4x4Car Advice

Setting up for off-roading with your 4×4

Recovery gear – Then you’ll need recovery gear.  It’ll happen sooner or later.

Basic Recovery Gear

Take this everywhere:

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  • Recovery points – to attach straps to the vehicle;
  • Snatch strap – for pulling out of trouble;
  • Shovel – generally useful!
  • Traction ramps – either to help the tyres grip, or to build up a track for clearance; and
  • Bowsaw, spade, bag for gear, traction ramps, yellow snatch strap, gloves, plate for jacking the car on, tyre repair gear and shackles.

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Advanced Recovery Gear

Select from this depending on where you go. Air jacks are handy in sand, but there’s nowhere to winch so leave that gear home.

  • Winch – and the gear such as an extension strap;
  • Drag chain – helps drag trees out of the way;
  • Bridging ladders – for creating a ramp; and
  • Air jack – lifting the car on soft ground.

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A Ranger winching a Discovery up a wet, slippery hill.

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Traction ramps used to help a Discovery through a muddy patch.

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NEVER hook a strap or chain over a towball.  The towball isn’t strong enough and might rip off, creating a lethal projective. One safe method is to hook the strap directly into the towbar and put the pin through it, or better yet, use a specialist recovery hook.


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Robert Pepper

Robert Pepper

Robert Pepper is a motoring journalist, offroad driver trainer and photographer interested in anything with wings, sails or wheels. He is the author of four books on offroading, and owns a modified Ford Ranger PX which he uses for offroad touring. His other car is a Toyota 86 which exists purely to drive in circles on racetracks, and that's when he isn't racing his Nissan Pulsar. Visit his website: www.l2sfbc.com or follow him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RobertPepperJourno/ or buy his new ebook!