BDS Suspension adds to its lineup of vehicle specific mounting kits for the RECOIL traction bar system with new kits designed specifically for the 1988-1998, 1999-2006, and 2007-2016 Chevy and GMC 1/2-ton trucks. This revolutionary spring loaded traction bar system allows GM truck owners the freedom to improve traction on a variety of terrains without limiting wheel travel. The traction bars use heavy wall construction with internal compression springs that can be loaded or unloaded while installed on the vehicle to control axle wrap. They use a full float design and for bind free performance and can be installed with a range of lift heights. For more info see below or head to the BDS website.

Factory Protection Plus
  • 5-year, 60,000 mile drivetrain Warranty
  • BDS’s exclusive No Fine Print Warranty

Product Description

RECOIL Traction Bar System

Kit ID Number(s)

#121406  ('88-06 GM1500 RECOIL Mounting Kit)
#121409  ('07-16 GM1500 RECOIL Mounting Kit)
#123409 (RECOIL Traction Bars)


$884.48 (#121406 + 123409)
$884.48 (#121409 + 123409)

Vehicle Fitment

1988-1998 Chevy/GMC 1500 4wd Trucks
1999-2006 Chevy/GMC 1500 4wd Trucks
2007-2016 Chevy GMC 1500 2wd Trucks
2007-2016 Chevy GMC 1500 4wd Trucks

Important Notes

Will not fit regular cab trucks
Requires 2 rear bump stop extension
4wd models only ('88-06), Fits 2/4wd ('07-16)

RECOIL Traction Bars: Earlier this year BDS Suspension introduced the revolutionary spring loaded traction bar system, the RECOIL traction bar. This patent pending design was engineered to improve traction and limit axle wrap without negatively affecting suspension travel or ride quality. BDS has expanded its lineup to now include specific mounting kits for the 1988-2016 Chevy and GMC 1500 trucks. These next generation traction bars offer you the freedom to tune the spring tension for optimal performance on-road, off-road, towing, or competition pulling. These traction bars can be used on stock height or lifted trucks and work with both lift blocks and replacement leaf spring kits. They use a full floating design that won't bind up allowing the full range of wheel travel without limiting articulation.

These new RECOIL traction bars are built to the highest standards for the ultimate performance on and off-road. The bars are fabricated from 2" OD x 3/16'' wall steel tubing with a threaded bung welded in toward the axle and a CNC machined end at the frame. The axle mount uses the tried and true BDS large forged flex end and jam nut to take whatever abuse you throw at it. Utilizing a forged housing with large 1-1/4" -12 threaded shank, a single sided snap ring and 1-piece flex ball, the flex ends are capable of up to 15-degrees of misalignment in either direction. At the frame end the bar uses a durometer specific polyurethane bushing and free floats in the traction bar utilizing a pair of dual stage internal compression springs and UHMW polyurethane bearings. The main spring has a 3000lb spring rate. Both ends are greaseable and serviceable. Fully assembled the RECOIL traction bars are 60" long and mount to the vehicle using fabricated 1/4" steel brackets. Bracket kits are vehicle specific. The frame brackets install by drilling mounting holes for the brackets while the axle brackets install over the factory bolt plates. The traction bars and mounting brackets use a durable gloss black powdercoat finish.

These new RECOIL traction bars are built to the highest standards featuring quick and easy adjustment while installed on the vehicle. To adjust spring tension, use the supplied spanner wrenches at the axle to loosen the jam nut. From there the main bar can be rotated to load or unload the springs at the frame side of the bar. Using the concave end of the wrench handle against the frame end check the location of the end of the main bar in relation to the notches on the wrench to verify the load on the springs, the shorter the distance the more loaded the springs are. Repeat this process on the other traction bar and use the wrenches to tighten down the jam nuts and you are ready to go! Join the revolution with the next generation RECOIL traction bars from BDS Suspension.

'88-16 Chevy/GMC 1500 RECOIL Traction Bar Kit

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2 Comments on “BDS New Product Announcement #258: RECOIL Traction Bars for ’88-16 Chevy/GMC 1500
  • Tim says:

    You have a 5 year 60k mile warranty. Does the warranty expire when my truck hits 60k. Or does the warranty expire 60k miles after whatever the miles i had on my truck at time of install. Also i bought my lift from a local dealer. He only gave me a hand written paper receipt. He didnt take down my last name. Only first name and phone number. Is that paper receipt good enough for your warranty if anything were to happen to truck.

    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Tim,
      the Factory Protection Plus program is a third party service that combines BDS’s no fine print warranty, FMVSS 126 compliance, and a 5year-60,000mile drivetrain warranty to match the OEM warranty. Similar to the factory warranty, the 5/60 portion is good for 5 years or 60,000 miles (whichever happens first). The warranty timeline is based on manufacturer build date on the vehicle. That said all of the BDS parts include the No Fine Print Warranty for lifetime replacement. As far as your receipt, you’d need to discuss that with customer service, I believe they require a printed receipt for warranty claims to prove you are the original purchaser. You can reach them at (517) 279-2135


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