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Old 07-25-2009
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tried my own "traction control" idea

its like a traction bar kit, but uses chain instead of the bar. ive put it togther but havent tried it out yet. i would think that it would work, guess i'll find out. heres some pics of my setup. Name:  TC004.jpg
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Size:  63.6 KB at least if it doesnt work out, i havent wasted but about 20 bucks. the coat-hanger wire midway is just a safety in case something breaks loose. didnt want to drill my front shackle mount so i used a clamp thats used in overhead applications in a factory to hold up water and electrical utilities. i could see the "bar" would use compression in reverse or during heavy braking, but i would think that during forward travel under load tension would be whats going on. i could be wrong, i havent studied up on this stuff. didnt preload my chain much, bout 1 turn with a wrench after hand tighting it up.
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ok i find this pointless how is the chain going to stop axle warp?
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Axle wrap puts the chain in tension where the chain is essentially "rigid", it will act the same as a solid bar. So it will work just fine as long as you can keep it tight.
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good idea
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It'll keep the axle from wrapping in forward load, but not in reverse. I don't see it limiting the travel either. The only thing I would wory about is instant loading snapping the chain. Might need the chain mount on the axle a little higher though to make it work better. Let us know how it works out.
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This could be very interesting. Lets us know how it works.
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I use beam clamps all the time at work (I'm an electrician) and I dont think those will stay put for very long...Theyre going to vibrate loose at some point...Even if you drive them home with an impact (which would either strip the threads or start to put a hole in your hanger) I dont see it working well...

Does anyone know what kind of load is placed upon traction bars when that axle starts to twist?

I hope the chain and all the fittings are rated for the proper load/shock load...

I like the idea, but I just wanted to warn you, dont want to see anything bad happen to an RF'er
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any idea what the load rating is on a beam clamp? i really have no idea. picked those up at work a few years back. the biggest concern of mine is actually the turnbuckle. the eyelets are steel, but the body with the threads is alluminum. the hook going through the axle bracket and the chain connectors are for trailer safety chain, they should be stout enough. i have thought about putting a eye in the front hanger instead of the beam clamp, going to take it easy and see what comes about. thanks for commenting! Dave.
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go out and do a wholeshot see if she holds up.lol

im not sure about those beem clamps.
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yes, ive seen those, and the price that goes with them. if my idea works for me, then im fine with it. 100 bucks just seems a bit much for that. im not worried about wheelhop in reverse.
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I think the chain or tornbuckles or something will snap and get caught up in rotating parts. The "idea" should work (going forward of course), but I also don't think there is enough leverage, the mounting hole is only about an inch or two above the spring pack.

And is that a coil spring in with the bump stop? Weird...
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And is that a coil spring in with the bump stop? Weird...
Works just like an overload spring, helps add spring rate when the back is loaded.
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Works just like an overload spring, helps add spring rate when the back is loaded.
Yeah I'm sure it works great, just never seen one setup like that.
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yes there is a coil overload on the axle housing that the top end of circles the bumpstop, on the project ive changed things a bit, gone is the alumminum turnbuckle and beam clamp. now it's got solid closed eyes and the forward mount goes through the front spring mount and is used to put tension on the chain. seems to be working fine. Name:  Picture003-1.jpg
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those are some tiny bolts.. why not just use tube?
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wow can u say ghettolicious
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