Time needed: 30 minutes
See the instructions below to install Tire Chains on UTV properly.
- 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.
- 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.
- Move the UTV until the fastener is axle high.
- Fasten the INSIDE hook
Fasten the INSIDE hook to the corresponding link of the INNER side to allow the cross-chain to lie straight across the tire tread.
- 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.
- Using ATV Tire Chains
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.