Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Encinitas, CA, USA
You probably COULD make it cheaper, if you were a machinist and had the equipment. The strap that holds the tire is about 5" wide, it's (I think) aluminum, nicely machined and about 5mm thick. The entire hold-down is first class, and extremely well made. Yes, it's a lot more than a ratchet strap, but you don't have to preload the shocks or the suspension, and I don't worry about rupturing a seal. It's only the tire that's held fast. When the Tyre-Down is secured, nothing moves. If someone can come along with a competitive product at a cheaper price, I'd love it. By the way, included in the $150 was a $50 shipping charge (from Australia). If you could find the thing from a local retailer I'm guessing you'd pay closer to (or maybe even less than) $100.