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I am making my own bars in the next week or so. What I am thinking of here is a basic common sense type logic. I have searched and searched and found nothing. The only reason I can think is the "cool factor" playing here. Everybody makes their bars to go on the bottom of the rear housing which really does no good. I will explain my theory.

When the bars are on the bottom, what you achieve is bar flex because it is fighting to push it forward and up. So essentially, it only slightly works. The idea is there but it can be much more effective the other way. What I am going to try is mounting the bars on the top portion of the axle tube. This in turn will be a pulling effect on the heim joints/bar set up and also make it more of a square set up. Now, I admire the cool factor of seeing bars hanging down on a lifted truck when pulling into a parking lot. Many people look and think...damn, thats a bad *** looking rig!!! But I feel the more effective method would be as I described with the sguare set up. Now, I am applying what I know from my drag cars and such. A leaf spring set up isnt going to articulate enough to cause any binding issues and it "should" work perfectly.

I am open to any and all criticism and really hope somebody chimes in on this.

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Another reason I am thinking of this is from my Mustang. It was an extremely high HP car. Has a 4 link type rear from the factory. All the stress was on the upper control arms. It would literally rip the torque boxes out of the car. At the same time, it would bend and flex the lower arms. Basically the same principal applies with the bottom mounted trac bars. I am sure a good bit of the members here are familiar with the mustang T boxes. There are many companies that make weld in re inforcements to remedy this. That logic strongly suggests that my method will work. The pulling effect with the torque that these diesels make is amazing. This should get the power to the ground and not cause any spring wind-up.
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Can a mod please move this to the suspension/steering section?
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If all goes well I will be dong this next weekend. Do the 6" lift first then make the bars.
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Im pretty sure the professional engineers mount the bars at the bottom because its on the opposite side of the axles pivot point when mounted under the leaf spring. There are several post on a few different forums explaining this.

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Check this thread out, lots of good info on building your own bars

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