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Old 08-06-2017, 09:40 PM   #1
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Traction bar vs ladder bar

Just wondering what your guys opinion is on a traction bar vs a ladder bar style setup? The truck it is going on is strictly for sled pulling. The set up i have right now is just a traction bar setup and the bars are 60" long and .500 wall, they are working fine for me right now, but im just curious on what you guys prefer.
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Old 08-06-2017, 10:55 PM   #2
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Do the rules allow it? IMO a true ladder bar is pointless with leaf springs.
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Do the rules allow it? IMO a true ladder bar is pointless with leaf springs.
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The rules allow anything really. I just don't.know if it pays to use a ladder bar style with a shackle or anything because we only have 1" of suspension travel to play with.
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Because the leaf springs are doing half the job a ladder bar should be doing. The only benefit is not having to fab a panhard bar.

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The rules allow anything really. I just don't.know if it pays to use a ladder bar style with a shackle or anything because we only have 1" of suspension travel to play with.
If it has a shackle it's not a ladder bar, just a triangulated axle wrap bar. Which you might benefit from if you're bending the current set.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:30 AM   #6
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If it has a shackle it's not a ladder bar, just a triangulated axle wrap bar. Which you might benefit from if you're bending the current set.
I usually call 'floating ladder bars' personally, but I think this is typically your best bet. No binding, controls axle wrap/pinion angle, and lets the leafs perform how they were meant to.
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Old 08-07-2017, 01:13 PM   #7
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So you guys would say that a traction bar style with a shackle may work better then just a single bar that I'm running right now? Even though we only have 1" of suspension travel?
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:29 PM   #8
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We use square tubing ran from the rear end up to approximately the front of the door & weld to the frame with square tubing up & down to gusset the frame to prevent flex.Most chassis are done like this on 3.0 diesel trucks.
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