Re: traction bar? axle tube or diff housing?
I think I have seen the type of truss you are talking about, but I cant remember what the website was. I like their Idea, but I think it was a little pricey for me, and duplicating it is a little beyond my fab skills/tools. I plan to attach the truss by bolting brackets thru the webbing of the housing, and maybe a rear brace similar to an avalance rockring, bolted to the diff cover and to the back of the truss.
I dont know why I have had such bad luck with the scout housings. I have a midly built 258, T-18, dana 300, 4.56 axle gears. 35" ssr @ 8 psi. I thought it was a fluke or bad luck the first time I broke, so I got a new housing swapped gears, locker, etc. First time I took it wheeling, bent the axle tube up and forward about 1.5" at least ,just like the previous axle, and the axle tube spun in the housing a good 3/4 of an inch. Had a tough time getting the axle shaft out and definetly could not put it back in. I am going to truss this one but not going to "try" to break it so I can sell it, when I get my 60 together. It will get thoroughly tested but hopefully it will last.