with chains, or do the tires have to be fully aired up?
     
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    Why would you want to air down when chained up?
    No tire with or without studs will equal the same size tire when chained.
    That said I do run studded snows in the winter with chains available if needed.
     
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    Well, airing down does wonders for off road prowess. I wasnt sure if it was the same when chained up.

    I would think the tire would need to be aired up to keep them from falling off. But I honestly have no clue, thats why I asked.
     
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    I’ve never tried it and I wouldn’t do. For me, a good tire aired down has been a better combo than a full tire with a chain on it. My experience on the Hankooks this winter has me thinking about selling the 35s and chains and getting 37s for next winter.


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    OK,good point.
    When you air down you are doing a couple of things.
    One, you are getting a longer foot print on the ground.
    Two, you are letting the sidewall flex more which will let them flex around rocks and such.
    Third, it will let the center of the tread flex upward which will let the sides of the tire apply more pressure to the ground then the center which is why in soft dirt you will see almost a C shape facing down into the dirt.

    One and two wouldn't hurt when you are chained up but number three certainly does as you want as much chain on the ground as possible.
     
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    As soon as I am off of the asphalt I am usually airing down.
    Benifits have been mentioned plus much better ride.
    A few downsides, one of them being loss of ground clearance.
    On my Bronco the magic number was 10 PSI, any lower and I needed beadlocks.
     
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    Damn, you really enjoyed those siped mudders with studs, eh?!
     
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    I'm sure there exist terrain conditions where chains would be advantageous, but I drove a whole Alaskan winter (on-road and off-road) and never once felt like I needed them. And that's fully enabled, having them in the back of the truck ready to go, never once wanted to put them on. At this point I don't see much reason not to sell the 35s and chains and put the money toward 37s next winter, which will float better when I air down and let 'er rip.

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    Seeing that makes me love my dirt, sand and rocks haha. Looks fun but cold :happy160:
     

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