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SCORE Journal-September 2019

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MAKING A QUICK EXIT Recovery Gear To Help You Get Your Vehicle UnStuck By Mike Vieria Be it a deep silt-bed, a rocky canyon, or trying to change a flat tire on an uneven or soft surface, off-road terrain can grind your adventure to a halt. SCORE race vehicles are not immune to this either, and despite mapping and pre-running the course, they often get stuck and utilize a variety of tools to get unstuck. Depending on the vehicle, racers typically carry everything from lightweight recovery boards to an off-road hydraulic jack. Chase trucks often always have a heavy-duty winch mounted to the bumper, and also have a variety of specialized off-road jacks to support the vehicle while changing a tire or making repairs. For the off-road enthusiast, many of the same tools SCORE racers use are available, and each has their own advantages. We contacted several manufacturers of recovery gear to showcase some of their latest products that can be used for racing or the recreational off-road adventurer. PRO EAGLE 2 TON BIG WHEEL OFF-ROAD JACK Pro Eagle’s 2 Ton Big Wheel Off-Road Jack uses strong solid axles and large non-pneumatic wheels to give it the strength and capability to easily roll over sand, pebbles, and other obstacles. Weighing in at 52 lbs. It features a full-length steel skid plate to prevent sinking on sand and damage to internal components. It has an 8-inch adjustable extension or optional 15-inch extension to lift high vehicles, a detachable aluminum handle, and sealed ball bearings for smooth rolling and operation in dusty and sandy conditions. MSRP $409.99. 3 TON BIG WHEEL OFF-ROAD JACK The 3 Ton Big Wheel Off-Road Jack has similar features to the 2 Ton Jack above, but with higher capacity and lift height, and features all aluminum construction. This unit has 2-feet 4-inches of overall lift and weighs 60 pounds. MSRP $469.99 including cover. PHOENIX AIR JACK Pro Eagle’s Phoenix Air Jack is a light, portable CO2 operated jack for UTVs and other lightweight off-road vehicles. The 100% stainless steel jack has over 2 feet of adjustable lift height and a wide base for use in soft dirt or sand. A CO2 regulator controls speed in lift and release modes. Uses 20-25 gram CO2 canisters for operation and unit comes with four cartridges. Weighs 5.6 pounds and can be mounted to roll cage with quick-release holder. MSRP N/A. SMITTYBILT GEN3 XRC WINCH Smittybilt’s new Gen3 XRC Winch uses a 7 HP motor while a re-engineered internal rotor improves efficiency to also allow it to draw less amperage. It uses forged steel gears, rather than stamped steel for higher durability and to pull more load at a faster speed. An exclusive load indicator on the remote helps prevent over-taxation of the motor and line by providing continuous information on the stress on the winch. Remote also features a dual magnet mount and a flashlight. Among the Gen3’s additional features are a 12v power outlet and Daytime Running Light on the control box, customizable, detachable body armor, and a tie bar light for easy night use. Available in 9,500-pound and 12,000-pound versions and with steel or synthetic cable. MSRP from $429.99 to $699.99. SMITTYBILT DELTA SERIES HEAVY DUTY WINCH HOOK Smittybilt’s Delta Series Forged Steel Winch Hook has a durable E-coat finish and forged aluminum spring-assisted clevis. An oversized eye allows for easy hand-held pulling. Available in a 12K version with a 36,000-pound maximum load, or an 18K version with a 54,000-pound maximum load. MSRP $34.99-$39.99 DELTA SERIES HEAVY DUTY SNATCH BLOCK The Delta Series Snatch Block features heavy duty forged steel construction that’s E-coated and powder coated to resist corrosion. A patented self-locking/engaging mechanism helps prevent accidental disengagement during operation. Block has a grease-able pulley shaft with a Zerk fitting, and a debris shield protects pulley for maximum life. MSRP $59.99 DELTA SERIES D-RINGS Delta Series