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Tire Chains.


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Anyone know of places to get ATV chains that don't cost more than my new ATV?

Seriously, I can outfit My 74 RC with 34x9 - 15 Swampers with Vbar tire chains for what 1 pair of ATV chains cost. And theyre not a "popular size" tire.

The gougy prices at $250 to $350 a pair is . . a LOT GOUGY.

If I hurt a suppliers feelings, good, they deserve it because the prices are ludicrous.

I've thrown chains on everything from garden tractors to semi trucks for forty years or so.

I am not confused about the prices. They're gougy.

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Too a point yes - but I can find chains for my Seriously odd RC tires for far less. 

The tires run on most ATVs are pretty similar in size to typical car tires.

I could literally (though not advisable) mount my ATV tires on my Dodge Stratus rims.

I can get Vbarred or Studded tire chains for my Stratus with basically the same sized casing for half the price.

Dimensionally, the chains are pretty close to what I run on my 98 sonoma with 15 inch rims.

which external casing size including tread measure out at very close to the same circumference as the tires on my ATV.


But the "ATV" appellation adds $200?


So . . yeah . . . sometimes the economics dont come out in the wash.


Tire chains are tire chains, not proprietary rocket science.


Guess the suppliers gotta take this one in the snoot.

Which, of course leads to the obvious answer . . .  buy the chain style for a matching sized Automotive tire.


Then the ATV chain suppliers won't have any demand at all.

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Well.. If you can make them cheaper, do it and you'll have the market.. If anyone could undercut them by a reasonable amount, they should still be making a killing according to you..  So why isn't anybody(or you), undercutting them ?

I've been in business for a long time and I've heard so many people say that people in business are creaming the profit.. but those people aren't in business.. If they were they'd know that it's a competitive and time consuming way of making a living. I never complain about the price of things. I shop around and find thing as cheaply as I can and then, if I want it, i pay my money happily.

As far as I know there are two options if you don't like their prices, do without, or figure a cheaper way of doing what they do.




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Thats what I'm thinking.

Ive got a couple sets from similar sized tires Im going to try out and see where Im at.

I found an entire set of drive chains for 10 22s buried in the muck on a job site and several extra sets of LT chains.

My point is though, they require less material than my RC chains (identical section width and 1/3 less diameter) and even running a diamond chain pattern, you can get the same quality with the same material in the same size for a road vehicle at about 2/3 the price.

$198 for a set for the exact same design for the same size tire as opposed to $350 for one labelled specifically for "ATV/UTV".


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There's always 2 0r more prices for everything transportation or leisure involved.. Years ago there was 3 prices for an identical alternator used on a vehicle , boat or aircraft.  Yes, there were slight differences between them--- the marine alternator had screening to  make them  less likely to ignite fuel vapors in the bilge and the aircraft certified ones were much more tightly quality controlled;  but it still  didn't justify a more than 3x price increase over the  automotive  one. Price the identical  part for a Chevy  and Cadillac, or any companies basic models and their luxury line. You are paying a premium for the name or "luxury". Even some power tools have huge price differences depending on the brand name   on them.   I remember a 4 " angle grinder made by one company  having 2 prices .. The very common utility brand was $100 cheaper than the "elite"  branded one.  The difference between grinders?  the expensive one had a polished aluminum gear case while the basic one was matte finished as it came from the forming die. Otherwise the two  angle grinders were screw for screw identical.  When the tool salesman was confronted with that he admitted the utility grinder maker also  made them for the company whose tools he was selling ..  I  won't say their names but the initials for the two  companies were  B&D and S.O.    LOL...

As far as chains are concerned,  it isn't that hard to  cut down  chains or add to them  to  modify them to  fit a different tire diameters,  a little  more work  to  modify width  You don't need to  pay the higher price tags for  new if you don't want to.

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You are right about the marine and luxury premiums Dave, but people do buy and re-market to make something on the difference.

If there were agricultural and recreational versions of quad chains I dare say someone would be doing a re-market of the agricultural line... If the demand was great enough to justify their trouble. 

I'd think the trouble here is that the market just isn't big enough for a new competitor to start making, stocking, advertising and marketing an unusual size, and so the existing manufacturer, who has the advantage of already being in that business, can ask what they want.




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Yeah . . It was just kinda like sticker shock when I searched "ATV Chain" . .  

Ive got the tool for closing the cross link and an angle grinder, metal saw and a forge if If I have to show them whose in charge though.

Just another thing to add to my to do list.


Just shows how gullible some suppliers want us to remain.

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