Installing the Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Performance Traction Bars

by Jarred Potter on March 4, 2013

Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Performance Traction Bars

 

Back to the garage to install and review the Tuff Country performance traction bars for the Dodge 2500 & 3500 Ram trucks and wow do these things work. We wanted some way to show the advantages of having these bars on the truck, so we hooked up a trailer and off we went. As shown in the side by side video the results are drastic. These Dodge Ram 2500/3500 performance traction bars virtually eliminate all spring wrap. These bars are fully adjustable so they can be used on any truck from stock to 6″ lifted models. They are a stout quality bar built to withstand the extreme torque of the diesel motors. Easily installed with only a few holes to drill makes installing these bars a quick and painless Saturday Project.

 The Installation Process:

1. Start by getting the vehicle in the air. You will need to support it by the frame to allow the axle to hang at full droop. Remove the tire to gain access to the rear u bolts.   Now begin with the front bracket. This bracket uses the spring eye bolt, which is the main weight bearing bolt, and three others to keep the bracket from rocking back and forth.

2. Once the bracket is in place and the spring eye nut is torqued you can use the holes in the bracket as a guide to drill the three other holes that hold the bracket on. Using the bolts supplied torque down the three other bolts to finish out the front bracket.

 

3. With the front bracket all buttoned up you can move on to the rear bracket. This bracket is designed to cup the axle and stay in place using the u bolts. The u bolts will have to be loosened at this point on the install. Once you have enough space to slip the bracket between the u bolts and the axle, position the bracket and start to tighten the u bolt cinching the bracket up to the axle.  At this point leave the bracket a little loose for final positioning to avoid contact with the rear springs.

4. Assemble the arm installing the bushings, sleeves, hiem joints, jam nuts & grease zerks, make sure to use lithium based lube on the polyurethane bushings and anti seize on the threads of the hiem joints.

5. Now that you have both brackets installed pin the rear of the arm into the rear bracket and swing the front up and make sure that you have adequate space between the arm and the factory overload on the spring. This will only be a issue on stock trucks, lifted trucks will have more room created by the lift (remember the suspension is at full droop, so this will be the closest that the bar will come to the springs). Do not bolt the front of the arm in at this point. After you have spaced the bar you will need to torque the rear u bolts securing the axle bracket in place.

6. All brackets in place the tire can be re-installed and the truck lowered down to the ground. It now time to bolt the traction bar in between the brackets. Start by putting the bolt though the rear bracket. Then swing the arm up too the front bracket checking the length. Adjust the hiem in or out to match up the hole. Bolt the front of the arm in and torque bolts. tighten the jam nut and pump some lithium grease into the zerks.

  

Final Thoughts:

These traction bars impressed me so much, especially the before and after video. It really shows the stock spring, when put under a load twisting and letting the pinion change angle putting undue stress on the u joints and pinion bearing. For a small cost, these bars could prevent premature parts wear and get rid of that choppy feel at take off. I would recommend these to anyone with a lot of torque needing to control your spring from wrapping up on you. They are great for towing application where a lot of stress is put on the springs from the weight of the trailer.

Videos:

Before and After video:

Installation video:

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