I have an 8.5 10 bolt. Trying to determine if the Caltrac 2301 low pro would suit my application.
They make a kit to convert mono to multi, and replacement lower shock plates are available.Would it be possible to go with a multi-leaf since the perch plate has been fabricated? Won't the height be affected by a multi-leaf? (Sit higher)
Would you mind posting a side pic of the traction master bars installed on your rear end and leafs so we can actually see this item. Tks.you basically got 3 choices:
- slapper bars do help, but have the worst disadvantages regarding handling of the car.
- underrider bars (attachted to spring - not slapping) like traction masters offer the same traction, but let the car handle normally.
- bars with pivot around the spring pocket like cal tracs produce the highest traction and also let the car handle normally.
in my case i went with traction masters since i didnt want more traction actually, but "mainly" to inhibit wheel hop.
sorry dont have a pic handy, but its basically like this:Would you mind posting a side pic of the traction master bars installed on your rear end and leafs so we can actually see this item. Tks.
Those don't appear to be the "Traction Master" brand, but I've seen tons of knockoffs over the years. Those seem attached to the leaf spring, sort of a variant on the Cal-Trac design. The original Traction Masters looked pretty much like this TM Photo of their 1st Gen Camaro bars:sorry dont have a pic handy, but its basically like this:
67 camaro with multi 5-leaf conversion, still non-staggered shocks and traction-masters.
monroe load adjusting shocks with extra coil spring to raise the rear 2".
smoother than the red gabriel from before.
what i like about them: they work perfect and and very low profile. you barely see them, clearance near stock.
Gary Keyes' 1968 Dana SS/RS 427 Camaro Project - Chevy Hardcore
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this is their typical design, bar attached to chassis.Those don't appear to be the "Traction Master" brand, but I've seen tons of knockoffs over the years. Those seem attached to the leaf spring, sort of a variant on the Cal-Trac design. The original Traction Masters looked pretty much like this TM Photo of their 1st Gen Camaro bars:
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Basically a tubular heavy wall steel tube with bosses welded on at either end. The front mount was either bolted or welded on to the frame and there was no adjustment whatsoever. The newer knockoff versions of the old design have Heim joints front and rear for adjustment and you'll see a lot of them used in drag trucks. Carroll Shelby put the basic Traction Masters on all his original Shelby Mustangs, and most everybody back in the '60's with a solid rear axle was running either TM's or some DIY clone of the TM design. The slapper bars were the quick/cheap solution with no welding involved. I forget when CalTracs started appearing but rumor had it that they first were used on SuperStock Fords because of the Ford leaf spring design. One of my old drag buddies had said where the axle sits on the spring arc plays a role in minimizing wheel hop on a hard launch. Maybe that's true, I'm not sure. Bottom line is if those bars work for you that's all that's important.