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Old 3rd November 2013, 09:43 PM
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I have to ask/suggest would 4x The 800mm TREDs @ $135 a pair (total $270 for four tracks) be much better for recovery than 1 pair MaxTrax @$300= 2 tracks????
I like the idea of 1 for each wheel if you can afford it...
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Old 3rd November 2013, 10:36 PM
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I use offcuts of FRP grating. The ability to safely make a bridge is way more useful to me than just being able to get some traction in sand / mud (which these also work great for)

This video shows what I am talking about.


I have mine bolted down to my crossbars on the roof. They make an excellent rack which doubles as a recovery device in the rare case I need it.
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Old 4th November 2013, 12:46 AM
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+1 for frp (that fibreglass grating/flooring stuff) used it before works great. But personally I used to just carry a couple planks of planks of laminated white oak board offcuts from a tabletop (don't used tas oak/vic ash stuffs has not tensile strength). And a shovel.

I did see an episode of 4wdtv were they used treds as a bridging device for a convoy, not the designed purpose but does work. I looked at buying some at sca when they were on sale, only downside i could see was they dont stack as flat as the maxtraxs
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Tie hi-vis rope to the end so even if they sink in deep mud you'll still be able to find them lol
I do have some high-vis rope of a couple of sizes in the kit (mainly for trailer tie-downs) so that's easy. However, TRED actually have their own leashes (scroll down to the accessories on this page) with floating handles, and when you buy a pair of TREDs you get a voucher: email them the code, a copy of your receipt, and your contact details and they'll send you a pair of leashes for nix.

So anyway, I went ahead and got a pair of 800mm TREDs. They fit neatly up against the back of the rear seats, and weigh ~2.1 kg each. TRED do have ~$40 bags to house each pair (keeping the mud/etc inside) but SuperCheap only has the bag to suit the 1100mm TREDs so I'll either track down one from elsewhere or just use one of the small tarps from the kit (although a bag would be neater in the long term).
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Here is mine:



Good review on all alternatives here..

http://www.toughtoys.com.au/4wd-reco...-alternatives/

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Thinking of buying some 800mm tred's in the coming weeks. Have seen them in shops, they look alright, and the reviews seem pretty good too. It's either them or a roofrack, and I'm thinking these might be more valuable!

I have seen many vids using maxtrax over and over again and they seem very durable but the price puts me off, hence why I am thinking of these things.

Have you had a chance to use yours yet Athos?
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Old 7th November 2013, 04:11 AM
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Not yet, no. Will be off down around the Otways next week so who knows...
They're in their bag strapped up against the back of the rear seats for now.
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Well hurry up and get bogged!!

Handy they fit up against the back seats so well.
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After a week photographing around the Otway Ranges, obviously I wasn't trying hard enough. Roxsie just keeps walking out of stuff I expect might get her bogged!
On the one day I had another vehicle out there with me (at the end of the trip) and I was thinking I should get really silly, the forest floor had dried up!

The "free" TRED-branded retrieval straps are apparently still in the mail, but i the meantime I just cut some orange light poly rope and spliced a length of it into one of the holes at the end of each TRED. Probably the first time I'd done an eye-splice since I was a Sprout...
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After a week photographing around the Otway Ranges, obviously I wasn't trying hard enough. Roxsie just keeps walking out of stuff I expect might get her bogged!
Good to hear she's so capable

What are you doing with the VDC when in slippery conditions? Do you turn off the TC?
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