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Recovery Maxtrax or TRED

What's your preferred traction device?

  • MAXTRAX

    Votes: 5 31.3%
  • TRED 800/1100

    Votes: 1 6.3%
  • TRED PRO

    Votes: 4 25.0%
  • Smittybilt

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 1 6.3%
  • eBay / Amazon Special "X-Bull", "Maxsa", etc.

    Votes: 5 31.3%
  • Rocks / Sticks / Floor Mats

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I don't like getting dirty

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    16

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Thought I'd start a thread on traction devices. Vote on your favorite and post why below! Feel free to share mounting setups and recovery photos below as well. Share 'em if you got 'em.
 

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I bought the Maxsa with main selling point being cost. I see them as an emergency self rescue thing for beach driving (oh shit I'm stuck and the tides coming in!) and honestly haven't even used them yet. With that said I'm happy knowing I didn't pay allot for them.
The down sides are they dont stack well and are longer so more difficult to store.
 

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I have no experience using traction boards, but I was able to get a pair of Maxtrax on eBay using a coupon for $245. Going off a few recommendations, I pulled the trigger. Maxtrax are definitely not budget friendly, however I did get them as cheaper insurance if I needed them since my winch is not mounted just yet. I mounted them using a header rail, off road warehouse t-slot nuts, and 2 Maxtrax mounting pins cut down to length.

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I bought the Maxsa with main selling point being cost. I see them as an emergency self rescue thing for beach driving (oh shit I'm stuck and the tides coming in!) and honestly haven't even used them yet. With that said I'm happy knowing I didn't pay allot for them.
The down sides are they dont stack well and are longer so more difficult to store.
I'm tracking with your line of thought and I'm torn on this... that's why I don't own any yet. One one hand you may never need them, on the flip side you shouldn't pinch pennies on emergency equipment that you're relying on to get you out of a bad spot unless you're reasonably certain they'll do the job you need them to do.

And on that note, I've only ever seen one set of recovery tracks in use (they were the Shittybilt ones) and they cracked and broke on first use... when the owner needed them. They split so badly that the recovery device nearly punctured the tire on the truck they were trying to save which obviously would've made matters much worse.
I have no experience using traction boards, but I was able to get a pair of Maxtrax on eBay using a coupon for $245. Going off a few recommendations, I pulled the trigger. Maxtrax are definitely not budget friendly, however I did get them as cheaper insurance if I needed them since my winch is not mounted just yet. I mounted them using a header rail, off road warehouse t-slot nuts, and 2 Maxtrax mounting pins cut down to length.

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That's a great deal for Maxtrax and the front rail is exactly where I'd mount mine, too. Nicely done.
 

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I bought X-Bull. Haven't had to use them for recovery but they seem well built and had good reviews. I've only really used them to level the truck, for that purpose they worked great. lol
 

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I bought X-Bull. Haven't had to use them for recovery but they seem well built and had good reviews. I've only really used them to level the truck, for that purpose they worked great. lol
That's actually a great idea! I never thought of that, haha. Now I definitely need to get some.
 

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That's actually a great idea! I never thought of that, haha. Now I definitely need to get some.

They work pretty well for it. I need another 2 for a full set of 4. I think with the 4 it would be enough to level the truck on most surfaces. I'd rather just carry the boards for recovery and leveling and avoid carrying the extra leveling blocks.
 

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X-Bull here too. No chance to use them yet, but then again, hopefully I never will. Extra insurance I guess.
 

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I bought X-Bull. Haven't had to use them for recovery but they seem well built and had good reviews. I've only really used them to level the truck, for that purpose they worked great. lol
X-Bull here too. No chance to use them yet, but then again, hopefully I never will. Extra insurance I guess.
Will one of you guys go get stuck so the rest of us know how well they work?
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Found a video of the X-Bull tracks actually being used so I contacted the guy who posted it and he said he definitely recommends them. He's used them for beach recoveries and they haven't died, so for the money they seem to be a good option for occasional or emergency use.