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Traction bars

I've been reading up on these since I never really understood how they worked before. i got the great clunk when decelerating using the engine in gear and push in the clutch. So my question is, how well do they work? Looking at the James Duff bars for a hundred bucks, are they worth it? do they make a difference when playing/driving in snow & mud? I don't really go mudding, but love playing around in snow.

I have searched, but when searching for traction bars, only 7 threads or so pop up.
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A lot of guys use the James Duff bars and love em. Never really heard a complaint about them.
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idk if a trac bar will solve your problem. i could be wrong but it sounds like you have something else wrong. depeneds whats wrong and I cant really describe what it "cures" or "hides" except by saying axle wrap.
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I would highly recommend the James Duff bars. I have them on my truck and i'm a huge fan. They did provide some more off the line traction, but I noticed them the most when going over real rough roads, the truck didn't wander as much and held a straight line. Definitely worth the buck.
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idk if a trac bar will solve your problem. i could be wrong but it sounds like you have something else wrong. depeneds whats wrong and I cant really describe what it "cures" or "hides" except by saying axle wrap.
I can feel some sort of shudder/slippage, not when taking off...but when I'm decelerating in first, then give it just a bit of gas. When decelerating, like coming to a stop sign, I'll slow down in gear. When I push the clutch in, I her a thud/clunk. If I take it out of gear without the clutch, no clunk. As much as I've been reading, it is my driveshaft that is a bit dry. Okay, so I need to grease it up some, but some have experienced it coming back. Okay, how does one stop the clunking due to axle wrap? traction bars. so now I'm weighing around do I just grease the thing up to appease the symptom or fix the root cause. I'm also looking for additional benefits that might come from them as well. That's where I'm coming from.
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You could try greasing the slip yoke spline first to confirm that it is the cause before laying out the cash for the Duffs.

IMO, they are worth the price of admission either way.
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I can feel some sort of shudder/slippage, not when taking off...but when I'm decelerating in first, then give it just a bit of gas. When decelerating, like coming to a stop sign, I'll slow down in gear. When I push the clutch in, I her a thud/clunk. If I take it out of gear without the clutch, no clunk. As much as I've been reading, it is my driveshaft that is a bit dry. Okay, so I need to grease it up some, but some have experienced it coming back. Okay, how does one stop the clunking due to axle wrap? traction bars. so now I'm weighing around do I just grease the thing up to appease the symptom or fix the root cause. I'm also looking for additional benefits that might come from them as well. That's where I'm coming from.
if im right i believe that ford has a tsb on this. they say its normal for the driveshaft to clunk just grease it.
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yea, my DS has been making a "plink" noise for years when ever i go from reverse to first.. My traction bar didn't do anything to help that.
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