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4WDing and Recovery Gear

Even though we’re more than just 4WD’s at Johnson’s 4WD Repair Shop and love all makes and models, a large part of our role in providing support to our customers is giving advice on recovery gear. We frequently hear from our customers about their experiences assisting other avid 4WDers as well as tales of being helped themselves. As we all know, there are times when we just can’t get moving alone.

It’s always a good idea to 4WD in groups, or at least with another capable vehicle. A capable vehicle isn’t necessarily one which has 35” tyres and the best winch on the market. A capable vehicle is one that has good recovery equipment on board, especially if this gear can get a lone 4WDer out of a tricky spot.

Most manufacturers of 4WD recovery equipment put together starter packs and full recovery kits. A starter kit is very handy to have, especially if you are just starting your 4WDing journey and aren’t quite sure where this road will take you. Once you become more adventurous, we recommend a full recovery kit as an essential part of your 4WDing tool kit. Having this on board is as critical as a spare tyre.

The VRS Full Recovery Kit we keep in stock at Johnson’s 4WD Repair Shop consists of the following:

1 x 8t Snatch Strap

2 x 3.25t Bow Shackles

1 x 4.75t Bow Shackle

1 x Recovery Gloves

1 x 8t Tree Protector

1 x 20m Winch extension strap

1 x 8t Snatch Block

1 x Winch Cable Dampener

All packaged into a tough recovery bag.

VRS gear is designed in Australia and tested to the highest standards for strength and reliability and is suitable for recreational and competition use.

In addition to a full recovery kit, recovery tracks will help you out of a deep spot by providing the traction that you need to get your tyres moving you forward and as an added bonus, they can be used as shovel! 

Hi Lift Jacks 

When correctly used and with the right attachments, a Hi Lift Jack can be a life saver. Some of the attachments you may see are for a bumper or wheel attachment, as well as a base that will give you an extended footprint. Caution should be used every time you use your Hi Lift Jack and it is critical to read the user manual as well has have some practice runs in your driveway or garage a few times before you head off on a trip. Incorrect use of this item can result in serious injury.

Recovery points

When your vehicle is released from the factory, it will have tie down points. It is essential to understand that these are not rated recovery points and should not be used to recovery vehicles in a snatch situation.

If there is one thing you take away from this article, please note that a snatch strap hooked around your towball is not a recovery point and not safe. At a minimum, if you do not have a rated recovery hitch that fits into your towbar, remove your towbar tongue and place the snatch strap through the pin. A rated recovery hitch ranges between $50 and $70 and is really the best way to recovery from the back of your vehicle.

Rated recovery points installed in the front of your vehicle are best practice to use instead of the original tie down points. Become familiar with these aspects of your vehicle to ensure your safety as well as the safety of those with you, plus prevent unnecessary damage to your vehicle. 


There are a lot of winches on the market and deciding what is going to suit your needs is more than just looking at the cost component.

When you research a winch, you will come across a wide price range and varying quality levels. Each have their advantages and special features and its critical to understand what you’re looking for in a winch and what your budget is before deciding. Seeking out experienced advice on the right product to suit your needs is essential. If you’re in the market for a winch and need some help, drop in or call Johnson’s 4WD Repair Shop. An extensive range is available and can be custom ordered to ensure you get exactly what you want and need.


If you are planning on using your 4WD for its intended use (off road 4WDing), I would highly recommend talking with someone who understands 4WD tyres and has the experience to back up their recommendations. Not all 4WD tyres are equal as there are different tread patterns required for different terrain and needs. The type of tyre you need will vary depending on if you’ll be towing, just cruising or extreme 4WDing.

With 5 years dedicated specifically in the wheel and tyre industry, Nathan at Johnson’s 4WD Repair Shop is more than happy to help you determine what tyre is going to suit your needs. 


Getting the suspension right in your vehicle is worth discussing with a trusted mechanic to ensure you get exactly what is going to your needs and adventure plans. The options and price range for suspension varies as with everything else and is heavily dependent on what you’ll be using your vehicle for. The suspension set up recommended will be different depending on what your goals are, what you’ll be doing in your vehicle, what your budget is and how you want the performance to be.

At the same time as assessing your suspension needs, there may be a possibility that adding a lift is required as well to ensure better ground clearance and approach / departure angles. It is paramount to ensure that a lift complies with legal obligations and an experienced mechanic will act in accordance with the compulsion to ensure you’re not at risk of breaching what is allowed and provide you with accurate and relevant information to make an informed decision. 


Regular and thorough servicing and safety inspections of your 4WD will ensure that if any issue raises its head or looks to become a problem in the future, you can be as prepared as possible and have the repair completed proactively and cost effectively. Maintenance routines are very important not only to keep your vehicle in reliable condition, but also to keep your safety and that of your family and friends a priority.

There is a lot of information available to support your research in what and how to use the tools available, as well as equip you with the exposure and potential skills required to tackle any terrain. If you’re in Rockhampton or the Central QLD region and need help, advice or products and services, please don’t hesitate to call, drop in, message or book online with Johnson’s 4WD Repair Shop.