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quick question for yall WHAT THE HECK IS THE POINT OF THE TRAC BAR!!!!!!! i simply cant figure it out anywhere i look i just get prices for one. how important is it really? i need a good explanation for it PLEASE!!! i know where its at on the truck, i know how it goes in and i know i grease the damn thing, but that is it
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The trac bar (or traction bar) mounts from the frame to the leafsprings. At peak torque, leafsprings can experience axle wrap where they begin to distort and curl around the axle, resulting in loss of traction and wheel hop. In extreme cases it can even cause a misalignment of the pinion angles of the U-joint and snap it (very rare but known to happen). The traction bar provides a plannar stopper bar which prevents the leafsprings from twisting about the axle's axis by countering the torque with a solid beam connected to the leafsprings.

In lifted applications, a ladder bar provides the same result but with more beef behind it since larger tires and the lift require a greater torque to turn the wheels which in turn gets transmitted back thorugh the leafsprings.

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Not sure if you mean traction bars


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track bar ? #3 in picture .
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the trac bar purpose is 2 keep the axle from shiftin left or right while goin down the road or off road, with the dodge front coil springs. the ladder bars make sure that the front axle doesnt move forward or backwards. the trac bar is very important and u need 1. the leaf springs dont need a trac bar cuz the leaf springs act like a ladder bar and a trac bar combined.
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All good posts.....Great pics Tom for clearity. Im not real sure on it ..Trac bar or traction bars. He did mention Lube?
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i believe that this is the Trac or Track bar

http://www.solidsteel.ca/news.htm

or a kit to use for the 2003 Trac bar to be used in a '94 to '02 ram
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