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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-20-2006, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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Is anyone running a set up like thishttp://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/S...searchbtn.y=11
I plan on doing some sled pulling and am getting readey to install a set of stage 2 injectors and a wildman chip, so my suspension is going to need all the help it can get. I thought about makeing my own and beefing them up real good. I like the idea of the bar being above the spring where it is hidden but I guess if I have to go with a lader bar set up thats what I'll do.

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Not sure if those will be strong enough. I've seen those break on toyota's rock crawling and sled pulling with a powerstroke would probably push them beyond their limit.

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I would not trust those with the power you will be putting out. Off Road Unlimited said they would make me a custom set when I go big in my truck. They will cost more than the ones you mentioned, but I wonder how much torque theJC's will really handle???
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I am not sure how those would do any good. It would almost give a rotation point for the axle to swing around. If you are going to only locate w/ one bar you want it below the axle to control the wrap and wind up.

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It doesn't matter if the bar is above or below the axle as long as it triangulates from the front bushing to the bottom of the leaf spring where the axle attaches and some other point. In this case a point above the axle. They do work but I wouldn't use them for this application. I had them on my '83 and my '94 Rangers. On the '83 if I side stepped the clutch with my foot to the floor it would warp so bad that it would bind the U joint and I actually bent a drive line from doing it. It fixed that problem. Didn't really notice a difference in every day driving though. When I got my '94 I put them on it and with the greater power of the 4.0L V6 vs the 2.8L V6 in the '83 I noticed a big difference in take off. Felt like when I let the clutch out it just went where before it felt like it loaded the suspension then took off. Didn't really notice it until I put them on and then you could tell a big difference. But that was on a 160 hp small truck that made about 225 ft/lbs of torque not on a big heavy truck that you're putting a big load on. For what you want IMHO the only way to go is with a ladder bar with two mounting points on the rear axle and a shackle on the front end of the bar where it attaches to the frame. That wont allow for any axle wrap at all what so ever!

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Thanks for the input I was mainly interested in them because of the fact That they would be hidden and I trying to keep my pickup looking stock. Maybe I try and make a set of ladder bars that can come on and off easily so I can bolt them on when I'm pulling and take them off when I'm on the street.

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The concept of those bars isn't bad, it's just that they are nowhere near beefy enough for the kind of torque these trucks are putting out. You may be able to fab something similar, or fab a ladder bar that is tucked up rather than hanging down. I think part of the reason you see those ladder bars hanging down is because it makes sells to the guys that want the bling as well as the guys that actually use them.

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