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Old 03-18-2006, 12:32 PM
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ladder bar snubber?

I just purchased a set of Lakewood ladder bars for my '69 Nova. After installing them, it seems like they aren't installed correctly. Here is a picture:

The only thing I can think of is to put a big shim between the bottom of the leaf spring and the ladder bar, to fix the angle... ??

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Sean.

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Old 03-18-2006, 01:13 PM
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Something is wrong for sure, they are amost dragging on the ground. Did you put them on top of the spring plate, or did you replace the plate with the traction bar?
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The first problem is that the snubber must hit directly under the spring eye bolt and not 8 inches back on the spring. The whole bar is too short, period. If you run it like this it will damage your spring and give you unconsistent traction.... ya I know... most Chevy guys run like this all the time..... They ARE just Chevy guys. I refrain from further comment.

The nose of the snubber should have 3/4 inch clearance maximum.

Since you are using the el-cheapo bars, you WILL have to make shims to angle the bars upwards, extend the bar length, buy material to do so, and waste 8 hours of your time.. Also if you have lots of HP and lots of traction... you will bend the bars.

If it were me, I go get my money back and do something effective like CalTracs or Slide-a-Links.

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can't beat that advice!

Yea the car has lots of power for that suspension. I just need something to be temporary. I have 2 extra 6 degree shims, I guess I will use those.

Guess I learned my lesson with those cheap arse bars.

Thanks for the info
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