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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I have a 2005 std cab V8, 2WD (no ltd slip differential!!) Tundra with
the stock tires. Making a trip in the next few months and I'll have to
traverse some interstate mountain passes. Depending on the conditions,
some may require use of traction tires/chains to pass.

I had a set of traction 'cables' a few years ago and used them on a VW
Jetta....they didn't work very well at all so prefer to steer clear of
that style.

Appreciate any recommendations. Thanks.
Nate

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
N Williamson wrote:
> I have a 2005 std cab V8, 2WD (no ltd slip differential!!) Tundra with
> the stock tires. Making a trip in the next few months and I'll have to
> traverse some interstate mountain passes. Depending on the conditions,
> some may require use of traction tires/chains to pass.
>
> I had a set of traction 'cables' a few years ago and used them on a VW
> Jetta....they didn't work very well at all so prefer to steer clear of
> that style.
>
> Appreciate any recommendations. Thanks.
> Nate
>


I have a 04 double cab Tundra 4x4 TRD and put on BFG all terrain TKOs
they're great in the snow and mud! one of the best all round tires out
there IMO. I own a forestry consulting business and am in the bush on
logging roads in all weather and on mountain passes etc... Strongly
recommend the BFG All Terrain.
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 13:14:03 -0800, N Williamson <[email protected]> found
these unused words floating about:

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>I have a 2005 std cab V8, 2WD (no ltd slip differential!!) Tundra with
>the stock tires. Making a trip in the next few months and I'll have to
>traverse some interstate mountain passes. Depending on the conditions,
>some may require use of traction tires/chains to pass.
>
>I had a set of traction 'cables' a few years ago and used them on a VW
>Jetta....they didn't work very well at all so prefer to steer clear of
>that style.
>
>Appreciate any recommendations. Thanks.
>Nate


You might check here for the available options in chains - not all types fit
all vehicles.

http://www.howardauto.com/featuring.htm

I bought these for a 2002 Tacoma DC:

http://www.vulcantire.com/chainszlt_c.htm
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 13:14:03 -0800, N Williamson <[email protected]>
wrote:

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>I have a 2005 std cab V8, 2WD (no ltd slip differential!!) Tundra with
>the stock tires. Making a trip in the next few months and I'll have to
>traverse some interstate mountain passes. Depending on the conditions,
>some may require use of traction tires/chains to pass.
>
>I had a set of traction 'cables' a few years ago and used them on a VW
>Jetta....they didn't work very well at all so prefer to steer clear of
>that style.
>
>Appreciate any recommendations. Thanks.
>Nate


I have a 2000 Tundra Access cab 4WD and drive a lot in ice, snow and
mud. After years of using regular tire chains, having them fall off,
come lose, having them beat my fender wells and remove a wheel
cylinder, I spent some money on Spikes-Spiders. They take less than a
minute per wheel to put on and come off even easier.

They are expensive but after the first time I used them at 8000' in a
windy, snowing 20f temp, had I never used them again they were well
worth the price. I've had them for over 5 years and haven't had to
replace any parts.

Take a look: http://www.spikes-spiders.com/. I got the sport model
that actually has chains as opposed to steel fingers going across the
tire tread.

No, I don't work for them or own any stock in the company. I'm just a
satisfied customer.

Skip
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
In article <[email protected]>,
Skip <[email protected]> wrote:

> On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 13:14:03 -0800, N Williamson <[email protected]>
> wrote:
>
> >
> >I have a 2005 std cab V8, 2WD (no ltd slip differential!!) Tundra with
> >the stock tires. Making a trip in the next few months and I'll have to
> >traverse some interstate mountain passes. Depending on the conditions,
> >some may require use of traction tires/chains to pass.
> >
> >I had a set of traction 'cables' a few years ago and used them on a VW
> >Jetta....they didn't work very well at all so prefer to steer clear of
> >that style.
> >
> >Appreciate any recommendations. Thanks.
> >Nate

>
> I have a 2000 Tundra Access cab 4WD and drive a lot in ice, snow and
> mud. After years of using regular tire chains, having them fall off,
> come lose, having them beat my fender wells and remove a wheel
> cylinder, I spent some money on Spikes-Spiders. They take less than a
> minute per wheel to put on and come off even easier.
>
> They are expensive but after the first time I used them at 8000' in a
> windy, snowing 20f temp, had I never used them again they were well
> worth the price. I've had them for over 5 years and haven't had to
> replace any parts.
>
> Take a look: http://www.spikes-spiders.com/. I got the sport model
> that actually has chains as opposed to steel fingers going across the
> tire tread.
>
> No, I don't work for them or own any stock in the company. I'm just a
> satisfied customer.
>
> Skip


Thanks. Those are expensive for sure, but no doubt worth it if you're
in that environment. With a cost as high as the spikes, I could just
stay in a hotel for a few days and wait out a storm or for a clearing of
the road.


What I'm really looking for is a one time use, just-in-case, sort of
thing. Once I make it through the pass, the truck will live in a snow
free area.

I'll definitely keep these spikes in mind for my cars though!

Nate

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
N Williamson wrote:
> I have a 2005 std cab V8, 2WD (no ltd slip differential!!) Tundra with
> the stock tires. Making a trip in the next few months and I'll have to
> traverse some interstate mountain passes. Depending on the conditions,
> some may require use of traction tires/chains to pass.
>
> I had a set of traction 'cables' a few years ago and used them on a VW
> Jetta....they didn't work very well at all so prefer to steer clear of
> that style.
>
> Appreciate any recommendations. Thanks.
> Nate
>

I've found the diamond pattern tire chains the best. Regular
ladder-style chains are OK as are heavy duty cables (not passenger
car cables on a truck).
http://www.tirechain.com/ has the choices...you might find better
total prices locally.


Ken
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
in article [email protected], notmyrealname at "NoSpam"@all.org
wrote on 1/12/06 2:26 PM:

> N Williamson wrote:
>> I have a 2005 std cab V8, 2WD (no ltd slip differential!!) Tundra with
>> the stock tires. Making a trip in the next few months and I'll have to
>> traverse some interstate mountain passes. Depending on the conditions,
>> some may require use of traction tires/chains to pass.


> I have a 04 double cab Tundra 4x4 TRD and put on BFG all terrain TKOs
> they're great in the snow and mud! one of the best all round tires out
> there IMO. I own a forestry consulting business and am in the bush on
> logging roads in all weather and on mountain passes etc... Strongly
> recommend the BFG All Terrain.


I'll second that... I've had them on a Jeep, and I have them on my Land
Cruiser now, and as soon as I can afford it I want a set on my new Tundra.
They are great everywhere except mud. They do really well on snow.

I remember I had a set on my Wrangler... that year at elk camp, it snowed
like an SOB and my Jeep was fine. Then I switched it over to Goodyear
MT/R's because it's real muddy over in western Oregon, where I and the Jeep
USUALLY are, and the next couple years in elk camp, in which it also snowed
like an SOB, were hell on wheels. Those MT/R's sucked once the snow got
packed down on the ridgeline roads, or when it would melt and refreeze. It
makes my palms sweat to think of a couple of "traverses" I had to do at 5
am, to get to trailheads I was hunting, on those tires. Truly frightening
stuff. No lateral grip, and death awaiting on one side of the road, and the
road tilting to that side... shudder.... They were good in real deep snow
when clawing through it down to dirt was in order, I'll give them that.

BFG AT's clog up real quick in thick clay. Other than that they are
awesome.

-jeff
 
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