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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-08-2002, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Traction bar done!

And it works! I got on it real hard on some hills and the jeep hooks up real well and the bar or cross member shows no sign of bending. I'll weld some reinforcement bar on top of the cross member anyway just for good measure. I'll also make another pair of mounting brackets to bolt the cross member also to the front of the rear spring hangers. That should do it. Thanks for the board for all the good tips.

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Looks pretty good. Keep us informed on how she holds up.
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Re: Traction bar done!

looks good, i've seen a similar design somewhere before.......
i agree, these really do a good job of limiting axle wrap without limiting flex to much, that said:
i've still got a shackle mount similiar to yours up front and am planning on replacing it with one like H8's goofy shackle...........Because i can max out the shackle rod end when articulating and i'm thinking it the reason i cracked the rear bracket in half and broke part of if off the axle tube.......
just 2 cents..........

by the way, hows it going?
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Re: Traction bar done!

what thickness of steel did you use on the bracket on the axle?
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Re: Traction bar done!

The bracket is of 1/4 plate. I will be welding a cross brace to the part of the bracket above the axle to stiffen it up.
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Re: Traction bar done!

Looks nice!! Now if I could just finish mine!!! BTW - What springs are you running? Stock YJ ones? Also, are you using the stock shock mounts?
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Re: Traction bar done!

I'm only guessing on the springs as they came with the rig when I bought it but they appear to be 2" or 2.5" lift springs, maybe ProComp, I don't know. They flex too good for ProComp though. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] The front ones have about 1-1.5" lift left on them, the rear about 2" which is just fine for my purposes. I expect to have a lot smoother ride now through the rough stuff. I'll flex the rig on my wood pile this weekend and see how everything is.
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Re: Traction bar done!

Do you have any drivelines problems? Running stock wheelbase? I put some pretty big springs in the back and my driveline didn't seem to like it So I don't know what's up with that?
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Re: Traction bar done!

Here's mine that I finished earlier in the summer. I used some 2x3x1/4" rect. tubing and cut out the corners for the heim joints. It is very solid being boxed. Shackle is mounted to a spring eye I welded to my cross member/skid plate when I made that. See attached pics.
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And the shackle end:
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