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MAXTRAX MKII traction boards



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MAXTRAX is the lightweight, easy-to-use vehicle recovery and extraction device that’s easily carried by almost anything with four-wheels ensuring an easy way out if your vehicle becomes stuck.

MAXTRAX takes the drama out of getting stuck. The aggressive large cleats on MAXTRAX sink their teeth into the tire tread and the terrain under your 4WD vehicle to prevent it from slipping back into mud, snow, or sand and make vehicle recovery quick and easy.

MAXTRAX is the perfect fit for every outing. Measuring just 45 inches long X 13 inches wide, each set of MAXTRAX stacks together at a height of just 3.5 inches. MAXTRAX stows easily with the rest of your car camping, overlanding, or four-wheel drive gear.

Made of UV-stabilized, flexible, super tough engineering-grade reinforced nylon, MAXTRAX provides traction and a firm base to get your vehicle quickly back on track. They have been tested at the University of Queensland to wrap completely around a 33-inch tire without breaking.

Each MAXTRAX weighs just 8 pounds. MAXTRAX is easy to carry and thanks to it’s signature double-edged design, it’s easy and quick to manoeuvre under your tires.

MAXTRAX have six comfortable built-in handles and a shovel at either end for removing excess earth to help get you unstuck quicker. They also have exclusive keyhole accessory points to allow you to securely mount your MAXTRAX.

Weight                 17 lbs
Dimensions         46 x 14 x 4 in

Frequently Asked Questions

G’day and thanks for checking out MAXTRAX FAQs. Below are the most common questions asked of MAXTRAX. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, contact us and let us know.

Q: How do you make MAXTRAX?
A: MAXTRAX are injection moulded in Sydney Australia from high quality engineering-grade reinforced polymer (Nylon), renowned for its strength, toughness and resistance to harsh environments.

Q: I have a pair of the original MAXTRAX. Will they stack neatly with the new MKII MAXTRAX?
A: Sorry, no. The new MKII MAXTRAX are an improved design on the original. We used a lot of customer feedback in developing the new design for the MKII and added improvements and features such as more teeth (now 88) for even better grip, 3 longitudinal beams (instead of 2) for added strength and changed the circular holes in the ‘corners’ into keyholes to fit the new mounting pins and linking straps.

Q: I have the original MAXTRAX. Will the new Mounting Pins and Linking Straps work with them?
A: Sorry, no. The new MKII’s have keyholes holes in the ‘corners’ (rather than circular holes) to fit the new mounting pins and linking straps.

Q: Does MAXTRAX work in mud?
A: MAXTRAX works in all kinds of terrain including sand, snow, mud, slush, and even pea gravel.

Q: How well does MAXTRAX work in snow?
A: We’ve tested MAXTRAX in the Australian Alps, and they worked a treat providing great traction to get moving again. We’ve also had heaps of positive feedback from customers in cold climates who have used MAXTRAX to recover their vehicles from deep snow and ice. A 2013 Antarctic expedition undertaken by Expeditions 7 carried and used MAXTRAX on their 4WD traverse of the frozen continent.

Q: Is it dangerous to use MAXTRAX?
A: Our main focus during the development of MAXTRAX was to produce a vehicle recovery device that makes extracting a bogged vehicle a very safe procedure. There are no highly stressed components or massive forces involved in a MAXTRAX vehicle recovery; it all happens at a gentle pace.

Q: What size vehicle can they cope with?
A: MAXTRAX are designed for standard 4×4’s of around 3500kg, however we know of a few customers who have used them successfully in sand on expedition trucks (Unimogs, Hinos and Fusos) weighing in excess of 6000kg and even the occasional semi-trailer and garbage truck.

Q: They’re really only a thin piece of plastic! Won’t they just snap when I drive on them in my heavy 4WD?
A: Since 2004 we’ve extensively and successfully tested MAXTRAX in the real world with very heavily laden LandCruisers, Patrols, and even a 5 tonne Coaster bus. We’ve also tested them in the Materials Sciences laboratory at the University of Queensland by forcing a 4WD tyre onto a MAXTRAX spanning an 80-cm void until it bent completely around the tyre. Once the pressure in the hydraulic ram was released, the MAXTRAX returned to their normal shape almost immediately. The type of heavy-duty impact-resistant polymer used in MAXTRAX is the same type of material used in modern roof rack systems, automatic weapons, military knives and vehicle components so it’s super tough!

Q: Will the sun damage my MAXTRAX if I have them permanently mounted externally on my vehicle?
A: The material we make MAXTRAX from includes a UV stabilizer that protects them damage from the sun’s UV rays, however the colour will eventually start to fade after a few years or so and, like anything left exposed to the sun for long periods, they will eventually start to degrade and lose their ductility.

Q: How heavy are MAXTRAX?
A: Each individual MAXTRAX weighs just 3.8 kilograms (8.4 pounds).

Q: How big are they?
A: Each MAXTRAX unit is 115 cm (3.77′) long, 33 cm (13″) wide and 7cm (3″) high.

Q: Are they are stackable?
A: Yes, MAXTRAX fit snugly together. Two stacked MAXTRAX are just 8.5 cm (3.3″) high; four are only 11.5 cm (4.6″) high.

