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Old 12th May 2015, 09:36 PM
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Okay:

Helpful car features/upgrades:
Oversize AT tires.
Upgraded, powerful AGM battery, Duracell built by East Penn in PA.
OEM fog lights on this model are as powerful as headlights (by contrast, the
OEM Tribeca fog lights are useless).

Gear:
Full-size matching (if used) spare tire.
Die Hard 1100 Power Station with AGM-battery: excellent jump starter and air
compressor, 2xDC and 2x400W AC outlets. This is a powerful unit.
Good-quality folding shovel.
Two small bags of cat litter.
TRED 1100
ARB 2 3/8"x30' 20% stretch recovery strap, 17,500lb
2xBubba Rope Gator Jaw soft shackles, 32,000 lb
Cheap 10,000 lb 2x20 tow/light recovery strap with great reviews by customers
2x"off-road" lights on magnets that can be mounted anywhere on car, for example to
help with reversing in darkness
Flexible head 1/4 and 3/8 drive ratchet with 1/2 converter and sockets of all sizes as
well as other basic tools. Gorilla tape, electrical tape.
Emergency blankets, fire starters, waterproof matches, headlights, spare batteries.

Not-yet-decided:

Keep the exhaust jack I got and did not like or get a genuine HiLift, probably the shortest one available.
Gotta find some communication device other than a satellite phone if I keep going solo in the middle of nowhere.

Most important:
No gear replaces good judgement.
Water, water, and more water, as well as appropriate for emergency situations food and clothing, including heavy-duty hiking shoes.
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Old 12th May 2015, 09:42 PM
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Having made the move to a heavy 4WD I'd say the best prep you can do is a course. It's quicker, easier and less messy to avoid getting bogged for example in the first place. If you master momentum and tyre pressure management, & driving through the brakes, you've mastered traction.
Forget about that on 2013 (or thereabouts) and newer USDM Subarus. The brake overrides the gas.
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Warm jackets!
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Old 14th October 2015, 04:04 AM
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I was wondering, some lists are huge others are a little smaller, but where the heck you you store all this stuff. I know most cars are pretty big. But how do you guys stay organised? Custom build boxes? Duffel bags?

For the sake of inspiration, pics (or it didn't happen)

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Things like spare radiator hoses, fan belts, wire, etc, I keep in the spare wheel. Cable ties, duct tape, gaffa tape & a few spanners/screwdrivers I keep in the floor compartment. I also have a large tub which I put in the back when I go offroad, with recovery gear, compressor, tyre repair kit, picnic blanket (for lying under the car), ropes, etc. Another small tub with my "MilkTrax". A strap holds the tubs in place.
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Finally lashed out and bought a creeper winch. A Bushranger extracta. Will pull 2.5 tonne. Added insurance when travelling solo
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Just started my recovery kit today, so far I have:
-5t snatch strap
-equaliser strap
-2x 3.2t bow shackles
-gloves

Soon to get a decent shovel to take on trips.

Also have tyre deflators and a decent compressor with me.

I also want to eventually add a rear tow hitch and recovery shackle with it, and a set of MaxTrax.
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Old 6th July 2017, 12:50 AM
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Here's my list of 'budget' recovery gear that I've been building up from this thread for my SG Forester over the past few months. I'll list prices to give an idea of what I payed for the budget minded, this might be pretty AU specific, and I didn't buy any junk that is going to let me down or be unsafe.
I'm yet to go on any 'serious' trips as I didn't want to take my car anywhere I wasn't able to get myself out of if things did go south - IMO what I've got now is about the minimum.

Recovery:
- Gloves
- 5.4T Snatch strap
- 4.1T 2.5m Equalizer strap
- 3.2T bow shackles x 2
All above gear bought for $120 through Juststraps2go website, great quality straps that are not too expensive. Actually much cheaper than that, shipping was the killer!

- Old short handle garden shovel.

- Tirfor T516 1.6T hand winch and winch cable - Picked this up 'used' (hardly) on Gumtree for $150. Wait for a good deal or bid on eBay, they're common enough and can be picked up for around that price.

- Very heavy duty snatch strap. Winch seller (former Defender owner) gave me this for free after a friendly chat. Way too heavy for my car so I'll keep it as a tow strap.

- 2x X-Bull 5T recovery tracks - Recently released a newer design, cheap at $100 a pair on eBay.

General gear:

- SCA spec tyre pressure guage, $20 on sale.

- Ozito Bunnings 12V compressor - These are $30 at Bunnings but twice the price on eBay. Not the best but a Bargain and probably as good as anything you'll get for under $100. Plug into a 12V socket rather than off the battery - SG has 3 of these including one in the boot so its much preferred. Bonus is it can be returned nationwide if faulty.

- PIAA LP550 5" LED driving lights - These are great lights for the price and size. I needed something under 6" to fit neatly in my SubaXtreme bullbar, most cheap driving lights in Australia start at 7" and just look too big even if they happen to fit IMO. Got them on Amazon US for $380 shipped, more than I wanted to spend. IPF are another option that make good small driving lights.

- Socket set, screwdrivers

- Bottle jack, wood block for bottle jack stand, jumper leads. Had these already but they're SCA spec.

Still needed:

- New steering rack

- Tree trunk protector, second winch cable and snatch block - for easier winching and winching on slopes and out of bad bogs.

- Proper A/T tyres. Might seem necessary but they're an expensive investment, I'm looking to move to 15" rims so not prepared to fork out for 16" tyres. Currently have 215/65 touring tyres. I think if I'm careful with my lines and my tyre pressure I'll get pretty far.

- Fuel and water cans

- Better organisation of gear

- Sump guard

Wanted in the future:
- Awning
- Heavy duty tow bar for recovery
- 2 x more recovery tracks
- 2" Lift
- Long roof basket
- Rear bike carrier for MTB
- Rear drawers
- Dual battery setup
- Troopy
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Quote:
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- 5.4T Snatch strap
- 4.1T 2.5m Equalizer strap
- 3.2T bow shackles x 2
All above gear bought for $120 through Juststraps2go website, great quality straps that are not too expensive. Actually much cheaper than that, shipping was the killer!
Is this the strap you got?
http://www.juststraps2go.com.au/stan...atch-strap-9m/

That is RLL of 5.4T & BS (breaking strain) of 8.1T. Snatch straps work on breaking strain, so this is actually a 8.1T snatch strap, not 5.4T. From their website: "The Minimum Breaking Strength MBS of the strap should be between 2 and 3 times the vehicle's Gross Vehicle Mass GVM, and must be suited to the GVM rating of the lighter of the two vehicles used in the recovery process"

This is the one I use & suggest:
RIDGE RYDER 5,000KG SUV SNATCH STRAP - SCA
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