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Andrewme 09-14-2019 09:52 PM

Traction bar setup help
 
Hello, I'm working on building a set of traction bars for the 2011 2500 crewcab longbed. It has a set helper air bags so I dont have alot of room to work with. I picked this up from ballistic fabrication
https://i.ibb.co/sVF4NyT/Screenshot-...g-Internet.jpg
Was planning to replace the lower mount for the air bags with it and have the bars mounted to it. The bars will be about 66" link to link. But the bars will be just below the middle point of the axle and about 2" forward. Will this work or do I need to alter the mounts for the bars to make them alittle lower?
https://i.ibb.co/VWHwzCz/20190907-133019.jpg

Andrewme 09-16-2019 03:56 PM

Went and picked up 2-2x.250x60" dom bars are the local scrapyard. 18.30/foot. Started prepping the bars. They were covered in some sort of grease. Guess it was there to help protect the bars. And used my angle grinder to put a bevel on the ends to get better weld penetration. Also ordered 2 axle link mounts to place the bar lower on the axle to help keep it from twisting. Since I'll be under the truck welding anyway should I put a few extra beads between the axle tube and the pumpkin? Dont plan on alot of hard launches or anything but I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Andrewme 09-20-2019 12:52 AM

I'm not the best welder but it'll hold. I tacked it in 4 spots then welded from one rack to the next.
https://i.ibb.co/ypvjhL0/20190919-175954.jpg
Rustoleum self etching primer
https://i.ibb.co/gt63Dws/20190919-184722.jpg
And some fire engine red
https://i.ibb.co/ccSB6Fv/20190919-185807.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/ccSB6Fv/20190919-185807.jpg
I'm starting a new job tomorrow so I may have to wait another week or 2 to get them onto the truck.


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