TESTED BY: MARTIN DOMONEY ● KIT REQUIRED: Trac-grabber quad pack ● TIME TAKEN: 10 minutes ● COST: $99.99 (set of four) tracgrabber.com ● HOW EASY: ★ ★ ★ ★★ ● SUCCESS RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★★
HOW IT’S DONE: Trac-grabbers are plastic blocks attached to webbing that you strap on to the tyre. You position the block, feed the webbing strap though the wheel and pull the strap tight. It’s vital to check there’s enough clearance between the wheel rim and brake caliper so they don’t get snagged, but once in place these Trac-grabbers work a treat.
The key is to keep wheel speed low and let the Land Rover ‘walk’ out on the blocks. In our case, idle speed and the Defender’s autobox in reverse did the trick, with the throttle needing only a light dab to overcome the resistance of each block contacting the ground.
For extracting a Land Rover resting on its axle casings in thick mud, these blocks worked brilliantly. You’ll get messy fitting them, but they take up very little space – a cool tool.