Well I finally got my ladder bars done and on the truck. I built them at school in shop class. I used .120" thick 1" square tubing. They are 48" long and 10" tall at the back where they mount to the axle. I found a pipe that was 3.5" round and cut it in half, weldin some tabs on the top and bottom so they would match up, drilled some holes in the tabs and welded the one side to the ladder bar, then I put the other half on the other side of the axle so they wrap around the axle. They are just bolted tightly together on to the axle so that the axle doesn't twist inside them. I plan on weldin the back half to the axle so that it doesn't twist for sure, but I just have them on really tight right now and haven't noticed them twisting. I built a shackle where the ladder bar mounts to the frame so that it doesn't bind. I welded a nut on the end and put a heim rod end in it(I actually bought these at a tractor place, they are for a 3 point hitch, but they work great and they were only $10) I put another nut on there to jam it so the heim rod end wouldn't twist. I primed and painted them up and put them on the other day. I really like them! they do help! When I took off from a stop before without ladder bars, I could feel my rear end sink back and down, but now with the ladder bars on, the truck doesn't sink back or down, it just feels level and like your goin straight forward faster. I can't break my tires loose anymore either so I know I'm gettin good traction to the ground. They also help my truck ride a little better, it is stiffer and you don't feel all the little bumps as much, you still feel the big ones, but not the little ones. It is also more stable when taking corners too. I haven't tried them in the mud or towing yet, but I'm sure they will help with that too. I think they look great too! It all cost me under $40 to build them. Here is some pics:
sorry the truck is a little dirty, haven't had time to clean it, oh and i plan on paintin my axle and everything black this summer when i get some time.