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it doesn't seem like the Maxtrax or Tredz traction boards are worth $300. i was thinking about just using cut up milk crates but i found these and they're not too expensive. can even be used as a wheel chock which is cool. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BI80R2S?psc=1
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Probably something like these
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/like/3310...&ul_noapp=true

Which would probably work better than treds or max trax on sand for our light vehicles
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yeah, the ones i linked to basically are milk crates, just not ghetto looking.
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I've used them once, burrowed from a guy with an old FJ cruiser. He loved them. You have to take of much more gently with them as any excessive wheel spin just pulls them under the tyre with out moving the car. He said you have to take of slowly in low range to get the car up on the tracks, stop, shift to high range and then take off normally. I just spun them under my wheel the first time as Forester low range is terrible but once you're familiar with them they grip the tyre better and are longer, plus they use less room.
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no low range on my car
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Is it auto or manual? Doesn't really matter, they just mean don't take off in a hurry
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I got ones like this, seem to be pretty good, havent used them yet.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-Pair-...item280ddb676a

Or there's these:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/X-BULL-Gr...item2810346796

Might be an idea to merge this thread with the other recovery tracks thread
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The ones Nachaluva bought of ebay are copies of the Treds that I have. I would not recommend the soft recovery tracks as in deep soft sand they will probably just get spat out by wheel spin.
In the four years I have had the Treds I have never needed them myself but last year within the first hour of the Big Desert trip they were used by my fellow travellers 3 or 4 times. In one of the recoveries one of the Treds was push at least 2 foot under the sand and required a fair amount of digging to find it.
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I saw the FJ cruiser use the soft tracks at least 6 times. Was a very soft beach and he was having a lot of trouble getting into position to tow an L series out which was buried to the axles. His soft tracks worked for him every time with his low range. If you have an auto you might be able to take off slow enough, but I wouldn't recommend them for a manual subaru as you have to slip the clutch too much.

Maxtrax work great on Subaru's, I've used them hundreds of times. (yes I get bogged a lot, part of the fun) If you're not buried to the axles then they get you out easy first time. I'm sure any of those plastic tracks will work great.
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