Traction Control: RUD Grip 4×4 Chains Review

Traction Control: RUD Grip 4×4 Chains Review

11 Responses

  1. Where did you purchase your chains from? I have only found the RUD Grips on a couple of sites. The sites that I found them on seem less than trust worthy.



    david October 4, 2011 at 1:09 am #
  2. Thanks for the response, David. When I attempted to purchase my RUD chains most companies were out of stock. I ended up purchasing through a third party retailer in Colorado somewhere if I recall, based on recommendations from one of the larger companies that was out of stock. Unfortunately, I don’t recall now what that company name was. I did a search through email and did find some info however that might prove useful to you. In the confirmation email I received after purchasing, they listed 1-800-553-7993 as a customer service line. They also stated that if I had any questions, or needed additional information, to please contact RUD Chain, Inc. by calling 319-294-0001×233 or emailing I know I didn’t purchase directly from but perhaps the smaller company I used was directly affiliated with them for purchasing. Sorry for the lack of info but I hope this helps a little.

    Expeditionr October 4, 2011 at 5:23 am #
  3. These RUD chains are not heavy duty. I had them on all four tires while off road and ALL four broke or failed in some way and left me stuck. I dumped them. I know Bill Burke and he is the best but he must be repairing these things or not using them much. They are not top gear. Pewag chains are MUCH better with 7mm hardened steel. They push through deeper snow and won’t break even with spinning on rocks.

    Michael Sewell October 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm #
  4. Thanks for the feedback Michael. I haven’t had a chance to really test the RUD chains in the mud or rocks yet. With the exception of the rubber tensioners, the rest of the RUD Grip system seems built well enough for snow. But I’m always interested to hear about alternate products so I’ll be sure and check out the Pewag chains as well.

    Expeditionr October 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm #
  5. I have also had many tensioners break. I have been replacing them but now can’t find any spares. Not the best chains in my experience and the company does not back them up.

    John Heffernan October 31, 2011 at 11:21 am #
  6. I’m sorry to hear it, John. I guess many folks are having the same difficulty with these chains. I have completely replaced the tensioners at this point with steel carabiners but I haven’t yet tested this new setup to see if it works. Another viewer recommended PEWAG chains over the RUD model but I have no personal experience with the PEWAG brand. Perhaps it’s another avenue worth investigating though if you continue to have problems with support for your RUD chains. Thanks for the reply.

    Expeditionr November 1, 2011 at 4:12 am #
  7. I disagree on the RUD not standing behind the product. I have 2 sets, have not broken anything but wanted updated tensioners. They sent them w/o any hassle. Katie is who I spoke with and did not hesitate to help. If you need hard core trail/rock/mud with rocks type chains, the old school style is going to be the best bet, and have fun putting them on. If you need them for icey, snow covered roads for basic skiing, and adventuring they can’t be beat. These are not wimpy chains and very easy to install and remove. I ski patrol and it has made life a lot easier.

    Chris October 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm #
  8. Hi Chris,

    It’s nice to hear that not everyone is having issues with RUD backing up their products. I personally like the chains both for their durability and ease of installation. The only place I think the chains fall short is in their use of a light-weight rubber strap to maintain the tension while in motion. This is why I ended up replacing the straps with carabiners instead.

    Just out of curiosity, what do the “updated” tensioners look like? Are they still comprised of rubber or has RUD updated them with a new material to make them stronger and more reliable? I’d definitely be interested in seeing what type of design modifications they’ve made since the initial “rubber strap” design was released. At least it would show that RUD is attempting to correct a very apparent design flaw in an otherwise fantastic product. Post back if you get the chance and let us know. And thanks for the comment and visiting the site!

    Expeditionr October 13, 2013 at 9:01 am #
  9. Are you guys taking care to pass the tensioning chain through the locking mechanism in the right direction, such that it clamps down on the chain, rather than slips, in response to reversing tension?

    I have yet to use my set of RUDs, but have been contemplating getting something like Pewag as the second set (and a third set for the trailer). The thinking being that the RUD can get you moving if you’re stuck in place, at which point, when you can roll again, a set of traditional chains can be added. I’m prepping for a cross-country trip with 3 tons of flatbed trailer, terminating on backroads and dirt roads that might not have seen a plow for a couple of days, so the issue of being adequately chained is looming large.

    Mountain Snowflake December 13, 2013 at 4:53 am #
  10. Mountain Snowflake,

    I can’t speak for the other commenters, but at least in our case, the tensioner was indeed passed through and attached correctly. From what I recall of the tests, we began with full tension and backed off the tension in subsequent testing in an effort to keep the tensioner attached. Unfortunately, we never found a workable solution using the company-supplied rubber tensioners. That’s when we finally switched out the rubber tensions for a metal, locking carabiner. There’s no tension in the case of the carabiner. It’s just enough to keep the chain from slipping off. Good luck with your cross-country trip and thanks for the comment!

    Expeditionr December 13, 2013 at 7:16 am #
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