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    Default The 2 x 4 solution

    Does anyone here, use 2 x 4's for getting un-stuck, when in deep snow or mud? I mean, specifically, strapping them to the tires on 1 axle as a temporary cleat.
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    Do you mean to make something similar to the Truck Claws shown here?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMV_7-DMsTU

    How would you attach the 2x4 to the tire?

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    my 2 cents

    found a winch works very well

    also maxx tracks work very well , pricey though
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    Yes, just like those truck claws, but home spun. I learned it from an old buddy about 30 years ago, in NC, and I've not heard of anyone using them up here.
    1996 land Rover Discovery, 32" tires, 2" lift, running boards/Rock sliders, Blue LED dome lights and a custom cup holder. (project in progress)
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    Great question!

    Seen several manufactured ones in my search for winter/snow traction aids a few years back, but never saw anyone making a DIY version. I for one would be curious on what you or others come up with, so please keep us updated. Thank you.

    I ended up doing my own snow/ice "mat" idea. I guess I need to get that out, seeing how I just dug my X-Jack out yesterday ;)
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not.
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    I'll pull mine out tomorrow and take a photo or two. It's dark and rainy right now.
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    I used the boards that Home Depot uses for strapping lumber together. They come with a nice groove, into which the strap can lay. That way, i don't wear out straps. Since upgrading my tires, I have to make new ones, these are too small. If you use these, make sure you have the body clearance and also don't let them protrude into the body too far. Keep the inner side level with the inside of the tire. It can stick out beyond the tire for more traction, and it will tend to lift the tire out of a hole that spinning a tire digs. As soon as you are unstuck, take them off. Use these on both tires of an axle and you'll be surprised how easily it pulls you out. Also, make sure you tie off the excess strap so that it does not wind up on your spindle.
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    1996 land Rover Discovery, 32" tires, 2" lift, running boards/Rock sliders, Blue LED dome lights and a custom cup holder. (project in progress)
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    Simple enough. I too like the groove to help with the strap.
    Would a second hole be better and safer for holding the 2x more securely?

    Might need this for the run next month and for snow wheeling this winter, especially if this weather keeps going the way it already is ;)
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not.
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    Default 2nd hole

    A second hole will cause the end of the 2x4 to protrude into the wheel well. You want to avoid doing this, as it can rip off lines and wires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbreath077 View Post
    A second hole will cause the end of the 2x4 to protrude into the wheel well. You want to avoid doing this, as it can rip off lines and wires.
    I thought about that afterwards and figured notching would be a better option.
    Thanks again for sharing.
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not.
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    Default Another tool

    No problem. This is just one more tool to aid an off-roader. It won't replace a posi diff or winch, but it sure is handy, and compact. Just remember to have 2 on hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbreath077 View Post
    Does anyone here, use 2 x 4's for getting un-stuck, when in deep snow or mud? I mean, specifically, strapping them to the tires on 1 axle as a temporary cleat.
    the 2x4 & ratchet strap is a pretty cool low-buck solution. If you are looking for other possible solutions, and one that is multi-purpose...

    X-Bull traction boards are pretty sturdy and very inexpensive. I have a pair and we used them this past summer a few times. The only thing I wouldn't use them for is as a true bridging ladder.

    Here's a video giving side-by-side with Max-Trax... https://youtu.be/xkI2qPsa96I

    First option

    Second option

    Maxsa board (MaxTrax clone)

    And the progenitor...

    (can probably find them on eBay too)
    -TYLER - - Illegitimi non carborundum - -
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    -----3" lift with Nisstec MK84 coilovers & OME leafs, HeftyFab skids & Whiteknuckle sliders, WARN Winch & bumper, 32" Duratracs
    '15 Nissan Xterra Pro4X
    -----Heftyfab skids & Whiteknuckle sliders, 32" Duratracs

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