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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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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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They are right against the brackets actually just looks pushed out the hanger is off of a 98 ram 1500 and fits perfect

00 Excursion 7.3 (1.0 Ex. hsng., 3.5" downpipe, Aero Muffler, Banks WG, Banks Comp. Wheel, AFE Stage 2 Air intake, HPX, IAH delete, DP- Tuner F6, Riffraff Boost Fooler, Melling Oil Pump), Fuel lab 41402 pump and regulator, fuel bowl delete, 910 Comp Springs/Shims, DI Pushrods, Swamps HVHF IDM, SRP 1.1 HPOP Dieselsite trans and coolant filter, 203* thermostat, Sonnax valve 0.427 and tricumulator springs, Lift, MM Hubs, 35's and 3.73s, 08 diff cover, Hellwig rr. bar
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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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.........hanger is off of a 98 ram 1500 and fits perfect
Did you get them from Ballistic too?
You had mentioned you got ALL THE PARTS from them.

Let me know, I'm about to tackle this project.
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this thread is over a year and a half old, maybe try to Pm the guy, chances are he's not going to look back at this thread

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No I got them from a local salvage yard.

00 Excursion 7.3 (1.0 Ex. hsng., 3.5" downpipe, Aero Muffler, Banks WG, Banks Comp. Wheel, AFE Stage 2 Air intake, HPX, IAH delete, DP- Tuner F6, Riffraff Boost Fooler, Melling Oil Pump), Fuel lab 41402 pump and regulator, fuel bowl delete, 910 Comp Springs/Shims, DI Pushrods, Swamps HVHF IDM, SRP 1.1 HPOP Dieselsite trans and coolant filter, 203* thermostat, Sonnax valve 0.427 and tricumulator springs, Lift, MM Hubs, 35's and 3.73s, 08 diff cover, Hellwig rr. bar
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