Leaf Spring Clamps By RM
As you increase
performance, traction gets to be more of an issue especially with a Ram. I
addressed traction early by adding skinnies and slicks back in 98.(track
use mainly/limited street use)
With every action there is
an equal and opposite reaction.
By increasing traction you
increase the strain on the leaf springs when launching off the line. Hard
launches the axle tries to spin clockwise, in the opposite direction of
the tires. The leaf springs try to stop this but with increased
performance will eventually need help. You can reduce this axle wrap (in
order of cost/effetiveness) by 1) adding clamps at the front of the leaf
spring pack to stiffen the leaf. 2) adding traction bars or 3)eliminate it
by switching to a 4link suspension.
When the axle wraps during
a burnout/launch this can also cause the back end to bounce(bunny hop)
when the axle unwinds. This is not good and could damage driveline parts
(trans, u-joints, driveshaft, gears and axles)
When I made my clamps the
sure grip rear end (limited slip) was starting to slip a bit and tended to
get a bit sideways in the burnout and do the odd bunny hop as well. With a
beefier Auburn hi perf lsd and the clamps the burnouts/launches are nice
and straight with no bounce/hops.
The Lakewood traction bars attach to the axle and as the launch/burnout
causes wrap the snubber on the front of the bar moves up as the axle turns
clockwise till hitting the front of the leaf spring and limiting further
4 Link suspensions eliminate the leaf springs completely and give a solid
un sprung attachment of the back end to the frame with coil overs or
airbags giving the support.
Clamps are a cheap way of
reducing this situation that you can make with a few simple tools.