Step 1: Supplies
2.5/16" quick links
3.Tire off vehicle or a spare of the same size
5.3/16" quick links
7.Tool box or bag to store completed chains in
8. Two heavy-duty screw drivers to pry open the links you will be cutting with your bolt cutters
9.Way to grind on the 5/16s quick links
10.Bungee cords or something similar to hold chains tight when installex
Step 2: Measuring the Tire
Use bolt cutters to cut the link that was marked and use the screw drivers to pry apart that link until you can remove the cut link.
Count the number of links on the chain you just cut. Write down this number.
Step 3: Measure the Width
Now measure that same length on your chain and cut the chain to this length. Make sure to take into account the length of the quick links on each end, usually this means you can cut your chain about 2 links shorter. For our 18.5 inch sections, it was 11 links long plus one quick link on each end.
Next, you will need to decide how many cross sections you want. I decided on 8. Now you have to mark where each of the cross sections will attach to the long chains. Our long chains were 64 links long, which means the cross sections will be attached at every 8 links. (64 links divided by 8 cross sections= a cross section every 8 links).
Step 4: Quick Links
Now that you have all of the cross sections attached to the long outside chains, you will be attaching the 5/16" quick links to one end of the long outside chains. I found that I had to grind the sides of the 5/16" quick links so I could more easily slip the chains on and off.
Step 5: Completed
Most chains have bungee cords to pull them tight across your tire. I ordered the bungee cords in the picture off Amazon, but black bungee cords can be bought at harbor freight for pretty cheap.
Once you're satisfied with the way your chains fit on the tires, place into storage box or bag until needed!!!