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Ford 8n Tractor Tire Chain Installation


By tom - Posted on 11 December 2011

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Man those chains are heavy! To install lay the chain assembly on the ground with the flat link binder to the outside of the tire. Make sure there are no tangles in the chains. Drive the tractor over the chain assembly (centering on the tire) to the mid point. Lift the binder side up over the top of the tire as best you can. With the tractor in neutral roll the wheel so the head of the chain is about 3/4 of the way around the circumference of the tire. Hook the tail end of the chain on the inside of the tire. Then using the binder lock in the chain on the outside of the binder. Make sure you attach the inside and outside at the same link so that it sits evenly (you can count them from the nearest ladder chain). It's really hard to get it tight on the first try. Put a jack under the axle and jack up one wheel at a time (use wooden blocking if applicable). Rotate the wheel (by hand) so that the connections reside at the bottom. Reset/Fluff the chains so they sit on the tire evenly. Gravity will remove all slack to the bottom of the tire. Re-adjust the connections on both the inside and outside of the tire to remove the slack and make the chain as snug as possible to the tire. Add a couple bungee chords (criss-cross over rim) to remove any additional sloppiness in the chains. That should do it.

Note: When I bought these chains they were a little long so I had to remove a section. I did this by using a hammer and chisel as shown in the picture.