Potential Extras for Off-Road trials :
Tyre pressure gauge :
Tyre inflator / compressor (12V) :
Twin cylinder compressor
Recovery Rope / Straps/ Strops :
A rope typically has some stretch in it, which is much kinder to both vehicles if the recovery vehicle is not gentle or a “snatch” recovery is attempted.
Recovery Strap / Strop
A strap / strop has almost zero “give” or stretch so needs to be used very carefully to avoid brutal shock loads on both cars.
A strap / strop has the advantage of typically being much lighter & easier to roll-up into a much smaller space for storage.
From May 2023 these are NO LONGER PERMITTED for use at ALRC Club trials
Strong recovery shackles are often used to connect the recovery rope / strap to either vehicle's recovery points.
They should NEVER be used to connect ropes together as any stretch in the rope / strap allows the heavy shackle to become a high speed missile if a rope breaks.
Typically of-road used bow shackles have a WLL (Working Load Limit) of at least 4.75 tons & upto 6.25 tons (Note breaking strengths are at least 5 x the WLL limit).
Beware : Pin diameters can be up to 26mm – potentially too large for some vehicle recovery point attachments. Also some high WLL shackles can have narrow openings, making use of large diameter ropes difficult or even impossible.
Winch Snatch Block / Pulley
These are ideal for use with winches to either double the pulling power or change the angle of pull by anchoring the snatch block to eg a tree via a bridle & shackle.