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how to set "pre-load" on traction bars
Ok........everythings cut out, welded up and paint is drying so tommorow morning the plates get welded to the axle and the others get bolted to the frame for my homemade traction bar project. Just FYI.... I did opt for the sch 80 thick wall pipe and all 1/2" plate brackets (doubles on back) with grade 8 3/4" hardware so I should be good.
My question prior to installing them is since I keep hearing that the adjustable links are what I needed to use so I could set the pre load on the bars. I assume I need the truck on a flat area (not in my steep driveway) prior to adjusting the bars so the rear end is in a relaxed state but how do I know how much tention or slack to have them in? Maybe just hook up the rear ends and bolt the fronts to the frame where ever they touch as long as both sides are set to the same legnth? I have the links threaded in half way on each end to allow for forward and back adjustment as needed.
Please let me know so I can wrap this up tommorow and (pardon the punn) and eliminate my axle wrap!