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Tire Chains For Ice Fishing Question

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I have an Articat 400 4x4. During early season on glare ice

I experience traction problems and steering problems. Thinking about getting tire chains. Would there be any problems putting them on the front tires to help with the steering or should I keep them on the rear only?

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I use sheet metal screws in the lugs of my tires, works great. 2x4 polaris gets me arond real nice.

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I shortened up a set of 15 inch car tire chains worked like a charm and alot cheaper then buying ATV chains.

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I tried sheet metal screws, but the only lasted a couple weeks before most of them wore off. I didn't use grade 8's, but I might try them this year.

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You can put them on the front with no problems I would think. The reason for the back is there is more weight and downward pressure on them for more effectiveness.

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If you use the machine for ice fishing and just around the yard, put all 4 on. We run an Arctic cat with all 4 on, when the snow gets deeper you won't regret it.

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The only problem with them on the front only is the back end will come around on you all the time. I dont think you would run into any mechanical problems on the front though. Try it both ways and see which you like best.

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For what its worth....I was told by a dealer (Polaris) that I shouldn't put chains on only the front, either rear or all 4. I guess it has to do with how the 4x4 engages and if they are only on the front tires, it puts a lot of stress on the axels and u joints. Thats for a Polaris sportsman. Not sure if it applies to other brands or if he was just trying to get me to buy another set of chains....

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This will be my 2nd year with the 4-wheeler on ice. I did not use it alot last year, but also had no problems. What would you expect to pay for a set of chains? Any good places to go pick them up?

Thanks

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