KAON GEAR GUIDE: Picking the Best Maxtrax Mount for Your Setup

Date Posted: 10 October 2021 

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If you’ve made it here, you’re likely familiar with Maxtrax. The orange recovery boards are a signature feature on many a 4WD Australia-wide, even worldwide; and for good reason – they’re simple, hardy and an all-round brilliant recovery tool.  

We all know they’re a saviour on tough tracks and sandy beaches, but there’s nothing worse than trying to find a spot to put a filthy set after they’ve just saved your hide. The second step after purchasing a pair or two (which, by the way, we sell here) is to find a mounting solution that is safe and secure, yet provides quick and easy access when you need them most.  

We’ve spent the last few years developing various mounts and brackets. Each new design has been an evolution – with different features to suit unique customer and vehicle requirements. However, it wasn’t until we recently attempted to mount them all on a single rack that we realised just how many we’ve developed! Like any parent, we can’t pick between them... although there’s a few that we think are particularly special.  

Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? Here’s the definitive guide to picking the right Maxtrax Mount for your setup.  
 


 STATIC MOUNTING OPTIONS 

Static mounts are the most straightforward mounts in our range. Whilst most of our customers mount these in a single location and tend to keep them there, they are easily moved around the rack by simply loosening the slot nut and screw. 
 

FLUSH FLAT MOUNTS

Undoubtedly the stars of our range, our best-selling Flush Flat Mounts prove that sometimes simple is best. With a low profile flush-mount design, your Maxtrax sit snug, effectively hugging the rack. 

Construction & Finish: 
Powder Coated Stainless Steel 

Best for: 

  • Those who like to keep it simple 
  • The budget-conscious
  • Those wanting a flexible option that can be mounted in both North-South and East-West directions 
  • Carefully designed mounting holes make it easier to get the spacing right 
  • Widest compatibility of our range, suitable for leading ‘tray’ type roof racks, including Rhino-Rack, Yakima, Rola and Front Runner. 

 

 

Things to consider:  

  • Whilst quick to install and uninstall, clearance requirements are a consideration if leaving on day-to-day. 
  • While not designed for Cross Bar style racks, you can mount these across bars if you adjust the spacing of your rack.  The bars need to be between 694 and 772mm apart to get correct spacing. 

Find more info on the Flush Flat mounts for Rhino-RackFrontRunner and Yakima and Rola

 

 

 


TRADESMAN MOUNTS 

Designed to complement the Rhino-Rack Platform Tradie trays, these are designed to ensure easy mounting of your recovery tracks without interfering with the side rails of the Tradie Platform.  

Construction & Finish:  
Natural Stainless Steel 

Best for:

  • The Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Tradie Mount roof trays 
  • Those who like to keep it simple 
  • The budget-conscious 
  • Those wanting a flexible option that can be mounted in both North-South and East-West directions 

Things to consider:  

  • Whilst quick to install and uninstall, clearance requirements are a consideration if leaving on day-to-day. 
  • These brackets lift Maxtrax 40mm off the top of the rack, allowing the base of the pins to clear the rack.  

More info on the Tradesman Mounts can be found here. 

 


ORIGINAL RAISED MOUNTS 

These are our original mounts, and they remain our most flexible in terms of mounting options. Their slotted design allows for greater flexibility, and as such, they can be mounted facing inward or outwards. 

Construction & Finish:
Natural Stainless Steel 

Best for:  

  • Those who like to keep it simple 
  • Those who want flexibility or to change their setup for different trips 
  • The budget-conscious 
  • Those wanting a flexible option that can be mounted in both North-South and East-West directions 

 

 
Things to consider:  

  • Whilst quick to install and uninstall, clearance requirements are a consideration if leaving on day-to-day. 

More info on the Original Raised Maxtrax Mounts can be found here. 

 

FOLDING MOUNTING OPTIONS 

These are recent additions to our range and have fast become customer favourites. Our folding mounts allow easy access to your recovery tracks, just like regular static mounts, but with one key difference. When out of use they fold down flat, or very nearly flat. 

STEALTH FOLDING MOUNTS

Our Stealth Folding mounts are pretty unique. When they’re not in use, the innovative design allows the pins to fold down flush with the rack, so it’s as though they aren’t there at all.   

Construction & Finish:  
Powder Coated Stainless Steel 

Best for:  

  • Tight spaces and low-clearance: low garages, carports, shopping centre car parks. 
  • Running Maxtrax part-time. Simply take them off whilst in town and simply fold the mounts down. 
  • When out of use, the near-flat design (4mm high) allows for items to be stored and mounted above. 
  • Those with Rhino Pioneer Platform or Rola Titan Tray. 

 

 

Things to consider:  

  • Only works in a North-South Orientation. 
  • Consider mounting both mounts in the same direction, rather than mirroring one another. If you do have a low garage and forget to fold them, having both mounts folding down towards the rear of the vehicle means they should fold themselves.  

More info on the Stealth Folding Mounts can be found here. 

 
30mm FOLDING MOUNTS

Our 30mm Folding Mount provides similar functionality to the Stealth Mount, let’s call them cousins. Sitting slightly higher above the rack, there is a minor compromise on clearance. But in return, you gain added flexibility, with the option to mount in either direction.   