D-Rings feature heavy duty forged steel construction, e-coated and powder coated for maximum corrosion resistance. The unique design allows for easy handling and superior performance and a cam-over pull ring retainer adds security. Maximum work load limit is 27,000 pounds. MSRP $19.99 ARB TRED PRO ARB’s TRED Pro is an all-in-one recovery device to free vehicles stuck in sand, mud, or snow. It’s constructed of a special composite to provide superior flexibility as well as durability. Grip design is engineered to optimize traction with the world’s most popular off-road tires, and ergonomically designed handles provide control when used as a shovel. Low profile design for easy storage and use. MSRP $280.00. SOFT CONNECT SHACKLE The Soft Connect Shackle provides greater safety than a steel shackle and has a 32,000-pound breaking strength. Flexible construction allows it to connect easily to most recovery points and the certified high-tensile material floats, and is UV and water resistant. Priced at $49.00, including storage bag. ARB HYDRAULIC RECOVERY JACK The ARB JACK is a hydraulic jack designed for off-road recovery needs and requires little effort to smoothly lift vehicles in .5-inch increments. A two-stage descent feature with a safety stop allows safe control to lower vehicle quickly or slowly. Made of 6061 T6 aluminum, the jack has 360-degree adjustability to match the pivoting foot to rough terrain and weighs just 28 pounds. Nine locating points offer a variety of lifting heights to meet the specific situation for lifting over 4,400 pounds. Includes rubber body bumper to protect vehicle from damage while in use. MSRP is $812.00. SNATCH STRAP ARB’s 17,600-pound Snatch Strap is designed for most 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Manufactured from 100% nylon webbing and measuring 30-feet by 2-3/8-inches, the strap gives 20% genuine stretch for increased recovery power and reduced risk of damage to vehicles. Designed with a folded, reinforced eye for easier fitment to shackles, as well as eye and seam protector sleeves. MSRP is $63.00. FACTOR 55 STANDARD AND EXTREME DUTY TOW STRAPS Factor 55’s Standard and Extreme Duty Tow Straps are specifically designed for towing or pulling vehicles and are unlike dynamic, snatch straps, or Kinetic Recovery Ropes, which are designed to multiply shock force to free a stuck vehicle. The 2-inch by 30-foot straps are made from double-ply, low-stretch 100% polyester to provide safe towing ability over longer distances. The 2-inch width allows for easier use in shackle openings and reduced edge abrasion as compared to wider straps. The Extreme Duty version has a full-length Cordura sleeve to protect the strap from abrasion from dragging on the ground during towing. Made in the U.S.A. Factory Direct MSRP is $81.00 to $119.00. LOAD DISTRIBUTION PLATE Factor 55’s Load Distribution Plate is designed to distribute multiple loads and pull directions safely. Constructed of Military Grade Aluminum, the plate has self-aligning pin holes and laser engraved angle scale for sling multiplier estimates. Working load limit is 20,000 pounds with minimum breaking strength of 42,000 pounds. Made in the U.S.A. Factory Direct MSRP is $95.00. FACTOR 55 STANDARD DUTY SOFT SHACKLES Factor 55’s 10-inch Standard Duty Soft Shackles may be used as a lightweight replacement rigging for common steel screw pin shackles. Constructed of 7/16-inch diameter UHMWPE 12-strand rope, shackles weigh just 6.3 ounces and have a minimum breaking strength of 39,000 pounds. Made in the U.S.A. Factory Direct MSRP is $43.00. STRAP WRAPS Factor 55’s Strap Wraps feature hook and loop closures and a heavy-duty powder coated steel ring to secure straps, ropes, and other gear in various sizes. Secondary loop allows securing at 2.5-inch diameter and smaller, and main loop handles 8-inch diameter and larger. Made in the U.S.A. Two wrap package has Factory Direct MSRP of $10.00. MAXTRAX MAXTRAX MKII RECOVERY BOARD The Safety Orange MAXTRAX MKII is an innovative, lightweight vehicle recovery and extraction board