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Old 02-23-2010, 03:24 PM
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didnt those brake or is that your new design
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The welds did break down on the axle side, from it preventing the wrap... that and I was hard on the traction bar to really test it.

I have since re welded all 3 joints where the nut is at the end of the tube. I ground them down too much last time and didn't leave much weld reinforcement, that's why they broke.

But since I've corrected that, I still beat pretty hard on it and it more than takes what I dish out to it. Plus, my u-joints love it lol

Here's what I mean,

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Old 02-23-2010, 06:23 PM
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where can you get rear traction bars?
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:33 PM
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where can you get rear traction bars?
James Duff traction bars:

http://www.jamesduff.com/broncoII/tracbar.html
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Old 02-23-2010, 09:26 PM
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James duff is the only company that makes bolt ons for the ranger. Otherwise it's all custom like mine.

Shane will tell you though, his Duff doesn't compare to my traction bar...
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Old 02-24-2010, 05:50 AM
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so would the long link traction bars from james duff work on an 06 ranger or would that take some modifications to get to work
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James duff is the only company that makes bolt ons for the ranger. Otherwise it's all custom like mine.

Shane will tell you though, his Duff doesn't compare to my traction bar...
well custom is out of the question for me

is it worth the extra $220 to get the long link traction bars? can you see the LL's sticking out from under the truck?
Which ones does shane have?
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:36 AM
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Shane has the shorter ones I think. The ones that sit on top of the u-bolt spring plate and mount to the front static spring hanger.
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Shane has the shorter ones I think. The ones that sit on top of the u-bolt spring plate and mount to the front static spring hanger.
thats the normal ones not the long link. i'm actually not sure if the long link ones will fit on the Ranger now because it only has an option for the Bronco II :/
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Everything fits, just depends on how good of a fabricator you are. lol
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Everything fits, just depends on how good of a fabricator you are. lol
haha tru but my fabrication skillz = 0
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Doen't happen overnight man. Practice!
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Doen't happen overnight man. Practice!
yeah but failed fabrications can turn out devastating
i'm to scared to try anything haha
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We learn from our mistakes. That's part of how you get better. On something small like a traction bar, errors are ok. It's not NEEDED for the truck, but wanted. On a SAS, yes, fab skills are a MUST.
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We learn from our mistakes. That's part of how you get better. On something small like a traction bar, errors are ok. It's not NEEDED for the truck, but wanted. On a SAS, yes, fab skills are a MUST.
Yeah true. I'm going to wait until college and join the Baja Club which builds and races off road baja trucks each year. They build it from scratch so i should learn alot of stuff from that. I'm hoping that i will learn enough to install the Coil-Over Conversion on my own so i don't have to pay someone to install it... I think i am actually going to try and tackle the superlift with my dad's help which will be the first major thing i have ever done on a truck. i'm hoping it will go smoothly haha
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