20 Aug 2017

Think carefully to avoid these 11 offroad recovery mistakes

The average 4×4 recovery is 90% mental, 10% physical. RECOVERY SAFETY is far more about planning and execution than gear. You can have the world’s best gear and rig it unsafely, or poor-quality gear and rig it safely. Here’s 11 traps to avoid: 1. Not knowing why you’re stuck –

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17 Jul 2017

This is why I run only 25m of synthetic winch rope

The average drum winch can take 40m or so of synthetic rope. Ever thought of running less? IF YOU HAVE A WINCH then at first glance it makes sense to wind on as much rope as the winch can handle, which is somewhere between 35 and 45m, depending on the

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16 Jul 2017

Should you buy wire rope or synthetic winch rope?

Wire or synthetic winch rope? Easy answer. THERE ARE TWO main types of rope for your electric drum winch; wire and sythentic. Wire rope is exactly than, made of metal wires. Sythentic rope is made of articifical fibre. It has been called ‘plasma’ rope in the past, but that’s a

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13 Jul 2017

Snatch recovery – rethinking the wisdom on gear selection

Which gears should you use for snatch recovery? So we have two cars, one stuck which we’ll call the casualty, and one which will recover which we’ll call the recovery vehicle. Which gear should each select? There are two schools of thought. One is that the casualty should select a

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08 Jul 2017

A Lesson in Recovery – Handwinching

Never tempt the 4X4 gods by solo driving “just one more track” at the end of the day. About two years ago, I took my wife and dog for a trip up Mt Canobolas near Orange, to go and play in the snow for the afternoon. To avoid the traffic,

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06 Jul 2017

Memoirs of Winch

A bunch of teenagers borrow their parent’s 4X4s for a “nice quiet drive”. What could go wrong? A few weeks after getting my license- my old man made the mistake of letting me take his pride and joy, his ’88 Landcruiser Sahara for a road trip with my mates. We

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04 Jul 2017

Bogged at 3.76 tonne

When you’re heavy, recovery doesn’t get any easier. Travelling to Western Australia in 2015 we disconnected the caravan and drove to check out a large Rock. On driving across the grassed area I said to the wife, “Geez that’s a bit doughy underfoot.” So when retracing our route I decided

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02 Jul 2017

Showing off is a Great Way to Get Bogged

Even if you don’t say “hold my beer” anything that involves  “watch this” doesn’t usually end well…. One of my brothers has a 35 acre property about 20km out of Orange NSW, the city I call home. On a number of occasions last year, he got his second-gen Hyundai Santa

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30 Jun 2017

Product Test – MAXTRAX recovery traction ramps

MAXTRAX product test. What are they?  Portable plastic ramps that you can use to recover vehicles bogged in sand, mud, snow or even just as a bit of extra clearance. We like… They just work.  Really work.  I own just about every piece of recovery gear known to humankind, and

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10 Feb 2017

How to self-recover your 4×4 when bogged

Getting stuck while driving off-road when you’ve got mates around isn’t such a big deal. Here’s how to self-recover your 4×4 when bogged.

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