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Old 12-21-2005, 08:55 AM
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I'm replacing the traction bars on my 69 Nova with Competition Engineering Traction bars, and I'm finding out that the "J" Bolts do not pass through the bottom of the spring holder and traction bar.

Does anyone know if I can grind out the rear holes on the traction bar plate (making them oblong) to make them fit without endangering anything?

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Are these the bars?

If so the bar is designed to REPLACE the lower spring plate... not fit under it...
It should show this in the instructions...
http://www.competitionengineering.com/instructions.asp
Scroll down to #C2101.
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I know that the bars replace the bottom spring carrier, however, there are spring axle supports welded to the bottom of the axle, the instruction say that the "J" bolts is supposed to go through that welded piece and then through the traction bar. The "J" bolt goes through the axle's welded piece, but then does not clear the rear holes on the traction bar by about 3/16th.

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With everything loose there should be nothing preventing the J-bolts from dropping thru the lower plate. The bar is located by these bolts so make sure you haven't tightened the front clamp or J-bar bolts to far to prevent the bar from moving around.
The instructions say to drill the axle bracket out to 1/2" dia. Did you do that?
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Yes, the "J" bolt fits through the axle hole just fine, its when the "J" bolt starts to go through the Traction bar plate, that is when I'm having the problem???
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Stock axle?
Is the leaf spring bolt bent?
Something has to be hanging the bar up to keep it from sliding back to the bolt.
If it boils down to it, it won't hurt a thing to slot the holes a bit. Just throw a big washer under the nut.
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Stock axle?
Is the leaf spring bolt bent?
Something has to be hanging the bar up to keep it from sliding back to the bolt.
If it boils down to it, it won't hurt a thing to slot the holes a bit. Just throw a big washer under the nut.
Mark
I recommend checking everything before enlarging the holes. If you use washers be sure to use hardened washers, not standard grade, or they will continually work loose as the washers squish out under repeated shocks and pressure.
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Have you tried assembling the bar off the car yet? If it goes together off the car, it should fit on the car, unless something on the car is preventing it.
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I will pre-assemble the bars to make sure there is nothing bent, but if worse comes to worse, I'll have to open the slot on the rear a little. The puzzling thing is, that this is happening on both sides(?)

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Just bend the "J" bolts a little to go through the holes.
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I'd like to thank everyone who gave me advice about installing my bars. With a little messaging, I got them on.

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