Discussion in 'F-J-M: Volare, Diplomat, etc, 1977-89' started by Fast Eddie, Dec 6, 2019.
starting in 78 these were much better cars the GMs mid size.
The traction bars must have been for looks as they don't work on a Mopar.
Sorry....why would they not work???
Traction bars can actually interfere with the way the spring is designed to work to provide the best traction. With the shorter front section on a Mopar there jus isn't the benefit people think.
Mopar's suspension books recommended a pinion snubber instead of traction bars.
Dick Landy ran a snubber only on his AFX Dodge. Simple, effective. Front of Mopar suspension did little flex. Flexing was done in the rear. Almost never saw axle hop like the competition.
Isn't that interesting, learn something new everyday, thanks Lads!!
Worst rear axle hop I saw was first gen Mustang with Hypo 289. I have seen tires 3 inches off the ground. Axle was moving to and fro too. Really hard on drivelines.
You might like this video. Watch rear springs on Chrysler when going over the rails. Note how long the back is. About 2/3rds of the spring is behind the axle and the front (not seen) has multiple layers that almost create a torque rod.
Cool vintage car and photo!