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Old 06-20-2006
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Traction Bars...

Installed a set of James Duff traction bars (PN 5304) http://www.jamesduff.com/broncoII/tracbar.html
There is a noticable difference in braking, acceleration, and handling in general...
The installation was quite straight forward.... The hardest part of the installation was the drilling of (3) 3/8" holes in the rear leafsprings front mount P & D sides.
The titanium drill bits made drilling the holes fairly quick vs. using the conventional carbon steel bits.....



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oh man i want to put mine on so bad...they have been in a box for a few weeks now...
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looks nice.. those are on my short list...
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Looks and sounds awesome, I was wondering how they worked out.
Do you wheel alot, and if so do you wheel hard? I've heard that they get destroyed if taken to the extremes, but that is probably to the real extremes! lol
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I heard rumors of loss in flex.. Notice any?
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ive never had any problems with loosing flex. Ive had mine on for over a year.
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looks good i wanna wait for my exlporer axle in the truck b4 i get some
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I heard rumors of loss in flex.. Notice any?
no you will not lose flex you lose flex if you put on a sway bar not the duff bars
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Looks good, I'll be doing mine today along with the diff. cover.

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looks really good man!
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they are under 110 shipped right? If so I may do this or tint the front windows. I've been itching to do a mod.
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just ordered mine 2day
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I think they are like $50, atleast they used to be.
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nope $89+shipping
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I think they are like $50, atleast they used to be.
back in the day when you actually had a ranger, and they weren't so "popular", they were that cheap. but theyve been about 80-90 for the last year and a half.
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i only wish that those would work on my truck..
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looks good man... they are on my list too
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nice
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Mine cost $99 which included shipping....

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i only wish that those would work on my truck..

why wont they?
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I have not confirmed this..., but I have heard that the traction bars donot work well with mono leafs....
What kind of leaf springs do the '01 and newer Rangers come with??

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What kind of leaf springs do the '01 and newer Rangers come with??
4-leaf like your 2000.
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RW,

Thanks for the info !!!

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reason i feel they wont work is the added height from the susp lift
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Looks good man!

I was looking into traction bars, I think I'm gonna get a new leaf pack made and do away with the factory blocks.
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