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Old 05-26-2013, 11:23 AM
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My DIY Traction Bars

After several nights of thinking about installing traction bars on my Excursion I opted to finally just fab some up and install them while I am changing the leaf spring bushings.

I went with .250 wall 2 o.d. dom tube.

I got the rest of the parts form ballisticfabrication which I must say is top notch in quality/ price!!!

It took me a couple of days on and off to get everything where I wanted it to. Finally I got it done (except for paint). I am impressed about how much better the ride feels. No binding, no more banging gears, and smoth ride quality (for a truck of course). I can't even feel the truck shift anymore even at wot.

So here are some pics feel free to comment.
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Old 05-26-2013, 12:08 PM
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i would loosen up the u bolts and suck the bottoms in


curious to see how your bars work with the 2 fixed mounts

is the front a modified OEM spring hanger ?
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i would loosen up the u bolts and suck the bottoms in


curious to see how your bars work with the 2 fixed mounts

is the front a modified OEM spring hanger ?


I definitely Agree... Those u-bolts should be 90 degrees from the ground.. You've got way to much of an angle there.
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:28 PM
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They are right against the brackets actually just looks pushed out the hanger is off of a 98 ram 1500 and fits perfect
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:49 PM
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I still say they are skewed ?
whats the silver can with all the bolts and nuts ??
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looks like some kind of muffler delete
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I swaped muffler from banks to an Aeroturbine muffler and had to get and adpater pipe to adapt the exhaust. The reason I did not weld them is because the back pipe of the exhaust is steel and the muffler is stainless.

On the other hand the u-bolts are as close to the bracket as you will get them (picture makes them look stick out) and they are centered (you can come up and check them i you would like). Have driven the truck almost 200 miles and checked the torque on the the u-bolts (no movement).

Traction bars are working awesome. No binding at all and I live in the coutry on gravel/ offroad road.

Last but not least, you should never loosen and retighten u-bolts, because you loose roughly 50% in clamping force at the same torque spec and stretch the bolt even farther, because these bolts are based on stretch not torque rating.
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