The right Re­cov­ery gear can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween a 4WD trip go­ing to plan… or go­ing pear­shaped. We asked ARB to talk us through their cur­rent range.


When your ve­hi­cle’s caught in a tor­ren­tial down­pour on a steep moun­tain track, stuck in knee deep mud or bogged in an iso­lated desert in swel­ter­ing tem­per­a­tures, the re­li­a­bil­ity, per­for­mance and dura­bil­ity of your re­cov­ery gear is paramount. ARB’s ve­hi­cle re­cov­ery ac­ces­sories are en­gi­neered and man­u­fac­tured to the highest stan­dards, mak­ing them ideal for recre­ational use as well as com­pe­ti­tion.

Re­cov­ery Straps

When the only thing pre­vent­ing your ve­hi­cle from im­mi­nent dan­ger is a nar­row strip of fabric, noth­ing but the best will do. ARB’s re­cov­ery straps are wo­ven and fab­ri­cated to strict qual­ity specifications and tested by a NATAap­proved lab­o­ra­tory to en­sure op­ti­mum per­for­mance. A full range of high qual­ity straps are avail­able, each specif­i­cally de­signed to suit its pur­pose and give you peace of mind dur­ing your next re­cov­ery.

Snatch Strap

Specif­i­cally de­signed to stretch un­der load for max­i­mum per­for­mance, an ARB snatch strap is a very ef­fec­tive method of ex­tract­ing a bogged or im­mo­bilised 4WD when a sec­ond ve­hi­cle is present. The unique de­sign of the strap al­lows it to stretch and return to its orig­i­nal length, aid­ing re­cov­ery and greatly re­duc­ing the like­li­hood of ve­hi­cle dam­age.

Tree Trunk Pro­tec­tors

When us­ing a tree as an an­chor point in a re­cov­ery situation, wrap­ping cable, rope or chain around it causes dam­age to both your equipment and the tree. This means next time you may not have a vi­able an­chor point for re­cov­ery. Keep your an­chor point un­harmed and able to be used again by you or a fel­low 4WDer with an ARB tree trunk pro­tec­tor.

Winch Ex­ten­sion Straps

An ARB winch ex­ten­sion strap is a light­weight non­stretch strap that is per­fect for ex­tend­ing the length of your winch’s cable when the most suit­able an­chor point is out of reach.

Snatch Blocks

An ARB snatch block al­lows you to re­trieve loads that are double a winch’s ca­pac­ity by re­duc­ing the load on the winch by half, and fa­cil­i­tat­ing winch­ing from vary­ing an­gles when straight ahead isn’t the best op­tion. ARB has two mod­els of snatch block avail­able, the stan­dard 7000kg, and the light­weight but heavy-duty 9000kg. These snatch blocks fea­ture side plates that sit snug against the pul­ley, elim­i­nat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of the winch cable be­com­ing trapped in be­tween. And the groove on the pul­ley it­self ta­pers down to the cen­tre, al­low­ing for a va­ri­ety of cable sizes to be used and ensuring the cable is seated se­curely, min­imis­ing lat­eral move­ment.

Re­cov­ery Damper

While ARB’s winch ca­bles and straps are ex­cep­tion­ally strong, it is es­sen­tial that safety pre­cau­tions such as fit­ting a re­cov­ery damper are taken to avoid in­jury in the event of a fail­ure. In the un­likely event of a wire rope or strap fail­ure, the re­cov­ery damper will ab­sorb most of the en­ergy in the cable or strap, thereby sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the re­coil. ARB re­cov­ery dampers are man­u­fac­tured from heavy duty vinyl with a sil­ver re­flec­tive tape for vis­i­bil­ity at night and Vel­cro to re­duce slip­ping.

Re­cov­ery Points

Strong, re­li­able re­cov­ery points are es­sen­tial for off road driv­ing but the lack of

in­dus­try stan­dards re­gard­ing rated tow points has caused con­fu­sion among four wheel driv­ers for many years. With this in mind, ARB has sought to set an in­dus­try bench­mark for how re­cov­ery points are de­signed, tested and se­lected by 4WDers.

ARB’s re­cov­ery point range seeks to ad­dress is­sues sur­round­ing generic tow points and their un­suit­abil­ity for a range of re­cov­ery sit­u­a­tions. These is­sues in­clude ques­tion­able and untested mount­ing lo­ca­tions, con­fu­sion re­gard­ing the se­lec­tion of rated shack­les and straps, and the in­abil­ity of generic tow points to safely han­dle stresses gen­er­ated by an an­gled pull dur­ing ve­hi­cle re­cov­ery.

ARB aims to make it easy to find the cor­rect re­cov­ery point for each in­di­vid­ual cus­tomer with an en­gi­neered ‘ Re­cov­ery Train’ in which each ve­hi­cle spe­cific re­cov­ery point is rated for use with a 4.75t rated bow shackle and 8000kg snatch strap.

Re­cov­ery kits

ARB pro­duces two Re­cov­ery kits. The first is a premium one which comes in a large winch pack and in­cludes a snatch strap, winch ex­ten­sion strap, tree trunk pro­tec­tor, snatch block, re­cov­ery damper, bow shack­les and gloves.

The sec­ond is an ‘es­sen­tials’ kit which con­tains a tree trunk pro­tec­tor, snatch strap, bow shack­les and snatch block.

X- Jack Ex­haust Jack

The easy to store X- Jack is an in­valu­able re­cov­ery tool when you find your­self stuck in sand, mud or snow. It in­flates via a hose that con­nects to your ve­hi­cle’s ex­haust, or to a por­ta­ble air com­pres­sor to of­fer up to 75cm of ve­hi­cle lif t and a lif ting ca­pac­ity of 4000kg.

The X- Jack has been specif­i­cally de­signed to help keep the unit on the ground and avoid sink­age.

Mag­num Hand Winch

When heavy duty re­cov­ery work is re­quired, a me­chan­i­cal hand winch is a cost- ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive to a ve­hi­cle-mounted winch.

Pro­vid­ing out­stand­ing per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity, the com­pact and light­weight Mag­num hand winch is ex­tremely durable, built us­ing high qual­ity steel and alu­minium com­po­nents.

Wa­ter Cross­ing Cover

De­signed to di­vert wa­ter away from frag­ile ra­di­a­tor fan blades, the Wa­ter Cross­ing Cover cre­ates a wave in front of the ve­hi­cle and as­sists with keep­ing the wa­ter level down within the en­gine bay.

Man­u­fac­tured from tough polyester, the ad­just­ment buck­les fea­tures neo­prene cov­ers to pro­tect ve­hi­cle paint work from dam­age, while the clear PVC head­light open­ings en­able safe wa­ter cross­ings in low light.

Un­der ve­hi­cle mesh pan­els en­sure built up wa­ter es­capes quickly, and the sup­plied car­rier pouch also dou­bles at a re­cov­ery strap pocket when the cover is in use.

Elec­tric winches

The ARB Net­work also have avail­able a wide range of Elec­tric Winches to suit your ve­hi­cle and Ap­pli­ca­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice on the ex­ten­sive range of ARB Re­cov­ery Equipment con­tact your near­est ARB agent on 0800 272 493 (ARB 4WD) or go to­

ARB Re­cov­ery bags and contents.

Us­ing an ARB snatch strap.

Winch­ing out of a tight spot with ARB.

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