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Flex vs. traction bars

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by fr8train, Feb 25, 2001.

  1. fr8train

    fr8train 1/2 ton status

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    If I install traction bars how much will this affect flex. I am not an avid rock crawler more sand, dirt/mud, & snow.

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    i wouldnt worry of you are not doing any major rockcrawling. RESPECT MY ATHAURITAY!

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    Thanks man.

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    <font color=blue>You can make traction bars that will not eliminate flex. Get some weld-on brakets and some heim joints from a circle track suply store, then some DOM tubing. Attatch the links from the axle to the frame, and they will eliminate axle wrap. Heim joints will allow the trac bars to twist so flex wont be effected.</font color=blue>

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    Or, make a torque arm type of traction bar, which is basically a normal traction bar, connected to the axle in the normal way. The difference is that it connects to the frame through a second link, which has a joint at both ends. It should be set up so that this link is straight up and down when the vehicle is level and at rest.

    This prevents twisting of the axle tube, but allows it to travel through a large range of motion.

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