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Ok on my 63 galaxie I am considering a set of slapper bars to keep it nostalgia and am wondering how well they work and if they affect the ride at all?

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Ok on my 63 galaxie I am considering a set of slapper bars to keep it nostalgia and am wondering how well they work and if they affect the ride at all?
As far as i am concerend they do help and don't effect the ride any at all, not in my experiences anyway i have a set on my 67 camaro work great just try to get a decent set any probably better then none but you know what i mean, as they say you get what you pay for.


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Here's what i would put on that ride. . http://www.drivewire.com/vehicle/196...traction-bars/ .


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What ever you buy, make sure the snubber will contact the bottom of the spring eye. Dont get the short ones that hit the flat part of the leaf. As long as you have an air gap between the snubber and the spring eye while cruising they do not affect ride quality.
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Ok on my 63 galaxie I am considering a set of slapper bars to keep it nostalgia and am wondering how well they work and if they affect the ride at all?

I had a pair of chrome plated slapper bars on my '55 Chevrolet and they worked as designed to prevent wheel hop after the spring perches were reinforced. I had to reinforce the welds on the leaf-spring perches where they are attached to the axle housing. On a '55 - '57 Chevy, the factory leaf spring perches just have spot-welds where they are attached to the axle housing. Under a hard launch with good bite, the perches broke and allowed the springs to wrap upwards in front and break the rear U-joint. I welded a 1-inch wide steel strap over the axle and welded the ends of the strap to each side of the spring perches. I had a 1970 455 CI Pontiac engine in my '55 Chevy and the factory rear axle set up was not designed to handle that much torque. I grenaded three differentials but the slapper bars worked properly after the spring perches were reinforced. I later installed a complete '57 Pontiac rear end and re-used the same slapper bars. No more problems.

A '63 Ford Galaxy will not have the rear end breakage problems that a '55-'57 Chevies have. However, the spring perches should be reinforced because when the axle tries to wrap up and the slapper bars contact the springs, it will transmit the impact loading directly to the spring perches on the axle housing. Slapper bars are more streetable that the alternative...ladder bars. The slapper bars were introduced in 1967 specifically for the Camaros with single leaf springs. Camaros had terrible wheel hop until they were equipped with slapper bars. My '69 Firebird 400 had multiple leaf springs with factory control arms and did not need slapper bars to handle the extra torque of the 400 CI Pontiac engine.
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1981 Camaro

I have a set on my 81 Camaro and they look great and they work and don't effect the ride.

If I was going to just drag race the car I would not use them for that purpose because there are other types that work much better.

If you were going to be drag racing on a regular basis you should be looking at the systems that Calvert Racing Suspensions has which is superior to slapper bars.

Every racer I have talked to who ran their setup lowered their 60 ft. time by a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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If you want nostalgic that really work, then order a set of Traction Masters. That what everyone ran back in the '60's and early 70's, and they came stock on Cobras and Sunbeam Tigers, among others.
Surprisingly the same company is still in business after all these years, and the product still looks the same. Great quality at around $125 a set.

I have nothing to do with them, just like old nostalgia rides!

http://tractionmaster.com/
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