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Old 05-23-2010, 09:24 PM
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Do Traction bars really work?

Ok I have finally upgraded the rear to 3.43 gears and not want to add some traction bars. My question is are they worth it?

The goal is to make my car launch the best possible way I can for 1/4mile.

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Which ones are you looking at? There's more than a couple of different styles...
The type of suspension/car you have makes a difference too.
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as far as wheel hop , yes. I would look at the cal-tracs. as good as a 4-link some say. And they use alot at the track

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They are going into a 1970 nova. I was looking at some on summit and they are pretty inexpensive. Thats basically why I asked LOL. As set of chrome ones are 49.99
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I'm guessing those 49.99 are slapper bars? Don't do it. I had those on my 67 Nova. It helped create downforce, but it also lifted the back of the car...canceling out weight transfer. CalTracs are better. A friend of mine used those on his 67 and it worked a lot better.
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Ok I'll post the ones that they have and I'll ask which ones you guys recommend.

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I had a nova with j-bolt style traction bars on it. With a 10 inch slick and a BBC the car went a best of 9.18 @ 144 mph with a 60 ft. time of 1.31. They work! The trick is in the leaf springs. Have a custom spring made as follows. Four leaf bundle. The second leaf end 1 inch behind the eyelet on both ends, the 3rd leaf 1 inch behind the ends of the 2nd leaf,and the 4th leaf 1 inch behind the ends of the 3rd leaf. Make the snubbers contact the spring eye at ride height,but don't use them to jack or hold the car up. Drag springs on the front with good shocks and let 'er rip!
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They work, to eliminate wheel hop. But must be set up CORRECTLY! Follow the instructions EXACTLY! And the rubbers have to be on the spring eye, not before it!

Or just then take the second and third leafs and turn them around, so the short side is tword the back, and the long tword the front. Stiffens the springs enough to keep wheel hop to a minimum, completely eliminated it on my 78 f-body.
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Great advice big roy

An old toothless guy told me that same advice in the pits after watching my 77 TAs embarasing wheel hop. It fixed mine as well. That guy wasnt you was it?...... Ha Ha just bustin on ya

But yes traction bars help and are inexpensive. The Cal tracs are the hot ticket right now so long as they are in your budget. They work great!
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lol, I'm not old, only 21!

Caltracs are awesome! And if you can afford them, just build a set! I had a set build, but went to install and there was too much of the floor that needed cut out use them!
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Traction bars DO WORK

Many years ago I had a '48 Plymouth with a Chet Herbert Cam, Whitney Aluminum Fly wheel and AFB quad, '55 Buick nail head engine.
The rear end was out of a '46 GMC pickup, a 5 something to 1 ratio for 1/8 mile drags.
The first time out I was running against a fast '55 chevy so I got on it hard!!! I broke Both rear springs and put the drive shaft on the track!! as I got out of car the crowed was still laughing!!!!

NEXT week I had traction bars from JC Whitney, with the low gear ratio and warmed up Buick; I got that '55 chevy and won C gas.

Traction bars WORK if you need them
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192 Howland Avenue Rochester NY 14620
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