Construction & Finish:  
Powder Coated Stainless Steel 

Best for:  

  • Those who want the practicality of the Stealth Mounts, but flexibility of mounting in any orientation. 
  • Tight spaces and low-clearance: low garages, carports, shopping centre car parks. 
  • Running MAXTRAX part-time. Simply take them off whilst in town and simply fold the mounts down. 
  • Those with Rhino Pioneer Platform or Rola Titan Tray, and most Yakima racks.  

 

 

Things to consider: 

  • At 30mm when folded, they are not quite as low-profile as our Stealth Folding Mounts. 
  • Consider mounting both mounts in the same direction, rather than mirroring one another. If you do have a low garage and forget to fold them, having both mounts folding down towards the rear of the vehicle means they should fold themselves.  

More info on the 30mm Folding Mounts can be found here. 

 
ANGLED MOUNTING OPTIONS 

Some of the more niche options in our range, our angled mounts are perfect for those looking to maximise space on their rack, whilst also getting double duty out of their mounting solution. 
 

SIDE ANGLED MOUNTS

Our Side Angled Mounts are perfect for easy access in recovery situations, with the ability to adjust both height and angle to suit your vehicle requirements. 

Construction & Finish:  
Powder Coated Aluminium 

Best for:  

  • Angled side mountng provides easier-reach access than a standard rooftop mount. 
  • Occupying minimal footprint on the roof rack. 
  • Dual purpose, with the ability to mount a set of QuickFist Rubber Clamps behind for a shovel, fishing road, etc 
  • Those with Rhino Pioneer Platform or Rola Titan Tray 

 

 

Things to consider:

  • Placement considerations if you’re already running an awning or a shovel holder. 
  • Due to the cantilevered load with upright or angled mounts, we designed ours to span two slats, ensuring the load is spread across the roof rack.  

More info on the Side Angled Mounts can be found here. 

 


WIND DEFLECTOR MOUNTS

Get double duty out of roof-mounted Maxtrax; positioned at a 45º angle, these can act as a wind deflector for vehicles running bulky roof-mounted accessories, such as a rooftop tent.

Construction & Finish:  
Natural Stainless Steel

Best for: 

  • Those looking to front mount their MAXTRAX 
  • Angled mounting takes up a smaller footprint, giving more room for all your gear. 
  • Potential for improved fuel efficiency 

 

 

Things to consider:  

  • Compatible only with Rhino Pioneer Platform 
  • Only works in East-West orientation, and it's recommended that it be placed at the front 
  • Whilst quick to install and uninstall, clearance requirements are a consideration if leaving on day-to-day. 
  • Select the correct option – 4 or 5 slat – to ensure the deflector mounts correctly on your rack. 

More info on the Wind Deflector mounts can be found here. 

 

 
OPTIONS FOR THOSE WITHOUT A PLATFORM-STYLE RACK 

Now, there are many options for platform-style racks, but what about those with cross bars, or no rack at all? Don’t worry – we’ve got you.  
 


CROSS-BAR BOARDS

They may look big, but made from aluminium, these boards are lightweight whilst still being incredibly tough.  

Construction & Finish:  
Powder Coated Aluminium 
 
Best for:  

  • Most sports or heavy-duty cross-bar roof rack systems, such as those from Thule, Rola, Rhino, Pro Rack and Yakima. 
  • Flexibility with regards to the spacing when mounting the boards. 
  • Those who want to mount alternative recovery tracks – these boards have mounting holes to suit Tred Pro, Tred 900 and Tred 1100.  

 

 

Things to consider:  

  • Use the measurements provided in the listing to confirm that the boards are compatible with the spacing on your setup. 

More info on the Cross-Bar mounts can be found here. 

 

REAR WHEEL MAXTRAX MOUNT

Now for something a little different: rear-wheel mounting! You might be familiar with some of the other ratchet strap rear-wheel mounts on the market. Made from solid steel, this one isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and the use of mounting pins means it’s lockable too.  

Construction & Finish:  
Electro-zinc plated steel 

Best for:  

  • Those who don’t have a roof rack  
  • Lower mounting is good for the vertically challenged among us 
  • No mud or dirt left on your roof from storing dirty tracks overhead 
  • Those who don't want to worry about clearance considerations 

 

 

Things to consider: 

  • Incompatible with spare tyre covers or rear bin bags 
  • Won’t work with vehicles that have a reversing camera in the rear spare tyre 

More info on the Rear Wheel Maxtrax Mount can be found here. 

 
OPTIONS FOR THOSE WITH OTHER RECOVERY TRACK BRANDS

These mounts are made for Maxtrax, but many other brands have similar spacing and slotted holes that also suit Maxtrax Pins, such as Tred Pro and Exitrax. It’s worth noting that Maxtrax brand pins are not an optimum height for other brands, but they can still work. 

All our mounts are designed to take Maxtrax brand mounting pins, which are 10mm in diameter. If you want to use different mounting pins on any of the above mounts, they can be fitted. It’s worth noting that Tred pins use a 6mm mounting bolt which you can make work, but is less than ideal.  
 


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One thing is for sure: whether you’re team Maxtrax or team TRED, like things powder coated or au naturel, running a roof rack or cross bars or no bars at all... we’ve got a mount that will work for you. 

You can shop our range of mounts here. 
 
P.S. We said we wouldn’t play favourites, but the Stealth Mounts are the golden child in the workshop. For now.


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