for sand, mud, and snow. It’s been tested and proven in some of the world’s toughest off-road events. Each board measures 45 inches by 13 inches and the set stacks together for storage at just 3.5 inches high. With six handles, and weighing just 7.5 pounds each, Maxtrax is easily used by one person. Sloping ends allow boards to be smoothly inserted under tires, and also to be used as a shovel to clear debris away from your vehicle. Bright orange color that Maxtrax is known for is easily seen in all conditions, but boards are also available in 14 other colors. MSRP is $299.99 MAXTRAX MINI RECOVERY BOARD The MAXTRAX Mini has similar features to the larger Maxtrax MKII, but measures 25 inches long by 13 inches wide. Designed for smaller vehicles with limited storage space, these boards have two handles each, and easily clamp to UTV roll cages. Boards can be interconnected and lengthened using the Maxtrax Linking Kit. MSRP is $199.99. MAXTRAX MAXTRAX XTREME RECOVERY BOARD The MAXTRAX Xtreme Recovery Board is designed for professional use by the military, off-road racers, expedition leaders, and 4WD driver trainers. The Xtreme Boards feature 88 replaceable anodized alloy teeth in a heavy-duty, reinforced nylon track. The corrosion-resistant teeth can easily be replaced in the field if they are damaged using a T-50 Torx bit. The safety orange boards weigh 20 pounds per pair. MSRP is $499.99. MAXTRAX JAXBASE The MAXTRAX JaxBase is an extreme-duty lifting platform for off-road jacks. The fiber-reinforced, engineering-grade nylon platform provides a large surface area to prevent sinking and a recessed cutout for the jack base to hold it securely. When not being used for jacking, the JaxBase can be reversed for use as a fully-featured Maxtrax Mini Recovery Board. MSRP is $119.99. SPEEDSTRAP BIG DADDY RECOVERY STRAP The Big Daddy Weave-able Recovery Strap is SpeedStraps’s heavy duty model with a rating for 20,000 pounds working strength. Simply wrap the strap around a good tow point, weave it back into itself, and pull! No metal parts and no shackles needed. For Jeeps, trucks, and RV’s, the 2-inch wide Big Daddy comes in 20, 25, 30, and 50-foot lengths. MSRP from $104.99 to $239.99. SUPERSTRAP The SuperStrap is a 1-inch weave-able recovery strap for UTVs, Jeeps, boats, buggies, and other medium weight vehicles. Rated with a 10,000-pound working strength, the Superstrap is available in 5 lengths from 15 to 50 feet. MSRP from $36.99 to $102.99, depending on length. SPEEDSTRAP POCKIT TOW STRAP SpeedStrap’s lightweight and easy-to-store Pockit Tow Recovery Strap is ½-inch wide and designed for motorcycles, ATV’s, snowmobiles, and UTVs. It’s rated for 3,500 pounds and comes in 15, 20, 25, 30, and 50 foot lengths. Like other SpeedStrap products, the Pockit Tow is made of nylon webbing, has no metal shackles, and is meant to be weaved into a loop at each end for easy attachment. MSRP from $26.99 to $69.99, depending on length. HI-LIFT HI-LIFT X-TREME JACK The Hi-Lift X-TREME Jack is a serious jack for lifting, winching, clamping and spreading. It features all-cast construction and comes in 48-inch or 60-inch sizes with a 7,000-pound capacity. The X-TREME has a charcoal metallic powder coat finish, gold zinc-coated hardware to provide rust-resistance, and a special top winch-clamp-spreader attachment to replace the clamp-clevis of the standard Hi-Lift Jack. Priced at $129.27 to $134.57. REFLECTIVE LOOP RECOVERY STRAPS Hi-Lift Reflective Loop Recovery Straps are designed for winching and recovery with Hi-Lift Jacks. Made of polyester materials for a controlled pull with a reduced danger of recoil. The reflective loops glow and shine in minimal light to improve visibility of connecting points during nighttime recoveries. Available in 3-inch by 30-feet with a 30,000-pound capacity, 2-inch by 30-feet with a 20,000-pound capacity, or 3-inch by 15-feet Tree Saver model with a 30,000-pound capacity. Priced from $25.39 to $49.77. HI-LIFT HI-LIFT UTV JACK The Hi-Lift UTV Jack brings the features and capabilities the original