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Could someone tell me which axle would be best to use if a person only has 1 set of chains. Excursion 7.3 2001. This is for ice and snow only. no pavement driving.
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We've always put them on the rear.

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On our plow truck we run them on the front since it is a 4x4 and all the weight is up front.

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You will get some axle wrap with a heavy trailer, I can feel it when towing my gooseneck with some heavy equipment. My Deavers will wrap enough to make the tires rub the front of the rear fender well if I give it too much throttle on aceleration.
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i have thought about this a bunch in the past. if you put them on the rear, youre less like to spin tire and have the assend scoot out, but on the front you wont loose control when braking. its a real toss up

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It is all a plus up front. It is just like a front wheel drive car. You pull yourself everywhere, you can steer, and you can brake. Or you just chain up all four. Trust me up front is the best way to go.
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Could someone tell me which axle would be best to use if a person only has 1 set of chains. Excursion 7.3 2001. This is for ice and snow only. no pavement driving.
Is it 2wd, 4wd? Do you have any heavy stuff in the rear or all empty?



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It is all a plus up front. It is just like a front wheel drive car. You pull yourself everywhere, you can steer, and you can brake. Or you just chain up all four. Trust me up front is the best way to go.
Makes complete sense. We used to run them on the back becuase of all the weight up front. I suppose it depends on what you will be doing once chained up.

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thanks to all for your input.... I have also thought about this a lot, and for my use of just trying to get back up the mountain driveway with tons of snow this year, I figure that the front would be the way to go. The vehicle is so heavy and tends to laterally slide all over and into the ditches. With the diamond style chain pattern that goes down around the tire and runs along parallel with the tread should help keep the monster from sliding sideways off the road, and with the chains on the front I should have more control by pulling as the front is the one going into the ditch all the time. I just ordered some chains online, and can't spend the money on the second set. I'll try them on the front first and try to post back.
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