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    Can we compare JD TY15958 chain install on R4 Tires.

    With the deep lugs, chains can't slide, made for a difficult install. I hope I have them tight enough. I'm concerned with them catching on the pin for 3pt side sway adjuster, if too loose.

    I ended up using total length of inside adjustment chain. That is, I placed the hook in the longest length. The last link possible.

    Then outside adjuster, with 4 possible links, I have 3 hanging loose, so it's the shortest possible length.

    So I'm wondering from others what adjustments you ended up with. Did you use any kind of tool to draw them tight. I found a old. Ratchet Strap that had a cut strap. I cut the strap shorter, pounded a bit of the hooks flat. It worked very good to pull the ends together. Maybe help someone! Have a super day ! Dan
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    Yep! PIA! I take my loose chain and wire tie them close so not to fly loose. I had one of my inside links come loose and catch on the bolt of the frame of the BH, going down hill. The tire locked up and made for an interesting ride sideways until it hit asphalt. I think I suck the whole seat up my @ss from the pucker factor. But survived and made mental note to not use zip ties again.
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    Can we compare JD TY15958 chain install on R4 Tires.

    I'm glad you weren't hurt except for your pride and of course the pucker factor , ouch ! What are you doing with loose links now?
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    If you can, a photo would assist is seeing how you have them installed. Installing the chains each winter is not something I look forward to. It seems I try a different technique each season.

    I recommend safety wiring the latches and any loose ends you have flying around. If they come loose and catch on the fender, a hydraulic line or some other component it could be bad news.

    Once you get your chains mounted "just right" I recommend trimming off any loose links. It makes reinstalling them next season a lot easier.

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    Agree on trimming extra links

    I agree on trimming any extra lengths, unless the tires are old and new ones would likely be bigger. You can always buy repair links and add them back if you have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    If you can, a photo would assist is seeing how you have them installed. Installing the chains each winter is not something I look forward to. It seems I try a different technique each season.

    I recommend safety wiring the latches and any loose ends you have flying around. If they come loose and catch on the fender, a hydraulic line or some other component it could be bad news.

    Once you get your chains mounted "just right" I recommend trimming off any loose links. It makes reinstalling them next season a lot easier.
    I use hooks similar to the hooks from the factory rather than wiring. has that break in the past too. Cut a link and tighten one end around the last link, then stretch it tight at you can and hook on the last link you can. I have chain tighteners on mine, both front and rear. Made the fronts from a set I had just bought for the old tractor I sold. Work great, but you need to put a block on the turn stop, so the chains do not catch the hydraulic line on the cylinder. Just do not use 4x4 unless you really need it. Makes steering much better.

    PS My chains are not the ones being discussed here.... Sorry.
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    I don't know how everybody else is doing it, but with my GX/turf tires I used to install them wheels on. I've found it far better with the R4's to remove the wheel, roll it onto a properly spread out chain and do the hookup that way. The tire can be flipped around or rolled around to work the slack out to get all the crosslinks down into the lug spaces and the side chains tight...

    (Which reminds me I have to order the 2 cross links for my chains to fill in the open space at the connection...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    I've found it far better with the R4's to remove the wheel, roll it onto a properly spread out chain and do the hookup that way. The tire can be flipped around or rolled around to work the slack out to get all the crosslinks down into the lug spaces and the side chains tight...
    Are your tires loaded? My loaded 2720 tires are close to 400 lbs. once I add the heavy chains. My method is to lay the chains out behind the tractor, tire side down, jack up one tire, lift the chain end closest the tractor and lay it on the tire, getting it caught in the lugs, rotate the tire by hand until the end of the chain hits the floor, then pull it under the tire and attach the hooks on the inside of the chain. Then hook the latch on the outside of the chain. Lower the tractor and repeat on the other side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Are your tires loaded? My loaded 2720 tires are close to 400 lbs. once I add the heavy chains. My method is to lay the chains out behind the tractor, tire side down, jack up one tire, lift the chain end closest the tractor and lay it on the tire, getting it caught in the lugs, rotate the tire by hand until the end of the chain hits the floor, then pull it under the tire and attach the hooks on the inside of the chain. Then hook the latch on the outside of the chain. Lower the tractor and repeat on the other side.
    This will be the first year installing chains on my 2520 w/loaded R4's this weekend. Since I can't man handle much of anything anymore I really like your method and am going to do just that. My wife already knows she will have to be out in the barn to help me.

    I've been dealing with tire chains most of my life from cars/pickups to dump trucks to graders (heavy!!). One thing I haven't seen mentioned, which may of course be obvious, but I always install the chains, then run the machine/vehicle around for a minute or so, then go back and re-tighten the chains. No matter how tight you may think you have them the first time, after you run the machine around for a minute you'd be surprises how much more you can tighten them.
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    Thanks for replies. HydroHarold on my outside side chain I was able to latch as short as possible. On my inside side chain it's hooked in last link. It's as long as possible. The cross links are between lugs and I'm unable to pull the inside side chain tighter. So the purpose of this post is to find out if this is what others encounter. When you pull the wheels, are you able to get that inside side chain tighter than I have with wheels on. I used tractor about a hour yesterday and the chains stayed put . So they might be ok as is. I need to purchase chain tighteners. I only plan to chain the rear wheels. I can see pulling the wheels would make the task somewhat easier. Good idea! At 76 I'm not sure I can lift to put them back on. Had a hard time when I pulled the left wheel for transmission fluid change. Thanks again for your replies, Dan
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