Hi-Lift Jack but for UTVs. Available in 36-inch or 42-inch sizes, and weighing less than 30 pounds, the UTV Jack meets the demands of all types of UTV users. Includes the winch/clamp/spreader tool found on the Hi-Lift X-Treme Jack. MSRP is $120.79 to $125.03. HANDLE-ALL The Handle-All by Hi-Lift is a rugged multi-function tool with a telescoping handle and four full-size implements for a wide variety of uses. It features a pointed shovel head, 8-pound sledge hammer, an axe head, and a pick-axe head. It stores compactly in its own included storage bag. MSRP is $192.87. BUBBA ROPE BUBBA ROPE POWER STRETCH RECOVERY ROPE The Bubba Rope Power Stretch Recovery Rope has a 28,600-pound breaking strength and measures 7/8-inch by 30 feet. It’s designed for safe recovery and towing work with Military Spec splicing and coatings. The nylon rope has a special high performance Gator-ize Vinyl Polymer coating that penetrates the rope fibers to provide protection from UV rays, water, sand, mud and abrasion, while allowing 30% to 35% stretch flexibility. It comes with a choice of eye loop colors and a mesh carrying case. Also available in 20-foot length. MSRP is $209.00. BUBBA ROPE RENEGADE RECOVERY ROPE The Renegade Power Stretch Recovery Rope offers a compact size along with 100% more stretching ability and pulling power than a flat web strap. The ¾-inch by 20-foot double-braided nylon kinetic energy off-road recovery rope (KERR) has a Gator-ize Vinyl Polymer coating for superior strength and resistance to damage along with military grade splicings. Also available in 30-foot length. Includes mesh carrying case. MSRP is $139.00. NEXGEN PRO GATOR-JAW SYNTHETIC SHACKLE The NexGen PRO Gator-Jaw Synthetic Shackle weighs just 6.5 ounces and has a rated breaking strength of 47,000 pounds. The unique design eliminates rope-weakening splices found in other soft shackles with a locking loop that incorporates a tough, flexible rubber slider that slips over a patented-design knot for a strong closed connector. Made of 12-strand HMPE synthetic fibers for strength and light weight. MSRP is $43.99. SYNTHETIC 80-FOOT WINCH LINE The Bubba Rope Synthetic 80-Foot Winch Line is as strong as steel, but is lighter and safer. The entire 3/8-inch rope is coated with Gator-ize Vinyl Armor for protection against abrasion and UV damage. Line is color banded every ten feet for easy estimate of line in use. Includes a Gator-Jaw Synthetic Shackle, a removable rope guard, and a Grabber for easy attachment to the winch drum. Also available in 100-foot length. MSRP is $439.00. Superwinch Tiger Shark 9500SR With a 9,500 lbs. capacity the Superwinch Tiger Shark 9500 makes for a lightweight and affordable recovery winch for mid-sized trucks, UTVs and lightweight racing vehicles. Weighing 95 lbs. installed, the winch is fully sealed and comes with a 5.2 hp motor and steel rope, a synthetic rope is available. MSRP $1,252.00 Viair Automatic Deployment Air Systems VIAIR Automatic Deployment Air Systems (ADA) incorporate a 12-port extruded aluminum air tank to provide a compact air locker and tire inflation station for virtually any vehicle using either a 400C (Heavy Duty) or 450C (Constant Duty) compressor at its core.  ADA Systems come complete with a pressure switch, automatic coupler, Digital Tire Inflation Kit, and a wiring harness to make the installation a plug & play process. Base Model Kits are also available with limited accessories. MSRP $295-$399 VIAIR 450P-Automatic Compressor 450P-Automatic compressor offers an automatic shut-off function in a larger powerful portable tire inflator. This 100% duty cycle unit is capable of pressures up to 150 PSI and can be operated for up to 40 minutes at a time before needing to be rested. Portable compressors with automatic shutoff come into play when moving from tire to tire, and when checking tire pressure in the middle of a tire fill. A typical portable compressor must be turned off between tire fills, and anytime you want to check tire pressure. MSRP $309

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