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Old 03-18-2010, 07:58 AM
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Default trac bars

not sure if this thread belongs here but what are these and what do thay do? i see a lot of guys using them on there 4x4's for off-roading
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:16 AM
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Default Re: trac bars

they eliminate wheel hop and they keep the axle from wanting to wrap itself around the leaf springs

improves traction dramatically especially if you have a L/S rear or a locker
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:27 AM
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they eliminate wheel hop and they keep the axle from wanting to wrap itself around the leaf springs

improves traction dramatically especially if you have a L/S rear or a locker

I never want you to work on any of my vehicles!

The track bar or panard bar runs parallel with the axle housing and attaches to the frame and axle housing to keep the axle centered under the vehicle



Track bars can be used on front or rear of the rig

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Old 03-18-2010, 08:39 AM
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I never want you to work on any of my vehicles!

The track bar or panard bar runs parallel with the axle housing and attaches to the frame and axle housing to keep the axle centered under the vehicle



Track bars can be used on front or rear of the rig
so does this improve stability on the trails? or does it serve a different purpose besides keeping the axle in line
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:56 AM
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they eliminate wheel hop and they keep the axle from wanting to wrap itself around the leaf springs

improves traction dramatically especially if you have a L/S rear or a locker
You are correct, if the OP was talking about traction bars (not sure if he was or not)
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I never want you to work on any of my vehicles!

The track bar or panard bar runs parallel with the axle housing and attaches to the frame and axle housing to keep the axle centered under the vehicle


Track bars can be used on front or rear of the rig
Don't be so harsh, he was correct, just unclear if the OP was talking about Traction or track bars from the original post.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:09 AM
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so does this improve stability on the trails? or does it serve a different purpose besides keeping the axle in line
It only keeps the axle inline. it is used on coil sprung suspension and not needed leaf sprung suspensions.

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You are correct, if the OP was talking about traction bars (not sure if he was or not)
I have yet to see anyone run traction bars off road. There are some guys who install anti wrap bars over the axle for off road use but never traction bars.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:31 AM
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Default Re: trac bars

Know quite a few people who run traction bars...I ran them on my old Ranger:



http://www.jamesduff.com/broncoII/tracbar.html
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:39 AM
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Know quite a few people who run traction bars...I ran them on my old Ranger:



http://www.jamesduff.com/broncoII/tracbar.html
My badd I forgot that Duff uses a different terminology than the rest of the world. LOL
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:44 AM
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oh, see I have only heard of them as traction bars, not anti wrap. learned something new! thanks.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:13 PM
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oh, see I have only heard of them as traction bars, not anti wrap. learned something new! thanks.

Yep tracbars is his trade name for his line of products

http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billav...ntiwrapbar.htm

http://www.jeepaholics.com/tech/bambar/

A couple of good write ups on home brew ones.

Notes: if the bars are to be placed at the spring then some sort of shackle needs to be on the frame side to allow for articulation of suspension

If in the center at the pumpkin its not as important unless you like to jump your rig a lot
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