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Author Topic:   torque arm/chain for braking
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted November 12, 2005 07:25 PM  
We've been working on adding the torque arm/chain combo to our car in addition to the pullbar.

The problem we have encountered is that with the brackets installed properly on the rearend, the torque arm can't be installed into the car because of a bar from the "X" being in the way.

So my question is, does the torque arm have to be level at ride height?

How high above the "X" could it be without being in danger of bottoming out on the "X"

And, if it has to be level, is the best thing to do simply remove the bar from the "X" that is in the way and replace it with another bar that comes off of the "X" bar that is perpendicular to the piece that was removed?

I appreciate any help anyone can give. A picture would be superb if anyone has one.

Thanks a bunch

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 33
posted November 13, 2005 05:18 AM  
If you have a torque arm that has heims that attach to plates on the housing I have seen the arms turned over(straight bar on top,angled bar on the bottom)and it was my guestamation the reason they done that was to get above the X If u have the plate to plate mount I don't think u can flip them over without redrilling some holes,as long as your chain is tight at what pinion angle u prefer to run I really don't think level has anything to do with it,and u can check for clearences with jackstands and let the rearend hang down.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 318
posted November 13, 2005 09:40 AM  
you have so much movement on that chain bar with a pullbar that if you put the chain bar upside down it will hit the cage above it, ours is level at ride height and the bottom is flush with the bottom of the chassis and we some times hit the cage above it. Hope that makes sense.....
I would move the bar and put another one in

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted November 13, 2005 05:08 PM  
thanks for the replies guys. We did go ahead and reconfigure the X so that it is not underneath the chain bar anymore.

Hopefully this setup works as well as many people say that it does in helping get deeper into the corners. We got ate up several times this year by guys that could drive in deeper and get more bite or a better set into after driver further into the corner. These guys all had the chain bar in conjunction with the pullbar, and we didn't, so hopefully it will help us out.

We were better out of the corner than these other cars, and we were fine on tracks with some moisture, but when it slicked up the were able to get much further into the corners than we were. The chain bar is the one thing they had that we didn't, so hopefully we'll be in better shape now.

Thanks for the time and the input

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