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    traction question for you v8 guys

    .. yea i know my truck dosent have a v8.. but what do you lowered guys do for traction? i have a relatively stock 4 banger 5 speed 99 pickup lowered w/ belltech drop leafs *3"* and a 2" block .. and i cant fit a traditional slapper bar under it anymore since it hangs down too far.. which also means i dont think i can fit a slide-a-link on it either.. i get horrible wheel hop and it squats a LOT if i shift second fast.. trucks gettin turboed real soon so id like to adress this asap.. i was just wondering if theres anything that i can use or should i just make a lower profile slapper bar type device


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    I am running Belltech drop leaves and 3" DJM Steel blocks with Lakewood slappers. I have a few small issues with some ramps into garages and driveways, but nothing really serious

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    I have been running Slide-A-Links and absolutely love them.. I do not think it would be all that wise for you to run them though. I have 3" Belltech lowering leafs on a blazer. The front of slide-a-link is the lowest part to the ground, approx. 4 inches. And you have another 2 inches on me so that would probably not go over speedbumps all that well.. I have only scraped them twice and each time i had passengers in the back, going over speedbumps. They eliminated all wheel hop for me and are set for the street. i have never preloaded them. Yet. I researched some before bought them and remember something about some zq8's had a set of shocks that run from the axle to the a mount on the frame horizontally and like normal. maybe theres something there for you?.. Also a real stiff shock helped some wheel hop before i bought slidealinks.
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    Since you have a truck, it would be easy to add the ZQ8 3rd shock. Im told that does very well for wheel hop.
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    Slow, I know you like to make things so how about a pinion snubber.

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    Cheap fix - LakeWood (or any other) 50/50 shocks.

    If you really want to spend money fixing this, I would get some good traction bars...I like CalTracks because I think they work best and they have a nice low profile to them (They are what I have and going on my truck soon).

    Or just do a 4-link.
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    I've heard from more than a few sources that these work just as good if not better than slapper/traction bars. Plus, they go over the top of the spring so ground clearance isn't compromised.

    Hellwig traction springs

    If I didn't have such skinny tires I'd get them now but I will definitely get them when I get wider, larger rims.

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    I built curved traction bars.

    You can also build on top of the spring traction bars. I'll search for that post later on.


    But I remember them as being basically extended steel drop blocks with a snubber that contacted the frame instead of the spring.

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    zz4.. you have any idea where i can get the brackets for the third shock? besides gm..

    Slow Ride.. i had the same slapper bars that i sectioned like 1.5" out of the mounts to raise it up but even that hangs down too far now.. i only had about 3" under it so i probably woulda caught that on a speed bump or something and ripped the rear out of the truck.. but they worked GREAT when i could fit them

    sbc pwrd.. i cant fit slide a links i know they work great but i dont have the room for them

    s10blaza.. i was actually thinking abuot them today.. the link dosent work but i think i know what your talkin about its like another curved half leaf that bolts to the top of the spring

    Big. i was also thinking about that just making a set of somewhat low profile ones.. im not gonna make THAT much power so they shouldnt flex too much

    Tipman.. i like that idea.. but once again.. no room for it..


    worse comes to worse ill raise it up a little but if i can keep it this low then id obviously like to.. thanks for all the suggestions im gonna look into the 3rd shock and a set of 50/50 shocks and see if that helps first..
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    ogg.. can you get me some measurements on the caltracs. how far does it hang down under the front leaf spring perch.. and how far under the leaf spring pad
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    You can build a real cheap set which is just some beefy flat metal clamped in 2 placed on top of the front part of the spring, forces the front part of the spring to act like ladder bar.

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    No love for the pinion snubber Slow?

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    Originally posted by s10blaza
    I've heard from more than a few sources that these work just as good if not better than slapper/traction bars. Plus, they go over the top of the spring so ground clearance isn't compromised.

    Hellwig traction springs

    If I didn't have such skinny tires I'd get them now but I will definitely get them when I get wider, larger rims.

    i am in the same boat as you slow, my new drop only gives me 3'' of total clearance. but i really like those that hector posted above. anyone ever used them? they work pretty well?
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