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jamgood96 09-03-2002 12:37 AM

Making traction bar adjustable...
Well, my brackets are cut out and will be welded onto the axle sometime this week. I've been giving the traction bar a little thought. I'm thinking I should make it adjustable. I'm not too worred about making it longer or shorter, just about adjusting the angle if I change leaf springs, or ever change the front leafs since they're sagging. If I do that, then the front end will come up, but the traction bar won't budge at all. So I'm thinking I should make the two axle links adjustable. But how?

jamgood96 09-03-2002 12:41 AM

Re: Making traction bar adjustable...
Um...I've just been notified by one of my buddies that I'm thinking too hard about this. I guess putting new leafs u front wouldn't throw off any angles in the back, so I was wrong. Sorry aboot that, eh. Still think I should make it adjustable? It'd be nice for when I remake this traction bar longer...then I could just unscrew my ends or something and plop them in the new one. What cha think?

WallyCJ7 09-03-2002 10:16 AM

Re: Making traction bar adjustable...
My plan is to use Heim Joints and threaded bosses were it mounts to the axle and urethane in the front. That would give you adjustability and the urethane would dampin the vibrations.

**DONOTDELETE** 09-03-2002 10:51 AM

Re: Making traction bar adjustable...
I have heims at all three mounts. No problems with them as of yet. And totally adjustable if needed.

jamgood96 09-03-2002 10:55 AM

Re: Making traction bar adjustable...
I forgot to mention I'm using puly bushing all the way around except for one Johnny Joint up front. So now how would I make it adjustable?[img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

WallyCJ7 09-03-2002 11:07 AM

Re: Making traction bar adjustable...
Instead of welding the tube to the poly bushings mount, Add a threaded boss to one end and a threaded rod to the other to make it adjustable.

jamgood96 09-03-2002 12:22 PM

Re: Making traction bar adjustable...
What do you mean by a threaded boss? You just mean thread the inside of the traction bar tube? And what would I use for a threaded rod? Just a bolt with the head cut off?

H8monday 09-03-2002 07:24 PM

Re: Making traction bar adjustable...
I made my poly bushing links at the axles adjustable.
I simply welded some 7/8 grade 8 nuts to the ends of the rear bars.
I then welded grade 8 7/8 bolts to the bushing tubes.

I have had to adjust mine a couple of times now, they work fine and have turned out to be very tough.
I posted many pics when I did it,(I dont know where all of my floppy discs are since I moved, so I cant repost).
Basicly, I cut the hex head off of a 4 1/2" bolt and ground a small arch in the shoulder so it would fit onto the bushing tube nicely and then welded.
Then I slid about a 1 1/2" length of 1" schedule 40 over the bolt and welded it to the bushing tubing and then at the other end to the bolt (just for added strength at the bolt. I even went as far as to drill some holes through the 1" sleeve and florett welded it to the bolt at the shoulder, in a few locations.
I hope that makes sense.
The pictures will explain it very clearly if they can be located in past posts(probably about a year ago).

kutyafal 09-04-2002 06:49 AM

Re: Making traction bar adjustable...
That's why I'm using tractor links. All these features are already built in! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

H8monday 09-13-2002 05:26 AM

Re: Making traction bar adjustable...
Here is a pic, I hope it makes it a little clearer.

and the goofy shackle end.

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