Please follow these instructions carefully when fitting and using the MAXTRAX Rear Wheel Harness.

PLEASE NOTE: The MAXTRAX Rear Wheel Harness is designed to suit vehicles where there is easy access behind the spare wheel mount, typically with an aftermarket swing away carrier or rear bar such as Kaymar.

Before commencing, ensure vehicle is parked on a flat level surface. The accessories pouch contains two webbing straps; a long one with a ratchet and a large metal hanger; the second shorter strap with a ratchet and four small hooks.

Kit laid out

Step 1. Wrap the long webbing strap (with the large metal hanger) around the tyre tread and thread the end of the strap through the slot in the ratchet.


Step 2. Align the strap so that the metal hanger is level, with its lower arms positioned approximately 60cm from the bottom of the tyre. This is critical to ensure that the MAXTRAX do not protrude past the bottom of the tyre, potentially striking the ground during an extreme-angle approach or departure. The height of the hanger can be adjusted by moving the webbing above the hanger towards the front or rear of the tyre.


Step 3. Once the hanger is correctly located and the strap is running parallel to the face of the tyre, tighten the ratchet sufficiently to ensure that the strap cannot possibly move.

Step 4. Attach the accessories pouch to the two loops on the webbing above the metal hanger so that it hangs freely in the small void in the centre of the wheel.


If you have a fixing and linking kit or telltale leashes, place them in the pouch now. It is also advisable to place a thin rubber pad between the large metal hanger and the sidewall of the tyre to protect the tyre from rubbing by the hanger and the teeth on the underside of the MAXTRAX.


Step 5. Lift the MAXTRAX onto the harness, placing the centre handles over the lower arms of the metal hanger, then push the MAXTRAX against the tyre. The metal hanger will hold the MAXTRAX in place so that you can complete the next steps using both hands.


Step 6. Rest the remaining strap (with the four small hooks and ratchet) on top of the tyre.

Step 7. Feed the longer segment of webbing down behind the wheel so that the two hooks appear below the bottom of the tyre, at the centre line of the wheel.


Step 8. Attach the four small hooks to the MAXTRAX. The top two hooks fit onto the top handles:


The lower two hooks fit into the keyholes in the bottom corners of the MAXTRAX:


Step 9. Pull the excess webbing through the slot in the ratchet and tighten sufficiently so that the MAXTRAX are pulled firmly against the face of the tyre and cannot move.



Step 10. The tail of the strap wrapped around the tyre has a velcro underside to help hold the top hooks strap in place. Tuck any excess webbing beneath a tight spot to prevent flapping.


WARNING! Before driving, and frequently during your journey (particularly on rough roads and tracks), check that both straps are tight and the MAXTRAX are secure and cannot move.

Mounted correctly

For additional peace of mind and to protect your MAXTRAX from thieves, thread a bicycle lock through the centre handles of the MAXTRAX and the spokes of the spare wheel.

Bike lock

WARNING! Failure to closely follow and obey these instructions may lead to property damage and/or personal injury.