Actual Snow Chains for SnowRunner

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Published by ElfVierzehn (mod ID: 144048)


Mod is compatible with version 12.2 from 18.03.2021! If you find an error, please let me know!

Fast facts:

  • This is no overhaul mod like those numerous ones out there!
  • Absolutely lightweight mod, only necessary data touched and uploaded
  • Snow chains now usable in mud and snow as it would be in reality - so it's not overpowered!
  • Mud tires and heavy mud tires are slightly better on road.
  • Supports multiplayer!
  • Manual installation only - see easy tutorial below.

Did you encounter any issues? Please leave a comment! If you like the mod, please subscribe - thumbs up - unsubscribe =) Or stay subscribed to get update notifications!

If there's a game update that changes how this mod works, I'll update the mod asap.


What does this mod do and why the heck did I create it? Aren't there enough of those out there?

That's an easy one: Can you all remember when you first went to Alaska? You probably wanted to use snow chains for a nice and snowy adventure only to find out, that those chains just prevent you from slipping on ice without having any significant snow or mud performance! A bit later in the game, you probably found out that you are having a really hard time driving on tarmac with mud tires. I definitely don't like the way, how both of those tire options are integrated into SnowRunner, as well as the different surfaces. Since Phase 1 DLC I wished for actual snow chains even more! I tested lots of mods only to find out it is another complete game overhaul - and I just didn't like it. So I tested a lot of different values for the tire friction. With this mod, my goal is to make snow chains actually usable in snow and to slightly improve road performance of mud and heavy mud tires without changing the game's balance too much!

The outcome: This very lightweight mod, which only changes these two 'major issues' with tires:

I changed as least values as possible, and I made it as close to the base game as possible.

Snow chains now do work in snow and mud - like it is in reality! However, it is not overpowered, at all! You can and you will get stuck with chains as well as with mud tires in deeper snow. So you can use either. Although it is kind of stupid, I let chains 'skip' icy surfaces, so they are still doing what they are originally intended to do.

Mud tires do have a slightly better performance on tarmac surfaces. This only has one single reason: It makes those tires finally drivable on road. It still rumbles a bit, it's not a road tire after all.

But what went wrong in the first place?

The game has a very easy, but also a bit lazy way of handling surfaces:

Snow is basically the same as mud, dirt is the same as the hard snow surface, then there's a road surface and ice - that's it. Snow chains have the possibility to 'skip' ice - so ice won't have any effect on tires with chains. Wait, what? Yeah, that's kind of stupid. In reality, regular snow chains are not used for driving on ice, but for driving in snow as well as driving in mud. You'd still slip like an ice queen on a pure ice surface with snow chains.

Does this mod make it more realistic or does it make the game too easy?

I drove several offroad vehicles in my life. I also had my everyday truck equipped with MT tires and drove it like that for four years. It may sound a bit dull, but if you ever felt the need to instantly go offroad, it's actually amazing to have MTs on your daily driver. Road performance was superb - a bit slippery when wet. I also drove with chains, and I can tell you, that they have little to no effect on pure ice. Snow performance is amazing if you have enough ground clearance with your vehicle.

So is it more realistic? Partly, yes. In real life, I tried to drive in deep, wet snow with MT tires once. It didn't go well, I can tell you that. While this game treats mud and snow as the same, there is no way to make it actually realistic. With this mod, it surely is a bit closer, though. As I mentioned, with this mod you will get stuck even with chains in deep snow and mud just like with mud tires! In my opinion, it does not make the game too easy especially while snow chains don't have a better mud/snow performance than mud tires. For me, it also has an immersive factor. Driving with mud tires in the snow? It didn't like that - now I can finally choose the correct shoe for the correct surface! =)


Make sure, you have the latest version of WinRAR installed! Other software will cause issues! Always make sure you backup your files before editing!

