Originally Posted by 4x4offroad99
For everyone talkin down on keys...unless yall have personally installed them on your personal truck then you have no idea on how much they may or may not put suspension components in a bind.
Here we go. Everyone put on your ' thinking caps ' children and lets talk about some simple physics.
I will use MY OWN EXAMPLE OF STUPIDITY to demonstrate as apparently, some people have THICKER skulls then I did ( at that time ).
When one lowers or raises a vehical, the angle of the balljoints changes. This will cause less travel upwards or downwards ( depending which way you go ) before the Balljoint runs out of movement room and the pin hits the edges of the cup.
Ranger balljoints do NOT have much movement room compared to others.
The examples used here are from a lowering application. Lifting is the same but the reverse is performed to the lower balljoint.
Note the pin to spindle. Its NOT straight.
This is whats left of a balljoint after it bottoms out or the pin hits the cup in a solid mannor. NOTE : The arm itself is twisted!
Theres 2 ways to correct such and NEITHER can be done with a ' Key '. The key is the problem to begin with and not part of the solution.
You can fabricate control arms that compensate for the ball joint angles.. Like this :
The same method used im my pic's can be reversed for a lift WITHOUT causing any excessive wear. A spindle solves everything in one event without future issues to the balljoints or drivability. CV shaft wear I don;t have a clue about as I don't have 4wd. Someone else can comment on it.
I have personally seen a Ranger with aftermarket keys and its not as bad as everyone thinks.
I've seen green munkies tossing torque wrenches around in the same dream as your having.
But, im sick and tired of trying to explain to ignorant people who have no idea what these keys do...
There are those of us whom have fabircated whole front ends that are sick and tired of people giving others bad advice or the ' cheap fix ', then being called by others saying ' Can I use your garage, I need to fix my truck '...
that they do what they are supposed to do. A body lift is a "show item" but ppl love them. So, thats fine, buy a body lift, and then ppl gonna make fun of that ugly a$$ gap between the body and the frame...im done in this thread.
Please, be done offering people advise about ' keys ' as they :
1 - put undo stress on the torsion bars
2 - kill balljoinnts
3 - hurt ride comfort
4 - will cause undo cv shaft wear
Folks, stay away from the less then 100$ torsion keys on Ebay and offered elsewhere. If you have a show vehical, fine, buy them and put your ride on a trailor.. but for a daily driver, leave the factory geometry in place or find a reliable and proven form of lift ( spindles/control arms ).