TruckClaws Require 2.5 Inches or 6.4 Centimeters of wheel Clearance to operate. Additionally if there is a brake caliper behind the wheel there must be clearance to thread the strap. Almost all vehicles meet this requirement but there are exceptions. You can either measure your wheel clearance prior to purchase, or buy a set and test them out. We offer a 30 Day return policy in the event TruckClaws do not fit your vehicle. If you are unsure if you have enough clearance we advise measuring your clearance and going slow when you test them out. Remember to follow the installation directions included with your kit. Never install TruckClaws II on wheels with plastic rims or hubcaps, remove them first.
TruckClaws require an opening in your rim to insert the strap. If you only have small holes in your rims the strap can be curled to thread it through the wheel. Do not install the TruckClaws Strap over or next too the tire’s air valve stem. In some rare cases there is only one hole in the rim which happens to be where the air valve stem is also. In this scenario please contact us first to try and fabricate a custom solution for your vehicle.
TruckClaws II Recommended Single Kit Install: 4 Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive Vehicles
A single TruckClaws II kit comes with everything you need to install on both your left and right drive wheels. We recommend installing on the rear wheels so you are able to turn your steering wheel during vehicle recovery, without having to worry about the reduction in clearance caused by this action.
TruckClaws II Recommended Single Kit Install: Front Wheel Drive Vehicles
A single TruckClaws II kit comes with everything you need to install on both your left and right front drive wheels. While we always recommend installing on the rear wheels so you are able to turn your steering wheel during vehicle recovery, with a front wheel drive vehicle this is not an option. TruckClaws II can still be used to recover your vehicle but you must use caution. During use of the TruckClaws II traction device, you must keep your wheel straight in order to maintain the required 2.5 inches of wheel clearance.
If your truck is lifted and there is a very large amount of clearance this caution may not be applicable to your vehicle, but doing so will be at your own risk. TruckClaws are emergency traction aid devices designed to be removed immediately after use. TruckClaws will not be responsible for any damage to your fender or anywhere on the vehicle so please heed this warning, follow the installation instructions closely, and go slow and test them out on first use.
TruckClaws II Recommended Two Kit Installation: 4 Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive Vehicles
If you purchase two TruckClaws II kits you will have 4 traction aid devices. When installing on both 4 wheel drive and rear wheel drive vehicles we recommend installing both kits on the rear wheel drive tires in roughly the 9 O’clock and 2 O’clock position as pictured below. Having two claws installed on each of the rear wheels will increase traction as you will grab twice as often per rotation. We recommend installing on the rear wheels so you are able to turn your steering wheel during vehicle recovery, without having to worry about the reduction in clearance caused by this action.