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Old 10-18-2013, 12:08 AM
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Tire Chain Possible Problem 2003 Explorer

In 2005 I bought this V8 4x4 and I ordered 2 sets of 'V' welded cross bar chains from PA for the tire size.


They are B.F.Goodrich P245/65R17 RUG TRL.


Never needed them but I take them to CO in trailer every year. I'll need them this year for 3 Rifle.


Question is will these bad boys tear up the stuff around the wheels even with a perfect fit. Do any of you know if any one ever ran chains on front or back of 2003 Explorers? Sure aint much room. Ran 4 wheel chains on my old 66 Bronco but this is scary close. Any eye witness results from back in mid 2000s. Or who can I call that will know to GO or NO GO!!!! Don't think those cable contraptions will do a dimes worth of good. Please HELP.....I don't need to take the weight if it is a NO USE THEM. Thanks
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:03 PM
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Re: Tire Chain Possible Problem 2003 Explorer

Dont know but have wheeled alot of 4x4 w/chains. Try to avoid front myself, twisted few axels.I would put them on and go slow and check clearance. I have big truck chains I moded for my Jeep. I have a tall skinny tire, I run chains and front and rear lockers
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:23 PM
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Re: Tire Chain Possible Problem 2003 Explorer

Most of the new 4X4's I've looked at don't have enough clearance in the front wells without modification to run Ice Breaker chains that you describe above until you get into the 1 ton's. I have a 90 GMC that is chained up 4-5 months a year with Ice Breakers front and rear. Bridgestone AT's tire size 285-75-R16 and I had to work on the front wells to gain enough clearance. Did a clean job and it looks stock almost. You need minimum 2-3 inches at its narrowest point with the tire turned. I also have a set of modified truck chains to run when its fresh snow or powder but when things start freezing it's the Ice Breakers all the way.

If you are going to chain at all it wants to be in the front so you can steer when icy or when in rough steep country. In the front double the rubbers to keep the heavier chains from looping and hitting the fender well.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:42 AM
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Re: Tire Chain Possible Problem 2003 Explorer

Highly suggest putting the chains on in good weather and trying them. Last weekend's Colo snow caught us in a "Duh" moment. Of the two pair of chains only one pair fit, both of us wear covered in mud before we admitted the mistake.

This was in CO area 21 and 30, relatively low altitude for CO and 3 - 4 inches fell and started melting, a mess.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:18 AM
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Re: Tire Chain Possible Problem 2003 Explorer

I would throw them on right now and give them the once over, make sure they fit and can be pulled up tight, figure out which links to hook so you can just slap them on and go. Also lets you check out the quality of the chains, we got bit one year by a crappy set of new chains that pulled themselves apart as we drove but we pack a chain med kit so we were fine but it happens!!
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:46 PM
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Re: Tire Chain Possible Problem 2003 Explorer

By all means put them on now for 3 good reasons
#1 To see if they even fit the tire.
#2 To see if you have clearance
#3 just so you know how to put on chains
I was totally amazed last week when I saw 2 trucks head into the bottoms with the snow and wet weather we have been having. We walked down to hunt only to find the last truck stuck right above the middle pond.....and sliding into it. 2 hours later they where still there trying to dig out. We figured we would try to help if they where smart enough (A LOT of people aint!!) The driver did just what we told him to do and got out of the immediate mess they where in but still had to climb the hill. Now they mention they have chains and are wondering if they should but them on Out of the 4 guys in the truck not one of them had a clue of how to even put chains on and / or what axle to put them on. When we went to put them on the front tires we found out they where chains for a stock tire but this clown had just put on new snow tires 2 sizes bigger. He had a couple of little binders so e made it work but guaranteed that if the came loose he was going to have to put new fenders on his new truck, we had to stop a couple of times to rebind the chains but got them out of there.
Long way around the barn here but please make conservative choices when gong into the back country and not only have the equipment to get you out but be able o use it!!
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:09 PM
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Re: Tire Chain Possible Problem 2003 Explorer

Thanks for ALL the coments. Believe I laid them over the tires 3 or 4 years ago and chickened out after seeing how close the GUTS of the front end are to the naked tire. I will go in Mon to my mech and we will put it on the rack and have a go - or no go moment looking up at them. Really hoped some 03 explorer owners could remember if they were able to run them or not on reg size 17" snow tires.

Thanks again, I'll let you'all know.
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