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axle rap

Well as most of you know i got the lift on my truck. Well the axle rap is not fun. So what are my options as far as traction bars go. I'v seen on here someone has the RCD traction bars but i cant find them anyware. Also what are my options for new rear leaf springs so i can get rid of the blocks that came with the kit. And which is a better choice tracton bars or new spring pack. Thanks.
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Yo....yo
My name is Bryan and I got no clue
about how to fix what's botherin you
But you mentioned a rap
so I had to attack
now I'll shut up
and take my meds so I stop making posts like these.... :)

I don't think new leafs will help with wrap. My theory is if you don't stomp the peddle you wont have a problem with wrap but I could be mistaken.
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For the lift you put on youwill want to get the rcd traction bars. I think a few other companies make them, but I am not sure. I knwo the james duff ones won't work for you. As to the leaf springs you can see what deaver has to offer. You might not be abel to get rid of the blocks, but use a short block.
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why wont his truck allow for the installation of the JD bars? Because of the lift? Would it really matter since the front of the bar bolts to the front spring hanger, and to the ubolts? i could see if the arch in the spring has changed drastically, thus the bars not being able to reach, but other than that, i think they should work. Wheres Bob when you need him............
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Traction bars will help, but getting rid of the blocks will work much better. Blocks are one of the biggest culprits that cause axle wrap. Ditch 'em and get some long add-a-leafs (2" lift ones) from Pro-Comp or Fabtech.

And if you have a lot of money to spend on springs, you can get in touch with Atlas, or Deaver long travel springs.
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i got rid of my blocks and put the AAL in no more wrap.
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The mounting brackets on the JD traction bars are only about 2 inches high. Since he has 4 inches of lift it would be better to go with a long link traction bar.
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ok ok ok...you have the super lift....i will almost BET you stacked the blocks as superlift sayed too.....DONT DO THAT....stupid idea...

get a DEAVER leaf spring pack. that will get you about i think 3" of lift...then get a lift shackel aka chevy 2" drop shackels that gets you around 1-1.5" of lift....then if you still having problems do AAL and you will be fine...
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Superlift says to stack blocks? HOLY CRAP....that's awful!
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a deaver pack will not allow you to tow or haul much tho.
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a deaver pack will not allow you to tow or haul much tho.
i thought the one pack you can....
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nope, not what i read.
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Nope cant tow. At least not with the LT pack. I had my trailer on the truck this week and was fully tucked backing into the driveway. That is ~350lbs of tounge weight, but I also had the weight distribution cranked up pretty high.

Those RCD Traction bars are one off prototypes. I owned them, and now Bailey owns them. I was told by the rep a year ago that they would be out shortly, but it doesnt look like that has happened yet. At any rate, they will retail in the $600 range like all their other bars. They do work nicely though...
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Deaver can add a tow-leaf to any pack they make.
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Does Deavers have a website
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deavers are like 600-800 bucks. is there a place in your town that makes custom leaf packs/springs?
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I was looking at a deaver pack vs AAL, a deaver pack is not ment for towing AAL only gives about 2 inches. I choce the AAL, but I only cranked the T-bars,
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oh and james duff make trac bars, I think there are 2 different one, N3elz has them
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I was looking at a deaver pack vs AAL, a deaver pack is not ment for towing AAL only gives about 2 inches. I choce the AAL, but I only cranked the T-bars,

so run a short and a long aal for 4 inches of lift.

or run a short aal and the stock block, not much wrap with that, its the two blocks stacked that are killing him
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I could not find a long AAL but if you can I would go for the short and long, I have the stock block in there still. I am not real sure what axle rap feels like.
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I could not find a long AAL but if you can I would go for the short and long, I have the stock block in there still. I am not real sure what axle rap feels like.

it sucks, trust me.. i have the procomp Long aal part numbers on my laptop i think... ill look later tonight
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http://deaverspring.com/

That's Deavers, and you can find Atlas on the web too, just search.

Also, if someones says National, that's a good company too, but between National and Deaver get the cheaper, because Deaver just bought out National a few months back so they are all the same thing now, just maybe different pricetags.
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holy crap, they have a website, first time ive ever seen that. thanks trent
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Thanks for the website. I e-mailed the tech. people so hopefully they will be able to help me, but if they are 600 or more than i doubt i will be going that route. Jason I know you said that u were testing them or something but where did you get those RCD Traction bars from.
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You're welcome guys.

Deaver, although they did raise their prices due to the gas prices and transportation complications, is still below 550 for a pack, and it shouldn't even be that much if you can find yourself a good dealer that will include a tow leaf if you need it.

I'm pretty sure Jason got his bars directly from RCD, but ask him, (RngPrerunner).
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