You Can Add AnchorTrax Almost Anywhere
The safety aspects of racing aren't always on the track. Getting your racer to and from the track safely is just as important as having a safe race car. And it's not just the car you need to transport safely. Various cargo items need to be secured safely in trucks and haulers to avoid injury or damage. A great new product we found can help in that department and it's quick and easy to install. It's called AnchorTrax and it comes from the folks at Mr. Gasket which has learned a thing or two in its 50-plus years of racing.

We installed AnchorTrax on a go-kart trailer and learned it could be used the same way for bigger race cars. AnchorTrax tow kits come complete with one-pair of 12-inch powdercoated T6 aluminum tracks, two heavy-duty backing anchors, two hooks and mounting screws. Those main tracks have countersunk holes for the fasteners so they don't get in the way of the hooks, giving you the most possibilities for positioning the hooks. Numbers wise, the units provide 3,000 pounds of break strength and 1,000 pounds of working load limit. The tracks can be mounted almost anywhere and are perfect for truck beds and trailers.

The go-kart trailer we used for this install was a simple, homemade model with a flat, diamond-plate surface. For the best possible combination of tie-down possibilities, we chose to mount four AnchorTrax tracks on the sides of the trailer. That would keep the trailer's entire flat surface clean and unobstructed for hauling other items. When mounting AnchorTrax, locate the best place for one of the 12-inch tracks and check the area thoroughly for proper clearance. Look behind the mounting surface as you'll need access for mounting the anchors. AnchorTrax comes with templates for both the backing plates and the tracks. Use them and make your installation easier.

Once you are sure the clearances are correct, mark the holes to drill. Before you drill, make sure there are no obstacles such a gas tank, fuel filter, or electrical lines in the way. When mounting the tracks onto a smooth or painted surface, a piece of masking tape reduces the chances of the drill 'walking' and ruining the paint. Double check your measurements and if you're sure about them, drill the two holes with a 9/32-inch bit. Remove all rough edges and any chips from the hole site. We painted the bare meal area around the new holes to avoid rusting.

The next step is to test fit the track, backing anchor plate, and mounting screws to see if there are any problems. Remember to not run the nuts all the way up the mounting screws as they are elastic lock nuts that should only be used once to be reliable. When you are happy with the fit, tighten them using a 5/32-inch Allen wrench, finally running the lock nuts all the way down. A dab of thread locker is a good idea if you plan on never taking the AnchorTrax off.

Once you have both fasteners locked in, you're ready to click in one of the heavy-duty anchor rings. We tested them and found them easy to move for adjusting the load locations and angles of the tie-down straps.

When not fully loaded, we keep the hooks in a box with the tie down straps so they won't rattle or be tempting to thieves. A cool option is putting additional hooks in your inventory in case you need more for securing a load. Additional AnchorTrax hooks are sold separately. Also sold separately are 6-foot lengths of the tracks. These would work great when laid into the surface or walls of a trailer or hauler. Remember, you also have to tie down things like tool boxes, pit carts, and other necessary track items.

We also installed a set on our pickup truck's bed and mounted them so they were just under the tonneau cover as not to rub against it. Most trucks have their tie-down hooks or holes in the corners of the bed if anything at all. On our truck, we find the hooks in those corners are small and difficult to get tie-down hooks into. And, odds are, you'll have to haul something oddly shaped, big or awkward that needs to be tied down so it and the truck won't get hurt.

About the time you break out the tie-down straps comes the fact that your cargo won't line up with the factory tie-down hooks or holes. Adding at least one pair of AnchorTrax makes life easier when hauling. Four or more of them would be even more useful if you really haul a bunch. Always remember to check any tie-down point for tightness every time you use them. Like we said, it's quick and easy and even looks good. Haul safe and haul smart.

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