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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-11-2004, 08:11 AM
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Need some opinions on this traction bar -\"bambar\"

I know a lot of you use the "sams offroad" style traction bar. I was wondering what you all thought about his one.

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Re: Need some opinions on this traction bar -\"bambar\"

I recall seeing this one disccussed on this board (or maybe another) soometime back. seems the Mechanics were sound, the big issue was concern about over head clearance. the write up as I recall discounted the overhead clearnce issue and said it wasn't a problem. but the general concensus was that the typical Sam's off-road style ladde bar was still the best design.
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Re: Need some opinions on this traction bar -\"bambar\"

why is it the best? Also, To gain more clearance, is it possible to put a bend in the bars? I attached a really quick picture, (Im at work).
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Re: Need some opinions on this traction bar -\"bambar\"

basiocally because it's it's probably the most used design and its proven to do the job. That's not to say there's not a better mouse trap out there or in the works.....
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Re: Need some opinions on this traction bar -\"bambar\"

Anybody have any comments on bending them for more clearance? I already had a ladder bar before but due to a few mods, i have to make a new one or a different kind. I figure since i have to make it I would either make a better one for clearance or make the bambar one.
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Re: Need some opinions on this traction bar -\"bambar\"

If it was me, I think I would use a standard ladder bar. For no other reason than this. As it is with a SWB Jeep there is very little room under it for such things as Air tanks. Just in front of the gas tank is really the "standard" place to put an air tank. And that bar eats all of that space up.
That is not to say that it wouldn't work. I personally would just rather not use up that space.
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Re: Need some opinions on this traction bar -\"bambar\"

Fuel cell inside, no air tank, nothing underneath besides the drivetrain. Room isn't an issue. My main thing is I want the most clearance underneath. My main question is can I build the ladder bar like my quick drawing?
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Re: Need some opinions on this traction bar -\"bambar\"

305, 35's, 4.88 gears and a Traction bar with a bend in it..... sounds like some good torque with your drivetrain set-up... I might be worried about unintentionally putting more bend in that Traction bar... unless you added a couple trusses in your design.... kinda like this:



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Re: Need some opinions on this traction bar -\"bambar\"

As explained, It was a quick drawing to give you the idea of what I meant regarding the bend. I will put additional supports in the ladder like everybody else. Not worried about strength, I was curious if the shape would be ok for the way its supposed to work.

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Re: Need some opinions on this traction bar -\"bambar\"

Oh, I got you now [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

I'd have to go with a yes. the triangulation is still there, two points on the axle, one at the frame mount end. Give it a try and then give us a report [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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