How to Install UTV/ATV Tire Chains: User Guide

How to Install UTV Tire Chains

See the instructions below to install Tire Chains on UTV properly.

1. Lay the chains flat on the ground and remove all tangles. When the chains are placed on the tires, the V-bars should face out, and the cross-chain hook eyes must face up. Damage to your tires could result if the V-bar or hooks face against the tires.

How to Install UTV Tire Chains: Step 1

2. Lay the UTV Tire Chains over the tire, ensuring that the cross-chain hook eyes are facing up and the fastener is on the outside of the tire. Tuck the first cross-chain (side chain ends without fasteners) under the tire.

How to Install UTV Tire Chains: Step 2

3. Move the UTV until the fastener is axle high.

How to Install UTV Tire Chains: Step 3

4. Fasten the INSIDE hook to the corresponding link of the INNER side to allow the cross-chain to lie straight across the tire tread.

How to Install UTV Tire Chains: Step 4

5. Remove slack and hook the outside fastener. Make the chain as tight as possible by hand without using tools. These tips will significantly prolong the chain life. Drive approximately 1/4 mile, stop, and retighten the chains.

How to Install UTV Tire Chains: Step 5

Using ATV Tire Chains

atv tire chains for snow plowing

ATV Tire Chains give you additional snow, ice, and mud traction. They can make a huge difference when it comes to getting out on the ice for ice fishing, plowing your driveway, or riding off-road when traction is poor.

Tire chains can get you more places, give you traction and control, and help you stop faster when needed. Here are a few tips for using ATV tire chains safely and effectively:

  • Install your snow chains before you get stuck. It’s much easier than trying to install them afterward.
  • Protect your hands with thick gloves when handling icy chains. Avoid touching the chains with your bare hands in extreme cold.
  • Tighten chains as much as possible by hand. After driving a short distance, retighten chains. Loose tire chains will greatly reduce the life of your chains.
  • Remove extra chain lengths, or tie them back securely to prevent them from tearing up your plastics.
  • Drive slowly and deliberately. Avoid spinning your tires or locking the brakes.
  • Scan the trail ahead for hidden obstacles under the snow.
  • Never drive faster than 30-35 mph (or max speed recommended by the manufacturer) with ATV chains installed.
  • Never drive with broken chains. They can tear up everything in your path, as well as damage your tires and vehicle.
  • Store the ATV chains properly to prevent them from getting rusted and tangled. Spray the chains with WD-40 after use, and hang them up or store them in the case.

About the author

Matthew Brodie

Hi there! This blog was created to share my off-roading, gear-related knowledge with those interested in the field. I’ve worked as mechanic for years and have been a devoted off-roader for as long. Now, I’ve decided to combine the two and share my experience with passionate audience. I do not claim to know it all – but when something new hits the surface, I will be on it to research its ups and downs. Call me an off-roading nerd if you like, and as long as you can find something useful in here – you are heartedly welcome!

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