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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old May 31st, 03, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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I have SSM traction bars on my 69 camaro. What I am curious about is this: On the chasis end of the bars there are plates you can put inbetween the chasis and traction bar, I believe I have 2 on pass side, and 1 on driver side. Now I just bolted them all up and tight. Now is this right or should they be loose, maybe not tighten or use the plates at all? I'm not sure! Thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old May 31st, 03, 01:51 PM
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I have 2 plates on the pass. side and 1 one the drivers side and both of them are tight. I have not had any problems with them binding and they hook really well on my car so i think this is the way that you are suppossed to install them

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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old May 31st, 03, 03:38 PM
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Mine are the done the same as Yellow68.

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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 03, 02:04 AM
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Is South Side Machine still in Business? I have a Friend that is looking for a set of the traction bars for his 68 Mustang. I was going to try & save enought to buy a set for my 67 Camaro later this year also.
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post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 03, 10:43 AM
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I also wound up with more shim on the passenger side than the drivers. When I installed the lift bars I had the chassis on jack stands and the rear end on a floor jack from the center section.

I started with the rear end hanging low and the front of the lift bars disconnected with a friend in the driver's seat (for the weight). Then I slowly jacked up the rear end until the front of one of the lift bars (my drivers side was closest)was a 1/4" from the spring. At this point I slipped in one shim on that side then slipped in a home-made shim on the other that was exactly the right height for the other spring. It turned out to be like the equivalent of 1-1/2 shims.

Then I installed the U bolts loose on the front of the lift bars and set the car on the ground. Then tightened them both up.

That's how I did it anyway.

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Originally posted by johnnyr:
Is South Side Machine still in Business?
The short answer...NO!
At least that's what the Summit tech told me when I tried to order some SSM items recently.

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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 03, 12:52 AM
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What brand of traction bars are equal to then? I still have the cheapo's that were on my car when I got it & wanted to go with the Southside Machine bars to keep the tires on the ground.
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</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by johnnyr:
Is South Side Machine still in Business?
The short answer...NO!
At least that's what the Summit tech told me when I tried to order some SSM items recently.
</font>[/QUOTE]WRONG ANSWER!!! I posted on this same subject on the T/C board, but it looks like I need to do so as well here.

SSM is NOT out of business. The founder/owner recently retired and his son & daughter took over the day-to-day operations. it may have been poor timing on their part, but they also re-vamped the web site and moved to a different business location at the same time.

According to Linda (founders daughter, new president/owner), claims they are having some issues with some suppliers (I take it they were Jegs & Summit, could be others) and SSM refuses to sell any more products to them. It appears as though these mail order outfits are spreading false rumors in retaliation.

Linda posts on http://www.maliburacing.com and answers questions from time-to-time. This info is directly from her.

As a good note, Linda tells us they are now selling products/parts direct which they haven't done in the past.
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post #9 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 03, 11:16 AM
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That's convenient! Boycotting summit and jegs. It sounds like a typical response from someone that screwed up! Like "you cant fire me because I quit"!

They still have not answered ANY of my Emails and I still cant leave a message on their machine....sounds like they are down for the count and trying to come up for some air. Rather than have them post a message on a BBS, they should be answering the phones and Emails, that would prove they are still in business to me.

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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 03, 12:22 PM
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just my .02 here, but after looking at ssm, comp slide a link, etc., i went with cal tracs, and i'm extremely happy i did. they work incredibly well, w/o the harshness the lift bars give on the street. also, i know guys use them and like them, but i also know guys who ditched them after a short while of use. the slide a links i imagine are good too, but the caltracs are awesome, for a little more money initially, you won't need another bar. check 'em out [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 03, 03:42 PM
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WRONG ANSWER!!! I posted on this same subject on the T/C board, but it looks like I need to do so as well here.
Todd, Don't believe everything you read.
I got this same story, first hand, from TWO different SSM authorized dealers on TWO different occasions (one in FL, one here in GA) that happen to be listed on the SSM website...
The old man has died and the two surviving siblings are involved in a legal battle with regard to estate assets including certain patents.
I'm just passing on what I was told...don't shoot the messenger.
Try calling one of the dealers linked on the website. Look's like SSM's complete network of authorized merchandise dealers has collapased. [img]graemlins/sad.gif[/img]

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post #12 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 03, 04:02 PM
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Bill, no bullets being fired .

Well, now who ya gonna believe?

I've been in contact with Lynda at SSM and gotten this info first hand, so I'd have to go with what she said...
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post #13 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 03, 04:13 PM
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I recieved a e-mail from Linda also stating that SSM was still in business. I e-mailed her asking for a price on a set of the bars for my 67 Camaro . I'll post when I recieve a answer
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I thought this was a Camaro site...... [img]tongue.gif[/img]
It is, what makes you think any different?
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