Leaf Spring Traction Bars

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96f-u250

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I want to reduce, or get rid of axle wrap on my 1997 Ranger that has spring over Deaver F31s netting ~14” travel.

I remember Ovrebo putting some on his “Stupid Titan” but the photobucket pictures wouldn’t load in his build thread.

I am unsure on where the mouting location should be on the bottom frame. In other words how long the bar should be.

My plan is mount a heim under the axle on both sides in line with the frame, then have poly bushings mounted under the frame. Should I line it up with the front leaf spring mount, or farther forward for a longer track bar. Most street trucks have longer ones. Not sure if thats correct for long travel. Thanks.
 

marcytech

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yeah i thought it was strange also, but as far as mounting anywhere inline or forward of the front leaf bolt is fine.
 

partybarge_pilot

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You will need to cycle it to get every thing right. For length, start with the distance from the front of the spring perch to the front leaf eye at ride height. Then do the CAD and cycle it. Look at the Autofab ones and you will see what I mean.

 

96f-u250

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Thanks for the replies. There is no lift block, just longer than stock shackles with the rear shackle hanger moved back to the rear holes. Ive noticed it a lot on the street when I try spinning the tires with the brake on. The rear end goes full stink bug and goes to full droop, and a little in the dirt from the bump strikers hitting the bump bad in weird spots. Alrite, looks like short ones are the right way then. Ill definitely cycle it and see what happens and document it better there.
 

austen2019

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also make sure you torque the u bolts makes a big difference ask dealer what they need to be torqued at... also ruffstuffspecialties sells a awesome track bar with shackle for a very fair price
 
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96f-u250

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I did see ruffstuff's kits, but I would rather build it myself to save some money. I do like buying from them, and bought heims and bushings already.
As far as the shackle type track bars, I cant picture how that would eliminate axle wrap, since the shackle can rotate. But like you said it probably does not bind.
However it might limit it enough, to not be noticeable.
I dunno, what the hell do i know, I still flux core shit and have leafsprings on a truck that is driveable right now and all I want is for it to be in the driveway on jackstands.
 
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rangerjosh

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i think ruffstuff also makes a spring perch that is longer and is supposed to help also. when i put a fullsize 8.8 in my old ranger it helped. I was also running the chevy64 junkyard spring combo spring over
 

bri_man57

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The shackle style works by trying to compress the shackle into the frame. As the rear end tries to rotate up during axle wrap, the traction bar will rotate up (since a shackle style will have 2 fixed points on the rear end) but won't be able to since its pushing against the shackle. The shackle would stay pretty vertical throughout travel. I would try that style before a i put a bind bar on my leafs lol.

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