Wheel hop kills a good launch and compromises handling. In the case of front wheel drive cars, Full-Race’s Traction Bars and Traction Balls are the solution to kill wheel hop. Full-Race first developed its traction bars when the CRX, Civics and Integras reigned supreme on both the drag strip and the street. Since then, these platforms have been succeeded by newer variants like the RSX, TSX, ILX and that still suffer from wheel hop. Whether your platform has a double wishbone suspension or a McPherson strut suspension, these traction solutions will keep your tires planted, transforming torque and horsepower into acceleration and speed!
Making more power means very little if your vehicle can’t put the power down to the ground. Even with a limited-slip differential to ensure even power delivery to the wheels, loss of traction can still occur. Whether you’re a drag racer or a streetcar enthusiast, none of the power adding investments you make under the hood will mean much if your tires are unable to maintain traction when you need them to.
A Hop And A Skip Away From Winning
Wheel hop, a condition where the tires are clawing at the tarmac and making intermittent contact instead of constant contact, is a waste of horsepower and a quick way to lose a race. The causes for wheel hop can range from bad or wrong suspension to inadequate tires or more torque output than your setup can handle. The result is a change in the suspension geometry due to deflection when torque is applied to the drive wheels by the axles. This change in geometry causes the tires to lose optimal contact with the road surface, resulting in lost traction and spinning tires instead of forward motion.
FWD Can Win
In the case of most of Honda’s vehicle offerings, the front wheels are the drive wheels. Regardless of whether your platform has the double wishbone suspension or the McPherson strut style suspension, if you’re putting power down through the front wheels and experience a loss of traction, you’ve probably experienced wheel hop. To eliminate this performance degrading condition, the addition of traction bars helps to maintain contact with the road for a better launch and improved handling. Traction bar have proven effective for over a decade and have equipped the quickest and fastest Honda vehicles in competition and on the street.