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Hey everyone, first post on here after lurking for a few weeks. Haha

Not sure if it happens to anyone else, but do any of you guys have traction problems on your stock truck?

2008 f-250 6.4l, bone stock, ext cab, 8ft bed. Stock ride height and everything. I have noticed it getting on freeway on ramps or even just turning into a right lane from a stop. I don't have that bad of a lead foot. My tires are about 75% tread and its been real dry out here in the East Bay. Ca.

Should I look into traction bars? Maybe sand bag the bed like I had to on my old 72 GMC?? Haha

Eventually I will put a bit more power to the pavement, but I'm gonna drive stock for awhile.

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i didn't have traction problems until i tuned mine. The thing had power before but hard to remember how much now since I tuned it 1 month after I bought it.


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mine would constantly spin one rear tire before b/c the limited slip was shot...i ended up putting a new Detroit/Eaton Trutrac rear in it and now it really sticks to the ground and only spins both tires if i stomp on it. I'm sure you've already done it, but check your tire pressure. if it's too high it could be part of your issue.

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mine would constantly spin one rear tire before b/c the limited slip was shot...i ended up putting a new Detroit/Eaton Trutrac rear in it and now it really sticks to the ground and only spins both tires if i stomp on it. I'm sure you've already done it, but check your tire pressure. if it's too high it could be part of your issue.

How much did the Detroit/trutrac set you back if you don't mind me asking?



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Hey everyone, first post on here after lurking for a few weeks. Haha

Not sure if it happens to anyone else, but do any of you guys have traction problems on your stock truck?

2008 f-250 6.4l, bone stock, ext cab, 8ft bed. Stock ride height and everything. I have noticed it getting on freeway on ramps or even just turning into a right lane from a stop. I don't have that bad of a lead foot. My tires are about 75% tread and its been real dry out here in the East Bay. Ca.

Should I look into traction bars? Maybe sand bag the bed like I had to on my old 72 GMC?? Haha

Eventually I will put a bit more power to the pavement, but I'm gonna drive stock for awhile.

Thanks in advance everyone.


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Umm sorry? I figured it might help since it keeps the rear end some twisting around and help keep the wheels planted. I like how you just pointed out where I was wrong, and failed to maybe help with the problem.

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Umm sorry? I figured it might help since it keeps the rear end some twisting around and help keep the wheels planted. I like how you just pointed out where I was wrong, and failed to maybe help with the problem.

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well then you should have said that. generally the ones in the past who said that honestly thought it gave more traction.


roommates truck does that stock but is a 12 6.7. it really just depends on the tires you have. i know when for instance i ran bfg at, it did it all the time, then went to some cooper at3, had a harder time breaking them loose.

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well then you should have said that. generally the ones in the past who said that honestly thought it gave more traction.


roommates truck does that stock but is a 12 6.7. it really just depends on the tires you have. i know when for instance i ran bfg at, it did it all the time, then went to some cooper at3, had a harder time breaking them loose.
I am running some Hurcules tires, they are in the middle between at and highway tires. I want to get some Toyo a/t's but I think my 1200 bucks would be well spent elsewhere since my tires are in good shape.
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I had the liberty to drive one of the 08s when they first came out. I never did a boosted launch, but if I rolled into it heavy throttle as I was driving down the road(35-45 mph), it would haze the back tires and stripe the pavement. this is a brand new truck, right off the dealer lot, bfg tires. I thought it was crazy/great! I was really impressed it would do that. btw, it was summer time, about 80 or so when it was happening. guess some just had it like that.

traction bars prevent axle wrap and wheel hop. they help plant more power to the ground, but do not help with traction issues.

I would say go with a little bit lighter right foot, check pressure in rear tires.

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