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Old 12th May 2016, 09:58 PM
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i have a cvt or auto if you prefer. i guess ill be better spending actual money
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it doesn't seem like the Maxtrax or Tredz traction boards are worth $300.
that came up in another thread too
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are either worth the price? how do DIY milk crates made into traction boards compare? maybe already mentioned, didn't read all 5 pages.
watch this milkcrate vs rug vs Maxtrax vs Treds and tell us which product you think won

Bear in mind that taking 30% or more, of the air out of the tires has a HUGE benefit to get out of sand. This strategy relies on carrying a Tire Inflator

and Tire pressure gauge and deflator.
I like these Staun 2

this is another option


Even with Maxtrax, if the tires are at full pressure and there is more deep sand ahead, the vehicle will drive out of one hole, and sink into the next one, until air is removed from the tires.. watch this video to see that happen

that vehicle is a VW Syncro Doka
the front diff has a Viscous Coupling, that Subaru also uses. The VC sends power to the front wheels when the rear wheels spin faster, which is why the vehicle drives low in the back when he is powering out of the soft dry sand at the end of the day.

The sun is setting, and the pressure is on to get off the beach before possibly being flooded at high tide. Note that the Maxtrax definitely saved him, twice!

he started at 45 psi, dropped to 20psi and got stuck again after coming off the matrix. He then dropped to 14psi and drove out after launching off the Maxtraxx.

now watch the percentages.. 14 psi is 31% of his street pressure

in my Outback, that would mean the 30psi street pressure (which rises to about 33 in actual use), would need to be deflated to 10psi in order to drive over sand as deep as the video.

that also suggests that you might not need the Maxtrax in the first place, if you know in advance, and the tires are aired down for deep sand before driving into it..

otoh, Maxtrax are very convenient when stuck in a small patch of deep sand that acts as an obstacle on a roadway that does not have long deep sand sections.. Maxtrax in that situation can save the effort of airing down and back up again.

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Good for sand and mud by the looks of it

I respectfully disagree, but have not tried them

my take on the DEEP sand recovery options is that stiff devices like Maxtrax are more effective than things that bend

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Old 15th June 2016, 10:16 PM
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i ended up buying smittybilt traction boards. $150 pr, i got a whole set for less than i wouldve paid for 2 maxtrax.
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These ones, Brad?

They look pretty effective, as far as looks can tell anything. Have you tried them out yet?
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http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...action-devices
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR3LUgZXw2Q
http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/for...ent-12217.html
"The SmittyBilt ones are sold on Amazon and there is a ton of negative feedback that they broke on first use."

here is how I got those links
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well, its probably a good thing i haven't had to use em yet.
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Love my Treds. Dunno if they are an overkill, but when you need them, they must work.
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