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Should Snow Chains be Installed on the Front or Rear of a 4 Wheel Drive Toyota FJ Cruiser


I have a 4x4 FJ Cruiser and wanted to know if two chains will work and if so then do I put them on the front or rear? Thank you

asked by: Stephen

Expert Reply:

When adding snow chains on your 4 wheel drive Toyota FJ Cruiser, you can add one set of tire chains to either set of drive wheels. Some people like to add chains to the front because the vehicle engine puts more weight over the front axle and allows the chains to dig into the snow and ice better. This might be a good option, but if your vehicle is equipped with a limited slip rear end and the front end is not limited slip, most likely not, you would be better off with the chains on the rear tires.

Keep in mind that if you add the chains to the front tires on the FJ Cruiser they will not be effective if the vehicle is not in 4 wheel drive mode. For this reason we normally recommend using the snow chains on the main drive wheels of the vehicle, which in this case would be the rear tires.

You can use our year-make-model fitguide to select the correct snow chains for you FJ Cruiser, see link, and if your tire size does not come up you can input the tire size in the drop down boxes provided on that page.

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