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Traction bars

I've been seeing some round tube traction bars on some 1967-1969 Camaros and Firebirds. They have an adjustable rod end and are rigid mount instead of the typical slapper bars.
Any idea where to locate some?

They mount similarly like a ladder bar but are a little more forgiving in the ride quality it looks like.

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Never mind, found them.
Took awhile but I found them at Jegs online. Looking up stuff online requires thinking in Yellow page jargon.

http://www.jegs.com/webapp/wcs/store...tegoryId=10083
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Those are similar to the Cal Track bars but neither is rigid mounted in front, but rather pivot on the spring bolt to put pressure on the leaf spring.
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Has anyone here run either of these type bars? Cal-Trac or Comp Eng?

What's your experience with them?

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I personally have not used them, but everyone that I have seen with them says they work just fine.

I have not heard a discouraging word about them.
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It all depends if you can stand the looks of all that stuff hanging down so low. They reduce ground clearance substantially. They work well for all out drag traction.

There are better ways to stop wheel hop and add traction on a street-strip car without the "looks.


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Here's what I have now, clearence was never a real problem but I see what your saying.

I do like the ladder look but hate the ride, thought the slider link would offer a better ride and looks pretty good.

Before the ladders I had slappers. Those I had clearence issues with, so I do wonder about the slider link or Cal Trac since it mounts under the leaf spring which is why I'd like some user feedback.
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The best feed back I can give you is to look at a car like yours with them installed. You will see that they hang down 4 inches below the front spring eye, about the same as a slapper bar. If the car is lowered, the bars will usually point UP towards the rear.

Read-up on Mopar Super Stock springs for other ideas.

Later model Camaros had the single "ladder bar" torque link that worked well.
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It all depends if you can stand the looks of all that stuff hanging down so low. They reduce ground clearance substantially. They work well for all out drag traction.

There are better ways to stop wheel hop and add traction on a street-strip car without the "looks.


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you mentioned "better ways" to stop wheel hop and add traction in the previous post. I have the same situation. Need traction control for my 72 nova with leaf springs. Recomendations please..........
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I know the guys I talk with over on Chevy Talk say they love Cal-Tracs.

Some even home build their own versions for their cars.

A couple who run a store on ebay called: Oldedays, sell a cheaper version of Cal-Tracs.
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you mentioned "better ways" to stop wheel hop and add traction in the previous post. I have the same situation. Need traction control for my 72 nova with leaf springs. Recomendations please..........

see # 8

Look at the FatMan's trailing arm kit for the rear of the old Mustangs. This can be done with coil overs or quarter eliptical leaves.
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Read-up on Mopar Super Stock springs for other ideas.
Look at the 1st & 3rd pics 428ho posted. It looks like he's got the old Pontiac version of the same thing, 3 leaves back and 5 leaves front.
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Found this in the Mopar search.

http://www.moparmusclemagazine.com/p...iant_traction/

Seems that by adding the Comp Eng bars they lowered the 60 ft times dramatically. From 2.84 to 1.88
Now that is a big difference for a bolt on part.
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I made quite a few of these devices within the past year. They are similar to the Cal-trax device but have more adjustment. They actually improve your 60ft. times over the Cal-Trax. If you go to www.smithracecraft.com look up the Max-Trax. They work great and are very easy to install.
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