Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-18-2014, 04:41 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
photographix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 457
Alternative to MaxTrax? Smittybilt Element

I want to get a set of sand ladders, or maybe two sets, but I'm not sure. A couple q's:

Is one pair of ladders enough for most situations? Not planning on rock bending, I just want to get out of soft desert sand, since we usually travel alone. (I have a Quigley 4x4.)

MaxTrax are about $300/pair. I see that Smittybilt has a similar product for $150/pair. Does anyone have the Smittybilts?

Here's a link to the Smittybilts:
http://www.4wheelparts.com/Winches-Winc ... =S%2fB2790
__________________

__________________
DesertBoat
08 E-350 6.0 Quigley 4x4 modified EB19
My photos: ToddHakala.com
photographix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2014, 07:40 PM   #2
REF
Senior Member
 
REF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Boulder, CO.
Posts: 1,771
Send a message via MSN to REF
Re: Alternative to MaxTrax? Smittybilt Element

I just picked up a pair of Tred tracks, about $150. We'll see, but gets pretty good reviews.

http://www.tred4x4.com/index.php/about-tred
__________________

__________________
'03 Ford E350 7.3L Diesel
(de)SMB'd Custom RB-50
Quigley 4X4 w/Deavers & Agile Offroad's R.I.P. package
CCV High Profile Pop Top
REF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2014, 10:40 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
photographix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 457
Re: Alternative to MaxTrax? Smittybilt Element

Where did you get the TREDs? It looks like the only distributor in the US is TJM, and I can't seem to find them on their site.
__________________
DesertBoat
08 E-350 6.0 Quigley 4x4 modified EB19
My photos: ToddHakala.com
photographix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 06:49 AM   #4
REF
Senior Member
 
REF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Boulder, CO.
Posts: 1,771
Send a message via MSN to REF
Alternative to MaxTrax? Smittybilt Element

I found them at Slee off road, a local shop specializing in toyota off road stuff but they have a lot of great overland gear. Go to recovery gear/recovery kits
http://www.sleeoffroad.com

Also found them here:
http://www.sierraexpeditions.com/index. ... il&p=12721

I should really start getting royalties from all these companies....
__________________
'03 Ford E350 7.3L Diesel
(de)SMB'd Custom RB-50
Quigley 4X4 w/Deavers & Agile Offroad's R.I.P. package
CCV High Profile Pop Top
REF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 07:36 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
4MacFam's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 163
Re: Alternative to MaxTrax? Smittybilt Element

The Smittybilt are on Amazon. You may want to read the reviews though. 5000# vehicles seem to crack them up pretty good, can't imagine what our 8,000-10,000# rigs would do. Might be why some pay the $300..."you get what you pay for"

http://www.amazon.com/Smittybilt-279...=Element+Ramps
__________________
Steven McKenzie
Madison, WI
2013 E350 EB-44, V10 6.8ltr
Toyo LT285/70 R17
4MacFam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 08:05 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
photographix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 457
Re: Alternative to MaxTrax? Smittybilt Element

Quote:
Originally Posted by 4MacFam
The Smittybilt are on Amazon. You may want to read the reviews though. 5000# vehicles seem to crack them up pretty good, can't imagine what our 8,000-10,000# rigs would do. Might be why some pay the $300..."you get what you pay for"
Thanks, good to know. Interesting that both MaxTrax and Smittybilt say they are rated for 7700 lbs.

The link I posted had two 5-star and one 1-star reviews. That said, 9 reviews isn't much of a data pool, but it looks to be trending downward.

It appears that wheelspin is the main enemy of these things no matter who makes them.
__________________
DesertBoat
08 E-350 6.0 Quigley 4x4 modified EB19
My photos: ToddHakala.com
photographix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 12:21 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Tapatio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: California
Posts: 999
Garage
Re: Alternative to MaxTrax? Smittybilt Element

Quote:
It appears that wheelspin is the main enemy of these things no matter who makes them.
If you are buried up to the axle you will need to get the tracks under the tire either by digging or lifting the wheel on top. If your axle is resting on dirt/sand/mud there's no downward pressure on the tires and therefor no pressure on the tracks. They all work just fine if you let off the gas before digging in too far. Having a hi-lift with the tire lift-mate is the best tool when that happens.
__________________
2006 E350 6.0PSD 5R110, SMB 4X4, RB-50, ARB lockers front/rear, Aluminess galore, AMP steps.
Callsign KK6GIY
Tapatio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 01:15 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
geoffff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 920
Re: Alternative to MaxTrax? Smittybilt Element

For my recent stuck adventure, I would have liked to have had 4 MaxTrax -- another pair would have been real nice for keeping my rear wheels afloat too. Even with rocks underneath, my rear wheels kept sinking back down into the muck after I set them back down after jacking & rock insertion. The MaxTrax spread the weight far for nice mud floatation.

I originally chose to get 2 MaxTrax because they fit nicely on my roof behind my solar panels without extending much above the solar panel height.

-- Geoff
__________________
2004 Ford, SMB 4x4, RB-50
http://octopup.org/sportsmobile
geoffff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 02:21 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Jeffrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Posts: 1,632
Garage
Re: Alternative to MaxTrax? Smittybilt Element

Right you are, Geoff. Because of your excellent writeup and this thread, I just ordered a pair of Treds to backup the pair of MaxTrax I already own. I do travel alone often and always wanted to have four of those type of things.
__________________
'07 RB-50 - My Photo Site -- K1JGS --
Jeffrey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2014, 12:40 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
photographix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 457
Re: Alternative to MaxTrax? Smittybilt Element

Thanks for everyone's input! This forum is the best!

I just ordered 2 pair of TREDs at https://www.sierraexpeditions.com

There's a coupon code at http://retailmenot.com for free shipping on orders over $99 at Sierra Expeditions. Expires 4/30/14. I'd post the code, but it may be a no-no.

If there was a code for sending commissions, I'd have used it. Sorry, REF!
__________________

__________________
DesertBoat
08 E-350 6.0 Quigley 4x4 modified EB19
My photos: ToddHakala.com
photographix is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.