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how do traction bars work?

how do traction bars work? and do they really make a big difference?

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They prevent your pinion angle from changing, axle wrap it's called.

They make a huge difference.

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They transfer weight to the rear tires. They do work great. Do you really need them though? They become more necessary when more power is added. Like a lot more...

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Yea, you do it in response to a problem (or you're a poser )

If you found your trucks suspension couldn't put the "bite" of the Tire/HP combination to the ground without causing the Leaf Springs trying to wind-up and causing Huge issues, then maybe...

For most it's like a Wing though
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My truck needs then and I'm hoping my old girl still has 200hp in her.

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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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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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Yeah it's certainly not a "poser" thing the all spring lift vs traction block video shows that. Even if you aren't getting hop, anything over a 35" tire and 4" lift you ARE getting axle wrap, and you ARE putting extra unneeded stress on your springs.

IMO, the best system is an all spring lift, with a proper traction bar setup, you get a nice stable ride, no wrap, and everything just works nice and smooth. To me, seeing a thought out, no block system is much more impressive than big blocks and big traction bars.

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I have a spring lift out back with traction bars. The traction bars made a BIG difference. However, if I had to do it again, I'd keep the factory springs (better ride, better articulation) and use a one piece, 6" block that has the ladder bar mounts.

A traction bar has 2 mounting points, a ladder bar has 3.

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