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That is very nice! Looks good and functional, the way it should be! I was just wondering though how it actually works since it is'nt a standard (stationary) set of traction bars. When the smaller diameter tubing moves within the larger one what keeps the movement limited? Thanks




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dude it looks soo much better! bodylifts are kinda lame neway, but i do have a thing for trucks with just enough lift to clear the tires when flexing(my xplorer has 6" lift and 37" boggers). Yeah but im very very very curious of how itll flex in the rear now with the traction bars, get some pics up man. I think the design of the james duff traction bars would be more offroad suitable, dont get me wrong yours a sweet has hell though, fricken awesome man!
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I liked it better taller, but still looks great. I am not crazy about the back being lower than the front though.
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I am not crazy about the back being lower than the front though.


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i think it looks awesome and makes me want to have a sas on my truck but the rear needs to sit level
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his truck is actually pretty level. for some reason it looks lower in the rear
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pictures can be deceiving, i bet it looks like a monster in person. and i know mine at different angles makes the rear look lower than the front.

off topic question in a way... did you put your heim on the top side of the pitman arm for clearance of the leaf spring or another reason?
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me wants sas :(
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the rear is actually sitting abit lower, but in the bed is: the silver tube bumper ya'll are so fond of , some material similar to the the front bumper for the rear , and a high-lift jack. soo... its weighed down pretty good! anndd wait 'til the front bumper is finished and the winch get installed. it also shows how fleexxxy them toyota leafs are, especially when they are worn in and not neww..
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off topic question in a way... did you put your heim on the top side of the pitman arm for clearance of the leaf spring or another reason?
actually i didn't put any particular thought into whether to put it on the top or bottom of the pitman arm.. however in heinsight i'm gonna move it to the bottom side.
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That is very nice! Looks good and functional, the way it should be! I was just wondering though how it actually works since it is'nt a standard (stationary) set of traction bars. When the smaller diameter tubing moves within the larger one what keeps the movement limited? Thanks




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the smaller diameter tube is about 30" long; what you see of that smaller tube is about 8" exposed. so not only is there free-and-easy movement, but it will act just about the same as a rigid setup would. hope that answers your Q?
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your truck gets me wet.

on a side note:you have a estimated cost on your SAS coversion?
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the smaller diameter tube is about 30" long; what you see of that smaller tube is about 8" exposed. so not only is there free-and-easy movement, but it will act just about the same as a rigid setup would. hope that answers your Q?
Yes, kinda. I know the idea behind it. You're trying to prevent the axle wrap dilemna, but at the same time you don't want to limit your flex for offroading. That's a pretty ingenious idea there buddy. Let me know how it works. I already know it looks good. Real good actually. Good job!

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just in time for the ocotillo meet!
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Yes, kinda. I know the idea behind it. You're trying to prevent the axle wrap dilemna, but at the same time you don't want to limit your flex for offroading. That's a pretty ingenious idea there buddy. Let me know how it works. I already know it looks good. Real good actually. Good job!

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yeah i gotta make a point to test it before my ocotillo meet on the 22nd so that if i have to modify it any i'll have the time for a re-work and re-test.

and yes, everything you've seen on my truck, modification or fabrication-wise i've done myself.
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Yes, kinda. I know the idea behind it. You're trying to prevent the axle wrap dilemna, but at the same time you don't want to limit your flex for offroading. That's a pretty ingenious idea there buddy. Let me know how it works. I already know it looks good. Real good actually. Good job!

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yeah, i understand the point of traction bars, but with those being able to move(extend) how does it do anything at all?

unless you have something to lock the bars in place while your on the road, then i could see the point.


anyways, the truck looks awesome!
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yeah, i understand the point of traction bars, but with those being able to move(extend) how does it do anything at all?

unless you have something to lock the bars in place while your on the road, then i could see the point.


anyways, the truck looks awesome!
the point of traction bars is to prevent axle wrap, which is caused when the axle rotates under acceleration. the movement with my bars is to allow the natural arc of the leaf spring when flexing. the two rigid point on the bars which are connected to the axle are what will help prevent axle wrap.
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so kevin....wanna do mine lol...what was the total cost of ur sas coversion
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Yeah, mines 2wd but you can make mine 4x4 too if you want after I acquire all the parts...hahaha.




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thats pretty sweet man, would u mind sharing the measurements where to weld thats brackets so i can do the same
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very nice truck
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so where did you trim? along the top of the fender flare? i think thats what i'll do once i get bigger tires.

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looks so much better without the body lift.
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the traction bars took alot of thought as to how they wouldn't limit my flex. i decided on this 'slip-and-twist' design. i'm not sure if you noticed, but they are of a telescoping natural. however, as anything new, only time and experience will tell the tale of just how they allow me to flex.
i saw it... im curious as to how well it works.

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the rear is actually sitting abit lower, but in the bed is: the silver tube bumper ya'll are so fond of , some material similar to the the front bumper for the rear , and a high-lift jack. soo... its weighed down pretty good! anndd wait 'til the front bumper is finished and the winch get installed. it also shows how fleexxxy them toyota leafs are, especially when they are worn in and not neww..
idk if you saw my thread about new pics

that yoda has the 5" springs. and its INSANE. the amount of travel the Leaf sprung truck has. wow yea flex the beast out!!!
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They look good Kevin. Are there any drain holes in the lower tube?
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