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traction bar length, type of clutch?

We are building a 1996 7.3 3500 reg cab long bed manual tranny sled puller truck into a sled puller, hoping to get some advice on traction bar length, and what kind of clutch you guys are using that pull a lot. We are planning on about 500 hp. I know with dodge and chevy south bend clutches are popular, but was wondering if there were any better ones for fords, thanks guys, any suggestions appreciated

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On the traction bar issues, I would start from the axle and put them in the middle of the cab/door. You see a lot of guys who stop them about mid bed length, (between the axle and front of bed). After viewing this on many sled pulling trucks, I've seen them actually bending the fram over time. Thats just my 2 cents. I'm just telling you where I would mount them.
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thats about where we were thinking, Ive always heard and seen that for pulling they should be pretty long, and all the good trucks Ive seen pull have very long ones that go at least to the middle of the cab door.

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The angle of your traction bar should match that of your rear drive shaft. That should be the right geometry. You can't just make it any length you want, or copy the mounting on another truck. Every truck will be slightly different.

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^^^^I agree, do a search and theres a thread on here started by maintain with some pretty good info. South bend makes a good clutch

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same angle as your driveshaft... whatever length that ends up being.

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thanks for the info guys

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