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combating axle wrap :(

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by fad2blk99, May 23, 2001.

  1. fad2blk99

    fad2blk99 1/2 ton status

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    I did the do-it-yourself shackle flip (ORDs 4" flip kit is on the way), and now I'm getting a lot of axle wrap. I still have the old stock rear springs installed. Any suggestions (short of getting new rear springs) for combating this? Anyone else with the 4" shackle flip having this problem? Thanks for the help! -Tommy
     
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    You could buy or make some traction bars, connect them to the frame and then bolt to the bottom of the spring pack.

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    know who makes some for my '88? What do they cost? Any draw backs to having traction bars? Thanks for the input. -Tommy
     
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    Rancho used to make a set of traction bars for Chevys, they were tubular with heim joints. Check with Summit racing maybe they have a listing for them still because they carry Rancho stuff.

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    I would assume somehow they would limit extreme travel. In any case, if you are a serious off roader, get beefier springs, and keep the shock setup the way it is...one on either side of the axle. (GM learned this in the 60's BTW) If you are having problems on the street, take it easy. Leaf springed vehicles are inherently defective in this respect, and these trucks were never designed to be street machines.

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    I don't know what they'd do to your articulation (or if that's even important to you...), but JC Whitney has rear traction bars for 73-87 Chevys. They're like $70 or so.

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    If you have the ORD kit on the way I would wait and see what happens when you get it installed. If that does not fix it then I would look into traction bars.

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