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Old 22nd-September-2007, 10:46 PM   #1
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Ladder bars on 1st gen stock frame?

Has onyone out there installed a ladder bar setup on a 1st gen with stock rear frame rails? I was thinking of installing a ladder bar setup, but I am wondering if I really have to put the 2x3 frame rails and everything in. I was wondering if I could just weld in plates or a piece of angle to the outside of the stock frame rails to mount the upper shock mount brace. Could I tie the front mount of the ladder bars into my subframe connectors?
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Old 23rd-September-2007, 09:18 AM   #2
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I think you could make it work. What size tire are you planning on running? Have you looked at Caltracs?
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You can use the stock rails if you want too. The ladder bars will be about 32 inches long so measure and see where the crossmember needs to go. The better question might be where/how is the best place/way to install a ladder bar crossmember if I want to do? A big tire stick shift drag car may tear up your stock frame where a smaller tire street car may be fine. RM
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i have ladder bars and coil overs on stock frame rails. the crossmember is connected between the subframe connectors.The subframe connectors are attached to the rockers with outriggers.And the roll cage is mounted to the outriggers and a point on the subframe connector.If i was to do it over. I would use a knotched straight crossmember instead of the c.e. round bent one. The drop is pretty low and gets snagged on things.
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Here's a link to TCI's 4 link in case you haven't eeen it before; Heidts also has one. Although these are 4 links I'd think you could do a ladder bar setup simularily.
http://www.totalcostinvolved.com/pro...cfm?prodID=227
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Thanks for the info guys! I minitubbed my car and I just bought a rear with all of the ladder bar stuff on it. SO, I am trying to decide whether I want to go with Caltracs or the ladder bar setup. I drive my car on the street and race it. The rear tire I plan to run is 28 x11.5. I think I might ditch the ladder bars and go with the Caltracs. I already bought the split monos and rear sliders a while back. I just need to fabricate the front mounts for the leaf springs and rear mounts for the sliders.
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I sent you a PM. I am running the split mono's with Caltracs. I'm also running a set of Rancho adj. shocks. I really have not had enough passes to make that many adjustments. I hope the weather clears here so I can get back to it.
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Stick with the Cal-Tracs.
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I did a set of ladder bars on a 69 Camaro a little while back with mono-leafs. A simple set of housing floaters and a front crossmember. Done. The car would turn 1.32 to 1.35 60' times with 29x10.5 slicks on any track we took it to!! Easy to set up and fine tune. Depending on what rear you've got, make sure the housing tubes are welded to the center section because the ladder bars also turn the rear-end housing into an anti roll bar.
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Ladder Bars

I put Chassis works ladders in my 62 ChevyII. Along with a 9" and coil overs. mini tubbed it, Using 26x11.5x15 MT Cheaters under the rear
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