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4x4JeePmaNthINg
October 22nd, 2017, 06:47
is a traction bar worth adding or not worth adding for any particular tire sizes small or large.

im on 33's now and I am curious of this addition and if it is worth investing in for its traction improvement.

it would be added to a C8.25 29spl and i would need a new or additional modified cross member for mounting.

also are there any cons to this set up?



i appreciate any info

RCP Phx
October 22nd, 2017, 07:23
I've never seen the need on any of my XJ's. I have built a couple for other vehicles but it mostly depends on your spring pack. There are no downsides to a properly built one.
http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww220/apayne82/4runner/41400009_zps1ykytwpd.jpg
http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww220/apayne82/4runner/41400002_zpsxhpcvqru.jpg

ehall
October 22nd, 2017, 07:31
I need one, 6" of lift with extended shackles and relocators, the shackles let sooo much movement in the springs now.

Green XJ Jeep
October 22nd, 2017, 08:47
Are you having an issue with wheel hop or axle wrap?
If not then it really isn't going to help with traction.

1990JEEPXJ
October 22nd, 2017, 10:10
There are no cons to one. I built one because I broke a driveshaft trying to bump up and over an obstacle. Plus I have pretty worn out leafs and long shackles with relocation brackets

Boostwerks.com
October 22nd, 2017, 11:56
Having twisted a couple leaf packs, I'd never go back to not having one.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4285/34869476083_fc065474f2_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/V8ibpv)IMG_1980 (https://flic.kr/p/V8ibpv) by Bryson Whissen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/150006253@N08/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4059/35548298391_e6551a0559_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WahjCp)IMG_2174 (https://flic.kr/p/WahjCp) by Bryson Whissen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/150006253@N08/), on Flickr

burntkat
October 23rd, 2017, 10:51
It's hard to tell, is that near the diff?

themauler
October 24th, 2017, 04:12
It's hard to tell, is that near the diff?



Yes. Closer to the center of the diff/axle the better homeslice.


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burntkat
October 24th, 2017, 04:38
I don't know who the hell homeslice is, but thanks for the reply.

Boostwerks.com
October 24th, 2017, 10:18
It's hard to tell, is that near the diff?

Yup.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4106/35291633400_d76357eb29_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/VLAR4W)IMG_1975 (https://flic.kr/p/VLAR4W) by Bryson Whissen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/150006253@N08/), on Flickr

Green XJ Jeep
October 24th, 2017, 12:26
I don't know who the hell homeslice is, but thanks for the reply.
In the context used you are homeslice.

Homeslice,
synonomous to "homie".*
def 1: means good friend or buddy*
def 2: means someone who seems like a little slice of home, thus home slice*

ftwelder
October 24th, 2017, 15:20
Homeslice went around in '05. The name burnkat conjures up sort of a beatnik/ hipster vibe which suggests you may be familiar with this nomenclature.. haha.. sorry..

burntkat
October 25th, 2017, 06:31
Yeah, you couldn't be more wrong. If I had my way they'd all be euthanized in vitro.

1990JEEPXJ
October 30th, 2017, 18:40
So I changed up the design of mine. I have a flat belly and want to keep it that way. My old traction bar had a shackle but it went through the floor which I wasn’t too fond of. So I made a slip and twist design and the shorter bar is completely adjustable. It’s built like a radius arm. Much more compact without the shackle. Only possible downside would be a hard hit bending it and therefore not allowing it to slip and twist. We will see how it goes

kcox506
October 30th, 2017, 21:42
Traction bar is the only answer. Especially with a manual. All of the torque transfer. Its super fun.

http://i.imgur.com/ynykDBTh.jpg (https://imgur.com/ynykDBT)

http://i.imgur.com/KsB5TkQh.jpg (https://imgur.com/KsB5TkQ)

Bent
October 31st, 2017, 05:51
So I changed up the design of mine. I have a flat belly and want to keep it that way. My old traction bar had a shackle but it went through the floor which I wasn’t too fond of. So I made a slip and twist design and the shorter bar is completely adjustable. It’s built like a radius arm. Much more compact without the shackle. Only possible downside would be a hard hit bending it and therefore not allowing it to slip and twist. We will see how it goes
I have seen designs that use a sliding shackle on a cross member that work very well.

burntkat
October 31st, 2017, 06:55
So I changed up the design of mine. I have a flat belly and want to keep it that way. My old traction bar had a shackle but it went through the floor which I wasnít too fond of. So I made a slip and twist design and the shorter bar is completely adjustable. Itís built like a radius arm. Much more compact without the shackle. Only possible downside would be a hard hit bending it and therefore not allowing it to slip and twist. We will see how it goes

Would you mind posting up some pics of the new arrangement?

1990JEEPXJ
October 31st, 2017, 09:12
Donít have a picture but this is pretty much what it looks like

https://flic.kr/p/ZX8LSh