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excessive tire hop

i went to do a brake stand today, i popped the clutch, pushed in the brake and and as my tires were spinning, it hopped really bad. my *** end just about went off the road. has this happened to anyone else? this has never happened before. i have 33's 4.10 and an open rear end.
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its also known as wheel hop. pretty common with leaf springs actually.

worn out leaves like mine will do it, the lift block you have doesn't help any either..
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wheel hop is a good way to break stuff also
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You can get some JD traction bars that will eliminate some of that.
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wheel hop is a good way to break stuff also
very good way..
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Traction bars help eliminate Wheel hop but they wont stop side-to-side movement.
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Can someone explain how traction bars help at all? I see pictures of them, but I don't see how they work :/
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they stop your axle from turning. when you push the skinny pedal your leaf springs are going to bend some and the axle will move. the traction bars eliminate the axle from moving
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Is there a thread or installation page that explains how to install them, etc?
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once my truck is driving again, i'll get a video of how much axle wrap my truck has..

what were talking about is the axle wants to twist when you hit the gas, traction bars are solid pieces of tube that keep it from twisting (as much)
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i knew that the rear ends hop sometimes, but i didnt think it was that bad. iv done plenty of brake stands and never had it happen to me before. my frame got bent over the summer and it was straitened back out so i wasnt sure if that had anything to do with it.
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Is it just bolt-on for the traction bars? Nothing special needed? No drilling holes or anything?
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you have to drill one hole that i know of i haven't put them on my truck yet but they are on my list
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Is it just bolt-on for the traction bars? Nothing special needed? No drilling holes or anything?
I had to drill three holes on each side for the James Duff bars. The work great for me and help hold the truck on the ground. No special tools needed.
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Do you have any pictures of your set up?
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Its just 3 holes and then a rachet set and you'll be good to go. It can be done in a afternoon. You can get them from jamesduff.com for like 103 shipped.
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Its just 3 holes and then a rachet set and you'll be good to go. It can be done in a afternoon. You can get them from jamesduff.com for like 103 shipped.
Right, well I just wondering. I'd like to see how the look. How much of a difference do these actually make? A very noticeable difference? How much difference would it make your normal everyday driver?
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Awesome, I'm just about sold lol; something easy that helps :p. One last thing, would these add any more added strain or wear to the leaf springs, shackles, etc?
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should significantly reduce the strain on the leaves.. from my axle forward its shaped like an S... trac bars would help eliminate what caused that.
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Alright! Sweet!

These are what you guys are talking about right?
http://www.jamesduff.com/broncoII/tracbar.html

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