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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-06-2007, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Ladder/Traction Bars

Anyone built there own ladder bars? I'd kind of like to put some on my truck, I've got the equipment and know-how to do it, I'm just not sure if there more to it than just connecting a bar to the axle and frame.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-06-2007, 03:59 PM
 
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Friend of mine makes them for Excursions I could hook you up with him to see if he has plans available for the SD.

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i need some info for a stock height truck. does this affect the ride quality?
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Re: Ladder/Traction Bars

does this affect the ride quality?


Yep, and if you tow it affects (at least the IME) miserably. Make sure you can easily remove them.

I will try and take a pic of the homemade set on a buddy's truck.

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Friend of mine makes them for Excursions I could hook you up with him to see if he has plans available for the SD.

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PM sent to ya Joe,the Radius Rods will change the handling behavior of the Excursion many times over
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Re: Ladder/Traction Bars

If you make a set, make sure it has a shackle in the front mounting point, so that it can freely pivot and move forward and backward as you load the suspension. Fabtech's are a good example. They have that, and also in the rear, they have a bracket that CLAMPS over the axle tube, and the bar is mounted at the top AND bottom. You want something that has a bottom and top location that connects to each other on the bar. Get what i mean? Just one bar at the bottom will "help" control spring wrap, however a ladder style setup will stop the spring wrap. If you have one bar on the bottom, the axle is still allowed to pivot up (enough to give you mild wheel hop) because there is no top link preventing the axle from pivoting at all.

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Re: Ladder/Traction Bars

correct me if im rong, but it seems like the shackle would defeat the purpose?
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Re: Ladder/Traction Bars

A properly made setup that has the dual mounting at the axle (top and bottom) will work with a shackle. The shackle will limit axle wrap while not binding the suspension during travel. It may still allow the axle to wrap a tiny bit.


A fixed style, single tube bar will avoid axle wrap.....but can bind the suspension.


The key with a single tube setup is to design the bars so that their arc of movement is similar to the arc in which the rear springs travel.
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Re: Ladder/Traction Bars

I just built a set for my truck. One bar on each side made of 1 3/4" DOM tubing, 52" long, with 2" heim joints, 1" thread. I have some pics I will try and post tomorrow. I just made brackets to weld to the axle and frame. With the joints I have on my truck, they have 30 Degrees of travel in every direction and with a spacer on each side you can get a lot more than that. My truck only has a 2.5" lift also.

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