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Old 11-21-2003, 10:34 AM
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Caltracs traction bars

I was wondering if any of you guys have tried caltracs bars from calvert racing. I am interested in buying a set for my 68 Camaro. I've heard great things about them on the strip, but what about street driving/roadracing? Mainly, I want to know if they will excessivly stiffen the rear suspension causing oversteer. I had this problem with SSM lift bars because they basically make a solid suspension in the rear (no pivot points). One of my rear tires would actually come off the ground when turning up into a driveway because of the stiffness. Anyways, if any of you have opinions or experience with caltracs or the competition engineering slide a links, let me know. Thanks

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The theory behind CalTracks is that they apply down force on the front of the leaf spring which basically keeps the spring from wrapping and allowing the rear to rotate. This keeps the pinion from climbing the ring gear and increases traction in the process.

They shouldn't effect street driving at all since the suspension can move freely in all conditions.

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I'm cheap and made my own.
Hey Centerline....
Any advice to give?
I am in the design stages of building a dropped, tubbed and Big Blocked Astro van and have decided to go with a leaf spring rear suspension. I will be building a set of these bars also so any guidance or suggestions you could make would really be appreciated. Rod end info, poly bushings instead of heim ends?, how does it ride and handle... Stuff like that...
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To build your own go to http://www.hotrodsandhemis.com/Traction.html. Great article and illustrations on building your own.

EDIT: Bummer! The page has been removed.

I do have a print out of it.
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EDIT: Bummer! The page has been removed.

I do have a print out of it.
Yea... that's why I was asking.... Would be possible to get a copy of your printout? I would re-imburse you for costs...
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I can scan it and save it as a .jpg. Then e-mail it to you. No cost.
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I can scan it and save it as a .jpg. Then e-mail it to you. No cost.
Thanks, Bud... I can afford that... If you can post it up here everybody can see it....
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Since the e-mail link to you from this board doesn't have a way to attach the images, I have posted the eleven pages to my Photo Album on this board. They should be able to be printed from the images for anyone who wants to build their own.

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Thanks Frisco...
printing them out as I type...
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Guys, the page hasn't been removed it has just been moved. Go to HotRodsAndHemis.com
and click on the 53 Pickup project and you will find the page and all the pics there.

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If you guys are interested, there is a Goup Purchase going on for Caltracs that a friend of mine is running. It could save you a few bucks if you're in the market. Here's a link to the GP info...


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I just ordered Left and Right hand adjusters for the set I am going to build. I'll have about 70 bucks into them by the time I'm done...
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