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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.
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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
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2017, 06:13:03 PM »
Anyone look these up?

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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2017, 06:44:28 PM »
Genius!  Wonder how they last? Reliable?  Wheel bearings and such will be stressed much.
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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2017, 06:48:59 PM »
Bet they are made out of rubber or high density plastic of some sort. Great idea to lower the ground pressure and increase traction


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Re: Getting around in snow question
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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2017, 02:18:51 PM »
But, how do tracks hold up on the bare dirt/gravel ?

No issues at all in mud (they really shine) bare ground and rocks.  However they are heck on your gas mileage.  The cost and your much lower mileage is the drawback to tracks.  But they will take you places you probably shouldn't go.  :)
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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2017, 05:22:13 PM »
But, how do tracks hold up on the bare dirt/gravel ?

No issues at all in mud (they really shine) bare ground and rocks.  However they are heck on your gas mileage.  The cost and your much lower mileage is the drawback to tracks.  But they will take you places you probably shouldn't go.  :)

What kind you have?

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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2017, 05:30:18 PM »
I totally agree with the chains as and inexpensive option and have used them quite a bit. I bit the bullet and got camoplast 4s tracks for my razr 900 and I can go anywhere I want and sometimes places I wish I had not. If you want an inexpensive option for spring bear hunting buy chains  if you want to go anywhere buy tracks and pack your chainsaw. The camoplast 4s are made for all seasons and I run them through mud etc. Gas mileage on my set up is still ok I just take them off in the summer fall to save on wear and tear and they slow me down quite a bit.   

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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2017, 08:39:26 AM »
But, how do tracks hold up on the bare dirt/gravel ?

No issues at all in mud (they really shine) bare ground and rocks.  However they are heck on your gas mileage.  The cost and your much lower mileage is the drawback to tracks.  But they will take you places you probably shouldn't go.  :)

What kind you have?

I don't have any yet, I just have done a lot of research and talking with guys who cat hunt with hounds on what type they have.  Best place to look and buy is in Spokane at www.atvtracks.net
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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2017, 04:31:18 PM »
biggest problem with spring snow and chains is you'll high center your ATV all the time in the chunky snow, that sucks


I never use chains in the spring, I use big radials and air them down low PSI and I take all the crap off my ATV to make it lightweight as possible. 

I've been riding with a lot of folks with big powerful ATVs and they all have boxes full of gear, coolers of beer and I leave them all behind floating on top with my light weight ATV and big aired down radial bighorn 2.0 tires.  Those guys are making huge ruts using waaaaaay too much throttle and I just tip toe over the spring snow barely getting off idle. 
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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #23 on: November 15, 2017, 05:04:48 PM »
The Bighorns are really good in snow.  Big mudders are not.  I agree KF.  I find once your sunk to bottom of machine you are done.  Wet snow is worse, powder is much easier.  Worst is getting stuck, high centered, spinning em up and getting suctioned cupped in.  This can burn up a small winch.  Wet snow is bad, don't play with it.  Fluff is sooo much better.  Weight, footprint and clearances are the important stuff.  I would run tracks if could afford em.  On another subject related to this I am going to purchase the Summit or Jegs (universal auto/hot rod) utv heater for my utv.  $150.  Check em out guys so much cheaper than the kits they try an sell us for $500!
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Re: Getting around in snow question
« Reply #24 on: November 15, 2017, 05:25:14 PM »
But, how do tracks hold up on the bare dirt/gravel ?

No issues at all in mud (they really shine) bare ground and rocks.  However they are heck on your gas mileage.  The cost and your much lower mileage is the drawback to tracks.  But they will take you places you probably shouldn't go.  :)

What kind you have?
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