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Unread 10-03-2005, 01:58 PM   #1
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traction bar for a SOA

As I move slowly forward with my CJ, I have read and also been recommended by the local shop to have a traction bar on the rear end of the Heep. I did a search for traction bars and came up with alot of lift type stuff.

Anybody ever build their own? Gots pics and/or plans or ideas on what gauge metal to use, square versus round, to buyu one is looking at $300 plus shipping.

Besides, I'm learning to weld right now, be a great lesson from my friends if we could try building a traction bar.

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Unread 10-03-2005, 03:36 PM   #2
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Try searching on pirate4x4.com (don't post over there asking or you'll get flamed and told to search) and you should find plenty of info, plans, suggestions, etc.
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Unread 10-04-2005, 09:18 AM   #3
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check out my forum and gallery you will find pics. Feel free to post up on our forums. You will not get flamed.

We have a kit to build your own. Just call for details

Looks something like this



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Unread 10-04-2005, 11:50 AM   #4
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Thanks for the heads up. I don't feel like I could fab one completely from scratch myself, but wouldn't mind a kit or at least some plans to follow. I registered at your site, did a quick search too. Is there a direct link that I'm not seeng to your traction bar somewhere? I'm looking for the direct info on cost and what it comes with.

My username is the same for your site.


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Unread 10-05-2005, 10:25 PM   #5
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Sam's Offroad is where I bought mine from. They have two different versions.
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Unread 10-06-2005, 06:14 AM   #6
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I made one a couple years ago for my CJ when it was still SOA... used some old tie rod material that I had (1.25" OD x .315" wall DOM). It served me well and because it was slightly lower than my rear driveshaft, it made a good "ramp"... protecting my shaft somewhat from rock rash...



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Unread 10-06-2005, 06:39 AM   #7
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Do you know anyone that has a old set of Chevelle traction bars? They would have to be a Lakewood style (ladder bar). That's similar to how BESRK and Blue Flame has there. Just turn it upside down it so it's not under the spring and dragging rocks. Just a thought!
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why do you need one for the rear with soa and not one for the front??

on most of the soa rigs ive seen they all had the rear traction bar and no front one
does the extra weight of the engine upfront give it more stability or what?
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why do you need one for the rear with soa and not one for the front??

on most of the soa rigs ive seen they all had the rear traction bar and no front one
does the extra weight of the engine upfront give it more stability or what?
When in two wheel drive, all power is routed through the rear. This can cause excessive axle wrap on SOA setup's. A simple traction bar is a bracket that bolts to the top of the spring pad, with a vertical flange running parellel with the frame rail. Simply bolt a bar(fabed out of an old tie rod) through a bushing to a hole in the flange. A threaded stud welded on the other end(ala shock stud) goes through another ninety degree flange bolted to the frame rail. They look like a simpler version of BESERK's setup with the rear mount bolted to the U bolts. James Duff used to sell these for early Bronco applications(I'm sure he still does) for a reasonable price.
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I've seen a few SOA rigs that would benefit from a front bar too... lots of axle wrap.
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so axle wrap is not so much of a problem of messing up your axle as it is your leafsprings. or will the perch bend also??
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Unread 10-06-2005, 03:03 PM   #13
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Won't mess up your perches but it's hell on your springs and can let the pinion tip up far enough to bind ujoints... usually causing an impressive ujoint/yoke failure.
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