Something temporary for front wheel ??

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Alaskahack, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Alaskahack

    Alaskahack Adventurer

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    Hey folks I had a chance to take my rig out yesterday, 27 degF snow and icy. (backroads in subdivision) main roads appear to be good enough not to need anything

    I'm running all season automotive tires on tug and chair, standard mc tire on front of tug, starting and stoping is pretty good considering.

    What are other folks using for winter riding?
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  2. DRONE

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  3. Alaskahack

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    How does that work on the pavement?

    Thanks for the reply
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  4. jaydmc

    jaydmc Long timer

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    It sucks on pavement. I find that the screws tend to wear down fast and come out. Great on compact snow and ice.
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  5. Alaskahack

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    That is what I kind of thought.

    I think I'm looking for a light weight set of chains but would work without a lot of screwing around with messing around with if I drove faster then 25 or 30 I don't think I would be doing that

    I was just looking for different ideas, the roads up here that are on a school bus route are pretty well plowed, a lot of the housing in on dirt roads

    Any ideas would be appreciated

    Bob
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  6. usgser

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    That's the part that's gonna hang ya yup. Don't know what size your tires are but for my Ural with 4.00x19's the chains from oldtimers garage in Poland work well. Not quick to install and not good for flying down the road but for needed traction to keep moving. They work.
    No chains are a breeze to install. Easiest if your running car tires are prolly "correct" size cable chains. If studs are your thing for compact snow/ice buy real ice studs from somewhere like aerostich. Using hardware store sheet metal screws is a joke. Yeah they help but for a very short time. If you're just going slow all winter lash up a cable. I made it through an entire MI winter in the 60's college days with a Sportster. Cable clamped a 3/16 or so SS cable to one spoke wove it around the tire through the spokes and cable clamped the other end to a spoke. Granted steering still really sucked and I prolly never got out of 2nd gear with a lot of feet down outrigger time. Not a great idea but never missed a class.
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  7. Alaskahack

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    Thanks everyone for your thoughts and ideas, I'm going th start shopping for some light weight chains


    Bob
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  8. Pugsley/Hobbfather

    Pugsley/Hobbfather Been here awhile

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    Lash a ski under the front tire. Not much help in braking, but directional stability will be great while the other brake(s) and feet slow you down. You could even rig up a drag brake using a cable operated paddle and an extra lever.

    Come to think of it, on my hill, using the front in snow, with knobbies and screws was still pretty much suicidal...
    Guide it with the front, stop it with the clutch/rear. Easier to get into the deeper stuff and real trouble too!:deal

    Much faster to deploy once you get it sorted than chains.

    Going home to draw up ideas now!:norton
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