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Old 09-15-2016, 10:20 AM   #1
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Caltracs on a dd

I was planning on running caltracs on my '01, but a guy I work with that drag races a lot told me you can't run them on the street because they'll break. He said he uses comp engineering slide-a-links because they have a bushing in them and a jam nut you can back off and not mess with suspension travel but they don't make a set for my truck and I don't feel like tryin to customize a set if I don't need to. So my question is since I know a good many people on here have experience with caltracs, is what would be your opinion on them for a primarily daily driven truck. I don't tow anything with this truck and I do a little street racing here and there and hit the track a good bit on the weekend
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:25 AM   #2
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I know a few people on the forums using caltracs for daily driving, sled pulling and drag racing with no issues.
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:30 AM   #3
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I have ran them on my street car for over 10 years with no issues. It is a 3000lb car and not a truck though. I even bottomed it out going over a crest in a driveway and didn't bend the bar. Seen any traction bars that mount on the frame further forward break? The only difference I see is the forward mounting point of the two. What exactly was your coworker saying would break?
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:35 AM   #4
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I've seen a lot of people run them on street trucks for a long time. I can't speak to ride quality or performance, but I know I never have heard of them breaking from DDing.
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Old 09-15-2016, 12:23 PM   #5
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That's what I was thinking. I've never heard of them breaking but he bracket races a split bumper camaro so I wasn't sure if there was difference or not. Just wanted to double check with people with experinence on a full weight truck before I ordered a set. I've got to get some new shocks and lower the truck down some first. Right now anything over 10psi in 4wd just blows the tires off
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:14 PM   #6
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That's what I was thinking. I've never heard of them breaking but he bracket races a split bumper camaro so I wasn't sure if there was difference or not. Just wanted to double check with people with experinence on a full weight truck before I ordered a set. I've got to get some new shocks and lower the truck down some first. Right now anything over 10psi in 4wd just blows the tires off
Did you lower the tire pressure at all?

I had to air down my tires until they hooked. At normal tire pressures they would just spin.

Anything over 20 psi would spin but I noticed between 12-18 psi was where I got my best 60ft times from...

I had a similar setup to you, 66mm turbo with mach 7s
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:32 PM   #7
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A buddy of mine has had them on his super duty for 3 or 4 years, he just backs them off a bit for dd.

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Old 09-15-2016, 04:18 PM   #8
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I have them on my truck, dd, 5yrs now, no problems.
 
Old 09-15-2016, 09:25 PM   #9
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I guess I'll put them on the order list then. And no I haven't had a chance to air them down yet, I know that's my main problem right now. I was planning on dropping pressure down to about 15-20ish psi and hit the track tomorrow night because they're having a diesel bracket race Saturday, but my fiancé's grandpa had a heart attack yesterday and probably isn't goin to make it through the night so I might have to put it on hold for a little bit.
 
Old 09-15-2016, 11:08 PM   #10
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I run them on my 2011 dding and towing and have had no bad experiences in the last 30,000 miles.
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Old 09-16-2016, 10:23 AM   #11
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I've had mine for around 7 years on the street. I don't put many miles per year though. They will rattle some, but they are built well.
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Old 09-16-2016, 08:45 PM   #12
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I also run them on my 06 dodge Diesel. Ive had them on for over 6 years with no problems
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Old 09-16-2016, 09:52 PM   #13
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That's what I like to hear. I aired my 420s's down to 25psi tonight and left on 13-14psi and it hooked decent my first pass but the stupid kids runnin the water box sprayed water across the whole track so I couldn't drive around it. Last week with the tires at 40psi spinning my 60ft times were consistent around 2.00-2.02 and my best et was 8.24 at 87mph. Tonight my best pass had a 60ft of 1.91 and my et was 8.00 at 88. I know if it'll hook it's got high 7's in it
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Old 08-10-2017, 03:07 PM   #14
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Have had them on my truck for 10 years , have replaced the joints twice in all that time. Never broke, just rattled a lot. No regrets, benefits far outweigh the noise.

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Old 08-10-2017, 06:32 PM   #15
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You can put a piece of radiator hose on the bolt that goes over the leaf to get rid of most of the rattle.

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Old 08-10-2017, 06:49 PM   #16
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Do they effect the ride at all?

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