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    Busted Tire Chain

    Was out pushing back snow piles on the side of the driveway with the tractor this afternoon and had a loud "CLUNK!". Looked down and the tire chain on my left rear tire was lying in a pile. It was supposed to stay wrapped around my tire!

    The hook that holds the chain ends together on the inside of the tire bent until it was open enough to let the chain slip and things just unraveled from there.

    I can bend the hook back as a short term repair but my guess is that once bent and bent back, it's just going to bend again and again until it finally just breaks entirely.

    Tirechains.com sells the replacement hooks but is there any reason I can't just use a quicklink in place of the hook?

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    Seems to me that the quicklink isn't going to come off unless I take it off.
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    That should work perfectly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    That should work perfectly

    Pffft! Well you're just easy.

    How many times do you figure someone could bend one of those hooks before it just snaps off?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    How many times do you figure someone could bend one of those hooks before it just snaps off?
    Those hooks should not bend. It sounds like the Chineseum was not tempered properly.
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    Busted Tire Chain

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Was out pushing back snow piles on the side of the driveway with the tractor this afternoon and had a loud "CLUNK!". Looked down and the tire chain on my left rear tire was lying in a pile. It was supposed to stay wrapped around my tire!

    The hook that holds the chain ends together on the inside of the tire bent until it was open enough to let the chain slip and things just unraveled from there.

    I can bend the hook back as a short term repair but my guess is that once bent and bent back, it's just going to bend again and again until it finally just breaks entirely.

    Tirechains.com sells the replacement hooks but is there any reason I can't just use a quicklink in place of the hook?

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    Seems to me that the quicklink isn't going to come off unless I take it off.
    Jim,

    Those links are what I used to extend the side chains on my 2032R.

    Not sure if you recall but I had a set of chains previously used on the 2320 w. R4's. I extended them and added five or six cross chains to fit the larger diameter R3's on the 2032R. This required lengthening the side chains and those repair links worked perfectly. I used the 3/8" diameter links.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Was out pushing back snow piles on the side of the driveway with the tractor this afternoon and had a loud "CLUNK!". Looked down and the tire chain on my left rear tire was lying in a pile. It was supposed to stay wrapped around my tire!

    The hook that holds the chain ends together on the inside of the tire bent until it was open enough to let the chain slip and things just unraveled from there.
    I can bend the hook back as a short term repair but my guess is that once bent and bent back, it's just going to bend again and again until it finally just breaks entirely.
    Tirechains.com sells the replacement hooks but is there any reason I can't just use a quicklink in place of the hook?

    Seems to me that the quicklink isn't going to come off unless I take it off.
    I've been using those for years.
    Do yourself a BIG favor and buy them in stainless steel, you'll thank me when you need to remove them.
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    You got lucky! I always think that if a chain comes loose it is going to wrap itself around something underneath then bind the wheel up making a royal mess - then have to try to get it off laying in the snow as the tractor won’t move.

    I’ve used those links you pictured for lots of things over the years and have worked great. I keep a few in my tractor parts drawer.
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    I have used bungee cords rather than snubbers to keep the chains taught on the wheel and used duct tape over the connector links.
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    Wow... I cannot imagine something bending those 3/8" hooks. I had to remove a couple cross links to fix some that were twisted and even using the 34" long tire chain tool that tirechain.com sells it still took two men and a boy to lever those hooks open to remove them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Tirechains.com sells the replacement hooks but is there any reason I can't just use a quicklink in place of the hook?
    Not to alter the subject but I was going to get a couple repair links from Tirechain.com to keep on hand but they will only sell them in quantities of 4 or 6 (depending on version). To make matters worse, their minimum shipping charge is like $17. So it would have ended up costing me over $50 just for an extra repair link. Considering that they are only a 130 miles from me here in PA paying $17 shipping is beyond ridiculous. Not sure why tossing a couple in a padded envelope and slapping on $0.85 postage isn't an option.
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