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traction bars....street driving improved?

Okay I already know they improve offroad driving. However I was wondering what the difference would be for on road driving compared to stock?
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Okay I already know they improve offroad driving. However I was wondering what the difference would be for on road driving compared to stock?
If you have trouble with mild wheel hop on the street, the bars will help control it.

The traction bars reduce or eliminate the slip yoke bump that is common during acceleration for many Rangers.
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Definitely helps my truck. With 35" tires it's very noticeable, but it was very helpful even with 31's.
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I just ordered JD traction bars last night
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Helps here too.. Especially in the rain or on ice.
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I noticed a difference on the street, especially when accelerating and mostly braking. The rearend feels more stiff and controlled.
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I notice the difference when i'm taking off from a stop. It works really well. Again, this is one of them mods, i DEFINITELY recommend .
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I was wondering...these won't become a problem if they are installed BEFORE a lift, will they?
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I was wondering...these won't become a problem if they are installed BEFORE a lift, will they?
nah, it will just add more of an angle to the front bushings once the lift is on and done

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Yeah, when i saw your thread Andrew, I orderned mine. How long did it take you to get them?
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dont they help stabalize(spelling) you around turns, and help you nt to lean
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I warped my leafs ( both ) and took half the life out of a second set before I put Traction bars on. Though mine are lake-wood knockoffs ( traditional style, under the axle ), the JD's will do the same thing ( though, not as strong ).
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nah, it will just add more of an angle to the front bushings once the lift is on and done
Ok, good. Didn't want them to cause problems down the road with my planned lift.
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I warped my leafs ( both ) and took half the life out of a second set before I put Traction bars on. Though mine are lake-wood knockoffs ( traditional style, under the axle ), the JD's will do the same thing ( though, not as strong ).
I've got a set of Lakewoods coming my way, cant wait to feel the difference!
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I might order some soon... the place I posted pics of me and some other guys offroading the other day has a dirt road with really deep sand and the axle wrap driving down that trail is INSANE!! It's like my truck starts jumping around in the back, then I have to let off the pedal and back on....blah blah blah...

So yeah, I probably should buy some, but I'm gonna be doing the chey spring swap, so I'll buy them after.
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How hard was it to install the JD traction bars?
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So yeah, I probably should buy some, but I'm gonna be doing the chey spring swap, so I'll buy them after.
The JDs forward bracket mounts to the spring hanger and that hanger must be moved ~6" forward to accommodate the longer Chevy C/K 1500 springs. To use the JD above-axle bars with the swap, they would need to be lengthened about 6" to match.
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How hard was it to install the JD traction bars?
They are bolt on except that 3 holes must be drilled in each spring hanger for the front bracket.
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I warped my leafs ( both ) and took half the life out of a second set before I put Traction bars on. Though mine are lake-wood knockoffs ( traditional style, under the axle ), the JD's will do the same thing ( though, not as strong ).
Yea I bent my JD's...
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i have a 2001 4WD ranger, which kit would i get the large or small housing?
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i need some now, with the 35's, you can tell they would be put to good use
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i have a 2001 4WD ranger, which kit would i get the large or small housing?
98+ Small Housing
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98+ Small Housing
Unless you have the 31-spline rear, ¿qué no?
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Unless you have the 31-spline rear, ¿qué no?
31-spline was not available in a Ranger until 2002 model year.
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31-spline was not available in a Ranger until 2002 model year.
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