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Old 01-06-2008, 09:00 PM   #136
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Here are some pictures of mine. I made 6 for each tire.







I'm still waiting to try them before I decide if I put bolts on them.


Hopefully I'll get to try them sometime this week.
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:38 AM   #137
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I realized my design was not great for the front tire. They would not get super tight.



This is how small they will get, besides I hate riveting stuff.



This is the simple fix I'm goint to do.



This is how small these will adjust.



If you cant see clearly I'll explain. The poor design is riveted loops. The good design just takes the strap wich is conected to the buckle and just makes a loop around both triangles I welded onto the chain. This is way simpler to produce, and works better as well.

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Old 01-10-2008, 03:40 PM   #138
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Here is a cool site to get cool straps and buckles.

http://www.strapworks.com/
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Old 01-11-2008, 01:22 PM   #139
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I almost think you can get away with using the smallest size car chains on most bikes. They will fit 135/80-13 car tires.

http://www.vulcantire.com/cgi-bin/chainsearch.cgi

Easy if you have a single-sided swingarm, you will need a spliced tensioner to fit them on a normal swingarm or fork.
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:48 PM   #140
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You Can!!!!!

You CAN use car chains!!!!!!!!!!

I went to the store and what did I happen to find??? Cable tire chains for FIVE DOLLARS for a PAIR!!!! Evidently, not many people want chains for an 81 civic anymore


I test fit them when I got home, there are a couple clearance issues but nothing that can't be resolved in the daylight. I am STOKED!!!!


BTW, anybody nominate any of the original pictures for the front page???
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Old 01-12-2008, 02:14 PM   #141
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Car chains work great.

I won this auction on ebay

$27, with shipping. Delivered to my door.

They were definitely for a skinny car tire. 7 cross-links, 5 of which had Vbar.

I simply removed the cross-chains & built straps to fasten them to my wheels. Close to too wide for a front tire, but it give good corner coverage. Almost not wide enough for a rear knobbie, but corner coverage isn't as importange.

I sewed a small portion of velcro on the end of the strap to enable me to fasten the extra strap to the nearest spoke.

With the proper full knobbies, the chain rests down between rows of knobs. Without Vbar, the chain would have little effect.

Next: Test ride.







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Old 01-12-2008, 02:43 PM   #142
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Jeff how thick is that webbing.

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Old 01-12-2008, 02:52 PM   #143
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Looks like a winner, JD.
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Old 01-12-2008, 06:40 PM   #144
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Jeff how thick is that webbing.

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The webbing is 9/16" wide, double layer (woven in a tubular fashion). Bought at JAX in FC for $.49/foot.

I picked up more webbing today. To avoid all the extra length on front chains, I'm making a shorter set. To keep them sorted, the front ones will be a different color.
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Old 01-12-2008, 07:42 PM   #145
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The webbing is 9/16" wide, double layer (woven in a tubular fashion). Bought at JAX in FC for $.49/foot.

I picked up more webbing today. To avoid all the extra length on front chains, I'm making a shorter set. To keep them sorted, the front ones will be a different color.
I made shorter for the fronts as well. Did you get the buckles at Jax as well??
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Old 01-13-2008, 12:42 PM   #146
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I made shorter for the fronts as well. Did you get the buckles at Jax as well??
Yep, everything at JAX. Even old hand grenades (which I picked up for my son :-) On my last visit, I discovered regular 1/2" strap for about half the price. Given a coarser texture, I think the buckles will hold better. The tubular stuff was probably overkill.
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:55 AM   #147
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Everything in excess

I think I got carried away. Once I got rolling, it only took 3-4 minutes to sew each strap.


I have spares.

Worst case, I'll put 8-10 on each wheel. That would be 3 pounds on each wheel. I definitely won't be bust'n any big freesty moves with these baby's on.

Front & rear chains. The only difference is the length & color of the nylon strap.


1/21: Chain gang assault on Switzerland Trail.
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Old 01-14-2008, 05:30 PM   #148
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I like the little velcro loops. Its a nice touch.
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:16 PM   #149
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I was all psyched because I made 16 chains for my 950, pretty much like Iron Brewer did.

Bad news.... My chain guard on my rear wheel won't allow clearance, and the front factory low fender won't allow clearance! Either I sell 'em or modify the fender and chain guard!

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Old 01-15-2008, 11:05 AM   #150
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I was all psyched because I made 16 chains for my 950, pretty much like Iron Brewer did.

Bad news.... My chain guard on my rear wheel won't allow clearance, and the front factory low fender won't allow clearance! Either I sell 'em or modify the fender and chain guard!

Nick
Yeah, clearance can be an issue. I removed the chain guard on my 300 KTM. My XRL should be OK. Using minimal chains for the rear tire solves a lot of the clearance issues.

If anyone previously had doubts, my daughter informed me last night that I need to get out riding more often. I taught her how to sew, and she still shakes her head at my projects. Just like the women at the fabric store, she rolls her eyes when I tell her what I'm building. Last nite was matching denim chain bags for the front & rear chains. The carry handle matches the color of chains in the bag.


All in a night's work... Weld a power valve linkage, repack a 2-stroke muffler, and sew some chain bags.....

Here's hoping for passable weather on the 21st.
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