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LADDER BARS which ones do you all like??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by K5MONSTERCHEV, Mar 31, 2003.

  1. K5MONSTERCHEV

    K5MONSTERCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    Ok time for some ladder bars. Of those of you who run them, what brand do you like? Whats the ups and down of each? I am thinking of the L&L lader bars.
     
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    K5MONSTERCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    Also what about the Superlift traction bars?
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I'm not big on traditional ladder bars because they kill ground clearance and cause suspension bind.

    I run the A-tron anti-wrap bar. Click A-tron's banner ad and follow the links, the pic's are of the one on my truck/forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Rene
     
  4. K5MONSTERCHEV

    K5MONSTERCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    Ground clearance isn't really a big isue with me. Waht do you mean by suspension bind??
     
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    Since the ladder bar attaches rigidly to the frame and the top and bottom of the axle, as the axle moves up and down, the bar tries to push and pull the axle. While the leaf spring is trying to let the axle move up and down. Thus creating bind. Also when the rear axle is articulating, the ladder bars don't like to twist too much... I myself am not a fan either due to the fact that they just kill ground clearance and there are many better ways of wrap control out there.

    Ladder bars from hell:

    [​IMG]
     
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    [ QUOTE ]


    Ladder bars from hell:

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    [/ QUOTE ] I think a lot more than the ladder bars are from hell!! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Hehe, yeah, I saw that pick earlier last night and new it fitted well into this post /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif. That truck has a major case of the I'm lifted 17" and still have less ground clearance than stock syndrome /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    POSER /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    Ok i understand you guys dont really like ladder bars.
    Is there anyone out there who does?
    Im not really concerned about ground clearance. About the
    suspension bind, does it happen all the time, like for every little bump and
    can you feel it throughout the whole vehicle?
     
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    I think they are refering to suspension bind when flexing the suspension, as in off road.
     
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    why are you interested in laddar bars?
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    I've always liked the ones that were on the ORD truck (I think they're off now), simple and functional.
     
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    yeah, them ORD ones did look pretty good and they seemed to work a-ok. I remember steve said they planned on modifying them slightly and sellin em but I havent seen any info on that since. A-trons are undoubtably great, but not all of us are rich. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

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    This is what you need. Well thats the basic idea, Sam's offroad also sells the same basic thing. Works great and has little effect on flex or ground clearance.
     
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    Ahh so the bind doesnt happen while driving around, ok now it all makes sense. The A tron setup is nice, but yeah im not rich eithr.
     
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    Im not a latter bar expert but… I would prefer custom TRACTION bars with hime joints(at lest on one end) I also like how the off road design people did there’s on the blazer(bent) so it doesn’t cut down on clearance as much /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Some come with hemi joints, others, such as fabritech have bushings.
     
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    Heims will wear rather quicly on a daily driver rig... Especially if used on both ends of the system.

    They bind when your suspension does something like my truck in the pic to the left
    <----

    As someone else asked already, why do you want ladder bars?
     
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    Ok well then ground clearance and suspension bind isnt that big of a deal to me, if it is i could just take them off.
     

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