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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-05-2008, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Are traction bars, or ladder bars better?

I need to install something on my truck to keep it from twisting the axle. I've heard that ladder bars are better, because they lock the pinion in place. I've also heard that a single set of traction bars under the axle is better, and that they use the spring as a sort of four link setup.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-05-2008, 11:26 PM
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Re: Are traction bars, or ladder bars better?

Ladder or traction bars..........Essentially the same thing

THat being said, If your gonan make em then do one bar to the bottom of the axle housing and one to the top, join em at the frame mount.........

Much more effective then a single bar

If your gonna buy them, I know that Fabtech makes a nice set of floating bars

Im not to up with the floating bars, dunno what the plus is over fixed

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Re: Are traction bars, or ladder bars better?

Here check this out

https://powerstrokenation.com/forums/...ead.php?t=7180

pontiacross has a very clever way of mounting them, requires no welding to the axle housing

The ones Im fabbing for my truck are gonna use the same setup

Also check out urbanwheelers, BTW urban some of the nicest welds Ive seen !

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S475 on Irates mount
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599.3 on BDs dyno

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-06-2008, 02:27 AM
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Re: Are traction bars, or ladder bars better?

I know for the price i would go traction bars. You should take a look at Jesse's track bars at farmboyfabrications.com. I know a lot of people are running them and like them.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-06-2008, 02:44 AM
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Re: Are traction bars, or ladder bars better?

Bean is in the process of making some to sell, I have a set on my truck now. Maybe he or I can post some pics soon.

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Re: Are traction bars, or ladder bars better?

Here are a couple pictures of the BDP ladder bars.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-01-2008, 01:32 AM
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Re: Are traction bars, or ladder bars better?

just saw this, thanks dieselboy. i would go with ladder bars, i had quite a few guys interested and had trouble with the water cutter here in town. i have found another source for bracket cutting, but i am looking into a way to build a mount that requires no welding and still be a full ladder bar. if you are looking for ideas i have pics in my webshots.

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