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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-24-2009, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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I know there has been a million threads on here about these. This is a simple yes or no answer. I have been loking at alot of traction bars. My questions are Does the traction bars need to be the same angle as the drive shaft? And the traction bars come off the axle tube then to the frame where they mount to the frame. The location needs to be in line with the U-joints right?

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no and no people will argue it but they are people who have never built any before. i have personally built and installed 5 sets of traction bars and those two are not needed. If you want pm me and i can help ya out

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mine dont run the same as the shaft and they work just fine. here are some pics



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for these trucks...nope

the only time i think its needed is when building bars for an offroad vehicle that is gonna articulate alot, but for a set of bars for a street or pulling truck to keep the rear axle from twisting...its not needed.
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like said above, no and no.

mine still flex too.







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Couple pics of our new bolt on brackets.
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You just sell the brackets or do you sell the bars to? PM me on a price for brackets

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lets see more pics of where those brackets mount.

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My question is and I know it has been asked alot. How or what do you do to find the length that you need for your truck?? I have a standard cab 8' bed. I have seen alot of guys on here with extended cabs with 6' beds and varios others to. Somebody has to know if there is some kinda formula or some way of figuring this out. This info. should be put up as a sticky or in the mods. Just my opinion though.

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Generally speaking the longer the better, the longer they are the more flex your suspension will still be able to have, you dont wanna go super long though, they are easier to bend. MIne are 78" FYI, the length of the bar and how they mount will dictate on how they relate to the angle of the drive shaft, obviously as stated earlier, it doesnt have to be perfect, but i think the closer the better.

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