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Question Anydoby ever use front axle tractions bars?

I sometimes get the front axle hopping at the end of the pull and was thinking about making some traction bars for the front axle. Has anyone ever tried this? Did it work? I have an 04 crew cab superduty. I am in the process of making a weight rack for the front an the next pull will be the first time i use it. There will be about 240lbs hanging. Will this help with the hop by keeping the axle planted? Any input is appreciated. Thanks
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it won't stop it from doing that , been there tried it.
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I'm planning on building a set for my truck this winter. The first time I pulled my truck last year I broke the rear drive shaft because of spring wrap and wheel hop. rear traction bars improved that greatly. I figure the front suspention is built basicaly the same as the rear so its probably wrapping too. Even if it dosent cure all my hopping probblems it should help keep the drive line straing and keep it from getting in to much of a bind.

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try adjusting your tire pressures some. What do you run now??? I'd probably start by adding a little.
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i use front and rear traction bars on my 03 with a 6.5" lift

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I sometimes get the front axle hopping at the end of the pull and was thinking about making some traction bars for the front axle. Has anyone ever tried this? Did it work? I have an 04 crew cab superduty. I am in the process of making a weight rack for the front an the next pull will be the first time i use it. There will be about 240lbs hanging. Will this help with the hop by keeping the axle planted? Any input is appreciated. Thanks

What style hitch are you running? Straight out? Rise? My truck did this one time. You can either add some air to the front tire to make them grip less or put a taller hitch on the rear to make the rear bite more and take less strain off the front. I run air bags on the rear and ladder bars. Dear God, I seen a truck a twin to mine hop one time on the rear wheels and it broke all the brackets on the rear end and folded it straight down.. Took the shocks, driveshaft, you name it. I would def use ladder bars or traction bars on rear. Another good trick I learned to do on these 99-07 superduty's is if you dont' have airbags, make your own bump stop where the factory one is. Unbolt it and make a custom one that is longer and only lets the factory suspension compress one inch. You have to let it give some or the officials will notice lol.

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try adjusting your tire pressures some. What do you run now??? I'd probably start by adding a little.
I currently run 20lbs in the front and 50lbs in the rear with 35" swampers. I have tried more air pressure, but I dont get as much traction, therefore I dont pull as far.
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[QUOTE=fuzzys69]i use front and rear traction bars on my 03 with a 6.5" lift

[/QUCould you post some pics of them and how they mount to the front axle? Thanks
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What style hitch are you running? Straight out? Rise? My truck did this one time. You can either add some air to the front tire to make them grip less or put a taller hitch on the rear to make the rear bite more and take less strain off the front. I run air bags on the rear and ladder bars. Dear God, I seen a truck a twin to mine hop one time on the rear wheels and it broke all the brackets on the rear end and folded it straight down.. Took the shocks, driveshaft, you name it. I would def use ladder bars or traction bars on rear. Another good trick I learned to do on these 99-07 superduty's is if you dont' have airbags, make your own bump stop where the factory one is. Unbolt it and make a custom one that is longer and only lets the factory suspension compress one inch. You have to let it give some or the officials will notice lol.
I have a custom pulling hitch and the pintle ring is straight out. In my class, we can run axle stops, and mine are about three inches taller in the back than normal ride height.
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Has anyone tried strapping the front end on a 99-04 superduty with leaf springs? I read about a guy on here that strapped his 05 with positive results, but he had coil spring front end. I was just wondering if it had the same effect on leaf springs as it does on coil springs. Thanks
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