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still getting axle wrap...update...

Well as the title says I'm gettin axle wrap. I've got a 3.0, Auto, 7.5 w/LockRite. I've added the JD traction bars, & still have a lot of axle wrap / wheel hop. What do I need to eliminate this? oh, there are no blocks in the rear, XLT factory height. thanks in advance for any help.

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Are the bars tight? That's really strange because I'm running 4.56's with 35's and have almost none. Are you sure it's axle wrap you're experiencing and not just lack of traction?

My take is this: either the Duff's aren't tight, or you don't have axle wrap. It makes no sense that they could control it on my truck and not yours.

THINK about the geometry with those bars in: how could you be getting any major axlewrap without bending the crap out of your spring (WAY beyond what is "normal") or the Duff bars?

I'm sure you're feeling SOMETHING -- I just don't think it's wrap unless the installation is incorrect somehow.
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Bars are tight, the mounting plate above the axle has three holes, I have them in the center hole. I running 3.73 gears w/235/75-15 Revos. also bars are not JD brand they are made by a co. called "Desert Steel" however bar size & other dim. are the same as the JD brand. could my leafs be worn out or weak? I have 85K miles on em.
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maybe its not axle wrap your feeling because that is highly odd..
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Bars are tight, the mounting plate above the axle has three holes, I have them in the center hole. I running 3.73 gears w/235/75-15 Revos. also bars are not JD brand they are made by a co. called "Desert Steel" however bar size & other dim. are the same as the JD brand. could my leafs be worn out or weak? I have 85K miles on em.
Could be, but it would still be difficult to get much wrap, I would think.

How many leaves in your pack? Maybe you could benefit from new springs especially if you wrapped those a lot prior to installing the bars -- but I hesitate to recommend spending the money without knowing. Maybe you can find someone local to look at it and tell you?

Could you photograph your installation and post it? I don't know that it will help, but it might I suppose.
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I will try & get a couple pics but I don't know how soon. Workin 12 hrs a day + a 1 hour commute each way I don't do much once I get home till the weekend.
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ok, got under the truck today & measured the bars. there was over 1/2 inch diff from one side to the other
so did some adjusting, now they are even. here is a couple pics of the bars installed. went out & "tested" them after the adjusting. no wrap or wheel hop on pavement! will try them off pavement tomorrow.

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Excellent! They look good overall, although I can't see how you've got the urethane compressed where the bar attaches to the spring hanger. That needs to be reasonably tight and compressed there.

Hope your problems are solved. It sounds like the one side was tighter than the other.
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i instlalled my procomp ladder bars last night!
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i instlalled my procomp ladder bars last night!
Ha ha! Then it's time for a V8 swap!!!

Those things can hold a lot of torque.
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i wish!
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Do it!
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Do it! ( LOL! )
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