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JoeSchmoe007 10-22-2010 02:49 PM

Anybody used Spikes Spider?
 
http://www.spikes-spiders.com/images.../sportFull.jpg

Details are here:

http://www.spikes-spiders.com/catalo...tegory/?id=556

German language video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB07FLxi_s8

Price for 2 is $520, which is not that bad.

moosehead 10-22-2010 03:12 PM

Re: Anybody used Spikes Spider?
 
JS, those seem to work well for areas with heavy wet snow that gets packed down to thick ice, say Tahoe area. In the Rockies, we never really need to use them though some do just to stow them for those rare occasions. I just go with winter wheels and AT or snow treads for better setup, but your call really.

JoeSchmoe007 10-22-2010 03:24 PM

Re: Anybody used Spikes Spider?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by moosehead (Post 289054)
JS, those seem to work well for areas with heavy wet snow that gets packed down to thick ice, say Tahoe area. In the Rockies, we never really need to use them though some do just to stow them for those rare occasions. I just go with winter wheels and AT or snow treads for better setup, but your call really.

I am in NYC, there isn't much snow in winter lately. However, when it snows - it snows, and sometimes A LOT. Winter tires is a great idea, however I live in apartment and just don't have space to store them the rest of the year (and you must have 4). Plus this seems to be more economical if you only need to use them rarely - with snow tires you either need to purchase new set of wheels for winter tires or mount/dismount twice a year.

You clearly have more experience than me driving in snowy condition, so tell me if I am wrong: it seems to me that Spikes Spider will have a better traction then any non-studded winter tire (of course, SS can only be used up to 30 MPH).

robpp 10-22-2010 04:15 PM

Re: Anybody used Spikes Spider?
 
joe, you get QDII, you wont need those.

1. im from NYC, when it does snow that much nothing moves until the streets are plowed. i dont care if you have an abrams tank. and if you do get out WTF are you going to do when everything else is closed.

2. the bigger issue is going to be ground clearance. high side the jeep i dont care if you got drywall screws in the tires, you are STUCKK.

lots of jeeps out here in CO joe where it really snows and unless you live full time above 8000 feet THEN MAYBE you need snow tires or chains or spikes.

IMO: get QDII and be done with it.

moosehead 10-22-2010 04:31 PM

Re: Anybody used Spikes Spider?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe007 (Post 289060)
I am in NYC, there isn't much snow in winter lately. However, when it snows - it snows, and sometimes A LOT. Winter tires is a great idea, however I live in apartment and just don't have space to store them the rest of the year (and you must have 4). Plus this seems to be more economical if you only need to use them rarely - with snow tires you either need to purchase new set of wheels for winter tires or mount/dismount twice a year.

You clearly have more experience than me driving in snowy condition, so tell me if I am wrong: it seems to me that Spikes Spider will have a better traction then any non-studded winter tire (of course, SS can only be used up to 30 MPH).


I hear you on the apt, and yes, these like any chains are best for ice. So sure, you could stow them in the Jeep for winter so you're prepared for nastiness.

All that said though, even these are a PITA to put on the vehicle, as you need to lay them out and drive over them, then hook it all together. This tends to happen after a big dump so you've got the irony of needing to move the vehicle before you have the chains mounted. Worse, as soon as you hit pavement, you'll want the chains to come off faster than a prom dress.

+1 to Robbp - try going as-is with your JGC for first season before dropping $500 on 'em.

When does your rig arrive?

JoeSchmoe007 10-22-2010 05:22 PM

Re: Anybody used Spikes Spider?
 
1) Robbp: I am not getting QD II - I am getting QT I. But I don't think even QD II would provide better traction then these. However, you have a point and probably I don't really need them. In previous 10 years with my old ZJ I didn't need them (but I did have QD II in ZJ).

2) You don't need to drive over them then hook it - you can see it in the video.

3) My car has been at final railroad yard for 3 days. Tracking thread shows it can sit there up to 5 days before it is delivered to dealer. So there is slight chance I will get it tomorrow, otherwise - probably next week.

JoeSchmoe007 10-22-2010 06:22 PM

Re: Anybody used Spikes Spider?
 
Are these even allowed in NYC?

whatevrworks 10-22-2010 11:36 PM

Re: Anybody used Spikes Spider?
 
for what its worth I have been able to push through 16-24 inches of snow easily with both my 02 grand and my 06 commander with never a need for chains. Granted the front bumper will become a snowplow in some cases with that much snow, but its only until i can get out of my neighborhood and onto the main roads which are usually plowed (I dont get snowdays in my job and luckily live right near a state highway). And this was with stock (or very close to stock) tires in both cases. If you know how to drive in snow or mud trust me you will be fine without chains. And if you dont know how to drive in it, wait for the first storm, find an unplowed area and go have fun to figure it out! Just watch out for high packed snow banks, if you "high-center" the jeep (as someone else mentioned) you are screwed, and will be digging for a minute but again not something chains will assist with.

09JGC 10-23-2010 12:09 AM

Re: Anybody used Spikes Spider?
 
Is There a Way to install an aftermarket QD II setup? I currently drive a 09 GC laredo with most of the interior upgrades (bouson acoustics, leather, heated seats, sunroof, homlink garge door opener) but with out the off road package.... (bigger wheels, skid plates, QD II, Hill assist)... any help would be appreciated thanks

Devilsmed98 10-26-2010 03:32 PM

Re: Anybody used Spikes Spider?
 
My 07 WK 4.7l with QTII was blasting through the 3ft+ snow we had here in NJ last year. And that was on stock Goodyear Fortera's with 40k miles on them. IMO you'll be fine.

NickHowes 10-14-2011 01:41 PM

Re: Anybody used Spikes Spider?
 
I know this is an old thread (but I'm new to the site).

I had Spikes-Spiders on my WJ and they worked well. I'll be getting a new set of the Alpine Pros for my new WK2.

Not sure you'd need them on blacktop or if it's flat, but I live up a steep dirt road in Montana and when the snow gets medium-deep (2ft or so), they help a lot. (Beyond about 2ft, I have to plow with my Unimog or use my Polaris with tracks.)


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