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Old 01-03-2013, 08:35 AM   eBay Motors  #11 (permalink)
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Why don't trucks come stock with traction bars? What's the purpose of axel wrap? Rather than having straight driveshaft?


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they do make the ride a little stiffer, from what i understand. and there is not purpose for axle wrap lol its bad. its more of a problem on lifted trucks with blocks and under power the axle "wraps" and puts alot of bind on everything. the bars prevent wrap, but with the side effect of a little stiffer ride, rattling and a little more weight
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:44 AM   eBay Motors  #12 (permalink)
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I hope you can got to these pics
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:25 AM   eBay Motors  #13 (permalink)
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First off you need actual jam nuts on there, not some 1/8th" threaded piece of plate. Second off you need jam nuts on both ends. Thats your problem, get some actual jam nuts on there and it wont loosen up on you.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:32 AM   eBay Motors  #14 (permalink)
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What he said. That is your problem
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:36 AM   eBay Motors  #15 (permalink)
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Ok so tighten them togather and put some good jam nuts on and i should be good to go. thanks alot guys
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:37 AM   eBay Motors  #16 (permalink)
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I have a set that I attached to the top of the axle. 05 crew cab Dmax. I have not noticed much in the way of a stiffer ride. But there is a world of difference in loose gravel, sand and wash board roads when running unloaded and with no trailer. My truck has no lift (stock suspension) and is used only to tow a 12,000 5th wheel.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:48 AM   eBay Motors  #17 (permalink)
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I have a set that I attached to the top of the axle. 05 crew cab Dmax. I have not noticed much in the way of a stiffer ride. But there is a world of difference in loose gravel, sand and wash board roads when running unloaded and with no trailer. My truck has no lift (stock suspension) and is used only to tow a 12,000 5th wheel.
If you can, post a pic of them.

Does it help with ground clearance (off-road)?
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:44 PM   eBay Motors  #18 (permalink)
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If you can, post a pic of them.

Does it help with ground clearance (off-road)?
Sorry I can not find a picture. I am in Arizona for the winter and did not bring my truck and trailer down this year.
But i have a post on Diesel Place Top mount trac bars?? - Diesel Place : Chevrolet and GMC Diesel Truck Forumsthat shows the bar I am using and another I would do if I was to do it again. As for ground clearance everything is above the axle. Look at post #1 that is the bar I have. I am still trying to remember where I got the bars. I did make a major modification. If you notice the pivot point is at the axle. I broke the bar a couple times. I turned the bar 180 so the pivot point is at the spring hanger where it should be. I cut a section of square tubing for the bracket at the spring hanger. Had to add a heavy angle at the axle. If I were to do it again with above axle I would do what is shown in post #10.
If you are into serious pulling I agree the below axle is the way to go. But for my everyday use and only pulling a 5th wheel trailer my system works good.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:11 PM   eBay Motors  #19 (permalink)
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I had those bars on my 77 chevy least to say i cracked my leaf spring hanger and they didnt do shit
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Ya I'm not really seeing how the top mounted bars help at all
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