How to Install Lakewood Ladder Bars


Lakewood ladder bars are designed for strip and street racing. These complete bolt-on units require no welding, making installation simple enough for the average street racer. Ladder bars eliminate wheel hop, strengthen back-end suspension and increase overall traction while cruising down the street or leaving tire tracks down Sunset Strip. Do not attempt to install without the proper equipment and supervision. Lakewood's warranty package does not cover improper installation. Installing Lakewood ladder bars requires an adequate auto-mechanical background.

Things You'll Need

  • Lakewood ladder bars
  • Car jack
  • Jack stands
  • Lug wrench
  • Two rubber bushings
  • Saddle clamp bolts, 1½-inch
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Stainless steel bolts, 7/16-inch by 1-inch
  • Permanent marker
  • Power drill
  • Drill bit, 7/16-inch
  • Use a car jack to elevate the car off the ground. Position jack stands underneath the vehicle's axle. Lower the weight of the vehicle on to the jack stands.

  • Twist the wheel's bolted nuts off the lower control arm with a lug wrench. Do not remove the threaded bolts of the lower control arm located on the inside of the vehicle, unless they need repositioning.

  • Move the brake lines to avoid crushing the ladder bars with the upper saddle clamp. Insert two rubber bushings into the front truss bar tubes. Position the truss bar and mount it using the lower pivot bolt and four 1½-inch saddle clamp bolts. Use an adjustable wrench to tighten the hardware. Do not over-torque.

  • Align the guide posts to the two front anchor brackets. Assemble the two front anchor brackets with 7/16-inch-by-1-inch bolts. Mount the bracket to the front lower control arm bolt.

  • Attach the truss bar to the anchor bracket using the 1/2-inch-by-3-inch front pivot bolt. Do not mount to the top bolt (only assigned for stock height cars). Push the anchor bracket flush to the frame. Use a permanent marker to create drill points.

  • Disassemble the anchor bracket and remove it from the lower pivot bolt. Use a power driver to drill 7/16-inch holes for mounting the anchor bracket. Reassemble the anchor bracket using the provided frame back-up plates.

  • Tighten all bolts with a lug wrench. Replace the car jack and pump the vehicle's rear up slowly. Remove the jack stands, then lower the car carefully until all wheels touch the pavement.

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