caltracs vs traction bars

Kspen90

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I'm going to be building a set of either traction bars or caltracs soon but I'm wanting a little advice. I plan on removing the overload and one full leaf for ride comfort and adding a set of air helper springs to retain payload capacity. My questions are #1 with the leaf pack stripped down will the caltracs still stop axle wrap? #2 will traditional trac bars compromise ride quality? #3 what's your opinion on which setup will be best for my application?
 

Kspen90

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Shoulda put that in there, for some reason I always assume everyone already knows lol Mostly DD and ripping down the streets when I'm in a hurry and some towing
 
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JDub

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I haven't noticed any change in ride quality with my truck (pulled load spring, air bags, caltracs). I had caltracs on my old 2wd ford and they worked great, that's why I went with them again on my current truck. They can be a bit noisy around town but a piece of rubber hose around the pin that rides on the leaf spring cured that.

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Kspen90

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I haven't noticed any change in ride quality with my truck (pulled load spring, air bags, caltracs). I had caltracs on my old 2wd ford and they worked great, that's why I went with them again on my current truck. They can be a bit noisy around town but a piece of rubber hose around the pin that rides on the leaf spring cured that.

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Thanks :thumb:
If you pull your overload springs off, install your Caltracs or ladder bars, or you will be buying a driveshaft and rear yoke....from experience ..��

That is what I an planning to do....
 

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Im thinking about geting a set also been looking around and comparing.Steve sells some nice and light 1s but they look a little short,another memeber on here is making a bad ass set that uses 2.25 tubing and 1 inch heims but im wondering how heavy they are?That being said they will never flex or bend.
 

WisconsinHick1

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I had traction bars and they were good. A little rigid for street driving though. I bought Caltracs last year and have been very happy with them. Better on the street and have worked great for sled pulling and drag racing.
 

jnieberlein

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I haven't had traction bars, My cal tracs are installed with the full leaf pack still, although air bags and a pulled overload is in my future. They can be a little noisy as stated. I live on a dirt road so I try and hose em down about once a week or so with wd or kroil to keep the squeak to a minimum. I still tow with them and over all I am happy with their performance. The finish didn't last one year since the install, through the winter I have lost a fair amount of powder coat of the front brackets
 

hondarider552

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Ride like crap for no axle wrap


Rides nice with axle wrap.



James built me a set of "axle wrap" bars and I never even knew they were there, cant say the same with Caltracs. I only towed once with caltracs on my LBZ, and a few times with my GMC with long bars, so just my findings.
 

jnieberlein

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Ok, I thought their may be some kinda of safety concern I was unaware of. My gooseneck tows pretty smooth so I haven't had the same experience as you, thanx for clarifying
 

jnieberlein

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I would think if you have a hell of a load wouldnt it push or pull on the rear end depending on the angle of the bar?


Probably, I have em adjusted just off the springs normally and if the trailer is real heavy I have adjusted them again so they are not preloading on the spring with the weight of the trailer. This weekend I just left them as they were went about 300 miles round trip and didn't really notice any difference compared to just towing the trailer when I didn't have them on there. My thinking with the air bags is I can take any added load off the springs with the increase of air and adjust ride height according. Not the best pic in the world but you get the idea

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arneson

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Traditional bars will make it ridgid feeling. They can be driven on street or dd, but u will notice them. Longer bars are more for sled pulling and moving the load weight further up the frame. Never been in a truck that i couldn't feel them.
 

Ryan T

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Also, Cal tracs plant your tires to the ground, bars just take care of axle wrap
 

Kspen90

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Thanks for all the replys guys! I think ill tackle building a set of caltracs after I get done with my short throw shifter project
 
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