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Traction Bars

So I have been informed that traction bars could help me out. Alon pointed me to the james duff website Traction Bars but now my question is which would I buy, the large housing or the small housing? I have a 7.5" differential...
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You want the small housing. Only the 31 spline 8.8 axle that came in the Level twos require the large housing bars.
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You want the small housing. Only the 31 spline 8.8 axle that came in the Level twos require the large housing bars.
Awesome, thanks man!
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yes small spline, but your probably still gonna have to grind the axel bracket down to fit flat. I baught my small spline traction bars 2 weeks ago, and put them on last week and was supurised i had to grind them

but i do like them alot and im sure u will to

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Thanks for the heads up!
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i didnt' have to =) so we'll see.
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can you still use the large housing ones, though they are not required?

I'd hate to see you spend money on the small ones and then do the expo axle swap and be unable to use your traction bars?
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can you still use the large housing ones, though they are not required?

u-bolt holes for axle bracket wouldn't line up
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i didnt' have to =) so we'll see.
Really?? awesome, hope thats the case with me. Mine should be here soooooooooon
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Man Justin you just moddin away arent you.
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i would have already bought them but im worried about loosing flex in the rear.. any comments on how they would affect it?
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i would have already bought them but im worried about loosing flex in the rear.. any comments on how they would affect it?
losing flex? or loose flex?

anyways..

it doesn't alter the flex at all (or if it does, it's minimal)

And how many times are you actually going to max out your leaf packs? umm.. not too often..

EDIT: i just saw you're running 37's.. so yeha..... maybe you do max out more than the rest of us.. but regardless, it doesn't alter it much.
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it will just put more of an angle/stress on the front bushings of the traction bars
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Man Justin you just moddin away arent you.
Yes I am...and watching my $ disappear rather quickly...
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Justin get some chevy shackels man there not to expansive and the truck will look so much better
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Justin get some chevy shackels man there not to expansive and the truck will look so much better
do you think that would that even it out...or make the rear end higher? and if i get them should i leave the AAL in there or take them out...i cant remember if the shackles lift the same amount as the AAL...what about getting some stock blocks with the traction bars???
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do you think that would that even it out...or make the rear end higher? and if i get them should i leave the AAL in there or take them out...i cant remember if the shackles lift the same amount as the AAL...what about getting some stock blocks with the traction bars???
do you have blocks now? if you dont keep it that way. a shackel lift will be like 1-1.5" of lift. it will probly level you out and maybe put your rear like .5" higher which is good if you load something in the bed or not. and leave the AAL. most people have to do AAL and shackel or bigger block to match the front anyways here is them from summit.

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Zach you the man, thanks for all the help, i have no blocks in right now, just the AAL
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ya dont get blocks just do the shackel and AAL and traction bars, and no problem Justin its nice to see your truck come togreather
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the trac bars wont affect the suspension travel...it was suggested that they may limit the up travel but i severely doubt it unless you install the bars wrong or something wacky. Maximum limiting of travel would only be like 1/8-1/4" MAX so not really anything at all. The bars make a huge difference imo (im running the JD short links). I dont offroad but when i nail a right hand turn hard i dont lose traction through either wheel (unless you count drifting on the really hard corners). You will feel the rear end of your truck become much more 'solid'. By solid i mean you gain a much better sense of control in the rear since all the slop and hop is gone. Not to mention trac bars help presserve the life of your differential. They prevent your gears from climbing on themselves which after a while strips your rear end.

Anyone thinking about getting traction bars should defiinitly do it if you ask me...theyre the reason Larson's stock height, stock tires, and open rear can still kick *** out in azusa. For street driving i notice a huge difference in hard turns and launches. If youve ever felt your rear end skip and hop around under hard driving (offroad especially included) you can rest assured that it will cease after you get trac bars.

P.S. to anyone looking for some serious traction bars (long link), Alon is selling some so hit him up for a price.

Justin, we can make an SB meet if you need help putting them on...ive got a grinder, drill, bit and all the crap you would possibly need...plus ive installed 2 sets already so there wont be any confusion. Or feel free to give me a call if you run into any questions.
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Thanks for the help Greg! Ill let you know if I need more when they finally get in...
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