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that is why you need the misalignment spacers. Ruff stuff carries an inexpensive heim that come with misalignments.
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yeah they will help you alot more with flex, letting it twist more without binding.
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I need a stronger clutch now. lol
Yeah you do! I can't wait to feel it on my geared, locked, and stage 2 clutched truck!!
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slip and twist.

that is the ruff stuff axle bracket, bushings, and bolts. They had these other brackets that came with it but i dont know how those are supposed to work so i didnt use them.
From the looks of it those other brackets just are weld on stiffeners for the brackets you welded on.
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Where are the before and after flex pics Tre???
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We'll use your truck for the before... And mine for the after lol
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just say when and where
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Looks Good Tre. I need some Trac Bars so I will keep you in mind!
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the comparison wont be a good comparo.....one truck has stock ranger leafs, the other has chevy 64"...
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bah

i mocked up a bar out of PVC and cant figure out how i want to mount the frame end. I need it to be beefier than yours cause its gonna be getting beat on, but there's just no easy way to do it :(

i've go 2x3x3/16 tubing, 2x4x1/4.. that damn gas tank is really whats all up in my way.



i wanna see yours on more than a curb!! That shackle just seems way too short to work correctly. but idk.. i thought the closer to your real shackle the better?
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I've drooped that side down where the bar is at and it's perfect, now i just need to find a place to stuff it to see how it does. So far so good on the bars though!
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Trevor...my house...rock wall. Like this:





Or stump in backyard...


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^^ do it now!

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I've drooped that side down where the bar is at and it's perfect, now i just need to find a place to stuff it to see how it does. So far so good on the bars though!
picS?
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Is it just me? This just doesn't seem like it will work properly when flexed. I dont know much about traction bars but it seems as though the axle housing would be stuffed backwords when fully flexed. maybe this will help you visualize it.



I just don't see how two mounting points on the axle will allow anything to flex.
wouldn't the shackle in the front have to move in a straight up and down path the entire distance that the suspension has to travel?

Anyone else see what im talking about?
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if you throw a slip joint in there, it will allow it to stretch when the axle droops but still keeping it from wrapping. its a great design when made correctly
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ok...so im a little new to the idea of traction bars....but what do they do...i realiz they are called "traction" bars for a reason, but maybe one of ya'll can explain it more detailed to me....
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When you get on the gas, your axle wants to twist, pushing the pinion up. they keep the axle from turning into a top loader..

when you get enough axle wrap bad **** starts happening. I've seen 9" 3rd members shattered, yokes snapped off, drive shafts bent, ujoints broken. then axle wrap is also related to wheel hop and that can break pinion gears, ring gears, axle shafts, wheel studs.. its not a fun day if you have a big motor+big tires+heavy right foot.

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so thay basically keep it from twisting...., dont look thay help to much in the flex department...but i dont think i have to worry too much, im never puttin my ranger through that much abuse...
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What it does is keep the axle stationary on a single up and down axis while not letting it twist on that axis. With the shackle allows the bars to droop and compress, same with a slip and twist method.

They help big time, and they do work with flex. Mine probably won't work with the kind of flex Matt does, but they do flex.
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i need to redo my shock mounts though, i dont have much down in the shackle right now.. but the way my shock tabs are i only have like 1" up of shock travel.
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