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FASTFORD
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posted 11-13-2002 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FASTFORD   Click Here to Email FASTFORD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am looking for a way to improve handling on my car. I know traction bars are used on the drag strip for traction, but do they help handling? The traction bars and subframe connectors that I've been looking at seem like painted metal that you weld in for $150. Could I make my own? I can get metal and I can get stuff welded. How could I make my own subframe connectors and traction bars?

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1967 Mustang coupe
originally a c-code 289 with a c-4 tranny, I added holley 600cfm 4bbl, edelbrock performer intake manifold, hooker headers, and dual flowmaster exhaust. interior is stock with a kenwood cd player

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Fastymz
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posted 11-13-2002 10:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You could make the sub frame connectors.But I think I would just buy the traction bars.

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FASTFORD
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posted 11-14-2002 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FASTFORD   Click Here to Email FASTFORD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How could I make the subframe connectors?

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1trickpony
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posted 11-14-2002 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1trickpony     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you have access to a good shop with torches and welder and a bender you could make sub-frame connectors very easily. All you would really have to do is take some measurements, find a supplier of stock steel and buy yourself some box steel rails. I would go with a little bit lighter steel stock next time. Cut and bend them to fit and then weld them in place. I did this on my Mach and it made a world of difference. The car stays much flatter and does not suffer from body twist anymore. There are companies that pre-make them nowadays but I do no tknow who to recommend as I have never used pre-made ones.
As far as traction bars are concerned, they can still help you with a car that is being set up for handling, not just drag racing. They minimize axle twist which is important for both styles of racing. Another piece I would suggest looking onto installing is a panard bar. This goes from the passenger side of the axle housing to the drivers side of the frame. What this does is keep the rear axle from floating/deflecting under hard cornering. Basically it will help keep the rear axle in line.

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