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Traction Boards help

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Leggo, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. Dec 27, 2015 at 8:15 PM
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    Leggo

    Leggo [OP] slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    I want a pair of good quality traction boards but I want them to be about 5 feet long so I can use them as a light weight ramp to the bed. Any sources or advice is welcome. I want them for snow exclusively.
     
  2. Dec 27, 2015 at 8:32 PM
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    If you need to have them be 5' long for traction I think you your only option may be sand ladders. If you want to drive something heavy into the bed you may be further limited to bridging leaders. I don't think either of them really designed to work well for snow traction and recovery. If you can live with 45" to 48" there are lots of traction options from Maxtrax, Smittybilt, and others.
     
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    2 x 12 lumber with smaller lag bolts (for traction) are the answer.
     
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  5. Dec 30, 2015 at 2:38 PM
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    Leggo

    Leggo [OP] slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    Now go drive it into a snowbank so you can give us an evaluation. :). I've had these in my Amazon shopping cart for a week and haven't pulled the trigger. Yet. http://www.amazon.com/Smittybilt-2790-Element-Traction-Ramps/dp/B005QAMV1K
     
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  7. Dec 30, 2015 at 5:48 PM
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    Leggo

    Leggo [OP] slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    I plow snow and every once in a while i will lift the blade just a little too early and end up high centering myself in the bank I am trying to build. The plow then becomes an anchor and shoveling doesn't help to much unless you shovel all the snow behind the blade. I know all the tricks but sometimes it's just fubar. I only do my drive and my folks these days. Last year we had some BIG banks, I think they will work very well tho.
     
  8. Jan 4, 2016 at 8:36 PM
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    Maxtrax are some of the best imo

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    This are mine. First and only (as far as I'm aware) in the U. S.
     
  9. Jan 4, 2016 at 8:43 PM
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    I think they probably are the best but I am just to cheap to pay their price right now. I was going to buy the Smittybilts until I started reading the reviews. Ended up ordering Lite-Way Recovery Mats instead of Maxtrax for about 1/3 the cost. Might only last through one, or part of one, recovery though.
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  10. Jan 4, 2016 at 8:55 PM
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    Yea. I'd just rather buy ones that will last. I have seen tires slip and ruin the traction so they're useless
     
  11. Jan 4, 2016 at 10:02 PM
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    If you can find some, fiberglass (FRP) mesh grating is extremely strong and flexible and provides good grip and isn't too expensive.

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  12. Jan 4, 2016 at 11:58 PM
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  13. Jan 5, 2016 at 8:51 AM
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    Leggo [OP] slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    Great idea !
     
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    Have you used these yet? If so, how did they fare?
     
  16. May 30, 2016 at 10:09 PM
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    Not yet. Ive tried to get stuck but no dice with the locker and ATRAC :) The weather is nice now so will just have to go out to the sand (lots of it around here) and stick the thing just to try the boards. IT Will really hack me off if they shatter like I read the Smittybilts have a tendency to do. Guess it will be better to know that now than later on the back side of a mountain somewhere at o-dark thirty.
     
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    I know this is a way old post, but how did these liteway tracks work out for you? I too, am poor.
     
  18. Jan 15, 2019 at 7:18 PM
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    Only used them once and they didn't break but had some minor deformatiin. Only one use is a poor sample size, sorry.
     

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