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Wheelie Bars, How long?

44" or 60" for a Fox Chassis car.

I don't want a real long wheelie bar sticking out past the back bumper.

The X-brace bars are 60" long, I really like them because you have more space to get a Jack under the back of the car. The other set are 44" with a straight support bar at the wheels, a little less expensive but shorter which I like.

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Damon I am probably going to get a set of 44's for mine so far I haven't needed them but I figure soon it will be needed so prepair for that now I can put them on and just have the brackets in place just incase :shock: I like wheelies but not as bad as yours.



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Damon I am probably going to get a set of 44's for mine so far I haven't needed them but I figure soon it will be needed so prepair for that now I can put them on and just have the brackets in place just incase :shock: I like wheelies but not as bad as yours.



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You can buy a pro - sportsman kit from jerry bickel for just under $400 and build a custom length or you can just get the wheel housing kits and wheels and supply your own tubing , rod ends etc. I got 60" with the brace in the top bars the pin / bolt can be removed quickly if you want to raise them higher.
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Jon,

Yours are 60" correct? Can you post the picture of your wheelie bars again? Or I'll go look for it on the other thread.

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Edit: Found it, they don't stick out too far





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I've got 54" ones from S&W racecars on my t-bird. There's pretty good jack clearance too.
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forgot how close the neighbors were at the old place, I love my new house and shop, could have a big get together there....

Those bars only stick out a couple inches past the bumper, looks further in that pic but its not that bad. Again they are there "just in case" as I only get on them a tad, I have um pretty high, again higher than the pic (thats an old pic from like 3 years ago)
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Jon,

Chuck has bars on his 70 Mustang and they stick out about the same as yours. I'll have to measure his but I'll bet they are 60"

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60 min. shorter is not better. 80" are what mine will be, the last ones I had were 64".

Longer, non spring loaded. Shorter and you may need springs.

Wheelie bars stick out, Unfortunately, its just another pain in the rear you deal with in dragracing. You can get qwik pins at the top to lay them down or take them off for trailer clearance. I had to do this because of the trailer door.
I slide mine under the car once it was loaded, took them off while I was strapping it down.

Get the double adjustable ones with the Rod end on each end of the top bar. That way you won't have to take one side out to raise/lower the bar.
wheelie bars arent just for keeping the car off the bumper, you can use chaulk and let the wheelie bars help you tune the chassis.

Also get the ones that angle the bar into the rear end housing, this adds some strength. Don't get chrome, you'll never keep them clean enough anyway. After one pass they are dirty again. Best to powder coat them.
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Damon, go with the 60" bars without the dbl adj spring in the top bars. You won't need them. I had 52" Chris Alston wheelie bars on my 67 Stang & they didn't stick out too far. My 98 has 64" bars & they stick out about 24" to the C/L of the wheels.
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Damon, Real Men Don't Need Wheelie Bars!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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The longer the better, use round tubing, not that springloaded flat bar junk. With the flat bar they will turn into a S when the car gets on the bars. Our bars are 96" from center of the housing to the center of the wheelie bar wheel.
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I tend to agree, I have the comp engineering bars and they are ok, but the others are much better. I will be upgrading before the new motor goes in.
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Damon,

I honestly think if you work on the front rear suspension you won't need the wheelie bars. They are a good thing for those surprises but I wouldn't use them as a fix all to keep your car on the ground. If you break one it's almost a guarantee you will go into the wall.

I just wouldn't feel safe riding the bars as far down the track as your car appears it will do as setup now.

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