: Traction bars and mono leafs
Dec 4th, 03, 10:06 AM
Hi, I have mono leaf shackles on my 68 and I would like to put some traction bars on. The Lakewood's I purchased at the local parts store are a universal type. But they do not fit the mono because of the way the shock mounts. Anybody know who makes a traction bar for mono ? ..I looked on summit, but they all look like the ones I bought ...or are specifically NOT for mono leafs. ...any help would be appreciated, thanks.
Dec 4th, 03, 11:48 AM
Look in the Classic Industries catalog on page 566 or go to their web site, part number LW21606. You remove the spring and shock anchor plate and the traction bar takes this parts place. This gets rid of the interference from the shock mount point.
Dec 4th, 03, 01:56 PM
You can also get, relatively cheaply, the SSM monoleaf traction bars. They also replace the shock plate/ mount. I had a set on my car before my spring conversion and they worked well for what they are. If you were closer to my neck of the woods I'd offer them to you as a freebie since all they are doing is taking up space in my garage!
Dec 4th, 03, 02:07 PM
For the most bang for your buck I would get a set of Competition Engineering S/S bolt on traction bars (P/N: 2101)These replace the lower spring plate and have the snubber extended so that the hit directly under the front spring bolt, eliminating damage to the leaf. I would also order some wedge plates to adjust the bar angle if your springs are original. This will prevent the front of the the bar from hanging too low.
Dec 4th, 03, 02:18 PM
Did your mono spring bracket mount the shock from both sides (kind of sandwich the shock) and the new bracket only from one side? If so that is the way they do with my Lakewood Traction Action Bars as well. The bolt for the shocks is pretty strong and going through just on one eyelet (I don't know what better to call the mounting hole) is lots strong enough as its not carrying any weight just slowing down the movement. If this is your concirn hope it helps and if not, just ignor me completely. - Barry
Dec 5th, 03, 09:37 AM
Choptop ..aka Scott ...your offer for the freebee is awesome, how about I send you the $$ for the ups shipping cost and if your up to it ...ship em up north?...let me know. And thanks for the response guys It looks like I might have to change the shock plate and mount to make them work. But I might even wait because I am thinking that I would like to go to a multiple leaf system. I plan on building the sh-t out of the motor...soon as my wallet catches up to my imagination.
Dec 5th, 03, 09:43 AM
I live in Austin and building a 67 with mono leafs. What would you take for them.. Clayton
Dec 5th, 03, 02:26 PM
These are not recomended for mono's but is what I am running,minus the "J"hooks. If you do run these, install at least one "u"bolt for safety. BTW mine are yellow not chrome.
Dec 5th, 03, 02:47 PM
Welcome aboard cjudd. I live near brody and eskew. We're practically neighbors.
Dec 6th, 03, 04:25 AM
Dec 6th, 03, 04:28 AM
Dave, Let me try this again.. I live just down on 1626 not too far from Brodie. Cool give me a call sometime and we will hook up. The car is still at the paint shop but should be back next month. Give me a call sometime. 312-1923 Clayton
Dec 6th, 03, 07:30 AM
Clayton....man that just cold...show some class.
Dec 6th, 03, 12:11 PM
ken, you can have them. It's OK. I have been looking for them for some time. I was told that summit doesn't carry them any more. Clayton
Dec 7th, 03, 03:14 AM
I guess its up to Scott now, if he is willing to send them..great ....If not, then since you live so close you should pick em up.
Originally posted by cjudd:
I live in Austin and building a 67 with mono leafs. What would you take for them.. Clayton Very low class IMO. It would have been bad enough if you had e-mailed Scott after he offered then to someone else but you threw it out in an open forum. That's low!! This place is founded on guys helping each other out not snaking on each other!! :mad:
Dec 7th, 03, 11:53 AM
Ken, if you want the bars I'll package them up and ship them out to you. I can estimate what the shipping should run via UPS. Drop me an e-mail and we can work out the details.
Dec 7th, 03, 04:15 PM
Dennis and everybody, The reason I said I would offer money for the bars after Ken was told he could have them is because Ken wrote he wasn't sure if he wanted them right now. He also wrote that he might go to a multi leaf setup. So since he already offered them to Ken by all means let Ken have first chance at them. Sorry the first post comming off wrong... Clayton
Dec 13th, 03, 05:30 AM
Back to the bars... Are the C. E. Bars ok with Mono Springs. I have gone trough all the info on their site and I can't find an answer there. I had the worlds cheapest bars on my car before I did the rear suspension and I was looking to put something back on.
Dec 14th, 03, 02:00 AM
CE bars are absolutely the best bar for mono-leafs. I had a set on my mono-leaf '69 with 8" slicks, 3:55 12-bolt posi, small-block 4-speed for years. Loved 'em. They didn't even have the J-bolts attached and they worked like a charm. Only thing is you might want to take that guy's advice re: the wedges. My bars fronts hung pretty low. I would have addressed this eventually but I sold the car. Use new spring pads and U-bolt one side at least of each bar. Enjoy smile.gif
Dec 14th, 03, 04:30 AM
Heck, it's not all that hard to make up a set of homemade "slapper-bars" like I run!!
Just take a pair of bottom plates and notch them so a 1/2" or 5/8" thick by 2" wide flat stock fits and then fab a cross front plate with a place for either a snubber or a 1/2" bolt and then fab a top hold up strap to keep the bars from digging into the pavement when braking!!
Mine work great, imho..
Just make sure the snubber or adjusting bolt is right in the middle of the bottom of the front spring eye AND you will be good to go!!
I have mine tuned so that the pass. side hits a schosh before the drivers side and had to do this by trial and error making burn-outs!!
BUT BEWARE, the bolts work great BUT are noisy if the significant other is prone to being nervous when they "hit"!! And they will slap in a "reverse slap" upon a panic stop just as noisy, too.......
Dec 21st, 03, 03:20 AM
What size U Bolt would I need to use on a 67 With a 12 bolt & Mono Leafs? Where is the best Place to get them? If one U Bolt is good would two per side be better? I have a set of the Lakewood's that I'm refinishing for my 67 & would like to get them on before Spring gets here. The type that clamp to the spring's that I have on it now doesn't stop it from Wheel Hopping.