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Getting around in snow question
« on: November 11, 2017, 08:55:02 PM »
I don't deal with snow much where I am, but I have been going to ID for spring bear hunt. I never get to where I would like to be because of snow.
I have 2 grizzlies , 400 & 660
The road normally are clear to a point but then have a foot of snow. Then once you get closer to a corner the snow gets a little deeper. Then at a certain elevation at a tree in the road the snow banks up 3'.  Normally just around corners then bare road , to a certain elevation anyway.

What quad tires do I need?
Width over narrow ?
Any input?


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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2017, 09:40:27 PM »
If you can swing the cost, tracks are awesome. I have a friend in North Dakota who has a set on his Ranger side by side and goes anywhere he wants. I think there are some less expensive brands than Mattracks, but these are what my friend uses. http://www.mattracks.co/tracks/atv-sxs/

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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2017, 10:00:55 PM »
I ran my hill at work last winter in a silly thing like this until it simply got deep enough we switched to snowmobiles (2 1/2ish feet plus all the way). Tires,were not great it's more knowing how to drive in snow. I could get 6 inches of snow in the park and at the top it would be a foot.  Until we started grooming I ran it with the little yellow beasty.  Tracks would have been fun.
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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2017, 10:13:07 PM »
But, how do tracks hold up on the bare dirt/gravel ?

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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2017, 10:17:50 PM »
I ran my hill at work last winter in a silly thing like this until it simply got deep enough we switched to snowmobiles (2 1/2ish feet plus all the way). Tires,were not great it's more knowing how to drive in snow. I could get 6 inches of snow in the park and at the top it would be a foot.  Until we started grooming I ran it with the little yellow beasty.  Tracks would have been fun.
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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2017, 10:29:50 PM »
You don't need any special tires or tracks for that matter, unless you want to go where snow machines go. I've had an ORV of some sort for 35 years and never used them I only put 8 ply tires on mine for rocks. Quads aren't made for snow, Tracks are around $4000 plus install for Camoplast tracks.
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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2017, 11:11:15 PM »
I don't deal with snow much where I am, but I have been going to ID for spring bear hunt. I never get to where I would like to be because of snow.
I have 2 grizzlies , 400 & 660
The road normally are clear to a point but then have a foot of snow. Then once you get closer to a corner the snow gets a little deeper. Then at a certain elevation at a tree in the road the snow banks up 3'.  Normally just around corners then bare road , to a certain elevation anyway.

What quad tires do I need?
Width over narrow ?
Any input?
If ya have enough HP run as wide a sand paddle as ya can.  I used to run my 450r with paddles on 3ft snow.  BUT stopping and going is a problem.  Gotta find a shallow or dry spot of sorts.  My 4x4 quad never had a prayer after 18"aprox,
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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2017, 09:47:25 AM »
Just grab some tire chains for ATV,  they make an amazing difference

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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2017, 10:44:57 AM »
Just grab some tire chains for ATV,  they make an amazing difference

They do, but you have to make sure they are on tight, real tight so they won't come off.
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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2017, 11:06:07 AM »
Just grab some tire chains for ATV,  they make an amazing difference

They do, but you have to make sure they are on tight, real tight so they won't come off.
good advice!

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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2017, 11:09:18 AM »
just air down the tire, install the chains then air back up and they're tight

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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2017, 01:43:49 PM »
just air down the tire, install the chains then air back up and they're tight

Awesome advise.....never thought about that.   :tup: :tup: 

I had my side by side in 18" of snow this year and it did great without chains.  I have chains for it but never had to use them.  As a note....spring snow is the worst!!!!!  It is usually very wet heavy snow with a crust layer on top.  If you were ever gonna get stuck in the snow, it will be spring snow.   Make sure you have a winch and plenty of gear to get unstuck regardless of tires, chains, tracks etc. 

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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2017, 02:40:38 PM »
Anyone try or seen these in action ?  "J Wheelz"

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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2017, 03:03:50 PM »
Don't forget, you can burn your belts up if you over do it with strain...If you do crazy stuff in the snow.
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Re: Getting around in snow question
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Anyone look these up?

 

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