(Please hang tight with me, I think my photos will work but there is only one way to find out.)
Well for starters, these things are hefty. I knew they would be, but when they arrived i was still caught off guard a bit.
Quality and construction of these things is great.
In typical DOR fashion, getting my hands on these traction bars was a challenge. From start to finish the transaction too over 3 months. There were many emails with varying responses from DOR ranging from prompt to ignored. While waiting for my products to arrive, my pickup developed a shifting issue, with very violent 1-2 and 2-3 shifts with the shift into overdrive getting a bit rough as well. I threw a transmission mount at it, hoping for a quick fix (No luck).
When the bars arrived, I pulled them out of the box. I found that I received the 72" bent bars when I had ordered the straight. I was not about to even attempt to correct the issue as I can only imagine what kind of nightmare that would be. Waiting several more weeks for the end joints (Being drop shipped from manufacturer , only after my bars were shipped (months after ordered). Eventually everything arrived.
I went to do a quick mock up one day to get an idea of how I would be mounting them. Only to notice that I had fitment issues on the axle end.
I called and talked to "Tech support", the tech said that they had an exact truck with a D70 with rear sway bar and verified that the bracket fit no problem. Even to this day I fail to see how they are supposed to fit with no modification other than sway bar removal. I asked if he was sure that a u bolt flip wasn't needed. He assured me that it wasn't needed.
I eventually just ordered a u bolt flip kit and waiting patiently for what I had hoped was the final part needed to get these put on my pickup.
Once I got the u bolt flip kit installed, trimming of the sway bar mount brackets was needed. Once I got everything trimmed enough for things to fit, all measurements taken, bars test fitted and brackets clamped, I started welding everything in. Like i said previously quality has never been an issue with my parts from DOR, everything went as planned when it came to install.
When i finished i took it for a quick drive to see if there was a noticeable difference on my daily driving. Within the first 50 ft, i noticed that my shifts were much less violent and felt crisp once again. My 4x4 shifter would move well over an inch and a half when shifting from 1st to 2nd. Now everything is solid.
I don't know if I would ever own another pickup with out traction bars, they are exactly what was needed. However I can't say that I will be getting the next set from DOR.
Photos clearly didn't work, maybe the album?