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DriftTrak® Headed Stud

US Patent #7,503,150 & Patent Pending

DriftTrak® Headed Stud saves the time and expense of installing DriftTrak after the concrete slab has been poured, by integrating it directly into the slab before pouring. The headed studs come preinstalled to the DriftTrak and function as the attachment to the slab instead of welding to the pour stop angle and use of PAF's or anchors. Once concrete is poured, the DriftTrak is ready to support exterior steel framing using any DriftTrak Bypass clip (DTSLB-HD or DTLB-HD) to accommodate vertical deflection and lateral drift requirements or provide a rigid attachment to the floor slab.

As with standard DriftTrak, DriftTrak Headed Stud also simplifies panel installation by allowing the installer to twist DrifTrak Bypass clips onto the DriftTrak as the prefabricated wall panel is hoisted into position, so they can be quickly and easily aligned to studs for attachment before the crane is unlocked from the panel. Vertical deflection and drift movement can be left intact or a locking angle can be installed to prevent lateral drift if not required.


  • Can be installed with any DriftTrak bypass clip
  • Headed Studs preinstalled
  • Eliminates the need to attach DriftTrak to the pour stop angle of the slab after it has been formed
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Product Information


Material Composition

Track Material: ASTM A1003/A1003M Structural Grade 50 (340) Type H, ST50H (ST340H): 50ksi (340MPa) minimum yield strength, 65ksi (450MPa) minimum tensile strength, 97mil minimum thickness (12 gauge, 0.1017” design thickness) with ASTM A653/A653M G60 (Z180) hot dipped galvanized coating.

Headed Stud Material: ASTM A29/A108, Grades 1010 through 1020 or equivalent, 45ksi (310MPa) minimum yield strength, 55ksi (380MPa) minimum tensile strength, ⅜” diam. x 3 ⅛” length with ¾” head diameter.

Clip Material: DriftTrak – Headed Stud can be used with DTSLB-HD and DTLB-HD clips: ASTM A1003/A1003M Structural Grade 50 (340) Type H, ST50H (ST340H): 50ksi (340MPa) minimum yield strength, 65ksi (450MPa) minimum tensile strength, 97mil minimum thickness (12 gauge, 0.1017” design thickness) with ASTM A653/A653M G90 (Z275) hot dipped galvanized coating.

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Insert DTH inside concrete slab form prior to pouring concrete.

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Adjust DTH vertically per design details. Block end to prevent concrete seepage.

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After concrete form is removed, twist clips into DTH track.

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Install stud panel and slide clips into place.

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Ensure stiffener is in place.

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Attach stud to clip with specified fasteners through guide holes.

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Order Information
Designation Lbs/Pc Qty/Skid Lbs/Skid
DriftTrak® DTH-10ft 23 50 1,150
DriftTrak® DTH-12ft 30 50 1,500


DriftTrak Headed Stud comes in 10’ or 12’ lengths, with headed studs in a single, centered row. To specify DriftTrak, list “DTH,” followed by the length.

Example: 12 ft. length
Designate: DriftTrak® DTH-12ft

* Clips and track sold separately.


DriftTrak® Headed Studs can be installed with any DriftTrak Bypass clip (DTSLB-HD and DTLB-HD) to better facilitate panel installation while accommodating vertical deflection and lateral drift requirements in floor slab bypass conditions.  DriftTrak Connectors are sold separately.

DriftTrak® DTSLB

DriftTrak® DTSLB (Exterior Bypass Slab)

DriftTrak® DTSLB is available to accommodate vertical deflection and lateral drift requirements.

DriftTrak® DTSLB Downloads: Download Technical data Tech Sheet | Download drawing file DWG | Download specification data Specs | Download BIM data BIM
DriftTrak DTLB

DriftTrak® DTLB (Exterior Bypass Slab)

DriftTrak® DTLB is available to accommodate lateral drift requirements with a rigid connection to the stud.

DriftTrak® DTLB Downloads: Download Technical data Tech Sheet | Download drawing file DWG | Download specification data Specs | Download BIM data BIM

Allowable Loads

DriftTrak® Headed Studs with DTSLB600-HD & DTSLB800-HD, Recommended Allowable Load (lbs): F2
DriftTrak® Headed Studs with DTLB600-HD & DTLB800-HD, Recommended Allowable Load (lbs): F2 & F3
Stud F2 Allowable Loads F3 Allowable Loads


DTLB600-HD &
Offset = 1" max
Offset = 1" max
Thickness Mils (ga) Yield Strength (ksi) w/2 #12 Screws w/3 #12 Screws w/4 #12 Screws w/6 #12 Screws w/4 #12 Screws w/6 #12 Screws w/4 #12 Screws w/6 #12 Screws
33 (20) 33 377 565 754 1,130 258 309 226 264
33 (20)  50 544 817 1,089 1,525 373 446 327 381
43 (18) 33 561 841 1,122 1,525 384 460 336 393
43 (18) 50 810 1,215 1,525 1,525 555 664 486 567
54 (16) 33 789 1,183 1,525 1,525 540 647 473 552
54 (16) 50 1,139 1,525 1,525 1,525 780 934 683 797
68 (14) 50 1,525 1,525 1,525 1,525 1,103 1,321 996 1,127
97 (12) 50 1,525 1,525 1,525 1,525 1,163 1,392 1,019 1,189
Max Allowable Clip Load 1,525 1,525 1,903 1,272


  • Recommended ASD steel strength per headed stud in tension or shear = 1,600 lbs. Designers must check headed stud tension and shear anchorage capacity in concrete per ACI 318 based on actual headed stud edge distance and concrete compressive strength. For more information, call TSN Technical Support at 1-888-474-4TSN.
  • Allowable load tables incorporate eccentric loading of fasteners.
  • Loads listed reflect force in a single direction. When multiple loads react on the connection, it is the responsibility of the designer to check the interaction of forces.
  • Torsional effects are considered on screw group for F3 allowable loads. It is assumed that all of the torsional moment is taken by the connection to the stud.
  • Design loads are for attachment of DriftTrak to stud only. Load tables reflect horizontal loads (F2) and vertical loads (F3)
  • Allowable loads have not been increased for wind, seismic, or other factors.
  • Clips are manufactured to fit into the DriftTrak and provide a rigid/slip connection to the stud, and free lateral movement of the structure.
  • One row of bridging is recommended at a maximum distance of 18” from DriftTrak if no other stud lateral restraint is present.

Fastener Patterns: DTSLB-HD

DriftTrak DTSLB 2-screw Pattern

2-Screw Pattern


DriftTrak DTSLB 3-screw Pattern

3-Screw Pattern


Fastener PatternsDTLB-HD

DriftTrak DTLB 4-screw Pattern

4-Screw Pattern


DriftTrak DTLB 6-screw Pattern

6-Screw Pattern


Load Direction


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DriftTrak® Headed Stud and the rest of TSN's Drift Connection Product Line can be found in the following Catalogs:

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