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Old 04-10-2018, 01:59 PM   #1
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lifted square body front traction bars.

why is it you don't see too many people run traction bars on the front? I have a 6in lift and got some pretty decent wrap and wondered why you never see bars on the front axle, why is that?
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Old 04-10-2018, 04:08 PM   #2
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I used to run those same wheels and tires on my big F250 many moons ago. Love 'em!
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:37 PM   #3
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I've seen them used on mud bog trucks. They where a "Y" bar going from the front of the truck back to a single point on top of the axle.
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:57 PM   #4
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Do you mean traction or track (pan hard bar)?

They left a track bar off because of the steering box pushing fore aft vs laterally like newer trucks. You will definitely feel a difference in steering with a track bar installed. It'll be tighter.

If you're talking about a traction bar, I haven't seen anyone use one in the front, but I would assume it'd be similar to the rear. If you're just trying to control pinion angle, do a floating ladder bar, if you want to get full control, do four control arms/track bar/coils.
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Old 04-10-2018, 09:10 PM   #5
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I have them on my 2nd gen on the rear, welded mount to the axle and mount to my frame, kept angle same as driveshaft.

I mocked up some tubing and see no clearance issues. It would go roughly by the shock mount and 3.5' back by the transfer case. 2 up front and 2 in the back.
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Old 04-13-2018, 03:10 PM   #6
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HeartLand Fab on Facebook had a GORGEOUS old square body with a nasty 570-somethign inch big block in it and he ran bars front and rear. He fabricates and sells them for all makes and models.
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:50 AM   #7
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Suspension travel. If you put bars on the front the axle will not be able to move back when the axle moves up. If the shakles were on the front of the springs it wouldnt be a big beal. When the suspension compresses it moves up and back.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:36 PM   #8
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look at an upper bar like a 84-85 toyota straight axle truck. they work really well.
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