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James Duff Traction Bars ?

I've been getting a bit of axel hop lately on the local roads, and I have been considering getting the James Duff traction bars for my truck. My question is, if I put a suspension lift on the truck, will the traction bars still work in the stock postion? If not can they have to be moved back toward the axel to support the new distance?
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i have the procomp bars and they work great.
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did you have to change their positions when you lifted the truck?
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I think Griggs has the Duff's he'd be able to tell you.
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nope mine still bolted up the same.ill put some pics cause i still got to get them for jared.
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It would make sense to me that you would have to change the mounting position of the bars if you lifted it too radically. I think there are a few adjustment points on the bars though to compensate for various lifts.
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they should still work. as the spring will still have the same arc to it and still be at the same angle to the front spring perch. even still, with a spring with more of an arc, it should still work up to a point, as they the one end is threaded for adjustment.

mine work great, has helped the on-road manners alot.
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this is how the front bolts up.i had to drill holes in the frame for em.


how it bolts to the axle.


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much different than the JD's. i'd think those procomps would be over kill for his truck. I wouldnt look into them untill i was at least running 35s.
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The James Duff bars will still fit with the suspension lift. I was looking into the RCD traction bars myself and they are in production now for are trucks, i have the part numbers from RCD somewhere if anyone wants to no.
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I kept bending my JD bars...
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yeah im happy with my procomps. i dont think any one on here but me has em.
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How do traction bars effect flexing while wheeling? I seems like it would limit flex a bit.
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How do traction bars effect flexing while wheeling? I seems like it would limit flex a bit.
i have noticed in diff, but florida is pretty flat so.
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I havent had any probs with flex on my JD bars.
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James Duff offers two styles of traction bars.

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Our traction bars help prevent spring wrap-up and wheel hop while giving you added traction for hill climbing and rough terrain. They help eliminate shackle and driveshaft damage that can occur during sudden stops and reduce the chance of broken springs due to rough terrain or heavy loads. For additional clearance, they attach above the springs. Will not work with overload springs.

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Our Long Link traction bars are heavier duty for serious horsepower and hard-core off-road! The triangulated design connects to the axle bracket at two points-more efficiently eliminating axle wrap. They come in blue powdercoat and include new attachment points for the sway bar. All traction bars come in pairs, complete with polyurethane bushings and mounting hardware.

I think Number 1 will be fine for his use. That is also the style i will be getting shortly, I need them more for axle wrap problems.
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i was gonna get the second ones but i got a great deal on my procomps
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i am gonna need a set when i put the 5.0L in for sure...yep... and slap bars lol...
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You'll need number 2 for the 5.0L.:)

I snapped the mounts on my JD bars.
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You'll need number 2 for the 5.0L.:)

I snapped the mounts on my JD bars.
Yea he is gonna number 2 when I pass him!!! HAHA
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Yea he is gonna number 2 when I pass him!!! HAHA
oh you talk to big nicker lol i aint scared get some track #'s and then i will debated about it lol... plus my motor aint in yet lol...
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Well, it may depend.

If you are using blocks or just an "add-a-leaf", then it's going to be fine.

On the other hand, if you put longer (high arched springs) in, there will be a greater distance between the spring hanger and the axle point, and the change in distance between the axle and the front hanger will be greater as that higher arched spring flexes. I'm not sure in those circumstances they will be quite as good, or even fit at all. Could be no problem though.

Why are higher arched springs longer? Because if you high arch a standard length spring it won't have the correct "resting" difference between the spring eyes. So when you buy a "lift spring", it's a longer spring to begin with (prior to bending) and it's distance between the eyes is right after it's bent.
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Hey Ryanrebel... where did you get the procomps from?
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