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Traction Bars < or = 37's

I would prefer something that didn't reduce ground clearance.

What are you running or seen that works?

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One Up Offroad but most don't want to spend that much. It is worth it in my opinion.

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You will get some axle wrap with a heavy trailer, I can feel it when towing my gooseneck with some heavy equipment. My Deavers will wrap enough to make the tires rub the front of the rear fender well if I give it too much throttle on aceleration.
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I use traction bars made by Flight Fabrications and really like them. They are a bit expensive but they are top notch quality with hiem joins on front and rear mounting locations.
Bryan (Tuscany) also runs them.. last time I heard from him, he was really pleased also.

if you are wanting something that does not interfere with ground clearance...




I know the owner of Darkhorse Diesel ( Josh aka DieselJosh ) has a guy at his shop who runs these on his 6.4l. I had a short conversation with Josh about them a couple months back and he did not have anything negative to say about the caltracs that I recall

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I wish I still had that video on youtube of someone violently hopping running caltracs. They also make noise too... I would never put those on my truck.

They also do not do anything for you in reverse, say if you were backing up a trailer.

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I wish I still had that video on youtube of someone violently hopping running caltracs. They also make noise too... I would never put those on my truck.

They also do not do anything for you in reverse, say if you were backing up a trailer.
^^ there ya go then... I have no personal experience with them. I just know that if ground clearance is an issue.. the caltracs are an option to get around it.

here is my set up...





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I assure you I would have those beaten into Spaghetti with the mild rocks i have to traverse getting to the Cabin.

I spoke with the Caltracs guys but didn't ask about potential noise from the aluminum front spring bushing.

That is almost enough to go with something else, pressing out bushings and pressing in others is a PIA I don't need.

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How come no one seems to manufacture traction bars that actually sit over top of the rear springs vs under them?

Thats how they were setup when I had my ranger, from James Duff. I know it isn't the same power the diesels are putting down but I never see anyone using that design for the diesel trucks.

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It would be very difficult to build a set of bars that worked properly above the leaf spring and the axle. People already hate how much a good set costs.

The traction bars I had on my truck did not hang down below the axle or the shock mounts. You just got to pay attention to where you drive and not get hung up on rocks or stumps. I have some friends that have some series wheeling rigs that have link arms that hang down just like traction bars and they don't have any issues. Then if you happen to bend or break one, you call up OUO and tell them what you did. I don't know if he would send you one for free but you just unbolt it and bolt in another one.

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How come no one seems to manufacture traction bars that actually sit over top of the rear springs vs under them?

Thats how they were setup when I had my ranger, from James Duff. I know it isn't the same power the diesels are putting down but I never see anyone using that design for the diesel trucks.
Rough Country makes a traction bar that goes on top of the leafs, but it's in direct interference with the stops for the overload springs. I bought Pro Comp because they mounted at the axle centerline. If you're not lifted, the bars that mount to the blacks may not work for you.

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6" Rear Blocks, so we're good there....

I'm pretty sure I'd give up the blocks for an integrated block and bar solution.

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