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Bull
04-18-2006, 12:53 PM
I've been looking at a cheaper way to prevent axle wrap and came across the Rancho Kicker shocks on their website http://www.gorancho.com/products/shocks/specialty.stm

They bolt from the from spring eye of the rear springs to the u-bolt pad. It looks like it would be a very simple project to build the brackets and throw some shocks in there for cheap.
Has anyone tried this or seen them used, not sure if they work? I'm thinking it could be done for under $50 bucks.

This also looks like it might be an option for traction control?
http://www.gorancho.com/products/accessories/traction.stm
I like the idea of a traction/ladder bar on each side, rather than just one. Maybe some DOM tubing and a couple rod ends?

Billjohn
04-18-2006, 01:32 PM
The Kickers don't prevent axle wrap... they "Reduce axle wrap-up" . They just slow down the process...

The Torque Arm looks like a better choice.

Bull
04-18-2006, 01:41 PM
Yeah, I'll have to do some measuring this weekend and see if the torque arms could be monted on top of the spring plates or axle tube. Rancho's torque arms look like they would kill your ground clearance. They need to be above the axle and a little further out of harms's way. My only concern about welding mounting tabs on top of the axle tube, is the forces these will take might rip a hole in the tube?

Billjohn
04-18-2006, 02:06 PM
Also remember that those arms are designed for vehicles with very little articulation...You are going to have to do a little geometry to figure out where the forward mount can be without binding up.

Bull
04-19-2006, 07:18 PM
I've never seen these on a Zuk, but there they are, came off an 86 Samurai stock spua from the factory. Has anyone else seen these? The pics are not mine, found them while searching for anti-wrap bars. These are what I was looking for, I think I just found ANOTHER weekend project. bigok
Any concerns about this design? Billjohn? Anybody?
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e379/Bull1/content.jpg
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e379/Bull1/content2.jpg
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e379/Bull1/content3.jpg

ddement
04-19-2006, 11:20 PM
I've never seen these on a Zuk, but there they are, came off an 86 Samurai stock spua from the factory. Has anyone else seen these? The pics are not mine, found them while searching for anti-wrap bars. These are what I was looking for, I think I just found ANOTHER weekend project. bigok
Any concerns about this design? Billjohn? Anybody?
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e379/Bull1/content.jpg
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e379/Bull1/content2.jpg
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e379/Bull1/content3.jpg

Yep, those are mine. I put them on for a while but I took them back off and cut them up to use for other things. They did help with the axle wrap but the arms were too short and limited the flex.

I still have the brackets that bolt between the axles and springs. They are yours for the shipping if you want them.

Bull
04-20-2006, 08:52 AM
Yep, those are mine. I put them on for a while but I took them back off and cut them up to use for other things. They did help with the axle wrap but the arms were too short and limited the flex.

I still have the brackets that bolt between the axles and springs. They are yours for the shipping if you want them.

That's what I was afraid of, limiting the travel. Thanks for the info, back to the drawing board :mrgreen: I appreciate the offer though.
Has anyone any experience with the Breeze or Sky anti-wrap setups? I'm really looking for something that will control wheel hop but not limit flex too much. Seems like you give up one to get the other?

Itsmejoe231
04-20-2006, 08:24 PM
Here is a good thread that has several options

http://www.zukikrawlers.com/showthread.php?t=564&highlight=axle+wrap

I never got my tee shirt either. lol