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Old 04-03-2012, 02:25 AM   #1
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Hey there people on quick question I just purchased some used traction bars for my 86 coupe lx I installed the traction bars but they didn't come with the reinforcement plate. The guy told me I can still use the traction bars like that. It dies have that bushing where it would be by the chassis I think it's called snub or something like that. Well my question is does that snub suppose to be touching the bottom of my chassis like right on it or do I have to leave a gap between the snub and the chassis of my car. It is about a inch in gap right now and it's getting annoying when I accelerate my car and I get a thumping sound plz help

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I also installed new upper and lower control arms with poly bushings aftermarket forgot brand name
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Hey there people on quick question I just purchased some used traction bars for my 86 coupe lx I installed the traction bars but they didn't come with the reinforcement plate. The guy told me I can still use the traction bars like that. It dies have that bushing where it would be by the chassis I think it's called snub or something like that. Well my question is does that snub suppose to be touching the bottom of my chassis like right on it or do I have to leave a gap between the snub and the chassis of my car. It is about a inch in gap right now and it's getting annoying when I accelerate my car and I get a thumping sound plz help

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I also installed new upper and lower control arms with poly bushings aftermarket forgot brand name
Sounds like those are for older leaf spring cars.
I would not try to use them on your car or you will eventually damage something.
Do you have a picture?
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Re: Lakewood adjustable traction bars

the only lift bars I have seen with a spring setup replaces the stock lower control arms and just has a bracket to lower their mounting position so you get more of an angle (further down on the axle mount location)
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I'm pretty sure he is talking about an old set of "slapper" bars that are used on leaf spring rearends.If he has those on there smacking up against the bottom of the car sooner or later he will rip a hole in the under body.
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Nan never saw them on a stang but in 80 gm yes with springs
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This is a link of what they look like. They are seperate from the lower control arm. I do not have the front piece where it would bolt up to the chassis (the chrome square piece) but their is a bump there.

http://s7d4.scene7.com/is/image/Turn5/37205?$s7product$

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No not for leaf springs running a 91 gt 8.8 dif. On my 86 coupe with quad shocks
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This is a link of what they look like. They are seperate from the lower control arm. I do not have the front piece where it would bolt up to the chassis (the chrome square piece) but their is a bump there.

http://s7d4.scene7.com/is/image/Turn5/37205?$s7product$

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No not for leaf springs running a 91 gt 8.8 dif. On my 86 coupe with quad shocks
Those are very similar to the slapper bars, but they need to be bolted up to the front mounts with U-bolts and pre-gapped so they work properly. Note that they will limit your suspension travel.


Here is a link to the instructions - Lakewood Traction Bars


I would get rid of those and just install a set of the UMI Lift Bars instead.
They will take the place of your stock control arms and not add as much weight or complexity to your rear suspension. They also work really well at planting the rear tires and they won't limit your suspension movement.
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