Manual installation:

  1. Use WinRAR! WinRAR supports *.pak files by default -> No support if you use other, more complicated software. (Download WinRAR for free:
  2. Find the path you installed Snowrunner to. The path is NOT the 'My Documents' folder! (You need to know where you installed your game - I can't tell you this)
  3. If you found your installation follow the path: SnowRunner\en_us\preload\paks\client
  4. Open the file 'initial.pak' with WinRAR.
  5. Open the downloaded mod-file with WinRAR, as well.
  6. Drag and drop the '[media]' folder from the downloaded mod-file into your initial.pak
  7. Done!

This mod works very well with my other mod - check it out and click here!

Please understand, that I give no permission to upload this mod to other pages. If you want to share the mod, only use the original download link from


actual_snow_chains_phase_3.zip6.55kbPhase 3 - 11.02.2021


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CydonianKnight21 @cydonianknight21

may I include these changes (with credit) in my own mod?

ElfVierzehn @elevenfourteen1

Well, sure - feel free!

hugorobertopn @hugorobertopn

Just to check, no instalation by subscription right?

ElfVierzehn @elevenfourteen1

That's correct. Sadly, mods that change base game files cannot be subscribed. It's an easy installation, though.

hugorobertopn @hugorobertopn

Will try thanks.

ElfVierzehn @elevenfourteen1

Just make sure you open your initial.pak with winrar. There is no software that makes it easier =) If you have issues, feel free to ask!

ElfVierzehn @elevenfourteen1

Hey there! This mod is still compatible with today's patch 12.2 (18.03.2021)! Have lots of fun with it! =)

ElfVierzehn @elevenfourteen1

Mod is now updated for Phase 3! Have fun!

N.E.V @nev12

харошый мод спс

ElfVierzehn @elevenfourteen1

This mod works with the latest update 11.2! Have fun!

IronFelixx @ironfelixx

Отлично! Объединение положительных свойств внедорожных и цепных шин приближает к реализму и не вынуждает меня при выполнении одного заказа по 2 раза "переобуваться! На Юконе актуально.

ElfVierzehn @elevenfourteen1

I am happy you like it! Thank you!

ElfVierzehn @elevenfourteen1

With todays update (15.12.2020) the mod still works without any issue. Have fun!

thewillym4ak @thewillym4ak

I had the same issue with snow. I can't believe you made the mod I just need it. You improved my game experience by a lot. Thanks for your work, keep doing mods!

GrinningROO @grinningroo

is there any chance of you making this so we can subscribe to install as i can see this being one that console players would like

ElfVierzehn @elevenfourteen1

Hey there! =) Unfortunately there is no proper way to implement the subscription model for mods that change base game files. If it was, the dev would probably not allow it. I am always hoping, that this will change in the future!

groupbfanatic @groupbfanatic

I need help on the install. Looked around for guides but I didn't find any.

I created my backup just fine.
I cannot open the initial.pak file with WinRar. I can only extract it, compress it, etc. If I do extract initial.pak with WinRar, I can view the contnets of the file, but now I have two pak files.

I cannot view the actual contents of the mod file with WinRar, as in, I don't see the files I need to copy paste to the inital.pak. I am using WinRar as directed.

Is it possible to install this mod with 7-Zip? 7-Zip usually works better for me.

ElfVierzehn @elevenfourteen1

I am in the middle of creating a little tutorial video - there were several questions about similar issues, and it's really hard to describe via text. Stay tuned. I should be able to release it in either a few hours or somewhen tomorrow.

groupbfanatic @groupbfanatic

Thank you. I shall await your tutorial. I'm very excited to hopefully use the mod!

ElfVierzehn @elevenfourteen1

There's a hopefully helping video in the media panel on the right. When Youtube is done with processing it should be available in 1440p. Keep in mind, I am not that good in English, it should be mostly clear though :D If you still have issues, let me know!

groupbfanatic @groupbfanatic

Your video was perfect. Easy for me to understand, and I'm horrible with computers. Only had my pc for a year. Never had a computer before now, so I'm pretty inept and uneducated when it comes to files and how things work. The mod works great!

ElfVierzehn @elevenfourteen1

I am very glad I was able to help you despite the cheesy video :D Thanks for your feedback and have fun with the mod!