traction bar question

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  1. HULKZ28

    HULKZ28 Veteran Member

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    Do the bars replace the stock plate when installed? If so,my stock plates include the bottom shock mount and this could cause a problem..
    any insight will be appreciated..
     
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    What kind of bars? I have SSM bars and they do replace the bottom mount. It shouldn't cause any issue - it hasn't for me.
     
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    just lakewood traction bars.Im still researching,not sure what to get .
     
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    CorkyE Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    If you're driving on the street and don't want a locked up rear end, stick with something like the Eastwood slapper bars, or you can go into the high dollar region with likes of slide a link, etc. There are a lot of fast cars on slapper bars and if I had to do it again, I wouldn't go with SSM bars. They are great on the track but not so great if you want to bust a curve. You better know where the breaking point is... IMHO
     
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    lakewood 21607 bars are what im looking at now...Check em out at summit and let me know what u think..I guess you use the stock bottom plate with them to retain the lower shock mount..?
     
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    No, the Lakewood ones do not replace the bottom plate. I just put mine on last week. Only issue is the driver side sits back about an 1'' further due to the shock mount. No biggy. :cool:

    Not sure what Corky means by risking a locked up rearend.:confused:
     
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    The ones I had on my nova replaced the plates and worked fine
     
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    He is referring to the fact that the SSM bars effectively remove the front half of the rear spring and make the back pretty stiff.
     
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    Yup - not much give back there. If you break the rear end loose going around a curve, hang on...
     
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    True enough but isn't any limited slip car going to become what I call "a handful" in that situation? Maybe the SSM bars make it easier to break em' loose in a curve?

    I also have SSM bars on my '72. They lifted the rear slightly and helped with a rubbing issue on the passenger side. I've been happy with mine but I've had them a long time. Today I would check out the other offerings but there doesn't seem to be a clear cut winner that doesn't have drawbacks. Personally I don't like the look of slapper bars.
     

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