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Ladder Bar Length????

Ok guys and gals......I'm thinking about having a set of ladder bars made for the Dodge instead of buying a set. Tossing the idea around.

Is longer better? I know some guys have them real long, and some are '''standard''' kength. Which is better? The rear of the Dodge bounces like crazy in sand, mud, snow....anytime I gotta get on the go pedal hard.

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the ladder bar should be long enough that it ends up roughly parallel to your driveshaft for optimum desirable suspension movement

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the ladder bar should be long enough that it ends up roughly parallel to your driveshaft for optimum desirable suspension movement
With that being said....would that be to transfer case or to a carrier bearing?
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Mine are 60" from tube end to tube, plus heims. Mine follow the driveshaft angle. I have a 04 CC/SB GMC

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With that being said....would that be to transfer case or to a carrier bearing?
If you have a carrier bearing then that's where it would go to.

Better phrased as parallel to the section of the driveshaft that attaches to the differential.

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a "ladder bar", with 2 mounting points on axle should have a shackle on the frame mount. also, a ladder or "lift bar" should be shorter as it will be exerting the force upwards which would "lift" the the bed and apply downward force on the rear axle

a "traction bar", single axle mount and no shackle, should be longer. optimum mounting point for proper weight transfer would be at the balance point. the force from a "traction bar" is exerted forward onto the frame mount which "lifts" the front end and helps plant the rear.

you can make a "traction bar" shorter but it wont work as good. the same goes for making a ladder/"lift bar" longer.

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Allright....dammit guys, now ya'll got me all confused.........

The rear end of the Dodge jumps around like crazy when I get into snow, sand, mud....anything that makes me get on the go pedal....in 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive.....jumps around and shakes the whole dang truck.

Soooooo, what do I need?????




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Allright....dammit guys, now ya'll got me all confused.........

The rear end of the Dodge jumps around like crazy when I get into snow, sand, mud....anything that makes me get on the go pedal....in 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive.....jumps around and shakes the whole dang truck.

Soooooo, what do I need?????




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you can use either or.

when you do make them tho just make sure they are built properly.

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