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Unread 07-13-2008, 11:31 PM   #1
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Please help me fab a traction bar

I NEED a traction bar for my 72 cj5. I know what I need, but I don't have the welding skills to make one. I'm in the southern California area. Can anyone help or give me direction where I can get help?


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Unread 07-14-2008, 11:01 AM   #2
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You are getting spring wrap in your CJ5? Wow, what is turning those wheels?
(edit) just looked at your profile, AMX 390, nice...

Some diffs have to be welded up because of axle tube 'wrap' I guess you could call it when the pumpkin spins on the tubes, but I haven't seen any CJ's with the traction bars except on the strip and those need wheelie bars too....

I think a speed shop might be the place to look for them.

There are ton of links on google for traction bar, here is one: Pages/Ladder_Bars.htm
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Unread 07-14-2008, 11:40 AM   #3
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with your SOA it is going to be trouble for you or get stiffer springs

look at these better the slapper bars
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Unread 07-14-2008, 11:57 AM   #4
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I did a single ladder bar a few years ago for my old CJ5 when it was still SOA on 35" TSLs. If you're drag racing with it, you'll want a dual traction bar setup to plant both tires equally. For wheeling, you can get away with a single bar placed as close to the center of the axle as possible. However, since a CJ5 is pretty short, the bar will also be pretty short. This will cause quite a bit of "antisquat" as that short bar will react more violently than a longer bar. My old bar was on the passenger side of the diff housing. On a steep climb, it would lift the passenger side of the rig noticeably.

Should be able to find a hundred shops in Socal that are capable of building you a nice bar(s).
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Unread 07-14-2008, 12:06 PM   #5
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One possible source:

Click on "Traction Bars" on the left hand side.
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Unread 07-18-2008, 02:48 AM   #6
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Please excuse my lack of knowledge, but could I make the traction bar have a right angle at the transfercase and go farther past the tcase to make the bar longer in order to stop the wheel hop? Maybe add a cross brace to support the right angle? Could this work or would I not have the right dimentions to function properly?
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Unread 07-18-2008, 07:34 AM   #7
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I used the John Nutter write up on making a ladder bar. Mine has a bronco tie rod end at the end where it connects to the shackle so the axle can articulate. I made a cross member to attach the shackle end of the ladder bar to the chassis which goes under the t-case yoke and over the exhaust.
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