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Traction bars...

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by morphed86k10, Jul 10, 2001.

  1. morphed86k10

    morphed86k10 1/2 ton status

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    Just got back from wheeling in some sand, and am here to say that half ton springs with a 2'' block can't hold a 14bff from hopping all over the damn place. It was ten times worse than the old ten bolt!! Anyways, I'm going to get some lift springs to eliminate the blocks, but to totally cure axle wrap I'd like to put some traction bars on.
    Who runs traction bars, what type, how much were they, did they limit suspension travel or affect the ride?
    Any input on them would be appreciated!!
     
  2. Pugsley

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    I used to run a set of homemade traction bars, and they really helped out with the axle wrap, but they also limited articulation quite a bit. The design I used was similar to the L&L ladder bars, but really didn't offer the kind of geometry I would like, due to the solid mounting to the axlehousing. I eventually plan on trying the Rancho "torque arms" and seeing how they work.

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  3. Twiz

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    Insted of running Traction bars, you might be able to reposition the shocks to help "cushion" the impact from the gain and sudden loss of traction. For example; The '67 camaros had a problem with wheel hop- both shocks where located behind the rear axle and on the same plane. In '68 G.M. staggerd the shocks and relocated one shock infront of the axle houseing. The change helped with the wheel hop problem, but did not eliminate it alltogather.

    On G.M. trucks the shocks are staggerd, but when it is lifted, the angle of the shocks is changed (more vertical) and no longer have the leverage to help cushion and cntrol wheel hop. If you change the shock location to regain the angle and leverage it might help with the wheel hop problem. It probably won't eliminate it, but it might calm it down enuff. And as a bonus, If done correctly, there would be no loss of articulation.

    Just another aproch. Maybe stir up some thoughts and ideas.

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  4. morphed86k10

    morphed86k10 1/2 ton status

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    Hmm, I never thought of that, although it does make sense.

    What are the pro's and con's of the othey types of traction aides, like kicker shocks, the type of bars that bolt below the spring pack to the frame (Ibelive Rancho makes both of these) and ladder bars?
     
  5. Emmettology 101

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    Go to <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.samsoffroad.com>http://www.samsoffroad.com</A> He has a nice traction bar that flexs with articulation but still puts the traction to the ground..

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  6. ScoobyDann

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    gonna do a traction bar for my setup, just don't know when. i have it, just need to weld it in. it works for the guy who built it. try to picture this....one end goes to the last u-bolt on the end and it cris crosses the driveshaft and connects to the back side of the front (rear) hanger. i'll have pics as soon as i get it but for now checks this out

    i also have a 10 bolt and im swapping a 14ff
    http://community.webshots.com/user/scoobydann
     

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