We are huge fans of Maxtrax recovery boards and consider them a quintessential part of any off-road vehicle’s recovery kit.
These Australian boards are made incredibly strong from UV-stable, fiber-reinforced, engineering-grade nylon. They won’t break or crack and they can be used to provide traction for your tires to self-extract out of places such as sand or mud where winching is not an option.
Maxtrax boards have built-in handles and a shovel on each end to help move snow, mud, dirt, sand, or whatever debris is keeping you down. Genuine Maxtrax boards are even backed with a lifetime warranty, unlike many of the copycat products available on the market.
However, as useful as they are in a pinch, finding a secure place to store them can often be an exercise in frustration. They don’t fold, are an awkward shape, and frankly, at 45 inches long and 13 inches wide for the full-size boards, they take up a lot of space. This might not be a problem if you have a large truck or a roof rack, but for those with slick-top SUVs where interior space is at a premium, you might find difficulties in bringing them along.
So how can you pack your tracks while maximizing your interior storage space? The answer to that question is the universal Spare Tire Accessory Bracket from Overland Kitted. Different from other mounts on the market that place the boards on the face of the spare tire, blocking the rear camera on vehicles like Jeep Wranglers and Ford Broncos, the Overland Kitted design mounts the board to the side of the spare.
This bracket uses a clever anti-wobble design that compensates for the crown of the tire and pushes the bracket into the tire, away from the crown, for a completely solid mount. Four dimple-died holes at the ends of the bracket add strength, reduce weight, and prevent the bracket from trying to rotate. Their location at the end of the bracket where the attaching strap passes through ensures the dimple dies are under constant tension and mechanically engaged with the tire tread.
For this product, Overland Kitted partnered with one of the premier strap manufacturers, Mac’s Custom Tie Downs. The included Mac’s strap, like the Overland Kitted bracket, is an American product made in America. It is a 2-inch, heavy duty, ratcheting strap that is designed to be easy to engage and disengage while providing a secure fit to any spare tire up to 40 inches in diameter. It also means that you can easily remove the entire assembly when not adventuring, keeping your boards safe in the garage when not needed.
Best of all, the Overland Kitted Spare Tire Accessory Bracket, when combined with Overland Kitted’s mounting plate, is designed to work with genuine Maxtrax boards and is compatible with Maxtrax mounting pin hardware. The Spare Tire Accessory Bracket is also designed for use with RotoPax products.
The Overland Kitted Spare Tire Accessory Bracket is one of the easiest ways to get recovery boards mounted to your rig and took us about an hour or so to install with basic tools. Read on to see how you can get boards mounted for your next adventure.
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This article originally appeared in OVR Issue 02. For more informative articles like this, consider subscribing to OVR Magazine in print or digital versions here.