BRANCHBURG, N.J. — Cargo control firm Kinedyne L.L.C. has redesigned its Grip Link tire chains, adding links on the side chains and the cross chains to provide improved traction on commercial truck tires that feature a broader surface face and extra-deep treads.
"Some tire chains in the industry will barely fit the new wider tires," Robert Spooner, director of sales – Canada for Kinedyne, said.
"Our new Grip Link highway and off-road chains ensure that there are no fitment issues and improves safety when traveling in winter weather."
The upgraded highway Grip Link Tire Chains will provide traction on roads and highways covered in ice and snow. The 7- and 8-millimeter off-road Grip Link tire chains are designed to perform over uneven, bumpy terrain, and through environments such as forest floors, and the scree, sand and mud of a construction site, quarry or mine.
Grip Link highway tire chains come in 7-millimeter steel wire V-bar and square link designs and are available for tire sizes of 11R22.5 and 11R24.5 in both singles and dual-triples styles.
The 11R22.5 singles come with 14 cross chains per set, while the dual-triple version come with 28. The 11R24.5 singles come with 15 cross chains with the dual-triple version coming with 30. All Kinedyne Grip Link highway tire chains are equipped with four outside cams, providing an additional 1.3 inches each of tightening tension.
The V-shaped bars on the V-bar tire chains "act as miniature icepicks that pierce the ice, propelling the tire forward even over a slippery surface," the company said.
The corners of the square-shape links on the square link tire chains are engineered to dig into the ice and snow and designed to cover more surface area, thus helping maintain a better grip on the highway, the company said.
Kinedyne's off-road Grip Link stud tire chains are "designed to dig into the ground, creating a solid anchor that pushes the tire forward even over uneven terrain and through difficult driving environments," Kinedyne said. These chains come in 7-millimeter and 8-millimeter versions to give users more flexibility and two lightweight choices.
The 7-millimeter versions come in several sizes: 11R22.5 and 11R24.5 singles or dual-triple styles. The single sizes include 15 cross links with four tensioning cams on the outside. There are 30 cross links on a dual-triple, with four tensioning cams on the inside and four on the outside. Multiple cams provide even tensioning, ensuring a secure and tight fit.
In the 8-millimeter versions, there are 14 cross links on an 11R22.5 single, 16 on an 11R24.5 single, 28 on an 11R22.5 dual-triple, and 32 on an 11R24.5 dual-triple. For easier tightening and loosening, there are four tensioning cams located on both the outside and inside of all 8-millimeter versions.