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Old 01-07-2014, 06:49 AM
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Traction Bars or Spring Pack

I plan on getting a Mini Max tuner and I understand adding horsepower is not recommended on lifted trucks without first installing traction bars. As I have no experience with this I thought it best to discuss here.

I have a 6" Rough Country (RCX) lift. The rear lift is achieved through rather large lifting blocks shown here:





Through some research about axel warp, it appears this is exaggerated when adding horsepower while running larger lifting blocks. As a remedy traction bars are added.

My question is if you remove the lifting blocks and put a lifting leaf springs in its place do you still have the axle warp issues? Does either affect ride quality or articulation?

Cost is about the same. Around $1000 for the bars or spring packs.

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Your current springs will ride better than a replacement set of springs with no blocks. There is nothing wrong with running a set of blocks like you have. The only real issue I see is the bumpstops? Do you have any?

I would just buy the bolt on style OUO traction bars and call it a day. If you want to remedy your bumpstop issue, I would then get the traction block setup that has bumpstops and can even integrate an airbag setup. Then you will retain your factory ride and most likely improve it since your springs are not fighting the wrap all the time. The design of these bars allows your suspension to still work. The front mounted bushing allows for you to still articulate out the suspension. You will probably also see an improvement in your tranny shifting, no banging gears.

Then if you run the stock springs and traction bars, you can still tow.





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Thanks, great reply. I'll have to check on the bumpstop issue.

Looks like quite a bit of warp with blocks or springs. Either way you need the bars.
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I honestly think that some of the all spring setups are softer and are worse for axle wrap than a stock spring with a block on it. Everybody hates blocks but they have been on trucks since the beginning...
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