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Old 02-22-2019, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dodge dakota 4x4 on 285/60r17s in snow/ice

Hey dudes. Tried to go into Big Bear yesterday but had to turn around because truck was overheating uphill (changed radiator, broke fan in process, so, no fan)

However while going up, I did observe that I was sliding a whole lot. I did buy chains (diamond pattern) but didn't get deep enough to put them on.


I realize that this is a pickup truck and a 285/60r17 is a pretty wide tire so I will be more likely to float. Is there anything I can do to make this setup be OK in snow/ice, like chain up all 4 tires, or should I just take a different vehicle up there (1997 cummins DRW with stock sized tires, can remove outer wheel).

I want to try going back up next week (WITH a fan!) but don't want it to be a disaster. I don't have a built rig at the moment, just these two trucks..
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Put chains on it and drive it. How much snow are we talking? My basically stock 500,000+km '92 runner on 31x10.5s with a locked rear and real chains, not cable BS, will push through bumper deep powder, and dig through a foot plus of crusty shit.
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Put chains on it and drive it. How much snow are we talking? My basically stock 500,000+km '92 runner on 31x10.5s with a locked rear and real chains, not cable BS, will push through bumper deep powder, and dig through a foot plus of crusty shit.
I'll be on roads, but likely with an icy build up. Don't plan on offroading, just getting around town. I think your 10.5s have a good inch less width than mine.. I just noticed a whole lot of sliding with my truck, and there are hills involved going to the destination, so I need to make sure I am good.

There was a guy with an H2 and chains who had to turn back down the hill, he said he couldn't make it into town. The only guy who wasn't complaining had studded tires, but that's not going to work for me.
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Studded tires work great.
You haven't told us what you drive yet.
And never count on anyone in an h2 to be anything but a mouth breather.
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Studded tires work great.
You haven't told us what you drive yet.
And never count on anyone in an h2 to be anything but a mouth breather.
its in the subject.. a 4x4 dodge dakota

its a 2000 with a 5.9 if you want the details, red

I kind of have it set up for pavement duty with the 285s, and worry its too much surface area on ice.

I don't go into the snow often enough to buy studded tires, although its tempting

Just wondering if I'll be OK with chains despite the tire width?
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its in the subject.. a 4x4 dodge dakota

its a 2000 with a 5.9 if you want the details, red

I kind of have it set up for pavement duty with the 285s, and worry its too much surface area on ice.

I don't go into the snow often enough to buy studded tires, although its tempting

Just wondering if I'll be OK with chains despite the tire width?

Contrary to the old wisdom, surface area on ice is not the problem. I have lived in North Dakota for 25 years. Chains are great if you have the clearance, the front is more critical, see where your tires are at full lock, depending on the chains you need 1 1/2" clearance from the tire. I have a set of chains I made from tractor chains when it gets really bad.

I found that siping makes WAY more difference. On my 72 W200 I used to run 33" mud tires. Almost got me killed on ice and have been running 285 Hankook's for a long time. I can go thru about 2 feet of the HARD crusty crap before I start having problems. An 8000 lb truck is not gonna float much anyway, I added a CM trailers steel flatbed and add about 1000 lbs of sandbags in the winter, that really helps for plowing snow.

The big problem with wide tire that grip alot is having the power to turn them in the deep stuff.

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