Q: How do I carry MAXTRAX in my vehicle?
A: MAXTRAX can be stored inside your vehicle in our heavy-duty Cordura nylon carry bag (fits two sets of MAXTRAX), outside mounted on your rear spare wheel using our MAXTRAX Rear Wheel Harness or fixed to your roof rack or bars using our MAXTRAX Mounting Pin Set.

Q: How do we pack up MAXTRAX once we’re out of the bog?
A: With MAXTRAX its simply a matter of pulling them out of the sand or mud, giving a shake or a bang on the ground to loosen the debris and chucking them into the carry bag or onto an external mounting bracket or roof rack.

Q: How long do MAXTRAX last?
A: We gave a set to the crew on the Manta Ray Barge at the southern end of Queensland’s Fraser Island in March 2006 and they reckon they’ve recovered well over 200 vehicles with them since then. Although they’re looking a lot worse for wear, they still work! Used properly, as per the instructions, MAXTRAX should last the average driver many recoveries. Remember, DO NOT SPIN YOU WHEELS or you will burn the teeth off the top of the MAXTRAX and void the warranty.

Q: Will MAXTRAX work with my vehicle’s tyre pattern?
A: MAXTRAX work with most common tyre tread patterns except low profile high performance road tyres. We recommend at least ‘All Terrain’ tyres as the greater the tread depth and the more aggressive the tread, the more effective MAXTRAX are.

Q: Do most people only buy one set of MAXTRAX? I’d imagine there are some situations where you’d want one for each wheel, but would those be extreme conditions?
A: One pair (2 units) of MAXTRAX will usually do the job but two pairs (4 units) make vehicle extraction even easier. We recommend two pair if you’re crossing a desert or heading into remote areas, or towing a trailer or a boat. That way you get instant traction on all four wheels, then once you get moving, the rear wheels of the vehicle gain an extra spurt of momentum from the front pair of half-buried MAXTRAX. If you’re towing, the trailer wheels then gain traction on the rear pair of MAXTRAX.

Q: I tow an offroad camper trailer, do I need one or two pairs of MAXTRAX?
A: As explained above, two pairs (4 units) of MAXTRAX makes recovering a vehicle and trailer much, much easier.

Q: Can MAXTRAX be used with other vehicle recovery equipment?
A: MAXTRAX will get you going again most of the time. Using MAXTRAX with other recovery equipment reduces the stress on your 4WD, your vehicle recovery gear, the bush and yourself. Lets face it; time around a campfire is better spent than time recovering a bogged 4WD.

Q: Do I need any outside help to use MAXTRAX?
A: MAXTRAX have been designed to make recovering a bogged 4WD vehicle a one-person operation, so even if you’re the only soul for miles you should be able get yourself out, single-handed. You won’t need another vehicle (as with snatching) or an anchor point (as in winching)!

Q: Are any of the pro’s using MAXTRAX?
A: We’ve sold MAXTRAX to the Australian and US military, government agencies, mining companies, fire and rescue services, 4WD tour operators, 4WD driver trainers,  offroad rally teams (check out the Dakar!) and the United Nations.

Q: Can MAXTRAX be used as a jack base?
A: MAXTRAX are not designed to be used as a jack base.

Q: Can I use MAXTRAX as a ramp to load my quad bike onto a trailer?
A: MAXTRAX are not meant to be used as bridge or a ramp but should easily handle the weight of a quad bike when used with care.

Q: Can I use MAXTRAX for anything else?
A: MAXTRAX are very handy as a portable boat ramp; launching off the beach or a muddy creek bank just became a whole lot easier!

Q: Where can I check out or buy a set of MAXTRAX?
A: MAXTRAX are available through this website and selected retail outlets, and we are continually fielding enquiries from more resellers and retailers from around Australia and the world.

Lifetime Manufacturers Warranty

MAXTRAX Products come with a Lifetime Warranty against manufacturing defects. Subject to the Limitations on Refunds/Replacements at Clause 3 below, if the Product/s, when used in accordance with the “Instructions for Use” provided with the Product/s, fails due to defective manufacture, we will replace it at no cost to you.

Our Products come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer Law. You are entitled to a replacement or refund for a major failure and for compensation for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage. You are also entitled to have the Product/s repaired or replaced if they fail to be of acceptable quality and the failure does not amount to a major failure. This warranty is given in addition to other rights and remedies of the consumer under the Australian Consumer Law.These terms and conditions do not exclude, restrict or modify the application of any provision, the exercise of any right, or the imposition of any liability under any statute (including Australian Consumer Law).

If the Product/s is found, upon inspection by us, to be defective and covered by our warranty, we will arrange for a replacement or refund (as applicable), normally within 7 working days of receipt of the Product/s (this may take longer in some cases). Subject to your non-excludable rights under the Australian Consumer Law and this warranty, MAXTRAX expressly excludes any liability for consequential loss, incidental or indirect damages (including but not limited to damages for loss of profits and business interruption) due to a defect of the Product/s. In particular any loss or damage caused to any equipment or accessories used with the Product/s or any loss resulting from a delay in repair or replacement are excluded to the extent permitted by law.

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