Autobarn Know How


    4WD Essentials

    Getting out into Australia’s great country with your 4WD is one of the best ways to spend time with family and friends. Doing it safely means you must have the right gear to get you out of trouble. Whether you’re stuck trying to go up a steep incline and need to use a winch, or knee deep in mud or sand and need a snatch strap or recovery tracks because you can’t get traction, carrying the right recovery gear is essential. We have a full range of recovery gear to get you out and on your way.

    1 - Tyre Recovery Gear

    1a. Tyre Deflator / Gauge - Travelling on soft surfaces requires deflating your tyres to avoid becoming bogged. A tyre deflator can help you achieve the correct pressure.
    1b. Recovery Tracks - Rubber, roll up or hard plastic recovery tracks are a common device to help provide traction under tyres.
    1c. Air Compressor – Make sure you choose a reliable heavy duty air compressor to inflate tyres after deflating or plugging a leak.
    1d. Emergency Off Road Tyre Repair Kit – Specially designed for 4WD use. Comprehensive emergency kit features handy plastic storage case.

    2 - Recovery Gear

    2a. Foldable Shovel and Pick - Used to dig around bogged tyres.
    2b. Snatch Straps - When bogged, a snatch strap can be used to get out of trouble.
    2c. Bow Shackles - Their curved design provides extra recovery leverage when you attach a strap to your vehicle. Always attach these to a designated
    2d. Recovery Hitch & Bow Shackle
    2e. Winch Extension Strap - Required when the reach of your winch cable is not long enough.
    2f. Tow Hook Kit 4500KG
    2g. Snatch/Pulley Block - Improves the functionality of your winch by increasing pulling power and gives you more leverage.
    2h. Starter Recovery Kit - Contains 8000kg Snatch Strap, 2 x 3.25T Bow Shackles and Recovery Gloves in a heavy duty storage bag.
    2i. Tree Protector 3M x 8000KG
    2j. Winch Cable Damper Blanket - This safety device reduces the risk of injury in the event of straps or cables breaking during recovery.
    2k. VRS 9500LBS Winch With Rope - Considered a must have item when travelling alone or in a group. This is your off-road insurance policy. Features synthetic rope.

    3 - Touring/Camping Gear

    3a. Folding Bucket - Holds up to 10 litres of water. Folds to 35mm thick, expands to 270mm.
    3b. Camp Shower 12V - 2m hose length, 5m power cable.
    3c. Fire Extinguisher 1KG - Tested & approved to AS/NZS 1842:5.
    3d. Air Pump Inflator 12V - Includes 3 adaptors. Operates from car cigarette lighter socket.
    3e. First Aid Kit - Everything you need for basic first aid.

    NOTE: This information is provided as a guide only and professionals should be consulted when doing any work to a vehicle. Autobarn is not liable for any loss or damage which is suffered or incurred (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) for any personal injury or damage to property suffered or sustained as a result of using the information provided.