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    Traction Bars

    I think we're going to put traction bars on both the 71 and the 72. Does anyone have them and do they do anything other than look awesome? I'd like to see some of your set-ups if possible. We are looking at Lakewood Traction Action...
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      RE: Traction Bars

      I have comp engineering slide-a-links and they work great. The car stand up in the back when you launch it.
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        RE: Traction Bars

        I have them on "Fire" (my '73 MACH I) and YES, they work!

        Mine are modeled after the Lakewood ones but they are home made. With my old fully built 351CJ, I was having problems off the line with wheel hop. I had my guys (owned a shop at the time in the Philippines) fab up some angle iron and made the bars (using tire rubber as the snubber and "J" bolts). Wheel hop solved!!

        Again, this was for a drag race application and they "look" exactly like the lakewood bars.

        To answer your question, they "work" for what they are designed to do. Like everything else within our hobby, it is important to work the suspension based on the "primary" intent of the car. Traction bars can significantly stiffen up the suspension.

        Hope this helps!


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          RE: Traction Bars

          Yeah, that's the thing...We are building street cars for weekend cruising and maybe the occasional burnout! LOL...no racing. So would they hurt anything having them on (mostly for looks?)
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            RE: Traction Bars

            No, I don't think it would "hurt" anything, especially since it is not a daily driven commuter type car.

            Again, don't expect it to be real comfortable on long drives where you are trying to enjoy the scenery (LOL)! There are better suspension choices if you intend to use the car frequently for that aspect of our hobby.

            Quite frankly, that is why I went to two vehicles - - I want the best of both worlds. "Ice" (the '73 Grandé) is designed to be an @550 HP cruising machine with relative tame suspension, somewhat on the par with my stock '89 5.0 LX, but with a LOT more grit. "Fire" (the '73 MACH I) is designed to be an @800 HP primary track machine with a much different suspension, cooling system, ignition and internals.

            To a very large degree, it is about compromises - - what can you live with over the long haul.

            Hope this helps!

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              (08-02-2010 04:08 PM)cobra3073 Wrote:  No, I don't think it would "hurt" anything, especially since it is not a daily driven commuter type car.

              Again, don't expect it to be real comfortable on long drives where you are trying to enjoy the scenery (LOL)! There are better suspension choices if you intend to use the car frequently for that aspect of our hobby.

              Quite frankly, that is why I went to two vehicles - - I want the best of both worlds. "Ice" (the '73 Grandé) is designed to be an @550 HP cruising machine with relative tame suspension, somewhat on the par with my stock '89 5.0 LX, but with a LOT more grit. "Fire" (the '73 MACH I) is designed to be an @800 HP primary track machine with a much different suspension, cooling system, ignition and internals.

              To a very large degree, it is about compromises - - what can you live with over the long haul.

              Hope this helps!

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              Cool, I don't foresee any long range trips, mostly local shows so I guess we could go either way! Maybe we'll put them on the 72 since it is already torn apart! Then see how it handles before deciding to add them to the Mach1.
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                Definitly gives off the old school vibe....
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                  RE: Traction Bars

                  I disagree on the old school slapper bars affecting ride, unless you have the j-bolts and preload on the bars you should not notice any difference. For the old school vibe go with the slappers. For all out traction go wit the split mono-leafs and caltracs. Virtually every leaf spring stock eliminator drag car in the country are running them. They WORK!

                  Planning on building a set of slappers for my car, just for the look of it. The look I am going for is a day 2 style, doing the mods the way I would have done them in the 70's if I could have afforded to. Some nods to current technology will be incorporated as well but mostly hidden.
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                    (08-06-2010 12:07 PM)droptop73 Wrote:  I disagree on the old school slapper bars affecting ride, unless you have the j-bolts and preload on the bars you should not notice any difference. For the old school vibe go with the slappers. For all out traction go wit the split mono-leafs and caltracs. Virtually every leaf spring stock eliminator drag car in the country are running them. They WORK!

                    Planning on building a set of slappers for my car, just for the look of it. The look I am going for is a day 2 style, doing the mods the way I would have done them in the 70's if I could have afforded to. Some nods to current technology will be incorporated as well but mostly hidden.

                    Sounds cool! I'll have to look into that!

                    I like day 2 mods...nothing wrong with factory showroom, but customizing is more my style too!
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                      RE: Traction Bars

                      You may be correct, Jeff - - as I do have the "J" bolts on mine. I had forgotten that not all of the traction bars came with them.

                      With two very similar cars, I think Barry's stated approach will work well. He can try them on the Coupe and if he does not like it, can take them off and not put them on the SportsRoof. It is not normally a difficult or prohibitive time-consuming exercise.

                      Again, my bars are home madeSmile.

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